Services, sermons and news relevant for our small community
On Sunday, 25 September we held our Harvest Thanksgiving service. The congregation generously donated food which has been taken to the Blythswood Highland Food Bank. We are grateful for all these donations, for all God has done for us, and for the lovely arrangements created for the occasion by Judy Thomas, Cecilia Miller and Isobel Murray.
On Friday, 9 Sept., the church bell was rung 70 times at noon, to commemorate each year of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. All church business meetings are suspended this week during the official ten days of mourning. Her Majesty was an example to us all, especially because of her outspoken Christian faith.
Our new disabled access ramp is finally complete and already in use! We prayed for this every week for twelve years and God blessed our persistence. This also fulfills the request of local people who had petitioned for it for years to enable those with poor mobility to attend church and funeral services of friends and family.
The congregation honoured and thanked Tom and Mary MacRae during a special moment in the worship service on Sunday, 15 May. Tom offered very dedicated and capable service as fabric convener for a number of years and Mary served for many years as clerk to the congregational board and as an elder on the session and presbytery elder. We are very grateful for their dedication to God and to our church. On behalf of the congregation the minister presented Tom with a set of golf balls and Mary with a scarf as tokens of our gratitude. God bless you Tom and Mary!
The minister’s friends from days at Aberdeen University, Suresh and his wife Roja along with daughter Sophie and mother Vigea, came and stayed at the manse for the first time since the covid outbreak. We enjoyed catching up on news of India Village Ministries and renewing our friendship. Many thanks to those who donated financially to their ministry and food for their visit. God bless the Vemulapalli family (including their son Swithin currently training in Canada as a pilot).
For our Easter morning communion service this year, Shona Duncan, assisted by Cecilia Miller, created this beautiful spring flower arrangement in the shape of a cross. We benefit greatly from the creativity with which God has blessed us through many in our church family. Picture shows the arrangement placed in St Andrews Church.