Weekly Update – 3rd November 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. 

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.

TODAY’S VOLUNTARY is from Messiaen’s seven meditations on the Saints, written in 1939 just before the outbreak of war. It is a glorious, jazz-inspired, out-pouring of joy.

OUR BROOMHALL Calling all budding filmmakers and volunteers!  There is an opportunity to get involved in an exciting history project about Broomhall in many ways, including a great chance to learn about digital video, camera and editing skills. THIS FRIDAY 6pm – 9pm.  Contact Jennie on 07810 162146 or ourbroomhall@gmail.com.  Please see the posters in the foyer for more details.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST The new version is now completed!  If you are on this and would like a copy of it, please contact Anne in the office. Price: 50p.

 

PAY DAY LOAN PETITION Paul Blomfield MP is leading a campaign to stop irresponsible payday lending and other high cost credit.  A copy of the Charter is displayed on the notice board outside the Chapel.  To support the campaign, please sign the petition on-line at: http://www.change.org/paydayloancharter 

SUNDAY LUNCH TODAY! All are welcome to stay for food and friendship.

MESSENGER ISSUE AND RENEWAL The November issue is now out for the bargain price of 60p!  Also, don’t forget subscription forms are on the card stall and at the back of church.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE – Pledges and donations totalling £27,400 (including Gift Aid) giving potential funding of £77,400 (including a loan from Church investment) have now been received towards our target of £100,000.  Grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, despite this generous response we still need many more pledges before we can commit to the 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 next Sunday.  Spare Appeal leaflets and pledge forms are available at the back of church.

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/

CHURCH COMMUNITY Throughout November, we will be giving some thought to how we might get more involved in the life of St Mark’s. At the back of church is a display showing all of the committees, groups and activities that take place here. You are invited to write your name, contact details & the activities you currently do, and any that you would like to get involved in, on the paper at the back and join it to the paperchain. 

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE will be meeting on next Sunday after the morning service to discuss allocation of this year’s donations. Please let Shan know details of any charity you would like us to consider and why. Thank you.

CRC AUTUMN CONFERENCE ‘”JUST” ECONOMICS,’ led by the international economist with a formidable reputation, Ann Pettifor. This is about how we can make the economic system work to serve the needs of our society and our world, including dealing with climate change.  Forms on the CRC stand.

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.

ST. MARK’S HISTORY Copies of A History of St Mark’s are on sale on Sundays and via the Office.

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 THIS SATURDAY. Learn about UK poverty and how to tackle it. Enquiries: David Price 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/

OUTING TO “OLIVER!” at the Crucible on Monday 13 January.  Tickets, price £22, have been reserved for us.  First come – first served!  Please see Briony. Transport will be offered if possible – details later. 

FAIRTRADE There will be a Fairtrade Christmas Stall in church on Sunday 24th November. A range of Christmas food and gifts will be available . In the meantime any Fairtrade orders please put in the brown box at the back of church.

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.

MOVEMBER November has become the month where moustaches are sported by those wishing to grow them to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues. As part of this Geoff Fisher has joined a group of work colleagues with a view to looking less ugly and careworn by shaving off his beard to grow a ‘mo’ during Movember. You can support this very worthwhile cause by making a donation on the Movember website; just search for Movember, select ‘Donate’ then search for Geoff Fisher. Alternatively Geoff has a sponsorship form and will be around to receive support in this way.

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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