Weekly Update – 23rd October 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 worship.
WHO’S WHO To help us get to know each other better, everyone is invited to wear a name label throughout October.
COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.
WELCOME to Simon Dunbavand, our new Director of Music, who starts today. We hope he soon feels at home and look forward to his contribution to the life of St Mark’s.
ORGAN VOLUNTARIES Today’s voluntaries are from the 1992 suite, Canticle of the Rose, written by Alan Ridout for the consecration of the new rose window in St Albans Abbey.
ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance. Please contact Anne in the office.
COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on Sunday 6 November at 6.00 pm. If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back of church. Thank you.
LIVING THE DIFFERENCE is the title of a series of sermons on the Lord’s Prayer which began last Sunday at the 10.00 am service.  For background reading, see Dom Crossan’s, The Greatest Prayer, in the library, and Ian’s notes available on the card stall.
VULNERABLE ADULTS St Mark’s seeks to be an inclusive community. One implication of this is that some of our number have particular needs that we seek to respond to in a strategic way, working where possible with other agencies and interested parties. If you would benefit from this kind of support or are aware of someone associated with St Mark’s who might, please have a word in confidence with a member of the Clergy or the Vulnerable Adults Officer, Jane Padget.
SOLAR PANEL UPDATE – Further pledges have been received since last week’s deadline date for the Solar Panel Funding Appeal bringing the total promised from 71 pledges to £39,574  including recovered tax via Gift Aid and just short of our £40,000 target.  This is a truly magnificent response much appreciated by the PCC which, at its meeting last Wednesday, agreed the selection of an appropriate contractor with a view to enabling the Solar Panel Scheme to be installed possibly prior to Christmas subject to receiving planning and faculty consent by then.  As a consequence it is likely that the pledged funds will have to be requested from all donors during the course of either next month and/or early December when each donor will be individually contacted by our Treasurer, David Ryder or Assistant Treasurer, Judith Pitchforth, with instructions on how to pay their pledged donation.  In the meantime it is still not too late to submit a pledge if you wish to do so as it will be good if the £40,000 can be reached.  Spare pledge forms are available at the back of the church or from David Ryder.  Thank you.
CAR PARK We have a space in the church car park that is available to rent, Monday – Friday, at £70 per month. If you know anyone who might like to take advantage of this please speak to Anne in the office.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s harvest celebrations, whether through decorating the church building, making, contributing or selling produce, donating funds, preparing displays or participating in worship.
OCTOBER MESSENGER is now available and waiting in your pigeonholes if you subscribe, or on the card stall at 60p!
BROOMHALL NEWS The October edition is available on the card stall.
CALL FOR MUSICIANS Calling all singers and instrumentalists for help in building up a great team for the music group for Night Service. Also, there will be a Night Service with a Bangladeshi theme next year and any string players from the congregation that could contribute to this would be greatly appreciated. Please speak to Simon, our new Music Director, about both of these exciting developments.
LIVING THINKING FAITH is an introductory course on the Christian Way running for six weeks on Mondays, 7.30-9.30 and beginning tomorrow night. A relaxed and safe environment to learn together and ask the big questions. No prior knowledge of Christianity is required. Flyers available. Free and open to all. Please sign up.
SCAMS Please be on alert for scams – particularly financial ones through e-mail. There was a recent one sent to some in the congregation that hacked the e-mail of Neil Krause. Please also be aware on behalf of others who may be vulnerable to this.
BACH CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA, This Saturday, 7:30, St Marks. Works by Handel, Vivaldi (details in the foyer).
CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY PILGRIMAGE in Manor Castle Ward from 930 am to 2pm on this Saturday.  Starts and finishes at Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road, Sheffield S2 2SE. About 4 1/2 miles, taking about 4 ½ hours. Includes inspiring church projects, time for prayer & reflection, picturesque views and historical sites. Please contact Sarah Baker 07949 682050 or sarahbaker17@live.co.uk.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served on 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.
WALK OF REPENTANCE AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA This is the title of the walk that Symon Hill did this year in penance for his previous homophobic attitudes and behaviour. He will be talking about this and his encouragement for the Church to think differently about sexuality at this Wednesday’s InSpire at 8.00pm. This evening is open to everyone, whether they attend InSpire or not. See website for details.
A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ to all who contributed to the Harvest Produce stall in support of Christian Aid. We have raised just over £250 so far. There is still a selection of jams available, so please browse and buy at the end of the service!
STAYING FOR LUNCH? All are welcome. Please visit the box on the table in the lounge and pop one of the slips of paper into it indicating your food preference. You are welcome to annotate the slip further if necessary. Thank you.
SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. any donations gratefully received. Thank you.
CELEBRATION OF SPORT A special service will be held at the Cathedral on Monday 14 November, 7.30 pm. More details in the foyer. All welcome.
ST MARK’S WEEKEND, 21-23 September 2012 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, and is open to all who attend St Mark’s. More details to follow.
THE BROOMHALL BREAKFAST provides a good cooked breakfast on Friday mornings from 8 – 10am for an interesting mix of people.  We need more people to help.  If you can help please contact Sarah Hall, the minister at St. Andrew’s (230 9052) who manages the breakfast.  For more details see Mary Roberts or Michael Bayley.

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