Sunday Bulletin 18 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Saturday 24 December 2016
6.30pm Family Service at St Stephen’s
11.30pm Watchnight Service at St Stephen’s
Sunday 25 December 2016 : Christmas Day
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
Monday 26 December 2016
10am Morning Worship at Stephen’s
Led by Rev Alastair Younger
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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A NOTE FROM THE MINISTER I’m glad to say that my health seems to be reasonably stable at the moment, but due to the drugs I am taking, I still do not have a lot of energy. This week I decided that I would undergo a second procedure, which hopefully will deal with the symptoms of my dodgy heart rhythms and return me to full health. This will take place in Aberdeen sometime in February or March. I’d like to thank you all for all your prayers and good wishes, and for your patience and continuing support – it is much appreciated. And I’d like to wish you all a blessed Christmas season – Peter
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873<at>btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthursinclair<at>btinternet.com while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness. However, for the week commencing 26 December 2016, please contact Rev Alastair Younger (details above).
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS tonight at 7pm in the Old High Church. The service will be conducted by Rev Alastair Youger.
OLD HIGH CHURCH ROTA DUTIES – HELP REQUIRED We would welcome your help for the following duties at Sunday services: Beadle; Door duty; Creche (PVG required but can be arranged). If we have insufficient helpers for door duty, we will open the East door only. If you are able to help with any of these important duties on a rota basis, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
CAMERON HOUSE CHRISTMAS SERVICE There will be a short service at Cameron House this afternoon 18 December at 3pm. All are welcome to join in. val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE All presents have been collected for immediate distribution. Many grateful thanks to everyone who gave generously to the needy people in our city. Your gift may be the only one someone gets and can show that people are neither forgotten nor overlooked at Christmas! Cliff Sim cliffsim<at>btinternet.com.
WEDNESDAY PRAYER TIME During Advent there is a weekly Prayer Space in St Stephen’s from 12-2pm each Wednesday, where you can come to meditate, reflect, or to listen to God speaking to you! Contact Ruth Martin.
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476<at>btinternet.com
BOLIVIA FUND RAISING TRIP Catherine has returned from her trip working with disadvantaged children in a village near La Paz, with the charity UpClose Bolivia. As a thank you for all the help she received for her fundraising, she will bring some baking for coffee after the All Age Service today.  Fiona Kelly.
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 21 December in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer.
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay ken.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
OLD HIGH FLOWER LIST 2017 The flower list is currently being made up. There are a small number of spaces and if you would like to donate flowers, please speak to Sally McCubbin.
UF CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY Rev Ian Boa who is currently Assistant General Secretary of Action for Churches Together in Scotland has been appointed the next Moderator of the United Free Church of Scotland’s General Assembly. Ian’s late parents were members of our congregation as is his sister Lorna (Irvine). We welcome his appointment and wish him every blessing. Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on the above date please let me know as soon as possible.Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquiries<at>hopeuk.org.