Weekly Update – 24th 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.

LOOK OUT for Vicky Camber (Curate at Todwick), Beki Chapman (Reader-in-training) and Alison Creasey (Ordinand) who are undertaking placements at St Mark’s over the coming weeks.  Please say hello and help them to feel at home.

EXPERIENCING PESACH In place of our regular Maundy Thursday service, an opportunity to participate in a Passover-type meal presided over by Keith Sayliss of the local Reform Jewish Congregation.  In addition to the consumption of symbolic foods, a simple vegetarian supper will be served.  Thursday 28 March at 7.30 pm.  No admission charge, retiring collection.  Further details at the back of church, together with sign-up sheet.

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

ODETTE SEFUKO, who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo 7 years’ ago in fear of her life has been seeking asylum in the UK since 2005.  The Home Office, refusing to accept her well-documented and independently verified claim, intends to deport her from Yarl’s Wood on 4 March.  To try to prevent this happening, please sign the on-line petition:

http://tinyurl.com/a27dbe2.  Further information at the back of church.

MIGRATION MUSIC Andrew Linn will give an Organ recital THIS FRIDAY at 1.00pm in church.  It will follow the experiences of those millions of Europeans who left the promised land in the 19th century.  The programme includes music by Sibelius, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and Percy Whitlock.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE CAKE STALL TODAY AFTER 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 secure livelihoods 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.

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

REVIEW of this year’s Lent Course plus input from Ian on other burning issues in the Corinthian Correspondence on Sunday 21 April, 6.00 – 7.30 pm in the Upper Room.  All welcome!

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.  Sign up sheet at the back.

JANET BROWN CELEBRATION On 15 March there will be a celebration in recognition of the work Janet Brown has done in her years as CTBB Worker with Older People. (Please note this is in March, not February as in the Messenger.)

PLEDGE APPEAL 2013 – UPDATE – We have had 107 responses promising in total increased giving for 2013 of £16,700 (including recoverable tax) compared to our target of £13,000. Very grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. Further responses are still welcome and if you have not yet done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible. Spare pledge  forms can be found in the brown envelopes at the back of the 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.  CRC members get the reduced rate!

BOLLYWOOD NIGHT with a 3 course vegetarian meal, bhangra, music and opportunity to dress up. THIS SATURDAY at 6.30pm. Tickets £12.  Contact Kinder Kalsi on 07787578720.

WOMEN BISHOPS Individuals, as well as PCCs, are being encouraged as a matter of urgency to comment on the latest consultation document outlining a revised process by which women can become bishops.  Copies of the document, ‘Women in the episcopate: a new way forward (GS MISC 1042),’ can be found at the back of church or it can be accessed online via either the St Mark’s or CofE websites.  Submissions should be send to women.bishops@churchofengland.org by this Thursday – 28th February.

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.A PUBLIC MEETING ON THE CUTS by Sheffield Equality Group will be held at 6.30pm for 7.00 pm on Thursday 11 April at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street.  Following short presentations on social security changes etc, there will be discussion on how to support victims, how to lobby and how to inform Sheffield. Joe Forde hopes that St Mark’s can be well represented, so, if interested, please notify him – joe.forde@tiscali.co.uk or 01246569424.

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)!  The café is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11.30am – 2.00pm.

SHAN is on placement at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice during February. We wish her a fruitful time as she explores ways in which the two strands of her vocation can be woven together.

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