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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 13 October 2019

THE KIRK OFFICE Louise will be away from the office from 16 – 23 October & Margaret Duncan will be “holding the fort” in her absence.

REVEREND STANLEY OKEKE & IAIN MAJCHER are both on holiday for the week beginning Monday, 14 October & Stanley’s next Bible Study evening will be on Wednesday, 23 October.

HARVEST DONATIONS Many thanks to all those who donated gifts of money to our Harvest appeal. The sum of £159 was raised & has been sent to Fresh Start.

FAIR TRADE STALL A reminder that the Kirk’s Fair Trade stall is open for business following this morning’s 10 am service so please come along & stock up on goodies.

SATURDAY BREAKFAST CLUB returns on Saturday, 26 October with their guest speaker, Biddy Kelly. Biddy is Managing Director of Fresh Start & will be speaking about Fresh Start & it’s plans to develop a community hub at its premises on Ferry Road Drive. The Breakfast Club begins with a short act of worship in the chapel at 8 am & is followed by breakfast in the Kirk Hall & the meeting finishes at 9.15 am. All are welcome.

CONGREGATIONAL SEMINAR Following the proposals put forward at this year’s General Assembly for a “Radical Action Plan” for the Church, a seminar looking at the proposals will be held in the Millennium Room on Sunday, 3 November from 11.30 am – 1 pm. The seminar will be led by the Very Revd Dr John Chalmers & all are welcome.

THE POP-UP CAFE – MONDAY VOLUNTEERS Following the success of the Thursday "pop up cafe" in the Gathering Space (10.30 am - 12 noon), we are exploring the possibility of opening up a Monday pop-up café as well. However, we would need volunteers willing to take a turn welcoming & serving. It's not an onerous task – all you need is a smile & a willingness to set tables & hand out drinks & with a rota of helpers you would not be required every week. Please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk if you can help.

KNIT & NATTER The next date for our Knit & Natter is Thursday, 31 October from 7 pm in the Millennium Room - come when you can, leave when you must. Last time we had some knitting & needle felting, lots of chat, we drank tea & ate lovely homemade brownies (we cannot guarantee the brownies!). If you have any questions about Knit & Natter, please get in touch with Alex at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

ASSISI 2020 Tom Cuthell has begun planning the 2020 trip to Assisi, from Saturday, 22 August – Saturday, 5 September. The first 4 days will be spent in Lugano, Switzerland & from Wednesday, 26 August the group will be based in Assisi. For the past 30 years Tom has been leading groups to this charming, atmospheric Italian town, the birth-place of St Francis, but now feels that 2020 should mark his 'swan song'. Early booking is strongly recommended as it is anticipated there will be a lot of interest in next year's trip. For further information contact Tom at : tcuthell@gmail.com

THE CRAMOND WALKERS Thursday, 17 October : Doune Hill from Luss (15 km/9 miles) grade – hard. The Luss Hills are a compact range of grassy hills lying between Loch Lomond & Loch Long & because Doune Hill is the furthest away, 3 other summits may be conquered! Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 8.30 am. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Fiona Black at cramond.walkers@yahoo.co.uk

THE WEDNESDAY CLUB meets at 7.30 pm on 16 October in the Kirk Hall with their guest speaker, Suresh Sanders. Suresh will be describing her childhood in Sri Lanka, as told in her book “The Land of Lost Content”.

HEADING FOR EXTINCTION Are we heading for extinction? What are Christians doing about our climate emergency? If you’d like to find out, please come along to the Kirk Hall on Wednesday, 30 October at 7 pm when a speaker from Christian Climate Action & Extinction Rebellion will be sharing her views. 

THE HOSPICES OF HOPE GALA DINNER is being held at Stewart’s Melville College on Friday, 1 November at 7 pm. As well as celebrating the milestones the charity has reached, you’ll enjoy the cultural heritages of the countries the charity works in with 1st class musical performances from Romanian pianist, Luca Rusu Tibreanu, the ESMS Chamber Choir & the ESMS Big Band & a welcome drink, 3 course dinner & wine.  Tickets cost £65 per person with a 10% discount for tables of 10 & are available at www.hospicesofhope.co.uk or on 01959 525110.

EDINBURGH STREET PASTORS are always keen to welcome new volunteers. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Street Pastor or taking part in one of their training courses, please call 07523 267906 or e-mail edinburghsp.training@gmail.com. The next training courses are being held on 18-20 October & on 15-17 November – Friday evening, part of Saturday & Sunday afternoon.

STRATHCLYDE HARMONIA CONCERT – THE JOURNEY Acclaimed chamber choir Strathclyde Harmonia begin their 10th year with a concert in St Anne’s Church, Corstorphine on Saturday, 26 October at 7.30 pm. The choir will perform music by MacMillan, Whitacre, Vaughan Williams & Esenvalds & feature music from Scotland, England, Ireland & America. The theme for this year’s concert is ’The Journey’ & all profits will go to the choir’s chosen charity. Tickets cost £10 & will be available at the door on the night or at www.strathclydeharmonia.org.

CROSSREACH CHRISTMAS CARD & CALENDAR COLLECTION  Although it’s still September, the organised amongst us might be interested in the CrossReach 2019 Christmas card collection. A number of catalogues as well as a sample 2020 calendar are available in the Session House. The cards & calendars are also available online at shop.crossreach.org.uk

BAPTISM

Kasper Fredrik   son of Graeme & Kärt MacLeod

DEATHS

4 Oct       Mrs Margaret Shade

5 Oct       Mrs Elaine Cunningham

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 20 October

8.45 am : Morning Prayers 

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 27 October

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 3 November

8.45 am : Morning Prayers with Communion

10.00 am : Communion Service