Weekly Notices – 9 December 2018

Notices for week beginning Sunday 9 December 2018.

SUNDAY LUNCH today at 12.15 – roast pork and veggie option. £3. Please stay if you can. Next lunch – 6 January.

CONTRIBUTING TO ST MARK’S Thank you to everyone who contributes regularly to the life of this church, with money or time.  Please review your giving – there are “pledge packs” either in your pigeon-hole or blank on top of them.  We have a £10k shortfall between our regular expenditure and our regular giving – can you help?  Opportunities to give time too – see board.  THANK YOU! Finance Team

ST MARK’S FAITH AND JUSTICE GROUP has agreed that in the coming year it will focus on three main themes: Challenge to the Church of England on gender and sexuality; Climate change; and Poverty and inequality. Next meeting at 7 pm on 21 Jan in the Vicarage.  If you are interested in any of these topics and would like to be involved, please inform me, davidprice2@googlemail.com David P

ORDINAND ON PLACEMENT Ela Nutu Hall, an academic theologian and member of St Augustine’s Church will be on placement here until the end of March. She wants to see how our church works so please be honest with her – we also have much to learn. Sue

SALE OF NEPALI HANDCRAFTS in aid of Phaseworldwide. Sunday 16th after 10am service. Dilys N.

AMNESTY’S GREETING CARD CAMPAIGN Amnesty invites you to write a greetings card to one of its prisoners of conscience.  Guidelines on each case are at the back of church for you to take home.  It couldn’t be easier! Robin Story

MARK’S MESSENGER The Dec/Jan edition is now in the pigeon holes for those who subscribe, and extra copies (for a £1 donation) are available on the card stand in the corridor.  Sarah R.

FOOD BANK ITEMS Sainsbury’s is introducing shelf-edge labels alerting shoppers to items that are most useful to food banks. Although intended to encourage instore donations, it will be a useful reminder of items to buy for other food banks. Look out for them if you shop in Sainsburys! Michael Miller

VOLUNTEERS FOR FOOD BANK The Jesus Centre in Broomhall needs more volunteers to help at the S6 Food Bank on Mondays. Training is provided. If interested, please contact jamie.greenhough@sheffieldjesuscentre.org.uk Sue

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays 1.30pm in the Lounge.  12 Dec – The Hazelnut Choir details from Mary-Jane 230 3242.

VACANCY Church Action on Poverty are looking for a freelance community facilitator for their ‘Church in the Margins’ project.  For more details visit www.church-poverty.org.uk/ poorchurch/sheffieldjob David P

SING MESSIAH If you’d like to join in and sing Messiah with the Bach Choir, come to Dore Church on Mon 10 Dec at 7:30 for the annual Come Sing Messiah.  David Sanderson

LIKE LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS CHORAL MUSIC? Two excellent forthcoming events: The Sheffield Chorale’s traditional Candlelight Service of 9 lessons and Carols, 7.30 pm on Thurs 13 Dec at St John’s Ranmoor, free entry with retiring collection. Abbeydale Singers’ Christmas Concert ‘Deck the Hall’, 7.30 pm, Sat 15 Dec, here at St Mark’s. Tickets in advance or on door.  Further details of both via David Ryder or posters in church foyer. David R.

Diocesan Finances The situation is serious, including a moratorium on clergy appointments from outside the Diocese. Bishop Pete talked to Churchwardens in a realistic and visionary way about how we can move forward between now and 2025. A new community of prayer has been set up, you can join at, sheffdio.org/pray2025. Pat Hunt, Churchwarden

CALLING KEY HOLDERS! For insurance purposes I’m compiling a list of who holds keys to St Mark’s – if you have ANY key to the building please email office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk and let me know. Thank you. Sarah R.

BAPTISMS Please pray for Sabha and Naz as they prepare to be welcomed into the Christian community next Sunday. Sue

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2018 AT ST MARK’S

A CHRISTMAS CARD FOR ALL On a notice board in the Lounge is a giant card, please write your Christmas message for the whole congregation. Cards from former church members will also be displayed here – please take a look and contribute.  Sarah R

POSADA The nativity figures of Mary & Joseph are travelling around the parish and congregation again – a lovely way to get to know people and to share hospitality. We have several sets of figures so that everyone can join in. Still some gaps, please sign up TODAY. Sarah C

CAROL SINGING IN CARE HOMES Mon 17 Dec at 6pm: two groups to start and travel around; also Broomgrove only at 2pm on Fri 21 Dec. Please sign up so that we can organise the logistics for Monday. Sarah C

CAROL SERVICE 23 DECEMBER please sign up to offer help on the day, and mince pies. Briony

STAMP COLLECTION We will be collecting UK & Foreign stamps again this year to send to the RNIB.  Please leave stamps in the letterbox outside the vestry. Thanks Sarah R

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