Weekly Update – 12th August 2012

SUNDAY MORNING TV We’re looking for volunteers to supervise any primary age children who are in church on the Sunday mornings during August. It’s one of the less onerous things you might ever have to do – we’ll provide a DVD and a player, and you sit with them for 20 minutes (during the sermon, intercessions and Eucharistic prayer) while they watch it. If you felt able to sign up to do this, please pop your name on the flipchart and there will be some infinitely grateful children in our midst thanks to your efforts!

ANNE PADGET, our newly licensed Reader, commences her preaching ministry at the 10 o’clock service this morning.

‘DIGGING DEEP is the project that Water Aid are currently running in Malawi to bring clean water to 134,000 people who haven’t got any. All donations received before the 18 September will be matched by the UK Government, thereby enabling twice as many people to gain access to safe water and toilets. There will be a (dry) bucket at the back of church for a few weeks, so please dig deep(!) Don’t forget to Gift Aid it if you can. For further information, visit www.thebigdig.org’

MESSENGER is out now!  Copies are on the card stall as usual. Only 60p.

SEPTEMBER MESSENGER Please send any articles to David Price by 15th at [email protected]

GARDENING For many years, Kay Hudson has been responsible for the church grounds.  During that time she has developed them creatively and beautifully.  Alas, Kay has decided it is time to stand down and will do so at the end of September.  In due course, we will wish to express our appreciation; presently, however, we need to know whether there are members of the congregation who would be willing to take responsibility either individually or as part of a team for a section of the grounds (eg memorial garden, flower bed by the lounge, border along Broomfield Road).  Interested parties, please have a word with Ian, Gary or Michael.  Thank you.

JENNY RYDER, recently back from New Zealand, has been appointed as our next Worker with Students and Young Adults, commencing 1 September.  We offer her our congratulations as we look forward to supporting her in this important role.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 7 weeks to go!  Are you among the 100+ who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap.  Don’t forget, there are some GREAT DISCOUNTS (under 5s-free; 5-18 year olds-£50; students – £50; non-residents-£70) Bursaries also available.

FURTHER DETAILS about the weekend, including the programme and list of workshops have now been distributed to delegates via email or pigeon holes.  Copies have also been posted on the notice board at the back.  If you haven’t received yours, please contact Anne in the office.

WHY DON’T WE …? Ian will preach the last of these sermons next week on ‘Why don’t we sing some of the familiar hymns?’

CONGRATULATIONS to Jelly and Stephen who married one another in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday.  We wish them joy and fruitfulness in their relationship and not too many midge bites on the honeymoon!

OPEN CHURCH To enable us to keep St Mark’s open each Saturday, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to take a turn in opening the church around 9.00 am and then returning to lock up around 5.00 pm.  If you might be interested, please have a word with Anne or one of the clergy.

A FIRST FOR THE LIBRARY! The first DVD in the library is now available from the library shelves at the back of church. Set in the stunningly beautiful landscape and skyscape around Aberdaron, Jim Cotter recites 25 poems of R S Thomas and muses about the poet and the man.  Also available to borrow with or separately: An anthology entitled Etched by Silence. Jim Cotter has selected 52 poems by R S Thomas, which could have been written in and around Aberdaron. For info see library shelves.

BOGUS EMAILS Watch out for bogus emails, purportedly from someone you know who is marooned overseas having been mugged and rendered incapable of settling hotel accounts, etc.  Do NOT respond!

HOSPITALITY NEEDED! Hosts are needed for a group visiting Sheffield from our link Diocese in Hattingen-Witten Germany, from 6 – 12 October (bed, breakfast & evening meal).  German speaking  not a requirement.  Please contact Pat Bancroft (234 4966).

DAVID JARDINE A Thanksgiving Service for David will take place on Saturday 8 September at 11.0am in St Luke’s, Lodgemoor.  Buffet afterwards.  Donations in favour of the Church Mission Society or St Luke’s Hospice.

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless (Nottingham), will join us on Saturday 17 November, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social responsibility and justice.  This is an open meeting.

SAVE (Sheffield Agencies for the Vulnerable and Excluded) is looking for a new chair.  Interested?  Please contact Ruth Grayson at [email protected]

FEEDING THE HUNGRY (and I don’t mean me!) We come into contact with a lot of hungry people in various ways at St Mark’s, mainly through Soup Run, and callers at the vicarage. This results in giving out a lot of sandwiches. So if any of you domestic superheroes out there are in a position to make batches of sandwiches, either regularly or on odd occasions, which we can then distribute, that would really take some of the pressure off Ian, Liz and the Soup Run teams. If you feel you can help in some way, have a chat with Gary. Thanks.

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST is now out!  If you are on the list and would like a copy, please see Anne.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW A list of all the winners of this year’s Festival Grand Draw plus their prizes can be found on the Festival notice board.  Were you lucky?

MARY SHARROCK, who lives in The Glen Nursing Home, Dore, is one of the people who receives home communion on a regular basis. She values immensely this link with the congregation and life of St Mark’s, and it is of great importance to her that she feels she is remembered. If you would like to send a message to Mary please get in touch with Helen Hillman.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer.

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