Weekly Update – 6th October 2013

PHOTO ALBUM Shan has produced a wonderful photo album of our church community.  But is it complete?  Please check whether you photo is in it and, if not, read on… 

OCTOBER is ‘Getting to know one another’ month when we are invited to meet new members, relearn the names of existing ones we’ve forgotten and introduce ourselves to those we’ve never found opportunity to talk to before.  To help with all this, please wear a Name Badge (labels and pens in the pews and at the back) and try our October Challenge to find (i) someone at St Mark’s who was born in the same month as you and (ii) someone whose photo is not in the church album and, with their permission, to take a shot and email it to Shan. (i) and (ii) don’t need to be the same person!

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to our Anniversary celebrations last weekend.  From the book launch on Friday through the concert on Saturday to the Festive Eucharist and lunch alfresco on Sunday, it was a wonderful time of thanksgiving, joy and blessing.

AS USUAL, we will be supporting the Archer Project Harvest Appeal at our Festival service TODAY and are receiving items until 13 October.  (Our normal ‘Food Bank’ collection will be suspended during this time.)  A full list of what is needed is posted by the collection bin in the foyer.

OFFERTORY GIVING CARDS are available for those who give by some other means apart from the weekly envelope.  Please collect one from the back of church.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shan on her appointment as Chaplain of Blue Bell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston, a part-time post commencing in November which Shan will undertake along with her nursing at the Children’s hospital.  Shan will continue to be based at St Mark’s, although we won’t see her so often. 

HISTORY & EXHBITION Copies of A History of St Mark’s will be on sale throughout Sunday and then, via the Office, during the coming weeks. Please take time to view the supporting Exhibition along the north side of church.

ANNIVERSARY ORGAN APPEAL We are looking to raise a substantial sum of money to ensure that our magnificent instrument, urgently in need of a major overhaul, is able to serve the next 50 years as faithfully as it has the previous 50.  Please collect an Appeal Brochure for more information.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on Sunday 3 November at 6.00 pm. If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back.

CHURCH WEBSITE We are looking for someone to help with keeping it up to date by posting new material.  Competence in WordPress would be an advantage, but not essential.  Please contact Ian asap.

COFFEE We offer our thanks to Richard Hide for supplying the coffee last Sunday.  Not just any coffee, but Speciality Fairtrade Sopacdi coffee from the Congo which is available from Sainsburys, Archer Road. Please go and buy some!  Thank you.

THE LION ROARS AGAIN!! Calling all previous/prospective performers –   there will be a one-off performance of Lionstale, on Saturday 19th October at 7.30 pm in aid of the organ appeal. Rehearsals will take place  NEXT SUNDAY at 2.00 and on the day, also at 2.00  ( set-up from 10.00) with an extra session for the choir at the 6.30 practice on Thursday October 10.  New singers/ crowd artistes welcome, please get in touch with Frances Gray or Anne Padget.  

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in the lounge.  It started last week, but it’s not too late to come along!

CTBB OPEN MEETING on 14 October, 7.30 pm at the Beacon.  Topic: Faith and Justice; talk, bible study and discussion.  All welcome.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for accommodation for one night for InSpire’s speaker from the Student Christian Movement this Wednesday, 9 October.  Please contact Mike Kok.

SYRIA APPEAL raised over £1100.  Thank you to everyone who contributed

BETTY MAY is in Wood Hill House (Endcliffe suite) Grimethorpe Road Sheffield S4 8LE Telephone 0114 2430983 for rehabilitation and would welcome visitors.

BROOMHALL NEWS needs an ASSISTANT EDITOR or it will have to cease production. For once it isn’t a lack of money but personnel which is threatening this excellent community newsletter If you’d like to know more please call Sue H on 3276908. Thank you!

CONGREGATIONAL LIST will soon be updated.  If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details, please fill in a form at the back of church.  If you need to, please  consult the schedule of names at the back to check if you are currently on or not.

CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS are now available at St Mark’s. Scholars would be expected to sing at two of the three Choral Eucharists per month and one Night Service each semester as well as at other festival events, including two large choral devotions (in Lent and Advent) and services at Easter, but not over Christmas.  Scholarships would coincide with the university year, running from the first week in October until the second week of June. Scholars would receive an annual bursary of £200 for their services.  If you are interested, please contact Mark McCombs, the Director of Music (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk), with details of relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded by audition. 

THE HOMEWORK CLUB in Broomhall is under threat of closure. If you are interested in working with a team of volunteers to help children continue their learning after school, please call Sue Hammersley 327 6908 asap.

PUBLIC MEETING about the proposed closure of Broomhill Library will take place on Saturday 9 November at Beacon Methodist Church.  Come and have your say!

SOUP RUN Stocks – both tinned goods and clothing – are depleted right now and eagerly needed. Soup Run continued through the summer, so supplies have been under pressure. The winter months are approaching, and the nights are getting cold.  Gary (2316031 ggrief@somail.it) and any of the other soup Run team leaders would be happy to talk to you more about what we need. Thank you!

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE will start at St Andrew’s URC at 9.30am THIS SATURDAY and finish early afternoon at Sacred Heart RC Church in Hillsborough. All welcome. David Price: 296 0806 or Sarah Baker at  sarahbaker17@live.co.uk

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