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Sunday 4 October: Bring a friend to church!
10am All-Age Harvest Festival at St Stephen’s
11.15 Harvest Festival at the Old High
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to Jim Monro: jimjimmonro.com . The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.
For further information and contact details for any items listed below:
E-mail: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com (substitute <at> with @)
Upcoming outreach events
More Old High concerts http://oldhighststephens.com/old-high-music-in-august/
Bring a friend to Church at our Harvest Thanksgiving, NEXT SUNDAY 4 October
Ding Dong Merrily Old High, 22 November
Christmas Fayre, 28 November
Alterative Advent Meal, 6 December
Christmas Concert at St Stephen’s 17 December
Christmas Lunch 20 December
and a Scottish-themed event in the New Year.
Details to follow!
BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH next Sunday! Please use the invitation inside today’s Bulletin to bring a friend to our Harvest Festival. Tea and cake after the services at both St Stephen’s and the Old High!
HARVEST THANKSGIVING Sunday 4 October Highland Foodbank has a ‘shopping list’ of 5 items assigned to our church: tinned ham, jars of pasta sauce, tinned custard, sugar, small boxes of washing powder and donations of used or new ‘bags for life’ would also be much appreciated. Thank you for your support. Details from Peter.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Organ Recital by David Mackay, Saturday 3 October, 12 noon. From previous recitals we know that this will be splendid event. David Mackay developed his early playing skills at Ness Bank Church before studying at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow. He has many years experience as an organist in and around Ayr, including regular performances at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries. His one-hour programme includes work by J.S. Bach, Chapell, Jongen, Boellmann and Vierne. We are counting on a good audience to welcome David back to his old home town! Contact Andrew Stevenson.
FLOWER MINISTRY Due to work commitments, Jill Russell our flower convenor at St Stephen’s is looking for someone to take over from her. Our Flower ministry is an important part of our church life and if you are interested, please get in touch with Jill or Linda.
SUNDAY BULLETIN After sterling service, Jim Monro is now looking to retire as editor of this bulletin. If you’d like to take over (full training given!), contact Peter or Pat.
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH is being launched to help ensure the future of the Old High Church. The Friends will be open to anyone, at home or abroad, within or beyond the congregation, who wishes to help to maintain the oldest building in Inverness. You can help with your money, or with your time, or both! The Old High building is of significant historical, cultural and spiritual value one of the landmarks of the Highland Capital. It does, however, face an uncertain future. You can help make sure that it continues as a venue for the arts, a significant visitor attraction in the city centre, a centre for the city community to gather, and a place for prayer and reflection for all. Please pick up a leaflet at church, or visit http://oldhighststephens.com/friends-of-the-old-high-church/ .
OLD HIGH ORGANIST We continue to seek applications and recommendations for this post. Contact: Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com).
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue and Prayer Diary Oct 2015 – January now available at church doors.
CHURCH NEWS BY EMAIL We are keen to have email addresses of the congregation so that we can quickly share news. Rest assured that your email will not be give to anyone else. Please send you name and email address to Pat: invernesschurchgmail.com.
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 2 October 7pm.
LEPROSY MISSION coffee morning Saturday 3 October, 10am, Free North Church Hall. Tickets £2.50 each, at church or door. Bring and buy stall. Contact Peter & Mary Home.
ALPHA COURSE A chance to ask any questions about life & faith and to explore the basics of Christianity in a friendly, environment (with food!). Mondays 28 Sept to 30 November, 7pm, Olive Grove. Contact Charlie Forbes CrownAlphaCourse<at>gmail.com
CHRISTIAN AID Mothers in Malawi Photographic Exhibition and Talks will be held in Ness Bank Church Hall on Tuesday 6 October at 7pm. An opportunity to hear about the Mother and Baby Health Community Partnership Programme in Karonga, Northern Malawi and find out how Highland Churches can partner and support Christian Aid’s exciting new Maternal Health Project in Balaka, Southern Malawi. Speakers: Mary Mulligan, Christian Aid (Scotland), Graham Philpott, Christian Aid Partner in South Africa. Refreshments. Details Fiona Leighton.
THE MAHLER PLAYERS The players are giving a concert in the Old High Church on Saturday 3 October at 8pm. The concert will feature the Wind Quintet by Carl Nielson and two performances of William Walton’s Faḉade. Tickets will be available at the door £12, concessions £10 and more details from www.mahlerplayers.co.uk or Leakey’s Bookshop.
This week let us thank God for our blessings and that from these we may help those less fortunate. Let us pray for;
Our Church; Peter Nimmo, and Stewart Robertson as they preach, Arthur Sinclair as he visits, Dougie Wolf as he starts with the East Church. We give thanks for his time of encouragement while with us and the success of the fun Day last Saturday
For Children and Parents. For children and grandchildren, members of our Sunday School present and past, for parents like Mark and Claire Horsburgh who brought baby Joey to be baptised last Sunday
Our Freedom. We give thanks for all who made sacrifices so that we can have freedom and especially we think of the Battle of Loos where so many local men lost their lives. We pray for those who are persecuted, that freedom to live and worship can be restored to the countries from where refugees come so they can stay and return. That we can do something, including prayer, to assist their plight
Our Health. Where we have good health we give thanks. If our health is not as it was we give thanks for the good years past and ask a blessing of healing on our situation. We pray for those who are not well; at home or in care, through age, all illness including mental illness. We pray for those caring and visiting
For friendships. For the blessings of family and friends. For the church activities that bring people together; for worship, the lunch club, the coffee mornings for Cameron House and Leprosy Mission, for musical events, The Alpha Courses
For our daily bread. We give thanks that we have more than enough for our daily needs. But there are those who do not have their ‘daily bread’ so bless them and those who contribute and administer the Food Banks and agencies like Social Work, New Start, Blythswood Care, Cale House, Bethany Trust who run Dochas House at Edderton, and Prison Fellowship
The countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia. Those who held their faith. For peace among these countries, and for new relationships with neighbouring nations
(Comments and prayer requests always welcome contact Ruth Martin.
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