Weekly Update – 12th May 2013

ELECTIONS The following elections were made at the Annual Meetings: Churchwarden: Gary Grief and Mike Hunt; PCC Lay Representatives: Philip Booth, Deni Ennals, Geoff Fisher, Helen Gregory, Rick Hughes, Jane Padget, Tanya Ralph, David Ryder, Peter Ryder, Charles Stirling, Alistair Sutcliffe, Briony Tayler, Catherine Trickett, David Trickett, Rosie Moffatt.  We offer them all our congratulations, thanks and support. 

ANNUAL REPORT reviewing the life of St Mark’s over the past twelve months is available, as are copies of the Financial Statements for 2012.

NURTURING COMMUNITY is the name of our special CTBB event taking place in St Mark’s NEXT SATURDAY starting at 9.30 am and finishing with lunch by 1.30 pm (nb please note the earlier finishing time and don’t forget to bring something to eat).  We have needed to reduce the number of workshops so please confirm your selection on the list at the back of church.  If you’ve not yet registered, it’s not too late – see Ian, Sue, Shan, Anne, Tanya or Alistair.  Thanks!

CONGRATULATIONS to Dilys and Lewis Noble, who became grandparents on 19th April to Florence May, weighing in at 8lbs.  Baby and parents, Joe and Jojo, are doing well and we wish them all the best.

MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA. A few of us visited him recently and feel he would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

MICHELLE WATTAM, an experienced health professional working with older people, has agreed to be our next Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Officer.  Thank you, Michelle, we look forward to working with you to make St Mark’s a safe, affirming and fruitful place for all. 

MEG JACKSON celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday.  Many happy returns of the day – congratulations!

IAN MAHER will be ordained Priest by Peter, Bishop of Doncaster, on Tuesday 2 July, 7.30 pm, at Holy Trinity, Millhouses.  Please pray for Ian, Anne and the Cathedral community, where Ian ministers.

GROWING IN FAITH Please pray for Tibbie Fisher, Samuel Hand, Tim Lennox, Delia Stanway and Chris Speddings as they prepare for Confirmation in St Columba’s, Crosspool THIS THURSDAY at 7.30 pm. If you are thinking of going along to support them please sign your name on the sheet at the back of church. We shall formally congratulate them at our Pentecost Service.

A BIG THANK YOU to the International Committee and all who supported the Ascension Day Supper, which raised £155 for Christian Aid.

BROOMHALL BREAKFAST is looking for a couple of extra cooks. You’ll be part of a fabulous team serving a full English breakfast to people who really appreciate a good meal on Friday mornings.  More info: Sue ASAP at sue@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

IDAHO 2013. The international day against homophobia(IDAHO) aims to raise awareness of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people throughout the world and on the lives of their families, friends and colleagues. To mark this event, the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health and Sheffield City Council will hold a “One-minute NOISE” on Friday 17 May to proclaim that homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable and have no place in our society. Assemble at the Peace Gardens at 5.15 p.m. to hear key speakers pledge their support. The one minute noise will be about 6.00 p.m. 

NEIL KRAUSE, a former member of St Mark’s now living in Australia, underwent keyhole surgery last Friday to remove a kidney.  He was in good spirits this week and he and Susanne are happy to receive calls or e-mails.  Tel: 00617 33155 258; e-mail: susannekrause16@gmail.com.  If you decide to call they are 9 hours ahead.

WATCH Following the session run by Beryl Adamson of Women and the Church earlier this year, we are pleased to announce the launch event of a Sheffield branch on 8 June from 10.30-3.00 at St Mark’s. Keynote speakers, Revd Rachel Weir (National Chair) and Ann Cryer (former MP for Keighley and Vice-President of WATCH). Further information: Sarah Moore on 233 1912 or timandsarahmoore@gmail.com.

PONDERING THE PARABLES After Holy Communion on Thursdays,11.00am.

VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 24 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  See flyer.

DIOCESAN 10 DAYS OF PRAYER Ascension to Pentecost.  Please collect a flyer from the card stall.


LIONSTALE On 22 June St Mark’s will stage a community play to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Please see the flyers and sign up. Rehearsals are on Sundays, between 2.30-4.30 pm in church. 

GARDEN PARTY – June 15. We’ve usually been battering you for books and bric-a-brac items since Christmas but time is flying past and we now URGENTLY need you to have a SPRING CLEAN and bring in all your good quality, unwanted treasures.  If you’d like to offer your time to help on the day please speak to Sue 3276908, Caroline 2309824 or Pete 2664667.  Thank you!

GOODWILL team are having their coffee, cake & cards selling THIS SATURDAY at 1 Highway close between 10.00 and 12.00 to raise money for the Goodwill Children’s Villages in India.  All welcome.
CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTORS If not done so already, please collect your street bundles and start delivering/ collecting.  And a big THANK YOU for volunteering!

MORE WAYS TO HELP CHRISTIAN AID Support Christian Aid by baking cakes to bring to church on NEXT SUNDAY to sell and eat. Further details from Alison 221 4578 or Helen 258 4241.

ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF is the title of a big campaign by Christian Aid and others to put pressure on world leaders to tackle world hunger. Show your support in advance of the G8 Summit by travelling to London on 8 June. Look out in the next weeks for more information and for cards to send to David Cameron.

The AGM of SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) will be held at 7pm TUESDAY at the Quaker Meeting House. Several asylum seekers will speak about their experienceS in their country and in the UK. Tea/coffee from 6.30. All welcome.

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