Sunday Bulletin 15 November 2015

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 22 November: The Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
All-Age Carol Service for the Inverness Christmas
Lights switch-on, Old High Church
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH is our annual all-age carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Swtich-on. This year we will have contributions from Lochardil Primary School and from the St Stephen’s Community Choir. Bring your friends and children of all ages along next Sunday at 6.30pm at the Old High.
CHURCH BAND It is hoped that the Church band will play for the service on 20 December in St Stephen’s. Anyone who would like to join in is most welcome to do so. There will be one rehearsal on Sat 5 December at 4pm. Please contact Pam pam.41tiscali.co.uk
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING next meeting will be on Wednesday 18 November 7.30pm to 9pm at St Stephen’s. We will be making items for Christmas Coffee Morning at the 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 and biscuits. Your company and talents will be most appreciated. All are welcome. Contact Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 28th November, 12 noon. Merlewood Ensemble. For the final recital of the 2015 series we welcome back these local musicians. They provided a beautiful ending to our music last year and we are grateful that they are willing to do so again this year. Their programme includes pieces by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. Andrew Stevenson ohssmusicgmail.com
FRIENDS OF THE OLD HIGH CHURCH The inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Old High Church will take place in the Old High Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 19 November 2015. Please come along and hear all about the Friends and how we can help secure a future for the Old High building and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Contact Christina Cameron on christina<at>cameron75.freeserve.co.uk
OLD HIGH GIVING TREE As there will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s on Sunday 29 November, the Giving Tree will be in the East Corridor in the Old High Church on Sunday 22 November. Details of acceptable gifts for the Highland Homeless Trust will be given in the 29 November Bulletin; gifts will be accepted on 6 and 13 December at the Old High. Contact Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 28 November in St, Stephen’s Hall 10am to 12 noon. We would be grateful for any donations of gifts/homebaking/ raffle prizes and also people willing to help on the day. All proceeds to the Fabric Fund. Further info from Margaret McAleer. Thanking you in anticipation for your donations and help.
OHSS MAGAZINE the magazine editor, needs items by 4 December. Contact willie<at>kenilweb.com.
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER We are still looking for a new flower convener. Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. We are also looking for volunteers to help with delivering the flowers after the service on Sundays. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette. Why not join us to decorate St Stephen’s for Christmas on Saturday 5th December at 2pm- refreshments provided.
SOCIAL MEDIA It would be good to have someone to help keep our Facebook page and Twitter feed up to date. Contact Peter if interested.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
PRAYER DIARY Oct 2015–Jan 2016 available at church doors. Contact Ruth Martin.
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
OTHER NEWS
PRISONERS’ WEEK (15-22 November) Open meeting on Monday 16 November at 8pm at St Stephen’s to engage our thoughts for an hour. The Prison Governor Mrs Natalie Beal, Prison Chaplain Rev Peter Donald, and others will attend for discussion of this year’s theme ‘Just Us’. Let it not be forever them and us! Details: http://www.prisonersweek.org.uk/ or David Martin
TAKE ONE ACTION FILM FESTIVAL INVERNESS 2015 will be showing The Divide, a moving and urgent account of how inequality impacts our societies. The film showing will be followed by a discussion time, which will include our own minister. Eden Court, Saturday 21 November at 4.30pm. Tickets £5/£3.50. Details/booking at http://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/event/the-divide-5/
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT- COOKS REQUIRED! Following another successful year of the Food for Families project, Mr David Sutherland has extended his generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again this year. This year we would like to provide Vegetable Broth and Spaghetti Bolognese in addition to our traditional Mince & Tatties. However it would be best if everyone would be prepared to make the same food. Could I suggest we make broth and spaghetti as a change from mince! All ingredients will be provided. I hope we can do two sessions (w/c 7 December and w/c 4 January). If you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.com
GO FOR IT ANNUAL CONFERENCE Tuesday 1 December at The Thistle Hotel, Inverness, 10am. Go For It is a Fund of the Church of Scotland which funds change in church and community, aiming to encourage creative ways of working, develop the life and mission of the local church, and tranform both communities and congregations. It would be good to have some of our folks there to find out more. If you can attend, contact Linda Philip lindajphiliphotmail.com.