Notices from Sunday 3 December 2017

CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

We note with sorrow the death of Lily Hayes, formerly Glen Almond.

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Marlene Dickson & Jess Thomson

Our organist this morning is Mark Hughson.

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:
Freewill Offering £333.50
Open Plate £194.65
Total £528.15

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. Our Prayer Diary editors, Myra, Christine & Hannah, would like to thank everyone, and the focus groups, who contributed throughout 2017. It was very much appreciated by us all. For 2018 we have decided not to give the Focus Groups a month but to ask that each Group to contribute ONE item (at least) per month. If you have a specific date please hand it in as early as possible. These can be given as a bullet point and we will expand. All general items will be used throughout the year. We would stress that any item for prayer at any time will be gratefully received. All requests can be given to Myra, Christine or Hannah or left in the Prayer Diary Pigeonhole in the Elders Room. Thank you.

Retiring Offering:
The retiring offering this morning will be going to the Bethany Trust.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal:
Thanks to all who contributed to the Christmas shoe box appeal. We were able to send 158 boxes and £500.

Food Bank Christmas Appeal:
Once again we will be working with the other churches to provide Christmas dinner hampers for our food bank users. There is a donation point in the foyer along with a list of items required. Please support this cause helping the most needy In our town – we are presently distributing 200 bags each week in East Kilbride. There is also a Justgiving link on Calderwood Baptist Facebook page if you would prefer to donate in this way. Closing date for donations is 17 December. Thank you.

AyeMAC:
There will be an AyeMAC games night on Tuesday 5 December. All (men) welcome. The event scheduled for 19 December has been postponed into the New Year. Further details to follow.

The coffee morning
on Saturday 9th December will be in aid of the Foodbank. Tickets will be on sale after the morning service on 3rd from Diane and William Thomson and Kathryn and David McLaren.

Calendar of Events:
A calendar of events for next year … our 50th Anniversary … is now on the wall at the Bookstalls. Please take a note of dates for your diary for 2018 … exciting year ahead.

Save the Date:
50th Anniversary meal on Saturday 20 January 2018. To kick start our year of celebrations we will be hosting a meal in January. Watch this space for more info.

Stamps:
As your Christmas cards start to arrive please remember to keep the stamps from the envelopes. Please trim leaving about 1/4 inch round the edges and place in the basket marked ‘Stamps’ opposite the office. The collected stamps will help raise funds for The Brittle Bones Society.

Hogmanay Ceilidh:
We will again be having a Ceilidh in the Church on Hogmanay from 8pm till midnight. All ages are welcome to come and join the fun and fellowship, dancing is not compulsory! The Ceilidh is free and people are asked to bring their own snacks and drinks. Tickets to help us keep track of numbers will be available in a couple of weeks.

Volunteer Drivers
are required for school Christmas Music Concert on Tuesday 19 December at Claremont to bring & return seniors, 6.30 for 7.00 pm & return 9.15-9.30 pm. Drivers can stay for Concert if they wish. Please contact Avril (Phone 238846). (Thank you to those already said you can help ………we are still looking for more drivers)

Organisational Treasurers:
Please prepare your books and records for the annual external audit. Do not pass these papers to Tom Gordon, Congregational Treasurer, until requested, probably within the first fortnight in January 2018.

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir:
The Phoenix Choir Christmas Concert is on Saturday 9 December at 7.30 pm in Moncreiff Church. Tickets costing £5 are available from Anna Forrest.

Celebration Choir:
Join the Celebration Choir & Orchestra for this their 7th Annual Christmas Celebration. The greatest story ever told is presented in word, music and song through the powerful musical “AT LAST NOEL!” arranged and conducted by Andrew Polson on Monday 18 December 2017 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from Helen Marriott, Jan Weir, Lesley Wright and Steven Preston.

Food Hygiene Certificate:
We are planning to run a course here in Claremont in January. It will most likely be a Saturday or Sunday afternoon depending on which is most popular. If you are interested could you please give your name to Anne Jackson.

Acoustic Sundays @ The Meeting Place:
Come along and enjoy a short, informal time of worship with invited guest Peter Hagenbuch @ the Meeting Place, Stonelaw Church, Rutherglen on Sunday 3rd December at 6.30 pm. The theme is ‘Road less travelled.

Church Website: www.claremontparishchurch.co.uk