13 December 2015

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 4: Mr. Iain McFadzean, Miss Betty Murray,
Mr. John Ewing, Mr. Scott Williams, Mr. Iain McCrae, Mr. Ken Gray, Mrs. Lynsey Kerr, Mr. John Robertson, Mr. Harry Peters, Ms. Angela Lindsay, Mr. Ralph L. Riddiough, Mr. John Crone
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Irene Morrison, Miss Phyllis Thornton and Mrs. Fiona Boyd.
9.30 am Family Service Duty Team: 5 Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum and Mr. Alastair Swan
St. Columba Kids & Bible Class present their Nativity – followed by the children’s parties.
11.15 am Morning Worship Sound: Mr. David Campbell
6.30pm Christmas Carols at Lochside followed by tea, coffee and juice.
20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in November was £133.81. This year monies will go to The Beatson Cancer Charity. This Charity has been established fairly recently and provides support services for patients and families involved with the Beatson.
LIFE & WORK: Pre-ordered copies of the December edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.00.
ORGAN MUSIC FOR ADVENT MEDITATION (in Church) with David Mackay on Monday 14th and Friday 18th December 12 noon – 2.00pm. All most welcome. Please drop in for a short while or stay all morning – a little calm amid the hustle and bustle!
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the Christmas edition should be with the editor by Sunday 20th December 2015. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
FOOD BANK: most needed at Foodbank Warehouse this week are: sugar, jam, coffee, tinned meals, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tins or packets of custard and rice pudding. Thank you for your continued support.
READINGS & CAROLS – today – 13th DECEMBER: at 4.30 pm – Service of Readings and Carols by Candlelight in the Sanctuary with guest soloist Mark Saberton – followed by mulled wine & mince pies.
AYR PRESBYTERY ALTERNATIVE GIFT SCHEME: Ayr Presbytery gives you the opportunity to purchase a solar light for a family in Malawi. In Malawi, few homes or public buildings have electricity, but what they do have is many hours of sunshine each day, and with the free solar energy stored, this enables the young children to do their homework and family life to continue into the evening. Lights, provided by Solar Aid, cost £10 and gift cards are available from Graeme or from the Office.
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Enterkine House Hotel on Sunday 20th December at 1.00pm. No cancellations can be made after today, Sunday 13th December. Please add your name to the bus list – cost £4.00
FLOWER CALENDAR 2016: is now available in the Carrick Park vestibule. If you would like to donate flowers for a particular Sunday, please add your name and telephone number to the calendar. We are so grateful to all our donors for their generosity
“OASIS”: Drop in café: Struthers’ Room, every Thursday 10 am – 12 noon. A place to relax, a place to chat; bring a friend! Come when you want – leave when you want. Tea, coffee and biscuits, newspapers and a friendly face! This will be the last meeting of 2015.
MEN’S ASSOCIATION. Tomorrow evening the 14th we are fortunate to have Alastair Swan who will be giving a slide presentation titled “Window on the World”. Given Alastair’s reputation for giving 5 star talks this is a night not to be missed so why not come along and join us. You will be warmly welcomed
WEDNESDAY EVENING, 16 December, 7.30 to 8.30pm in the Struthers Room. ‘Why did Jesus tell stories/parables? Can they be relevant to us today?’ All are most welcome.

BIGGART HOSPITAL: Miss Elma Cousins (Lindsay), Mrs Jean Barnard (Macmillan), Mrs. Isobel McEwan (Macmillan) and Mrs. Helen Craig (Macmillan)
AILSA HOSPITAL: Mrs. Rena Smith (Croy House)

The funeral service for Miss Ann Thomson will be held at Masonhill at 11.15am tomorrow, Monday 14th December