Sunday Bulletin 8 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 October 2017: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Stewart Robertson
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HEALING SERVICE at St. Stephen’s, 4pm this afternoon- all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP tonight at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CRAFT EVENINGS (every second Wednesday in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm). Next meeting Wednesday 11 October. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com.
AUTUMN CHURCH WALK on Sunday 29 October. A straightforward short circular walk from the old fishing village of Avoch. The walk visits Ormond Castle – once an important medieval stronghold but later completely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell. Today the green mound offers excellent views back to the village and across the bay. Meet at St Stephen’s church for car share at 1.30pm, or 2pm at parking on the seafront at the southern end of Avoch. Cuppa at Munro’s nurseries at Bogallan at 3.30 pm. Contact Deborah Macrae.
ST STEPHEN’S HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS Many many thanks to Pam, Jill, Jaye and Marslaidh who joined me in doing the flowers for Harvest Festival last week. You all worked so hard to make the church look splendid. There were many compliments from the congregation which makes our enjoyment of doing the flowers so worthwhile. We are now busy planning Christmas! Annette Stoker.
OLD HIGH HARVEST FESTIVAL FLOWERS thanks also to Sally McCubbin and her team. As well as the church decorations, the posies for members and friends were also much appreciated- Peter.
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November. Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay  val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA on 30 September raised £2,059. Many thanks to all who contributed in any way. Rae Swan
‘BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY’ ROADSHOW on Wednesday 25 October 2017 from 1-3pm at Inshes Church, Inshes Retail Park, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness. The purpose of the Roadshow is to provide ideas and inspiration for church members to develop a culture of inviting people to come to church, in advance of the National Weekend of Invitation in June 2018. The event is free but registration is required at https://www.resourcingmission.org.uk/weekend-invitation-roadshows-23-26-October or contact Linda Philip
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon.

Sunday Bulletin 1 October 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 October 2017: Harvest Thanksgiving
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Andrew Lyon
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TEA AFTER THE SERVICE at Old High, as well as St Stephen’s, this morning!
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP next Sunday 8 October at 7pm at St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome at these discussions! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HARVEST GIFTS Thank you to all who brought donations of food for the Highland Foodbank. After our services we also deliver house plants and flowers to the elderly and housebound in our congregation. The Pastoral Care Team would be grateful if YOU could help to deliver these. Please collect a plant or a bunch of flowers after the service. Thank you.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 7 October 12 noon. Third and last organ recital in 2017. Kevin Duggan, Organist and Director of Music at Dunblane Cathedral, performing music by J S Bach and H Purcell, and short 20th century French organ compositions. As part of the Inverness Area celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, he will conclude with improvisations on Lutheran Chorales. This promises to be a splendid finale to this year’s organ recitals. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM Saturday 28 October, 7pm, Old High Church Hall. Join Robin Versteeg and friends for an evening of French and Scottish Chamber Music, raising funds of the Friends of the Old High Church. Tickets £12.50 including wine & canapes. Tickets & info from Christina Cameron christinajcameron6gmail.com.
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantlay val.cantlaybtinternet.com.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Iain Todd, 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. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis. Contact Janet Robertson janetnfraserbtinternet.com
OTHER NEWS
THE ALPHA COURSE in the Olive Grove at 7 pm for the next nine Mondays. A fresh and contemporary way of thinking through some of the basics of Christian faith. Do invite people! Contact Crown Church.
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Due to holidays the deadline for the Sunday Bulletins for 8 and 15 October is Wednesday 4 October at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

The Great Reversal: a sermon for Harvest Thanksgiving 1 October 2017

Scripture Readings: Exodus 16:2-15

Matthew 20:1-16

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Two stories. The first, from a man who makes his living growing our food.

frank-zulu-pigeon-pea-field-thumbFor Frank Zulu of Chithumbwi village, Malawi, abundant life is in part denied because the rain is no longer reliable. He says: ‘Sometimes it rains heavily and washes seeds away and then it suddenly stops; sometimes it rains very late so our seeds die in the ground; sometimes it doesn’t rain at all.’

The consequences for the maize harvest, and therefore communities, is devastating. Frank says: ‘In Malawi, when we say somebody is hungry, we mean they don’t have maize. When the maize is not in harvest or there are shortages, people starve.’

