23 September 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 Luca 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. Anne Mills, Mr. Peter G. Macdonald
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Ms. Shona Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Harness and Bernie Roger and family in memory of Cynthia.
Sunday 30th September 2018 HARVEST FESTIVAL
9.30 am Family Worship    Duty Team: 8        Sound: Mr. Alan Hawthorn
10.00 am St. Columba Kids
11.15am Morning Worship                                Sound: Mr. Jim Brown
6.30pm Harvest Songs of Praise
20’s IN THE PEWS: Total collected in August £56.20. The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of ACE (Racerunning) Disability Recreation and Sport, Ayr.
COLUMBA NEWS: Material for the next edition should be with the editor today Sunday 23rd September. Articles should be emailed to the editor at: editor.columbanews@gmail.com
HARVEST FESTIVAL – SUNDAY 30th September at 9.30am and 11.15am. This year our HARVEST APPEAL donations will be sent to the Kerala Appeal. There are Harvest Donation envelopes available at both doors.
FOOD BANK: The items most needed this week are – Coffee, small bottles of Diluting Juice, Tinned Fruit, Tinned Potatoes, Tinned Mince/Stew/Cold Meat, Tinned Tomato and UHT Milk. Please remember a few extra items.
THE FLOWER GUILD would appreciate donations of vegetables, fruit and flowers to decorate the Church. These can be left at the Church next Friday or Saturday morning.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY will restart on Wednesday 3 October at 7.30 pm in the Struthers Room. All welcome.
BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING – FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 10am – 2pm – this year the funds will be split between MACMILLAN and WHITELEYS RETREAT. Whiteleys is a beautiful house in Alloway that provides therapeutic short breaks for children, young people and their families with cancer and life altering illnesses in the UK. Tickets priced £3 available from the Office.
OASIS CAFÉ: Meets every Thursday 10.30 – 12.00 in the Struthers’ Room, a place to relax, read the papers, and enjoy a chat – not to mention the quality homebaking!
MESSY CHURCH resumes on Saturday 29th September 4pm – 6pm. All children from age 3 welcome, please remember to bring a responsible adult!
LIGHT PARTY – there will be a planning meeting for this year’s Light Party on Wednesday 26th September in the Orr Room, if anyone is interested in helping at this outreach event that offers an alternative to normal Halloween celebrations – focussing on light in the darkness, then please come along or if unable to attend contact Irene in the office or stuartmckinlay@icloud.com. We are also looking for people willing to deliver leaflets to areas of the parish – if you can help out with this then please also give your name.
THE BIGGART HOSPITAL: Mrs. Mollie McLeish (Lindsay)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Spinal Unit)

The funeral service of Mrs. Vieno Taylor of Glencairn Road will be held at M.L. Williams Parlour at 10.00 followed by the committal at Masonhill next Thursday 27 September at 10.30. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to her daughter, Alison, and the family.