CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Janice Bruce

The Organist today is Audrey McKirdy

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

Freewill Offering £421.50
Open Plate £179.50
Total   £601.00

Financial Statement: to 30 January 2019

2019 Budget 1/12

Free Will Offering 1,131 4,116*
Open Plate
Standing Orders 660
5,672
5,666

*This is the aggregate requirement for freewill offering and open plate.

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 congregational prayer meeting:
will take place on Sunday 24th February in Primrose room 15 minutes after end of morning service. Please note slightly earlier time so feel free to bring your tea/coffee with you. We will be focusing on prayers for our local community and how we can reach out to them with the Good News of Jesus. All welcome.

World Day of Prayer:
“Come – Everything is Ready” – The local annual service will take place at Claremont Church on Friday 1st March at 1.30 pm. Representatives of St. Leonards, Calderwood Baptist, Moncrieff and Claremont Churches are taking part.
This year the service has been written by the Christian women of Slovenia.
All Welcome!

Study Leave:
Gordon is on leave from 19th – 23rd February. For any pastoral matters then, contact David Nicolson.
Growing Claremont:
After his resurrection, Jesus gave his followers (the Church) their marching orders – to make disciples. Discipleship is simply learning about & following Jesus, what it means to call him “Lord”. Growing Claremont is a series aimed at doing just that – working out what it means to be disciples of Jesus today and facing up to the task of being his Church in today’s world.
Having run this series last year, we began the series last week, but there is still opportunity to begin, as long as you are on board before February’s meeting. A series of 10 meetings over the year, meeting on the last Thursday of the month (apart from July), and finishing in November. If you are interested in taking part, or if you want more information, contact Ali Scott – alasdair@claremontparishchurch.co.uk or on 07763112600.

Andrew Morrison:
has been elected to the charge of Arbuthnott, Bervie and Kineff. The ordination and induction service, will be in Inverbervie, at 7pm on Thursday March 7th. Anyone interested in making the trip should speak to Gordon asap to see what transport arrangements we can make.

Stephen Hay:
is running the London Marathon next April and raising funds for the Beatson, he has set up a fundraising page on Virgin Giving to allow Gift Aid to be recovered. His page can be found through the following link:- https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenHay

Climate Events:
The Church of Scotland and Christian Aid are members of “Stop Climate Chaos, Scotland” who are involved in organising two events – Saturday 16th 1-4pm at EK Old Parish Church called “The Gathering” – stalls, workshops, café, banner making.
Saturday 23rd February 2pm at EK Bus Station – a family friendly march around the town centre to raise awareness of climate change.

Afternoon Tea:
Advance notice – On Saturday 30th March instead of the usual coffee morning there will be an Afternoon Tea, from 2pm. Tickets, priced £5, will be available soon and money raised will be for Christian Aid. Kathryn McLaren.

Eco Info and Recycling Morning:
An opportunity to get accurate information, buy re-useable items, and hand unwanted and broken electrical items in for recycling ( no fridges, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, cookers).
We hear a great deal about plastic pollution and the damage it does, but how can we do anything about it? Here is a great chance to find out about easy ways, that don’t cost any money, but which can make a big difference.
Come and hear from the council about how to make the best use of our recycle bins, and from a zerowaste wannabe about simple changes we can make to reduce our household waste. Come and meet our amazing stall holders and support them if you can: On Saturday 2nd March 9.30 – 12.30.
Society Zero – the zerowaste pop up shop
Oh Sew Quirky Sam – hankies, re-useable cloth wipes, Japanese knot bags, cutlery wraps, unpaper kitchen towels
TCS eco – re-useable sanitary towels
RSPB, Lanarkshire Real Nappy Project, Ecobricks.
Meet the politicians, talk to them about what they are doing, and how we can be involved in effecting change. And! – get rid of unwanted/ broken electrical items which will be recycled by LAMH, a social enterprise, and kept out of landfill ( see below for details). All welcome. No entry charge. Donation box for tea and coffee. LAMH can take: all computer equipment including printers, monitors, keyboards, cables, screens, scanners, modems. Irons, kettles, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, paper shredders, fans, sandwich makes, lamps, DVD players, TVs, electric foot and bath spa equipment, coffee machines. No dishwashers, washing machines, cookers, fridges or freezers.

Healing Hour Service:
The next Healing Hour service will take place on Thursday 21st of February 2019 at 7.00-8.00pm in the Williams Room. For further information please contact Anna Corlett 01355513434 or 07375063823. Blessings from the Team!

Save the Date:
Thursday 9th May, 7.30 pm – Studio 32
This local young, talented Musical Theatre group will be performing in Claremont Church on Thursday 9th May.
There will be excerpts from Les Miserables, West Side Story, Sister Act ,Mary Poppins, The Greatest Showman and the brilliant play the ‘Steamie”. Tickets will be available soon… at £5 each ..a great price for a great evening .
All proceeds will go to the church and a charity of our choice.

Christian Aid – Count Your Blessings
Once again Christian Aid will be launching their Count Your Blessings Appeal for Lent. As we follow Jesus’s journey through Lent, let us confront the wildernesses in our own world and explore the stories of people who have had to deal with the reality of having to flee their homes and country and leaving loved ones behind. 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.