Weekly Update – 10th November 2013

CHURCH COMMUNITY Throughout November, we will be giving some thought to how we might get more involved in the life of St Mark’s. At the back of church is a display showing all of the committees, groups and activities that take place here. You are invited to write your name, contact details and the activities you currently do, and any that you would like to get involved in, on the paper at the back and join it to the paperchain.

PARISH WEEKEND QUESTIONNAIRE Thank you to all who have responded so far but we don’t have sufficient replies to suggest that either a Parish Day or Weekend would be well supported. Please take the time to complete a questionnaire whatever your feelings about this.  Proposed date for Away-Day (27 September 2014) Weekend (18-20 September 2015).  Your feedback really matters!  Thank you.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST The new version is now completed!  If you are on this and would like a copy of it, please contact Anne in the office. Price: 50p.

WOMEN BISHOPS The Dean is holding a briefing at the cathedral on Women Bishops and latest proposals going before General Synod (Nov 18-20): TODAY 12.15 -12.45pm in ‘Chapel of Holy Spirit’.  All welcome.


PAY DAY LOAN PETITION Paul Blomfield MP is leading a campaign to stop irresponsible payday lending and other high cost credit.  A copy of the Charter is displayed on the notice board outside the Chapel.  To support the campaign, please sign the petition on-line at: http://www.change.org/paydayloancharter

MESSENGER ISSUE AND RENEWAL The November issue is now out for the bargain price of 60p!  Also, don’t forget subscription forms are on the card stall and at the back of church.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE – Pledges and donations totalling £29,799 (including Gift Aid) giving potential funding of £79,799 (including a loan from Church investment) have now been received towards our target of £100,000.  Grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, despite this generous response we still need many more pledges before we can commit to the work. If you have not yet done so, please return your pledge form to our Treasurer, David Ryder, as soon as possible and by no later than next Sunday. Spare Appeal leaflets and pledge forms are available at the back of church.

YOUR FAITH, YOUR FINANCE is a new website offering a place to explore ethical and spiritual issues around money. It helps us and our Church to make decisions, without telling you the answers. http://www.yourfaithyourfinance.org/

UK INTERFAITH WEEK starts on Sunday 17th November with four special events taking place in Sheffield this year. The launch is at the Upper Chapel on Norfolk Street, S1 2JD at 1.00 pm on the 17th.  Please see the posters in the foyer for more details about this as well as the other events that will be taking place that week.

BOOK EVENING with Janet Morley on Sunday 24th November at 6.00 pm when she will introduce her latest book of poetry for Advent. Flyers are at the back on the CRC stall. All welcome.

WHIRLOW GRANGE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE has a broad range of courses and retreats this month. Please see the posters and brochures available in the foyer for further details. The brochure for 2014 is also out now.

CHRISTIAN AID  CONCERT Loxley Silver Band and West Side Singers in concert for Christian Aid THIS SATURDAY, 7.30 pm at St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane. Tickets priced £10, £7 (concessions), £4 (students) available from [email protected]t.com or Robert Jackson on 0114 2695263.

CHRISTMAS CARD SALES The International Committee will be selling Christmas cards and other Christmas items in church each Sunday morning from 17th November to 1st December to support Oxfam and Traidcraft.

A LOAD OF OLD FOSSILS! Siobhan Grimes will talk on the role of churches and Christians in weaning us off our addiction to fossil fuels on Wednesday 20 November at 7.00 pm, Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street.

CRC AUTUMN CONFERENCE ‘”JUST” ECONOMICS,’ led by the international economist with a formidable reputation, Ann Pettifor is happening THIS SATURDAY. This is about how we can make the economic system work to serve the needs of our society and our world, including dealing with climate change.  Forms on the CRC stand.RECORDINGS CDs of the musical numbers from the 50th Anniversary concert, as well as of the entire Festive Eucharist, are available. Price £5 each – all monies towards the Organ Appeal. Please sign up on the board in the Narthex.

ANNE ADIE It is with great sadness that we report Anne’s death.  She passed away on All Saints Day.  We offer our condolences to Michael and all members of their family.  Requiescat in pace.

ST. MARK’S HISTORY Copies of A History of St Mark’s are on sale on Sundays and via the Office.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays from 1.30 pm in the lounge. THIS WEDNESDAY: Michael Elliott on ‘More of Melbourne.’ All welcome.  Modest charge. Details: Rosalind on 268 1426.

OUTING TO ‘OLIVER!’ at the Crucible on Monday 13 January.  Tickets, price £22, have been reserved.  First come – first served!  Please see Briony. Transport will be offered if possible .

FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS STALL on Sunday 24th November when a range of Christmas food and gifts will be available.   Until then any Fairtrade orders please put in the brown box at the back of church.

MOVEMBER To raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues, Geoff Fisher will be growing a moustache during November.  To support this worthwhile cause, please make a donation using the website (search for ‘Movember’, select ‘Donate’ then search for Geoff Fisher) or see Geoff personally.  Thank you.

BROOMHALL CENTRE AGM will take place THIS MONDAY at 5.30 pm.  Apologies for the short notice.  This is a great way to find out what’s going on at the Centre and how we can better support its work.  New members for the Management Committee are needed.  All welcome.  See Sue for more information.

BROOMHALL YOUTH CLUB used to be managed by the Broomhall Forum and is now going to be managed by Unity Gym.  We urgently need local people to serve on the Management Committee to help steer the Club through this time of transition.  See Sue for details ( 327 6908).

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