Weekly Update – 8th December 2013

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2014 – To date 24 responses have been received with total extra giving of £3,500 (including recovered tax) promised in a full year towards the £13,400 required. The responses include 1 new pledge and 18 increases.  This is very encouraging at such an early stage in the Appeal and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  Clearly we have some way to go in order to have sufficient income next year to maintain the work and mission of the Church.  Consequently, if you have not done so please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church.  Thanks, David Ryder, Treasurer.  

STATIONS OF LIFE – BIRTH The first station is in place on the north wall and will, in time, be joined by others, marking different transitions in life.  Please pay a visit and reflect on your experiences.  There is also a handout available explaining the purpose of the ‘Stations’ project.  If there is one you would like to be marked, please mention it to Ian, Sue or Liz Anson.

LIFE CALLING is an open evening TONIGHT at 6.00 pm in the Upper Room for anyone who would like to explore how their faith finds expression through their living.  From parenthood to priesthood, vocations can take many shapes and forms. Open to all.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2013 After morning service today at the back of church you can sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists including journalists. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who may think they may have been forgotten. Instructions and cards are on the table. 

UNWRAPPING CHRISTMAS A fresh look at the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth.  Discover how to read them as the evangelists intended.  THIS MONDAY at 7.30 pm in the lounge.  All welcome.

CHRISTMAS EVE NATIVITY We urgently need more people to stage this year’s play – on stage and backstage. If you are interested, please sign the list at the back or let Anne know.  Thank you.

CAROL SERVICE 22 December, please sign up to provide mince pies or offer help.

HISTORY OF ST MARK’S AND ANNIVERSARY CDS are still available and would make excellent Christmas presents. If interested, please contact David Price (History) and Briony Tayler (CD Anniversary Service and Concert).

DEC PHILIPPINES TYPHOON APPEAL Donations totalling £1,616 have been collected in church over the last three weeks. Most were Gift Aided and therefore the total value to the DEC is approximately £1,970. Thank you for your generosity.

WINTER HOTPOT For January and February we are hoping to extend the Broomhall “Welcome Place” to serve lunch to isolated local residents. If you could help one Wednesday between 11and 2 to help serve or clear away (we think we have cooks!) or help with transport then please let Sue H know ASAP. Many thanks!


CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available for distribution and we need to deliver to households in Broomhill.  Please collect a street bundle before you go.  Thank you! 

FIRE TRAINING SESSIONS will be in the Upper Room at 11.30 am TODAY.  All those in charge of activities in the church are required to do this.

CAN YOU HELP? My name is Jordan Betts.  I am a third year sociology student doing a dissertation into gender differences in church attendance and engagement. I am looking for volunteers to interview. It would be anonymous and take approximately 30 minutes.  If you would like to help, please contact me on: Soa10jh@Sheffield.ac.uk.

THANKS IS GIVEN from John and Helen Hillman for the birth of a new granddaughter, born to Lucy and Richard on 23 November, a sister for Imogen. Miranda was a bit early, but she and Lucy are doing fine now.

CAROL SINGING around residential homes in the parish on Thursday 19 December 5.30 – 7.00 pm (ending with mince pies at Broomgrove Home). Open to everyone! Please let Sue know asap.

TRIP TO “OLIVER”– there are 6 places left. Payment is due from now on – cash, or a cheque to “St Mark’s PCC”.  Monies and bookings to Briony.

ORGAN APPEAL UPDATE Promised, available and potential funds now total £88, 500 towards our target of £100,000.  A wonderful response but more is needed so please return your pledge form to David Ryder if you have not already done so.  Thank you.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays from 1.30 pm in the church lounge. THIS WEDNESDAY ‘Have Your Say on the Welfare Services’ preparing for winter and surviving Christmas.  All welcome.  Details: Rosalind 268 1426.

BETTY MAY has moved to Wood Hill Grange care home 526 Grimesthorpe Road Sheffield S4 8EN. Tel 2610887. Betty is in the Redmires unit and would welcome visitors and Christmas cards. 

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.

ALSO people have said they would like to enclose campaign leaflets with their Christmas cards.  There is now a religious and a non-religious version.  Please put your orders on the sheet at the back.  ALSO Michael Bayley is forming a small group to support the campaign. Interested in joining, not least to keep it in our prayers? Contact Michael on 2585248.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH On Christmas Day we will once again be providing a traditional turkey dinner for those who would otherwise be on their own.  If you are able to offer any kind of help then please contact David Anson on 229 5478/  info@adv.co.uk If you, or anyone you know in the parish, would like to book for the meal then contact the church office.

“INEQUALITY: HOW IT HURTS US ALL” NEXT SUNDAY at 6.00 in the Lounge. Whether you have read The Spirit Level or not, you will likely perceive the corrosive growth of inequality in the UK. Michael Miller will summarise the book’s message, suggesting ways we can get back to a more equal society. All welcome.

ASSIST APPEAL FOR HOSTS Between 21 December – 5 January ASSIST is asking if anyone who has a spare bedroom would be prepared to welcome one of these women over the Christmas period. Info on the poster in the foyer.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST If you would like a copy, please contact Anne P. 50p or an electronic copy for free.

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