Sunday Bulletin 6 November 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 13 November 2016 : Remembrance Sunday
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace @ with <at>)
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
UPDATE FROM PETER: I have now got an appointment to go to Aberdeen for further testing and hopefully treatment in two weeks’ time. Depending on the outcome I hope to be back at work fairly soon afterwards. Thank you very much for all your prayers, thoughts, cards and good wishes. They are much appreciated.
SUNDAY BULLETIN 13 NOVEMBER Pat MacLeod will be on A/L. In her absence please send items to katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, we have had permission to use the permit parking bays on a Sunday. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy (joan.darcy<at>tesco.net).
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on the following dates in November and December, to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: Sunday 13 Nov – Chapter 1; 27 Nov – Chapter 14; 11 Dec – Chapter 15. Further information from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 9 November in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC On Saturday 12 November at 12 noon, Katy Bell will play a solo programme in the Old High Church. Katy originates from Glasgow but has lived with her family in Crown for the last few years, following advanced studies in cello in the US and the Netherlands. You may already have heard her perform. The acoustic of the church will surely resonate with her wonderfully rich tone in J. S. Bach’s Suite No 3 and two modern pieces that Katy is going to interpret for us. Please do come along if you are free that morning. Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH SUMMER OPENING A really big thanks to everyone who helped keep the church open from June to October. Normally we finish at the end of September but this year we have been able to keep the Church open on Fridays (thanks to Ron, Gordon, Joy and Sheila). Around 20 volunteers welcomed over 2,000 visitors to our church, and thereby enhanced their experience of visiting the City of Inverness. Many visitors left messages on the Prayer Tree, and it was humbling to read these, as their visit had obviously been of great comfort to them. Thank you all for giving up so much of your time – it’s much appreciated. A full analysis of the visitors/ numbers will be published in the next newsletter. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
HEALING SERVICE next Sunday 13 November at 4pm in St Stephen’s to which all who feel troubled or unwell are invited, so that Jesus may heal you and those you love! Contact Ruth Martin.
OTHER NEWS
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer (01463 225582) or www.alpha.org
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and they hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the five years they have all helped to provide 12,652 cooked meals to many families who have been in need. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie (01463 234835) christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was provided from November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area. Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, volunteer help is required, and Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. Volunteers would provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, and Liz would co-ordinate this on a rota basis to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months. For further information or to volunteer please contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com). Christine MacKenzie (01463 234835) christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.