Weekly Update – 4th November 2012

THINGS WE’D RATHER NOT THINK ABOUT is the title of a series of Sunday 10.00 am sermons and 6.00 pm led reflections in which we will take a fresh look at traditional Advent themes: 4/11 – Death; 11/11 – Judgement; 18/11 – Dying; 25/11 – Heaven & Hell.  These are challenging topics which faith invites us to engage with openly, honestly and hopefully.  All welcome.

WEEKEND AWAY After such a fruitful time this year, we have booked the Hayes Conference Centre again for 18 – 20 September 2015. Please pop it in your diaries!

CONSULTATION – DATE CHANGE Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless will join us now on Saturday 2 February 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice.  All welcome.

ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is 12-14 April 2013. More details to follow but save the date!

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY AND INFO showing instantaneous power, total energy generated and CO2 savings, is in the foyer.  Plus info about climate change and improving our carbon footprint.

HATS FOR SOUP RUN Dark coloured beanies would be great.  I have a beanie knitting pattern. Many thanks, Sue Parker.

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR ADVENT is in the lounge on Thursdays from 6.00 to 7.00 pm, (except for half term:1Nov). We are beginning to look at music for Advent, as well as practising for Sunday mornings. All welcome.

EXPLORING SILENCE is a new Contemplative Prayer group that will be starting at St Mark’s.  There will be an introductory evening on Tuesday 13 November at 7.00 pm in the lounge.  This is an opportunity for a taster and to give input before monthly meetings in the new year.  All welcome.  For more information, please speak to Anne Padget or Margaret Stone. All welcome.

CHRISTMAS EVE EVENT This year St. Mark’s nativity is inspired by “Horrible Histories”!  Calling all actors, costumiers, lighting and staging crew, catering etc.  We will be meeting next Sunday after church.  Please sign up on the flipchart at the back if you would like to help in any way for this year’s extravaganza.   We have a script from Gary and Anne and will be casting soon and starting rehearsals ASAP. For more info speak to Anne or Gary and come and join the fun!

COFFEE AND BISCUITS The introduction of biscuits last Sunday was a great success, but the supply needs to be maintained by donations. If you would like to bring a packet of biscuits to add to the box, please have a word with the people serving coffee, who will be able to tell you whether more are needed at any time. Thank you.

HOT STUFF Soup Run is asking for tins of soup – tomato, oxtail or chicken. The response has always been great, so thank you, but the need goes on. And donations of clothing plus bedding would be very gratefully received.  Gary.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP is going to follow the Sermon Series on ‘Things we’d rather not think about’ 11.15 am All Welcome.

HOME DONATIONS Are there any local or UK based charities or causes that you think our church should support in funds or perhaps in kind? We are meeting at 3.00pm on Sunday 25th November to consider this year’s grants, and would welcome new suggestions . Please contact Miranda Myers on 2680043 or e mail asmmyers5@gmail.com.

SUCCOL (SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN COLOMBIA) AGM will be held on Friday, 16 November at 7.30pm in the church lounge. There will be an update on the work of the Fundación Zuá in Bogotá, to be followed by a short film about one of Colombia’s greatest literary figures, Gabriel Garciá Márquez.

MAKING FRIENDS Would you like to make new friend(s) by offering hospitality  to a student? I’m looking for people who would like to volunteer to be link people/couples/families and help our new students settle in and feel at home in our congregation. Talk to me after the service or via email: jen@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

FAITH WALK around Broomhall on Sunday 18 November, to celebrate Interfaith Week.  Meet at Sheffield University Students’ Union at 2.00 pm, walk and talk and share afternoon tea at St Andrew’s at 3.00 pm. All welcome!

NURTURING COMMUNITY Come to the Showroom Cinema (Paternoster Row, S1 2BX) this Thursday at 6.00 pm. Sue and Angela will be there and look forward to meeting up with others to watch a film from those being screened that evening.  They will be there again on 6 December and 10 January. We would love your company!  Call Angela on 229 5182 or angela@smokingkipper.com.

MARK’S MESSENGER Contributions are invited for the December issue of Mark’s Messenger. Please send them to Carol Rowe by 15 November, (carol@oaktreelane.fsworld.co.uk) This is an opportunity to give notice of Christmas events that may be of interest to members of St Mark’s.

RENJINI Do you remember Renjini Sam?  She is now back in India, working as a Senior Resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Dr Somervell Memorial CSI Medical College in Karakonam and expecting a second child to join Ann (now nearly 2 years old).  She sends her love and good wishes.

FOOD BANK More and more members of our communities are struggling to make ends meet.  One way in which we can support our neighbours is by supplying provisions for distribution via Food Banks.  From now on, there will be a box at the back of church for food items which will be taken to the S6 Food Bank on a regular basis.  A list of suitable items is by the box.  Thank you.

NATIONAL PRAYER DAY FOR SCHOOLS: Wednesday 14 November at Beacon in Broomhill at 1.30pm.  For info contact Lorna Cudmore 230 8504.

PIANO LESSONS If you or anyone you know would like to learn the piano, children or adults, please speak to Anne Padget, who is starting to teach: 07736 527777 or befreeuk@hotmail.com.

TAX JUSTICE Following the visit of the Tax Justice Bus and the Public Hearing at the Cathedral on 10 October, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty’ urge us to fill in a card to the Prime Minister calling for tax justice to help developing countries and alleviate the cuts in the UK. Cards available today in the narthex. Please fill one in.


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