WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 16 December 2018 : The Third Sunday of Advent

10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

For contact details contact the Church Administrator

PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.

EMAIL NEWSLETTER This week we sent out the first of an occasional newssheet to those of you who have provided us with e-mail addresses. If you would like to receive the newsletter, and any future ones, and you have not already done so, please send your e-mail address to invernesschurch<at>gmail.com.

PALESTINIAN HANDCRAFTS STALL Today (9 December) Iwill be running a stall in St Stephen’s with a selection of Palestinianhandcrafts. These are beautifully made and can make a perfect Christmaspresent. For many Palestinian households the women have become the sole wageearners, and these traditional crafts have become a vital source of income.Details at www.hadeel.org 

OHSS CHURCH MAGAZINE The magazine will be available for distributors to uplift next Sunday (16 December). Jennifer Morrison

SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP the meeting on 9December has been postponed until 16 December, when we shall discuss the final 2 chapters of Philip Yansey’s book. Andrew Stevenson

ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CHOIRS Christmas Concerts at 7.30m on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 December 2018. This year’s proceeds will go to the Birnie Centre Toddler Group and Mikeysline. Tickets from Susan MacLeod

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN OF ALL AGES A congregation-led serviceat St Stephen’s on Monday 24 December 2018 at 6.30 pm. Do come along and bring family and friends for a short, informal service with carols, lessons and simple activities for the children. We would be very grateful if you could lend us some ‘props’ for the evening, eg toy sheep, donkeys, stars, angels etc. Contact Malcolm Stevens (230882) or Andrew Stevenson for information. We will also have our usual All-Age Service at 10.30am on Christmas Day: bring our favourite Christmas presents along to show us!

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT Following another successful year, I am delighted that the project will go ahead once again this year. Last year we provided 2,500 meals, which was a fantastic effort from all the teams involved, and be assured all meals were gratefully received by individuals and families who were in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. Over the last seven years we have all helped to provide 18,200 meals! This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking w/c 3 December and w/c 7 January with all meals being delivered by Friday 11 January. The process will be the same as before with the ingredients being delivered for cooking and the cooked meals being picked up by Gateway. The meals will be frozen prior to delivery to local schools, community centres and to families who have been referred from agencies such as Social Work, NHS Highland, Councillors, local community groups and local churches. If you wish to participate please contact Christine MacKenzie

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK (HFB) Lorna Dempster has written thanking the congregations of Old High St Stephen’s for their Harvest donations to the food bank which amounted to a magnificent 182 kgs of food. She has said that HFB and the thousands who are helped each year greatly appreciate the generosity. For December and January they would be very grateful to receive jars of coffee, packets of oatcakes, tins of corned beef, cartons of long life fruit juice, tins of ham. Many thanks for your continuing support. Margaret Neville

GIVINGTREES are now at both churches, so we ask for a thought to be given to those who sadlymay not get any sort of small gift at Christmas. This can mean a lot!:

WORSHIP TIMES Please note there was a misprint last week in Month of Sundays, our lists of services for December. Our services for Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day are at 10.30am. You can download the Month of Sundays from our website.

St Stephen’s Gifts will be distributed to Beechwood, Cale House, Manna House, Mackenzie Centre, Hilton Village (Social Work) and Porterfield Prisoners’ Children. Please wrap your gift and remember to attach the appropriate gift tag for ease of identification and distribution. Please ensure that any remaining gifts are given to me no later than Friday 14 December. Further details Cliff Sim (225481).

Old High (in the East Corridor). We will be providing gifts for homeless people, and any of the following would be appreciated – gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway advise that at present there are 12 ladies and 28 men who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 16 December. Further information from Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie.

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (9 December) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin (232 457).

CROSSREACH Prayer diary October 2018 to January 2019, Newsletter, and Christmas catalogue now available at church doors. Rae Swan

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our Church Administrator: Mrs Pat MacLeod (079 342 85924 invernesschurch@gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.

OTHER NEWS

REASONS FORHOPE AT CHRISTMAS Seminar today (9 December) at CulduthelChristian Centre, Culduthel Avenue IV2 6AS. An opportunity to be equipped for living out and sharing ourfaith at Christmas. Two AfternoonSeminars 4.30-5.30pm (Chris Dowling and Alasdair Macleod).  Main Session 6–7.15pm ‘The perfectgift’ (Andy Bannister). To bookcontact Jenny Sinclair or online at culduthelchristiancentre.churchsuite.co.uk.

VOCATIONS INFORMATION DAY on Saturday 9 February at St John’s Episcopal Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The day includes an inspirational keynote speech on the Call to Serve Today, practical information and the opportunity to ask important questions about how God might be calling you. We’d like to encourage you to think of anyone you might want to make aware of this opportunity.  It is an engaging day, with the opportunity to mix with many at the same stage of exploration, and to hear about the different forms of ministry service in the Church of Scotland. The Vocations Information Day remains the first step in the Discernment Process for anyone wanting to explore the recognised ministries of the Church.  Please help us encourage others to explore their call to service further. Spaces are limited – booking essential. To register, contact Ministries Council, 121 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4YN vocation<at>churchofscotland.org.uk