Sunday Bulletin 30 August 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 3 September
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Service at the Old High
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurchgmail.com (replace with @)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
Reaching out into our parish.
All of these events are open to the public, and are a way for us to welcome our local community in Christ’s name to our church.
Please support these events by volunteering, attending, or bringing friends or suggesting ideas.
We will be ensuring that we encourage people at each event to come along to the next event on our calendar.
OLD HIGH MUSIC: VOICEWORKS Friday 4th September, 7.30pm The autumn series begins with a concert by “Voiceworks” at the different time of 7.30pm on a Friday. This local choir offer a mixture of solo and choral pieces from the classical repertoire. We hope this varied programme will have something for everyone! Details: Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com.
INVERNESS DOORS OPEN DAY The Old High will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 5 September. Thank you to all who have volunteered to be on duty that day. However, we would like visitors to meet as many people as possible from our congregation that day, to tell people about what we are doing, for example the Kirking and the Fun Day on the following Saturday. The Minister plans to be present all day, and we will offer tours, including to some parts of the building not usually accessible to the public. If you have ideas for the day, please contact Peter.
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL Sunday 13 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 entuhsiastic support of us all. This year’s service will focus on volunteering. Those taking part will include Lt. Kate Donaldson of the Salvation Army. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part.
FAMILY FUN DAY Saturday 19 September. Please put this in your diary to help out or to bring a friend! A chance to people of all ages in our community into the church with activities, crafts, food, and music. Volunteers are required to show off their skills and talents- simply taking part in hosting this event will answer the question many in our community have about church; Q. what do they do in that building? A. worship God through fellowship, music, meals, and service. If you think you can help in anyway, get involved. Based at St Stephen’s we hope there will be activities inside and outside the church so that people take notice! Sign-up sheets at the doors at St Stephen’, and on the Communion Table at Old High. Contact: Dougie Wolf dougiejoangooglemail.com.
SILENT AUCTION will now be part of the Fun Day. Could you offer any items for the auction? Or your time & talents eg gardening/ cleaning/ painting/ car washing etc to people in our community and congregation? Contact Margaret McAleer margaretmcaleertalktalk.net.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LOOS Sunday 27 September 11.15am at the Old High. Once again we will be joined by the Cameron Highlanders Regimental Association as we remember this battle of the First World War in which many local Camerons were killed and injured. We will also be receiving into the congregation’s care regimental colours which were previously at Fort George. All welcome- details from Peter.
Also coming up:
More Old High concerts
Bring a friend to Church at our Harvest Thanksgiving, 4 October
Christmas Concert at St Stephen’s 17 November
Ding Dong Merrily Old High, 22 November
Christmas Fayre, 28 November
Alterative Advent Meal, 6 December
Christmas Lunch 20 November
and a Scottish-themed event in the New Year.
Details to follow!
OTHER NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
MUSICIANS AT ST STEPHEN’S Pam McCulloch, our organist and choir director, would like to know of anyone of any age who would like to help accompany our singing with any instrument to enrich our hymn singing occasionally with a small band. Contact Pam at pam.41tiscali.co.uk, or speak to her or any choir member at the Sunday service
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please submit whatever you can by to williekenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com).
JULIAN MEETINGS are now well-established in Inverness and meet for silent contemplative prayer on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on 2 September from 7.15pm to 8.30pm in the Vestry of St Stephens.  All are very welcome to join us.   For further information please contact Patsy Thomson on  patsyburnside.vispa.com
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are available at church doors.
OTHER NEWS
ST JOHN CHURCH Southside Road, Inverness has a monthly prayer group that meets in the church vestry. It meets the 1st Friday of the month. Next meeting is on Friday 4 September 7pm.
SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE at St Andrew’s Cathedral Inverness IS a chance to Say Goodbye to any lost babies no matter how recent. 7.30pm on 23rd September. For more information visit www.sayinggoodbye.org
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP The group meets on Tuesday 8th September, the topic being ‘Sharing of Faiths: on Inspiring Scriptures’. Assemble at 6 pm for 6.30 start with shared/potluck food followed by contributions on the above topic. For details contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie atmackenzie9<at>gmail.com
THE CARING AND SHARING SHOP at 68A Church Street, Inverness collects and sells used articles and clothing from their shop, with all profits going to local charities. The shop is always looking for donations of toys, equipment, books, small furniture etc. At the present time they are in urgent need of gent’s shirts and shoes to meet local demand. Should you have any such clothes lying around that is no longer being used please consider donating them to this excellent cause along with any other ‘surplus’ items / goods you may have. If you have any query please contact the store.
DORNOCH SPONSORED WALK Saturday 26 September 2015. 5, 10 or 15 mile sponsored walk in and around the stunning area of Dornoch to raise funds for Blythswood Care and help us to transform lives. With three routes to choose from, there is something for everyone! Contact Adrienne Dempster adrienne.dempsterblythswood.org .
ALPHA COURSE AT CROWN CHURCH A chance to ask any questions about life & faith and to explore the basics of Christianity in a friendly, informal environment (with tea/coffee and cakes!). Mondays from 28 Sept to 30 Nov; 7 till 8.45pm in The Olive Grove. Contact Charlie Forbes CrownAlphaCourse<at>gmail.com
PRAYER POINTERS
Let us in all our business this week, pause and find time each day to find a place, set aside time, to speak and listen to God through prayer and bible reading! The UCB Word for Today (available at church doors) or on ucb.co.uk/player
This week let us pray for our family, those who sit around us in Church, live around us, who work or used to work with us
We pray for The Church and our leaders Peter Nimmo and Dougie Wolf as they preach this Sunday; for Arthur Sinclair on his pastoral visits
Help us to ‘spread the Good News’ to someone this week, as missionaries we do not need to cross the sea but just to see the cross to know what Jesus did for us.
Bless the many outreach activities we have planned for the autumn and winter.
Bless the Alpha Course starting this autumn in Olive Grove
We give thanks for the blessings we have received, and ask forgiveness for where we have fallen short hurting God and others, and forgive those who have hurt us
If there is something in our lives preventing us from fully knowing God we pray for repentance, and ask God to help us re-establish a full relationship with him
Protect your church and Christians where they are being persecuted. We pray for those fleeing their country that a solution will be agreed with governments
We pray for the countries of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, for the maintenance of peace and reconciliation after so many years of occupation and fighting. For Christians who have assisted the further development of these countries
(Comments and prayer requests always: Ruth Martin)

