WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 2 September 2018: Proper 17
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15 am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION
RETIRING OFFERING: KERALA FLOOD EMERGENCY Christian Aid have asked churches to take a special offering this week to help with their work in the Indian state of Kerala. Christian Aid states: ‘Over a million people so far have been affected by the unprecedented monsoon rains, with the loss of more than 370 lives in the monsoon season since June. The heavy rains have brought Kerala to a standstill; the airport and rail stations are closed due to the flooding. Most villages are either inundated with flood water, or inaccessible because of landslides. More than a million people are staying in around 4,000 relief camps across the state. The rains continue to fall in many districts – out of the 14 districts, 13 are badly affected. It’s said to be the worst rains in more than 100 years. The scale of this crisis means we need your help to do more. We’re seeing the effects of climate change right before our eyes, and we need to stand together with those suffering’. There will be plates at the doors of both our buildings today, or you can donate via the Christian Aid website at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/.
HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table.
YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU! Our Action Teams are looking to recruit new members with new ideas. The teams are Finance and Stewardship; Pastoral Care; Outreach and Fundraising; Worship and Education. Please give this your consideration and if you are willing to join any of these teams please contact our Session Clerk. Linda Philip.
DOORS OPEN DAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018 Both churches will be open from 1030am until 4pm. At St Stephen’s, there will be organ music from 2.30pm provided by Ron Stevenson. There is an A4 printed leaflet giving a brief history of the Church for visitors. Please drop in on the day to show your support. Helpers are needed and if you can spare half an hour, contact Jim Alexander. At the Old High there is music from 1pm to 2pm. If you would like to be in attendance to help on the day, please contact Christine Mackenzie or Sheila MacLeod.
TREASURER VACANCY Sandy Cumming is standing down as our Treasurer after several years of service. We urgently need someone to fill this vital role! The Kirk Session have agreed to make payment for this service. If you are interested, or know someone who might be willing to serve in this way, please contact Sandy Cumming.
CAMERON HOUSE A short Service will be held in Cameron House today at 3pm. These Services take place on the fourth Sunday of the month and are conducted by Rev Alastair Younger) Members of Old High St Stephen’s who would like to come to help with singing would be welcome. Alastair Younger.
OLD HIGH MUSIC: FLISKMAHOY ENSEMBLE Saturday 8 September at midday will mark the second public recital by a newly-formed group, the Fliskmahoy Ensemble. Emma Versteeg (wife of Old High organist, Robin), along with two other singers and a violinist, are exploring fresh musical forms for traditional Scottish and Irish ballads, and have commissioned new work from Scottish composers, which will feature in the recital. Their recent premiere performance in Dundee was received with much acclaim, so we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear them at this formative stage in the life of this ensemble. The programme includes renditions of Caller’ Herrin and Barbara Allen and concludes with the Pankhurst Anthem – a piece commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. This promises to be a fascinating and exciting hour of music. Andrew Stevenson. Join our music mailing list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
MEET & EAT.The August Church lunch will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday 30 August at the Craigmonie Hotel. Please consider joining us. For further information contact Val Cantlay val.cantlay<at>btinternet.com
AFTERNOON COMMUNION There will be a short service with Communion on Saturday 15 September at 2.30pm at St Stephen’s. Tea will be served after the service. Contact your elder for further information or if you require transport val.cantlay<at> btinternet.com
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING- GAPS IN ROTA The Church has been open 4 days a week 10am-12noon and 2-4pm since the beginning of June but due to unforeseen circumstances there are gaps in the rota on Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and on a Thursday afternoon. If you can help on either a regular or occasional basis please contact Sheila MacLeod macloshei<at>aol.com.
NINA WALLIS LEGACY At the last Kirk Session meeting, it was decided that the legacy of £185,771.90 should be used for a specific project, not for day-to-day expenditure. The congregation are therefore invited to send any ideas either to the manse office or be handed to the Minister or Session Clerk.
KIRK SESSION meets Tuesday 4 September at 7.30pm in Old High hall. Linda Philip.
HIGHLAND FOODBANK During the months of August and September the Foodbank would be grateful for donations of the following items: Tins of Custard/Potatoes/Peas/Carrots; Cartons of Fruit Juice; and Jars of Pasta Sauce. Contact: Margaret Neville margaretneville<at>btinternet.com
CROSSREACH PRAYER DIARY Latest prayer diary June to September, and Impact report are available at church doors. Contact Rae Swan.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison requires articles and photos for the September issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible, by e-mail to willie<at>kenilweb. The deadline is Friday 14 September.
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or the Rev Arthur Sinclair, our Pastoral Assistant, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator. Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod invernesschurch<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.
OTHER NEWS
AT THE HEART. ON THE EDGE at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 13 November 10 am to 3.30 pm. Hosted by Rev Fiona Smith, Minister of Ness Bank Parish Church, and Rev Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Programme has been developed jointly by Ness Bank Church and St Martin’s. HeartEdge is a growing ecumenical network of churches and other organisations working across the UK and overseas, initiated by St Martin-in-the-Fields. It aims to catalyse Kingdom Communities, both for those working at the heart of commerce, culture and community, and those on the edge. Topics for the day include: liturgy and worship for day-to-day communal life; starting and sustaining distinctive enterprise to generate finance for your church; addressing social need locally; using art, music and performance to reimagine the Christian story. More at https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/mission/heartedge/. Please register to attend at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/at-the-heart-on-the-edge-tickets-48122091471?aff=eac2, or contact our Minister, Peter.
THE OSILIGI MAASAI WARRIORS This Maasai Tribal Song & Dance Group are performing at Inverness Cathedral on Friday 31 August at 7.30pm. Tickets. £10adults, £8 concession, £4 children available from the Cathedral Office invernesscathedraloffice<at>gmail.com
URBAN SAINTS: DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES on Wednesday 12 September at 7.30pm at Culduthel Christian Centre. An inspiring, fun-packed and faith-stretching evening, where you’ll discover 4 powerful reasons why we should encourage people to become followers of Jesus. Contact Jenny Sinclair, CCC Administrator admin<at>culduthelchristiancentre.org
ALIVE AND SINGING is a singing group for people and their families recovering from addiction held on Wednesdays (from 7-9pm) on 22 and 29 August. We meet currently in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Come along and feel good! Refreshments provided. Contact Sharon Holloway.