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Sunday 19 April 2015: Third Sunday of Easter
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Doug McRoberts
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
We welcome back to Old High St Stephen’s today Reader Jonathan Appleby. He is a member of Inshes Church who did some of his training for the readership with us. A warm welcome to him!
MUSIC IN OLD HIGH This Thursday 16th April at 7.30pm there will be a one-hour Choir Concert by Kor-Ost, a Norwegian Choir with 40 singers, who come together twice a year from various community choirs, in their 40’s to their 70’s, who sing a programme of religious, classical and traditional music from Norway Donations of £5 at the door to support the OHSS Music Fund. Details: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com.
THE COTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR The congregation is hosting the Choir, some 42 members, from North Carolina, who will be singing in St Stephen’s on Monday the 22nd June. In the first instance this is a request for members of the congregation to host some of the members of the choir. It could be for 2 nights but please contact Joan Darcy for more information.
MUSIC EMAILING LIST For advance notice of all music events in our congregation, please send an email to ohssmusicgmail.com . Encourage your friends to sign up for this mailing list- it’s a great way to keep up-to-date.
WALKING GROUP A walk has been arranged TODAY. Meeting at TESCO (Inshes) car park at 2pm. The walk will be following the canal banks and finishing up at Eden Court. Everyone is welcome and for details contact Anne Taylor
OHSS ANNUAL ACCOUNTS 2014 The Kirk Session approved the Annual Accounts 2014 on Tuesday 24 March. Copies of the full set of accounts are available at http://oldhighststephens.com/annual-accounts-now-online/or on request from Sandy Cumming, Treasurer sandy.cummingbtopenworld.com. A short commentary on the Annual Accounts will be prepared. If you would prefer the commentary, then please contact Sandy.
ORGANIST POST AT OLD HIGH Unfortunately Steven Flett has had to inform us of his decision to withdraw from the post he recently accepted as organist and choir director at the Old High. Due to a variety of personal circumstances he has decided that the timing is after all not right for him to be leaving Orkney. He wrote a letter expressing his appreciation for the warm reception he had received and the offers of practical support from a number of people across the whole congregation. Given the enthusiasm and energy he promised to bring, this is a disappointing setback, but we are hopeful that a new candidate will nonetheless emerge over the coming months. More information from Andrew Stevenson, search committee convenor
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS are recommencing fortnightly in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 15 April and fortnightly thereafter. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer, Social & Fundraising Action Team
TEA & CHAT The monthly gathering arranged by the Pastoral Care Team for tea & chat is on Thursday 16 April at St Stephen’s Hall from 2pm. Do come along to enjoy fellowship over a cup of tea. See you there! For further information contact Val Cantlay
SOUP AND SWEET LUNCH organised by the Social & Fundraising Action Team on Saturday 18 April in Old High Church Hall 12 noon– 2pm. Tickets £6 (children ½ price). In aid of OHSS Fabric Fund. We are sure you will enjoy having lunch made for you and enjoy the company of others in the congregation. Further info from Margaret McAleer. Thanking you in anticipation for your support.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is approaching once again and I have taken up the job of organising our Door to Door Collection. Last year’s total was among the highest in the Presbytery and I would hope that we would manage to maintain that position. Some people have already intimated their willingness to collect once again but there are many areas of our Parish still to be covered. Please call Ken Cantlay ken.cantlaybtinternet.com to get an area.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual Coffee Morning for Christian Aid will be held on Saturday 9 May in St Stephen’s Hall. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison
BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART FESTIVAL kindly donated 2 pairs of 3-day tickets to the 2015 festival, which we were able to sell to raise money towards our fabric funds. The auction raised £685.55.
SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH In order to improve the congregation’s singing, and to make newcomers feel more welcome, we are asking those who attend at the Old High to sit in the centre section of the church. Please speak to Peter if you have any questions.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK The Session Clerk has received a request for donations to the Foodbank. The preferred items are: tinned corned beef, tinned mince, tinned ham, tinned potatoes/smash and long life milk. The Foodbank is also keen to receive donations of plastic BAGS FOR LIFE, either new or used ones. Boxes at the Church doors.
INVERNESS HANDBELLS needs one more person to make up our team. If you would like to have a shot and you can read music, why not have a bash? We currently have ONE male member in the team, so male or female would be welcome! We meet on Tuesday nights at 7.30 in the Old High hall. If you’re interested you can have a word with Rena Beaton or Isobel Allan
CROSSREACH NEWS and Prayer Diary (Feb – May), is now available at church doors.
WORD FOR TODAY The new issue of Word for Today is available at church doors.
INVERNESS CHURCHES HUSTINGS Danny Alexander (Lib Dems), Mike Robb (Labour), Drew Hendry (SNP), Edward Mountain (Conservative), Donald Boyd (Christian Party) and the Green party will be there to answer your questions. Culduthel Christian Centre, 30 April, 7.30 to 9.30pm. If there are specific burning issues that you wanted raised with the candidates please email them to: InvernessDecides2015gmail.com
CULTIVATING AN ACTIVE PRAYER LIFE John Thomas will be coming to Inverness, 2nd to 3rd May 2015, to teach a weekend workshop on prayer. The venue is King’s Factory, Smithton, IV2 7WL. Early bird booking (before 22 May) is just £25 per individual. For details contact Heather Gregg heather.gregggooglemail.com
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