Weekly Update – 27th 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 here NEXT SUNDAY.  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.

MESSENGER RENEWAL It’s time to renew your subscription or start one!  Please see the yellow forms on the card stall and return them to the office.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE – So far we have received pledges and donations totalling £24,300 (including Gift Aid) giving potential funding of £74,300 (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.

THANK YOU to everyone who made and purchased jams and chutneys over the last couple of weeks. £342.65 will be sent to Christian Aid as a result of your generosity.

YOUR FAITH, YOUR FINANCE is a new website offering a place to explore ethical and spiritual issues around money. It helps us and our Church to make decisions, without telling you the answers.

http://www.yourfaithyourfinance.org/

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.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place NEXT SUNDAY. If you would like someone included, please add his/her name to the list at the back.

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

MIGRANTS AND THE NHS Meeting at 7.00 pm THIS TUESDAY 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 BIG SOCIETY A longer version of Robert Beard’s article in November’s St Mark’s Messenger is online at http://robert0461.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/whatever-happened-to-the-big-society/

A CALL FOR FURNITURE A local Syrian refugee is in need of furniture for his new flat, including a bed. Please contact Robert Beard on 255 6335 or at arjay61@hotmail.com if you can help.

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

OUTING TO “OLIVER!” at the Crucible on Mon. January13th. – tickets, price £22 have been reserved for us – 1st come, 1st served – please see Briony. Transport will be offered if possible – details later.

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). See website.

A LOAD OF OLD FOSSILS! Siobhan Grimes (Christianity Uncut and Operaton Noah) will talk about the role of churches and Christians in weaning us off our addiction to fossil fuels on Wednesday 20 November at 7.00 pm, Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street.

BURNGREAVE ASHRAM is hosting two events: ‘Faiths & Dress’ on 4 November and ‘Celebrating Inter-Faith Week’ on 19 November.  For more info. please see the poster in the foyer.

CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS are now available at St Mark’s.  They would coincide with the university year and 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.

LOOKING AFTER THE PENNIES The ‘New Roots’ shops on Glossop Road and Spital Hill need a new treasurer. It’s not a huge job, by any stretch, and it would help to support a truly excellent business that continues to show that it is possible for retail to be a force for good, and not just a vehicle for profit-chasing and exploitation. If there’s anyone who’s interested, please get in touch with Gary (0114 2316031 ggriefy@somail.it)

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