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Sunday Bulletin 17 March 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Tonight

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

Sunday 24 March 2019: Third Sunday in Lent

10am    Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

7.30pm Faith for the Future: Lent Study and Worship

at St Stephen’s

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

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 this evening, 7.30-8.30pm at St Stephen’s. With time for prayer, worship and a chat over tea! Contact Peter for more details.

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

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 20 March. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

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.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 12-18 MAY 2019 Come and help collect for Christian 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.

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.

SUNDAY BULLETIN Our Church Administrator is going on holiday. Please send items for Sunday Bulletins 24 March and 31 March to her by Monday 18 March at 12 noon. Please keep items as brief as possible, and include contact details and/or e-mail. (079 342 85924) invernesschurch<at>gmail.com

OTHER NEWS

THE WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY SINGERS from Lexington, Virginia, USA, will perform at Ness Bank Church on Tuesday 16 April 2019 at 7pm. Concert repertoire includes Irish and Scottish selections, American Folk Hymns, and Spirituals. Free entrance. For information and seat reservation please e-mail performancesbooking<at>gmail.com.

THE COLUMBA EXPERIENCE is an 8-day pilgrimage through Argyll, where a group of 18-25 year old pilgrims learn the legacy of Christian pioneers, explore faith and create community. Organised by the Church of Scotland’s Presbytery of Argyll Youth Team. Experienced youth workers lead each pilgrimage, and accommodation along the way is provided by churches and Christian groups. People taking part can come from any faith background or none – all are welcome. We try to keep the costs of this as low as possible, and this year we are asking for a contribution of £35 from each participant. If money would be the only reason you couldn’t take part, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. The deadline for application forms is Friday 10 May 2019. Contact Kenny Wilson: kwilson@churchofscotland.org.uk More at https://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2018/young_people_to_follow_in_the_footsteps_of_st_columba

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.

More at www.churchofscotland.org.uk/news_and_events/news/2019/take_up_the_challenge_to_tackle_climate_change_this_lent

Sunday Bulletin 10 March 2019

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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.
OTHER NEWS
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.

Sunday Bulletin 3 March 2019

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Sunday 10 March 2019: First Sunday in Lent

11.15am ‘Faith and Science’: Congregational Service at the Old High Church, Special service with guest preacher Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer, Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology (SRT) Project

Who says that the church and science don’t mix? Technology has brought many great benefits to society, which we often take for granted, but it can also pose big ethical dilemmas – not just unexpected risks and side-effects, but unintended social consequences and even changes in our moral outlook. The SRT Project was set up by the Church of Scotland in 1970 to examine some of these vital issues.

Coffee afterwards for more discussion and questions

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from Church Administrator

SCIENCE AND FAITH CONFERENCE Saturday 9 March at Inshes Church, 9.30am for 10am. The Presbytery conference is open to all with an invitation to the congregation to come along. The Programme features Rev Doug MacRoberts (Producer – The God Dimension) and Dr Murdo Macdonald (Science, Religion & Technology Project). The morning includes an exhibition on Creation, seen through the twin lenses of science and faith, a keynote presentation from Doug featuring The God Dimension (free video copies available), a session on practical projects and ideas from SRT’s Project Officer, and a short act of worship.

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Isobel Allan, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Isobel after the service. We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

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.

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

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS this afternoon. 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.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 6 March. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

OLD HIGH MUSIC .Brochures at the doors detailing the recitals for 2019. More details from Andrew Stevenson. 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.

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.

OTHER NEWS

AT ONE WITH MUSIC on Friday 10 March at 1pm will be in the Old High Church – rather than its usual venue at the Spectum Centre. Monika Palsauskaite will perform a selection from Olivier Messiaen’s “Contemplations on the Child Jesus” on the piano. Donations of £7.50 at the door. Details Andrew Stevenson .

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (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 Churchor by e-mail. Completed sheets should be returned to Margaret by 27 March  or by e-mail. 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 at. NB Rae Swan or Val Cantlay now have ten copies of the quiz. If they run out please contact Margaret Young.(details above).

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.

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

Sunday Bulletin 24 February 2019

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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.