Sunday Bulletin 23 August

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 30 August
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Service led by Full Time Assistant Dougie Wolf
11.15 Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com . The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details on any of the items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (substitute <at> with @
KIRKING OF THE COUNCIL is one of the most important events in our congregation and community, and deserves the support of us all. This year’s service will focus on volunteering. Those taking part will include Lt. Kate Donaldson of the Salvation Army. As always, this is a Congregational Service, with no service at St Stephen’s so that we can all take part. The service will be on Sunday 13 September at 11.15am at the Old High- all welcome!
MUSICIANS AT ST STEPHEN’S Pam McCulloch, our organist and choir director, would like to know of anyone of any age who would like to help accompany our singing with any instrument to enrich our hymn singing occasionally with a small band. Contact Pam at pam.41tiscali.co.uk or speak to her or any choir member at the Sunday service
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 27 August at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available, please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Val Cantlay.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The autumn series begins with a concert by “Voiceworks” at the different time of 7.30pm on Friday 4th September. This will offer a mixture of solo and choral pieces from the classical repertoire. We hope this varied programme will have something for everyone! Details: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please submit whatever you can to:  williekenilweb.com . Deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
SILENT AUCTION 19 September at 7.30pm. Would you like to offer any items for this event? Also using your time & talents would you offer some hours as part of the Auction, eg gardening/cleaning/painting etc. This would be greatly appreciated by other members of the congregation. Please also state the minimum bid you feel is appropriate. Details: Margaret McAleer.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENINGS re-commence fortnightly from Wednesday 26 August 7.30-9pm. We will be making items for Christmas Coffee Morning at end of November and would ask more crafters to join us. The more we make/sell the more the Church gains. It is a very relaxed atmosphere with tea/coffee & biscuits. Your company/talents will be most appreciated. Details Margaret McAleer.
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are available at church doors.
THE GENIUS OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES Today is the last of our summer worship series, ‘The Genius of Jesus’. Today’s theme is Jesus: Inviting Action (John 4:4-42).
OTHER NEWS
THE CARING AND SHARING SHOP at 68A Church Street, Inverness collects and sells used articles and clothing from their shop, with all profits going to local charities. The shop is always looking for donations of toys, equipment, books, small furniture etc. At the present time they are in urgent need of gent’s shirts and shoes to meet local demand. Should you have any such clothes lying around that is no longer being used please consider dnating them to this excellent cause along with any other ‘surplus’ items/goods you may have. If you have any query etc please contact the store direct.
ADVANCE NOTICES
DORNOCH SPONSORED WALK Saturday 26 September 2015. 5, 10 or 15 mile sponsored walk in and around the stunning area of Dornoch to raise funds for Blythswood Care and help us to transform lives. With three routes to choose from, there is something for everyone! Contact Adrienne Dempster adrienne.dempsterblythswood.org.
PRAYER POINTERS
Our Church Leaders. Peter Nimmo; Arthur Sinclair; Dougie Wolf; and all the elders as they visit the congregation in preparation for Communion in Old High
Our Church To focus honour and praise in Jesus’s name; that the person you have in mind to be the organist at OH steps forward
New Beginnings In Sunday School, nursery, primary and secondary school. For those away from home at college or university and especially for the first time
The Hurt. Those hurt by the church, or whose faith has ebbed away
Prisons. For prisoners, and their families, to have their lives changed by meeting Jesus. For the prison staff, the chaplains, Prison Fellowship and activities of Christian organisations working with ex-offenders
The Countries of: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. For their churches, which have experienced new vitality. For economic development, good government, and equal opportunities to all citizens

