Sunday Bulletin 16 April 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 23 April 2017
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 the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
Further details : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
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 this coming Wednesday 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.
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
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s Vestry tonight at 7pm, 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
AFTERNOON COMMUNION SERVICE There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 29 April at 2.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. This is open to all, but is particularly suitable for those who are unable to attend the regular morning Communion services. Elders will give further information and can arrange transport. Tea will be served after the service. Contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com. (Will elders, please, collect information sheets from Linda or Christine)
HIGHLAND FOODBANK 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
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
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).
AURICULAS FOR SALE (in aid of Christian Aid) Margaret Young has a box of mature auricula plants, almost in flower, surplus to her requirements. It would be more sensible to sell them now rather than waiting until the Christian Aid Coffee Morning. Suggested price £5. kenmag20<at>btinternet.com if interested.
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.
INVERNESS SCIENCE FESTIVAL Crown Church is taking part in Inverness Science Festival Week (Saturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May) and will be open between 10am and 4pm (2pm and 4pm on Sunday) for an exhibition which is open to the public ‘The God Dimension: Do faith and science need each other?’ On Tuesday 2 May at 8pm, there will be a lecture, open to anyone, given by Rev Dr Alistair Donald, Chaplain to Heriot-Watt University, entitled ‘Is it OK to believe?’. For programme details contact Eileen Ardern eileenardern<at>hotmail.com
LGOWIT VOLUNTEER TRAINERS We are currently looking for more volunteer trainers to help lead Self Management training courses in each area.To this end a Volunteer Trainer course has been organised over four days 24/25 May and 19/20 July. If you know of anyone who may be interested please let them know and encourage them to take up this exciting opportunity. Further details and a job description from Roy Anderson LGOWITRoy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk

Sunday Bulletin 26 March 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 April 2017
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Led by Rev Doug McRoberts
11.15am Alternative Service at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information : invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
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 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
RETIRING OFFERING There will be a retiring offering today 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
OHSS MAGAZINE The magazines are available today for distributors to collect. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.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, 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. 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.
MEET & EAT There will be a gathering for lunch on Thursday 30 March at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. Please let me know if you wish to join us. Contact Val Cantlay ( val.cantlay<at>btinternet.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 Ken Cantlay or any choir member. £6 donation towards the new sensory garden at Cameron House.
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service on Sunday 2 April. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
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).
THANK YOU Ken and Margaret Young would like to thank the members of the congregation for the beautiful card and gift they received on the occasion of their Golden Wedding.   It was a great surprise and very much appreciated.
OTHER NEWS
LIVING BETTER GROUP MEETING on Thursday 6 April 2017 (6.30-8pm) in MS Therapy Centre (Burnett Road – behind Police Station). Come along for a free taster session of Autogenic Training. Further details from Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk