Sunday 17 March 2019: Second Sunday in Lent
10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administrator

A WARM WELCOME TO TODAY’S SPECIAL SERVICE FOCUSSING ON FAITH AND SCIENCE. We are delighted to welcome as a guest preacher Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer, Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology (SRT) Project, who is in Inverness for a Presbytery Conference yesterday. The SRT Project is part of the Church and Society Council of the General Assembly, of which our Minister is a member. Dr Macdonald graduated B.Sc. in Genetics at the University of Glasgow, and gained his PhD in molecular biology from the University of St Andrews. He spent 20 years involved in postdoctoral research in various institutions. For more than half of that time he was engaged in research on leprosy in a number of countries, including India, Ethiopia and Nepal. His work in this area has been published extensively. Please stay after the service for coffee and a chance to chat to Murdo. Explore the SRT website: www.srtp.org.uk.
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 on the Second Sunday of Lent, 17 March, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.
SUNDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP will meet this evening at 7pm and consider the themes of Retirement and Vocation from Sam Wells’ book. Thereafter the group will be participating in the Lent Study Group and will resume its meetings after Easter. More information from Andrew Stevenson.
E NEWS We have just sent out another email news sheet to members and others interested. If you would like to receive this and future Enews bulletins, please contact Pat at invernesschurch<at>gmail.com .
PASTORAL CARE Peter, or your Elder, should be informed of anyone ill at home or in hospital.
OLD HIGH MUSIC Brochures are at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. Join the Music Email list: ohssmusic<at>gmail.com.
OHSS MAGAZINE editor Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the March issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. Deadline is Friday 15 March.
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.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 Come and help collect for Chriistian Aid. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you want to find out more. All help welcome.
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING Saturday 11 May in St Stephen’s Hall. There will be the usual plant stall for which contributions will be welcome. Contact Jennifer Morrison for further information.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING Once again we are appealing to the congregation to help us open the Old High to visitors this summer. Last year we had a over 6,500 visitors, many of them from around the world. However we are finding that more and more local people are taking the chance to visit the building. We have had hundreds of prayer tags put on the Prayer Tree, so it’s obvious we are meeting a real spiritual need for a quiet space in our busy city centre. Please do consider giving a few hours to be part of this fantastic outreach by our congregation. All our volunteers report that it is fascinating, enjoyable, and fulfilling to meet our visitors. If you would like to know more, please contact our Church Administrator, Pat MacLeod.
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.
TABLE FOR SALE We have a handsome wooden table at the Old High Church which is surplus to requirements, and for sale to any member in return for a donation. If you interested, please contact Pat MacLeod, Church Administrator.
RECORDINGS OF SERVICES If you or someone you know can’t get to church, we have recordings of our services available on CDs or USB sticks (which lets you listen on your computer). Please contact Pat, our Church Administrator, for more information.
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.
JUST TRANSITION: MOVING FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO A LOW CARBON FUTURE Eco-Congregation Scotland are hosting an opportunity to discuss how we move from our dependence on fossil fuels to a low-carbon future. What would that mean for what does it mean for you, for the Church and for Scotland? Main speaker: Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer. Wednesday 13th March 2019, 2pm, Ness Bank Church. All welcome. Contact: David Bethune coordinator<at>ecocongregationscotland.org
HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (10 March) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.
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 her by 27 March or by e-mail. Prize: £20 Waterstone’s gift card. Correct answers will be sent on request, 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.
TALK BY CHLOE SAYER on Thursday 14 March 2019 at Smithton Free Church at 2pmon “The Golden Age of Mexican Painting” relating to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. An Arts Society- Highland event non-members welcome; suggested donation £8. This follows an exhibition last year at the V&A London on Frida Kahlo. Contact: David Martin.
INK CARTRIDGES RECYCLING If you have individual or accumulated old ink cartridges they can be recycled by putting them in a free post envelope from Currys/PC World. A small supply of these envelopes are available in St Stephen’s front door vestibule. David Martin.