Jesus and the stranger: a sermon on the Samaritan woman at the well

Scripture Readings: John 4:5-42

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

We have just listened to a long, even convoluted conversation. But then the best conversations are long and convoluted, as each person tries to understand the other! Jesus and the Samaritan woman he met at the well had a lot to say to each other. And yet this was a conversation which many would have said should never to have taken place. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 16 August 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 23 August
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
Sunday School Returns
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com . The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (replace <at> with @)
SUNDAY SCHOOL RETURNS at St Stephen’s next week. All children warmly welcomed! For details, please contact Raema Mackay (raemamackayyahoo.co.uk).
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
THE GENIUS OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES Our summer worship series, ‘The Genius of Jesus’, highlights particular aspects of Jesus’ ministry and personality, especially aspects that broke new ground and revealed more of the heart of God. Themes are:
July 12: Encouraging Potential. Luke 5:1-11
July 19: Balancing Power. Luke 16:1-15,19-31
July 26: Promoting Peace: Matthew 26:48-54
August 2: Crossing Lines. Luke 13:10-17
August 9: Showing the Sacred. Luke 15:11-32
August 16: Holding Heaven. Matthew 13:24-32
August 23: Inviting Action. John 4:4-42
DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this event has come round again and volunteers are being sought to greet visitors to the Old High Church on Saturday 5 September from 10am to 4 pm. The day will be divided into 1 hour periods, so it is not too onerous! Please contact Margaret Sutherland if you are able to assist (please note we need voluteers urgently!).
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please submit whatever you can by to williekenilweb.com. Deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
SILENT AUCTION The Social & Fundraising Action Team is holding a silent auction on 19th September. Would you like to offer any items for this event? Also using your time & talents would you offer some hours as part of the Auction, eg gardening/cleaning/painting etc. This would be greatly appreciated by other members of the congregation. Also stating the minimum bid you feel is appropriate. For further information Margaret McAleer.
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are available at church doors.
OTHER NEWS
DORNOCH SPONSORED WALK in Aid of Blythswood Care on Saturday 26 September 2015. Join us for a 5, 10 or 15 mile sponsored walk in and around the stunning area of Dornoch and help us raise funds for Blythswood Care and help us to transform lives. With three routes to choose from, there is something for everyone! Contact Adrienne Dempster adrienne.dempsterblythswood.org.
PRAYER POINTERS
Our Father in Heaven. Thank you for this week past, we are grateful for all the love and goodness that you shower upon us, we welcome you into our lives for this next week and hear our prayers for:
Our Church Leaders. Peter Nimmo; Arthur Sinclair; Dougie Wolf; and all the elders as they visit the congregation
Faith. Those in need of the gift of faith. Ask that they would know that God will provide all they need if they are willing to step out for him
Love. “God reached out to save us by his ultimate sacrifice” (John 3,16). Using this verse, thank God for his unconditional love for us
Fatherhood. Children in need of positive male role models
Action. The opportunity this week to bless others in our actions
Knowledge. For an increase in knowledge of god’s presence in our own lives and the lives of those dear to us
Persecuted Churches. Protection for those who are Christians where they are a minority and in danger because of their willingness to follow you.
The countries of; Oceania: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia (Maohi Nui), Kanaky, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. For the Christians and churches, relief where there are natural disasters and governments that will be honest and put the people first
(Comments and prayer requests always welcome contact Ruth Martin)

