Weekly Update – 23rd September 2012

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the lounge from 15 October.  It is for anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Christian Way as it is understood and practised at St Mark’s.  Flyers and sign-up sheet available at the back of church. All welcome! 

GARDEN PARTY OR BROOMHALL EVENT? We’re considering how best to use our energies next year.  Shall we commit to another Garden Party (and if so, who will organise it?) or shall we focus instead on an event in Broomhall, possibly raising money for local projects there? We’d like to hear your opinions, especially if you give your time to the Garden Party, before we make our final decision. This does not herald the end of the Garden Party, but possibly moving to every-other year for St Mark’s. Please let us know what you think by coming to a meeting after Church at 11.30am NEXT SUNDAY or email sue@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.  Thanks!

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP will be looking at Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”.  Open invitation, starting 11.15 am. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 am for those who wish to attend.

JAM JARS NOW AVAILABLE.  Jam jars are available for those of you who need them to put preserves in ready for us to sell in October.

HARVEST LUNCH 7 October, after out Harvest Festival, we shall be having a Parish Lunch.  All welcome.  To help us with catering it would be great if you would sign names and numbers on the sheet at the back of church.  We’re inviting contributions of food from our international members and thank you to those who’ve already generously agreed.  If you think you could offer a dish with an international flavour, please have a word with one of us.  For dessert we’re asking for dishes using seasonal fruits. Many thanks, Sue H, Cathy T and Briony T. 

HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated on Sunday 7 October when the International Committee will once again be selling the homemade jams, chutneys and preserves you have made or donated.  Please start preserving as soon as you can.

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless (Nottingham), will join us on Saturday 17 November, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social responsibility and justice.  This is an open meeting.

DIGGING DEEP Following the generous response to the bucket collection over the last few weeks we have been able to donate £638 (mostly GA adding a further 25p for every £1) towards WaterAid’s ‘Digging Deep’ project in Malawi.  Because we were able to send this money before 18 September it will be matched by the UK Government thereby enabling twice as many people to gain access to safe water and toilets.  Well done everyone!

MARKS MESSENGER is now out for the bargain price of 60p.  If you wish to subscribe there are forms on the card stall to be returned to Peter Whitmill. 

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY AND INFO showing instantaneous power, total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer.  Plus extra information about climate change and how we can improve our carbon footprint on the noticeboard below.

BROOMHALL NEWS Catch up on the latest in Broomhall.  There are copies of this on the card stall in the foyer.

BROOMHALL STORIES The Launch event for this will be NEXT SUNDAY, 7 – 8.30pm.  There will be a 30 minutes film about Broomhall, and an opportunity to discuss memories and hear more about the project.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details or contact Chris Richardson on 07762 149059.

RE-IMAGINING MINISTRY is a deanery event taking place THIS TUESDAY at St John’s Ranmoor, starting at 7.30 pm, when Bishop Peter (of Doncaster) will make a presentation on sustainable patterns of mission and ministry in the diocese. All welcome.

SCRIPTURAL REASONING A Lunchtime Series on Scriptural Reasoning, the Gospels and Buddha Words will be held at 12.30pm on 1, 2 and 3 October at the Burngreave Ashram, beginning with a communal lunch at 12noon.  Please see posters in the foyer for more details.

DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY, entitled, ‘Salt and Light: Transformation of God’s World’ will take place on Saturday 6 October. The key note speaker is Ann Morisy, theologian and author.  Seminars will include sessions on global justice, the Bible and politics, understanding asylum and renewing the earth. For more details please speak to Shan or sign up on the sheet on the notice board. Thank you.

FOOD MATTERS is an Ecumenical World Development Conference taking place at the Hayes, Swanwick, over 1-3 October.  Excellent speakers – further information on the notice boards. 

‘UNITED BY LOVE: DIVIDED BY THERESA MAY’ All are invited to a meeting at 7pm THIS TUESDAY at the Quaker Meeting House on the new family migration rules. An annual income of £18,600 is now needed to bring a spouse into the country from outside the European Union and yet more for children. Organised by South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (David Price: 296 0806).

POVERTY PILGRIMAGE Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield is holding its 4th annual Pilgrimage in the Heeley and Gleadless Valley area this year on Saturday 6 October. Amongst the speakers during our visits will be representatives from local food banks, an advice centre and Roundabout.  For further details, contact Sarah Baker on sarahbaker17@live.co.uk .

TAX JUSTICE for the poorest communities both locally and globally.

The Christian Aid tax bus will be at Sheffield Cathedral on Wednesday 10 October from 4 pm with exhibition and international advocates to talk to.

Why not visit the bus then attend the Tax Justice Hearing between 7 and 9 pm to hear stories of how tax dodging is harming the poor. You will have an opportunity to respond. Look out for  cards you can sign here at St Marks.

KNOWLEDGE BY DEGREES A brand new musical by our very own Wendy Dickinson!  This will be premiering at King’s College, London THIS TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY at 7.00pm at Greenwood Theatre.  Tickets are £10 / £5 students, available at www.kclsuitckets.com. For info. visit www.knowledgebydegrees.com or call Wendy on 07595 895 826.

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