Weekly Update – 26th February 2012

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church. Why not recommend a hymn?

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

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.

JELLY, our Student Worker, has been recommended to train for ordained ministry within the Church of England. She will commence this Autumn.

SAD NEWS Miriam Dunbavand, Simon’s mother, underwent serious surgery in January. Although this proved successful, her road to recovery will be long and Simon believes this is a journey she should make with him by her side. To this end, and with a heavy heart, he has tendered his resignation in a correspondence that concluded with the following words: ‘Whilst this has been by far my shortest ever professional engagement, it has been without doubt my most fulfilling, enjoyable, uplifting and spiritually rewarding.’

CYCLIST’S PRAYER Thank you, gracious God, for the privilege of pedalling, for the chance to see so much more, for the opportunity to stop and talk or look and listen, for the exultation of racing down hills, for the increased fitness of struggling up them. Keep me committed when it is wet and windy. Thank you, gracious God, for bicycles. Amen. (Andrew de Smet)

CONGRATULATIONS on a very successful Auction of Promises on Tuesday. We raised well in excess of £1000 for our Parish Weekend Bursary Fund at what was a fun and entertaining evening. Many thanks for everyone’s support. A SILENT AUCTION, including new and exciting lots, is now underway – please collect a catalogue and bidding forms from the back of church (closing date: 16 March), with winners and the overall sum raised announced at the 10 o’clock service on Mothering Sunday.

KISSAGRAM Following the Auction of Promises the gift of receiving a kiss from Gary is within the hands of Mark Newitt. Members of the congregation may seek immunity from being the recipient through the donation of £5 to the parish weekend fund. Money can be given to Mark, Sue or Alistair.

BRIAN MILLS is now back in Sheffield and is currently residing in Broomgrove Nursing Home. Visitors are welcome.

LENT LUNCHES will be served every Thursday at 12.30 pm throughout Lent. They follow the Holy Communion and Discussion group and are 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.

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 ‘Practising Hopefulness’ 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.

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 3.00-5.00 pm (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

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.


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.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND BOOKINGS 21-23 September 2012. There will now be someone at the back of church every Sunday to take bookings and further payments for those who have already booked. Details and application forms are available. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community! Everyone who books will be given a PAYMENT CARD. Please look in your pigeonhole for yours if you have already booked. This will state how much you have paid / are to pay. Please bring them every time you make a payment. Many thanks.

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 3 March.

UPPER CHAPEL On Thursday 8 March at 7.30 pm, David Price is talking about Sheffield Troublemakers: The Upper Chapel Connection All welcome. No charge.

LENTEN POETRY GROUP St. Andrew’s is holding a poetry group each week in Lent. Please see the board in the foyer for details of where they will be and the poets being looked at. People are welcome to bring their own poems as well.


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