30 November 2014

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 Fraser who will be Baptised at the 11.15am Service this morning.

AT THE DOORS TO WELCOME YOU TODAY: Team 1: Mr. Robin White, Mrs Helen Mackay, Mrs. Carol Morrison, Mrs. Ann Vance, Mr. Graeme Savage, Mr. Jim Younger, Mr. Bob Cowan,Mrs. Hazel Steele, Mr. Graham Hamilton, Dr. Helen Hunter, Mr. Malcolm Mackay and Mr. Brian Morrison

MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Mr. & Mrs. Dickie Dunlop, Mrs. Joan Christison, Mr. Gavin Orr and Mrs. Madge Stephen.

SUNDAY 7 December 2014      Second Sunday in Advent
9.30 am Family Service    Duty Team: 2     Sound: Mr. Alastair Swan
10.00am Sunday School & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship      Sound: Mr. Jim Brown
6.30 pm Evening Worship      Duty Team: Bible Class

20’s IN THE PEWS: The total collected in September was £138.27. This year monies go to Diabetes (UK), the leading charity that cares for every person affected or at risk of Diabetes. 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 November edition are available for uplifting at the main door of the Church. There are extra copies available at both doors priced £2.
FOOD BANK: The food requested is determined by demand. The Warehouse in Prestwick which distributes the food boxes to hubs in Ayr, Troon, Maybole and Girvan has intimated that the greatest need is for boxes for single people. Always needed are: long life milk, diluting juice, jam, small packets pasta, noodles and rice, small packets sugar, tins of fruit, packet custard and instant mash.
READINGS & CAROLS – SUNDAY – 14th DECEMBER: 4.30 pm – Service of Readings and Carols by Candlelight in the Sanctuary with guest Mark Saberton – followed by Mulled wine & mince pies
CONGREGATIONAL LUNCH: Sunday 21st December in the Midton Road Hall at 12.45pm.. Tickets priced £15 should be paid and collected on Fridays 5th & 12th December during Office hours or on Sundays 7th & 14th after the morning Services. Last date for cancellation will be Monday 15th December after which all ordered tickets will be charged. There are no spaces but the waiting list is open.
“COME MESSIAH KING” CONCERT – Friday 5 December at 7.30pm. This is the fourth visit from the Celebration Choir and promises to be another excellent evening. Tickets priced only – £6 are now available from the office and after both Worship services.
CHRISTMAS CARD SALE: Miss Kerrie Lee from our Bible Class will be selling her homemade Christmas Cards in the Carrick Park Vestibule after the first service. All proceeds are for the South Ayrshire Food Bank.
THE RETIRING OFFERING for Rory Boyle’s Trip with Raleigh International raised £1,070 last Sunday
MONDAY CLUB: tomorrow evening, Monday 1st December, Mr Peter Simcock will talk to us about the very worthwhile work of the RNLI.. All members and friends are warmly invited to attend
MEN’S ASSOCIATION: Tomorrow evening the 1st December Garry Leitch will tell us about the “the changes in Dairy farming over the last 50 years” New members will be warmly welcomed.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY on 3rd December at 7.30pm in the Struthers Room. All of us want a faith that informs our daily lives. The season of Advent is a time of waiting and reflection – an opportunity to ask what relevance this Christian festival has for us today. We will examine the Gospels of St Matthew 1: 18-25 & St Luke 3:23-38. What does, ‘You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins’ mean today? Come and explore with us!

SATURDAY – 13th DECEMBER: Sunday School Parties – 2.00 – 4.00 pm
SUNDAY – 14th DECEMBER: 9.30am Sunday School Nativity
11.15am Morning Worship (Service of Baptism)
DECEMBER 16th and 19th: Advent Music for Meditation (in Church): 11.30am – 1.00pm

The funeral service for Miss Isa MacKay of Meadowpark was held at Ayr Cemetery on Thursday. Our warmest sympathy is extended to her nephews, Alastair and Hugh and their families.