OTHER NEWS

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

Sunday Bulletin 17 February 2019

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Sunday 24 February 2019: Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s Church

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High Church

Led by Vivian Roden, reader at Moy, Dalarossie and Tomatin

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION Contact details from Church Administrator

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the St Stephen’s next Sunday 24 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

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

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 20 February. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

CHURCH PARTY St Stephen’s Church Choir is inviting you to a church party on Friday 1 March at 7 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. We will have a beetle drive, some singing, food and a little surprise. Come and join the fun! Please get a free ticket from Susan or Katharina at St Stephen’s or from Christine Mackenzie at the Old High so that we know how many to cater for. More information from Katharina Nimmo.

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.

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.

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.

CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are available at church doors. Rae Swan.

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

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

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.

CHURCH PARTY! KEEP THE DATE St Stephen’s Church Choir is inviting you to a church party on Friday 1 March at 7 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. More information and tickets (free – for catering numbers only) soon. Katharina Nimmo.

PARKINSONS UK Rosa McDermid would like to thank all who donated to this event on Sunday 27 January. The sum of £16.10 was raised is much appreciated.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 February at 2pm in St Stephens Church Vestry. Val Cantley.

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.

OTHER NEWS

CHRISTIAN AID event on Thursday 28 February 2019 at Inshes Church of Scotland, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness IV2 3TW from 10am – 1pm. Join us at The Gathering to 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.

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. 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 at.

Highland Gospel Male Voice Choir Friday 22 February at the Inverness Methodist Church, Huntly Street, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Proceeds to Inverness Street Pastors. Robyn Teago.

Inverness Street Pastors 2 resources available “Street Pastors Pray from Home Pack” and “Inverness Prayer Pastors Prayer Guide”.

Sunday Bulletin 10 February 2019

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Sunday 17 February 2019: Sixth Sunday after the 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 Administraor

CHRISTIAN BASICS Peter will shortly be running a series of classes for those interested in learning about the Christian faith. Why not invite a friend who might be curious? If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter.

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

ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR would like to extend a warm invitation to interested members, adherents or friends to join the church choir. We are a cheery bunch of amateurs who enjoy getting together every Thursday evening at 7.15 pm to practise the hymns for the coming Sunday and to prepare two other short pieces for the service. Our Choir Director, Pam McCulloch, and accompanist Alyn Ross share their enthusiasm and infectious fun with us all. Do come along and join us, as we seek to support and enhance the weekly worship at St Stephen’s. For further information, please contact Pam.  All voices welcome, particularly gentlemen!

Sunday Evening Discussion Group will meet again at 7pm this evening and consider the next two chapters in the book, around the themes of Childhood and Marriage. Andrew Stevenson.

CHURCH PARTY The St Stephen’s Church Choir is inviting you to a church party on Friday 1 March at 7 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. We will have a beetle drive, some singing, food and a little surprise. Come and join the fun! Please get a free ticket from Susan or Katharina at St Stephen’s or from Christine at the Old High so that we know how many to cater for. More information from Katharina Nimmo.

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS on 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. Speak to Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for queries.

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s today (10 February) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.

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.

CROSSREACH Latest news magazine and prayer diary are available at church doors. Rae Swan.

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

THE HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the St Stephen’s on Sunday 24 February. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

KIRK SESSION The date of the next Session meeting has had to be changed to Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Christine MacKenzie, Depute Session Clerk.

GATEWAY HIGHLAND The General Manager has written to thank the congregation of OHSS for the very generous donation of £529.71 and to advise that without our continuing support they would be unable to provide the extras that are so welcome at what can be a very difficult time of year. She advised that some of the congregation had also been helping with the Food for Families project by cooking meals. Many thanks to the teams, some of whom she has not met personally. 2,700 meals were cooked this year which were distributed to families in need across the Highlands.

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

CHRISTIAN AID event on Thursday 28 February 2019 at Inshes Church of Scotland, Sir Walter Scott Drive, Inverness IV2 3TW from 10am – 1pm. Join us at The Gathering to 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 Leon. RSVP

ARGENTINE TANGO HIGHLAND A new club is starting on Friday evenings in St Stephen’s Hall from 8-9pm for those interested in learning tango dancing. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn tango or who wants to return to dancing. No partner is necessary.

