Sunday Bulletin 4 December 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 11 December 2016 : Third Sunday in Advent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
Both Services led by Stewart Robertson
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
For further informtion and contact details : invernesschurchgmail.com
INTERIM MODERATOR The Rev Alastair Younger has been appointed Interim Moderator in the absence of Rev Peter Nimmo due to illness. His contact details are younger873btinternet.com.
PASTORAL CARE will be provided by Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant (arthurasinclairbtinternet.com) while Peter is absent from his duties, due to illness.
ORDER OF SERVICE FOLDING AT ST STEPHEN’S: Again we have a vacancy for someone in our team of people who fold the orders of service. If you are able to help with this once a month can you please get in touch with Katharina Nimmo (katharina.nimmobtinternet.com).
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, your assistance would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraserbtinternet.com.
OH GIVING TREE is supporting Highland Gateway. As in the past the most welcome and useful gifts are warm scarves, gloves, socks, beanie hats and basic toiletries like soap, shower gel and shampoo. There are around 45 homeless (12 women and 33 men) and the cards are marked appropriately (spare cards in a box alongside). Your generosity in the past has been much appreciated, as is the odd Mars bar or Kitkat tucked inside the wrapped parcel! Diana Fraser diana_fraserbtinternet.com
OLD HIGH Tea will be served after the service today. All welcome. Contact Christine Mackenzie christinemac73hotmail.com
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH this year raised £550 for CHAS, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. The Old High was packed for the musical extravaganza and fun night for children and their mums and dads which has become part of the seasonal festive calendar and celebrates the switch on of the city’s Christmas lights. Many thanks to all who helped. Ron Lyon
ST STEPHEN’S GIVING TREE is available today and next Sunday 4 December. Please choose a tag from the Tree and return the red bow for future use. Details of the gifts required are on the labels. Please wrap your gifts, attaching the label for identification and return them either on 4 or 11 December for subsequent distribution. Gifts are for Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work), Porterfield Prisoners’ Children and Barnardo’s Springboard (toiletries for vulnerable youngsters aged 16 to 20 years). Details from Cliff Sim cliffsimbtinternet.com
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING on Wednesday 7 December in St Stephen’s Hall at 7.30pm and fortnightly thereafter. Please bring your craft to share with others. If not a crafter, perhaps you would like to learn. Please come along and enjoy the camaraderie. Further details from Margaret McAleer
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP The next meeting is at 7pm in St Stephen’s vestry on Sunday 11 December to discuss further chapters from “We make the road by walking”: Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.atabtinternet.com
HEALING SERVICE The monthly Christian Healing Service will be held in St Stephen’s next Sunday 11 December at 4pm to which all are invited. Contact Ruth Martin
WEDNESDAY PRAYER TIME During Advent there is a weekly Prayer Space in St Stephen’s from 12-2pm each Wednesday, where you can come to meditate, reflect, or to listen to God speaking to you! Contact Ruth Martin
LIFE AND WORK 2017 Payment is due any time after delivery of the December issue.  The amount is unchanged, at £26.40. Please place in offering bag marked Life and Work (Old High Members – for attention of Florence). Cheques should be made payable to Old High St Stephen’s. Many thanks. Florence Munro jim476btinternet.com
“WINTER FROST” a miscellany of seasonal songs, on Wednesday 7 December at 7.30pm in the Crown Church, performed by The Inverness Singers, conducted by Robin Versteeg and accompanied (piano and organ) by Ian Livingstone, with Emma Donald and Rachel Farmer (violin). Admission (by programme) £8 (adults) £4 (students/children), available from Ken and Margaret Young, Old High Choir, the Music Shop, Church Street and at the door on the night. A donation from proceeds will be made to The Highland Hospice. Margaret Young kenmag20btinternet.com.
OLD HIGH MUSIC on Saturday 10 December at 12 noon marks the final concert of the 2016 series. Gordon Tocher, Organist at Inverness Cathedral, will perform an hour of Organ Music for Advent. We are inviting everyone who is able to stay on afterwards for some seasonal refreshments to mark the end of this year’s recitals. Information from ohssmusicgmail.com
ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS present Songs for Christmas on 21 and 22 December at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church. Tickets £8 (includes refreshments) from Choir members. All proceeds to be shared between Children 1st and local charity Road to Recovery. Contact Ken Cantlay (01463 231298) ken.cantlaybtinternet.com.
THE RETIRING OFFERINGS held recently at the Old High and St Stephen’s raised £216.41 in aid of Leprosy Mission (Scotland). Sincere thanks to all who contributed. Sandy Cumming sandy.cummingbtopenworld.com
OHSS MAGAZINE The Church magazine will be available for distributors to collect on Sunday 11 December.
WORD FOR TODAY booklets are available at the doors at both churches.
CROSSREACH NEWS the latest edition is now available at church doors. Also latest Prayer Diary for Oct – Jan 2017. CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES are also at the doors. An early order will ensure you receive your requested items. Thanks Rae Swan
OTHER NEWS
FOOD FOR FAMILIES: Following another successful year, Ann and David Sutherland have extended their generosity to provide the mince for the Food for Families project again this year, which will this year also be sponsored by the Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Williamson Foodservice. I have indicated that we could do the following: W/c 5 December – Spaghetti Bolognese : W/c 9 January – Macaroni Cheese. All ingredients will be provided. If you could help on one or both of the above dates please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support. Christine MacKenzie christinemac73hotmail.com.
CRISIS ACCOMMODATION FOOD Highland Gateway (formerly Highland Homelessness Trust) are providing crisis accommodation throughout the year for the most vulnerable in our society. Liz Walsh has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the volunteer requirement over the next 12 months. For volunteer information contact Liz at patrickwalsh611btinternet.com).
BLYTHSWOOD FOODBANK CENTRE We have volunteer vacancies (Monday and Friday) at Hilton Foodbank Centrre which is open between 11am and 1pm. Contact lorna.dempsterblythswood.org
HOPE UK APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS We are a national Christian charity, and aim to enable children and young people to make drug and alcohol-free choices. We desperately need more volunteers. Our training course is accredited with the Open College Network to ensure high standards and consists of distance learning and three (often residential) training weekends; the course takes approximately 120 hours to complete over a period of 6 months. Additional training is available. Further details enquirieshopeuk.org