Old High St Stephens Sunday Bulletin 18 February 2018

Sunday 25 February 2018: Second Sunday of Lent
10am Congregational Communion at St Stephen’s
No Service at the Old High
OUR MINISTER As you will know, Peter has been off for a few weeks. At first it was feared there was an issue again with his heart, but he was diagnosed this week as suffering from a bacterial infection in his lung, something which seems to be quite prevalent this winter. He is now on a course of treatment, and hopes to be able return to work before too long. Peter and Katharina would like to thank members of the congregation for their concern and prayers at this time.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP plans to meet in St Stephen’s vestry every week during Lent, starting from Sunday 18 February. A 6-week study programme has been identified, which provides a Biblical focus on migration, and the particular challenge this issue presents us in Europe in our own time. We hope this will prove a thought-provoking theme for reflection and conversation during this special time in the Christian Year. New hearts and minds joining in would be most welcome. For details about the study material please contact Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ELDERS There will be a Leadership meeting on Tuesday 20 February at 7.30pm in St Stephens vestry. The next Kirk Session meeting will be 20 March at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s hall. Contact Linda Philip. Safeguarding training for all elders will be on 6 March at St Stephens hall. Times tbc. Contact Roberta Macintosh rmrjmack<at>aol.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 21 February. 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.
HEIDI HERCUS Heidi’s Ordination Service will take place at the Church of Scotland Ullapool on Saturday 24 February at 11.00 am. It would be good for OHSS to be represented at the service as a way of supporting her for her service with us. If you are interested in attending please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WINTER WALK TO CULBIN SANDS on Sunday 25 February. Meet St Stephen’s Church Car Park 1.15pm for Car sharing. Start walk from Kingsteps car park, Lochloy Road at 2pm. Flat terrain. Cuppa at Brodie Countryfare at 3.45pm. Contact Deborah Macrae for information.
PRAYERS DURING LENT AT ST STEPHEN’S Every Friday from 1pm -1.30pm starting Friday 16 February. All welcome. Ruth Martin
CHANGES TO SEATING AT THE OLD HIGH We will be worshipping together at St Stephen’s at a Congregational Communion Service on 25 February, while work is carried out to make changes at Old High. As reported by Jim Alexander in the September 2017 magazine, the purpose of the changes is to deal with problems flagged up by a recent risk assessment: limited circulation space at the chancel area for wheelchair users during services and other events; and restricted access in the event of emergency.
The proposed changes are shown on the drawing (grey shading):
• Removal of the central front pew
• On pulpit side: front pew, cut back to match pew arrangement at audio console control end.
• On lectern side: front pew, cut back at both ends to reflect proposed pew arrangement at pulpit side.
• Associated work on heating pipes and the floor.
All the work will be carried out with due care and attention to detail in the reinstatement of existing pew finishes. The aim to respect the sanctuary and its symmetry centred on the chancel area. For more details, please see the September magazine (available on our website) or contact our Session Clerks.
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, Sandy Cumming or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
SOUP & SANDWICH LUNCH including tea/coffee and biscuits in Old High Hall on Saturday 3 March 12 – 2pm in aid of Church funds. Tickets £6 to be sold in both Churches from this Sunday. Please buy tickets in advance to ensure we can cope with demand. Thanking you in anticipation for your continued support. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team
OLD HIGH HALLS CONVENOR Jim Monro has kindly looked after the Old High hall lets, but wishes to step down from this role. If anyone feels they can take this role on, please get in touch with Linda Philip (790252) or Christine Mackenzie.
SPRING/SUMMER OPENING OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH We are meeting in the church at 2pm on Tuesday 6 March to discuss the programme for 2018. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or on an occasional basis to welcome visitors to the church during the Spring/Summer please come along and find out more. Contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com
OHSS MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTIONS Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. The deadline is Friday 16th March.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
WORD FOR TODAY is available in both vestibules.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Service in East Church, Academy Street at 10.30 on Friday 2 March. Theme is All God’s creation is very good, and prepared by Christian women of Suriname. Ian McDiarmid’s slide show ‘God’s Creation will be shown. Details Rae Swan raeswan<at>aol.com
VISITING SERVICE FOR THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND The above registered charity is urgently looking for volunteers. Can you give up one hour a week to befriend an older, isolated or lonely person? This can be an all-win situation, as rewarding for the volunteers as it is enjoyable for the recipients. If you are interested, please write to the Visiting Service, 28 Culloden Road, Balloch, Inverness IV2 7HQ or contact Alan Michael alan<at>friendship-services.com
LGOWIT (Living Better with a Long-term Condition) is offering a free short programme of taster sessions which will run initially for 8 weeks, on different aspects of self -management, based around our new Information Booklet and Toolkit, which can be viewed on our website. The weekly programme will be at the Netley Centre (opposite Eden Court) starting on Thursday 1 March from 11am and lasts about an hour. Participants will then be given a cup of tea followed by an optional gentle exercise session run by one of the physios at the Netley Centre. Advance booking is essential lgowitadmin<at>highlandtsi.org.uk. Roy Anderson.