Weekly Update – 9th February 2014

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014

To date 91 responses (compared to 113 for the 2013 Appeal) have been received with total extra giving of £9,151 (including recovered tax) promised in a full year towards the £13,400 target. These include 4 new pledges and 49 increases.  Grateful thanks to all who have responded.   We are getting much closer to having sufficient funds to maintain the work and mission of the Church at existing levels but more would help.   Consequently, if you have not done so please return your pledge form immediately.  Spares 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.

STATIONS OF LIFE 2: SCHOOL

There is a handout available explaining the purpose of the ‘Stations’ project.  The second station is now in place, do please take a moment to visit it.  If you would like to be involved in preparing a prayer station please speak to Sue Hammersley or Liz Anson.  Thank you.

WHITE ENVELOPES Will donors who requested white (weekly) envelopes please collect the new supply (from March 2014) from the back of the church as soon as possible. If anyone else would like to join this scheme please contact Judith Pitchforth as soon as possible. (Judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk)

CELEBRATION!

Don Smith will be receiving his certificate for 60 years as a Methodist Local Preacher TONIGHT AT 6.00PM.  The service will take place at Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes.  If anyone would like to attend and celebrate with Don they are welcome to come along. 

LIONS

Following recent discussions we have made changes to the provision of activities for the ‘Lions’ group. For the past few months we have met at 6-8pm for food, games and chat once a month. This has been well received and will now become a regular feature on the third Sunday of every month in the church lounge. In addition we will now only be meeting on the first Sunday of the month during the 10am service for breakfast and discussion in the Lions’ den. This decision reflects the current make-up of our group and will be constantly under review. For more information speak to  any of the Lions’ leaders or Sue H.

NEWS FROM THE VICAR

Ian and Liz are grateful for all your concern and care.  Ian is recovering well 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.

DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 2014 marks 100 years of the Sheffield Diocese.  There are several celebration events being organised including Services around the Diocese.  Please see the poster at the back of church and let Anne in the office know if you would like to attend any.

SOUP RUN is in need of more tins again. Any donations of baked beans (with sausages if possible) or soup – chicken, oxtail or vegetable preferably, would be greatly received. Many thanks.

‘POLITICIANS, RACISM AND THE MEDIA’

A public meeting to call on politicians to stop creating a xenophobic climate for impending elections. Tuesday 18 February at 7-9pm at the Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, next to the Showroom Cinema.

CONCERT

Would you like to come and hear a lovely concert. Beethoven’s 3rd symphony (Eroica) and Beethoven’s violin concerto at 7.30 pm on Saturday March 1st at the Firth Hall played by the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra. Tickets £10 available from Mary Jane Ryder. Many thanks. mjryder.ivypark@btinternet.com

NEW CAR PARK BARRIER

If you need to park in the church spaces during the week, 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!

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.

UPRIGHT PIANO

made by Chappell, mid-20th Century.  Well maintained.  FREE, but needs to be collected.  For info please contact Alan & Judith Brown on 266 7691.

LENT GROUPS:

 Earthing our Faith, Cherishing God’s Creation.  Flyers are now available and sign-up sheets are ready at the back of church.  Evening and daytime groups are being run.

SPONSORED SLEEP OUT

Judith Greenall, who attends night service, will be sleeping outside the cathedral overnight on 28th/29th March to raise funds for the Cathedral Archer Project. If you would like to sponsor her you can do so in person after night service or

online at: www.justgiving.com/JGreenall 

ADRIAN THATCHER will lead our next CRC Conference, ‘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).

SUNDAY LUNCH FOR “NEWCOMERS”

 NEXT SUNDAY 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.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB

Wednesdays in the church lounge from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. 12 February: “Journey to Santiago” with John Hall.  All welcome.  Modest charge.  Details: Rosalind 268 1426.

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