Sunday Bulletin 29 November 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 6 December: Second Sunday of Advent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church
6.30pm Alternative Advent Meal (food and prayers for Advent at St Stephen’s)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email. NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
ALTERNATIVE ADVENT MEAL NEXT SUNDAY 6.30pm at St Stephen’s. We join together with a simple meal, prayers and readings to take a quiet moment to share in the hurly-burly of our Christmas preparations. All in the congregation and beyond is very welcome. If you would like to help with food or in any other way, please contact Malcolm Macrae, Worship & Education Convenor macraefamilybtinternet.com .
GIVING TREE Take a tag from a giving tree, and bring the gift on it for someone in need in our city. Details as follows:
OLD HIGH GIVING TREE is now in the East corridor. Suggested acceptable gifts for Highland Homeless Trust (approximately 40-50 recipients) include gloves, socks, scarves and toiletries (alcohol free) for both men and women. Please wrap each item separately and place in the boxes provided in each vestibule on Sunday 6 or 13 December. Contact Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is at the front door today and next Sunday. Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters 16-29 years). Please choose a tag from the Giving Tree and return the red bow for future use. Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of identification and distribution. It would be much appreciated if gifts can be handed in at the church door next Sunday 6 December or the following Sunday 13 December, for delivery by 19 December. Contact Cliff Sim.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 2 December 7.30 to 9pm in St Stephen’s Hall. It is a very relaxed atmosphere with tea/coffee and biscuits. Your company/talents will be most appreciated. All welcome. Contact Margaret McAleer.
CHURCH BAND It is hoped that the Church band will play for the service on 20 December in St Stephen’s. Anyone who would like to join in is most welcome to do so. There will be one rehearsal on Sat 5 December at 4pm. Please contact Pam for more details pam.41tiscali.co.uk.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs items by 4 December. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER We are still looking for a new flower convener. Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. We are also looking for volunteers to help with delivering the flowers after the service on Sundays. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette. Why not join us to decorate St Stephen’s for Christmas on Saturday 5th December at 2pm- refreshments provided.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
ORDERS OF SERVICE We urgently need some folks to help fold the Orders of Service for the Old High. If we can have a few people then they can take turns week by week. If you can help please call Katharina Nimmo.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH was once again a fantastic evening. Many thanks to all who helped with door duty etc, and to the St Stephen’s Community Choir. The MFR Christmas Appeal were delighted to have raised £557 with their buckets at the door!
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT- COOKS REQUIRED! Following another successful year of the Food for Families project, David Sutherland has extended his generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. This year we would like to provide Vegetable Broth and Spaghetti Bolognese in addition to our traditional Mince & Tatties. However it would be best if everyone would be prepared to make the same food. Could I suggest we make broth and spaghetti as a change from mince! All ingredients will be provided. I hope we can do two sessions (w/c 7 December and w/c 4 January). If you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.com
SYRIAN REFUGEES Highland Council is appealing to private landlords, or people who own vacant houses who may be able to offer a house for rent to a Syrian Refugee family. The Council is expecting to take around 25 to 30 families from Syrian Refugee camps in early 2016 as part of the UK Refugee Resettlement Programme. To register an available property for consideration visit www.highland.gov.uk/refugeeaccommodation
HIGHLANDS SUPPORT REFUGEES urgently needs winter/waterproof clothing for Babies/Children/Women/Men: Underwear (new) Sturdy shoes (all sizes) Tents, Torches, Tealights, Tarpaulins, Sleeping bags/Blankets, Babies Bottles/Blankets. We have space to fill in a lorry heading to Serbia at the end of November, and are in the process of organising a container to Greece in the next few weeks. We need volunteers to help with sorting/packing at the Old Education Centre, Castle Street Dingwall. Contact James jemshewangmail.com
JULIAN MEETINGS meet for silent contemplative prayer on 1st Wednesday of month. Next meeting 2 December 7.15-8.30pm, St Stephen’s. All welcome. Contact Patsy Thomson patsy<at>burnside.vispa.com
COFFEE MORNING FOR STREET PASTORS Saturday 5 December 10.30-1pm The Loch Ness Country House (on the A82 1st left after the road into Inverness Crematorium). Tickets £2.50 Contact Morvenloveinveness.org
TROILUS ENSEMBLE at Inverness Cathedtral on Sunday 6 December at 4pm £10 (£8 concessions) at the door. Reservations ticketstroilus-ensemble.co.uk

