4 December 2016

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 5: Mrs. Susan Mills, Dr. Simon Farrell, Mr. Gordon McKinlay, Mrs. Nan Mackie, Mr. Alec Mooney, Mrs. Jane Murnin, Mr. Jim Loch, Mr. John Morrison, Mr. Jimmy Symington, Mr. Robert Seath, Mr. Douglas Paton, Mr. John Forsyth
MINISTRY OF FLOWERS: The flowers, which adorn the Sanctuary this week, have been given to the Glory of God by Miss Phyllis Thornton, Mrs. Joan Christison, Mrs. Alison Edwards and Mr. & Mrs. Alex Eccles
SUNDAY 11 December 2016       Third Sunday in Advent
9.30 am Family Service     Duty Team: 6        Sound: Mr. Duncan McCallum
10.00 am St. Columba Kids & Bible Class
11.15 am Morning Worship                               Sound: Mr. Keith Fullerton
20’s IN THE PEWS: total collected in October is £113.07.The Kirk Session has decided to donate funds raised this year to support the work of Combat Stress at Hollybush House, 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 £2.20.
FOODBANK: Shopping list for the next few weeks – Long life milk, diluting juice, packets rice, packets instant mash potato, pasta sauces, tinned meals, tinned vegetables, packets noodles, coffee, Christmas goods such as Christmas puddings, Christmas cake, biscuits and chocolate. Thank you so much.
“OASIS”: The drop in Café will be closed on Thursdays 22nd and 29th December and 5th January. We will reopen on Thursday 12th January 2017!
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 donation of new toys would be gratefully received. Please note – toys should be unwrapped!
GUILD: tomorrow, Monday, 5 December at 2 p.m. in Midton Road Hall, the final meeting of 2016. Wellington School Madrigal Group will entertain us with a suitable programme for the coming festive season. Please come along and support the pupils and, of course, all are welcome to join us. Very many thanks to everyone who supported us so wonderfully at the Christmas Coffee Morning and the amazing amount raised was £2430! We are so grateful to be able to send very generous donations to our three chosen projects as a result.
DREGHORN MUSICAL SOCIETY – an outing to Kilmarnock 14th December will leave Ayr St. Columba Church at 6.15pm. Looking forward to a happy evening – Jean Stewart – 263343
A CHOIRED TASTE: Christmas Concert on Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm in the Grand Hall Kilmarnock, supporting NHS Ayrshire & Arran Children’s Diabetes and Ayrshire Cancer Support. Tickets priced £7 available at the door.
WINTER SHOWCASE – CONCERT: Friday 9th December at 7pm in the Church. Featuring the South Ayrshire Jazz Band, Brass Band and Wind Band. Tickets £5/2.50 under 18’s free.
11th December: Congregational Lunch – Enterkine House Hotel 1pm for 1.30pm.
13th and 16th December – Advent Music for Meditation and quiet reflection (in Church) 12.30am – 2.00pm. Come and go as you wish!
15th (at 2pm) and 16th December (at 10.30am)– Wellington School Services
AYR HOSPITAL: Revd. Jack Bone (Stn. 6)
CROSSHOUSE HOSPITAL: Mrs. Mae Trainer and Mr. Gordon McPherson (3e)
THE BIGGART: Miss Betty Murray (Urquhart), Mr. Allan Boyle (Macmillan), Mr. Tom Connaughton (Macmillan)
QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, GLASGOW: Mrs. Marlene Hamilton (Philipshill Ward)
GLASGOW ROYAL INFIRMARY: Mrs Jean Austin (Ward 63)
Professor Sheila Cameron has successfully undergone neurosurgery in Melbourne. We send our warmest thoughts.

Our warmest support and affection are extended to Mr Willie and Mrs Muriel Forbes, Carrick Road, Ayr, on the death of their son, Colin, aged 49, a beloved son, husband, father, brother. The service of thanksgiving for Colin’s life will be held here in the Church next Thursday 8th December at 1.30p.m., followed by the committal at Masonhill at 2.45. Our
thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Lynn, and the family in Stranraer.

Mrs. Marlene Hamilton would like to thank most sincerely members and friends for all the many messages of support and hospital visits. All are so appreciated.