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Sunday 14 January 2018: Second Sunday after the Epiphany
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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.
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
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Malcolm Macrae, 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 Malcolm after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson janetnfraser<at>btinternet.com.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will be reading sections of Psalm 119 together this Sunday 7 January at 7pm at St Stephen’s, as explored in pages 147-168 of Woodhouse’s book. On Sunday 21 January we shall read the much-loved Psalm 23 and on 4 February Psalm 27. Thereafter we shall be starting with a new book to guide us through Lent. All welcome. Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com
CRAFT EVENING in St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm on Wednesday 10 January. Please come along with your craft or if you wish to learn a craft you will be made very welcome. At present there is knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tapestry and card making but we would welcome any other craft. Refreshments provided. Enquiries from Margaret McAleer.
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
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).
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/
BLYTHSWOOD CARE are looking for an experienced Accounts Assistant (37.5 hours per week). Duties include purchase and sales ledgers, bank reconciliation, payroll cover and general administrative tasks. Knowledge of Sage is preferable. Closing date 17 January 2018. Job description/application form from Barbara Grace personnel<at>blythswood.org
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: ECUMENICAL SERVICE Sunday 21 January at 6pm, at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Inverness Presbytery are helping to organise this service, which we are hoping will be an opportunity for local Christians from our various denominations to worship together and learn from each other. Please come along if you are able to, and witness to the uniting power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jonathan Appleby jon.wyvis<at>gmail.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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