Church News Sunday 1st November

SUNDAY CLUB AND FYF Sunday Club and FYF meet today at 10.50am. As always there is a Crèche for pre-school children each Sunday morning.

PRAYER GROUP The prayer group will meet on Wednesday 4th November at 10.00am in the small hall.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM  If you require some help, do not hesitate to make contact with the Team. We will do our very best to assist. Please contact either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349 861591) and as always, we ask for time to make arrangements.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY The group have begun to study “Talking with Strangers” from the studies in Evangelism. The Bible passage is Acts 8: 26-40 where Philip meets the Ethiopian and tells him the Gospel. This is proving very interesting and generating really good discussion. Please give prayerful thought to coming along to join us even if it can’t be every week. We’d love to have you with us either to listen or to join with the discussion. Come along on Wednesday 4th November to the Church Hall between 1.30 and 2.30pm.

GUILD The next meeting of the Guild takes place tomorrow, Monday 2nd at 2pm where an officer from the Community Policing department will speak to the group. All will be made most welcome. At this meeting there will be a Bring and Buy Stall in aid of our project which is Feed the Minds – Breaking the Cycle of FGM. Remember the Guild is for all – young, not so young, male or female. We look forward to seeing you there.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Next Sunday, 8th November, is Remembrance Sunday and we will be gathering at the War Memorial in Conon at 10.50 for our Act of Remembrance, where will be joined by local Councillors and members of the Community Council as well as members of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Thereafter, we will come back to the Church for our Service of Remembrance beginning around 11.15am. There will also be an Act of Remembrance in the C hurch at 11.00am for those who are unable to make it to the War Memorial. Later at 3.00pm in the afternoon there will be a Service of Remembrance in the Ammenities hall in Maryburgh.

A Place at the Table – Support for Syrian Refugees

In view of the current situation in Syria, and the many people who are fleeing from the war there, the Congregational Board decided that we should make the congregation aware of this project proposed by the World Mission Council and encourage them to support it if they can. The Church as a whole is also financially supporting congregations and partner Churches in several countries in Europe where asylum seekers are currently arriving. A Place at the Table, which has been running for some time, aims to assist the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon to reach out to displaced people of all faiths within Syria and in the surrounding countries. The idea is that we use the placemat provided to set an extra place at our table, at home or when eating out, and donate the cost of that extra meal to the project. Be as creative as you like – ask all present to contribute to the extra meal; put out the placemat once a week or even once a day, and collect money little by little; have a minimal meal and donate what you would have spent on your normal meal; invite friends especially for a fundraiser. It is up to you… and if you come up with a novel idea, how about a picture or a news item for the Church website? (Send to Information sheets and placemats are available as you leave Church. All contributions should be returned by Sunday 29th November – they may be placed in the offering plate in an envelope marked A Place at the Table, or given to any member of the Congregational Board. Many of you will surely be giving individual donations to national and local organisations which are raising funds to help in this crisis, but please give prayerful consideration to taking part in this congregational effort if you can. And of course, everyone can pray for the situation in Syria, those affected, and all those attempting to help in any way. Janet Winchester, Convener, Mission and Outreach Committee

PRAYER AND REFLECTION DAY Plans are being made for a Day of Prayer and Reflection on Saturday 28th November in the Church. To reflect your concerns, suggestions for prayer should be placed in the box at the back of the Church. Information about your concerns will be available on the day. Further information will be given nearer the Prayer Day.

INFORMATION EVENING MALAWI Dr Lyn Dowds of Livingstonia Hospital, Malawi, will be speaking of her work in Roskeen Parish Church of Scotland on Monday 2nd November at 7.30pm. A warm welcome is extended to all who are interested. Transport will be available – contact Janet Winchester (01349 865308).

SOUP LUNCH The next Soup Lunch is to take place in the Church hall on Friday 6th November at 12noon. Our speaker that day is to be Mick Hilton from the Scottish War Blinded. Mick is a former soldier who worked in Afghanistan and this should be a most interesting talk. We look forward to seeing you there.

LIFE AND WORK The order for “Life and Work” 2016 is due to be placed soon.  The price remains the same.  Anyone wishing to order copies – or anyone wishing to cancel their subscription – should contact Georgie Jack (tel. 861860) by today. Cancellations cannot be accepted after that date.

World Mission Council Newsletter The latest edition of the Newsletter is available, focussing on natural disasters. Those who subscribe to Life and Work should have received a copy of the newsletter with their November magazine. Further copies are available on the table at the back of the Church. Please take one and learn about what our Church and our partners are doing to help in these situations.

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Café takes place in the Church hall on Wednesday 11th November from 2pm-3.30pm. Why not take the time to call in for some tea or coffee, home baking and the all important chat?  Whether you’ve joined us before, or not, we look forward to seeing you there.

MUSICAL EVENING There is to be a Musical Evening in the Church on Friday 20th November starting at 7pm, when we will be entertained by the Miriam Singers and Iain’s Boys. This will be followed by a light supper in the hall. Entry will be by donation with proceeds going to the Church. This should be a most enjoyable evening and we hope you can join us. There is a list at the back of the Church for names of anyone willing to donate some home baking for the event.

Order of Service for this week