Weekly Update – 12th February 2012

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

BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION If you are interested in finding out more about either of these, please pick up an invitation from the back and come along next Sunday at 11.30 am or 7.30 pm. Alternatively, have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

SHAN will be ordained Priest by Bishop Steven in St Mark’s on Sunday 20 May at 5.00 pm. This represents an important development in Shan’s ministry so please make every effort to be there. Thank you.

CHURCH CLEANING Following a review of arrangements, we are able to offer an employment opportunity of up to 12 hours per week at a rate of £7.60 per hour, preferably to person/s associated with St Mark’s or familiar with church life. Job sharing welcome. Further work may be available. For additional details, please contact Michael Hunt (285 1473; mhunt.springcottage@virgin.net), or Anne Padget, in the church office.

WHITE ENVELOPE SCHEME Will those people who kindly donate by (weekly) white envelopes please collect their new box of envelopes which will be at the back of the church. The boxes are labelled, so if there isn’t a box for you and you would like one, please contact Judith Pitchforth. (Tel: 230 7685 or e: Judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk) Thanks.

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

 

LENT LUNCHES will be served every Thursday at 12.30 pm throughout Lent, beginning on 23 February. They will follow the Holy Communion and Discussion group and, in turn, be followed by a Lent group at 1.30pm. Please see the flyers at the back and, if you can help, please sign up on the sheet. All welcome.

LENT COURSE this year is entitled ‘Practising Hopefulness’. This will follow on from last year’s successful course ‘The Practice of Paradise’. However, attendance last year is not a pre-requisite! Groups will start in the week beginning 27 February for 5 weeks. Flyers available. Please see the lists at the back of church and sign-up if you are interested.

JANET MORLEY has a new Lent book out called “The Heart’s Time” and will be selling and signing copies after the Sunday morning service today and next Sunday. These are the two Sundays before the beginning of Lent so you will have time to incorporate it into your Lenten practice.

DISCUSSION GROUP that takes place after a quiet communion on Thursday mornings will, for the next few weeks, concentrate on Janet Morley’s new book. Flyers available. Please note, this group is in addition to the ‘Practice of Paradise’ Lent groups. All are welcome.

PASSION SUNDAY The choir will be singing Faure’s Requiem this year as part of the Passion Sunday Evening service, as well as some other pieces. If you wish to be part of the choir for this please come along on a Thursday at 7.00pm. All welcome.

SHELVING Plans are being drawn up to remake the bookshelves on the chapel side of the Narthex so that they can be used as an extension to the library. If this raises questions or concerns, please have a word with the Vicar or Churchwardens.

 

 

 

SEWING The Broomhall Welcome Place is making aprons and we’re looking for suitable cotton fabric.  If you enjoy sewing, please come to the Broomhall Centre on Weds 3-5pm (bring your own work along) as there are always people wanting a little guidance.  Thanks! Sue

LACE DOILIES? Linsey, from Broomhall Forum, is looking for lace/cotton doilies to buy (or  she’ll donate to church funds).  These are to create artistic wall hangings and table runners.  See Sue for details.

PLEDGES 2012 – UPDATE from the Treasurer. 90 responses have now been received promising additional giving of £6,646 (including recovered tax) towards the required target of £9,500 for 2012. This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  However, further pledges are still needed if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church. Consequently, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. If needed, spare forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder, Treasurer

URGENT APPEAL FOR NEW GIVERS The above notice highlights our urgent need for increased regular income. If you are not in any of our formal giving schemes please consider completing a pledge form in order to start and return it to Judith Pitchforth, Assistant Treasurer, as soon as possible. Also, if you are a tax payer, please give by Gift Aid so that we can claim from HMRC, at no extra cost to you, an additional 25p on every £1 you give. Pledge Packs (including Pledge Forms) are available at the back of church. Thank you in anticipation. David Ryder.

TO PV PANEL DONORS – Please collect from your pigeon hole at the back of Church, a personal letter from the Vicar and Treasurer which requests a response from you. Thanks.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

AUCTION OF PROMISES To ensure that everyone who wishes to go on the Parish Weekend can do so, we are holding a special fund-raising event after the PANCAKE PARTY on 21 February.  Please take a flyer away. Tickets for the evening are now available at only £2 from clergy / staff & the churchwardens after church, or from the office or on the door.

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE There are lots of ways in which we can become more involved at St Mark’s, whether we have only recently started coming or have been a part of the church community for some time. Please complete a yellow Stewardship Response and place it in the box at the back church. Thank you!

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is entitled Relating to the Other: A New Vision for Religious Pluralism. As always, it promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day. Please note, the date has now been changed to Saturday 19 May. Details at the back of church.

CHURCH & COMMUNITY IN BROOMHILL & BROOMHALL On Saturday 10 March, members of St Mark’s, St Andrew’s and the Beacon at Broomhill are joining with local community representatives for an event at St Mark’s Church to explore the role which our churches play in the local community and how it might develop in the future. This will run from 9.45 am to 2.30 pm. If you would like to know more or to participate, please contact David Price (296 0806 or davidprice2@googlemail.com) by 27 Feb.

 

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