Death: We are sorry to note the death of Murray Pollock, formerly of Loch Long, more latterly at Kelvin Drive. The funeral is on Tuesday 8th December at 10am. The service will be live streamed, and details of the link will follow. Murray’s wife, Anne, an elder at Claremont, is in Whitehills Care Home and not well enough to attend the service. Please remember the family in your prayers.
Not in the Large Hall: This Sunday (today), the last of the month, so our after service chat will lead into our monthly prayer meeting. Come along when you can, & say “hello”, prayers will be at 11.45am https://zoom.us/
(meeting ID: 967 0262 4371, Passcode: 499619)
Congregational Board: There will be an online Board meeting on Wednesday 2nd December at 7.30pm. Details to follow.
Advent: season begins this weekend. We cannot have our annual drop-in reflection in the sanctuary this year – but a reflection that you can do at home is going out this week with the prayer diary. Gordon encourages as many as can, to take the time to reflect on the season, and times in which we live – which are very much reflected in the advent material.
“Take a Good Luke” – from, December 1st, Tuesday coming, we are reading Luke’s Gospel a chapter a day, which means finishing on Christmas Eve, giving us a renewed picture of the one Christmas is celebrating, a fresh grasp on the one who is Emmanuel: God With Us. You can either read your chapter by yourself, or each day we will post online that day’s chapter being read by folk from the congregation.
Food Bank - available on Tuesday mornings from 11am until noon. If you wish to donate food items please place them in the trolleys within the supermarket that you are shopping in. If you would like to give a financial donation please use this link: https://www.give.net/EKCommunityFB/oneoff
CHRISTMAS GIFT BAGS
Again, the work for this is well underway. We are putting together 300 Christmas Gift bags to distribute to both members and neighbours of Claremont: mostly to seniors who are living alone. It is to be a lot of work, so help is required:
· The collecting of items for the bags is going well – though you can contact us via the Church office if you want to know what help is still needed.
· Kathryn McLaren will be organising the delivery of some of the parcels – will be in the week beginning Monday December 14th. If you can help, contact Kathryn, firstname.lastname@example.org.
· A major part of the delivery will be for YOU to take to a neighbour who is elderly and/ or alone. We have around 150 of these to distribute. A great opportunity to bless a neighbour, to show care, to have more contact etc. If you have someone(s) you can distribute please give your name and the address of who is to receive the parcel, to the office asap.
Lesley will keep a list, and we will issue how many we have, on a first come first served basis. So contact the office SOON. You will be able to collect the gift bag on or around December 14th.
SO FAR, IT IS THE POSSIBLE DELIVERY OF THE BAGS TO NEIGHBOURS THAT IS GOING MOST SLOWLY. WHY NOT HELP? THERE MUST BE PEOPLE YOU KNOW TO WHOM YOU COULD EXTEND GOODWILL AND BLESSING AT THIS TIME.
What’s a Befriender like? I was wondering how I could possibly fill in 5 minutes talking to a young person, I had never met or knew on the phone. (the only thing I knew was she was a senior in Calderglen High School), but believe it or not our conversation lasted for 3/4 hour!!! We had exchanged photos of each other when Avril introduced us. Next week we are going to use FaceTime so we can see each other. I’m sure she went off looking forward to next week, and so did I. There are many senior pupils in school who would love to talk to you and help you, my befriender volunteered to get me any shopping I need, or needed during lockdown, not knowing how far or near I was. It became really interesting when asking about their family and about their interests in life, and share some of the highlights of your life. It is very different this year with COVID-19! And I honestly didn’t think it would be as good, but it has worked out very well and just as good in a different setting. I don’t think anyone thought of this in March this year as it would have been a good finish. Hopefully I have persuaded you to get involved and help our senior pupils at school who are so anxious to be a befriender and it would help yourself too. It is very worthwhile and enjoyable. If interested please give Avril a call on (01355 238846) she will be delighted to hear from you and pair you up with a pupil. Please give it a go. Myra Goodwin
Sleep out for End Youth Homelessness: A huge thankyou to everyone who supported the Sleep out last Friday! Our Team total for End Youth Homelessness is now £1435, almost 3 times our target and the event to date has raised £286,000! Your donations will be used to help those most in need on our streets and after one night in our garden, we can't begin to imagine how they cope! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support given! Hannah, Colin, Craig, Heather and members of Shanks Sleep out around the country!
EK Community Foodbank Christmas Appeal - We are once again providing 250+ hampers to those in our community who need some extra support. The hampers are filled with everything a family needs for Christmas dinner plus a few extra goodies and cost approx £15. If you would like to make a donation please use this link
Thanks as always for your ongoing support.
Fundraiser for Kilbryde Hospice: Have an Afternoon Tea delivered to your home for you to enjoy or buy it for someone else as a gift. All proceeds to Kilbryde Hospice. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December. Deliveries to EK, Hamilton, Cambuslang and Rutherglen areas only. Deliveries between 1230 and 3pm. Limited spaces. £10 for one person or £15 for 2 people. For details on how to order please call Margaret Mary Cowan on 07906846866 or email email@example.com or book via eventbrite
Free Will Offering Envelopes 2021: If during the pandemic you have changed your method of giving from Free Will Offering envelopes to paying by standing order can you please confirm with Scott Learmonth either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 07505 423332 that you do not want to return back to FWO envelopes. The FWO envelopes are fairly costly to produce so not returning back to that method of giving would be more cost effective for the church. When contacting Scott, can you let him know your name, address and envelope number if known.