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
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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