Services:        Sunday 18th November

                    Sunday 25th November

 

9.30am

 

Morning Prayer Meeting

9.30am

Morning Prayer Meeting

11.00am

Rev Calum I Macleod

(Church – Bilingual Praise)

11.00am

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church – Bilingual Praise)

 

12.30pm

 

 

6.00pm

Sunday Schools

(Back & Tong)

 

Rev Calum I Macleod

(Church)

12.30pm

 

 

6.00pm

Sunday Schools

(Back & Tong)

 

Rev Calum I Macleod (Church)

 

6.00pm

Mr Ronnie Murray

(Tong)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tues (7.00pm)

Thur (7.30pm)

Sat (7.00pm)

Prayer Meeting (Gress) – Elder led

Thanksgiving Service (Church) – Rev Calum I Macleod

Open Prayer Time (Crèche / GP Room)

 

CrècheRota

Sunday 18th November:

Carmen Morrison, Marina Macleod, Esther MacLachlan, Mairi Maclean

Sunday 25th November:

Catherine Macinnes, Ishbel MacLachlan, Cheryl MacLachlan, Alexandra Maciver

 

Little Lambs Rota

Wednesday 21st November:

Mary Ann Mackinnon, Rhoda Maciver, Ishbel Maciver, Sine Macleod

 

Bible Buddies

Bible Buddies meets this week:

Monday 19th November:6.30-7.30pm for all children aged P1 to P3. 

Tuesday 20th November:6.30-8pm for all children aged P4 to P7.

 

Little Lambs Toddler Group

Little Lambs will meet on Wednesday 21st November, 1pm - 2.45pm in the church hall. All babies, toddlers, parents and grandparents welcome.

 

Annual Thanksgiving Service

Our annual Thanksgiving service will be held on Thursday 22 November at 

7.30pm in the church hall.

 

Deacons’ Court

The Deacons’ Court will meet on Thursday 22 November at 8.45 pm in the church hall.

 

Property Fund Collection

The monthly collection for the property fund collection will be taken next Sunday, 25th November.

 

Hedge Cutting

Sincere thanks to all who gave of their time to help with the hedge cutting and clear up on Saturday 10th November. Special thanks to DJ Murray (Murray Machinery) Coll for the use of heavy equipment which made the task much easier. All help received is greatly appreciated.

 

Women for Mission – Eilean Siar Foodbank Appeal

Janice Brand from Eilean Siar Foodbank spoke at our recent WfM meeting.  We were moved and humbled to hear about the work carried out at the foodbank helping local people in crisis.  WfM would ask the congregation to kindly donate any of the items listed on the back of the bulletin.  Items can be deposited in the boxes provided at the church and hall foyer this Sunday evening (18th November) and next Sunday(25th November) and at mid-meetings this week and next.  

 

Back War Memorial Committee

The Back War Memorial Committee would like to express its gratitude to all those who participated and attended the Centenary Remembrance Day Service on Sunday 11th November, in particular the Rev. Calum Iain Macleod and the precentors Kenneth A Macdonald and Donald Maciver. The continued generosity of the congregation and wider community resulted in a retiring collection totalling £1,057. This will ensure the continued upkeep of the memorial site over the coming year.

 

National Day of Prayer

The 2018 National Day of Prayer will be held on Friday 30th November.  Similar to previous years congregational prayer time slots will be held throughout the day in the crèche/GP Room as follows:  7 am / 11 am / 2 pm / 6 pm.  Please be encouraged to add your name to a prayer time slot on the sheet available at the door of the church hall (from Thursday evening).

 

Our Religious Freedom

The Barnabas Fund/Aid is, in the light of the British tradition of fair play, tolerance, diversity and equality, and in line with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), petitioning the British government to introduce a new law to enshrine fully and permanently the hard-fought-for religious freedoms gained over the last five centuries in the UK. Over 75,000 supporters have now signed the petition calling for a new law specifically guaranteeing full religious freedom in the UK.  We are all urged to act now to help the Barnabas Fund reach 100,000 signatures before the 31 December deadline.  The petition will be available for signing at the close of our Thanksgiving service on Thursday evening (Church hall) and thereafter on Sunday 25 November (Church foyer).  For further information please see www.OurReligiousFreedom.org / #FoRB.

 

Stornoway Street Pastors

Stornoway Street Pastors hope to commission four new Street Pastors at a Service to be held at St Columba's Church Hall on Friday 23rd November at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend the service. Refreshments will be served afterwards. 

 

Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) - 175th Anniversary Meeting

On Wednesday 21st November at 7.30pm in the Rev M A Macleod Memorial Hall, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, the Rev Joseph Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of CWI, will present his vision for future Jewish Mission on the 175th anniversary of the organisation.  He will also share some stories of Jewish people who have recently come to faith in Christ.  Everyone is warmly encouraged to attend. Rev Steinberg will also address a meeting in North Harris on Tuesday 20th November and in Barvas on Wednesday 22nd November.

 

Church Bulletin

To allow time for proof-reading and to get the bulletin to the printer on time, it would be appreciated if all notices could be emailed to the bulletin administrator by 12 noon on Wednesday. Thank you.

 

Recording of Salm Vol 3

On Tuesday the 20th November 2018 in the Stornoway Town Hall a warm welcome is extended to all Gaelic Psalm Singers from the island and beyond to be part of the recording of Salm Vol 3 in aid of The Bethesda Hospice in Stornoway which will commence at 7.30pm.

It is advisable to arrive early (doors open at 6.30pm), to ensure a place, with everyone seated by 7 pm. The hall capacity is 300, with 200 seated downstairs and 50 upstairs along with 50 standing.

We are delighted to have some great Precentors from different denominations available, as well as the original recording engineer of Salm Vol 1&2 to capture this special evening and hopefully 15 items will be recorded for a CD release in the New Year.

All the Psalm words along with the name of tune being sung will be displayed on a large backdrop behind the precentors.

 

 

Services

 

Morning Service

Our Sunday morning 11am service will continue on the basis of one English joint service with bilingual praise until further notice.  All Gaelic Psalms will be taken from our ‘Selection of Psalms for Worship’ praise booklet and is available at the door.  

 

Tong Monthly Evening Service

A monthly evening service will be held at Tong Mission House every third Sunday until further notice. 

 

Regular Midweek Prayer Meetings

Rev Calum I Macleod continues to lead the Wednesday evening prayer meeting.  The Thursday evening Gaelic prayer meeting is elder-led and coordinated by our Session Clerk, Mr Iain Mackinnon.  This arrangement will be reviewed shortly.

 

 

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

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Minister: Rev Calum I Macleod

Session Clerk: Mr Iain A Mackinnon / Church Officer: Mr Donald Stewart 

Bulletin Administrator: Lisa Maclean (lisamaclean1@hotmail.com)