With support from Christian Aid partner Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), Frank has diversified his crops to include sweet potatoes and pigeon peas, which are better able to survive low rainfalls… However, even with a successful harvest of pigeon peas, the poor market prices for individual farmers prevent Frank and his family from getting a good price for his crops…

Frank and his community [often experiences corruption] at the farm gate where he sells the pigeon pea crop to traders. Often, these middlemen use illegal buying scales and exploit individual farmers. These ruthless tactics have the effect of driving prices right down. For Frank, this is a disaster: ‘Even though I am growing more pigeon peas than ever, my life is miserable because of the low prices offered by the traders. The money is not enough to feed my family or pay school fees for my four children’.[1]

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Sunday Bulletin 17 September 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 24 September 2017: The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Sacrament of Communion at St Stephen’s
Led by the Minister
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Rev Alastair Younger
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical by Roger Jones, performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, this evening at 7 pm at St Stephen’s. Tickets from any choir member, Profits to Christian Aid. Contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP on Sunday 24 September at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry, then fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE at St Stephen’s Church at 2.30pm on Saturday 23 September, followed by tea. All welcome, especially those who can’t usually get to church. Would elders please collect invitations from the Vestry after this service. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 September. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Cameron House. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 24 September. Jennifer Morrison jennifersutherlandmorrison<at>gmail.com
CROSSREACH £1 COIN BOXES The Church of Scotland social care agency has produced money boxes to collect old £1 coins which go out of circulation on 15 October. If you have any of these coins around the house please bring them to Church and donate them to this worthwhile cause. Val Cantley val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
HARVEST APPEAL We will support the Highland Foodbank at our Harvest Thanksgiving Services on Sunday 1 October. Our congregation has been asked to donate: Tins of Ham, UHT Milk, Tins of Potatoes, Tins of Fruit, Packets of Biscuits and Shower Gel. Please bring any of these items along to Church. “Bags for Life” would also be much appreciated. Val Cantlay (01463 231298) val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. The Old High Church will be open from 10am to 12 noon if members wish to donate flowers, plants or items for the Food Bank. Please contact Sally McCubbin.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OTHER NEWS
CAMERON HOUSE annual fundraising Afternoon Tea: Saturday 30 September, from 2pm-4pm, in the Scout Hall, Green Drive (off Culduthel Road). Baking and Produce stalls. All donations gratefully received. Tickets (£3) from Rae Swan and Val Cantlay. Children free, when accompanied by an adult.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING Saturday 7 October 2017 at Free North Church Hall. As OHSS are running the Bring and Buy stall, donations of bric-à-brac appreciated. Ruth Martin.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items brief, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 27 August 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 September 2017: The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
led by the The Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 10 September at 11.15am at the Old High – all welcome! This is one of the most important events our congregation offers to the community, and deserves the enthusiastic support of us all. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
BARNABAS SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S on Sunday 17 September. This will be a Congregational Service so there will be no service at the Old High that day.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH SUMMER WALK Sunday today at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm; Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND DOORS OPEN DAY Saturday 2 September. Both OH and SS will be open on that day (OH from 10am to 4pm; SS from 1030am to 4pm). Rena Beaton will play the organ at Old High from 11.30-12.20.This is always a good opportunity for locals (and holidaymakers) to see our Churches. We need people to welcome visitors especially between 2 and 4pm at the Old High. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com) for OH or Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com) for SS.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes at 7pm this evening in St Stephen’s vestry, then on Sunday 10 September, fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital is at midday on Saturday 9 September when we have a return visit from Voiceworks, a chamber choir from Easter Ross, who are now being conducted by Chris Josie. Some of you may remember the delightful performance they gave in 2015. More details about what they are proposing to sing will be available nearer the time. Andrew Stevenson: stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline: Friday 15 September.
BARNABAS MUSICAL: A lively Christian musical about the biblical figure of Barnabas by Roger Jones will be performed by Christian Music Ministries and four local church choirs, including our own two choirs, on Sunday 17 September, 7 pm at St Stephen’s Church. Get your free tickets from any choir member. Donations can be given at the door. Profits to Christian Aid. For more information contact Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com).
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the boxes at the doors. Contact Bill Guthrie  williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING We are open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help (even just occasionally) please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com).
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) and CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary now available at the church doors.
OTHER NEWS
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants (vegetable soup, bread and bananas) escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or text SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over 5 kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robynlove<at>inverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 20 August 2017

