Sunday Bulletin 22 November 2015

Ding Dong Merrily Old High, 6.30pm
Sunday 29 November: First Sunday of Advent
10am Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s
No Service at Old High
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DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH our annual all-age carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-on is TONIGHT! This year we will have contributions from Lochardil Primary School and from the St Stephen’s Community Choir. Bring your friends and children of all ages along at 6.30pm at the Old High.
NEXT SUNDAY we will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent with a Congregational Communion Service at St Stephen’s at 10am. Please note there will be no service at Old High next Sunday.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 November at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. Please consider joining us for good food and fellowship. Contact Rae Swan.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 28th November, 12 noon- Merlewood Ensemble. For the final recital of the 2015 series we welcome back these local musicians. They provided a beautiful ending to our music last year and we are grateful that they are willing to do so again this year. Their programme includes pieces by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. Andrew Stevenson
CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 28 November in St. Stephen’s hall 10am-12 noon. Tickets £2.50 or pay at the door. We would be grateful for any donations of gifts/home baking/raffle prizes – the hall will be open on Friday 27 6-8pm to accept any of the above. Anyone willing to help on the day please contact Margaret McAleer. All proceeds to the Fabric Fund. Please remember to take plastic bags for your produce. Thanking you in anticipation for your donations and help.
ALTERNATIVE ADVENT MEAL Once more we hold our annual meal, on Sunday 6 December at 6.30pm at St Stephen’s. We join together with a simple meal, prayers and readings to take a quiet moment to share in the hurly-burly of our Christmas preparations. All in the congregation and beyond is very welcome. If you would like to help with food or in any other way, please contact Malcolm Macrae, Convenor, Worship & Education Team
CHURCH BAND It is hoped that the Church band will play for the service on 20 December in St Stephen’s. Anyone who would like to join in is most welcome to do so. There will be one rehearsal on Sat 5 December at 4pm. Please contact Pam for more details
OLD HIGH GIVING TREE As there will be a Congregational Service at St Stephen’s on Sunday 29 November, the Giving Tree will be in the East Corridor in the Old High Church on Sunday 22 November. Details of acceptable gifts for the Highland Homeless Trust will be given in the 29 November Bulletin; gifts will be accepted on 6 and 13 December at the Old High. Contact Diana Fraser
OHSS MAGAZINE Willie Morrison, the magazine editor, needs items by 4 December. Contact willie<at>
ST STEPHEN’S FLOWER CONVENER We are still looking for a new flower convener. Annette Stoker has kindly offered to take on this role, but wishes to share it with someone. We are also looking for volunteers to help with delivering the flowers after the service on Sundays. If you can help, please contact Jill or Annette. Why not join us to decorate St Stephen’s for Christmas on Saturday 5th December at 2pm- refreshments provided.
SOCIAL MEDIA It would be good to have someone to help keep our Facebook page and Twitter feed up to date. Contact Peter if interested.
CROSSREACH Christmas catalogue available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan
PRAYER DIARY Oct 2015–Jan 2016 available at church doors. Contact Ruth Martin.
WORD FOR TODAY New issue (Nov-Dec) of ‘Word for Today’, daily bible readings are freely available in the church vestibules.
SYRIAN REFUGEES Highland Council is appealing to private landlords, or people who own vacant houses who may be able to offer a house for rent to a Syrian Refugee family. The Council is expecting to take around 25 to 30 families from Syrian Refugee camps in early 2016 as part of the UK Refugee Resettlement ProgrammeTo register an available property for consideration
HIGHLANDS SUPPORT REFUGEES urgently needs winter/waterproof clothing for Babies/Children/Women/Men: Underwear (new) Sturdy shoes (all sizes) Tents, Torches, Tealights, Tarpaulins, Sleeping bags/Blankets, Babies Bottles/Blankets. We have space to fill in a lorry heading to Serbia at the end of November, and are in the process of organising a container to Greece in the next few weeks. We need volunteers to help with sorting/packing at the Old Education Centre, Castle Street Dingwall. Contact James
SCOTTISH INTERFAITH WEEK – the Inverness branch invites you to a Workshop on Saturday 28 November at Raigmore Hospital Recreation Hall from 2pm to 5.30pm; speakers Iona Finlayson (Scottish Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage) and Rev Doug McRoberts. Tea/coffee on arrival. Contact Tom & Ann Mackenzie
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT- COOKS REQUIRED! Following another successful year of the Food for Families project, David Sutherland has extended his generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again. This year we would like to provide Vegetable Broth and Spaghetti Bolognese in addition to our traditional Mince & Tatties. However it would be best if everyone would be prepared to make the same food. Could I suggest we make broth and spaghetti as a change from mince! All ingredients will be provided. I hope we can do two sessions (w/c 7 December and w/c 4 January). If you would like to help please contact Christine MacKenzie
GO FOR IT ANNUAL CONFERENCE Tuesday 1 December at The Thistle Hotel, Inverness, 10am. Go For It is a Fund of the Church of Scotland which funds change in church and community, aiming to encourage creative ways of working, develop the life and mission of the local church, and tranform both communities and congregations. It would be good to have some of our folks there to find out more. If you can attend, contact Linda Philip