Highland Gospel Male Voice Choir will perform on Friday 22 February at the Inverness Methodist Church, Huntly Street, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Proceeds to Inverness Street Pastors. Robyn Teago.

Inverness Street Pastors 2 resources available “Street Pastors Pray from Home Pack” and “Inverness Prayer Pastors Prayer Guide”.

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Sunday Bulletin 3 February 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 10 February 2019: Fifth Sunday after the 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

CHRISTIAN BASICS Peter will shortly be running a series of classes for those interested in learning about the Christian faith. Why not invite a friend who might be curious? If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter.

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

ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR would like to extend a warm invitation to interested members, adherents or friends to join the church choir. We are a cheery bunch of amateurs who enjoy getting together every Thursday evening at 7.15 pm to practise the hymns for the coming Sunday and to prepare two other short pieces for the service. Our Choir Director, Pam McCulloch, and accompanist Alyn Ross share their enthusiasm and infectious fun with us all. Do come along and join us, as we seek to support and enhance the weekly worship at St Stephen’s. For further information, please contact Pam.  All voices welcome, particularly gentlemen!

SOUTHSIDE NURSING HOME There will be a short service, led by Jim Alexander, at Southside Nursing Home immediately after this morning’s service at St Stephen’s. If you are able to assist with the singing, or chatting to the residents, this would be much appreciated. Please speak to Jim after the service.  We still also seek members willing to lead these services on a rota basis; please contact Janet Robertson.

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 6 February. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

CHURCH PARTY! KEEP THE DATE The St Stephen’s Church Choir is inviting you to a church party on Friday 1 March at 7 pm in St Stephen’s Church Hall. More information and tickets (free – for catering numbers only) soon. Katharina Nimmo.

CHURCH SPRING WALK TO ALDOURIE AND LOCH NESS on 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. Speak to Deborah Macrae or Jennifer Morrison for queries.

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

KIRK SESSION The date of the next Session meeting has had to be changed to Wednesday 27 February at 7.30pm at St Stephen’s. Contact Christine MacKenzie, Depute Session Clerk.

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.

OTHER NEWS

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (10 February) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin.

BIKE HIRE AND CARSHARE SCHEME SURVEY Inverness has a Bike and Go bike-share scheme based at the train station, and an Enterprise Car Club with vehicles parked in various locations in the city centre. These schemes provide easy access to a car and a bike when you need them, without the hassles that come with owning them. The project is being run by Impact Hub Inverness and CoMoUK, and they want to find out what people think of these schemes, and if there are any barriers to joining. Residents are being asked to share their views through https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Traveldifferently. If you would like to find out more about the project please contact Impact Hub Inverness inverness<at>impacthub.net

ARGENTINE TANGO HIGHLAND A new club is starting on Friday evenings in St Stephen’s Hall from 8-9pm for those interested in learning tango dancing. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn tango or who wants to return to dancing. No partner is necessary.

Sunday Bulletin 20 January 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 27 January 2019: Third Sunday after the Epiphany

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

Led by Stewart Robertson

11.15am Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact details from the Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter

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

ST STEPHEN’S CHOIR We would like to extend a warm invitation to interested members, adherents or friends to join the church choir. We are a cheery bunch of amateurs who enjoy getting together every Thursday evening at 7.15 pm to practise the hymns for the coming Sunday and to prepare two other short pieces for the service. Our Choir Director, Pam McCulloch, and accompanist Alyn Ross share their enthusiasm and infectious fun with us all. Do come along and join us, as we seek to support and enhance the weekly worship at St Stephen’s. For further information, please contact Pam.  All voices welcome, particularly gentlemen

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 23 January. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided. Margaret McAleer.

HOLY COMMUNION will be celebrated at the Old High next Sunday (27 January). All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Mary’s Meals.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES The peeling, stirring and cooking has now been completed. A big thank you to the 12 members and friends who gave up their time to help with the project. Over 200 mince and potatoes meals have been provided by our congregation and it’s great to know that this will make a real difference to families in need at this time. Christine MacKenzie.

HIGHLAND FOOD BANK For 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.

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

OTHER NEWS

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Pray for the City an ecumenical service of worship and prayer this evening at 6pm at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join Christians from across the denominations in worshipping and praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Details from Jonathan Appleby.

