CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION

Flowers in the sanctuary today are provided by Jim & Elissa Leatham

The organist today is Audrey McKirdy

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

Freewill Offering £326.55
Open Plate £165.00
Total   £491.55

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.

David Nicolson:
We are delighted to announce that our probationer, David Nicolson has been elected by the congregation of Erskine Parish Church to be their minister. We are delighted for David, Victoria and the family. David is with us at Claremont until the end of September and we anticipate that his ordination and induction at Erskine will be shortly after that.

SAVE THE DATE😄:
Due to the success of the Spring Fayre in 2018 we have decided to commit to another one next year on Saturday May 16th 2020.
I would be delighted if the Congregation gave the same dedication and commitment as the last one. You were awesome! It is a great way to connect with the community again and in fact lots of folk have been asking about our next one. If you would be willing to do the same stall as last time that would be extremely helpful in the planning. Please let me know asap and if anyone else has some ideas and willing to help, that would be wonderful. Many thanks! Helen Cuthbertson

Used Bookstall:
Donations of used books would be very welcome. Fiction only please.

Shoe Box Appeal:
Could we please have your empty unwanted shoe boxes (only boxes with separate lids) please. If possible could you please cover them or if that’s not possible, could you please donate Christmas wrapping paper for covering them. This would be very much appreciated. Many thanks! Monday Focus Group. Liz Simpson 01355 233326

Safeguarding Volunteer Training:
A gentle reminder that Strathaven: Trinity are hosting a Volunteer training event on Saturday 14 September, 10am until noon. At the moment the numbers are very low and if not increased this event may not go ahead. This is for any volunteers working in a church organisation with children and young people and/or vulnerable adults. If you are a volunteer who fits the above criteria and are able to go to this event, please let Moraig Drumgold or Mary McKinlay know as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kirk Session:
Meeting on Tuesday 10th September. 6.45pm for prayer, 7.30pm for meeting. Papers are be available today.

SHOEBOX APPEAL COFFEE MORNING:
Saturday 14th September 2019 10am to 12 noon. Tickets available today. Covered boxes will be on sale for 50p, and sample boxes will be on show for ideas. The cut-off date has to be 20TH OCTOBER 2019. Any donations of baking will be gratefully received. Thank you for your help and support. Monday morning Focus Group.

PRAYER DIARY:
I am working on the October prayer diary and would appreciate any items for prayer. It may be your favourite verse, something specific to pray for etc all contributions will be gratefully received, this week if possible. Myra Goodwin Tel: 01355238722.

Befriending:
Avril is desperately looking for seniors to Befriend on a Thursday afternoon. I have 10 pairs of pupils (i e. 20 people) who are looking for someone to befriend. Can you help??

David N…..
– shh – but he already knows! We will be making a presentation to David at the morning service on Sunday 29th September. Anyone wishing to make a contribution should put it in an envelope marked “David” and put it into the offering or hand into the office, by September 22nd. (But don’t tell him!)