Planting a seed- a sermon on some of Jesus’ parables of the Kingdom 16 August 2015

Scripture Readings: Matthew 13:24-35

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

It’s been lovely today to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at St Stephen’s, as we brought to the font Noah (who lives in North Kessock) and his cousin Katie (whose dad is with the RAF in England). Baptism is the way we become part of the Church. So when we baptise children, the hope is that one day, somewhere and somehow, they will find their way for themselves into being part of the church, and being followers of Jesus.

This week, children across Scotland will return to school, and next Sunday our Sunday School children will return to St Stephen’s. It’s very difficult to involve children and young people in the church nowadays, for all sorts of reasons. Often, sadly, children and their families do not feel welcome in church. The worship of the church seems boring, the activities on offer don’t compete well with the many other activities open to youngsters today. Above all, we are living in a society which seems to have lost a sense of the sacred, where religion is treated with disdain, or ignored. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 9 August 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 16 August
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>g.mail.com (replace <at> with @)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
THE GENIUS OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES Our summer worship series, ‘The Genius of Jesus’, highlights particular aspects of Jesus’ ministry and personality, especially aspects that broke new ground and revealed more of the heart of God. Themes are:
July 12: Encouraging Potential. Luke 5:1-11
July 19: Balancing Power. Luke 16:1-15,19-31
July 26: Promoting Peace: Matthew 26:48-54
August 2: Crossing Lines. Luke 13:10-17
August 9: Showing the Sacred. Luke 15:11-32
August 16: Holding Heaven. Matthew 13:24-32
August 23: Inviting Action. John 4:4-42
OLD HIGH MUSIC The last musical event being brought by musicians from abroad to the Old High St Stephens music programme this year is on Thursday 13th August at 7.30pm the Fehse-Wilfert Duo from Germany perform what promises to be an exciting “Festive Concert for Trumpet and Organ”. Please come along to enjoy these recitals and let others know, so that they will be well supported. Donations of £5 will be invited as usual at the door for the Music Fund. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE There will be a healing service in St Stephen’s TODAY at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is bare at this time, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are now available at church doors.
OTHER NEWS
DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this event has come round again and volunteers are being sought to greet visitors to the Old High Church on Saturday 5 September from 10am to 4 pm. The day will be divided into 1 hour periods, so it is not too onerous! Please contact Margaret Sutherland if you are able to assist.
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP The National Religion, Reconciliation and Peace Conference was held in Inverness in the Thistle Hotel on Sunday 9 August at 1.30pm. The speakers were Justine Huxley, Director of St. Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and Liz Weir, International Storyteller for Peace
PRAYER POINTERS
God is on the other end of your ‘prayer time call’ – what do you want to say?
Your Church. We ask a blessing on those in leadership, Peter Nimmo; Arthur Sinclair; Dougie Wolf; Linda Philip and Margaret Sutherland and the leaders of church groups.
Praise in Your Church.
We lift up those who lead our praise; Pam McCulloch and our organists; The choirs in St Stephen’s and Old High and that an organist will be sent to Old High. We thank those who give their service to play the organ.
New Starts. We think of those receiving exam results that will decide their future. Those starting new jobs. Be with those returning home from hospital adjusting to a changed life. Bless those recently married as they start a new life together
Those who need encouragement. God meant it for Good. Encouragement to those who are tired, or disillusioned with church, whose faith is shaky. For them to know You are there for them – always.
For our governments. That those who govern us will make decisions on grounds that are fair and compassionate and in accordance with Your teaching.
The Countries of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Australia.
We pray for the many connections we have with these countries, for the leadership in these countries and the development of Your Kingdome in these countries.  (Comments and prayer requests always welcome contact Ruth Martin)

The end of religion-a sermon on the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Scripture Readings: Romans 3.9-18, 21-24
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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

One of the most controversial issues in theology is the question of whether the writings of St Paul truly reflect the teachings of Jesus. For Jesus, as we meet him in the Gospels, is a man of action- striding out across the country, healing and caring for people, and preaching usually by telling stories. But Paul stands accused of having taken the original, pure good news, and turned it into some kind of metaphysical system. Jesus tells stories- Paul writes about abstractions.