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 27 August 2017: The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by the Rev Arthur Sinclair
11.15 Holy Communion at the Old High
led by the Minister
SUNDAY ORDERS OF SERVICE are now published online on Thursday or Friday- take a sneak peek at Sunday’s readings and hymns!
OUR MINISTER is on a phased return to work and undertaking very limited duties. The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our INTERIM MODERATOR. PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, who should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
BRIDGE SOCIAL EVENING Friday 25 August in St Stephen’s church hall, 6pm. Buffet meal with wine and coffee followed by social bridge. Price £20 per person. Entries must be received by Monday 21 August. Entry forms in St Stephen’s hall or at the door at Old High. Contact Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 27 August. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Church of Scotland’s care home in our parish, Cameron House.
OLD HIGH ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH SUMMER WALK Sunday 27 August at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm; Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND DOORS OPEN DAY Saturday 2 September and both OH and SS will be open on that day (OH from 10am to 4pm and SS from 1030am to 4pm). This is always a good opportunity for locals (and holidaymakers) to see our Churches. If you are able to help greet visitors please contact Sheila MacLeod (01463 220435 macloshei<at>aol.com) for OH or Jim Alexander jbdalex<at>yahoo.com) for SS.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP resumes at 7pm on Sunday 27 August in St Stephen’s vestry, then on Sunday 10 September, fortnightly thereafter. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse, we shall be starting a new section entitled ‘Wonder’, reflecting on the vast beauty of this mysterious universe, God’s purpose for it, our place within it and our responsibility for its care. All welcome at these discussions! Contact Andrew Stevenson on stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CHURCH MAGAZINE Our Editor urgently requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline: Friday 15 September.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of: Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the boxes at the doors. Contact Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING We are open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help (even just occasionally) please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com).
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) now available at the church doors. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary are at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod  invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants, escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. The organisation provides vegetable soup, bread and bananas, with the last item having almost symbolic significance as an example of high-energy food that is culturally acceptable to people from every religious tradition. Blythswood has been helping to feed people escaping from Syria and other conflict zones for nearly two years. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or by texting SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over 5 kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org
BEING DISCIPLES DAY RETREAT Want to refresh or deepen your spiritual life?  Why not join a day’s retreat on the theme of Being Disciples? Day retreats at various venues in the Highlands, offering an opportunity to refocus and deepen your devotional life. The day will include insights from Scripture, guided meditations, reflection on our own experiences, prayer and worship. Led by Steve Aisthorpe (Mission Development Worker) Cost- £15. Details and registration: www.resourcingmission.org.uk/events Diane Knowles.
SPONSORED HILLWALK FOR INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Saturday 21 October 2017. Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes, climbing 986m and walking 16km. Join us for all 3 hills or just one, make it your own challenge! Details: Robyn Teago robyn<at>loveinverness.org or create your own sponsorship page at https://tinyurl.com/3hillchallenge
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 6 August 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 13 August 2017: The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator: younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MINUTE FOR MISSION David Martin will introduce Kerrera Wilson to the congregation, regarding the Go Forward Project Survey OHSS is undertaking to establish the needs of our community and how we in OHSS can engage to introduce Jesus to the community. Kerrera will be in St Stephen’s this Sunday and in Old High on Sunday 13 August. David Martin davidmartin30<at>hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next lunchtime event will be an organ recital, Saturday 12 August, 12 noon. We welcome back Mark Spalding from Angus, who performed for us in 2015. His repertoire includes work by J.S. Bach, Mozart and Brahms, and 20th century organ compositions. Details: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com or stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 13 August instead of 6 August this month.  All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S SUMMER CHURCH WALK on Sunday 27 August at the Inverarnie Esker trail, Littlemill (3 mile walk). Meet at Littlemill Forestry Car Park at 1.30pm;  Cuppa at The Dairy at 3.30pm. For lifts or car share meet at St Stephen’s car park at 1pm. Details/queries, contact Deborah Macrae.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the month of August the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of: Tins of Fruit, Tins of Tomatoes, Tins of Custard, Tins of Corned Beef. Please bring these to Church and leave in the box . Contact Bill Guthrie williamguthrie<at>googlemail.co
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod (macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie hristinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY (Aug-Oct) now available at the church doors. Ruth Martin (07595 219308).
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary are at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
MONTH OF SUNDAYS there was an error in the version printed last week, and a corrected version is attached.
OTHER NEWS
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND For those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired and explore new and exciting ideas. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. 26 August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of Learn: Children and Young People resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
LGOWIT (LET’S GET ON WITH IT TOGETHER) a partnership supporting self-management have been asked to make you aware that consultation is currently taking place on the Community Planning Partnership’s Highland Outcome Improvement Plan (HOIP).The document will shape the work of the CPP for the next 10 years. The link below will take you to the draft Plan and the consultation survey, to which you are invited to respond. http://www.highlandcpp.org.uk/hoip.html Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy@<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD’S GONE BANANAS IN SERBIA Blythswood Care is renewing its appeal to provide essential food aid to migrants, escaping the Middle East conflicts and now stranded in Serbia. The organisation provides vegetable soup, bread and bananas, with the last item having almost symbolic significance as an example of high-energy food that is culturally acceptable to people from every religious tradition. Blythswood has been helping to feed people escaping from Syria and other conflict zones for nearly two years. Donate to this appeal at www.blythswood.org/bananas or by texting SYRI17 £5 to 70070. £5 will provide over five kilos (more than 40 bananas) for people in the migrant centre. Contact Danny Muschate,  danny.muschate<at>blythswood.org

