|WELCOME & CHRISTMAS GREETINGS especially if you are new to St Mark’s or visiting. May you discover here what you are seeking and find companions for faith’s journey.
CHRISTMAS EVE NATIVITY PLAY Many thanks to all who contributed to this, from the players – expected and unexpected! – the crew, and all the people doing the crafts and the refreshments. It was a great team effort and went down very well with kids and parents alike.
PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014 – To date 50 responses have been received with total extra giving of £6,350 (including recovered tax) promised in a full year towards the £13,400 required. The responses include 3 new pledges and 31 increases. This is a very encouraging start to the 2014 Pledge Appeal and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. Clearly we have some way to go in order to have sufficient income next year to maintain the work and mission of the Church at existing levels. Consequently, if you have not done so please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving). Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church. Thanks, David Ryder, Treasurer.
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS for Gary: firstname.lastname@example.org. The old one’s defunct!
CONGREGATIONAL LIST If you would like a copy, please contact Anne P. 50p or an electronic copy for free
|STAFF CHANGE Mike Kok will soon be leaving us to return to his native Canada (final Sunday – 12 January). Fortunately, there will be a seamless transition with Robert Beard taking over as our next Worker with Students and Young Adults from the beginning of this year. We offer them both our thanks and good wishes.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2013 Thanks to all those who wrote greetings cards to prisoners of conscience. A total of 35 cards have been posted from St Mark’s – more than twice the number sent last year. Your concern is much appreciated. Robin Story
STATIONS OF LIFE – BIRTH The first station is in place on the north wall and will, in time, be joined by others, marking different transitions in life. Please pay a visit and reflect on your experiences. There is also a handout available explaining the purpose of the ‘Stations’ project. If there is one you would like to be marked, please mention it to Ian, Sue or Liz Anson.
BREATHE DEEP is a youth development day for 11-18s throughout the diocese. It will take place on Saturday 25 January at St Tom’s, Philadelphia Campus, Gilpin Street, Sheffield, S6 3BL. For more details and to book: www.breathedeepday.info.
HISTORY OF ST MARK’S AND ANNIVERSARY CDS are still available and would make excellent presents. If interested, please contact David Price (History) and Briony Tayler (CD Anniversary Service and Concert).
|GREEN CHALLENGE This is in connection with Sheffield on a Plate – to locally grow enough vegetables to make a world record soup/stew to feed 5000+ in Sheffield. Seeds are provided for anyone who would like to take part. Please speak to Anne Padget for more info. & seeds!
TRIP TO “OLIVER”– there are 4 places left. Payment is due from now on – cash, or a cheque to ‘St Mark’s PCC.’ Monies and bookings to Briony.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the Church Lounge 1.30 p.m. to 2.30pm THIS WEDNESDAY Happy New Year! A game, a quiz and “Cinderella”! All welcome. Modest charge. Details: Rosalind 268 1426.
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE UPDATE Thank you to everyone who bought Christmas cards – we sold £300 of cards on behalf of Oxfam and £100 of Traidcraft cards. Thank you also to those who joined in or contributed to the Christian Aid Carol Singing in Fargate on 7 December. Despite the damp and gloomy weather the event raised £1,470 thanks to the generosity of the people of Sheffield.
MULTIFAITH CHAPEL & LIBRARY The next Meditation/Prayer Lunch & Seminar at Burngreave Ashram will happen TOMORROW. Six members will talk about ‘Varieties of Christianity in Sheffield and their Enduring Values.’ Free entry, but please confirm to help with numbers for catering. For contact details and more info please see the posters in the foyer.
FREE HP1010 B&W printer. Xerox flatbed scanner. Both work on Windows XP, but no drivers for Windows 7 or 8. (Contribution to the organ fund appreciated.) David Sanderson.
|POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS WEEK begins on Sunday 26 January. Church Action on Poverty is holding a special ecumenical service at 230 pm at Holy Family RC Church 20 Eastern Drive, Arbourthorne, Sheffield S2 3WP. All are welcome.
ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE Promised, available and potential funds now total £90,500 towards our target of £100,000. It is wonderful to be so close to our target. Please help to achieve it by returning your pledge form to David Ryder if you have not already done so. With grateful thanks.
BETTY MAY has moved to Wood Hill Grange care home 526 Grimesthorpe Road Sheffield S4 8EN. Tel 2610887. Betty is in the Redmires unit and would welcome visitors and Christmas cards.
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE If you’ve not already done so, please write to your MP this week. There is a template letter in the green campaign leaflet which can be downloaded at www.hftf.org.uk. ALSO people have said they would like to enclose campaign leaflets with their Christmas cards. There is now a religious and a non-religious version. Please put your orders on the sheet at the back. ALSO Michael Bayley is forming a small group to support the campaign. Interested in joining, not least to keep it in our prayers? Contact Michael on 2585248.
CHRISTMAS DINNER Thanks to the efforts of The Christmas Lunch Team. A special thank you to David Anson who took over the organising of it this year. About 80 people did feast upon a turkey dinner (one each!) on Christmas Day. A combination of a big effort, some Christmas magic, and a little bit of alchemy, meant lots of people who might otherwise have eaten alone went away happy, for the fourth year running.