Church News Sunday 29th April

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 Remember we are here if you need some help. Give your elder or the coordinator, Janette Steele (01349861591), a call and we will try hard to assist.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY Pick up an invitation to a 7-week study of Luke and Acts. Using a combination of Bible Reading, DVD teaching, group discussion and prayer, we hope to grow in our understanding of what Luke wrote and how it applies to our lives. Each Wednesday in May and first two in June at 1.30pm in the Church Hall. We hope you can join us to study one quarter of the New Testament! (Invitations at the back of the Church)

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – 13TH TO 19TH MAY A  big THANK-YOU to all who have so far volunteered to help in any way on  Saturday 12th (for setting up at 10 a.m. – 30 mins. or so)  & 13th May – Soup Lunch.  If anyone would like to add their name to the volunteers for house to house collections, in Conon or Maryburgh, a good way to meet & welcome new friends to the Church, your help would be much appreciated. Donations of bread & biscuits also required. Envelopes for donations are available for anyone who will not be in Church over the next few Sundays. Interesting Eleven Day devotional booklets are available also for day to day reflections through bible readings. Don’t forget this year’s quiz, a very challenging brain teaser this year!

RIVER CAFÉ The next River Cafe takes place in the Church Hall on Wednesday 9th  May from 2-3.30pm. Why not take the opportunity to relax with a cup of tea/coffee and some home baking, while enjoying the all-important chat? We look forward to seeing you there. If you feel you could help provide some home baking for this on an occasional basis, please add your name to the list at the back of the Church as this would be gratefully appreciated. Many thanks.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE LEAST COIN A huge round of applause for all in the congregation and parish who contributed to this charity helping women to get their families out of poverty and children into education throughout the world. An amazing amount of £135 was sent to the treasurer, which is very slightly up on last year. Well done everyone BUT keep praying and collecting the least coins for next time. Speak to Janette if you’d like to know more and start collecting.

SONGS OF PRAISE There will be a “Songs of Praise” Service in Strathpeffer Church at 6.30pm tonight as part of the Moderator’s visit to Ross-shire

THE LEPROSY MISSION (SCOTLAND) £125 was recently sent to TLM, a combination of individual donations and donations from the Ladies’ Bible Study group. Thanks to all who contributed to this total. If anyone else would like a small collecting box for use at home, please let Janet Winchester know. There are a few copies of the latest edition of Dochas, the newsletter of TLM on the table at the back of the Church. Please take one to read of the important work TLM is still undertaking to help those affected by a disease, which has by no means yet been consigned to history.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK As you will have seen in the media, the Foodbanks across the country are busier than ever. Your help is required more than ever. Please continue to give generously so that families and others may receive the help they so desperately need. Place an extra item in your shopping basket. It makes such a difference to people’s lives. Thank you.

WORLD MISSION COUNCIL USED STAMP APEAL Many thanks to those who have already put their stamps in the box in the annexe. The goal of the appeal for 2018 has been announced: the money raised will go to the Reformed Church in Transcarpathis (Ukraine) to help finance day centres providing educational, emotional and physical support for children and young people with disabilities. Please continue to bring along your used stamps, trimmed with a half-inch border if possible, and separated into UK and foreign.

WORLD COUNCIL NEWSLETTER The latest Newsletter has arrived. The theme is Easter, Equality and Hope and most of the contributions are by women in our partner Churches. Those who subscribe to Life and Work will receive a copy with their May magazine. Spare copies are available on the table at the back of the Church. Please take one.

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

Order of Service for this week