Weekly Update – 20th October 2013

PHOTO ALBUM Shan has produced a magnificent photo album of our church community.  But is it complete?  Please check whether your 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!

CONGREGATIONAL LIST will be updated at the end of October.  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.

QUESTIONNAIRE Following our successful Parish Weekend at Swanwick in 2012 and Parish Away-Day earlier this year, we are planning to hold another Away-Day next year (27 September) followed by a Weekend in 2015 (18-20 September).  To help plan these, please complete one of the questionnaires available at the back of church.  Thank you.

SUNDAY LUNCH This will be happening TODAY.  All are welcome to stay and enjoy the food and the company.

SHORT-LISTED! St Mark’s is one of 24 churches short-listed for the ‘The Best Modern Churches’ competition organised by the National Churches Trust to celebrate its 60th Anniversary.  On 7 November at Lambeth Palace, judges will announce a Top 10 Best Modern Churches and award a ‘National Churches Trust Diamond Jubilee Architecture’ prize to 3 places of worship judged to be the best sacred spaces built in the last 60 years.

CONGRATULATIONS to Shan on her appointment as Chaplain of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, 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.

ALSO Our best wishes also go to Camilla Brokenshire who has taken up a place at Hull University to study Music.

MESSENGER RENEWAL It’s time to renew your subscription or start one!  Please see the yellow forms at the back of church and return them to the office.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE – So far we have received pledges and donations totalling £19,234 (including Gift Aid) giving potential funding of £69,234 (including a loan from Church investment) towards our target of £100,000. This is very encouraging but many more pledges are needed before we can commit to start the restoration work. If you have not yet done so please return your pledge form to our Treasurer, David Ryder, as soon as possible and by no later than 10 November 2013.Spare Appeal leaflets and pledge forms are available at the back of church. Thank you in anticipation.

RECORDINGS CDs of the musical numbers from the 50th Anniversary concert, as well as of the entire Festive Eucharist, are available. Price £5 each – all monies towards the Organ Appeal. Please sign up on the board in the Narthex.

HISTORY & EXHBITION Copies of A History of St Mark’s are on sale on Sundays and via the Office. Please take time to view the supporting Exhibition in church.

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.

HOME DONATIONS Do you know of any charities/good causes, local or national, that would benefit from our support? Each year the PCC uses part of its income this way. The amounts aren’t large, around £250 per grant, but make a difference. Please contact Miranda Myers at asmmyers5@gmail.com / 2680043 if you have a suggestion, & we can consider it at the next Home Donations Committee meeting, THIS TUESDAY.

MIGRANTS AND THE NHS Meeting at 7.00 pm on 29 October at the Quaker Meeting House to discuss Government plans.  All welcome. Enquiries to David Price (0114 296 0806).

WALKING THE BREADLINE Church Action on Poverty’s Annual Conference will be held at St Mark’s from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday 9 November. Learn about UK poverty today and how to tackle it. All welcome. Enquiries: David Price 0114 296 0806.

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.

REDUCING THE PLANET’S RELIANCE ON FOSSIL FUELS peopleandplanet.org launches its Fossil Free tour aimed at universities, churches and communities across Britain with meetings in Birmingham (31 October) & London (1-3 November). For details see website.

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

BURNGREAVE ASHRAM is hosting two events: ‘Faiths & Dress’ on 4 November and ‘Celebrating Inter-Faith Week’ on 19 November.  For more information, please see the poster in the foyer.  Free of charge.  All welcome.

NEW BABY! I am the booba [Yid.: grandma] of a baby girl, Joni, who was born last week. Weight: 8lbs 7 ozs, the EXACT weight of Rachel at birth. Ruth Grimsley.

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.  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.

PUBLIC MEETING about the proposed closure of Broomhill Library will take place on Saturday 9 November at Beacon Methodist Church.

SOUP RUN Stocks eagerly needed.  Gary (2316031 ggriefy@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!

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