CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

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

The organist today is Audrey McKirdy

Thanks to all those who contributed to last week’s offerings:

Freewill Offering £447.50
Open Plate £154.67
Total   £602.17

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.

Please note:
Gordon will be on holiday from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th of December. Please contact Ali or David if you have any pastoral concerns.

Kilbryde Hospice Events for December:
Light a Light community service – Sunday 14th Mossneuk Parish Church 6pm.
Lunch with Santa – Saturday 8th from 1pm to 3pm at Kilbryde Hospice £5 per child – meet & greet with Santa plus lunch and a gift. The Kilbryde Cafe will be open for business (should the parents wish to join us for lunch).
Mince Pies & Mulled Wine Afternoon Tea – Monday 10th from 1pm to 3pm at Kilbryde Hospice. Join us for a festive afternoon of mince pies, mulled wine and entertainment!
Volunteering Opportunities – You don’t need to be an official volunteer to help out! We generally ask volunteers to commit to a 2/3 hour shift between 10am and 4pm at our bag packs, stalls and collections.
Friday 14th December – bag pack at B&M East Kilbride
Friday 21st December – gift wrapping in EK Shopping Centre
Saturday 22nd December – bucket shake at East Kilbride Shopping Centre

AyeMAC (Men’s Group):
Christmas Night Out On The Town ( well Di Maggios for a meal and back home tucked up in bed by about 10.30 no doubt) – Tuesday 4 December 7pm – £15 per head. if anyone is interested can they let Alan Cuthbertson(07595023104) or David McLaren(07816299125) know ASAP.
Retiring Offering: The retiring offering today will be in aid of Bethany Trust.

Coffee Morning:
Tickets can be obtained for the coffee morning in aid of Crohns disease from Heather Shanks after this morning’s service.

Flower Fund:
We would like to thank people for their generosity in donating flowers Sunday by Sunday. There is a Flower Box in the vestibule which accepts any spare coins you may have which contributes to the Flower Fund.
We are often asked by donators how much the weekly donation should be. We would suggest between £25 and £30 which is a good estimate. The 2019 Flower List is on the notice board in the corridor. Anne Jones will be looking after the Flower Fund. All flower money should be given to her from January please.
Anniversary Photos: Can anyone with any photos relating to any events we had for our 50th anniversary please pass on to me. We hope to have an end for Anniversary year display. Thank you. Helen Cuthbertson

Food Bank Christmas Hampers:
We are once again hoping to provide a Christmas Meal hamper to our Food Bank users. Please consider donating to this appeal – a list of suggested items is available in the foyer. If you would prefer you can donate online; www.justgiving.com/campaign/EKfoodbankChristmashampers. As always your continued support to the food bank is very much appreciated. Last day for donations 16 December.

Painting:
A huge thank you to all who turned up to help with the paintin! We are finishing of Friday, but will be looking for further volunteers in January.

Santa Dash/Stroll:
Helen and Roy Marriott will be taking part in this event on 2 December at the Heritage Loch in aid of funds for Kilbryde Hospice. If you feel you are able to sponsor us, we would greatly appreciate your sponsorship!

Claremont Congregation’s Big Christmas Card:
The opportunity to post a greeting to others at Claremont on the card in the vestibule. It should save you money by not having to send cards to all your friends at Claremont, and if you wish, that saving can be donated in the box beside the card. This year, proceeds are going to the Ukrainian Children’s Orphanage.

Carol Singing:
Please come and join us outside St. Leonards Tesco on Saturday 15th December 10am-noon for carol singing. Volunteers, please give your name to Ali.

The Glasgow Phoenix Choir Concert:
“Celebrate Christmas” A seasonal and joyous musical celebration, Doors 7pm, Concert 7.30pm Saturday 8th December at Moncreiff Church Tickets £5 by calling 01355223328, or Anna Forrest or at the door.
Christian Aid Can Collection:
Sainsbury’s Store – Kingsgate Retail Park: The East Kilbride Christian Aid Committee has been invited to carry out a can collection at the Sainsbury’s Kingsgate store on Friday 14th December between 11.00 – 16.00. We are looking for volunteers to help cover the day. If you can help even for a short period, can you let Joan Thomson know and I will arrange to forward your details to the organisers. (01355 238100 or joan-thomson@btconnect.com).

Congregation’s Finances:
1) Thanks to those who responded to our treasurer, Tom Gordon’s appeal for more folk to use Gift Aid and/or Standing Order. Tom pointed out that the cost of FWO envelopes is £300 – a figure which may have surprised some of us, it certainly shocked the minister when he heard it. Of course people can choose if and how to give….. but when giving could be done more efficiently, and it isn’t, then it increases costs which are then shared by all of us.
Please see Tom if you are not, but could be, and wish to be paying by standing order and/or using Gift Aid (which enables us to raise the amount you contribute by almost a quarter: the only qualification for this is that you are a tax payer)
2) At the Board meeting this week, it was decided to pay off the remainder of our loan from the General Trustees in December. This is a great effort by everyone, that the £50,000 loan has been covered so quickly, thereby reducing interest costs.
3) HOWEVER – the final payments on the heating system are in part financed by money from the General congregation funds, and so should be “repaid” to that account, otherwise we are in shortfall for our overall running costs. For that reason, the donations box for church heating will remain on the desk at the rear of the sanctuary for a while yet.
4) While we have had other commitments this year with the heating system, and also 50th anniversary events, the congregation’s general giving has largely kept up – but is still behind what we require and behind what was contributed at this stage in 2017.

Fair Trade Stall:
Fairly traded, handmade crafts, Christmas gifts and decorations – a good way to do some Christmas shopping. Please see Kathryn McLaren on Sunday morning 9th of December in the foyer.