Bulletin: 1st December (Aargh! It’s December already?)

Diary

Services today:

11:00am @ Sleat – Communion Service

5:00pm @ Kyleakin – Evening Communion Service (Both conducted by Alasdair Macdonald (Dunblane Free Church))

Mid-week meetings & events:

Tuesday, 12-2:00pm @ Broadford Village Hall – Mustard Seed Cafe

Wednesday, 7:00pm @ Sleat – Congregational Meeting, followed by Monthly Prayer meeting.

Next Lord’s Day

10:30am @ Sleat – Morning Prayer Meeting

11:00am @ Sleat – Morning Service – J.N. Macdonald

5:00pm @ Broadford – Evening Service – 1 Samuel 20-22 – David: Fugitive

Rotas:

  Door Duty After-church coffee
8th December J.N. & Mairi M. Isobel & Carol
15th December Gordon Service at SMO
22nd December J.N. & Mairi L. Kate & Dolina

Notices

Communion Service

Today we welcome Alasdair Macdonald, minister at Dunblane Free Church, as our visiting preacher.   Alasdair was minister at Drumchapel Free Church, where Gordon worshipped as a student in Glasgow.

Service Next Lord’s Day Morning

Gordon expects to be away, taking the morning service in Raasay, next Lord’s Day.   J.N. Macdonald will take the service in Sleat.

Strath & Sleat Over-65s Lunch

The annual over-65’s Christmas lunch is been organised.   This will be on Friday 6th December (no venue on the mail I was given about this!).   Please contact Steve or Mary Fennel for more info or booking.

Congregational Meeting

The Finance Committee have requested a congregational meeting to present the 2011 accounts.   This will take place at the beginning of the meeting on Wednesday 4th December.   We expected this to take only a short time at the start of the meeting, which will be followed by our usual monthly prayer meeting.

Philippines Disaster

The Free Church has committed to send at least £10,000 to support OMF’s disaster fund, following Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last week.   If you wish to give anything to this appeal, please put it in an envelope marked “Philippines Disaster” (with your envelope number or name if you are registered for Gift Aid.)

Christmas Joint Service

Our annual Christmas joint family service with the Sleat part of the Church of Scotland congregation will be in Sabhal Mor Ostaig, on Sunday 15th December, at 11:00am.   Donations of Christmas themed baking would be appreciated.

While we aren’t called anywhere in Scripture to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is always a good evangelistic opportunity to share the message of the Gospel – that God the son became a man, dwelt among us, and offered his life as a sacrifice for many.   Please bring family and friends along to this service.

 

Denominational News

Morningside church plant gets its own building

The Morningside church plant group in Edinburgh led by Rev Neil MacMillan will hold their first service in their new church building this Sunday (1 December). The group were gifted The Old Schoolhouse on Morningside Road by a Brethren fellowship who were stopping their own services.

Four new deacons for flourishing Glasgow City Free Church

Following consultation with the congregation, Deacons Court and Kirk Session earlier in the year, four new deacons were ordained and inducted to the diaconate at Glasgow City Free Church last Sunday with Rev Dr Colin Dow officiating. This brings their total number of deacon to 14.

Encouragement from the north coast of Scotland

The Thurso and North Coast congregation have had a busy and encouraging November.  Three new members joined at the recent communion, a coffee morning in Thurso raised £600 for charity, and finally a men’s retreat took place in Helmsdale. Please do continue to remember the work of our congregations in the North Coast team ministry.

Response to independence white paper

A Free Church spokesman has responded to the Scottish Government’s white paper on independence. He said he was disappointed that the paper did not properly recognise the Church’s place in society. Read the full article on the Free Church website: http://www.freechurch.org

Thanks from our OMF missionaries

This week the Free Church of Scotland received a ‘thank you’ email from OMF missionaries Neil and Rachel Rae who are serving in Manila in the Philippines. The Free Church donated £10,000 from its Disaster and Relief Fund to help ongoing relief work following the recent typhoons. Donations to the fund have been coming in from all over Scotland, and a very generous £660 was raised from a special collection at the induction of Rev Robert Macleod to the Tarbert and Lochgilphead congregations last weekend.

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