Sunday Bulletin 21 January 2018

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO TOOK PART IN YESTERDAY’S MEETING ABOUT THE GOING FORWARD PROJECT. We will get back to you with the results as soon as possible.
EMAIL CONTACTS We would like to make more use of email to keep in touch with congregation members and friends. We have email addresses for many people in the congregation, but if we do not have yours, would you please notify our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod: invernesschurch<at>gmail.com
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High on Sunday 28 January. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. The Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikeysline a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikeysline charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.
CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 24 January. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but other crafts welcome. Refreshments. Margaret McAleer.
OLD HIGH MUSIC the inaugural recital of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday 10 February at 12 noon, when the University of St Andrews Organist Tom Wilkinson will be our soloist. Tom conducted the Kellie Consort concert in the church last July, experienced by many to be one of the highlights of last year’s events. He specialises in performing music from the Baroque period, so his programme will centre around Vivaldi and JS Bach, though Mendelssohn-lovers will also not be disappointed. Tom has a high reputation in the music world of Scotland, so we are keen to have a good audience to show our appreciation for his trip north. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
ALASTAIR YOUNGER has now finished as our Interim Moderator and it has been agreed to give a gift to Alastair in recognition of his assistance to our Congregation during that period. To make a contribution, please either send your donation direct to our Treasurer, or put it in an envelope marked ‘Presentation to Alastair Younger’ and put it in the offering bag. The closing date for contributions is Sunday 28 February.
CROSSREACH Latest newsletter and prayer diary (Feb/May) available at church doors. Rae Swan.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS should be sent to the Church Administrator at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
OTHER NEWS
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: ECUMENICAL SERVICE Sunday 21 January at 6pm, at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Inverness Presbytery are helping to organise this service, which we are hoping will be an opportunity for local Christians from our various denominations to worship together and learn from each other. Please come along if you are able to, and witness to the uniting power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jonathan Appleby jon.wyvis<at>gmail.com
VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY Saturday 10 February 2018 at The Conforti Institute, Coatbridge. For those with an interest in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, Diaconal Ministry or Readership, and 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 or visit http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/serve/ministries_council/education_and_support/vocations-information-day
OXFAM INVERNESS invite you to an open day on Saturday 27 January from 10am to 3pm. Come and see what goes on behind the scenes in our busy Oxfam Shop at 11 Lombard Street, Inverness; no need to book, just call in.Our shop is a great place to meet new people, gain new skills, indulge a hobby, and make a difference! Pamela Nolan oxfamshopf6505<at>oxfam.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an innovative and motivated person with excellent people skills for the charity shop in Academy Street, Inverness (closing date 22 January 2018) and a shop warehouse person for the Dingwall shop, who must be fit for heavy manual lifting. 37.5 hours p/w. Job descriptions/application forms from Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org or www.blythswood.org