2 December 2018

WELCOME TO ST COLUMBA CHURCH! People have been coming to this building to worship God for over a hundred years. While our town has journeyed through many changes over those years, the constancy of the witness of the “Church on Midton Road” has remained uninterrupted. The mission of any Church is to reflect through its presence, its music, its fellowship and its beauty the transcendence of God, and we seek to do that here in all that we share. We hope that everyone who enters these doors will find an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we are far from perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. As we worship together, learn from the Bible, and pray for one another, we are strengthened in our commitment to Jesus Christ as well as to each other. If this is your first time here, we welcome you, and invite you to share the joy that we have found. A very special welcome to the family of Lucy who will be baptised at the 11.15 Service this morning.
AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 7: Mr. Keith Fullerton, Mrs. Irene Bartholomew, Mr. Norman Reid, Mrs. Nancy Mortimer, Mrs. Jean Stewart, Mrs. Heather Fullerton, Mrs. Christina Kennedy, Mr. Terry Swinn, Mrs. Janet McKnight, Mr. Derek McNish, Mrs. Anne Mills and Mr. Peter G. Macdonald.
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mrs. Wendy (Lynch) Campbell and Mrs. Sheila Campbell.
Sunday 9 December 2018 SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
9.30 am    Family Worship      Duty Team: 8     Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00 am  St. Columba Kids
11.15am   Morning Worship                                Sound: Mr. Brian McKinlay
1.00pm Congregational Lunch – Kylestrome Hotel.
20’s IN THE PEWS: Total collected in November £76.23. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
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 £2.50
FRASER’S RETIRAL LUNCH: Sunday 31st March Lunch. Tables will be processed with all other requests for seats today Sunday 2nd December.
FOOD BANK: Thank you all for the wonderful response to last week’s appeal, please continue to remember a few extra items when you shop- urgently required are easy to prepare tins of meat – Mince, Stew, Chilli, Irish Stew , curry etc. The demand for assistance from the Food Bank continues to rise.
THE GUILD: Tomorrow, Monday, 3 December at 2 p.m. in the Midton Road Hall, is our Christmas Tea and we look forward to having Loudoun Friends to entertain us. It should be a happy afternoon of friendship and fellowship and anyone who would like to join us will be made most welcome.
MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Next Meeting- Monday 3rd December in Struthers Room at 7.30pm, when we will go “Down the Irrawaddy River” with Gary Ward. Please come along you will be made most welcome.
OASIS CAFÉ: The winter café will be on holiday over the festive season. The last meeting will be Thursday 6th December, restarting on Thursday 10th January 2019. The Committee wish all the Oasis friends a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.
DMS CONCERT: The Dreghorn Music Society Christmas Concert in the Grand Hall Kilmarnock on Wednesday 5th December at 7.30pm. Bus leaves Church at 6.30pm.
AYR HOSPITAL: Mrs. Anne Ball (Stn 4)
THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Margaret Stirling (Urquhart)
CROSSHOUSE HOSPTAL: Mr. Jim Wilcox (Renal Unit)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)
CHRISTMAS DIARY – Saturday 15th December Seniors’ Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Sunday 16th December 9.30am st. Columba Kids Nativity followed by Christmas party time
11.15am Morning Worship
4.30pm – Service of readings and carols by candlelight – Followed by mulled wine & mince pies
Tuesday and Friday 18th and 21st December – Advent music for meditation – 10.00am – 12.00 noon

The funeral service for Mrs Maisie Bryson, Greenfield Ave. was held on Friday last, we extend our sincerest sympathy to her daughter, Marion, and all the family
The Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Mr Ross Potts of Dalmellington Road, will be held on Tuesday first. It is a private service. Our warmest thoughts are extended to his wife, Helen, and daughters Yvonne, Lesley and the family.