Church News Sunday 18th March

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 Members of the team await your call if you’d like some assistance. Contact either your elder or the co-ordinator, Janette Steele (01349861591), and we will make every effort to help. Please allow time for arrangements to made.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY Why not come along on Wednesday 21st March at 1.30pm to the Church Hall and join with the group of ladies who will be looking at Living Faith – Invitations from the Cross for our Lenten Bible Studies? The meeting lasts approximately one hour and the title of this week’s study is “Invitation to empathy” reading Mark 15: 33-36 and Psalm 22: 1-15. You’d be given a very warm welcome.

STATED ANNUAL MEETING The Stated Annual Meeting of this congregation will take place on Wednesday 21st March at 7.00pm in the Church Hall, chaired by our Minister, Rev. Stephen Macdonald. The accounts for the year 2017 will be presented to the congregation along with the reports on the work of the various Church groups throughout the year. We look forward to seeing YOU there.

FERINTOSH FOCUS Folders of the March edition of the Ferintosh Focus are available in the annexe for those who kindly distribute them.

MODERATOR VISIT The Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Right Rev. Dr. Derek Browning, is visiting the Presbytery of Ross from the 21st to 30th April 2018. On the evening of Sunday, 29th April there will be a “Songs of Praise” Service at Strathpeffer Church at 6.30pm for everyone to attend. Each congregation in Ross has been asked to choose one hymn for possible inclusion in that Service. Therefore if you would like to suggest a hymn for us to forward to Presbytery, please let the Session Clerk (Martin McLauchlan) have the details by Monday, 26th March at the latest so that a choice of hymn can then be made. Martin can be contacted on 01349 861930.

GUILD Ross and Ross/Tain Presbyterial Councils will be meeting with the current Moderator Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning and his chaplain Ann Mulligan here at Ferintosh on Monday 23rd April. A buffet supper is planned (5.30pm for 6pm), followed by a meeting to be addressed by the visitors at 7pm. All Guild members, as well as others interested in the Guild, are invited. In order to make arrangements for catering, anyone who would like to attend should add their name to the list at the back of the Church. Requests for practical assistance on the evening will follow at a later date.

You may have noticed the board in the hall displaying Bible verses and quotations from literature on this year’s Guild theme: Go in love! For the last couple of months that this theme will run, we are challenging everyone involved with Ferintosh Parish Church to add to the board illustrations of love in action. These can be items from newspapers or magazines, your own reports of actions of which you are aware, quotations, poems, artwork – anything which will help illustrate the theme.  Just bring them along and pin them up where you can find a space.

Easter at The Leprosy Mission We have received one copy only of The Leprosy Mission Spring catalogue. It is on the table at the back of the Church for consultation, along with several copies of the order form. It contains a variety of Easter cards and other gifts appropriate to this time of year, as well as “virtual gifts” (where you give a donation to a particular project in the name of the recipient, and receive a card to give to them). You can either send the order in yourself (by post, phone or on-line), or give to me, in which case we would only have to pay the postage and packing charge once.

Dingwall Christian Bookshop Leprosy Mission and Toybox charity cards for Easter are on sale now. Shop is open from 10am until 12.30pm each day except Sunday.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK The foodbank continues to need supplies from donors. March, we are asked for tins of corned beef, ham and mince and bags of sugar. Clients are referred by agencies such as NHS or Social Work and are given enough food for themselves and family to last three days. Donations of other things such as toiletries and cleaning materials are very welcome too. Remember, we are only a short step away from needing this help ourselves!

PASTORAL DUTIES Rev’d Stephen Macdonald can be contacted on 864273 if required for any Pastoral duties.

Order of Service for this week