Sunday Bulletin 19 November 2017

6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
Carol Service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-On at the Old High
led by the Minister
Sunday 26 November 2017: Christ the King Sunday
10am: Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
led by the Minister
(NB No service at Old High)
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH this evening 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
OUR MINISTER is now fully returned to work. We are very grateful to the Rev Alastair Younger for acting as our Interim Moderator, and thank him and Pat warmly!
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
TODAY’S SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S will be led by the Worship Group.
THE SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will not meet tonight since members will be attending the Old High Service. From 26 November the group will meet every Sunday through Advent (considering the section of Woodhouse’s book entitled Prayer), responding to the call at the recent Congregational Retreat to reflect prayerfully on what we may be being asked to do in 2018 and beyond. If anyone would like to join us, even intermittently, let Andrew Stevenson know stevenson.ata<at> for reading material in advance.
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.
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 22 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 provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION We will celebrate the Sacrament together at St Stephen’s next Sunday 26 November. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering for Cameron House. No service at Old High. Linda Philip lindajphilip<at>
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. Local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! This year we are making vegetable soup for week commencing 4 December and macaroni for week commencing 8 January. All ingredients are supplied- if you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 26 November (Joint Service) and 3 December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. Please feel free to take one or more labels. Contact Cliff Sim  cliffsim<at>
THE OLD HIGH GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor from Sunday 3 December. We are providing gifts for the homeless people in the area and suggested donations include gloves, socks, scarves, pants or warm hats. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present 15 ladies and 20 gentlemen are homeless but additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 17 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at> or Diana Fraser
CROSSREACH CATALOGUES are available at the church doors. There is a good selection of cards and 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> Deadline is Friday 1 December.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Final recital for 2017 on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon: theTuradh Duo. Emma Donald (violin) and Isabel Pendlebury (clarsach) met when they were studying music in Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities. Since returning to the Highlands they have established a fine reputation for their original interpretations and arrangements from the Scottish Folk Music Tradition. A relaxed hour of music, followed by seasonal refreshments and the chance to give feedback on this year’s music and hear about the programme for 2018. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator. Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
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>
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>
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.
BLYTHSWOOD VACANCIES Retail Administrator – Fixed term 6 months, Evanton (30 to 37.5 hours/week). Warehouse Person/Driver, Evanton (37.5 hours/week). Shop Warehouse Person (Casual), Harbour Road Shop (~ 21 hours over 3 days). Closing date Friday 24 November 2017.  Barbara Grace personnel<at> for information
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