Sunday Bulletin 2 October 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 9 October 2016 : Proper 23
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Barry Dennis, Reader
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant arthurasinclair<at>btinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness. For the week from 8-15 October when Rev Sinclair is on holiday, please contact Heidi Hercus tripleh75<at>hotmail.co.uk.
THANK YOU from Peter and Katharina for all the good wishes and cards. They are much appreciated.
ST STEPHEN’S – PARKING RESTRICTIONS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2016 – Parking is NOT permitted on double yellow lines on Annfield Road, Southside Road, Old Edinburgh Road or Mayfield Road. At the moment Highland Council have not decided on times for the permit parking bays which will be provided, but I am hopeful we will be allowed to park there on a Sunday. I will report back when I get confirmation. Crown Court Hotel (25 Southside Rd), Kingsmills Medical Practice (18 Southside Rd), Southside Rd Surgery (43 Southside Rd), and  Southside Dental Practice (28 Southside Rd), have all given us permission to use their car parks, but all are at owners own risk. Funerals and Weddings are exempt from this law. Contact Joan Darcy joan.darcy<at>tesco.net.
WELCOME TO OUR HARVEST SERVICE – especially if you’re here for the first time. Thank you for your gifts, which will go to Blythswood Highland Foodbank.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME: There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet on Sunday 9 October between 7 and 8pm in the vestry at St Stephen’s and will continue fortnightly thereafter. We would welcome new participants in these lively and thought-provoking discussions. Further details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
HEALING SERVICE next Sunday 9 October at 4pm in St Stephen’s, for all who are ill of body or mind, and for any known to you, to which all are welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.
OLD HIGH There will be no tea/coffee in the Old High today due to the harvest thanksgiving service. It will however be back on Sunday 6 November. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next of this year’s organ recitals takes place on Saturday 8 October at 12 noon, when Stephen Doughty (Director of Music and Organist at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh) is going to perform a programme which will include the Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor by J S Bach, the well-known Organ Sonata No. 4 by Mendelssohn and music by Henry Smart, whom we also know as the composer of a much loved hymn. Stephen is a highly-regarded musician around Scotland and this promises to be a memorable recital. More details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
SHOE BOX APPEAL 2016  Give hope to someone in need this Christmas. Please pick up a leaflet from the Church door and fill a shoebox. Deliver your shoebox to the Blythswood shop or superstore by 4 November. Any queries or help with delivery contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan.
THE RETIRING OFFERINGS held recently at the Old High and St Stephen’s raised £304.64 in aid of the Highland Hospice’s Project Build Appeal. Sincere thanks to all who contributed. Sandy Cumming.
OTHER NEWS
HOPE UK CHRISTIAN DRUG EDUCATION AND PREVENTION WORK COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 8 October from 10.30 am to 12 Noon at Elgin & Forres Free Church, South St, Elgin. Entry Free; donations welcomed. Join us for tea/coffee and pancakes. Details from Jo Pickford j.pickford<at>hopeuk.org.
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS CHALLENGE on Saturday 8 October 2016 at 8am. Take part in a sponsored walk up Bin Hill of Cullen, Ben Aigan and Ben Rinnes. Join us for all three hills or just one. You will be climbing 986m, and walking 16km so do come adequately shod! Please register beforehand. Registration form at http://tinyurl.com/he5447o or contact Morven Ball directly morven<at>loveinverness.org. If you just want to donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChallengeMark
ON THE ROAD is a series of day and evening events run by the Church of Scotland to listen to the voice of people in the local Church. The Inverness event will be held at Inshes Church on Thursday 27 October from 11am to 3pm. These free events are an open invitation to everyone connected with the Church, whether you are a regular worshipper, or an occasional attender; whether you take a leadership role in your local Church, or simply drop in from time to time; we want to hear from folks from every background and every congregation: don’t leave it to someone else – come and have your say! Book online at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/connect/on_the_road or contact our Church Administrator invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.
ALPHA COURSES explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share points of view. Hilton Church is running a 10-week course which begins at the Lighthouse on Monday 2 November from 9.45 -11.30 am. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Parents/carers with small children are welcome. Further information from Jane Murtin-Armer www.alpha.org