Sunday Bulletin 12 November 2017

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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP 19 November at 7pm, St Stephen’s. Continuing our exploration of “Life in the Psalms” by Patrick Woodhouse. All welcome! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH Next Sunday, 6.30pm at Old High. This family-friendly carol service following the Christmas Lights Switch on brings hundreds of families into church to hear the Christmas story. Please do bring along your families. Also, we need people to help lead the singing (nothing you don’t know!), so feel free to join the choir on the night. Details from Peter, or see http://www.invernessfestivals.com/winter08/blog/index.php
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee & mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
NEXT SUNDAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S at 10am will be led by the Worship Group.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION We will celebrate the Sacrament together St Stephen’s on Sunday 26 November. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House. No service at Old High. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards, and some wrapping paper. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com: Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OTHER NEWS
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30am. Trevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s today at 4pm. Ruth Martin
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 5 November 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 5 November 2017: 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 Morning Worship at the Old High
Both services led by the Minister
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.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, 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. If you can help, please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com
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
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
The Friends of the Old High Church are having a pop-up shop in unit 18 of the Victorian Market from Monday 6 November to Saturday 11 November to promote the Friends and raise funds. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 8 November. 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. Contact Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 11 November at 12 noon: Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat and Elgar’s Violin Sonata by Simon Evans, accompanied by Robin Versteeg. After a season featuring a lot of organ and choral music, the recitals in November and December are dedicated to violin repertoire, so we look forward to seeing all our string enthusiasts! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s next Sunday 12 November at 4pm to which all are invited. Ruth Martin
CHRISTMAS FAYRE 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee and mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles most appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com: Deadline is Friday 1 December.
FROM SALON TO DRAWING ROOM CONCERT raised £750 for the Friends of the Old High Church. Thanks to Robin Versteeg and Friends for a wonderful evening of music and to all who supported it. Thanks also to the committee for their work behind the scene. Christina Cameron christinajcameron6<at>gmail.com
OTHER NEWS
LUTHER 500 A COMMEMORATION OF THE REFORMATION Professor Bill McBryde will hold a series of talks in the Inverness and Nairn area, all at 7pm: Tuesday 7 November – Nairn United Reformed Church, Crescent Road, Nairn IV12; Thursday 9 November – Ness Bank Church, 1 Ness Bank Road, Inverness IV2 4SA. Our services will be Reformation-themed next week!
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
COUNCIL ASSEMBLY’S NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30amTrevor Hunt Inverness<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
CALMAN TRUST are looking for volunteers to work mainly with young people aged 16-25. Can you help a few hours a week with cooking sessions, practical workshops (baking, crafts, sewing, DIY) or with our Ness Soaps production?- please get in touch! food<at>calman.org
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. Follows the great success of our launch of the Tomorrow’s Calling campaign in 2015. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership but as a much wider exploration of the ministry of the whole people of God; compulsory for potential candidates for ministry. For more information, speak to the Minister.
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.

Reformed… and always reforming!- a sermon for on the Reformation 5 November 2017

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34

John 8:31-36

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

Luther bookcase

Sometimes the great figures from the past of the church- the Saints whom we remember at this time of year- can seem very remote. But not always.

Those who attend at St Stephen’s may perhaps remember a lovely lady named Renate Krebs, who died in 2010. She was a lovely, fascinating lady who had lived in Scotland for many years. Born in Germany in 1922, but went to live abroad during the Nazi era, marrying a Swiss gentleman. Later her home town was part of Communist East Germany, which made it hard to return home. A love of all things Celtic brought her to settle in Scotland. Renate was born in the town of Eisleben, and told me once that she had been baptised at the same font in the parish church as Eisleben’s most famous son, Martin Luther. How’s that for a link to history? Continue reading

More than we expected: sermon at Old High on 29 October 2017

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-46

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

Luther 2

Today marks the five hundredth anniversary of the event we think of as sparking the Reformation. Martin Luther is said to have nailed a list of forty-nine theses- discussion points, if you like- the door of the church in Wittenberg. In doing so, he provoked arguments which continue to resonate in the Church to this day.