Sunday Bulletin 9 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 July 2017: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator:  younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (01463 716288) arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 16 July.
HEALING SERVICE St Stephen’s today at 4pm: welcome. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH CHEESE & WINE A very happy evening was enjoyed in the Old Hall on Friday 30 June. The sum of £450 was raised and Rena and Evelyn wish to thank the ccongregation for their support and generosity. Rena Beaton rena.beaton<at>hotmail.co.uk
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Interested in finding out more about volunteering as an Inverness Street Pastor? Daytime, night-time and Prayer Pastor opportunities. information events: Saturday 22 July 2017 10am-12pm and Wednesday 2 August 2017 7.30pm-9.30pm at ’The Hub’, Inverness Baptist Church, 83 Castle Street, Inverness. Contact robyn<at>loveinverness.org
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod  invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

Sunday Bulletin 2 July 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 July 2017 : The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Rev Alastair Younger
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger continues as our Interim Moderator younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE continues to be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com.
MARGARET SUTHERLAND It has been agreed to give a gift to Margaret to mark her long service with our Congregation. Margaret was the first lady elder to be ordained in the Old High and went on to become Session Clerk on John Herrick’s retirement. She has also served as Session Clerk and Deputy Session Clerk since the union. This is nearly 30 years’ service which she has given freely and faithfully. To make a contribution, please either send it direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming, or put it in an enveloped marked ‘Presentation to Margaret Sutherland’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 16 July.
RETIRING OFFERING held at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 June in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes raised £287.60. If you missed the opportunity to donate and would like to do so, then please put your donation in an envelope marked “Dr Graham’s Homes” for the attention of Sandy Cumming. The Kirk Session decided to have a retiring offering for this charity in memory of the late Rev Arthur Fraser who had a special relationship with Dr Graham’s.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
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. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING I would like to thank Annette Stoker for the wonderful array of floral displays which covered Chinese, Rennie Mackintosh and contemporary. Also her relaxed and humorous style added to everyone’s enjoyment. I would also like to thank everyone that helped, and  those who came along to help raise the sum of £359. Joan Darcy.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The  Annual General Meeting will be held in the Church on Monday 3 July at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in the Friends is welcome to attend. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC: THE KELLIE CONSORT Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm as part of their summer tour. Programme of Baroque Music entitled ‘The Scottish/Italian Connection’: vocal and instrumental music from 17th and 18th century Scotland and Italy. A Sonata by Corelli and Cello Concerto by Vivaldi may well be familiar, but church music by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik and a Sonata by Thomas Erskine may be new for many of us. Philip Higham, cellist; Tom Wilkinson Conductor. As already announced, we are still looking for host addresses for 12 musicians for B&B on 5 July, so I’d be most grateful for any offers of assistance with that. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service in St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 July at 4pm to which are all welcome. Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm. If you are able to help please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan .
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER WITH A LONGTERM CONDITION Inverness Groups meet Thursday 29 June 12 noon to 2pm at Smithton Free Church; Monday 3 July 2-4pm at Trinity Church Hall; Thursday 6 July at MS Therapy Centre 6.30-8pm. Boccia Wednesday 28 June at Spectrum Centre 2-4pm. Contact Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk
COMMUNITY OF FAITH CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND A day conference for those who work with and minister to children and young people in the church, to connect, be resourced and inspired. this day conference will explore new and exciting ideas on a range of topics covered in the publication. Worship, an address from the Moderator and a market place. For everyone interested in working with young people. 26th August 2017, 10am-4pm in Dunfermline- transport may be available. Cost £20 including lunch and a complimentary copy of the Learn: Children and Young People Resource (RRP £10). Contact Pat Macleod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY (NYA) 2017 21-24 July at Gartmore House near Stirling. Booking closes 25 June. A platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Discussion, workshop, worship, social events and a visit from the Moderator. Cost: £95 per person for food and accommodation, but help with costs is available. Free coach travel to/from Stirling will be provided. Book now at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-youth-assembly-2017-registration

