Sunday Bulletin 8 May 2016

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 15 May 2016: Pentecost
Christian Aid Sunday
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am: Morning Worship at the Old High
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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
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GIFT FOR HEIDI HERCUS Heidi will be leaving us shortly, and we will greatly miss her. If you would like to donate for a gift for Heidi, please bring cash or a cheque made payable to Old High St Stephen’s in an envelope and put it in the offering next week. Or send a cheque to our Treasurer Sandy Cumming.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK COLLECTION Collectors Please pick up your envelopes from Katharina Nimmo at St Stephen’s and from Roberta Macintosh at the Old High Church. Further information from Katharina Nimmo katharina.nimmo<at>btinternet.com)
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING next Saturday 14 May at St Stephen’s, 10am to noon. There will be the usual stalls and gardeners are asked to donate from their gardens any divided plants suitably labelled for sale at the plant stall. Tickets will be available at both churches on 1 and 8 May. Contributions for the coffee morning can be dropped off at St Stephen’s vestry on Friday 13 May at 7.00 pm. The hall will be available the same evening at 7.00 pm for setting up. For further information please contact Jennifer Morrison jennifer<at>kenilweb.com.
After the Coffee, come for the music: OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 14th May at 12 noon. Inverness Choral has kindly agreed to do an additional concert as part of our recital series this year. Their programme includes music by Faure, Arensky, Elgar and Rutter. Coffee and chat at the Christian Aid coffee morning at St Stephen’s followed by beautiful music at the Old High will surely make for a special Saturday morning. Donations from this concert will be given to the Christian Aid Appeal. Please note that Church Street will be closed to normal traffic on the morning of 14th May on account of the Inverness Classic Vehicle Show. The multi-storey car park will be operating as usual, and pedestrians can cross Academy Street and access the church by School Lane. However, anyone needing to be dropped off closer to the church should use the Loading Bays in Bank Street and approach from the riverside. Details from Andrew Stevenson stevenson.ata<at>btinternet.com.
DONATE TO CHRISTIAN AID We will have Christian Aid envelopes next week for anyone who wants to donate, but who does not have envelopes deliver to their doors. More on Christian Aid at http://www.caweek.org/
PENTECOST SONGS OF PRAISE An ecumenical celebration of the church’s birthday is planned for next Sunday at 6.30pm at Inverness Cathedral. Christians from across Inverness will gather to sing favourite hymns. All welcome! Details from Peter.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP which met throughout Lent have decided to have two further discussions to mark Pentecost. On Sunday 8 May at 7.30pm in St Stephen’s vestry, we shall read Chapter 40 of Brian Mclaren’s stimulating book “We make the road by walking”. On Sunday 15 May, we will read Chapter 41. We would welcome others joining in- details about reading material from Andrew Stevenson.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK Blythswood Care have written a letter of thanks for our donations to date. For May, they are looking for tinned mince, cream crackers and tinned corned beef. They are also looking for volunteers for a couple of hours, for a supermarket collection on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July at Tesco Extra, Inshes. Contact: Lorna Dempster adrienne.dempster<at>blythswood.org
HOBBY/CRAFT EVENING Wednesday 11 May in St Stephen’s Church Hall 7.30-9pm and fortnightly thereafter. New Crafters welcome or if you wish to learn a craft please come along. Tea/coffee & biscuits in a very relaxed atmosphere. Further information Margaret McAleer.
WORD FOR TODAY. The new issue of Word for Today, a daily prayer guide, is available in both churches.
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 or by post. Deadline Friday 10 June.
ST STEPHEN’S GRASS CUTTING ROTA If you are unable to cut the grass, please contact Bill Guthrie so other arrangements can be made. And if you’re able, he’d also like to hear from you!
OTHER NEWS
THE INVISIBLE CHURCH: Learning from the experiences of Churchless Christians. Are you concerned about the health of the Church…discouraged by the decline of many congregations…a Christian, but not a church goer? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then a new book by Steve Aisthorpe entitled ‘The Invisible Church’ may well be of interest. It is available at a special offer price of £11.99 including p&p until 21 May 2016. Order from Saint Andrew Press ttps://standrewpress.hymnsam.co.uk and Quote GAIC16. The book will be officially launched at the Highland Theological College on Wednesday 1 June at 2.00pm- details to follow later.
HEALING SERVICE run by the Christian Fellowship of Healing, today in St Stephen’s at 4pm. All welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.
NEW SCOTTISH HYMN BANDS ALBUM LAUNCH on Friday 27 May 2016 at 7.30pm at Smithton Culloden Church, Murray Road, Inverness IV2 7YU. New Scottish Hymns Band write new worship songs for the church. Tickets £10/£8 www.newscottishhymns.com/events
NYA 2016 (The Church of Scotland National Youth Assembly) Friday 19 to Monday 22nd August at Gartmore House, near Stirling. Annual residential event is for young adults aged between 17 and 25. Tickets on a first come first served basis and need to be booked by 18th July- financial help is available. If you know anyone who would like to go, please contact Peter.
BLYTHSWOOD’S BIG BIRTHDAY Saturday 25 June, Leisure Centre, Inverness. Come and have fun and help us raise funds for our 50th Anniversary. Join in our Fun Fitness Session which has something to suit all levels of fitness (age 12 and over) OR take part in a race. To register www.blythswood.org and for more information email events<at>blythswood.org.
JAMAICA TALK AT CROWN CHURCH Friday 13 May 2016, 7.30pm, Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, OBE, DSc – ‘A Shared Inheritance: Links between Scotland and Jamaica’. Contact T Mackenzie atmackenzie9<at>gmail.com.