We’ll be thinking more about the Protestant Reformation next Sunday. But I mention now because the Reformation began with an argument, and it reminds us that Christians are prone do to get into arguments. You might think that we shouldn’t- are we not supposed to love one another? Well, perhaps. But turn to a passage like today’s Gospel reading, and you’ll find that Jesus always seemed to be arguing. Continue reading

Sunday Bulletin 29 October 2017

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.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering is for Cameron House.
BAKE SALE today after the service at St Stephen’s today. This is part of my fundraising for my year overseas with the charity Project Trust, for which I have to raise £6,000. I plan to go to Nepal in August 2018 to teach English to children in a remote area. I would be really pleased if you would join me and my family for coffee and cake. Anna Kelly.
OHSS AUTUMN WALK this afternoon. 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 for further details.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP Sunday 5 November 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
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service next Sunday 5 November. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie on christinemac73hotmail.com
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 11 November at 12 noon: Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat and Elgar’s Violin Sonata by Simon Evans, accompanied by Robin Versteeg. After a season featuring a lot of organ and choral music, the recitals in November and December are dedicated to violin repertoire, so we look forward to seeing all our string enthusiasts! Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
BLYTHSWOOD SHOE BOX APPEAL Leaflets are available at church doors. Filled boxes to be returned by 3 November (please provide your own box!). Academy Street shop will accept. Thanks. Rae Swan.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE 25 November, St Stephen’s 10am-12 noon. Tickets £3. Tea/coffee and mince pie/shortbread. Donations for Auction, Gift Stall, Baking, and Raffles most appreciated. Please start thinking about this now! Donations apart from Baking will be accepted 18/19 November or bring along to Church Margaret McAleer at St Stephen’s or Kate Leckie at Old High.
OTHER NEWS
LUTHER 500 A COMMEMORATION OF THE REFORMATION Professor Bill McBryde will hold a series of talks in the Inverness and Nairn area, all at 7pm: Wednesday 1 November – All Saints Day Mass, St Mary’s, Huntly Street, Inverness; Tuesday 7 November – Nairn United Reformed Church, Crescent Road, Nairn IV12; Thursday 9 November – Ness Bank Church, 1 Ness Bank Road, Inverness IV2 4SA. Our services will be Reformation-themed next week!
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy: lorna.sculthorpe-goodenhs.net
ELEVATE HIGHLAND are joining with Youth for Christ touring bands, The Sense and the The Stance, for a special concert at Café Nero, High St, Inverness on Friday 3 November from 7.30pm-9pm for everyone in secondary school. Entry free. Greg Youngson elevatehighlandgmail.com
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Pastor Training event, Smithton Free Church, Saturday 18 November 09.30 till 16.00. To attend, contact robynloveinverness.org by Friday 3 November.
COUNCIL ASSEMBLY’S NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ‘A call to pray that God would do a fresh work amongst His people.’ As a Presbytery, we will respond to this call on Saturday 25 November, when congregations and presbyteries across the Church of Scotland will be gathering on this national day to pray. 9.30-10.30am for prayer at Kinmylies Church, with coffee served at 10.30amTrevor Hunt Invernesschurchofscotland.org.uk
CALMAN TRUST are looking for volunteers to work mainly with young people aged 16-25. Can you help a few hours a week with cooking sessions, practical workshops (baking, crafts, sewing, DIY) or with our Ness Soaps production?- please get in touch! foodcalman.org
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurchgmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.

Sunday Bulletin 22 October 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 29 October 2017: 21st Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s led by Rev Arthur Sinclair
11.15 Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High led by the Minister
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.
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 25 September. 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.
MEET & EAT Lunch is on Thursday 26 October at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. Contact Val Cantlay.
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
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 and Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 29 October. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering for Cameron House.
OHSS AUTUMN 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 for further details.
ST STEPHEN’S BAKE SALE I am holding a bake sale after church on Sunday 29 October after the service. This is part of my fundraising for my year overseas with the charity Project Trust, for which I have to raise £6,000. I plan to go to Nepal in August 2018 to teach English to children in a remote area. I would be really pleased if you would join me and my family for coffee and cake. Anna Kelly.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 11 November at 12 noon a performance of Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat and Elgar’s Violin Sonata by Simon Evans, accompanied by Robin Versteeg. After a season featuring a lot of organ and choral music, the recitals in November and December are dedicated to violin repertoire, so we look forward to seeing all our string enthusiasts! More details from Andrew Stevenson or stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
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 today. 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.
THE LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING held recently in Free North raised £1,800, up on last year! Thanks to all those who supported the OHSS stall and came. Ruth Martin
OTHER NEWS
‘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
FAITH, BELIEF AND MENTAL HEALTH A Day for reflection and connection Thursday 30 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm, Inshes Church, Inverness. Speakers: Rev Iain Macritchie Mental Health Care Chaplain; Rev Fiona Smith on Faith Communities & Mental Health Care; Michael Perera Mental Health Services Manager. Light lunch provided. To attend, contact Raigmore Chaplaincy:  lorna.sculthorpe-goode<at>nhs.net
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com