Sunday Bulletin 13 September 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 20 September
10am Sacrament of Baptism and Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Dougie Wolf, Student Assistant
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jim@jimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
FAMILY FUN DAY Saturday 19 September, 1 to 4pm. St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road IV2 4XA. Please put this in your diary to help out or to bring a friend! A chance to people of all ages in our community into the church with activities, crafts, food, and music. Volunteers are required to show off their skills and talents- simply taking part in hosting this event will answer the question many in our community have about church; Q. what do they do in that building? A. worship God through fellowship, music, meals, and service. There will be activities inside and outside the church so that people take notice! It’s not too late to volunteer to help out. And we also need a GAZEBO: Dougie Wolf dougiejoangooglemail.com.
We’ll also need help with setting up Friday 18th Sept 7pm, and 11am on the Saturday 19th And to tidy up 4-5pm.
PLEASE TAKE SOME INVITATION CARDS AND BRING FRIENDS ALONG!
PARKING will be available at Southside Dental Practice 28 Southside Rd; Kingsmills Surgery 18 Southside Road; Southside Road Surgery 43 Southside Road: Parking at drivers’ own risk.
SILENT AUCTION is part of the Fun Day. Could you offer any items for the auction? Or your time & talents eg gardening/ cleaning/ painting/ car washing etc to people in our community and congregation? Drop off your items on Friday night or Saturday morning. Contact Margaret McAleer if it’s a skill you want to offer margaretmcaleertalktalk.net).
Upcoming outreach events
More Old High concerts http://oldhighststephens.com/old-high-music-in-august/
Bring a friend to Church at our Harvest Thanksgiving, 4 October
Ding Dong Merrily Old High, 22 November
Christmas Fayre, 28 November
Alterative Advent Meal, 6 December
Christmas Concert at St Stephen’s 17 December
Christmas Lunch 20 December
and a Scottish-themed event in the New Year.
Details to follow!
OTHER NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
SPEAK OUT 10,000 VOICES FOR CHANGE is an initiative by the Church of Scotland inviting YOU to give an idea how Scotland could be a fairer, more equal and more just society. Please fill in the card on the pews, and either hand it in at the end of the service or post it. Alternatively, please visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/speak_out/10000_voices
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We will shortly be launching a Friends Group to help ensure the future of the Old High Church. The Friends Group will be open to anyone, at home or abroad, within or beyond the congregation, who wishes to help to maintain the oldest building in Inverness. You can help with your money, or with your time, or both! The Old High building is of significant historical, cultural and spiritual value one of the landmarks of the Highland Capital. It does, however, face an uncertain future. You can help make sure that it continues as a venue for the arts, a significant visitor attraction in the city centre, a centre for the city community to gather, and a place for prayer and reflection for all. Please see the leaflets we will be handing out as you leave this morning, or visit http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
KIRK SESSION Next meeting will be on 15 September in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm. Please note change from usual venue.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS upcoming dates are: 23 September, 7 & 21 October, 4 & 18 November and 2 December. Please put the dates in your diary and join us for craft & friendship 7.30-9pm in St Stephen’s Hall. All are welcome. For details contact Margaret McAleer.
ST STEPHEN’S TODDLER GROUP runs on a Monday morning during school term time in the church hall. We are open from 9.45am to 1130am and welcome all 0 to 3 year olds and their mum\dad\granny\carer. There are toys, crafts, songs, outings and a healthy snack. We are a small friendly group looking for new members. Please come along to see if you enjoy our group or pass this information on to anyone else you also think might like to know about us! Secretary, Abby Lucas for more information.
MUSICIANS AT ST STEPHEN’S Pam McCulloch, our organist and choir director, would like to know of anyone of any age who would like to help accompany our singing with any instrument to enrich our hymn singing occasionally with a small band. Contact Pam at pam.41tiscali.co.uk, or speak to her or any choir member at the Sunday service
HEALING SERVICE There will be a healing service in St Stephen’s TODAY at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.
OHSS MAGAZINE the editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please submit whatever you can by to williekenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson (01463 242767: stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
DOUGIE WOLF will have his last Sunday with us (already!) next week. If you would like to contribute to a gift for him, please bring it in an envelope marked ‘Dougie’ and place it in the offering, or contact Sandy Cumming, our treasurer.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LOOS Sunday 27 September 11.15am at the Old High. Once again we will be joined by the Cameron Highlanders Regimental Association as we remember this battle of the First World War in which many local Cameron Highlanders were killed and injured. We will also be laying up regimental colours which were previously at Fort George. All welcome- details from Peter.
CHURCH NEWS BY EMAIL We are keen to have email addresses of the congregation so that we can quickly share news. Rest assured that your email will not be give to anyone else. Please send you name and email address to Pat: invernesschurchgmail.com.
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA Saturday 26th September, in Green Drive Scout Hall, from 2pm – 4pm. Admission £3 incl Tea/Coffee with home baking. Children Free. Children Free (with a paying adult). Home Baking and Vegetable stalls. All proceeds go to providing extras for the residents in Cameron House. Tickets available from Rae Swan, Jaye Rankine, and Val Cantlay. Further information from Rae.
PASTORAL CARE DAY an opportunity to worship together and reflect on Pastoral Care. Topics: “Going deeper in Pastoral conversations”; “Pastoral Care and Dementia”; “Bereavement Care”. Open to anyone in the congregation. Saturday 19 September from 9.30 to 1.00pm. Contact Heather Beck kenny.beckbtinternet.com.
DAY OF PRAYER TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF REFUGEES St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness, Friday 25th September Come for the whole day or for five minutes. Come once or return throughout the day. 8am Morning Prayer; 11.15am Communion; 7.30pm Service of Light and Commitment to Pray. There will be an opportunity to offer your own prayers throughout the day to be added to a prayer tree and to leave donations to the charities working to support and help refugees. Our own minister will be taking part in this with clergy from other churches. Details from Peter
ALPHA COURSE AT CROWN CHURCH A chance to ask any questions about life & faith and to explore the basics of Christianity in a friendly, informal environment (with tea/coffee and cakes!). Mondays from 28 Sept to 30 Nov; 7-8.45pm in The Olive Grove. Contact Charlie Forbes CrownAlphaCourse<at>gmail.com

Justice or charity?- a sermon for the Kirking of the Council, 13 September 2015

Scripture Readings: Amos 7.7-17
Luke 10.25-37
Sermon

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

In 2012, there was massive media coverage when the Costa Concordia, a luxury cruise ship, ran aground off Italy, leading to the tragic deaths of 32 passengers and crew. But almost unnoticed, the Italian coastguard were also busy elsewhere:

That same day, the first of three boats carrying African refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya towards Malta and Italy was rescued by coastguards, in an incident which attracted no news coverage whatsoever. 72 were saved, including a pregnant woman and 29 children. The second boat was rescued two days later by a Maltese armed patrol vessel, assisted by the US Navy. The 68 who were saved included a mother who had just given birth… The third boat didn’t make it. A distress call warning of engine failure was intercepted by the Maltese maritime authorities the morning after the Concordia disaster. Then no more was heard….until the last week of January, when the first 15 bodies were washed up on Libyan beaches –at least 55 were lost.

I’m quoting there from a leaflet produced by the Church of Scotland Guild on the situation in Malta. Continue reading