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LAURIESTON, REDDING AND WESTQUARTER PARISH CHURCHES

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News

Sunday 24 September 2017

 

For those people who are unable to attend details of the Service are available here.

 

Holiday Visiting Cards are available for anyone who will be visiting another church while on holiday; a simple way to pass on greetings from Laurieston Ch-urch.

the Braes Churches are having a joint Harvest Celebration in Brightons Church on Friday 29 September at 7 p.m., with a combined choir and a speaker from the Falkirk Food Bank.  Donations of money and non-perishable food items will be given to the food bank.  Tea, coffee and home baking in the hall after the service.

If you wish to be part of the choir for this event, rehearsals will be held in Brightons Church today and next Sunday, 17th and 24th September, from 1.15 to 2.30 p.m.  You can, if you wish, bring a packed lunch to eat with others from 12.45 to 1.15 p.m.  Teas and coffees will be provided.  Please bring a copy of CH4 if you want to sing hymns in harmony.

Laurieston Primary School is holding a McMillan Coffee morning on Friday 29th September at 9.30 a.m

Harvest Thanksgiving service-next Sunday, 1 October, will be our own  service.  Any food items donated will be given to Strathcarron Hospice.  Money from the harvest appeal (via envelopes delivered to members’ homes) will go to Mary’s Meals

Falkirk Presbyterial Council of the C of S Guild invites you to attend its ecumenical meeting in Grahamston United Church on Thursday 19th October, 7.30 to 9 p.m.  to hear about the work of Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees.  Speaker:  David Bradwell

Bereavement support groups for adults are offered at Falkirk Trinity Church using the Seasons for Growth programme, which allows you to reflect and share with others, supported by a trained companion.  The groups are free of charge.  To find out more or to reserve a place, phone the church office

News from South Africa, une 2017

Rev. Graham Duncan is now officially retired, but seems to be working as hard as ever.  On 13 March, the opening of the Centenary Year of the Faculty of Theology, he presented the Vice Chancellor and Principal with a copy of the Centenary book he has edited.  That same afternoon, at a symposium in his honour, Graham was presented with a Festchrift (a collection of essays) written by over 60 colleagues from South Africa and around the world.  At a conference on 'Deconstructing the Past', he presented a paper on the complicity of South African Presbyterianism with apartheid', and he has been commissioned by the church to oversee production of a history of Presbyterianism in South Africa, to mark the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in 1999.  He still teaches, and does research, and was proud to see two of his students awarded doctoral degrees.  Sandra continues to offer hospitality to the many guests who come to visit, and works with Violet Mashao at Mamelodi, helping with the orphaned children's feeding project.  More news and photos in the Newsletter, available from the minister

Charity Collections

As a church, we already have a number of fundraising efforts and support various charities throughout the year.  From time to time, members also ask to be allowed to raise money for their own preferred charities on a Sunday morning.  To keep this within reasonable limits, the Board has decided that all such requests should be directed to the Clerk, Mrs Margaret Ferguson, who will give permission for no more than 3-4 appeals each year, with certain restrictions:  people will be given the opportunity to contribute at coffee time after the service, but must not be put under any pressure to do so; and no raffle tickets will be sold.  This policy will be kept under review and may be changed at a later date.

Church Maintenance- We are looking for volunteers for ongoing church maintenance tasks (eg gardening, painting, tidying) in the church and church hall. If interested could you please add your name and contact number to the list in the informatrion area.

Cafe Area- the recently refurbished cafe area is now open for tea, coffee, biscuits and chat after the Sunday Service. Photographs of it in use and under construction are available here. Many thanks to all those who donated their time and enthusiasm allow the project to go ahead.

Volunteers Needed: Polmont Young Offenders Institution Tea Bar are looking for people who can spare a couple of hours to help serve teas, coffees, soft drinks and snacks to visiting family members, many of whom have long distances to travel.

New Elders and Board Members: We are becoming very short of office-bearers in both Laurieston and Redding & Westquarter Churches. If you would like to find out more about what is involved in being an elder or member of the Congregational Board, please speak to the Minister or Session Clerk; likewise if there is someone whose name you would like to suggest. There may also be people who would be happy to visit elderly and housebound members without taking on the full responsibilities of eldership: please let us know if that is the case.

New members: If you are already a member of another church and wish to transfer your membership here, this is very straightforward: just let the Minister or one of the elders know.

Morning Worship next Sunday will be held at the usual time of 10a.m

Hospitals Please inform the Minister if you know of anyone who is hospitalised. Give her their names and ward number if known.

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