Weekly Update – 2nd October 2011

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to yesterday’s conference.  

ORGAN VOLUNTARIES Today’s voluntaries are taken from the 1961 suite ‘Laudate Dominum’ written to celebrate the rebuilding of the organ in St Albans abbey where the composer, Peter Hurford, was Master of the Music.

JEAN SMEDLEY We offer Jean our thanks, good wishes and prayers as she prepares to leave St Mark’s and Sheffield to move closer to her family.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Simon Dunbavand has been appointed our new Director and will join us on Sunday 23 October. Composer, arranger, choir trainer, conductor, recitalist and practising Christian, Simon brings broad musical experience and expertise together with a open, lively and imaginative faith. Simon is also registered for a post-graduate degree here, researching the theological significance of the organ music of Olivier Messiaen.

SAFE DELIVERY Rosie Hunt has successfully delivered the silver chalice donated by Charles Stirling on behalf of St. Mark’s to Grace Abban-Ampiah’s home church of St. Thomas’, Anomabu, Ghana.  The Venerable Ebenezer Love Annan, the parish Priest, and the whole congregation send their thanks, prayers and good wishes.

PRESERVES  AT HARVEST Once again we will be selling jams, chutneys and bottled fruit on Harvest Festival Sunday in support of Christian Aid. Please, wonderful jam makers, can you get busy so we have lots to sell. Many thanks. International Committee.

TEA AND COFFEE This is now 50p after the service.  Many thanks to the welcome team who serve us.

SOLAR PANEL APPEAL UPDATE A magnificent and generous response to the Appeal for pledges of donations towards our funding target of £40,000 in order to be able to install solar panels on the Church roof.  Thank you. To date 48 pledges have been received promising £28,830. This response is most encouraging, but we still need to be able to raise a further £11,170 to hit the target.  If you are yet to respond, please do so as soon as possible – the Appeal deadline is 16 October 2011. There are Appeal letters and Pledge Forms at the back of the Church.  Please think carefully and prayerfully about supporting this exciting and innovative proposal for the Church to reduce its carbon footprint. Thank you.  

BIG SING, after yesterday’s inspiring day there will be songs and reflections with John Bell this afternoon, 3.00 – 5.00 pm, at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street.  All welcome, admission free.  Organised by Churches Together in South Yorkshire.

LIVING THE DIFFERENCE is the title of a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer to commence on 16 October at the 10.00 am service.  Flyers available.

HARVEST APPEAL As usual, we will be collecting for the Cathedral Archer Project on 9 October. Please donate the following items: Pot Noodles, Tinned meat and fish (with ring pull), Tinned vegetables, tinned soup, cuppa soup, basic toiletries (sprays and gels are better than soap and roll-ons) and tea, coffee & sugar.  Please put them on the table outside the vestry.  Many thanks.

ORGAN RECITAL To mark his appointment as Organist of St Mark’s, Professor Andrew Linn will give an inaugural recital on Saturday 22 October at 7.30 pm.  Further details to follow shortly.  All proceeds towards the St Mark’s Organ Fund. 

LIVING THINKING FAITH is an introductory course on the Christian Way running for six weeks on Mondays, 7.30-9.30 pm, from 24 October.  A relaxed and safe environment to learn together and ask the big questions.  No prior knowledge of Christianity is required.  Flyers available.  Free and open to all.  Please sign up.

SHEFFIELD JESUS CENTRE, Broomhall opened last Monday.  To mark this event, a number of events celebrating Black History Month will take place there: An exhibition in October entitled, ‘The Changing Face of Broomhall’; This Monday, 7.30-9.30 pm – ‘Amazing Grace’ (film); Friday 28 October, 7.30-9.30 pm – Multicultural evening with food and music from non-white nationalities and cultures.  Everyone welcome!

NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK (20-26 November) in Sheffield is being planned by St Mark’s, Sheffield Faiths Forum and Sheffield Interfaith.  If you would like to help, please contact Robert Beard as soon as possible (arjay61@hotmail.com or on 255 6335).

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch with all the trimmings will once again be served on 25 December around 1.00 pm.  Earlier-bird tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office.  Also, if you would be willing to help in some way or are able to donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY Kate Green MP says we should focus on upholding the dignity of the poorest. What’s YOUR vision for the coming years? Read Kate’s piece then tell CAP what you think (www.facebook.com/churchpoverty).

 

THANK YOU to all who helped keep Sunday Lunch going over the summer.  I has returned in all its fullness – all welcome. 

OCTOBER MESSENGER is now available and waiting in your pigeonholes if you subscribe, or on the card stall at 60p!

MESSENGER ARTICLES Please send copy for the November edition to Hazel Elliott-Kemp elliottkemp@isismedia.co.uk as soon as possible and well before the deadline of 15 October.

BROOMHALL NEWS The October edition is available on the card stall.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00-5.00 pm.  Please call in if you can.

FAITH IN FICTION Tuesday, 18 October, 2.00pm at St Andrew’s URC.  An opportunity to hear Robert Beard and others talk about novels which have resonated with their faith and for you to share in the same.  More details on the poster in the foyer.

CELEBRATION OF SPORT A special service will be held at the Cathedral on Monday 14 November, 7.30 pm.  More details in the foyer.  All welcome.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND, 21-23 September 2012 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, and is open to all who attend St Mark’s.  More details to follow.

THE BROOMHALL BREAKFAST provides a good cooked breakfast on Friday mornings from 8 – 10 am for people such as rough sleepers and an interesting mix of other people.  We use the well equipped kitchen and hall at St Andrew’s URC. Recently we have started regularly catering for over 40.  This puts the helpers under considerable pressure and we need more people to help.  If you can help please contact Sarah Hall, the minister at St Andrew’s (230 9052) who manages the breakfast.  For more details see Mary Roberts or Michael Bayley.

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