Weekly Update – 17th November 2013

CHURCH COMMUNITY Throughout November, we are thinking about how we might get more involved in the life of St Mark’s. Along the north wall 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.

SUCCOL (SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN COLOMBIA) AGM THIS FRIDAY at 7.30pm in the Church Lounge.  In addition to an update on the work of the Zuá Foundation in Bogotá, Poppy Winks from Christian Aid will talk about her experiences of working with aid organisations in Colombia.  Further details from Dez and Jennie Martin (0114 2303718 / dezandjenniemartin@btinternet.com)


HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE We want to have as many letters as possible written to MPs today. If you can, please write a letter before you leave church. There is a template letter in the green campaign leaflet. If you can write your own letter based on the template that is best. If you simply don’t have time, use one of the printed letters but make sure you add in names of people about whom you are concerned. If you have to go  straightaway, please write a letter at home. You can download the template letter at www.hftf.org.uk. Please do write.  We can make a difference!!

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

PHILIPPINES TYPHOON Please place donations to the DEC appeal in the marked container at the back of church.  If a UK tax-payer, please complete a DEC Gift Aid form.  All cheques should be made out to ‘St Mark’s PCC.’  Thank you.

CHRISTMAS EVE NATIVITY Iain Strath is putting the finishing touches to this year’s play so we will shortly be calling for actors, costumiers, lighting and staging crew, catering etc.  Watch this space!

TRANSPORT Do you have access to an estate car or small van?  If so, would you be able to collect a sculpture (4’6” x 2’6” x 1’6” approx), together with sculptor, from Thorne and deliver them to St Mark’s on 28 or 29 November?  If so, please have a word with Anne or Ian asap.  Thank you.

MESSENGER ISSUE/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 £35,200 (including Gift Aid) giving potential funding of £85,200 (including a loan from Church investment) have now been received towards our target of £100,000. This is a wonderful effort and grateful thanks to all who have responded so generously. We are now very close to being in a position to commit to the work and more pledges will enable us to do so. Consequently, if you have not yet done so, please return your pledge form to our Treasurer, David Ryder, as soon as possible. Spare Appeal leaflets and pledge forms are available at the back of church.

UK INTERFAITH WEEK starts TODAY 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.  Please see the posters in the foyer for more details.

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.

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.

CHRISTMAS CARD SALES The International Committee will be selling Christmas cards and other festive items each Sunday morning until 1 December to support Oxfam and Traidcraft.

FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS STALL A wide range of Christmas food and gifts will be available from NEXT SUNDAY.   Please put any orders before then in the brown box at the back of church.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH After the morning service on Christmas Day we will once again be providing a traditional turkey dinner for those in our church and parish who would otherwise be on their own.  If you are able to offer any help – either on the day or with the preparation then please contact David Anson on info@adv.co.uk or 229 5478.  If you, or anyone you know in the parish, would like to book for the meal then contact the church office (9 am – 1 pm, Mon-Fri).

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.

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

FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the church lounge, Wednesdays 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. THIS WEDNESDAY “DIY OLIVER” with Meem + Max. All welcome. Modest charge. Details from Rosalind 268 1426.

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).

SHEFFIELD CND AGM THIS WEDNESDAY Quaker Meeting House 7.15pm. Dr Kate Hudson will be our speaker. Kate has been General Secretary of CND since 2010 and is the author of ‘CND Now More Than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement’. Come along, have a coffee and hear Kate speak about why we need to scrap Trident. There will be time for questions.

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