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Month: November 2019

Sunday Bulletin 10 November 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 17 November 2019 : Crossreach Sunday
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
6.30pm Ding Dong Merrily Old High
All-age service at the Old High Church for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch on
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from Church Administrator
‘SHARING YOUR FAITH’ We have had a super response to the 4-week initiative. The groups are virtually full up, but if you still want to take part, email or phone our Mission Development Worker, Dot. There is a Sunday evening group in St Stephens’ vestry beginning this Sunday (tonight) 10 November and a Tuesday afternoon group starting Tuesday 12 November at 2pm at ‘In This Together’ cafe round from Church Lane turn tight into Church Street. We hope this ‘sharing your faith’ connection will continue into 2020, so there will be another chance to join a group then. More info from Dot Getliffe.
DING DONG MERRILY OLD HIGH, our family carol service for the Inverness Christmas Lights Switch On, takes place next Sunday, 17 November at the Old High Church at 6.30pm. Bring your children and grandchildren to celebrate the true light which comes into the world at Christmas- All Welcome! This is a major community event, which we hope everyone in the congregational will support. Details from Peter.
OLD HIGH MUSIC 2019 – the final event in the programme is an organ recital on Saturday 16 November at 12 noon. Stephen Doughty, who was until recently Organist at St John’s Church at the West End in Edinburgh, gave us a magnificent performance 2 years ago. He has kindly agreed to return and will play a varied programme including a Bach Prelude and Fugue, a Handel Overture, a Schumann Canon, a Leighton Fantasy and will conclude with one of his own compositions entitled Harvest Tune. This is a recital not to be missed by those who love listening to organ music! Andrew Stevenson.
CONGREGATIONAL COMMUNION SERVICE AND GIFT DAY The Kirk Session has decided to hold a Gift Day, so that members and friends of the Congregation can make a contribution directly to our Fabric Fund, which is used to look after our buildings. This will be on Sunday 24 November, a Sunday when we all worship together at our Congregational Communion Service (at St Stephen’s). Will will issue enevlopes next week, and you can bring them along to the service on 24 November, or on further Sundays if you are not there. Please remember to Gift Aid your contribution if you are able to! Many thanks, in advance, for your generosity. Details: Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
HIGHLAND FOOD BANK I have received a letter of thanks from the Highland Food Bank following the Harvest weekend. Lorna Writes…”We would like to thank the members and friends of Old High St Stephen’s church for responding to our 2019 Harvest Appeal and donating an amazing 547kgs of food, and following the Harvest Fun Day the dnation of £1,100 from both congregations! Your donations will enable us to meet the ongoing need within communities across the Highlands.” I think everyone agrees that the whole event was very successful, both in the food collection throughout the week and for the outreach to the community during the weekend. What great fun was had too. Thank you so much, everyone. Lorna has asked that from November to January we donate Cartons of long life fruit juice; Small washing powder/gel; Tins of corned beef/ham; Jam. You will also be happy to know that some of the folk who use St. Stephen’s hall during the week have said that they are happy to bring along small donations on a regular basis, so crates have been supplied for this at the back of the hall. Thank you again for your generosity. Margaret Neville.
FOOD FOR FAMILIES PROJECT – run by Highland Gateway (Highland Homelessness Trust) is once again being operated in 2019. We have been involved in this project from the start and have cooked many meals to help at Christmas. I have volunteered our congregation to make Mince and Tatties which is the true spirit of the project. During the last 8 years of the project over 2,500 meals have been provided to families in need by churches and other organisations and its humbling to know that this is needed in the 21st Century. I need people to cook week commencing 2 December and week commencing 6 January. If you are able to help please let me know, and also advise me of the day/s you can help. It is not onerous – they usually provide enough food to make about 10 or so meals and I can get everything to you and you can either deliver the food to Church Street or they will collect it. It’s always great to do something like this at this busy time before and after Christmas knowing that those in need are being helped in the best possible way. Please let me know what date suits you best by 25 November. Christine MacKenzie, Acting Session Clerk.
MINUTE FOR MISSION Next Sunday Margaret Morrison from Cameron House will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach. Rae Swan.
AFTERNOON COMMUNION on Sunday 24 November at 3pm in St Stephen’s Church. A shorter celebration of Communion, particularly for any older or less folks who may prefer a shorter service at this later time of day. However, any others who are unable to come in the morning are of course warmly invited to join. Tea will be served afterwards by members of the Pastoral Care Team. Transport, as required, is being arranged. Please contact Janet Robertson.
CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 30 November 2019 at St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Please come along for coffee and a chat. Baking, Christmas crafts, Tombola etc. Tickets £3. Further details from Susan MacLeod. See you there!
OHSS MAGAZINE EDITOR Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 29th November.
OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Old High Church Opening Programme for 2019 finished on 31 October. A total of 6,611 visitors were welcomed into the church this year, a real achievement as there were fewer opening sessions because of other events. Sincere thanks to the enthusiastic Team of Volunteers who gave up their time to meet the visitors, and to the people who prayed for the Church Opening. Thank you also to the hidden Volunteers who copied, folded and stapled the information leaflets. Sheila MacLeod.
GIVING TREE will be in the East Corridor at the Old High Church from Sunday 1 December 2019. We will be providing gifts for homeless people in Inverness and it has been suggested that any of the following items would be appreciated: gloves, hats, scarves, underwear or toiletries. A little extra such as a Mars bar or some sweets would be a nice surprise. Gateway have advised that at present there are ladies and gentlemen who are homeless. Additional gifts would be appreciated for unexpected situations. Gifts labels will be available on the tree and indicate whether the gift is for a male or a female. Please take a label and attach it to your wrapped parcel. Wrapped gifts should be returned by Sunday 15 December. For further information please contact Sheila MacLeod or Liz McKimmie. (Information about the St Stephen’s giving tree coming shortly!).
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two- watch this space!
REQUEST FOR NEW HYMNS The Worship and Education Action Team would like to extend and widen the range of hymns used in Old High/St Stephen’s in order to renew and refresh our worship. These could be from CH4 or other sources, and should also include hymns/songs that children nowadays can respond to (though it’s not just children’s hymns we are seeking!. The group invites the congregation to participate, and would be most grateful for all your ideas and suggestions. Send them to Janet Robertson. Many thanks!
CHURCH LIBRARIES We have collections of books at both the Old High Church and at St Stephen’s which are no longer in currents use, as far as we know. However, we think that some of the older books may be valuable, and we are considering selling them. However, it may be that you are interested in religious books and would like to have some. Please contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, if you would like to have a look.
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.

