Weekly News for 30th March 2014

THANK YOU. Shan would like to thank everyone who helped make last Sunday morning’s service and lunch such an enjoyable occasion. It felt like a real celebration of my vocation(s) and a really good example of the people of St Mark’s sharing their gifts and skills as we offered hospitality to our guests. My friends and colleagues have commented how warmly they were welcomed. Thank you also for the cards and messages of support. ALSO grateful thanks to all those who provided cake – it disappeared in record time!  BrionyLIVING THE QUESTIONS THIS WEDNESDAY. 7.30pm refreshments with a 8.00pm start. We offer an opportunity to explore the Christian journey in a place of mutual support and encouragement.  Please join us if this sounds like it might be for you, or contact Jonathan Williamson on 07790 815164. Check the website too. 

PASSIONTIDE CHORAL SERVICE 6.00 pm on Palm Sunday, 13 April.  The service will incorporate the Requiem by Henry Walford Davies, first published in 1915 and composed “In Sacred Memory of all those who have fallen in the war.”  The service will also include a number of thematic organ devotions.  All welcome.

PLEDGE APPEAL – SHORTFALL Please respond if you have not yet done so – we’re still over £3000 short of what is needed to balance the books!  Pledge forms, available at the back of church, should be sent to Judith Pitchforth or emailed to judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk.

Thanks  David Ryder, Treasurer.

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

ANNUAL REPORT reviewing church life throughout 2013 and, in some cases, up to the end of March 2014 is out.  Contributions of 50p. 

CHURCH ELECTIONS for Churchwardens, Parochial Church Councillors and Deanery Synod Reps will take place at the Annual Parochial Church Meetings (see below).  Who would you like to serve as a Churchwarden or represent you on the PCC or Deanery Synod? Are you willing to serve? Nomination forms can be found at the back of church, along with the box for completed forms.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS will be held on Wednesday 9 April.  Cheese, biscuits and wine will be served from 6.30 pm with the meetings starting at 7.00 pm.  If you could help with this, please see Mary-Jane or Briony.
We will be reviewing the past year and looking forward to the next as well as electing two Church-wardens, up to 15 members of the Parochial Church Council and two Deanery Synod reps.

NOMINATIONS So far, the following nominations have been received: Churchwarden (2 places): Mike Hunt, Sarah Moore; Deanery Synod (2 places): Cath Osgerby, Anne Padget; PCC (15 places): Philip Booth, Rosie Moffatt, Alison Tolson, Jonathan Williamson, Jane Keeling, Sarah Frost, Briony Tayler, Kim Willis…..WHO COULD YOU NOMINATE?

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. 2 April:  The Road to Easter in words and music.            All welcome.  Modest charge. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

IAN would like to thank everyone for their prayers, good wishes and kindnesses over the past weeks.  They have been a life-line!  He would also like to express his appreciation to Sue, Mike and Gary as well as to all who supported them.  It was a wonderful team-effort!  Ian returns to public ministry this weekend and intends to build up gradually from then on.  During his time away, he completed one or two modest writing projects, including some poetry – a selection of which is available on the card stall.LIONS will be meeting NEXT SUNDAY during the 10.00am service.OCCASIONALLY someone will come to St Mark’s asking for money.  Please be confident that there is a discretionary fund as well as other sources of assistance.  Please refer anyone asking to a member of the clergy or a church warden rather than giving money yourself.  This will help us to develop a consistent and supportive response.  Thank you.

NEXT OF KIN The vicar is happy to hold confidentially details of next of kin for use in cases of emergency.

ORGAN RESTORATION APPEAL Further pledges/donations are still welcome. Please send to our Treasurer, David Ryder.

ST MARK’S GARDEN PROJECT is still fit and well, although its launch has been delayed for the time being.  But the time will come so watch this space!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 11-17 MAY We would love more volunteers for house to house collecting. Last year we raised over £1,600; the Sheffield total was £54,663! Please see Helen Hillman or Ceri Gallivan to help or email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk or call 07779 414158. We’ve contacted all of last year’s collectors via email or letter so you should have heard from us already, let us know if you haven’t. Thanks you.

LUNCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sunday lunch will happen on 13 April (host – Mary-Jane Ryder), 18 May (host – Briony Tayler), 8 June – shared meal with CTBB at St Andrew’s URC. Any volunteers to host lunch in July?!GARDEN PARTY SAT 14 JUNE We are very grateful that Jane Padget and Briony Tayler have offered to co-ordinate this event. If you’d like to be part of this exciting extravaganza, we need volunteers to act as helpers and stallholders. Please sign up, or speak to Jane or Briony.VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 30 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  Cost: £25 all-inclusive.  For booking or more information, see the notice board or contact Anna Chester on 272 2882.

DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 2014 marks 100 years of the Sheffield Diocese. Please see the poster at the back

CHURCHES REFUGEE NETWORK CONFERENCE ‘Under the radar: What room for refugees?’  is from 10.30 am to 3 pm on Saturday 5 April at Central URC, Norfolk Street. All welcome. Fees: £10, £5 unwaged, free for asylum seekers. More info on http://www.ctbi.org.uk/96

MOZAMBIQUE CONTACTS Polly Noble is doing some research in a refugee camp in Mozambique in May. Does anybody have family, friends, contacts in Mozambique who would be prepared to talk to Polly or Dilys.  If so, please contact Dilys on 07817 651178 or email: dilysnoble@hotmail.co.uk

OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE There is an hour booked to lobby Paul Blomfield on climate change on Friday 11April 3.30-4.30.  Up to 8 people can come and should live in Sheffield Central constituency.  It will be good opportunity to explore the Labour party’s position.  If you would like to come contact Michael Bayley on 258 5248.

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