Weekly Update – 16th 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 TODAY after the 10.00 am service.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 1 week 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.
  • Final details about what to bring, etc, will be mailed out shortly.

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the lounge from 15 October.  It is for anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Christian Way as it is understood and practised at St Mark’s.  Flyers and sign-up sheet available at the back of church. All welcome!

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.

VOLUNTARIES Today’s voluntaries are from Bach’s flamboyant Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, a flashy early work which includes probably the most notorious pedal solo of the organ repertoire.

GARDENING For many years, Kay Hudson has been responsible for the church grounds, but is standing down at the end of this month.  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.

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

HARVEST LUNCH 7 October, after out Harvest Festival, we shall be having a Parish Lunch.  All welcome.  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. 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 the homemade jams, chutneys and preserves you have made or donated.  Please start preserving as soon as you can.


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!

ST MARK’S TODAY. Grateful thanks to all those who contributed to this chapter in St Mark’s 50th anniversary history by completing the green form or by sending an email. You thoughtful contributions were very welcome and most helpful.  Mike Hunt

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 now out for the bargain price of 60p.  If you wish to subscribe there are forms on the card stall to be returned to Peter Whitmill.

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.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP will be looking at Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”.  All are invited to come along at 11.15am. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30am for those who wish to attend.

‘UNITED BY LOVE: DIVIDED BY THERESA MAY’ All are invited to a meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 25 September at the Quaker Meeting House on the new family migration rules. An annual income of £18,600 is now needed to bring a spouse into the country from outside the European Union and yet more for children. Organised by South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (David Price: 296 0806).

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

BROOMHALL STORIES The Launch event for this will be on Sunday 30 September, 7 – 8.30pm.  There will be a 30 minutes film about 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.

DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY, entitled, ‘Salt and Light: Transformation of God’s World’ will take place on Saturday 6 October. The key note speaker is Ann Morisy, community theologian and author.  Seminars will include sessions on global justice, the Bible and politics, understanding asylum and renewing the earth. For more details please speak to Shan or sign up on the sheet on the notice board. Thank you.

SAVE & StopGap AGMs will take place on 18 September, 1.45 – 4.00 pm, in the Quaker Meeting house.  All welcome.

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