The path of peace: sermon for Remembrance Sunday 2019

Scripture Readings: Micah 4.1-5

Luke 1.67-80

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Yesterday, 9 November, is a date of great significance for Germany. As the media has been reminding us, it was the date that the Communist authorities opened up the Berlin Wall, 30 years ago, in 1989. But 9 November is also the anniversary of other historic events which led to that war, so that it has become known as ‘the Day of Fate’.

It was on 9 November 1918 that Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated, making possible the Armistice a few days later, on 11 November, which ended the fighting of the Great War, and which we in this country keep as our Remembrance Day. On 9 November 1923, an attempted coup d’état in Munich the so called Beer Hall Putsch- but brought Hitler national attention. By 1938, his Nazi party was in power, and 9 November that year they carried out a pogrom which saw synagogues and Jewish shops destroyed, Jews beaten and murdered, and the start of the removal of the Jews into concentration camps.

So it is ironic that the fall of the Berlin wall should have happened on 9 November. That event finally ended the division of the country which had prevailed since the Second World War, a war caused, of course, by aggression racism, antisemitism and extremist nationalism.

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Funeral Announcement – Dr Kathleen Williams

Dr Kathleen Anne Butterstone Williams, previously of Old Edinburgh Road, Inverness, died on 30 October 2019, at Peacehaven Care Home, Lundin Links, aged 94 years.

Dr Williams’ funeral will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 1.15pm at the Old High Church, Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EY.

Further particulars from the Funeral Director, John Fraser & Son, 17-29 Chapel Street, Inverness (01463) 233366.