But I think part of the problem is that Paul’s letters are often trying to deal with the questions of his own time. He’s talking about Jesus by through a fog of first century controversy. Yet faced with these problems, Paul asks, ‘What does Jesus Christ mean in this situation?’ Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 2 August 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 August
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>g.mail.com (replace <at> with @)
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
THE GENIUS OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES Our summer worship series, ‘The Genius of Jesus’, highlights particular aspects of Jesus’ ministry and personality, especially aspects that broke new ground and revealed more of the heart of God. Themes are:
July 12: Encouraging Potential. Luke 5:1-11
July 19: Balancing Power. Luke 16:1-15,19-31
July 26: Promoting Peace.: Matthew 26:48-54
August 2: Crossing Lines. Luke 13:10-17
August 9: Showing the Sacred. Luke 15:11-32
August 16: Holding Heaven. Matthew 13:24-32
August 23: Inviting Action. John 4:4-42
OLD HIGH MUSIC The last musical event being brought by musicians from abroad to the Old High St Stephens music programme this year is on Thursday 13th August at 7.30pm the Fehse-Wilfert Duo from Germany perform what promises to be an exciting “Festive Concert for Trumpet and Organ”
Please come along to enjoy these recitals and let others know, so that they will be well supported. Donations of £5 will be invited as usual at the door for the Music Fund. More details from Andrew Stevenson on stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
THE WHIST DRIVE held recently raised £312.50 for the Fabric Fund. Our grateful thanks to all who participated to make the evening a success. (Social & Fundraising Action Team)
JULIAN MEETINGS are now well-established in Inverness and meet for silent contemplative prayer on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 5 August from 7.15pm to 8.30pm in the Vestry of St Stephens. All are very welcome to join us. For further information please contact Patsy Thomson on patsy<at>burnside.vispa.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is bare at this time, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are now available at church doors.
OTHER NEWS
ST JOHN CHURCH Southside Road, Inverness has a monthly prayer group that meets in the church vestry. It meets the 1st Friday of the month. Next meeting is on Friday 7 August 7pm.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY is a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Our own Rachel Hutcheson was the Moderator in 1914-15. Dates: 5pm on Friday, 14 August to 5pm on Monday, 17 August 2015. Venue: Gartmore House, Stirlingshire. For further details including travel and accommodation contact Suzi Farrant, Young People and Young Adult’s Development Worker sfarrantchurchofscotland.org.uk.
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP. The Highland Justice Not War Group will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday August 8th at 12.30 pm. The short ceremony will include the floating of origami paper boats and peace crane birds down the River Ness. Afterwards there will be a bring and share picnic lunch – all interested are invited to join us at this event. Venue: banks of River Ness at corner of Bught Park, beside layby and fishermen’s hut. For details contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie atmackenzie9gmail.com
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP The National Religion, Reconciliation and Peace Conference is to be held in Inverness in the Thistle Hotel on Sunday 8 August at 1.30pm. The speakers are to be Justine Huxley, Director of St. Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and Liz Weir, International Storyteller for Peace. Please note the method of registration is by emailing caluminterfaithscotland.org which is requested by 27th July.
ADVANCE NOTICES
DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this event has come round again and volunteers are being sought to greet visitors to the Old High Church on Saturday 5 September from 10am to 4 pm. The day will be divided into 1 hour periods, so it is not too onerous! Please contact Margaret Sutherland if you are able to assist.

