CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Jean Anderson.

The band is leading our worship this morning.

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:
Freewill Offering £214.50
Open Plate £181.10
Total £395.60

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:
For 2018 we have decided not to give the Focus Groups a month but to ask that each Group 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 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 today Sunday, 3 June will be going to Rehoboth Village.

Christian Aid Week:
Thank you to everyone who supported our Christian Aid week collection. The total raised from the ‘red envelope’ collection was £1,302.67. This combined with the monies donated for the Big Brekkie mean that the total donations raised for Christian Aid currently stand at £ 1,605.00. Thank you to everyone who donated, collected, helped with the breakfast and supported our efforts in any way. Your hard work will help Christian Aid support some of the most vulnerable people in our world today.

Kirk Session:
meeting on Tuesday 5th June – 6.45pm for prayer and 7.30pm for business. Papers for the meeting are available.

Tearfund Concert:
As well as being Claremont’s 50th Anniversary, this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of Tearfund. As a result, there are a number of celebration concerts taking place all around Scotland and we have the privilege of hosting one of these concerts on Friday 8th June. Tickets can be purchased from the church office, or from Ali Scott or Helen Cuthbertson. Alternatively the tickets can be purchased online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tearfund-scotland-jubilee-concerts-2018-tickets-43709780129?aff=es2

Scottish Country Dancing:
Wednesday evenings from 7.30-9.30 pm in the Large Hall. Beginners welcome.

Saturday Coffee Mornings:
There are very few coffee mornings scheduled for over the summer. If any individual or group feel they could host a small coffee morning (no home baking required), please add your name to the rota (on notice board facing disabled toilet) and enable our members to continue to meet on Saturday mornings. For more information please speak to Janey or Irene. Thank you.

Church Secretary:
Margaret Jenkins is retiring from this post at the end of June, after years of outstanding work. There will be a thank-you presentation to Margaret at the morning service on June 24th. Anyone wishing to contribute should put donation in an envelope marked “For Margaret” – handed in with the offering or given to Jan Weir. We are happy to say that the post of secretary has been filled, and Lesley Ogilvie will begin at the start of July.

Annual Sanderson BBQ!! 7th June at 7pm:
Come along and win fantastic raffle prizes, bag a bottle at the bottle stall, guess the Teddy’s Birthday, Win at tombola, get a burger or a hot dog, help us launch our charity, have your nails and brows done, get your face painted, roll the coin to the bottle and much more-all for a great cause – our school fund!!! Everyone welcome! In school 7th June @ 7pm!!! Raffle donations welcome over the next few days!!!

Praise Gathering Concerts:
We would be delighted if you could join us for a great evening of Praise and Worship with a 400 – voice choir, the PG Youth choir and special guest Cynthia Greene from the Brooklyn Tabernacle choir on Sat 16th June in Perth Concert Hall and Sunday 24th June in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Tickets from Kathryn and David McLaren, Helen Cuthbertson or Steven Preston and others.

Beatson Cancer Charity:
Stuart Russell is attempting a number of cycle challenges in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity again this year. After the Evans Cycles Callander Road Sportive (87 miles) and the Drumlanrig Sportive (86 miles) his next challenge is Fun-Ki-Riders (105 miles) round Ayrshire at the beginning of August. If you would like to sponsor him Martin will have sponsor forms on Sunday. Last year Stuart and his friends in Whitelee Warriors raised £1,540.

Items for the August 2018 Clarion:
The copy date for the next Clarion (August 2017) is Tuesday 10th July, which is of course in the middle of holiday season for many folk. So, in order to reduce the likely rush of articles prior to the copy date, or avoid them possibly missing the copy date altogether, it would be a great help to me if any articles etc. that you plan to submit for the August Clarion could be sent as early as possible. Printed materials can of course be submitted via the Clarion pigeon-hole, or handed in to the church office. If in electronic form, items should be e mailed to – claremontclarion@hotmail.com.

Probationer Minister:
a reminder that from 1st July we will have a full-time probationer minister at Claremont for 15 months. He is David Nicolson: we look forward to working with David, meeting his wife, Victoria and their children. David’s placement here is part of his preparation & training for ministry – not in the first instance, to be working for us. We hope he will be supported and encouraged by as many as possible at Claremont.

Church Website: www.claremontparishchurch.co.uk