Sunday Bulletin 9 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by Rev Alastair Younger
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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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.
MINISTER Peter now has a date for his second medical procedure. It will be on Wednesday 19 April at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. We are hoping this will be a success and that he will be back to work before long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank the congregation for their prayers and concern.
FRIENDS OF OLD HIGH COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 15 April 2017 from 10am – noon in the Old High Church Hall; crafts,sales and candy. Tickets (£3 adults/£1 children) available at the door, or from Christina Cameron.
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
HEALING SERVICE There will be a Healing Service this afternoon at 4pm at St Stephen’s to which all who are ill or know someone who is unwell are invited to come and meet Jesus who has promised his healing powers for our benefit. Ruth Martin.
HOLY WEEK OHSS is sharing Holy Week with Crown Church. All Services will be held in Crown Church
Thursday 13th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship with Holy Communion  ( Light Supper from 6.15 pm
Friday 14th at 7 pm: Evening Worship for Good Friday
Saturday 15th April at 7 pm: Evening Worship, anticipation of the resurrection
For more information contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry at 7pm on Sunday 16 April, so we can complete our celebration of Easter together, by starting to explore a new section in the book entitled ‘Hope’. Thereafter we shall meet fortnightly, on Sundays 30 April, and 14 and 28 May. We would welcome anyone to join with us, even for the summer months. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinetrnet.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital will be at 12 noon on Saturday 22 April, when there will be a chance to hear an acclaimed young pianist who has already performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Maciej Granat will play a Bach Sonata, work by Saint-Saens and then tell us about and perform a beautiful composition of his own. For those of you who attended the piano recital in the last series, you will recall how exciting it is to be able to hear and watch a pianist from closeby. One of the pieces is written for left hand only and is an extraordinary demonstration of the versatility of the piano and the technique of a top-class musician. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
OHSS SPRING WALK, Farigaig Forest, on Sunday 7 May 2017. Meet 2pm in the car park for the walk. There are 3 different walks at the forest ranging from a 20 minute steep walk to a viewpoint over Loch Ness, a 1¾ mile loop, or the Farigaig trail 3¼ mile. Proposed times are as above for the intermediate loop. However, you can start earlier if you want a longer walk. Walking shoes and poles recommended. You can also just come for the cup of tea/coffee at the lovely Waterfall café for 3.15pm. Please let me know if you need a lift or if you want to share a car. Hope to see you there. Deborah Macrae.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING The annual coffee morning will be held on Saturday 13 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 jennifer<at>kenilweb.com
EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL the retiring offerings raised £654.69. In addition, a further £97.50 will be received from completed Gift Aid forms. Sincere thanks for the congregation’s excellent response. Sandy Cumming, Treasurer.
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
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND VOCATIONS CONFERENCE 2017 on Saturday 17 June 2017 at The Carnegie Conference Centre in 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. For further details and to register contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN. vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk Spaces are limited – booking is essential.

Worship in April at Old High St Stephen’s

‘A Month of Sundays’ is our monthly listing of our services.

Here is the list for April, which includes details of Easter and Holy Week services.

The Rev Doug McRoberts, who is preaching on 19 April, recently retired as Minister of the Church of Scotland congregation in Malta. He will be speaking about his congregations work with the refugees who risk their lives to sail to Europe from African and further afield. This is supported by the Church of Scotland Guild’s project, Out of Africa into Malta, which you can read about here.