Weekly Update – 27th November 2011

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance. Please contact Anne in the office.

CHRISTMAS EVE ‘NATIVITY’ PLAY If you would like to be involved, please sign up. Acting, costumes, props, directing, producing, hospitality, publicity –opportunities for all! The first read-through will be this Monday at 6.00 pm.
BUDGET 2012 has been set at £220,650, a slightly lower figure than in 2011. Owing to reduced income this year, however, we will still need to raise an additional £9,500 in 2012 to balance the books.
PLEDGES 2012 Packs have been prepared for those who already give regularly to St Mark’s as well as for those who would like to start. Please collect yours. Thank you!
STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE Please complete one!
CHRISTINGLE will take place on Sunday 11 December at 4.30 pm. Please pick up a Children’s Society collection ‘candle’ today and bring it back to the service. Thank you!
UK CHARITIES The Home Donations Committee meets on 12 December to allocate grants from St Marks. Please get in touch with suggestions of any good causes. Miranda Myers, 0114 2680043 or asmmyers5@gmail.com.
SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. Any donations gratefully received. Thank you.
ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

PV PANELS UPDATE All permissions have now been granted and work on installing the panels will begin this week. Homeco Energy is confident the work can be completed by the cut off date of 12 December and we therefore need to collect pledged monies as soon as possible. David Ryder is away so please address all pledge queries to our Assistant Treasurer, Judith Pitchforth (tel: 0114 2307685).
DIGESTING BORG The final two of these stand-alone seminars – a follow up to the recent CRC conference – will take place on Sunday evenings, 5.00pm, 4 & 11 December. All welcome.
LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS We now have a collection box for used low energy light bulbs at the back of church. These should not be disposed of with regular household waste, so please use this if there is no collection point in your area.
WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS can be a nice seasonal bonus and some of us are fortunate in not relying on these for our heating bills. You can now give yours to those in need. Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign to encourage individuals to make donations to help vulnerable people affected by the cold winter. See details and make donation – www.localgiving.com/saga.
CLIMATE, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE Finding a way to sustainable consumption. The final evening of discussion with an introductory talk by Michael Bayley in the Upstairs Room will take place THIS WEDNESDAY at 7.30pm. Tea and biscuits from 7 pm.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY Saturday, 10 December 2011. The Sheffield Amnesty International Group will mark this day with a vigil outside the Town Hall from 1.00 to 2.00 pm Your support is needed. At 8.00 pm in the Broomhall Centre, there will be a celebration event with live music from the amazing funk and soul band, The Free Radicals. Tickets £8/£4 concessions may be ordered from Robin Story.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served at 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.
OCCUPYSHEFFIELD CAMP This is NOT leisure camping! Please come and find out what it IS about. Visitors are very welcome. If you want more info, or to meet there please contact me: 2664366 / 07952577363/ m.whitebrook@cooptel.net or on their website; occupysheffield.org
Maureen Whitebrook.
CAROLS IN FARGATE As usual, CHRISTIAN AID will be singing carols in Fargate at the end of Norfolk Row on Saturday,Dec.10th. This is a jolly occasion and an important witness by the combined churches in Sheffield to what we think is important at Christmas. The St. Mark’s slot is 2.30-3.30p.m. So, calling all MUSICIANS and all who like singing, wrap up warm and come along a few minutes before 2.30. Bags can be left upstairs at Central U.R.C. Please sign the list at the back of church, and bring your friends. Don’t forget CHRISTMAS CARDS are on sale here today and next week and after the evening Advent service tonight. Since the Fairtrade shop has now closed, this is on behalf of Oxfam, to support their work.
BREAST CANCER CARE CAROL SERVICE 7 December at 7.30 pm, at Sheffield Cathedral.  A lovely evening of singing from local young choirs, readings and carols, in candlelight.  Tickets available from 0114 2636480.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, or if you would appreciate extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer.
SHARING HOSPITALITY OVER ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS If you can help with refreshments over the festive period it would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up on the flip chart as soon as possible. Many thanks Cathy and Sue.
THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00 -5.00pm. A special warm welcome to new residents of Broomhall. Drop in and meet your neighbours! Please call in if you can.
SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative delivered in a number of city and town centres around the UK. Street Pastors are teams of local Christians who go out onto the streets at night to listen, care and help people. There is a new training session starting in January for new volunteers. You can find out more at www.streetpastors.co.uk or by calling Tricia Watts on 07931562442 or 01142634591 or consulting the information in church.
SuCCol (SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN COLOMBIA) AGM THIS THURSDAY at 7.30 pm.  An update on the activities of the Zuá Foundation in Bogotá will be followed by the documentary film My Kidnapper giving a fascinating insight into guerrilla activities in Colombia.  Refreshments will be served.  Information from Dez and Jennie Martin (2303718).

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