Sunday Bulletin for 22 September 2013

Worship Next Week
Sunday 29 September
10.00am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
led by Reader Iain Todd

Next Evening service- Sunday 3 November, 7pm at St Stephen’s

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

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

THANKS FOR ALL THE HARVEST GIFTS Flowers will go to housebound members of the congregation, and the food the Highland Foodbank.
COMINGS AND GOINGS­ We are delighted that Linda Philip has agreed to become our new Session Clerk. She is on holiday just now but we will welcome her at church in a few weeks time. We’re very grateful to Ken Cantlay for serving so well in this role over the last 5 years (and to Val for her support!). Margaret Sutherland continues as the Deputy Session Clerk and Rollkeeper- thanks, Margaret! Also, Iain Todd has sadly decided to give up his role as our Pastoral Assistant. Again, we’re very grateful for all he’s done. But we’re delighted he will continue in his role as Reader helping to lead our worship. We are now seeing a new Pastoral Assistant.
SEPTEMBER IS STEWARDSHIP MONTH This year we would like you to think about your TALENTS. Do you have a skill, interest or talent you could share with the congregation? Some of the things we need help with at the moment are flower arranging or delivery, looking after our noticeboards, keeping our internet presence up-to-date. Please let us know! Or perhaps you could serve on one of the Action Teams we are setting up to take forward the life and mission of the congregation. Many of you have already signed up to an Action Team- thank you for doing so- you will hear more very soon! If you have not done so, there’s a leaflet for you to fill in and return to the church over the next few weeks contained within this Bulletin. For more information, or if you wish to review your financial giving or find out about Standing Orders or Gift Aid, please contact our Stewardship Convenor, Sandy Cumming.
HOME GROUPS will meet weekly and are for anyone who would like to get to know people a little better and grow their faith. We are pleased to announce that in response to much interest, our first Home Groups will run on Tuesday nights and Wednesday nights. The Tuesday group, led by Chrissie Lacey, will have its first meeting on 24 September. Please note the Wednesday group, led by David Martin, will now be meeting at Winnie Stafford’s house on 25 September. Time- 7.30 to 9pm (NB not at David Martin’s house) Want to be in a group but can’t make it on these nights?- let us know! More information: David Anderson or Peter.
SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s at 10 am next Sunday, and at the Old High on 27 October. There will be retiring offerings for Christian Aid’s Syria Appeal at both services.
LUNCH CLUB will meet at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. We welcome new diners so please consider joining us for a 2 course lunch. Transport available- contact Rae Swan .
Imaging Scotland Future logoOld 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.
RECITAL ON THE OLD HIGH WILLIS ORGAN Saturday 12 October, 12 noon: Richard Steele studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, took a London University BMus and then gained a PGCE at Cambridge University. He is the son-in-law of one of our elders, Diana Fraser. Donations welcome for The Highland Hospice and The Archie Foundation Raigmore Childrens Ward Appeal. Info: Jim Monro.
TALES OF THE OLD HIGH by Ross Martin will be on retail sale shortly at a price of £6.00. The Congregation have the opportunity of purchasing copies at the promotional price of £5.00 each up till the end of September. Copies will be available for purchase after both of today’s Services. All proceeds of sale go to our Church Funds. More details from Ross Martin
OLD HIGH CHOIR PRACTICE has resumed on Thursday evening at 7.30 in the Old High church hall. New members will be made welcome, particularly Altos. Details from Rena Beaton.
HANDBELLS We need 2 new ringers! Practices on Tuesday nights 7.30-9pm. Music readers preferred. Come along for the music,fun and fellowship. Rena Beaton.
CHURCH MAGAZINE now available for distribution. Would those who deliver magazines please collect their bundle from Val Cantlay or Margaret Sutherland after the service.
CROSSREACH Shop early for Christmas. The 2013 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.
THE LEPROSY MISSION COFFEE MORNING is to take place on Saturday 5th October at 10 am in the Old High Church hall Tickets £2.50 available at the door or from Mary Home There will be Bring and Buy and gift stalls.
FLOWER ARRANGING CLASSES Classes for flower arranging will be starting on October 8th in St Stephen’s Church Hall from 7-9 pm.  If you are interested, please phone Annette

OTHER NEWS

POVERTY IN THE HIGHLANDS? Open Forum, Sat 5 October, 11am–2.30pm at Old Boys School, St Andrews Cathedral, Inverness. Speakers from Citizens Advice Bureau, Highland Council, Highland Foodbank. Soup and Bread Lunch. More details contact Peter.
IMAGINE CHURCH WORKSHOP Tuesday 1st October 9.30 – 4pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. Neil Hudson of London Institute for Contemporary Christianity will be leading training workshops for church leaders and leadership teams who want to help create whole-life disciplemaking churches. The cost of the day will be £15 (including refreshments – bring your own lunch or pop out in the break).  For full details of the programme and to book a place visit http://www.licc.org.uk/imagine-church/resources/imagine-on-the-road or contact Peter.