Notices from Sunday 12 March 2017

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Jan Weir.

The band is leading our worship this morning.

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:
Freewill Offering £401.50
Open Plate £178.90
Total £580.40

Welcome Desk:
If you know of anyone who is in or just out of hospital or who needs an elder or staff member to call, please leave the information at the Welcome Desk. We would also appreciate suggested names to receive flowers after today’s or a forthcoming service – call at the Welcome Desk.

The monthly Prayer Diary
is included with the update on the last Sunday of every month, and also available on tables in the vestibule. The prayer diary team would appreciate any items for prayer. These can be handed to Myra (Goodwin), Christine (Knox) or Hannah (Shanks). There is also a pigeon hole in the Elders room where you can leave a contribution anonymously if you prefer OR contact us at prayer@claremontparishchurch.co.uk. God hears our prayers and does answer them. Pray without ceasing.

Retiring Offering:
There will be a retiring collection on Sunday 19 March for Euan Walker, one of the BB Company who is travelling to Ecuador to work on a project there.

Claremont Petition:
The Congregational Board are submitting an application for grant funding to support the renewal of the Church and Halls Heating system. The application is to Viridor Waste Management and will be for their maximum of £50,000. Their application form encourages letters of support, particularly from User groups and Petitions. We intend to raise a Petition of Support which will be available from the office and the rear of the Church from Sunday 12th March. Closing date will be 26th March. As many as possible are encouraged to sign.

Inspire:
the new edition is now available – articles include Survivor: How my family escaped Rwandan genocide and Why prayer is changing schools.

Philip Wright:
We are delighted to hear that Philip, probationer minister here until November 2015 is now sole nominee for the charge of Kirkintilloch: St Columba’s. Philip will be preaching on 12th March.

South Parish Church:
also pleased that a neighbouring congregation, South Parish, are getting a new minister. Rev Terry Taylor will be inducted to that charge on Tuesday 14th March, service at 7pm.

Crèche Duty:
We are desperately seeking volunteers to help with crèche duty. If you are interested in helping please contact Joyce Brough (243696)

Church Keys:
We are very short of church keys at present. If you have one you don’t use or use rarely could you please speak to Margaret Robb or Roy Marriott.

Easter Code:
Once again we are hosting the p7 of Mount Cameron & Blacklaw schools as the Calderglen chaplaincy team put on a programme of drama, crafts, quizzes and more, telling the Easter story. We are looking for a few helpers from the congregation here to join in the activities and help run the event. It is on Monday 20th March, from 9am until 11.30am and again from 12.45pm until 3pm. If you can help either morning or afternoon, or both, could you let Gordon know asap.

Mean Bean Challenge 2017:
This March from 27th – 31st Win Baddon will be taking part in Tearfund’s Mean Bean Challenge. This will involve Win committing to eating a diet of plain beans and rice, with only water to drink for the 5 days. She can throw in the odd bowl of porridge as well! If you would like to sponsor Win donations can be given to her directly or through her Justgiving page. http://www.justgiving.com/wins-mean-bean-challenge2017  More details are available at www.tearfund.org/meanbean.

Step of Faith – Michael McMillan and the Hope Street band
will be playing at Claremont on Friday 31st March at 7.30 pm. Tea/coffee will be served. More details and tickets (which are free) from any band member or Helen Cuthbertson

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers:
Our BB Company is once again participating in this venture. If you shop at Sainsbury’s please collect the vouchers and put them in the box which will be located in the rear entrance beside the Bookstall and Fairtrade stall. Thanking you in anticipation of your support.

Christian Aid – Count Your Blessings:
Once again Christian Aid will be launching their Count Your Blessings Appeal for Lent. This year the reflections are based on the old hymn ‘When I needed a neighbour were you there?’ The Lent Calendar will guide you through Easter with daily ways to Count Your Blessings and help raise funds for this deserving charity. Copies of the Count Your Blessings are available on the table at the back of the church from this Sunday or you can download your own copy from the Christian Aid website.

Church Website: www.claremontparishchurch.co.uk