Sunday Bulletin 20 November 2016

Sunday 27 November 2016 : Proper 30
10am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
led by Rev Alistair Younger
No Service at the Old High
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INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details: younger873<at>
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (arthurasinclair<at> while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 20 November at 10am. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.The Retiring Offering will be in aid of the Leprosy Mission Scotland. Please give generously to this worthwhile project. Please note there will be no service at the Old High.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmo<at>
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison, urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>
ST STEPHEN’S – UPDATE ON 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. However, if anyone has a blue badge they are allowed to park on double yellow lines, as long as it does not obstruct traffic. Also, we have had permission to use the permit parking bays on a Sunday. 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>
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on the following dates in November and December, to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: 27 Nov – Chapter 14; 11 Dec – Chapter 15. Further information from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraser<at>
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE will be available on 27 November (Joint Service) and 4 December so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadly may not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. Contact Cliff Sim cliffsim<at>
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 23 November 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 (01463 221393).
MEET & EAT The next gathering for Lunch at the Craigmonie Hotel is on Thursday 24 November at 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Please contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at> to book or to arrange transport. Advance notice (our Christmas Lunch is on Thursday 15 December).
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. Jim Alexander jim476<at>
CHRISTMAS FAYRE LUNCH on Saturday 3 December from 12-2 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. Soup, sandwiches, tea/coffee and biscuits, tombola, baking and gift stalls. All donations will be gratefully accepted. It would be appreciated if tickets were bought beforehand to quantify the amount of soup required. Tickets (£6) on sale now. Please support this venture in aid of Church funds. Further information 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>
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.
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. Last year 3,508 meals were provided, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved. Over the five years 12,652 cooked meals have been provided to many families who have been in need. 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 one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73<at>
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Previously it was provided from November to March with the support of Inverness Presbytery and other churches in the area. Now that the service is being extended to meet the need for an all year round provision, volunteer help is required, and Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. Volunteers would provide/cook say 6 or so meals that could be frozen, and Liz would co-ordinate this on a rota basis to ensure an even spread of cooked meals being received over the coming months. For further information or to volunteer please contact Liz at patrickwalsh611<at>
CULDUTHEL CHRISTIAN CENTRE EVANGELISTIC SERVICE Please come along on Sunday 27 November at 6pm, when May Nicholson from the Preshal Trust will give an update on the work of the Trust, a Govan-based charity who work with people within SW Glasgow providing holistic, locally based care and support to individuals and their families suffering from the effects of social exclusion. Pastor Tom Kelly of the Wellspring Fellowship in the Bogside, Ireland will accompany her. Further information: Jenny Sinclair admin<at>
MUSIC FOR JOY on Saturday 3 December 2016 at 7.30pm at Hilton Church. Come along and listen to ‘Four on Sax’, ‘Accordion Too’, ‘Rod and the Crimsons’, Peter McPherson, Roger Niven, Peter Donald & Julie Keen. Tickets £8 (Children £4) or pay at the door. All proceeds to charitable projects in Kolkata, India. Further details  from Julie.
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We currently have volunteer vacancies on a Monday and a Friday at our Hilton Foodbank Centre. The Centre is open between 11am and 1pm. If you are interested, please contact lorna.dempster<at>
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 to take up the challenge of educating children and young people about drugs and alcohol and giving them the lifeskills they need to make healthy choices. 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 to deliver our 8-session course for youth groups, Drugs, Sex and You, which is making a real impact on young people wherever it is used. When you have finished the course, and with ongoing support from our HQ office, you will be equipped to deliver drug education sessions in schools, with youth groups, with parents and even on the street! Further details enquiries<at>
PRISONERS WEEK 20-27 NOVEMBER The theme this year is Remember Me. His name is not known, his words have never been forgotten. This remorseful prisoner calls out to another : Jesus, remember me.