Sunday Bulletin 22 November 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Tonight
Ding Dong Merrily Old High, 6.30pm
Sunday 29 November: First Sunday of Advent
10am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
No Service at Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH our annual all-age carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on is TONIGHT! This year we will have contributions from Lochardil Primary School and from the St Stephen’s Community Choir. Bring your friends and children of all ages along at 6.30pm at the Old High.
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with a Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s at 10am. Please note there will be no service at Old High next Sunday.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 November at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. Please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Rae Swan.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 28th November, 12 noon- Merlewood Ensemble. For the final recital of the 2015 series we welcome back these local musicians. They provided a beautiful ending to our music last year and we are grateful that they are willing to do so again this year. Their programme includes pieces by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 28 November in St. Stephen’s hall 10am-12 noon. Tickets £2.50 or pay at the door. We would be grateful for any donations of gifts/home baking/raffle prizes – the hall will be open on Friday 27 6-8pm to accept any of the above. Anyone willing to help on the day please contact Margaret McAleer. All proceeds to the Fabric Fund. Please remember to take plastic bags for your produce. Thanking you in anticipation for your donations and help.
ALTERNATIVE ADVENT MEAL Once more we hold our annual meal, on Sunday 6 December at 6.30pm at St Stephen’s. We join together with a simple meal, prayers and readings to take a quiet moment to share in the hurly-burly of our Christmas preparations. All in the congregation and beyond is very welcome. If you would like to help with food or in any other way, please contact Malcolm Macrae, Convenor, Worship & Education Team macraefamilybtinternet.com.
CHURCH BAND It is hoped that the Church band will play for the service on 20 December in St Stephen’s. Anyone who would like to join in is most welcome to do so. There will be one rehearsal on Sat 5 December at 4pm. Please contact Pam for more details pam.41tiscali.co.uk
OLD HIGH GIVING TREE As there will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s on Sunday 29 November, the Giving Tree will be in the East Corridor in the Old High Church on Sunday 22 November. Details of acceptable gifts for the Highland Homeless Trust will be given in the 29 November Bulletin; gifts will be accepted on 6 and 13 December at the Old High. Contact Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs items by 4 December. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER We are still looking for a new flower convener. Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. We are also looking for volunteers to help with delivering the flowers after the service on Sundays. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette. Why not join us to decorate St Stephen’s for Christmas on Saturday 5th December at 2pm- refreshments provided.
SOCIAL MEDIA It would be good to have someone to help keep our Facebook page and Twitter feed up to date. Contact Peter if interested.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan
PRAYER DIARY Oct 2015–Jan 2016 available at church doors. Contact Ruth Martin.
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
OTHER NEWS
SYRIAN REFUGEES Highland Council is appealing to private landlords, or people who own vacant houses who may be able to offer a house for rent to a Syrian Refugee family. The Council is expecting to take around 25 to 30 families from Syrian Refugee camps in early 2016 as part of the UK Refugee Resettlement ProgrammeTo register an available property for consideration www.highland.gov.uk/refugeeaccommodation
HIGHLANDS SUPPORT REFUGEES urgently needs winter/waterproof clothing for Babies/Children/Women/Men: Underwear (new) Sturdy shoes (all sizes) Tents, Torches, Tealights, Tarpaulins, Sleeping bags/Blankets, Babies Bottles/Blankets. We have space to fill in a lorry heading to Serbia at the end of November, and are in the process of organising a container to Greece in the next few weeks. We need volunteers to help with sorting/packing at the Old Education Centre, Castle Street Dingwall. Contact James jemshewangmail.com
SCOTTISH INTERFAITH WEEK – the Inverness branch invites you to a Workshop on Saturday 28 November at Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall from 2pm to 5.30pm; speakers Iona Finlayson (Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage) and Rev Doug McRoberts. Tea/coffee on arrival. Contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie atmackenzie9gmail.com
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT- COOKS REQUIRED! Following another successful year of the Food for Families project, David Sutherland has extended his generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. This year we would like to provide Vegetable Broth and Spaghetti Bolognese in addition to our traditional Mince & Tatties. However it would be best if everyone would be prepared to make the same food. Could I suggest we make broth and spaghetti as a change from mince! All ingredients will be provided. I hope we can do two sessions (w/c 7 December and w/c 4 January). If you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.com
GO FOR IT ANNUAL CONFERENCE Tuesday 1 December at The Thistle Hotel, Inverness, 10am. Go For It is a Fund of the Church of Scotland which funds change in church and community, aiming to encourage creative ways of working, develop the life and mission of the local church, and tranform both communities and congregations. It would be good to have some of our folks there to find out more. If you can attend, contact Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.com.

