Weekly Update – 7th October 2012

PARISH WEEKEND A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful occasion.  A selection of photos are on display in the foyer and all the messages from delegates can be found on the prayer tree.  And what about the altar frontal!  Delegates are encouraged to complete a Feedback Form (copies available at the back of church).

SHEFFIELD CREDIT UNION and its work will be the theme of next Sunday’s morning service. St Mark’s has applied to be a corporate member. If you wish to become a stakeholder and invest, by so doing you will increase the Union’s capital and thus expand its lending capacity. Bring along your passport and a recent utility bill as ID. And don’t forget your chequebook! Application forms will be available.

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. All welcome!

CONSULTATION – DATE CHANGE Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless will join us now on Saturday 2 February 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice.  All welcome.

HARVEST LUNCH TODAY!  All welcome.  This will have an international theme for the main dishes, while seasonal fruits will contribute to the deserts, all provided for by each other.  Come along and enjoy our community parish lunch.

SERVERS’ MEETING There will be a meeting of our servers on Sunday 21 October at 11.15 am, front of church.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH For the last two years, we have laid on a special festive meal which has been well attended and greatly appreciated, especially by overseas students and those living alone.  If you would be willing to contribute this year, whether financially or by preparing some food beforehand or cooking/serving on the day, please let Gary know (ggrief @somail.it) or come to the meeting on Sunday 28 October at 11.15 am.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on Sunday 28 October 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.

EXPLORING SILENCE is a new Contemplative Prayer group that will be starting at St Mark’s.  There will be an introductory evening on Tuesday 13 November at 7.00 pm in the lounge.  After that the group will meet monthly beginning in the new year and probably on a Monday evening.  The Introductory Evening in November is an opportunity for a taster and to give input.  All welcome.  For more information or if you are unable to come in November but are still interested, please speak to Anne Padget or Margaret Stone.

 THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP is looking at Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”.  Starting 11.15 am, all welcome.

OCTOBER’S MARKS MESSENGER is now out for the bargain price of 60p.  DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! Only £6 for the year.  Peter Whitmill.

HOT STUFF You guessed it, another plea from Gary. Soup Run has started again after the summer break, and it’s time to ask all you lovely people if you are able to donate tins of soup again – tomato, oxtail or chicken. The response has always been really generous and for that we thank you, but the need goes on. And donations of clothing – all useful, but especially men’s socks, gloves (fleecy ones for £1 a pair at Decathlon) and jackets plus bedding – would also be very gratefully received.

HATS FOR SOUP RUN We have a wonderful collection of colourful hats which unfortunately our clients don’t feel comfortable wearing.  But some dark coloured beanies would be great.  If you are able to knit, I have a simple beanie knitting pattern.  The current crop of colourful hats will be redirected via the shoe box appeal. Many thanks, Sue Parker.

SPONSORED RUN Tim Moore, James Ryder and Peter Ryder will be running the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 12K run / obstacle course on 13 October. In memory of David Stoker they would like to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.  Please come find them at the back of church or go to www.justgiving.com/ProAktive-ProAktive to sponsor them.  Thanks.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY AND INFO showing instantaneous power, total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer.  Plus information about climate change and improving our carbon footprint

ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is April 12th-14th. More details to follow but save the date! 

RACIAL JUSTICE A quiet evening of prayer and reflection on racial justice issues will be held at the Quaker Meeting House THIS THURSDAY from 6.00pm.  Please see the poster in the foyer for details.   

TAX JUSTICE for the poorest communities both locally and globally.  The Christian Aid tax bus will be at Sheffield Cathedral on THIS WEDNESDAY 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. Look out for  cards you can sign here at St Marks.

TUC DEMONSTRATION in London on 20 October.  March with the Climate Bloc under the slogan ‘For a Future that doesn’t cost the Earth: Against Austerity for Climate Justice.’ Meet 11 am at St Paul’s. For more details contact Michael Bayley

NON-STOP TURMOIL OR GLOBAL SPRING On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October at St Margaret’s Church, Lee, and on Saturday 3 November at St Philip’s Church, Leicester, Jim Kenny will lead conferences based on his book Thriving in the Crosscurrent: Hope and Clarity in a time of Cultural Evolutionary Sea Change.  Jim is Founder and Director of the interreligious study centre Common Ground, Chicago, and was the International Director for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.  See the poster in the foyer for more details.

WHIRLOW GRANGE WORKSHOPS  Contemplative Fire – ‘The Pulse of the Spirit’ and ‘He Who Sings Prays Twice’ are both workshops that are running at Whirlow Grange this year.  Please see the posters in the foyer or the flyers at the back of church.

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