Sunday Bulletin 11 June 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 18 June 2017
10am Alternative Service at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev David Anderson
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Details : invernesschurchgmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. As Alastair is on holiday at the moment, please contact our Session Clerk, Linda Philip.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclairbtinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s this afternoon at 4pm to which all are invited. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” (John 5 v 6) Contact Ruth Martin.
FLOWER ARRANGING EVENING on Tuesday 27 June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church (in aid of funds) with Annette Stoker. Tickets (£5 including refreshments) can be purchased from today at St Stephen’s (Joan Darcy or the Old High (Christine Mackenzie or from The Olive Grove. Joan Darcy joan.darcytesco.net
OLD HIGH MUSIC Wednesday 5 July, the Old High is thrilled to be hosting the Highland Concert being organised as part of the Kellie Consort 2017 Summer Tour www.kellieconsort.org.uk. The Kellie Consort is made up of outstandingly talented young singers and instrumentalists, with a connection to Scotland, who wish to develop their skills in baroque performance to the highest level. The soloist and coach on this tour is Philip Higham, Principal Cello at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. This charity has to operate on a low budget and therefore has asked whether OHSS can offer one night’s B&B to the 14 musicians after the concert. I have given an undertaking that we will try and organise that, so I’d be most grateful to hear as soon as possible from anyone who could offer such hospitality. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com).
OHSS MAGAZINE Our Editor requires articles and photos for the June issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com or by post to 46 Moray Park Avenue, Culloden, INVERNESS IV2 7LS. The deadline is Wednesday 14 June as he will be away briefly from the 15th.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s on Sunday 25 June. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Dr Graham’s Homes. Please give generously to this vital project. Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High will be open for visitors from 1 June to the end of September on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week from 10am-12 noon and 2-4 pm each day. If you are able to help with this please contact Sheila MacLeod (maclosheiaol.com). If you can’t help every week we will still need people to help out on an occasional basis to cover in case of illness and holidays and will keep a list of those who can help in this way. In advance thank you for your help and I know that visitors to the City will appreciate being able to see round the Old High Church during their visit. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of May and June the Foodbank would welcome donations of: Tins of potatoes, Crackers/ Oatcakes, Jars of Pasta sauce, Tins of Corned Beef. ‘Bags for Life’ are also very well received for packing the goods when they are given out. Please bring these items to Church and they will be taken to the Foodbank. Blythswood are very grateful for our support. Contact Bill Guthrie: williamwguthriegooglemail.com. The Foodbank Centres in Hilton and Madras Street have vacancies for volunteers (a couple of hours every week/fortnight). Contact Lorna Dempster lorna.dempsterblythswood.org.
WORD FOR TODAY New copies of the daily readings Word for Today are now available in both churches. Ruth Martin.
CROSSREACH newsletter and prayer diary (June – Sept) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OTHER NEWS
HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS YOUTH FOR CHRIST BIG FRIENDS GATHERING Monday 12 June, Barn Church Culloden, 6:30-8:30pm. An evening of fellowship about the work of HIYFC in schools and in the community, with the opportunity to ask questions and pray together for the young people of our area. Light buffet. Contact: Linda Buchan pdwhiyfc.co.uk
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 Saturday 17 June 2017. Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline. This Conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. £15 booking fee. Details and and to register: Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocationchurchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential. You must attend this if you are interested in full-time ministry in the Church.
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST SCOTLAND 7-9am Tuesday 20 June Culduthel Christian Centre. Details www.culduthelchristiancentre.org.
PICNIC & PRAISE AT URQUHART CASTLE on Sunday 25 June from 7.15-8.30pm. Songs of praise and good news of Jesus with John Alexander Wilson and his band. Local choir and musicians. Access is by free entry at the castle from 6pm. Bring a picnic and rugs to relax in the unique Loch Ness side setting of Urquhart Castle. Free parking. Tea and coffee for sale afterwards. Contact Ruth Macleod picnicandpraisegmail.com