Sunday Bulletin 26 July 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 August
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurchgmail.com; E-mail addresses include instead of @ and should be changed before use.
MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS For pastoral care issues during this time, please contact your elder, or the Rev Jim Christie. Please note that Arthur Sinclair and Dougie Wolf will also be away at the same time as the Minister.
LUNCH CLUB   The Lunch Club will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 July at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available, please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Val Cantlay for further information.
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact Andrew Stevenson at stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
THE GENIUS OF JESUS WORSHIP SERIES Our summer worship series, ‘The Genius of Jesus’, highlights particular aspects of Jesus’ ministry and personality, especially aspects that broke new ground and revealed more of the heart of God. Themes are:
July 12: Encouraging Potential. Luke 5:1-11
July 19: Balancing Power. Luke 16:1-15,19-31
July 26: Promoting Peace.: Matthew 26:48-54
August 2: Crossing Lines. Luke 13:10-17
August 9: Showing the Sacred. Luke 15:11-32
August 16: Holding Heaven. Matthew 13:24-32
August 23: Inviting Action. John 4:4-42
OLD HIGH MUSIC The last two musical events being brought by musicians from abroad to the Old High St Stephens music programme this year are on Saturday 1st August at 12 noon, the Miskantti Choir from Finland will perform a varied programme of classical music along with Finnish Traditional Songs. On Thursday 13th August at 7.30pm the Fehse-Wilfert Duo from Germany perform what promises to be an exciting “Festive Concert for Trumpet and Organ”. Please come along to enjoy these recitals and let others know, so that they will be well supported.  Donations of £5 will be invited as usual at the door for the Music Fund. More details from Andrew Stevenson at stevenson.atabtinternet.com
THE WHIST DRIVE held recently raised £312.50 for the Fabric Fund. Our grateful thanks to all who participated to make the evening a success. (Social & Fundraising Action Team)
JULIAN MEETINGS are now well-established in Inverness and meet for silent contemplative prayer on the first Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 5 August from 7.15pm to 8.30pm in the Vestry of St Stephens.  All are very welcome to join us.   For further information please contact Patsy Thomson at patsy<at>burnside.vispa.com
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out at the end of September. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, as the cupboard is bare at this time, by e-mail to williekenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 18 September, but the earlier the better.
CROSSREACH NEWS and PRAYER DIARY are now available at church doors.
OTHER NEWS
ST JOHN’S CHURCH Southside Road, Inverness has a monthly prayer group that meets in the church vestry. It meets the 1st Friday of the month. Next meeting is on Friday 7 August 7pm.
MODERATOR OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016 The Committee elected to nominate the Moderator for the next General Assembly now seeks recommendations from the Church for a person to fulfil this role. Those recommended must be a minister, elder or deacon but any member can make a recommendation using the form which can be downloaded from the news section of the Church of Scotland website. Completed forms should be sent to ljaimiesonchurchofscotland.org.uk by 31 July 2015. The Committee expects to meet short-listed candidates in September.
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY is a platform for young adults to voice their opinions and actively participate in decision making within the Church of Scotland. Our own Rachel Hutcheson was the Moderator in 1914-15. Dates: 5pm on Friday, 14 August to 5pm on Monday, 17 August 2015. Venue: Gartmore House, Stirlingshire. For further details including travel and accommodation contact Suzi Farrant, Young People and Young Adult’s Development Worker sfarrantchurchofscotland.org.uk.
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP. The Highland Justice Not War Group will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday August 8th at 1230 pm. The short ceremony will include the floating of origami paper boats and peace crane birds down the River Ness. Afterwards there will be  a bring and share picnic lunch – all interested are invited to join us at this event. Venue: banks of River Ness at corner of Bught Park, beside layby and fishermen’s hut. For details contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie atmackenzie9gmail.com
INVERNESS INTERFAITH GROUP The National Religion, Reconciliation and Peace Conference is to be held in Inverness in the Thistle Hotel on Sunday 8 August at 1.30pm. The speakers are to be Justine Huxley, Director of St. Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and Liz Weir International Storyteller for Peace. Please note the method of registration is by emailing caluminterfaithscotland.org which is requested by 27th July.
ADVANCE NOTICES
DOORS OPEN DAY Once again this event has come round again and volunteers are being sought to greet visitors to the Old High Church on Saturday 5 September from 10am to 4 pm. The day will be divided into 1 hour periods, so it is not too onerous! Please contact Margaret Sutherland if you are able to assist.

Funeral Announcement – Mrs Janet Neville

Mrs Janet Neville died at Mandaville Care Home on 18 July 2015.

Mrs Neville’s funeral  will be held on Friday 24th July at 12.30pm in Inverness Crematorium.

All friends are invited and asked not to wear dark colours, particularly no black ties. This will be a celebration of her long life, almost 100 years.