Sunday Bulletin 19 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 26 March 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
UPDATE ON PETER’S HEALTH Peter continues to be on the waiting list for the procedure he is due to undergo in Aberdeen, which he told us about in January, but he has now advised that this has been delayed again by the hospital.
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 arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
PRAYERS FOR LENT Old High every Friday at 1pm; St Stephen’s Meditative Prayers every Wednesday 12-2pm. Bring lunch if you wish; come for a short while, or as long as you are able. Everyone welcome to come on these Lenten Journeys. Contact Ruth Martin.
LENT STUDY GROUP The fortnightly Sunday evening discussion group will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry every Sunday evening at 7pm for an hour, from Sunday 5 March till Sunday 2 April inclusive, to explore material to guide us through Lent. All are most welcome. Details from Andrew Stevenson . stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
KIRK SESSION The next meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in St Stephen’s hall. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 22 March 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.
ST STEPHEN’S BIG CLEAN on Saturday 25 March from 9.30 am to Noon. Let’s all enjoy the big clean together. All Welcome – the more the merrier. Tea/coffee provided. Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering on Sunday 26 March with all donations going to the famine crisis in East Africa. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S DOOR DUTY ROTA We have a couple of gaps in this year’s rota for May, and need volunteers to help welcome people to church. This is a great help in the church and a good way to meet more people. If you or someone you know would be willing to do this for a couple of Sundays in May, it would be greatly appreciated. As well as greeting people, some of our welcomers help with serving tea and counting the offering; but you don’t have to do these things. Contact Deborah Macrae dmmacrae<at>uwclub.net
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Thank you to those who contributed food items last month. During March and April the Foodbank would appreciate the following items: Tinned potatoes, Crackers/Oatcakes, Tinned ham (small), Soap/Shower gel. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH The latest newsletter is at church doors. Also prayer diary for February to May. CrossReach apologise for the late delivery. Contact Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
WORD FOR TODAY The latest copies of the free UCB daily bible reading magazine are available in the vestibules of both churches.
SUPPORT FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES People attending St Stephen’s recently had the chance to hear about the first-hand experiences of Struan Charters, working as a volunteer in the Elpida Refugee Camp in Greece. This talk will be repeated in the Old High on Sunday 2 April, but in the meantime here is information about practical ways in which help can be offered. Donations can be made online at www.thehighlandssupportrefugees.com, or may be given to Doreen MacDonald, 10 Cawdor Road IV2 3NR. Gifts in kind will be gratefully received by Doreen at Crown Church (weekday evenings and Friday mornings). Clothing for men, women and children including shoes, new underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and camping gear (no duvets, bedding, towels or nightwear at present). Toiletries including sanitary pads and nappies. More information from Struan at struancharters<at>gmail.com.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: The St Stephen’s Church and Community Choirs Spring Concert will be on Thursday 30 March, 7.30 pm at the Culduthel Christian Centre. Tickets are available from Susan MacLeod or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
SOCIAL FRIENDSHIP GROUP Would you like company to perhaps attend the theatre/cinema/coffee/day trips? It is hoped to form a Social Friendship Group but obviously depends on uptake. This would be a way of meeting and getting to know people. If you would like further information please contact Margaret McAleer (Social & Fundraising Action Team).
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETINGS Keen to calm your anxiety? Desperate to ease your pain and sleep better? Then perhaps Autogenic Training can help. Come along to one of our Living Better Group meetings in Hilton (28 March), Merkinch (3 April) or Smithton (30 March) and find out. The taster session is free, no need to book, just turn up on the day. We hope to follow up the session with a short 4-week course for those who would like to learn more. Further details from Roy Anderson  lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
AN EVENING WITH KENNETH STEVEN – the well known and much loved Scottish poet and author is reading from his works on Tuesday 21 March at 7.30pm at Hilton Church. It should be a very special, reflective evening. Admission free. Contact Iain Todd itoddyo<at>aol.com
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person for the Highlands, Islands and Grampian areas, working with Churches, support groups and major donors in the local area, and managing a network of local volunteers. The closing date for completed applications is 27 March 2017. Job description/application form from Barbara Grace (01349 830777) or personnel<at>blythswood.org