Weekly Update – 24th November 2013

GIVING PLEDGES 2014 Please collect a pack from the back of church.  If your details are on the congregational list, you should find a personally addressed envelope; if not, please collect one of the ‘new giver’ packs.  Thank you.

STATIONS OF LIFE will be launched next Sunday.  To mark the first station, birth, a sculpture by Byron Howard entitled, ‘First Meeting’ will be exhibited in church over the weekend (see the photo in the entrance lobby), with Byron talking about his work on Sunday at 11.30 am.

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 on the table and join it to the paperchain.

PARISH WEEKEND QUESTIONNAIRE Thanks to all who have responded but we don’t have sufficient replies to suggest that a Parish Day or Weekend would be well supported. Please complete a questionnaire whatever your feelings.  Your feedback really matters.  Thank you.


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.

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.  If you are interested in being involved, please sign the list at the back of church.  Thank you.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY It is box opening time again! If you have a home collection box please let me have for opening or if you prefer give me a cheque for the contents ( cheques should be made payable to ‘The Children’s Society’). Many thanks. Susan Whitmill.

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.

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.

CTBB SHARED LUNCH Sunday 8 December at 12.15.  Please sign up to make pies, or to help on the day.

BOOK EVENING with Janet Morley TONIGHT at 6.00 pm when she will introduce her latest book of poetry for Advent. All welcome.

ADVENT SUNDAY CAROL SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY 6.00 pm.  We do need a couple of people to make and serve punch (or tea/coffee if you’d rather). Please add names to the sign-up sheet.

FIRE TRAINING SESSIONS will be held in the Upper Room at 11.30 am on 1 and 8 December.  This is a reminder to those already invited, but others are welcome. All those in charge of activities in the church are required to do so.

ABBEYDALE SINGERS’ ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT “What Sweeter Music” is on Saturday 14 December at St Marks.  A wonderful mix of new and traditional Christmas music, including Nystedt’s Ave Maria accompanied by violinist Harry Castle. Tickets £10/£8/£6 available from Anna Ryder or Alice Newitt.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE Promised, available and potential funds now total £86,800 towards our target of £100,000.  A wonderful response but more is needed.  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.

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.

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 are now available at the back of church.

CHRISTIAN AID will as usual be singing carols in Fargate at the end of Norfolk Row on Saturday 7 December. St Marks’ slot is 2.30-3.30 pm, so calling all musicians and all who like singing, wrap up warm and come along a few minutes before 2.30. Info: Alison (tel: 221 4578)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2013. After morning service on Sunday, 8 and Sunday, 15 December at the back of church you will be able to sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists including journalists. Please bring smaller cards or postcards suitable for air mail post. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who may think they have been forgotten.

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).

“INEQUALITY: HOW IT HURTS US ALL” Sunday 15 December at 6.00 pm in Church Lounge. Whether you have read The Spirit Level or not, you will probably perceive how corrosive is the growth of inequality in the UK. In this illustrated talk Michael Miller will summarise the book’s message, look at trends since its publication and suggest ways we could get back to a more equal society. All welcome.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Wednesdays in the church lounge, 1.30p.m. THIS WEDNESDAY “Angels galore!” with Nick Robinson.  All welcome. Modest charge.

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