|CHRISTMAS CARD SALES Thank you to everyone who has bought Christmas cards over the past few weeks. We sold £236 of cards on behalf of Oxfam and £166 of cards on behalf of Traidcraft.
NEW BOOKS in the library have appeared! Among them are Unbelievable: Why We Believe and Why We Don’t by Graham Ward, and Patron Saint of Prostitutes: Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal by Helen Mathers. Browsing welcomed – indeed positively encouraged!
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER St Mark’s is supporting this on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, in conjunction with the Islamic Society of Britain. It’s being held in Burngreave, and any offers of support (human, transport or financial) would be greatly appreciated, along with any suggestions of people who might value not eating alone this Christmas. Gary
SOUP RUN is consistently experiencing great demand these days. St Mark’s has always been very generous in responding to appeals, and for that you have our grateful thanks. Unsurprisingly, warm clothing (coats, gloves and socks) is quickly snapped up right now, so any donations you might be able to make would be especially appreciated. Gary
SOUND We are looking for some more people to join the rota for the sound desk on Sunday mornings – an important job as it means we can all hear the service! No experience is needed. Please contact Anne in the office if you’re willing to volunteer.
PARISH CONSULTATION As part of the recruitment process for a new incumbent, we need to update the Parish Profile for St Mark’s. This is the document that potential candidates will see when considering whether to apply. It details our vision and mission, the activities we do and what we want from a new vicar. The final consultation event will run on 4 January (11.30am) – signup sheets are at the back of church. If you have not been able to attend and cannot come in January, paper questionnaires are available at the back.
MARKS MESSENGER for Dec. & Jan. is now out and in your pigeonholes. If you don’t subscribe, it is available on the card stall as usual, for the bargain price of 60p!
CHRISTIAN AID bucket collections will be held as usual at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and at the 10 o’clock service on Christmas Day. This year your donation will be worth even more,as the UK Govt will DOUBLE every pound given over the Christmas season.
THANK YOU to those who joined in with the Christian Aid carol singing in the city centre on 6th December. The event raised a total of £1,457. This amount will also be matched by the Government.
PANTO TICKETS Nearly all of the tickets for the Manor Operatic Society’s performance of Peter Pan at 2.00pm on Sunday 4th Jan at 2.00pm are now sold. Let me know TODAY if you would like one. If you have asked for a ticket I will be distributing them at Church when I would also like payment for the tickets. The cost is £14.00 for adults or £13 for children. If you are away for Christmas just post me a cheque & I will send you your tickets (my address is on the congregational list)or e-mail/phone at firstname.lastname@example.org
CYCLING SOCIAL – various people at St Mark’s enjoy cycling. We plan, next year, to organise a regular social ride (approx 2hours+cafe stop) on the last Sunday of each month. Look out for more details in the new year or chat with James/ Mark A/ Mark N/ Peter.
PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2015 – To date 49 responses have been received with total extra giving of £9,200 (including recovered tax) promised towards the our target of £10,000. They include 8 new pledges and 25 increases. This is wonderful news and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, we still need more to have sufficient income to maintain the work and mission of the Church in 2015. An average increase of £1.50 per week from existing givers would more than help to cover our target. 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. Please respond prayerfully to this request.
FUEL POVERTY Those of us fortunate enough not to need our winter fuel allowances (and generous younger people) can make donations to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/
SurvivingWinter to help those less fortunate in South Yorkshire.