12 March 2017

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: Here at St Columba, you will find a warm welcome from committed Christian people who are serious about their faith journey but also enjoy having a good time. You will find passionate worship, which seeks to incorporate both the traditional and the new, and preaching that tries hard to make the Scripture message relevant to our daily living. We are a congregation drawn from all parts of Ayr and beyond, and we come together to worship and to take part in all kinds of Christian service in the community. If you want a Church that will honour your journey of faith and challenge you to go deeper into your relationship with Jesus Christ, then this is the place for you, and we are delighted to welcome you. Let no one feel a stranger in this place!

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 8: Mr. Peter T. MacDonald, Mr. John Hamilton,Mrs. Fiona Boyd, Mr. Stuart Reid, Mrs. Dorothy Bone, Mrs. Linda Sharp, Mrs. Shona Frew,Mr. Jim Brown, Mrs. Jessie Davidson, Mrs. Sheena Stewart, Mrs. Larraine Christian and Mr. John Ballantyne

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Moira Young, Mrs. Mary Knox, Revd. and Mrs. David Ness, Mr. and Mrs. Jack McConnachie and the Hunter Wedding.

9.30a.m. Family Worship Duty Team: 9 Sound: Mr. John Crone
10.00 am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. Keith Fullarton
THE MINISTER is on holiday from Wednesday 15th till Sunday 19th March. All pastoral matters should be referred to the Church Office.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the March edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.50.
THE MENS’ ASSOCIATION: next meeting is Monday 13th March at 7.30pm in the Struthers’ Room. The speaker is Jonathon Pieroni and his subject is – “The History of Pieroni: Fishmonger”, visitors made very welcome.
JOSEPH”: outing on Saturday 18th March. Leaving the Church at 10am. There are a few tickets left – if anyone in the congregation (and/or friends) would like to see “Joseph” please speak to Irene or Graeme.
FOODBANK: Please remember the work of our Foodbank is vital. This week – life milk, diluting juice, tinned meals, pasta, rice, jam, coffee, instant mash potato, custard, biscuits and tins of tuna. Many thanks to everyone for their donations.
OASIS”: Our drop-in café is open to everyone – bring a friend! Meeting every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, this is a place to relax, a place to chat! Come when you can, leave when you want. The morning papers are available.
STATED ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING of the Congregation will be held in the Church on Thursday 23rd March at 7.30pm. Copies of the ACCOUNTS & BUDGET are available as you leave the Church. There will be tea and traybakes in the Struthers’ Room at the close of the meeting.
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the April edition should be with the editor by Sunday 26th March 2017. Articles should be emailed to the editor: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
LIBRARY NEWS: There are some new titles on the bookshelf about” journeying” through Lent to Easter for both children and adults. Do feel free to have a browse! Muriel – librarian
HOLY WEEK: organisations please note that all Church Halls will be closed during Holy Week. 10th – 14th April and on Easter Monday 17th April
AYR HOSPITAL: Mr. Gordon McPherson (Stn 12), Mr. David Burton (Stn. 10), Mr. Jack Goodwin (Stn. 6)
THE BIGGART: Mr. John Marsh (Macmillan) and Mrs. Isobel Graydon (Stn. 14)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Phillipshill Ward)

Our warmest sympathy and prayers are extended to Mr David Brown, Billy and the family of Dongola Road on the passing of Chrissie, a much-loved wife, mum and gran. The funeral service took place here in the Church on Friday morning, followed by the committal at Ayr Cemetery.
Our warm condolences are given to the family of Mrs Ivy McNee, Glendale Crescent, Ayr, who passed away last week. The funeral service will be held at Masonhill on Monday 20th March at 2.00p.m.

Dates for your diary:
Holy Week – Monday 10th April – Friday 14th April
Services will be held in Alloway Parish Church except Maundy Thursday when the Communion Service will be held in St. Columba at 7.30pm