Church News Sunday 14th October

HOLIDAY CLUB Holiday Club meets today at 10.50am. Sunday Club, FYF and Breakfast Club return on 4th No vember. 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.

Informal prayer time before the morning service Come along when you can, leave when you want: for ten seconds or ten minutes. Prayer and reflection time in the hall posh room every Sunday between 10.15 and 10.45 a.m.

LADIES BIBLE STUDY We continue with the fourth study of “The Armour of God” entitled Knowing, believing, living with readings from Ephesians 6, Psalm 51 and John 8 and 17. We’d love to have you with us on a Wednesday at 1.30pm in the Church Hall to study God’s Word together. The meeting lasts approximately an hour. Please do come along.

PASTORAL CARE Please contact the Team if you need help. Either speak to your elder or Janette Steele on 01349 861591and we will do our best to assist.

GUILD Correction to last week’s intimation re invitation to Roskeen Guild for Monday 15th October: Stella Reynolds is going to speak of the Reema project, supporting the children of sex workers in Puna, India, and not on the Sailors’ Society project as intimated last week. Please add your name to the list if you wish to attend. There is also a list for those who wish tickets for the Big Sing either in Airdrie on 23rd November or in Edinburgh on December 7th (Christmas Big Sing). Names must be added by this Sunday evening as tickets are “first come, first served”.

BLYTHSWOOD Remember there is a large red bin at the rear of the Church for your donations of unwanted items for this charity. You don’t have to carry goods far.

HIGHLAND FOODBANK Donations are required every week for this work in helping people in the Highlands who have fallen on hard times. See the list in the annex if you are unsure of what to put into your trolley to donate. All non- perishable foods are most welcome.

CRECHE All involved with the crèche – helpers, potential helpers and parents are invited to come to the Church hall on Monday 15th October at 10am to put the new toys into the crèche and decide what to do with the toys currently in use. There are also books and craft materials to deal with.

TOILETRIES FOR REFUGEES Very many thanks to all who donated toiletries over the summer. A whole car load has been delivered to The Highlands Supports Refugees, and will be sent to organisations assisting refugees in various places in Europe at the first opportunity. There will be an opportunity to hear Hannah Sutherland of that organisation speak about its work at the February meeting of the Guild – details nearer the time.

LEPROSY MISSION Copies of The Leprosy Mission (Scotland) newsletter Dochas are available at the back of the Church. Please help yourself. TLM Trading Christmas catalogues are also available. Please feel free to take one home to browse and bring it back when you have finished with it. Individuals may order direct from TLM Trading -details in the catalogue – but Janet Winchester is willing to make a collective order, on which postage and packing will be free if the order totals £50 or more. To take advantage of this, please contact Janet (01349 865308) by the end of October.

World Mission council Newsletter The latest edition of this newsletter is now available. Entitled “Being International Faith family”, it focuses on the partnership between the Church of Scotland and the Ecumenical Church of the Czech Brethern, and also includes a report on a recent conference organised by the Council on the theme “Living together in a world of religions”. Those who receive “Life and Work” should find a copy in their magazine. There are some copies available at the back of the Church. Please help yourself.

CROSSREACH This is the final day for ordering the CrossReach calendar. This is to enable copies to be available to post abroad. There is a sample of the wall calendar to view and an appointments version, with the same pictures, can also be had. There is a list at the back of the Church or in the Church Hall. There is a catalogue from which you can order cards and sundries for Christmas. All this goes to support the work of the Social Responsibility arm of our Church. Your support is appreciated.

Blythswood Shoeboxes Leaflets regarding the 2018 appeal are available at the rear of the church and in the hall.  Anyone wishing to fill a shoebox – or provide some items to be added to boxes – may hand their contribution to Mhairi Mackenzie during the weeks prior to Sunday 4th November.

GIFT DAY Up to last Sunday, our Gift Day total donations amounted to a magnificent £8,230 plus Gift Aid tax from the HMRC.

CHRISTIAN AID INDONESIA TSUNAMI APPEAL Christian Aid is one of 14 charities forming the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) and has appealed for financial assistance to provide food, water, medicine and shelter to the survivors of this disaster in Indonesia.  If you would like to donate to this worthy cause please contact Christian Aid in Glasgow on 0141 221 7475, email: or  direct to DEC texting ‘TELE’ ‘70000’ to give £5,  call 0370 60 60 900 or log in to DEC.ORG.UK

PASTORAL DUTIES The minister will be on holiday from Monday 15th to Monday 29th October. Pastoral cover will be provided by Rev Russel Smith (861011). Please contact Russel or the Session Clerk if you require pastoral support.

Order of Service for this week