Sunday Bulletin 17 May 2015

Sunday 24 May 2015: Pentecost
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
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WORSHIP THIS MORNING is led by our Student Minister, David Macartney.
THE MINISTER is attending the General Assembly this week. For any urgent pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.
CHRISTIAN AID Thanks to all who took part in the door-to-door collection. We hope to be able to tell you the total raised next week. The Coffee Morning raised over £900- many thanks to all concerned.
MODERATORS’ CHRISTIAN AID APPEAL FOR NEPAL Many thanks to all who gave generously last Sunday for the Moderators’ Ben Lomond climb for Christian Aid’s appeal for the Nepal earthquake disaster. You can make a donation via the Church of Scotland website .
MODERATOR OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH ASSEMBLY Our own Rachel Hutchison will speak at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on the afternoon of Thursday, 21 May about the National Youth Assembly, of which she was Moderator this year. It’s customary for the congregation of the Youth Assembly Moderator to attend the Assembly to support them. This is a big day for Rachel, so hopefully many of you will wish to travel down to Edinburgh for the day. We plan to organise either car sharing or travel by train or bus, with everyone meeting up at a pre-arranged location. If you would like to go, whether as a driver or a passenger, please contact our Session Clerk, Linda Philip, ASAP (
OUT OF AFRICA The retiring offering on 3 May raised £510.60- thank you for your generosity.
COMMUNION SUNDAY IN OLD HIGH We will celebrate the Sacrament at the Old High on Sunday 31 May. The church will be set up for the Sacrament in the centre pews in front of Communion Table. The elders serving Communion will sit in the first pew. Those who would like to receive from the common cup should take next 4 pews and those who prefer individual glasses should sit in the next 4 pews after them. If you have any questions, please speak to your elders.
DAVID MACARTNEY will shortly be finishing his time with us, and the congregation are invited to donate to his presentation. Please put any donations in an envelope marked for David McCartney and put in the offering bag by 31 May. More details from Peter.
CHURCH MAGAZINE the editor of the OHSS Magazine, urgently requires articles and photos for the next issue, which is due out in June. Please, please, submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to The deadline is Friday 5th June, as our new production editor Shirley Gold is on holiday the week after and requires copy early.
OLD HIGH HALL The Kirk Session has approved plans for redeveloping the Old High Hall, in association with Birchwood Highlands. There will be a congregational meeting on Tuesday 26 May 7.30pm in the OH hall to discuss the proposals. Full details are included in a sheet at the door, or contact our Session Clerk, Linda Philip
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL CHOIR Monday 22nd June at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s Church. Tickets on sale now £8 per head. Please contact Joan Darcy or you can pick up tickets at Crown Church Office on a Tue to Friday from 9.30- 12am.
FUNDRAISING EVENTS There will be a Whist Evening on Saturday 4 July in Old High Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 including refreshments. It is hoped to hold a Silent Auction in September and a Coffee Morning with a Christmas theme in November. It is hoped that these events will be well supported as they are in aid of OHSS Fabric Fund. If you have other suggestions for events please let us know. Further information from Margaret McAleer Social & Fundraising Action Team.
WANT TO SERVE GOD? “It’s Your Call” Vocations Conference- anyone interested in full-time ministry in the church, or in the Readership, is required to attend this conference. The conference offers an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. To be held at the Queen’s Cross Parish Church on 27 June 2015. If you would like to talk further about the event, please call Heather French at the Ministries Council, or the Minister.
JUMP FOR JOY and SKYDIVE FOR BLYTHSWOOD to help raise funds for Talia Kum which is an after school care centre in Romania. The children who attend this come from some of the poorest households in Jimbolia, Romania, receiving help with homework, a nourishing meal, clothes and a shower. Please consider taking part. DATE IS 13 JUNE 2015. Contact Adrienne Dempster .