12 October 2014

WELCOME TO AYR: ST. COLUMBA CHURCH: We are part of the Church of Scotland, Presbyterian in government. As a congregation, our faith may be 2000 years old, but our thinking is not! We take the Bible, God’s Word, seriously as our main source for living, but we do not take it literally. We think of ourselves as a progressive Christian congregation that welcomes diverse people for reflection and action. We unite personal faith with social justice, prayer with peacemaking and spirituality with action. Maintaining an atmosphere where humour, laughter and enthusiasm are present when we gather together – faith and hope and love are at the heart of our worship and our activities. Basing our lives on the faith that, in Christ, all things are made new, we seek to bring the message of Jesus to others, using many avenues of approach.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 4: Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Iain McFadzean, Miss Betty Murray, Mr. John Ewing, Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ken Gray, Miss Fiona Mackay, Mr. John Robertson, Mr. Ralph L. Riddiough and Mr. John Crone.

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Janet Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. George Templeton, Mr. and Mrs. Jim McLure and Mrs Mary Macallan.

SUNDAY 19 October 2014
9.30 am Family Service Duty Team: 5 Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00am No Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. Jim Brown

OUR ASSOCIATE Revd. David will be preaching at Fisherton and Kirkoswald on Sunday 12th and 19th October.

ALL ELDERS are asked to check the Lists for Communion Duty in the Carrick Park Vestibule and to tick their name to confirm their availability.

COLUMBA NEWS: Elders are asked to uplift their Magazines and Communion Cards from their pigeonhole for immediate delivery. Thank you!

20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in September was £96.18. This year Diabetes (UK), the leading charity that cares for every person affected or at risk of Diabetes, are the recipients. There are 3.8m people in the UK with diabetes, and an estimated 850,000 who are unaware that they have the condition!

LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the October edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.

FOOD BANK: this week’s request list includes -Diluting Juice, Instant Mash Potato, packets noodles or rice, Jam, and Coffee. Thank you so much for your continued support.

THE GUILD: At our meeting tomorrow, Monday 13th October 2014 at 7.30pm, we are to learn of “A Year in the Life of Culzean Country Park”, which will be most interesting. We are delighted that we had a number of the new “girls” join us, meeting in friendship and fellowship.

TOY DRIVE: Ayr St Columba Church has teamed up with the Salvation Army in a toy drive, to help families, for whom, without help – Christmas just won’t come! We are asking you to buy a new toy and leave it in the box in the Carrick park vestibule. You can make such a difference to families who struggle even to buy food for their children, let alone Christmas gifts.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE STUDY: will restart on 15th October. Meetings will take place fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon at 2p.m. where we will look at the “Spread of the Early Church into the Wider World” through studying Paul’s Missionary Journeys. All are welcome to join in discussion and sharing in the presence of Our Lord.

HAVE YOU GOT TALENT? At present we have four teams taking 30 minute Worship Services on one Sunday afternoon each month at Creggan Bahn, Cumnor Hall, Glenfairn and South Lodge Nursing Homes. We have been invited to provide a similar service for Windyhall Nursing Home. We require five or six volunteers to form our fifth team for this very worthwhile Christian outreach into our community. Services usually contain three/four hymns, a prayer, a Bible reading and a short ” thought for the day” type of message and ending with a benediction. If you are interested please phone Sandy Allan 286703 or Irene in the Church Office.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will resume on 22 October at 7.30pm in the Struthers Room, and fortnightly thereafter. The focus will be on Bible passages associated with Christian festivals and their relevance for today. We will begin with Harvest and its links to Genesis ch.1. Do join us! For further information, contact Bryce Hartshorn (678463) or Rev. John Matthews (264382).

BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs Dorothy Wilson (Lindsay)

Jay Mair would like to thank most sincerely, the Ministers and members of the Congregation for their prayers, cards and visits during her recent stay in hospital.

Warmest congratulations to Mrs. Violet Davidson of Dalblair Court who celebrated her 100th birthday this past week.