Sunday Bulletin 6 December 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 13 December: Third Sunday of Advent
10am: Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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ADEN HOUSE a short service will be held at Aden House, at 2pm on Tuesday 8 December, led by Peter. Please come along if you can, as attendances have been small and a bit of support to help with the singing would be much appreciated
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. 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 16-20 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. Gifts can be handed in at the church door today or next Sunday 13 December, for delivery by 19 December. Contact Cliff Sim.
OHSS MAGAZINE The Church magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 13 December.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE The Fayre raised £900 despite the bad weather. The hall had a lovely Christmas atmosphere which we hope those who attended appreciated. The Social & Fundraising Action Team would like to thank all who donated and a very special thank you to all who helped on the day, making it such a success. We hope you will continue to support our efforts in 2016.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette.
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.
RETIRING OFFERINGS held on 25 October and 29 November amounted to £374.25. A cheque will be sent to the Church of Scotland’s Out of Africa into Malta project.
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
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
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 13 December at 4pm to which all are invited. (Contact Ruth Martin).