|PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – 54 responses to our Pledge Appeal have been received so far promising increased giving of £9,000 (including recovered tax) towards the target of £13,000 additional given income for 2013. The responses to date include 7 new pledges, 32 increases, 14 no changes and 1 decrease. This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, further increases are still needed if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church at current levels. Consequently, if you have yet to respond, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. We need every church member to return a pledge form so that we can be sure of the level of expected income for this year. Packs have now been mailed out. If you haven’t received one, spare Pledge Appeal packs including pledge forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder – Treasurer.
WOT NO WOMEN BISHOPS If you would like to contribute to a banner championing the ordination of women to the episcopate, please contribute to the collection box at the back of church.
SHROVE TUESDAY 12th February – Pancakes and Cabaret! We’ll be looking for all kinds of contributions to make this an evening all can enjoy! Following on from last year’s successful fund-raiser we shall also be holding a Mystery Prize Draw so please donate any “unwanted Christmas presents” or gifts. Details to follow…
|ALL CREDIT TO YOU St Mark’s and its members have increased Sheffield Credit Union’s capital by £12,353 since we launched the campaign on Sunday 14 October 2012. If you somehow missed the bandwagon, there is always time to join. Details from Robin Story or www.sheffieldcreditunion.com.
CTBB BROOMHALL BREAKFAST is going from strength to strength, ably coordinated by Sarah Hall who leaves Sheffield after Easter. To this end, we need to find a replacement. Interested? Please have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Mark McCombs has been appointed our next DoM, commencing next week. Mark is a music post-graduate at Sheffield University and already directs a number of choirs within the university and beyond. He comes to us from St Matthew’s, Carver Street, where he is an organ scholar. We greatly look forward to his arrival.
WATCH this space. Women And The CHurch are looking for new members and financial support. Is there any energy for a local branch? This is one way of ensuring that appropriate legislation comes before the next Synod and that we are better represented in the process. Let Sue or Anne know if you’d like to be involved.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS FEEDBACK In your service sheets are feedback forms for Advent and Christmas. Please fill yours in and pop in the box at the back of church.
|FLOWER ROTA I am doing the flower rota for 2013 if you would like to continue donating money for flowers on a special Sunday or you are new and would like to donate some money for flowers in church please let me know. If you would like to help us arrange flowers on a rota for Sundays also let me know. E-mail: email@example.com or tel: 2303242. Thanks, Mary-Jane Ryder.
CHRISTMAS DINNER Thanks to the efforts of The Christmas Team, plus a number of behind-the-scenes folks. 76 people did feast upon a turkey dinner (one each!) in the lounge and narthex on Christmas Day. A combination of a big effort, some Christmas magic, and a little bit of alchemy, meant lots of people who might otherwise have eaten alone went away happy, and without food poisoning(!) for the third year running. If you can’t wait for the Messenger article, http://www.flickr.com/photos/53079662@N07/ will show you some more pictures; and obviously I’d be more than happy to chat to anyone who wants to know more. Gary.
MICHAEL’S ORDINATION – THANK YOU I would like to thank all those who supported me in the Cathedral last Sunday, all those who sent cards and good wishes and all those who assured me of their prayers. Michael Burn.
NURTURING COMMUNITY If you’d like to join us for the next movie outing at the Showroom come along at 6pm THIS THURSDAY (Paternoster Row, S1 2BX). The movie is “Quartet” and there will be drinks and food in the bar afterwards. Let Angela know you’re coming on 07939 959450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to this. The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food. Thank you.
|THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP will be looking at Images of God. For more info please pick up a leaflet at the back of church.
CHRISTMAS CARD RECYCLING SCHEME In January 2012 Marks and Spencer’s collected 8.3 million Christmas cards, enabling the Woodland Trust to plant an extra 8308 trees around the country. Can we do better this year? Please take your cards to any M&S store before the end of January 2013 – and ask your friends and neighbours too!
ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is 12-14 April 2013. More details to follow but save the date!
BRINGING FAITH INTO FAIRNESS: Putting the Fairness Commission into Practice is the title of an event organized by Sheffield Faiths Forum on Wednesday 30 January in the Town Hall Reception Rooms, 6.00 – 8.00 pm. If you are interested in going or would like further information, please contact Mike Fitter on email@example.com.
CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsiblity Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless, will join us on Saturday 2 February from 10am to 1pm to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice. Tea and coffee available from 930am. All welcome. If you can attend, please inform David Price (0114 296 0806 or firstname.lastname@example.org )
NEWS from Chris and Mary Knight. Thank you for all your thoughts and cards over the Christmas period. We are currently at The Laurels on Manchester Road. Visiting is between 10.00am and 12noon. It would be lovely to see you if you’re passing!