CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Jan Weir

The Organist today is Shenna Fox

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

Freewill Offering £173.80
Open Plate £332.00
Total   £505.80

Financial Statement: to 28 February 2019

2019 Budget 1/6 2018

Free Will Offering 2307 8232* 3309
Open Plate
Standing Orders 1282
11,779
11,333 1309
11,260

*This is the aggregate figure 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.

Death:
We are very sorry to note the death of one of our senior members, Mary Kerr of Ness Drive, who died on Monday morning.

Holiday:
Gordon is on holiday March 11th – 17th. For any pastoral matters contact David Nicolson.

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

Please note:
The new doors into the large hall are no longer swinging doors. You now need to PULL or PUSH them. Thank you!

South Parish Church:
Baird Hill, Quiz Night Saturday March 9 at 7pm. £10 (£7 for children) including fish or pizza supper and soft drinks. Raffle Tables of 8 – or smaller numbers will be allocated to a team. Tel Sandra MacKenzie 01355 231148 by Monday evening at latest as we have to order fish/pizza suppers.

Flowers:
Please note that amended Flower Delivery Rotas up to the month of June are available on the notice board in the corridor. Likewise, the Flower Rota which shows the donator, arranger and deliverer are also available. If you are involved, please collect your rota as soon as possible. Thank you!

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 now available from Helen Cuthbertson and Church office 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.

Healing Hour Service:
The March service will be on Thursday 21st March 7-8 pm in the Williams Room. Speaker is Hazel Moore from Kings Church, Motherwell giving a healing testimony. We also have a music duo from Baptist Church, Craig Donald, Rutherglen. Any further information required, please call Anna Corlett on 01355513434

Afternoon Tea:
There will be an Afternoon Tea complete with traditional sandwiches, scones and cakes on Saturday 30th March from 2.00 till 4.00pm. Tickets, priced £5 with all proceeds going to Christian Aid, are now available from Joan Thomson and Kathryn McLaren. All tickets should be purchased in advance to assist with catering arrangements.
Please note that there will be no coffee morning that Saturday.

Sounds International Community Choir:
CONCERT – The choir is returning to Claremont Church on Wednesday 10 April 2019 for the third time to support the work of the KILBRYDE HOSPICE.
Tickets £8 available from Struan Robertson or Lesley Gauld or pay at the door. A varied programme including songs from musicals to the Beach Boys.

East Kilbride Rotary Club
are embarking on a project to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the first World War.  The Poppy Pledge, an initiative by Poppy Scotland, encouraged groups and individuals to raise £1,918 to enable Poppy Scotland to provide much needed support as they continue to help many ex service personnel. The Rotary Club, in conjunction with South Lanarkshire Council, have identified an area of land within the Ballerup Recreation Area which will be planted with 1918 young native saplings 15 – 30 mm high to create an area of diverse, natural woodland and create a more bio-diverse environment.
To enable the £1,918 to be raised, the saplings can be purchased (or sponsored) by local businesses, individuals, schools, youth groups etc at the cost of £1 each.  The hope is that groups will also assist in the planting of “their” tree(s). Planting is scheduled to take place late February to early April.  For further information, email 1918trees@gmail.com, visit the East Kilbride Rotary webpage at www.ekrotary.co.uk or contact Rod Shanks on 07753 295109.

 

Would you like more resource for mission in your parish?
You are warmly invited to the Presbytery event hosted in East Kilbride: Claremont Parish Church (G74 2AU) on Saturday 9th March from 10am – 4pm, calling “Going for Growth”. Led by national coordinators and expertise, the morning will provide sessions on “Reading the Parish”, covering tasters of Statistics for Mission and Asset Based Community Development. The afternoon sessions will give key information on funding and evaluation of projects, through the Church of Scotland’s GoForIt! Fund. It hopes to address: what makes a good/balanced application? This will become all the more important if this year’s General Assembly approves the Radical Action Plan, with its aspirations of releasing money for parish mission projects. Come for the any or all the sessions, and tell a friend. It promises to be informative and lively!

Mean Bean Challenge:
The countdown is on! Would you please keep Lorna and myself in your prayers and consider sponsoring us, as we prepare to take the challenge again this year. It involves eating only beans and rice for a week, with a bowl of porridge daily. Thanks to very generous sponsorship over £1000 was raised last year. It would be magnificent if we could get anywhere near that this year. For more information see Tearfund’s Mean Bean Challenge page. We have justgiving pages at
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/winsmeanbeanchallenge
or
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lornasmeanbeanchallenge
We are also happy to accept donations. Thank you, Win Baddon and Lorna Stich

Coffee Morning in aid of Sanderson High School:
The coffee morning on Saturday 16th March is in aid of Sanderson High School Funds. It takes place at the usual time – 10am till Noon. There will be Homebaking, Roll and Sausage and a Bottle Stall, as well as the usual tea and coffee. Please come along to support this worthwhile cause. Tickets are £1. You can pay at the door, or buy a ticket from Win Baddon.

East Kilbride Christian Aid Committee:
Christian Aid Praise, Sunday 12th May 2019, 7pm South Parish Church. We’re planning a different style of event this year at the beginning of Christian Aid Week. Mary will be sharing responsibility for the event with Seonaid, Barrie, and Mary Smith and we look forward to seeing you all again along with any of your friends who’d like to join in. There will be more pieces for everyone to sing and just two pieces for singers only. The arrangements and music for these will be available shortly. Full Practice date – Sunday 5th May at at 2.30pm. Ahead of this there will be rehearsals at Greenhills on Thursday 21st March, 2pm, Sunday 7th April, 12.30pm and Thursday 25th April, 2pm. Mary Coles, EK Christian Aid Committee. Contact details: Phone: 01355 230307; e.mail:maryandchriscoles@outlook.com.