Weekly Notices – 18 November 2018

PLEDGE SUNDAY NEXT WEEK Next week our new Treasurer, David Armstrong, will be presenting the church finances and encouraging our continued support.  This is also a time when we appreciate the number of HOURS people give to the church in different ways.  Thank you to all who volunteer in any way, including as part of the finance team.  Sue

DONATE OLD LAPTOPS to support schools in South Africa – Tyume Valley Schools, a local charity supporting schools in remote parts of the Eastern Cape, recently had some laptops stolen. Could you donate an old laptop with Windows 7 or above? Contact paul.blomfield.mp @parliament.uk for further details. Michael Miller

CHRISTIAN AID CAROLS. Come and sing with us on Sat 1st Dec on Fargate 3-4pm. Please gather at 2.50 there or at Central URC on Norfolk Street (bag storage & hot drinks available) Bringing musical instruments encouraged. Sign up on the sheet on the international notice board in the church corridor. Helen Hillman

DOREEN GODDEN is grateful to everyone at St Mark’s for the love and support she has been given since Roy’s death.  She values our continued prayers.  Sue, Sarah and Shan

INTERFAITH EVENING: FAITH IN THE FAMILY Tues 20 Nov 6-8pm at St Andrews, Psalter Lane. RSVP to aq.gooljar@isb-sheff.og.uk or call 07930 313773 Abdool Gooljar

REFERENCES FOR TODAY’S SERMON are available on the Climate Change  noticeboard in the corridor, or follow these links to the articles. Michael B

BBC Issues Internal Guidance on how to report Climate Change

The Guardian – Facts about our ecological crisis are incontrovertible – we must take action

Manchester University Policy Blog: Response to the IPCC 1.5C Special Report

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays 1.30pm in the Lounge.  21 Nov ‘Anyone for snakes & ladders?’ All welcome. Details from Carol on 266 5628.

BOOK LAUNCH – 25 NOV David Price, will introduce his new book Welcome to Sheffield: a Migration History; showing how Sheffield has become cosmopolitan with more than one fifth of the population being of ethnic minority heritage. At St Mark’s 25 Nov 6pm. Manuch

ASSIST NIGHT SHELTER Do you know anyone who could help with the ASSIST night shelter 1 or 2 nights a month. They are urgently in need of more volunteers to keep the shelter open and help destitute asylum seekers: volunteer@assistsheffield.org.uk

KIM ROSEN WORKSHOP Kim is an amazing and challenging spiritual teacher. She led an evening for the CRC in 2017. SHE is running a 3 day workshop in Sheffield 15-17 Feb 2019 Details from 0114 258 4241. John Hillman

INTERFAITH WALK(LEY) Sat 24 Nov 2pm Start at Spiritualist Church on South Road, Walkley, visiting St Mary’s, the Buddhist Centre and finishing at Sheffield Uni Multifaith Chaplaincy (Octagon Centre). Sarah R

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AT ST MARKS? We have had some requests for Christmas Lunch and are wondering whether anyone would like to take the lead or volunteer for this.  Contact Sarah R in the Church Office…

TOY SALE POSTPONED to Spring 2019 (date to be confirmed).  Please see me or contact the office if you’d like to be involved. Kathy Harbord

CRC SUBSCRIPTIONS are now due. Please send cheques via the church office, or set up standing order.  Our treasurer, Robin Saunders can give you bank details.  New members welcome. Forms on CRC stand at back of church. Sue Hobley

BUCKET COLLECTION There will be a bucket collection after the 10am church service TODAY for Famine Relief in Yemen. ” This is not a disaster waiting to happen it is HAPPENING NOW   Thanks Dilys N

RED CROSS BIG GIVE Christmas Appeal – between 12noon 27 Nov & 12noon 4 Dec all donations to the British Red Cross on their website – www.redcross.org.uk/biggive will be match funded, so donations will be worth DOUBLE.  Please consider giving, all money goes towards their Disaster Fund.  Lucy Gray

10am SERVICE ROTA if you’re on one of the rotas and have had the Doodle Poll please complete ASAP for Dec/Jan/Feb. Thank you. Sarah R

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2018 AT ST MARK’S

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS for sale for Amnesty International, Oxfam and Traidcraft will be on sale after the 10 am service TODAY and then on 25 Nov, and Dec 2. Come prepared! Sue

ADVENT HOSPITALITY 2nd Dec onwards nativity figures of Mary & Joseph will be travelling around the parish and congregation again in our POSADA (travelling crib) – a lovely way to get to know people and to give and receive hospitality. NEW for 2018 – a knitted nativity set! We do have several sets of figures so that everyone can join in. Sign up sheets available next Sunday. Sarah C

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE this year will be on ADVENT SUNDAY, 2nd December at 4pm (ie NOT as part of the Christmas Eve service). Flyers are available so please take away with you today. Tell your neighbours, family and friends. If you can help in advance or on the day please contact Sarah C

CHRISTMAS CHOIR Hi from the new Director of Music. The choir’s making a start on their Advent and Christmas repertoire. If you fancy having a sing and think that now might be a good time to give it a go, I’d love to meet you. I’ll be the new one looking slightly lost hoping he’s getting the choir to sing at the right time. Do please come and say hello. David Willington

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