Weekly Update – 30th October 2011

SIMON DUNBAVAND, our new Director of Music, is now in post. We offer him our support and good wishes as he settles in. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew Linn after last weekend’s spectacular organ concert. The large (and discerning) audience were treated to an autobiographic odyssey of musical delights spanning 300 years, raising £444 (including recoverable tax on Gift Aid donations) for the organ fund en route.

STEWARDSHIP ‘PLEDGE’ SUNDAY will take place this year on 20 November. In addition to providing an opportunity to review our financial giving to St Mark’s, this year we will also reflect more broadly on our stewardship of our time, talents and resources.

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance. Please contact Anne in the office.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on next Sunday at 6.00 pm. If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back of church. Thank you.

LIVING THE DIFFERENCE is the title of a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer which we are currently having at the 10.00 am service.  For background reading, see Dom Crossan’s, The Greatest Prayer, in the library, and Ian’s notes available on the card stall.

SHEFFIELD ASHRAM WEEK 4 – 11 November. Please see the programme in the foyer for the Ashram Week focussing on Prayer, Work, Study and Play. All are welcome to attend for any part of the week; for the whole, part, or even a day!

SOLAR PANEL UPDATE – We have received 73 pledges with total promised donations of just over £40,000 (our target), including recovered tax via Gift Aid. A truly magnificent and generous response. In order to ensure that the solar panels are installed by the early New Year to take advantage of the current favourable Feed In Tariff rates (the income we will receive on surplus electricity generated by the solar panels), a provisional order and deposit is now required by the selected contractor. Consequently it is now necessary to commence collecting in the pledged donations as soon as possible and therefore David Ryder, our Treasurer, is in the process of contacting all donors, either by email or letter, in order to request payment of the pledged amounts. If you have made a pledge and not yet heard from David, please speak to either him (Tel: 0114 2303242) or the Assistant Treasurer, Judith Pitchforth (Tel: 0114 2307685) so that they can advise you as to the payment arrangements. Thank you. 

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

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, or if you would appreciate extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer.


CLIMATE, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE Finding a way to sustainable consumption. Two evenings of discussion with introductory talks by Michael Bayley in the Upstairs Room on Wednesdays 23 & 30 November at 7.30pm. Tea and biscuits from 7pm. Leaflet available at back of church 

CALL FOR MUSICIANS Calling all singers and instrumentalists for help in building up a great team for the music group for Night Service. Also, there will be a Night Service with a Bangladeshi theme next year and any string players from the congregation that could contribute to this would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to Simon, our new Music Director, about both of these exciting developments.

LIVING THINKING FAITH is an introductory course on the Christian Way running for six weeks on Mondays, 7.30-9.30 which began last week. 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.

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

THE STRATEGIC LEGAL FUND FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SLF) opened in October 2011. The SLF supports strategic legal work: work which goes beyond securing justice for an individual to make a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures that upholds and promotes the rights of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people (up to the age of 21). The SLF is time limited and will run from October 2011 to July 2012.

DEANERY ‘COME & GO’ This will take place at St. Columba’s, Crosspool on Thursday 17th November at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. The title is “Why is the Good News good news?” and offers an opportunity to talk and hear about how our faith affects and influences our lives in different ways. See Anne Padget if you are interested or just come along! All are very welcome. 

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00-5.00 pm. An especially warm welcome to new residents of Broomhall, including students.  Drop in and meet your neighbours! Please call in if you can.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES – annual box opening time! If you have a box please bring it to church during November. Susan Whitmill.

A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to all who contributed to the Harvest Produce stall in support of Christian Aid. We have raised just over £250 so far. There is still a selection of jams available, so please browse and buy at the end of the service!

STAYING FOR LUNCH? All are welcome. Please visit the box on the table in the lounge and pop one of the slips of paper into it indicating your food preference. You are welcome to annotate the slip further if necessary. Thank you.

SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. any donations gratefully received. Thank you.

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.

 

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