Sunday Bulletin 22 May 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 29 May 2016: Proper 4
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
led by Reader Stewart Robertson
11.15am: Communion at the Old High
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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OLD HIGH ORGANIST We are delighted to confirm that Robin Versteeg will be the next Organist and Director of Choir at the Old High. Robin and his family are moving from Perthshire, and he hopes to start with us in July. Robin’s try-out for us back in March gave us a sense of what a terrific musician he is. We hope everyone will fully support him as we move on into a new chapter in the Old High’s musical history. More details next the coming weeks, or contact Andrew Stevenson.
CHURCH BAND will play at St Stephen’s on Sunday 5 June for Sundae Sunday. There will be a rehearsal on Thursday 2 June at 7pm. Please contact Pam if you would like to join in. Most instruments very welcome! pam.41<at>tiscali.co.uk
LETTER ON PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CONGREGATION was handed out to all attending last Sunday’s services. If you did not get a copy of this important letter, please pick up a copy from the church doors today. Would elders also take copies to anyone in their district who did not get one? The letter is also available from our webpage: http://oldhighststephens.com/letter-about-the-congregations-future/ . The Session warmly welcomes your comments – please send them to our Session Clerk, at lindajphilip<at>hotmail.com or by post to Linda Philip, c/o St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness, IV2 4XA. More information will be given out over the next few weeks.
GIFT FOR HEIDI HERCUS Heidi left us last Sunday, and we will greatly miss her. If you would still like to donate for a gift for Heidi, please contact our Treasurer Sandy Cumming or send a cheque made payable to Old High St Stephen’s to him.
MEET & EAT! There will be a gathering for Lunch on Thursday 26 May at 12.30pm at the Craigmonie Hotel. Everyone is welcome! Please get in touch if you would like to come. Contact Val Cantlay.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP There will be no group this evening, but it will gather again in St Stephen’s Church at the earlier time of 7pm on Sunday 5th June and then continue fortnightly till early July.
If anyone else would like to join in, or for information about the book, which we are finding really stimulating for discussion, please contact Andrew Stevenson.
OHSS QUIZ SHEETS available from today at the church doors. Questions on Old Inverness. £1 each, proceeds in aid of Fabric Fund. The winning entry will be drawn on 8 June and winner will receive a £5 gift voucher. Further information Margaret McAleer..
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING £804 was raised at the very successful coffee morning last Saturday. Thank you to all those who contributed with donations of plants and baking, helped on the day, and came to offer their support on Saturday morning. Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com.
CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTION AT OLD HIGH CONCERT raised £400 exactly last Saturday morning at the concert given by the Inverness Choral as part of the Old High Concert Series. I have written to Gordon Tocher to thank him and the choir for giving of their time, and also for helping us support this year’s Appeal. Andrew Stevenson.
WORD FOR TODAY. The new issue of Word for Today, a daily prayer guide, is available in both churches.
OHSS JUNE MAGAZINE Editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the June issue. Submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb.com. Deadline Friday 10 June.
ANNUAL ACCOUNTS 2015: if you are interested in reading a copy of the OHSS Annual Accounts 2015, then please contact Sandy Cumming sandy.cumming<at>btopenworld.com. They will also shortly be available on our website.
DEPUTE SESSION CLERK Following Margaret Sutherland’s accident, Christine Mackenzie is now acting Depute Session Clerk. We thank Christine for taking this on, and continue to hold Margaret in our prayers.
OTHER NEWS
TALK BY THE VERY REV JOHN CHALMERS, PRINCIPAL CLERK OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY on Saturday 11 June at 7pm at Ness Bank Church Hall, about his year as Moderator (2015-16). Refreshments, followed by a deeper discussion and reflection on where we are today as the National Church. If you have a question for the evening please contact Rev Fiona Smith as soon as possible. Fsmith<at>churchofscotland.org.uk
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Blythswood Care – for May they are looking for tinned mince, cream crackers and tinned corned beef. They are also looking for volunteers for a couple of hours, for a supermarket collection on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July at Tesco Extra, Inshes. Contact: Lorna Dempster adrienne.dempster<at>blythswood.org.
LET’S GET ON WITH IT TOGETHER (LGOWIT) is hosting free lunch events in Inverness, aimed at anyone living with a long term condition. Dates and venues: Tuesday 24 May in Hilton Church; Thursday 26 May in Smithton Free Church; Tuesday 31 March in Trinity Church- all 12 noon to 2pm. Contact Roy Anderson: lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk.
NYA 2016 (The Church of Scotland National Youth Assembly) Friday 19 to Monday 22nd August at Gartmore House, near Stirling. Annual residential event is for young adults aged between 17 and 25. Tickets on a first come first served basis and need to be booked by 18th July- financial help is available. If you know anyone who would like to go, please contact Peter.
CROWN CHURCH are seeking a new secretary. The standard working week is 14 hours, though with the possibility of extra hours. Pay, depending on skills and experience, £18-20K pro rata. More details from the Minister, the Rev Peter Donald: PDonald<at>churchofscotland.org.uk.