15 November 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! A very special welcome to the family of Lucy, Rosie and Murray who will be baptised at the 11.15am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 12: Mr. Walter Muir, Dr. Lindsay Miller, Mr. Gavin Gemmell, Miss Hope Cousins, Mr. George McMillan, Mr. Robin Doncaster, Mr. Drummond Cameron, Mrs. Elaine Kerr, Mr. Jim Richardson, Mr. Peter Muir, Mr. James Kane, Mr. George Rae
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by the Mrs. Marion Robertson, Mr. & Mrs. Hugh McCutcheon, Mr. Hugh Brown Mr. Alan McHarg, and The Waugh Family.
SUNDAY 22 November 2015
9.30 am    Family Service                Duty Team: 1                                        Sound: Mr. Alan Hawthorn
10.00am   St. Columba Kids & Bible Class                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         11.00 am   Kirk Session meet in the Struthers’ room
11.15 am    Morning Worship        Admission of new Communicants     Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton

20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in October was £110.09. 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 November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.00.
THE BIBLE CLASS is working alongside the Salvation Army again this year to try and help them with their annual toy drive. These toys are distributed in Ayr and the surrounding area by the Salvation Army, to families who require the food bank to eat, and whose children would otherwise waken up on Christmas morning, to find nothing. A box has been placed in the Carrick Park Vestibule and any donations would be gratefully received.’
THE RETIRING OFFERING: for Erskine Hospital and Homes last Sunday raised the wonderful total of £1173.20. Thank you so much
BOOK GROUP: the afternoon book group will be on the 16th Nov and the new evening group will have its introductory meeting at 7.30 on the 19th Nov in the Carrick Room
The series of BIBLE SEMINARS: Wednesday Evening 18 November, from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the Struthers Room: ‘Why did Jesus speak in parables? What meanings did his listeners take from them? Can they be relevant to us today?’ All most welcome.
FOOD BANK: most needed at Foodbank Warehouse this week: long-life milk, fruit juice, tinned meals, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, jars of jam and coffee. Thank you for your continued support.
CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Enterkine House Hotel on Sunday 20th December at 1.00pm Cost £20. If you would like to attend please add your name to the list in the Carrick Park vestibule. No cancellations can be made after Sunday 13th December.
HELP PLEASE!: the Friday Group of Parent & Toddlers has been re-established and a thriving Group of babies and toddlers are back in and around the Church every Friday. We are very grateful to the Ladies who make and serve the tea and coffee and delighted that so many are able to take up this lovely task again. However we are short of help on the 1st & 4th Fridays of the month. If you could spare an hour on either of these days please speak to the Minister or the Office.

AYR HOSPITAL: Miss Ann Thomson (Stn. 16), Mrs. Helen Craig (Stn.15), Mrs. Isobel McEwan (Stn. 16) and Mr. John Halliday (Stn. 7)
BIGGART HOSPITAL: Miss Elma Cousins (Lindsay), Mrs. Irene Wybar (Lindsay) and Mrs Jean Barnard (Macmillan)
AILSA HOSPITAL: Mrs. Rena Smith (Croy House)

Our warmest sympathy is extended to the family of Mrs. Margaret Thomson of Glenfairn Care Home. The funeral service will be held next Saturday, 21st November, at 12 noon at Masonhill.
The funeral service for Mrs. Nancy Raffel of Seafield Road who died in the Hospice on Thursday, will be held on Friday 20th November at 11.15am at Masonhill.  We extend our affection and prayers to Tom and all the family.