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NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 8 July 2018: Proper 9
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at St Stephen’s today. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Retiring Offering will be in aid of Mikey’s Line a text-for-support helpline which is supported by a volunteer bank of young people over weekends. It provides a valuable service for young people who are too distressed to talk over the phone. The Hive, is a drop-in centre in Academy Street, which is run by the Mikey’s Line charity and offers advice for anyone over 17 who feels they need help. www.mikeysline.co.uk.  Please give generously to this vital project.
MEET & EAT The next monthly Church Lunch is on Thursday 28 June at 12.30pm in the Craigmonie Hotel, Annfield Road. Transport is available.
FREEWILL OFFERING ENVELOPES for the year commencing 1 July 2018 are now ready for collection from Sandy Cumming  and Christine Mackenzie .
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet in St Stephen’s vestry on 1st July to complete its reading of Rowan Williams’ book “Being Disciples”.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of June and July the Foodbank would welcome donations of the following: Cartons of Long Life Juice; Breakfast Cereals; Tins of Potatoes, Corned Beef, Tomatoes. Thank you to all who regularly bring donations of food. It is much appreciated.
OLD HIGH MUSIC during July and August we are fortunate to have 3 summer organ recitals by musicians from further afield. The first event will be on Thursday 5 July at 7.30pm when Alessandro Bianchi, an eminent organist from Northern Italy who has performed at many international organ festivals across Europe, will play a programme that stretches from Bach to the twentieth century. Brochures with details of all the concerts are now available at the entrance to both churches. Leaflet on our website.
OHSS SUMMER OUTING Beauly River 22 July. Meet St Stephen’s Car Park 1.30pm or Black Bridge Car Park near Kilmorack 2pm. Low level walk with flat terrain. Check walkhighlands.co.uk for more details – short looped planned. Afternoon tea or High tea after at The Priory Hotel, Beauly 4pm.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING 2-4pm each Friday afternoon. Summer Opening programme from Friday 1 June to Friday 28 September; opening times: Tuesday to Friday inclusive 10am -12 noon and 2-4pm.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN ITEMS The Church Administrator will be on Annual Leave, so items should be sent to the Minister. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep all items as brief as possible, and include contact details (phone and/or email).
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House today at 3pm. This takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month and is conducted by Alastair Younger. Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome.
OTHER NEWS
INVERNESS STREET PASTORS Prayer Support Team meetings are held at The Hub, Castle Street, Inverness Baptist Church:  Saturday 16 June, 9.45 am to 12 noon (Coffee, Praise & Prayer);  Friday 29 June, 9pm-1.30am (or for whatever time you can manage) to support the ‘Pay-Day Friday’ patrol. Details from Marilyn Armstrong, Inverness Prayer Pastor Coordinator