Church News Sunday 12th November

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

PRAYER GROUP Prayer meetings continue on Wednesday mornings at 10am in the Church hall. Prayer is the essential powerhouse of the Church, and your participation would be greatly valued. The small group is very friendly, and there is no pressure to pray aloud if you do not wish to.

PASTORAL CARE The team is willing to lend a hand. Contact either your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349 861591), and assistance can be arranged. Remember to allow time for arrangements to be put in place.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. We will meet at the War Memorial at 10.50 for the Act of Remembrance after which our Service of Remembrance will take place here in the Church at 11.15.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the Church hall is when the group meets for approximately an hour. We will be looking towards the birth of Jesus in our Advent studies. Why not come along? You’d be most welcome.

Christian Aid – Present Aid – gifts that keep giving This Christmas why not support Christian Aid and donate a gift to one of their many deserving projects around the world :- nutritious food supplements to Columbian children,  school bag, books & biros to students in Bangladesh, a nanny goat to a family in Malawi/Ethiopia. an emergency disaster kit for those devastated by conflict in South Sudan. Contact 0333 555 2025 or for more information on how your generosity can help ease the suffering of so many needy people. For a current update on the work of Christian Aid please pick up a magazine located on the table at the rear of the Church. Remember the Christian Aid motto “We believe in life before death”.

GUILD The tickets for the Big Sing at the East Church Inverness on Friday 24th November at 2pm have arrived. Ten tickets were ordered and will be given out on a first come first served basis.(They are going fast so don’t delay!) Please contact Janette Steele if you’d like to attend. Tickets are free but the collection on the day is going to be donated to help with the work of the Synod of Livingstonia of the CCAP (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian) in Malawi.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK This service is in even greater demand than before due to changes in the benefit system. Please donate by placing non-perishable grocery items in the basket in the annex. Long-life milk, cereal, rice and pasta always welcome. Toiletries are also much appreciated. Remember even those who are in work are having to resort to using the foodbank to feed their families especially in these cold days. Thank you for your continuing generosity.

OUR CHURCH’S FINANCES Good News – in October our Payments amounted to £3,533 and Receipts to £4,223 giving a surplus of receipts over payments of £690!  This was mainly due to the receipt of our quarterly claim for Gift Aid tax from the taxman! For the 10-month period to the end of October and leaving legacy receipts aside, we have an excess of receipts over payments of £2,650.  This is mainly due to the generous donations given for our Gift Day in September. There’s still a smile on our Treasurer’s face!

TEN-PIN BOWLING EVENING By popular demand there is to be an evening of Ten Pin Bowling on Wednesday 22nd November leaving the car park beside the church at 6.30pm to travel to Rollerbowl for 7pm. Cost as before is £6/head for adults and children which includes entry fee and shoe hire. Refreshments can be purchased at the venue if required. Please add your name to the list at the back of the Church to join in what is always a fun event.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING There is to be a Coffee Morning in the Church hall on Saturday 2nd December from 10am-12 noon. Christmas Stalls will include decorations, crafts, baking and produce, gift tags and a few other surprises. At the teas, we will be serving scones, pancakes and shortbread, so any donations of those bakes would be most welcome. Entry is by donation with proceeds going to help purchase a wheelchair and blankets for the church. The hall will be open between 6.30pm-7.30pm on Friday 1st December to receive any donations and then again from 8.30am onwards on the day of the event. Please add your name to the list at the back of the Church if you can help with baking and on the day. Many thanks. Janet Murray.

DINGWALL CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP Christmas has come to this shop in the form of Leprosy Mission Packs of cards, boxes of cards and other charity cards. (Packs are £3.99 for 10 cards). For children there are simple storybooks of the Nativity as well as Christmas Crib to make book, colouring and activity books and stickers. Diaries are available from Leprosy Mission for 2018 and Advent Calendars. Calendars for 2018 – Leprosy Mission appointments; Helen Steiner Rice appointments; Favourite Hymns/Peaceful Words/Quiet Thoughts and Bible verses; Cheering Words with text for each day of the year. Cards for members of the family – e.g. niece, daughter, grandson. If you haven’t visited recently, do make a trip to Station Square!

MAN FRIDAY The Man Friday Group of the Culbokie Church Centre will be meeting for an evening of indoor bowls at the Conon Bridge Bowls Club on Friday 24th November at 7.30pm. Please bring soft shoes. New members are always welcome. Our monthly meetings will re-commence in February on the last Friday of the month and details can be found on our website

FERINTOSH FOCUS The next edition of the Ferintosh Focus Newsletter will be published in early December. All articles are to be with the Editorial team by 24th November.

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Russel Smith can be contacted on 861011 if required for any Pastoral duties.

Order of Service for this week