Sunday Bulletin for 13 October 2013

SUNDAY BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent to Joy Cossar. The deadline for all items is Wednesday at noon.

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

PASTORAL CARE For any urgent pastoral needs this week, please call your elder, or the Rev Jim Christie.
CROSSREACH Shop early for Christmas. The 2013 Crossreach catalogue for cards, wrapping paper and calendar is in church vestibules. Please complete an order form and return with payment to Rae Swan by 20 October. If a total order is received amounting to £100 there will no postage. NB The Crossreach News (previously known as Circle of Care) and Prayer Letters are now available at church doors
CAMERON HOUSE AFTERNOON TEA The Friends of Cameron House are holding their annual Afternoon Tea on Saturday 26th October in Scout Hall, Green Drive from 2.00 – 4.00pm. There will be  baking and vegetable stalls. Tickets £2.50 available from Rae Swan and Mary Home, or at the door. Do come along and help raise funds for extras for the residents and home. You may be interested to know that our minister is about to take over as Chaplain at Cameron House, a residential service designed to cater for the needs of thirty individuals who have dementia, which lies within our parish. For more information, please contact our Crossreach rep., Rae Swan or see www.crossreach.org.uk
BLYTHSWOOD CARE The leaflets for the Shoe Box Appeal for 2013 are now at  church doors. Completed boxes are to be returned by 8 November 2013. Details from Rae Swan.
HOME GROUPS have now been successfully launched. Their aim is to provide places to allow people to get to know others in the church better, to grow their faith, and to provide mutual support. You are welcome to join either the Tuesday or Wednesday evening group. TUESDAY group 7.30- 9pm at the home of Christine Lacey. WEDNESDAY group 16th at 7.30-9pm at the home of Winnie Stafford. Please contact David Anderson if you require transport, or more information, or of you would be interested in attending a group at another time.
FLOWER ARRANGING CLASSES have started on October 8 in St Stephen’s Church Hall, 7-9 pm. Contact Annette Stoker.
HELP WANTED We have two administrative jobs, which take an hour so a week, which we are urgently looking for people to fill-

  • Editor for the Church Bulletin
  • Weekly administrative help for the Minister

To find out more, please call Peter, who will explain all that is required. Full training given!
FLOWERS at St Stephens, today, in memory of Dr Judith Spencley.

Imaging Scotland Future logoIMAGINING SCOTLAND’S FUTURE Old High St Stephen’s congregation, the Presbytery of Inverness, and the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland invite you to a community meeting to ‘Imagine Scotland’s Future’. Explore with your neighbours and friends the values you would like to see in Scotland in the years ahead.

The meeting will help you explore by focusing on 3 questions:
1. What values are most important to you for the Future of Scotland?
2. How can we make Scotland a better place to be?
3. How do we put our aspirations into action?
There will be structured discussion at the end of which we will have produced a values based statement about our vision for the future. The outcomes of the discussions will be gathered from communities across Scotland in 2013 and published in 2014, in the run-up to the referendum on independence. The event will be on Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm at St Stephen’s Church, Southside Road, Inverness IV2 4XA. More details at www.actsparl.org/latest-news.aspx or contact Peter.
We have posters for this event which we would like to put up across the city. Pick them up from the Church doors or download them here from http://oldhighststephens.com/category/news/imagining-scotlands-future/ or contact Margaret Sutherland.

OTHER NEWS

VISITOR FROM EKWENDENI HOSPITAL AIDS PROGRAMME, MALAWI The Church of Scotland HIV Programme is very excited at the prospect of a visit to Scotland by Maria Silo, who works for the Ekwendeni Hospital AIDS Programme in Malawi. She will be at Dingwall Castle Street Church Hall on Saturday evening, 26th October at 7p.m. There will be some Scottish entertainment and refreshments – all welcome! More information here or contact our minister.
HEALING SERVICE at St Stephen’s today at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact Ruth Martin.