Sunday Bulletin 31 December 2017

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 7 January 2018: Baptism of the Lord
10am Morning Worship at St Stephens
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
services led by the Minister
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter will be on holiday from 27 December to 3 January inclusive. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder, or the Rev Robert Brookes, minister of Cawdor and Croy churches (01667 493 717).
FOOD FOR FAMILIES Following yet another successful year of the Food for Families project, I am delighted to let you know that Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project once again this year. Some other local suppliers provide other donations. Last year the project provided 3,057 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need, we hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the six years of providing this service we have all helped to provide 15,709 meals! Many thanks to those who have already cooked and we have another date for cooking macaroni for week commencing 8th January. All the ingredients are supplied and if you would like to help please contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73<at>hotmail.com
GIVING TREE Old High: Thank you for the generous donations for the Gateway Homeless Trust. Over 70 parcels have been received and the items of warm clothing and surprise treats will be greatly appreciated by my homeless men and women in our city this Christmas- Diana Fraser and Sheila MacLeod. St Stephen’s: Thanks to all who contributed gifts for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children, and Barnardo’s Springboard- all much appreciated- Cliff Sim.
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
GOING FORWARD SURVEY AND CONGREGATIONAL RETREAT We are very sorry that those who attended the Congregational Retreat on 4 November did not get the chance to discuss the Community Survey by Kerrera Wilson and the proposals for outreach projects. As we did promise that that would happen, we propose to hold another, shorter meeting solely for the congregation to give feedback on the proposals. This will take place on the morning of Saturday 20 January 2018- please keep your diary free! The report and proposals are available on our website http://oldhighststephens.com/going-forward-survey-report/. If you would like paper copies, please contact our Church Administrator. Linda Philip, Session Clerk.
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
THE HIGHLANDS SUPPORT REFUGEES (THSR) is a local charity currently operating out of Conon Bridge in need of both donations and money to fund the dispatching of aid. Since starting 3 years ago, we have sent thousands of boxes of aid to refugees across Europe and beyond. We are 100% volunteer effort, stretching from Moray to Shetland, and all towns and villages in between and also help refugees in Syria, Lebanon and across Europe. We collect donations of clothing, toiletries, baby bottles/nappies, pans, sleeping bags, socks and shoes, pack them into labelled boxes and transport them to the refugees most in need. We raise funds to pay for the transport too. Some of our volunteers have helped, and continue to support, refugees on the ground in Greece, France and Macedonia. In addition to sending aid, we work with local communities resettling refugees, and engage with local schools, churches and clubs, helping to educate people on the refugee crisis particularly in Alness, Kinlochleven and Inverness. If you are able to help this Christmas contact James Shewan, Secretary at jemshewan<at>gmail.com. Website: https://thehighlandssupportrefugees.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

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