Sunday Bulletin 29 May 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 5 June 2016: Third Sunday after Pentecost
10 am Sundae Sunday: Congregational All-Age at St Stephen’s,
featuring the Church Band followed by ice cream
(no service at Old High)
SUNDAY BULLETIN please send items to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline: Wednesday at noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and give a contact phone number and email.
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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NEXT SUNDAY: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE AT ST STEPHEN’S We celebrate the start of summer (we hope!) with our annual Sundae Sunday service at St Stephen’s at 10am. Music from our Church Band, and ice cream for all the congregational afterwards. Please note there is no service at Old High next Sunday.
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 over the coming weeks, or contact Andrew Stevenson.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Would everyone interested in this please stay behind for a short meeting after the service at Old High, or contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com.
CHURCH BAND will rehearse 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. All comments will be discussed by the Kirk Session at their meeting on 7 June.
GIFT FOR HEIDI HERCUS 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.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP in St Stephen’s Church at the earlier time of 7pm on Sunday 5th June and then 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.
OLD HIGH MUSIC The next recital Saturday 11th June at 12 noon and will repeat the format of the concert last June when we invited some advanced Highland School musicians, including some senior pupils who are now moving on to the Conservatoire, to perform for us. This year they are offering a mixture of brass, violin and viola music. Please come along to support these young musicians. More details from Andrew Stevenson ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
OHSS QUIZ SHEETS are available 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.
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 on 01463 795533 or email sandy.cumming<at>btopenworld.com. Also available on our website at http://oldhighststephens.com/church-accounts-for-2015/
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.
CROSSREACH The latest Newsletter and prayer diary (June – September) are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
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
DIRECT ACCESS ACCOMMODATION (DAA) REVIEW MEETING on Tuesday 31 May at Ness Bank Church at 7.30pm. DAA, operated by Inverness Churches’ Group, Blythswood Care and Gateway (formerly Highland Homeless Trust) provided temporary emergency accommodation in Inverness during the winter months to folk who found themselves homeless. The meeting will consider the lessons learnt and decide how we go forward. Further information from Iain Todd itoddyo<at>aol.com.
LET’S GET ON WITH IT TOGETHER (LGOWIT) free event for anyone living with a long term condition: Tuesday 31 May, Trinity Church, 12 to 2pm. Contact Roy Anderson lgowitroy<at>highlandtsi.org.uk.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL Bingo Night Friday 3 June at 7pm in Church Hall; Prayer Group Friday10 June at 7pm. Contact Katrina O’Neill ladykatkanga<at>gmail.com.
STREET PASTORS Swishing event for ladies, Thursday 16 June, 7-9pm, at the Free North church (swap-shop of clothing, scarves, jewellery, accessories, unopened make-up etc). Hand in 3 new/nearly new, unused, or in very good condition items to the church on of 10 or 14 June, 6-8pm. Details/tickets (£10) morven<at>loveinverness.org .