Weekly Update 23rd February 2014

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014 To date 97  responses (compared to 113 for the 2013 Appeal) have been received with total extra giving of £8,995 (including recovered tax) promised in a full year towards the £13,400 target. These include 5 new pledges and 52 increases.  Grateful thanks to all who have responded.   We are getting close 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.SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKES!

A communal feast of pancakes with a seasonal Quiz – all welcome! From 6pm on Tuesday 4th March.  Donations please.

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. If anyone else would like to join this scheme please contact Judith Pitchforth as soon as possible. (Judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk)

NEWS FROM THE VICARWe are so grateful for your many expressions of loving concern – they are a lifeline.  Recovery is painfully slow, I’m afraid, and the Bishop has recommended more time before resuming public ministry.  Reluctantly, I have agreed.  Please carry on supporting Sue, Gary and Mike as St Mark’s continues to flourish.  With our thanks, love and good wishes. Keep those prayers flowing!  Ian.DURING IAN’S ABSENCE

Mike Hunt, Gary Grief, and Sue Hammersley are immensely grateful for your support during Ian’s absence.  Please continue to contact all three of us with any concerns.

ALAN BIRCHALL has had a fall and is on Huntsman 7 of NGH. If anyone would like to visit, please ring Roy Godden first, as he is co-ordinating the visiting.  A card would be a good alternative.

DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

 2014 marks 100 years of the Sheffield Diocese.  There are several celebration events.  Please see the poster at the back of church and let Anne in the office know if you would like to attend any of them.

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

BISCUITS Many thanks to all who’ve donated biscuits for Sunday mornings. We’re well stocked, so no more needed!

THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE Robert Beard will be doing this on 14 June to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care, in memory of his sister, Miranda, who died in 2009 aged just 46.  Please sponsor him if you can, directly or at www.justgiving.com/RobertBeard

BRING AND SHARE MEAL 6.30pm. Church Lounge. Sunday 2nd March. All are welcome.  Followed by 8pm Night Service Communion for those who would like to stay.  For further information contact Liz Anson info@adv.co.ukDATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sunday lunch will happen on March 23 (launch of garden project; host – Vanessa Senger),                                                 April 13 (host – Briony Tayler), May 18 (host – Mary-Jane Ryder), June – shared meal with CTBB, date TBC.ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE – The Appeal Fund is currently £98,200 just £1,800 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, David Ryder requests that all Pledges not yet paid be done so as soon as possible.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY A big thank you to all box holders, £402.12 was raised in 2013. Nationally the society raises £2 million a year through box collections enabling it to continue its important work with young runaways and asylum seekers. If you would like to have a collection box please contact me. Susan Whitmill (tel 2667316).

CAR PARK BARRIER UPDATE Thank you for your co-operation with the new barrier.  If you do use it, please ensure that when in the upright position the pin is securing it firmly.  Please also ensure that when locking the padlock the numbers are moved to a different position – otherwise people can work out what the code is! For clarification, the barrier stays open from Friday evening until Sunday evening.  The rest of the week it should be locked shut.

GARDEN PARTY SAT 14 JUNE Calling all stallholders – old and new – if you’d like to be part of this exciting extravaganza, please sign up on the sheet at the back.  We really need a couple of coordinators – please have a word with Sue Hammersley

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.

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 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).

MENOPAUSE & SPEECH RESEARCH Female volunteers are being sought between the ages of 46-55 yrs and 70 – 79yrs for research into the menopause and speech.  Requires one interview session of 1.5 – 2 hours.   Please contact Ramya Maintreyee at hcp11rm@sheffield.ac.uk if you are interested in taking part.

FAIRTRADE There will be no Fair Trade stall during the fortnight as there is a new Fair Trade shop opening on Whitham Rd Broomhill on 24th February selling food stuffs, home ware, jewellery and gifts. Please support this important new venture and make it a success. Today all the biscuits available at coffee time are Fair Trade, and we have included some that are gluten free.  If you are gluten intolerant please try them and let us know your opinions as we would like to make these a regular feature if there is enough support for this.

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