Weekly Update – 17th February 2013

ELECTORAL ROLL 2013 Every six years, we are required to prepare a new Electoral Roll from scratch, rather than simply revise the existing one.  Please complete an Application Form and either place it in the designated box in church or give it to Peter Ryder, our Electoral Roll Officer, by 31 March.  The Electoral Roll is the membership list of St Mark’s, conferring rights to vote at the Annual Parochial Meeting and to serve on the Parochial Church Council.  The size of our Electoral Roll will also determine how many Deanery Synod representatives we are entitled to elect and it is Deanery Synod reps who vote on the Diocese’s delegates on General Synod.

LENT GROUPS are focusing on Paul’s tumultuous, difficult and yet ultimately enlightening relationship with a young spirited church in Corinth to see what light the experience of that Christian community can throw upon ours.  Lent booklets for participants are at the back of church, or you can download a version from the website. If you would like to be part of a group, but haven’t signed-up yet, please have a word with one of the clergy.

FOOD & FRIENDSHIP As part of Islam Awareness Week, an opportunity to sample cuisine from different Islamic countries around the world.  Tuesday 12 March at 6.30 pm, hosted at St Mark’s with dishes supplied by Abdool and his friends.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE CAKE STALL NEXT SUNDAY – Help launch Fair Trade Fortnight – bake something (using fairly traded ingredients?) Sample recipes at back of church.  All proceeds to VSO to support Peter Wood (Anne and John’s son) who’s going to Guyana for eighteen months to help rural micro-enterprises so they have a secure livelihood for themselves and their families. Fair Trade produce will be on sale during Fair Trade Fortnight.

WHITE ENVELOPES New white envelopes are now available for those who make their donations weekly through the collection plate. They are at the back of the church, labelled with the donors’ names. Please collect as soon as possible.

If anyone else would like to join this scheme please contact me (Judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk) Thank you. Judith Pitchforth.

CONGRATULATIONS to Anne and John Wood who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s day – how romantic is that!

DIOCESAN LENT CHALLENGE This Lent we are inviting church members across the Diocese to take ‘A Step Away from Meat’ and ‘A Step Towards Fairtrade,’ as part of an international campaign to produce sustainable food and feed the world’s starving residents.  For info see www.sheffield.anglican.org/index.php/church-in-action/board-of-faith-a-justice/lent-challenge Thanks.  Kate Plant.

JANET BROWN CELEBRATION On 15 March there will be a review and a celebration in recognition of all the work that Janet Brown has done in her years as CTBB Worker with Older People. (please note this is in March, not February as stated on the Messenger’s back page)

FOOD BANK Many thanks for donations so far, but please keep them coming (box by the vestry with a list of suitable food).

NEXT OF KIN The vicar is happy to hold confidentially details of next of kin for use in cases of emergency.

PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – The response to our Pledge Appeal to date continues to exceed all expectations! We have now 107 responses promising in total increased giving of £16,700 (including recoverable tax) compared to our target of £13,000. Responses comprise 13 new pledges, 59 increases, 29 no changes and 6 decreases. Very grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. This gives confidence that we can continue to maintain the work and service of the Church and also cushion against any future income reductions. Further responses are still welcome and if you have not yet done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible. Spare pledge appeal packs and pledge forms can be found in the brown envelopes at the back of church. David Ryder – Treasurer.

‘CELEBRATING A 21st CENTURY FAITH’ A day to explore and share how progressive churches express Christian faith ‘on the ground’. With contributions from churches across the country, including St. Mark’s, Saturday  20 April 2013 11.00 – 4.30  (registration from 10.30) at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS.  Please see booking forms at the back of church for more info.  If you are a CRC member you are also eligible for the reduced rate!

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE ‘Christian Beginnings: Why Jesus didn’t die out,’ led by internationally acclaimed biblical scholar Gerd Lüdemann, Saturday 11 May 2013, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.  Non-members £15, CRC/PCN Members £13, Students £5.  Forms on the CRC table.

THE TIME BUILDERS FOOD HUB CAFÉ at St. Mary’s, Bramall Lane serves delicious hearty meals costing no more than £2.50 (and a mere £1 if you join in and participate in timebuilders – www.timebuilders.wordpress.com)!  Homemade hot and cold food, vegetarian and vegan options available.  The café is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11.30am – 2.00pm. They largely serve food from Fareshare, a charity which redistributes surplus food.  This gives vulnerable people experience of working in a commercial kitchen and running a café offering cheap but hearty food.  All welcome.  They would value support from as many people as possible.

WELFARE REFORM LISTENING TRAINING: All are invited to an information and training morning on the effects of current welfare reform, THIS SATURDAY, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm,  Hallam Pastoral Centre, S9 3WU. If interested, please inform David Price (296 0806).

FAIR-TRADE AND PERU. TODAY at 3.00 pm in the Polish Catholic Centre, Ecclesall Road, an illustrated presentation will be given by Mike and Marian Reynolds about their trip to Peru. Tickets £5.

BOLLYWOOD NIGHT with a 3 course vegetarian meal, bhangra, music and opportunity to dress up in Indian outfits.  Saturday 2 March at 6.30pm. Tickets £12.  Funds to the Church Army.  Contact Kinder Kalsi on 07787578720.

FILM: ‘Growing Change: a journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution,’ THIS WEDNEDSAY 7.00pm, Quaker Meeting House. All welcome.

SHAN is on placement at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice during February so she won’t be around St Mark’s as much as usual. We wish her a fruitful time as she explores ways in which the two strands of her vocation, nursing and ordained ministry, can be woven together.

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