Weekly Update – 9th September 2012

KAY HUDSON For many years, Kay has tended the church grounds cultivating its distinctive look and creating a garden of delight appreciated by all who pass through.  Sadly, the time has come for Kay to lay down her trowel to enable her to devote more time to her other artistic pursuits.  A collection for a ‘thank you’ gift is underway and a presentation will be made after the 10.00 am service on Sunday 16 September.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 2 weeks to go!  Please note the following important information for delegates:

  • If you haven’t completed a Response Form, on-line or hard-copy, please do so today.
  • If you are able , please complete your financial contribution to coming on the weekend asap.
  • Travel arrangements are underway, but can’t be finished off until everyone has completed a Response Form.

MARRIAGE BLESSING After their marriage in Scotland last month, Jelly Morgans and Stephen Canning are inviting everyone to their marriage blessing which will be incorporated into Night Service TONIGHT at 8.00pm.  Please bring cake to share afterwards.   All welcome!

COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD This is now located in the porch as you enter church.

BROOMHALL NEWS Catch up on the latest in Broomhall.  There are copies of this on the card stall in the foyer.

GARDENING For many years, Kay Hudson has been responsible for the church grounds, but has now decided it is time to stand down and will do so at the end of September.  We need to know whether there are members of the congregation or other ‘interested parties’ who would be willing to take responsibility either individually or as part of a team for a section of the grounds (eg memorial garden, flower bed by the lounge, border along Broomfield Road).  Interested parties, please have a word with Ian, Gary or Michael.  Thank you.

HARVEST LUNCH On 7 October, after out Harvest Festival, we shall be having a Parish Lunch.  To help us with catering it would be great if you would sign names and numbers on the sheet at the back of church.  We’re inviting contributions of food from our international members and thank you to those who’ve already generously agreed.  If you think you could offer a dish with an international flavour, please have a word with one of us.  For dessert we’re asking for dishes using seasonal fruits – if you think you can offer something along these lines then please sign up too! Many thanks, Sue H, Cathy T and Briony T.

HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated on Sunday 7 October when the International Committee will once again be selling homemade jams, chutneys and preserves you have made or donated.  Please start preserving as soon as you can.  Thank you.  Shan.

JAM JARS Related to the above, in preparation for jam making, please could you return any clean jam jars with lids to Shan or Briony. Thank you.

 

GARDEN PARTY OR BROOMHALL EVENT? We’re considering how best to use our energies next year.  Shall we commit to another Garden Party (and if so, who will organise it?) or shall we focus instead on an event in Broomhall, possibly raising money for local projects there? We’d like to hear your opinions, especially if you give your time to the Garden Party, before we make our final decision. This does not herald the end of the Garden Party, but possibly moving to every-other year for St Mark’s. Please let us know what you think by coming to a meeting after Church at 11.30am on Sunday 30 Sept or email sue@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.  Thanks!

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless (Nottingham), will join us on Saturday 17 November, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social responsibility and justice.  This is an open meeting.

MARKS MESSENGER is out this Sunday for the bargain price of 60p.  Please find it in your pigeonholes or on the card stall.  If you wish to subscribe there are forms on the card stall to be returned to Peter Whitmill.

OCTOBER MARK’S MESSENGER Any contributions to the next Messenger would be welcomed by Hazel Elliott-Kemp.  Please contact her at elliottkemp@isismedia.co.uk no later than 15 September.  Many thanks.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY AND INFO showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer.  See also extra information about climate change and how we can improve our carbon footprint on the noticeboard below.

BROOMHALL STORIES The Launch event for this will be in Sunday 30 September, 7 – 8.30pm.  There will be a 30 minutes film about Broomhall, made by the people of Broomhall and an opportunity to discuss memories and hear more about the project.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details or contact Chris Richardson on 07762 149059.

FOOD MATTERS is an Ecumenical World Development Conference taking place at the Hayes, Swanwick, over 1-3 October.  Excellent speakers – further information on the notice boards.

SHEFFIELD RENEWABLES are having the launch of their Community Share Offer THIS SATURDAY at 3.00pm at United Reform Church on Norfolk Street.  For more information, see the press release in the foyer.  If you wish to attend, please

e-mail jean@sheffieldrenewables.org.uk

 

DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY, entitled, ‘Salt and Light: Transformation of God’s World’ will take place on Saturday 6 October.  Every parish is invited to learn about and share their experience of serving our society in this free day run by the diocese. The key note speaker is Ann Morisy, community theologian and author of best-selling books, Beyond the Good Samaritan and Journeying Out.  Seminars will include sessions on global justice, the Bible and politics, understanding asylum and renewing the earth. A panel of speakers will address issues of ethics in business and unemployment.  For more details please speak to Shan or sign up on the sheet on the notice board. Thank you. Shan.

ORGAN CONCERT at the Beacon [Hallam] Methodist Church, Nether Green, Thursday 13 September at 7.30 by Dr Simon Lindley. Free Admission. Collection for Sheffield Bach Choir Funds. Popular programme including Boëllman’s “Gothic” Suite and Mendelssohn’s First Sonata. All are warmly welcome.

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