Weekly Update 2nd March 2014

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014 

 To date for this year total extra giving of £8,995 (including recovered tax) is promised towards the £13,400 target.  Grateful thanks to all who have responded.  However a few have yet to do so. Please therefore 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 activities for children and a seasonal Quiz for adults – all welcome! From 6pm THIS TUESDAY.  Bring a bottle if you wish; juice provided. 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.

CTBB AGM will be taking place on Monday 10th March at The Broomhill Beacon, 7.30pm.  Revd. Frances Eccleston will be the speaker.  All welcome.

LICENSING

Michael Burn will be licensed as Assistant Curate (Associate Priest) at Wath NEXT SUNDAY at 6.30pm.  Anybody who would like to go is most welcome. 
 

LENT GROUPS

If you have signed up for one of this year’s Lent groups, you’ll find the booklet ready for collection at the back of church. Please tick on the list to indicate that you’ve taken your copy – and remember to do the preparatory reading for the first session.

NEWS FROM THE VICAR

We are so grateful for your many expressions of loving concern – they are a lifeline.  Recovery is slow and the Bishop has recommended more time before resuming public ministry.  Please carry on supporting Sue, Gary and Mike as St Mark’s continues to flourish.  With our thanks, love and good wishes.  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 died peacefully in hospital on Wednesday 26 February following complications resulting from his recent fall. Alan will be remembered by many at St Mark’s for his quiet loyalty and artistic talent.  The altar frontal, used during the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany, was designed by him and will serve as a fitting memorial to his life and contribution to this church.

SHAN will be licensed as Chaplain to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Assistant Priest of St Mark’s by Bishop Peter on Sunday 23 March at 10.00 am.  Lunch will be served afterwards.

GOD-TALK is the title of Ian’s latest ‘Living thinking faith’ booklet.  Copies available on the card stall.  50p donation.

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).

DATES 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.  Further pledges/donations are welcome.  Please send to our Treasurer, David Ryder.  The contract for the work has been signed and is expected to start by the end of May 2014.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).

FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the church lounge on Wednesdays from 1.30 p.m. 5 March: “Magic Moments – Remember That Song?” All welcome. Modest charge. Details: Carol on 266 5628.

 
 The microwave in the upstairs kitchen has finally gone kaput.  Is there anyone who has a spare one they would be willing to donate to the church?  Please speak to Briony or Anne Padget.

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.

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.ELECTORAL ROLL, the church’s membership list, is being updated. If you are not on the Roll, please complete a form which is available at the back of Church and place it in the box provided. The Roll will be closed on 19 March until after the Annual Church Meetings. Peter Ryder, Electoral Roll Officer.FAIR TRADE CAKES

To mark the end of Fair Trade fortnight, we are asking all you keen cake-makers to bake a cake, using as many fairly traded ingredients as possible, to bring to church NEXT SUNDAY  to share at coffee time after the 10o’clock service. All proceeds to be sent to Twin, a pioneer and leader of the fair trade movement, working to build better lives for the poorest and most marginalised in the trading chain. Why not support the important new venture on Whitham Road and purchase your ingredients from the new shop there which is selling Fairtrade food stuffs, home ware, jewellery and gifts.

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