Weekly Update – 15th December 2013

STAFF CHANGE Mike Kok will soon be leaving us to return to his native Canada (final Sunday – 12 January).  Fortunately, there will be a seamless transition with Robert Beard taking over as our next Worker with Students and Young Adults from the beginning of 2014.  We offer them both our thanks and good wishes.

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014 To date 35 responses have been received with total extra giving of £4,800 (including recovered tax) promised in a full year towards the £13,400 required. The responses include 2 new pledges and 21 increases. This is very encouraging at such an early stage in the Appeal and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  Clearly we have some way to go in order to have sufficient income next year to maintain the work and mission of the Church.  Consequently, if you have not done so please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving). Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church. Thanks, David Ryder, Treasurer.

‘INEQUALITY: HOW IT HURTS US ALL’ TONIGHT at 6.00 pm. Whether you have read The Spirit Level or not, you will likely perceive the corrosive growth of inequality in the UK. Michael Miller will summarise the book’s message, suggesting ways we can get back to a more equal society. All welcome.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST If you would like a copy, please contact Anne P. 50p or an electronic copy for free.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available for distribution and we need to deliver to households in Broomhill.  Please collect a street bundle before you go.  Thank you!

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN After morning service today at the back of church you can sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists including journalists. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who may think they may have been forgotten. Instructions and cards are on the table.

STATIONS OF LIFE – BIRTH The first station is in place on the north wall and will, in time, be joined by others, marking different transitions in life.  Please pay a visit and reflect on your experiences.  There is also a handout available explaining the purpose of the ‘Stations’ project.  If there is one you would like to be marked, please mention it to Ian, Sue or Liz Anson.

BREATHE DEEP is a youth development day for 11-18s throughout the diocese.  It will take place on Saturday 25 January at St Tom’s, Philadelphia Campus, Gilpin Street, Sheffield, S6 3BL.  For more details and to book: www.breathedeepday.info.

CAROL SERVICE 22 December, please sign up to provide mince pies or offer help.

HISTORY OF ST MARK’S AND ANNIVERSARY CDS are still available and would make excellent Christmas presents. If interested, please contact David Price (History) and Briony Tayler (CD Anniversary Service and Concert).

A DEMONSTRATION & MARCH AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION BILL: Wednesday 18 December, starting at 12 noon at Moorfoot, then to the Town Hall for speeches at 12.30 and finally at 1.00 pm to Vulcan House (Home Office). This bill imposes intrusive checks on migrants and removes their rights of appeal. Please join the demo. David Price (296 0806)

DEC PHILIPPINES TYPHOON APPEAL Donations totalling £1,616 have been collected in church over the last three weeks. Most were Gift Aided so the total value to the DEC is approx. £1,970. Thank you for your generosity.

FREE HP1010 B&W printer.  Xerox flatbed scanner. Both work on Windows XP, but no drivers for Windows 7 or 8.  (Contribution to the organ fund appreciated.) David Sanderson.

CAN YOU HELP? My name is Jordan Betts.  I am a third year sociology student doing a dissertation into gender differences in church attendance and engagement. I am looking for volunteers to interview. It would be anonymous and take approximately 30 minutes.  If you would like to help, please contact me on: Soa10jh@Sheffield.ac.uk.

THANKS IS GIVEN from John and Helen Hillman for the birth of a new granddaughter, born to Lucy and Richard on 23 November, a sister for Imogen. Miranda was a bit early, but she and Lucy are doing fine now.

CAROL SINGING IN BROOMHALL Thursday 19 December Meet outside Broomgrove Home, Broomgrove Road at 6.00 pm to sing for mince pies and mulled wine! All non-choir members will then go on to other local homes. Please tell Sue if you can join in 3276908.

TRIP TO “OLIVER”– there are 4 places left. Payment is due from now on – cash, or a cheque to “St Mark’s PCC”.  Monies and bookings to Briony.

WINTER HOTPOT For January and February we are hoping to extend the Broomhall “Welcome Place” to serve lunch to isolated local residents. If you are available one Wednesday between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm to help serve or clear away (we think we have cooks!) or help with transport then please let Sue H know ASAP. Many thanks!

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE Promised, available and potential funds now total £88, 600 towards our target of £100,000.  A wonderful response but more is needed so please return your pledge form to David Ryder if you have not already done so.  Thank you.

BETTY MAY has moved to Wood Hill Grange care home 526 Grimesthorpe Road Sheffield S4 8EN. Tel 2610887. Betty is in the Redmires unit and would welcome visitors and Christmas cards.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE If you’ve not already done so, please write to your MP this week.  There is a template letter in the green campaign leaflet which can be downloaded at www.hftf.org.uk.

ALSO people have said they would like to enclose campaign leaflets with their Christmas cards.  There is now a religious and a non-religious version.  Please put your orders on the sheet at the back.  ALSO Michael Bayley is forming a small group to support the campaign. Interested in joining, not least to keep it in our prayers? Contact Michael on 2585248.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH On Christmas Day we will once again be providing a traditional turkey dinner for those who would otherwise be on their own.  If you are able to offer any kind of help then please contact David Anson on 229 5478/  info@adv.co.uk If you, or anyone you know in the parish, would like to book for the meal then contact the church office.


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