Alzheimer Scotland – Action on Dementia are holding a training in technology event on Thursday 24 January 2019 at 2pm at the Inverness Dementia Resource Centre, Strothers Lane. Do you need more confidence around technology? Perhaps you have an iPad or tablet but are unsure how to use it, or get a bit lost navigating the internet. Alzheimer Scotland are looking to host classes about confident use of technology in 2019 and need your help understanding what topics to cover. Come along to have a chat about what you’d like to learn about. More information please from Karen Black.

ARGENTINE TANGO HIGHLAND A new club is starting on Friday evenings in St Stephen’s Hall from 8-9pm for those interested in learning tango dancing. These classes are for anyone who wants to learn tango or who wants to return to dancing. No partner is necessary.

CALMAN TRUST is a young people’s service based in the Highlands that offers housing support, training, employment opportunities, cooking services and general support to young people looking to get on the road to independent living. They are running a 10-week Life Skills programme for young people aged 16-18 to help them to live more independently. For all ages, they also offer a ‘cooking on a budget’ course. These groups are fun and relaxed. The next groups start later in January and there are some spaces available. Contact Liz or Gillian for more information. 3 Accent

Sunday Bulletin 6 January 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 13 January 2019: First Sunday after the Epiphany (Baptism of the Lord)

10am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s

11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – Contact information from the Church Administrator

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us for worship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases at both our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which you would like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross

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

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS AND THE GIVING TREE Thank you for all your offerings over the Festive Period, which raised £530 for Gateway Highland (formerly Highland Homeless Trust). Thanks, also, for all your Giving Tree gifts. As usual, the congregation has been very generous at Christmas!

OLD HIGH FLOWERS The flower list for the Old High is being prepared; if you would like to donate flowers during 2019 please speak to Sally McCubbin

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking 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

SUNDAY BULLETIN Please send items for this sheet to our 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

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

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY Pray for the City an ecumenical service of worship and prayer on Sunday 20 January at 6pm at Culduthel Christian Centre, Culduthel Avenue, Inverness IV2 6AS. Please join Christians from across the denominations in worshipping and praying together for the many issues which face our city and our society. Details from Jonathan Appleby

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

Sunday Bulletin 30 December 2018

WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 6 January 2019: The Epiphany

11:15am Congregational Service at the Old High

Led by the Minister

No Service at St Stephen’s

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION

Contact Details from Church Administrator

WARMTH FOR THE HOMELESS Gary Ross, who has been joining us for worship at Old High on an extended visit from Texas, has provided suitcases at both our buildings. If you have any warm clothing, in good condition, which you would like to donate, please put them in the suitcase next Sunday, and Gary will deliver it to the Gateway in Church Street, who will provide the items to the local homeless community. Gary Ross

CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE Please note there will be a  Congregational Service at Old High next Sunday at 11.15am, on the first Sunday after the New Year (Epiphany). No service at St Stephen’s.

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

MINISTER’S HOLDAY COVER from 26 December 2018 to 2 January 2019 (inclusive dates) will be provided by Rev Alastair Younger. Alastair should also be advised of anyone ill at home or in hospital during that period.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS AND THE GIVING TREE Thank you for all your offerings over the Festive Period, which went to Gateway Highland (formerly Highland Homeless Trust). Thanks, also, for all your Giving Tree gifts. As usual, the congregation has been very generous at Christmas!

OLD HIGH FLOWERS The flower list for the Old High is being prepared; if you would like to donate flowers during 2019 please speak to Sally McCubbin

FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT providing meals to individuals and families who are in need. We hope to maintain the number of meals delivered this year. This year we will cook mince and tatties. All ingredients are provided, and I have put us down for cooking 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

HEALING SERVICE Christian Fellowship of Healing (Highlands) will hold a healing service at St Stephen’s next Sunday (6 January) at 4pm to which all are welcome. Contact David Martin

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.

CHRISTIAN BASICS In the New Year, we will be running a series of classes for those interested in church membership or interested in learning about the Christian faith. If you would like to join us (even if you are already a member and would like a ‘refresher course’!) please contact Peter

OTHER NEWS

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

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