Old High Music 2015 – The Merlewood Ensemble

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 28th November, 12 noon. Merlewood Ensemble. For the final recital of the 2015 series we welcome back these local musicians. They provided a beautiful ending to our music last year and we are grateful that they are willing to do so again this year. Their programme includes pieces by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com

Download the Programme here

We have now set up a music e-mailing list and if you would like to be included and get advance notification of our recital programmes and other music event details, please send an e-mail to ohssmusicgmail.com. This will not be used for any other purpose than informing you about music at Old High St Stephens and will not be shared with any third party. We would like to encourage you to forward information on to any interested family and friends. All being well, we hope to hold the inaugural recital in 2016 on Saturday 20th February at 12 noon but this is still to be confirmed. We will circulate details in due course to everyone on our email list.

Embraced by love- sermon for 15 November 2015

Old High St Stephen’s, Inverness
15 November 2015
(The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost:
Year 2 (Mark), Narrative Lectionary)
SERMON
Scripture Readings: Hosea 11:1-9
Mark 10.13-16
Sermon
Embraced by love
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

We too often think of the books of the Bible as having been written so long ago, they cannot have much to do with us. The prophet Hosea preached almost 2,700 years ago. What can a text that old have to say to us? The introduction in the Good News version of the Bible to Hosea says that he ‘preached in the northern Kingdom of Israel… during the troubled times before the fall of Samaria in 721BC’. He preached in troubled times- times of uncertainty, with wars and rumours of wars abounding. And do we not, also, live in troubled times? Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 1 November 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 November: Remembrance Sunday
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
Preacher: Rev John Duncan, Army Chaplain at Fort George
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurchgmail.com
CAWDOR AND CROY These congregations have become vacant as the Rev Jan Mathieson moved to Williamwood Parish Church in Glasgow this week. Inverness Presbytery has appointed our own minister to be Interim Moderator of the two Kirk Sessions. Peter asks that you would pray for the folks of Cawdor and Croy as they begin the search for a new minister.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The final organ recital of the 2015 series will be held on Saturday 7th November at 12 noon. Tiffany Vong read music in Oriel College, Oxford, before studying for a Masters in organ and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, with the acclaimed organist David Hamilton. Her programme will include work by Bach, Parry, Franck, Howells and Mendelssohn. This promises to be another memorable event in this year’s programme, so please join us for a wonderful hour of music. Contact Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH HALL Sadly we have not yet been able to start the work at the Old High Hall due to issues with tenders. However the Kirk Session will discuss the situation this week and we hope very soon to be able to start the work. Please look out for more information in next week’s bulletin.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 4 November 7.30pm to 9pm in St Stephen’s Hall. We will be making items for Christmas Coffee Morning at the end of November and would ask more crafters to join us. The more we make/sell the more the Church gains. It is a very relaxed atmosphere with tea/coffee and biscuits. Your company/talents will be most appreciated. All are welcome. Contact Margaret McAleer.
FLOWER MINISTRY Due to work commitments, Jill Russell our flower convenor at St Stephen’s is looking for someone to take over from her. Our Flower ministry is a vital part of our church life. If you can help, please contact Jill or Linda Philip.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2015 By filling a shoebox with simple gifts you can bring joy and laughter to someone this Christmas. Leaflets available at Church doors. Please deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop, Academy Street or superstore, Harbour Road, by this Friday 6 November. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com
SOCIAL MEDIA It would be good to have someone to help keep our Facebook page and Twitter feed up to date. Contact Peter if interested.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue and Prayer Diary Oct 2015 – January 2016 now available at church doors. Contact Ruth Martin.
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 given to anyone else. Please send your name and email address to Pat: invernesschurchgmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
ELDERS are reminded that our Session meeting has changed to Wednesday 4 November, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s.
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s on Sunday 8 November- all invited. Contact Ruth Martin.
HOME GROUPS Tuesday 3 November 2015 at 7.30pm at Chrissie Lacey’s.
KIRK SESSION OF INVERNESS will meet on Tuesday 10 November at 11am at Frame Kennedy Accountants, Metropolitan House, High Street. Contact Margaret Sutherland.
OHSS MAGAZINE the magazine editor, needs items by 6 December. Contact williekenilweb.com.
OTHER NEWS
JULIAN MEETINGS meet for silent contemplative prayer. Next meeting 4 November from 7.15 at St Stephen’s. All welcome. Contact Patsy Thomson patsyburnside.vispa.com