Weekly Update – 26th January 2014

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014 –

To date 75 responses have been received with total extra giving of £8,420 (including recovered tax) promised in a full year towards the £13,400 target. These include 4 new pledges and 42 increases.  Grateful thanks to all who have responded. 

However, more money is needed to be sure we can continue to maintain the work and mission of the Church at existing levels.   Consequently, if you have not done so please return your pledge form immediately.  Spare pledge forms are available at the back of the Church.  Alternatively, if you are unable to change your giving you can simply send an email to Judith Pitchforth at judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk  to confirm.  Thanks, David Ryder, Treasurer.

ISLAMIC AWARENESS WEEK This is intended to educate people about Islam and create bonds between communities.  Hallam University are putting on 2 events: 5 February; 6pm at Lecture Theatre 6620, Adsetts Centre. Understanding Mary in Islam and Christianity; A dialogue between Revd. Ian Maher and Dr. Akram Kahn on the different perspectives their faiths have of Mary followed by a Q & A session.

6 February; 5pm – 8pm, Severn Road. Mosque Open Day with exhibition, stalls and Q & A session.  These are open invitations. Please see Anne in the office for more details if you would like to go.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB

Wednesdays in the church lounge

from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.

29 January: Paul Clarke talks about his family during World War I. All welcome. Modest charge.  Details: Rosalind 268 1426

NEWS FROM THE VICAR

Ian and Liz are grateful for all your concern and care.  Ian’s operation took place a week last Tuesday and the surgeon feels that it went well.  Ian is recovering with Nurse Tess on hand (well, paw and tail!) Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Any cards sent to the Vicarage will be redirected.

DURING IAN’S ABSENCE

While Ian is recovering it would be very helpful if church business could be directed to the Churchwardens, Mike Hunt and Gary Grief, and the Associate Vicar, Sue Hammersley then we can decide who’s best to follow it up.

 ROBERT BEARD has now commenced as our new Worker with Students and Young Adults.  We look forward to supporting him in this important ministry.

STATIONS OF LIFE

There is a handout available explaining the purpose of the ‘Stations’ project.  The second station is due to be launched at our All Age Service on February 9th

If there is one you would like to be marked, please mention it to Sue Hammersley or Liz Anson.

NEW CAR PARK BARRIER was installed last Friday.  The barrier will be locked shut during the week and will need a code to open it.  All the numbered spaces are allocated for a fee. If you need to park in the church spaces during the week between 9am and 5pm, please apply to Anne and it may be possible to issue you with a permit for a particular day and time.  Please note that the church spaces are often in use in the daytime and must not be used without permission.  Thank you!

SUNDAY LUNCH FOR “NEWCOMERS” on Feb 16th at 12.15. If you’ve joined St Mark’s in the last year or so this is an opportunity to get to know a smaller group of people and find out a bit more about what goes on here.  All are welcome so it would help with catering if you could sign on the sheet to say you’re planning to attend.  For more info call Sue Hammersley on 327 6908.

POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS WEEK begins TODAY. Church Action on Poverty is holding a special ecumenical service at 2.30 pm at Holy Family RC Church 20 Eastern Drive, Arbourthorne, S2 3WP. All are welcome.

Paul Blomfield MP will be a guest at St Mark’s to talk about how we can all work together to alleviate poverty in his Constituency.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN LATER YEARS There will be an Awareness Day on Saturday 22 February at 9.30am – 3.30pm at St. Columba’s Church, Crosspool.  This will be led by members of the Chaplaincy Team and mental health professionals.  The workshop is free and drinks are provided, but please bring your own lunch.   To book a place contact Briony Broome on 07801 532954 or briony.broome@scccc.co.uk  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details.

CALL FOR MIRRORS Do you have any spare mirror – all shapes and sizes – that you do not need;  bevelled edges, no frame, 1930’s style?  A donation towards the Organ Appeal would be given for this.  If you think you could help, please contact Linsey Taylor-Auad on 07545 085024.  Many thanks.

ADRIAN THATCHER will lead our next CRC Conference, entitled ‘From Exclusion to Inclusion: Marriage for All,’ on Saturday 15 March, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.  Adrian, an Anglican theologian and Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Exeter University, is an internationally recognised authority in the sphere of human sexuality, gender identity and marriage. Tickets: £14 (non-members), £12 (members) & £5 (students/unwaged).

DISCUSSION GROUP on Thursdays at 11.00am will be looking at The Last Week by Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan up until Lent.   All welcome.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE – The Appeal Fund is currently £97,300 just £2,700 short of our target.  It is not too late to give a pledge to meet our target.  Pledge forms to our Treasurer, David Ryder, please.  Given the success of the Appeal, the PCC has decided to enter into a contract as soon as possible with Wood of Huddersfield, Organ Builders, with the work expected to start by May 2014.  Consequently it is now necessary to collect in all promised funds and David Ryder has contacted all those who have given pledges to request their payments.

 COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS  are looking for volunteers who can understand the difficulties faced by families and provide friendship, advice and support, working closely with Social Services. It’s about taking time to listen to families, acting as a strong role model and giving practical help and support. It is a demanding role but CSV will provide training and support every step of the way. To find out more see www.csv.org.uk or contact Terry Lowell on 0114 2057145; email t.lowell@csv.org.uk    Helen Williams.

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