Weekly Update – 13th November 2011

WELCOME whether you are new to St Mark’s or a regular. Thank you for being here and for being a vital part of this time of worship. It is a particular joy to welcome Professor Marcus Borg as well as those who attended this weekend’s CRC conference.

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance. Please contact Anne in the office.

VOLUNTARIES Today’s organ music comes from films made during the Second World War to raise morale during those dark days. ‘The First of the Few’ refers to Winston Churchill’s statement that ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’

STEWARDSHIP ‘PLEDGE’ SUNDAY is NEXT SUNDAY. In addition to providing an opportunity to review our financial giving to St Mark’s, this year we will also reflect on the stewardship of our time, talents and resources.

MARK’S MESSENGER Articles and pictures are invited for the December issue. The deadline for copy is WEDENESDAY. If you have something to propose, please contact David Price [email protected] who is editing this issue.

UK CHARITIES The Home Donations Committee meets on 12 December to allocate grants from St Marks, usually in the region of £250, to local and UK charities. Please get in touch with suggestions and full contact details of any good causes that you would like us to consider. Miranda Myers, 0114 2680043 or [email protected].

ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now OUT! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

PV PANELS UPDATE The date when higher Feed-in-Tariffs for PV installations will cease has been brought forward to 12 December, so there is greater urgency for pledges to be collected. Homeco Energy, our preferred supplier, is confident that, weather and permissions permitting, the work can be completed by this date. David Ryder is away so please address all pledge queries to our Assistant Treasurer, Judith Pitchforth (tel: 0114 2307685). Thank you.

INTER FAITH WEEK (20-26 Nov) will be launched here next Sunday (20 Nov) with a shared meal featuring food from different cultures. This will be followed on Tuesday (22 Nov) with an afternoon of storytelling and sharing ‘sacred icons’ from different faith traditions. If you have a sacred object you would like to talk about, please let Sue know asap. The week will end here on Friday with a meditation workshop from Buddhist and Christian traditions and at Burngreave Ashram on Saturday (26 Nov) with a day-long retreat. Leaflets in the foyer.

DIGESTING BORG As a follow up to the recent CRC conference, three stand-alone seminars to explore further the issues raised by Marcus’ lectures will take place on Sunday evenings, 5.00-6.30 pm, 20 November, 4 & 11 December. All welcome, entrance free, refreshments.

THANK YOU to John Bramley, supported by Martin Godley and Gary Grief, for all their hard work on St Mark’s Crescent.



WELCOME TEAMS Our welcome, to new and not-so-new alike, is an incredibly important part of what we do at St Mark’s, as well as being enormously satisfying. It would be excellent to add to the teams who take on this key role each week. More is involved than ‘just’ greeting people and giving out hymn-books (!), but it is not necessary to already know a large number of the congregation. If you would like to know more about how it all works, please harass Gary, or a member of a Welcome Team (talking to someone won’t commit you to anything, we promise!).

PCC NEWS At its meeting on 19 October, the PCC approved (i) the quote for fitting the PV panels supplied by Homeco Energy and (ii) the budget for 2012, which will be presented on Pledge Sunday. At an ‘Away Day’ on 22 October, the PCC discussed the diocesan strategy for growth before clarifying the future direction and priorities for St Mark’s. This will be shared with the congregation through the website and other sources.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served at around 1.00 pm. Tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office.  Also, if you are able to help in some way or donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. Any donations gratefully received. Thank you.

CRAFT OPPORTUNITY for crafts people able to work with a recycling theme. An opportunity to sell your work in Broomhill on Saturday 26 November. Contact Kay on 07504 782768.

GLOSSOP ROAD, adjacent to St Mark’s, will be closed from Friday 18 November until further notice. See details in foyer.

CLIMATE, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE Finding a way to sustainable consumption. Two evenings of discussion with introductory talks by Michael Bayley in the Upstairs Room on Wednesdays 23 & 30 November at 7.30pm. Tea and biscuits from 7pm. Leaflet available at back of church.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, or if you would appreciate extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00 -5.00pm. A special warm welcome to new residents of Broomhall. Drop in and meet your neighbours! Please call in if you can.

DEANERY ‘COME & GO’ will take place at St Columba’s, Crosspool THIS THURSDAY at 7.00 pm for a 7.3 0pm start. The title is ‘Why is the Good News good news?’ and offers an opportunity to talk and hear about how our faith affects and influences our lives in different ways. See Anne Padget if you are interested or just come along! All are very welcome.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES – annual box opening time! If you have a box please bring it to church during November. Susan Whitmill.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative delivered in a number of city and town centres around the UK. Street Pastors are teams of local Christians who go out onto the streets at night to listen, care and help people. There is a new training session starting in January for new volunteers. You can find out more at www.streetpastors.co.uk or by calling Tricia Watts on 07931562442 or 01142634591 or consulting the information in church.


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