Sunday 3 March 2019: Last Sunday after Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s Church

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church           

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administrator

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the St Stephen’s today. All welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

LENT STUDY: FAITH FOR THE FUTURE Peter, our minister, will be offering a Lent Study and discussion on Sunday nights in Lent. We live in an age of uncertainty, where many fear for the future. Brexit, the rise far right politics, climate change, and much more, are causes of concern for many people. The prophets on the Old Testament spoke to people in their times of uncertainty- what can we learn from them that would help us to have hope today and in the years to come. Can we have a faith for the future? Sunday evenings, starting 10 March, 7o30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.

OLD HIGH MUSIC The 2019 Season commences on Saturday 9 March at 12 noon when we are delighted to welcome Eileen Mackintosh for her first visit to the Old High. Eileen has had a distinguished musical career as an operatic soprano, conductor and teacher in the US before moving with her Scottish husband to the Black Isle in 2017. She and Robin Versteeg have been preparing an exciting programme of Wagner, Puccini and Ernest Charles for what promises to be a memorable inaugural recital for this new year of music at the Old High. Please come and support this event. Brochures will available detailing the 7 other recitals that are planned throughout 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson.

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

MEET & EAT LUNCH There will be a Church Lunch at 12.30pm this Thursday 28 February at the Craigmonie Hotel. Transport is available. Please contact Val Cantlay for further information.

ST STEPHEN’S BIG CLEAN this Saturday, 10am. Come and help spring clean our building. Coffee provided! Just turn up, or contact Joan Darcy.

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS Sunday 3 March. Meet St Stephen’s Car park at 1.30pm, or Aldourie Castle car park at 2pm. Low level walk with various lengths of walk. Cuppa after at the Lochardil House Hotel at 3.30pm. Tea/Coffee Scone and shortbread £4.50. All welcome for walk or cuppa. Contacts: Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison.

OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 15 March.

CHRISTIAN AID DOOR-TO-DOOR COLLECTION An organiser is urgently required for this year’s collection. For further details please contact Jennifer Morrison.

KIRK SESSION meets this Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Christine MacKenzie, Depute Session Clerk.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter from Lorna at the Food Bank, thanking the congregation for their continued support and donations. She has asked that, for the months of February and March they would welcome donations of tins of corned beef, tins of potatoes, small sizes of washing powder and small sizes of washing up liquid. they are particularly short of those items. Many thanks for your continued support. Contact Margaret Neville.

MEMORIAL MEETING FOR THE LATE ESTHER NICHOLSON Our friend Esther was also a regular attender at the Inverness Quaker Meeting, who are holding a memorial meeting for her at L’Arche, 13 Drummond Crescent, on Saturday 16 March at 2pm, with refreshments to follow. All of us who were friends of Esther, and who sadly did not get the chance to pay our respects previously, are invited. The meeting will be in the L’Arche workshop at the back of the main house. More details from Peter.

WORD FOR TODAY The latest free daily readings guide is now in the vestibules of both churches. Contact Ruth Martin.

CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are 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<at>gmail.com. Deadline Wednesday at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail.


CHRISTIAN AID GATHERING Thursday 28 February 2019 at Inshes Church. Find out how you can give, act and pray with us in 2019. Meet other supporters, get new fundraising ideas and learn about Christian Aid’s key issues and how the money you raise is spent. Keynote speaker Jeanne Kamara, Head of Sierra Leone. RSVP and further details Glasgow<at>christian-aid.org

MIKEYSLINE Margaret Young is selling copies of a Scottish place-names quiz (£1 per copy) in aid of the Inverness Singers’ nominated charity which this year is Mikeysline. To buy a sheet contact Margaret in Church. Completed sheets should be returned to Margaret by 27 March. Prize: £20 Waterstone’s gift card. The correct answers will be sent to anyone requesting them, either on receipt of an SAE or by e-mail. The winner will be announced at The Inverness Singers’ spring concert, on Wednesday, 3 April NB Rae Swan or Val Cantlay now have ten copies of the quiz. If they run out please contact Margaret Young.(details above).

THISTLE TONES ladies singing group, are holding a coffee morning with music in aid of Blythswood Care at the Town House on Saturday 2 March 10am to12 noon. Tickets £5 adults and £3 seniors. It would be useful, but not essential, to know numbers in advance for catering. Contact Fiona Kelly for tickets.

YOUTH FOR CHRIST RETREAT DAY Saturday 2 March from 10am to 1600 at Knockbain-Killearnan Hall near Redcastle. Open to all supporters and anyone that wants to take some time out with God. If you would like to go please email our chairman Jonathan on JonathanTurner<at>highlandsandislands.yfc.co.uk