Sunday Bulletin 3 November 2019

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday 10 November 2019: Remembrance Sunday
10 am Morning Worship at St Stephen’s
11.15am Morning Worship at the Old High
NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator
MISSION DEVELOPMENT WORKER We are delighted to be welcoming Dot Getliffe today as she starts on this important new role in our congregation. Dot moved to Inverness recently when her husband’s job took them to Inverness. She has long experience with the Church of Scotland as a Deacon and has worked in many areas of Scotland, with each area bringing its own issues. She has wide experience of mission in local communities, working with congregations (most recently at Aberdeen Mannofield) and teaching (she is a former school teacher). The post, which is planned to last two years, is funded by the generous legacy of Nina Wallace. The team who selected her- Colin Craig, Malcom MacRae, Sheila MacLeod, Rev Peter Nimmo and Christine Mackenzie- are confident Dot will bring many gifts to our Congregation. We trust you will support Dot in every way, as she seeks to lead us in new ventures of outreach to the community, and also to develop a fresh mission attitude within the congregation. You will have a chance to meet Dot over coffee after the services at both St Stephen’s and the Old High, so please do stay behind today. If you have any questions, please contact Peter or Christine Mackenzie.
‘SHARING YOUR FAITH’ is an interactive fun Bible Discovery and Discussion Group which Dot will lead for us. Starts week beginning 11 November 1-2 hours at a time(s) that suits you best. Includes a cuppa and only 4-week commitment (so done by Christmas shopping time!?) Sign-up sheet and booklet can be browsed in church Sundays 3rd and 10th November. Contact Dot Getliffe.
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 November. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.
OLD HIGH MUSIC 2019 – the final event in the programme is an organ recital on Saturday 16 November at 12 noon. Stephen Doughty, who was until recently Organist at St John’s Church at the West End in Edinburgh, gave us a magnificent performance 2 years ago. He has kindly agreed to return and will play a varied programme including a Bach Prelude and Fugue, a Handel Overture, a Schumann Canon, a Leighton Fantasy and will conclude with one of his own compositions entitled Harvest Tune. This is a recital not to be missed by those who love listening to organ music! Andrew Stevenson.
MINUTE FOR MISSION On Sunday 17 November Margaret Morrison from Cameron House will speak about the 150th Anniversary of CrossReach. Rae Swan.
CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 30 November 2019 at St Stephen’s Hall, 10am to 12 noon. Please come along for coffee and a chat. Baking, Christmas crafts, Tombola etc. Tickets £3. Further details from Susan MacLeod. See you there!
OHSS MAGAZINE EDITOR Willie Morrison urgently requires articles and photos for the December issue. Please submit whatever you can, as early as possible. The deadline is Friday 29th November.
OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two- watch this space!
REQUEST FOR NEW HYMNS The Worship and Education Action Team would like to extend and widen the range of hymns used in Old High/St Stephen’s in order to renew and refresh our worship. These could be from CH4 or other sources, and should also include hymns/songs that children nowadays can respond to (though it’s not just children’s hymns we are seeking!. The group invites the congregation to participate, and would be most grateful for all your ideas and suggestions. Send them to Janet Robertson. Many thanks!
CHURCH LIBRARIES We have collections of books at both the Old High Church and at St Stephen’s which are no longer in currents use, as far as we know. However, we think that some of the older books may be valuable, and we are considering selling them. However, it may be that you are interested in religious books and would like to have some. Please contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, if you would like to have a look.
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
BLYTHSWOOD CARE SPARKLE & GLITZ FUNDRAISING EVENING 12 November, 6.30 for 7pm at Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness. Come along to the brand new 5-star Ness Walk Hotel for an evening of fizz, fashion and food. See what our charity shops have to offer during our fashion show, find out how to make a wreath, browse the stalls for that unusual Christmas gift, bid on the silent auction, and enjoy a night out with your friends.Tickets £30. All proceeds to Blythswood Care. Contact Elma.

Tree climbing for Jesus! Sermon for 3 November 2019: Sunday after All Saints

Sripture reading: Luke 19:1-10

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Here comes Zacchaeus. A wee guy, but a nasty piece of work. A tax collector.

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