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KIRK ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday, 21 May 2017

RETIRING COLLECTION Last Sunday’s retiring collection for Christian Aid raised £266.10.

PASTORAL VISITING Our ministers have organised a rota system for visiting & during May, Revd Colin Douglas (551 3808) will be visiting our frail & elderly housebound members & Revd Tom Cuthell (476 3864) will be visiting those in hospital & in care homes.

REVEREND TOM CUTHELL will be completing his 15 months as our locum minister on Sunday, 28 May & a reception for Tom will be held in the Kirk Hall at the close of the 10 am service that morning to which everyone is invited.

ELDERS’ ENVELOPES Elders are reminded that their district envelopes for the June Communion visits are available for collection from the Session House.

NEW MEMBERS’ CLASSES For anyone interested in finding out more about joining the Church, an information evening is being held in the Manse on Thursday, 15 June at 7.15 pm & Dr Barr would be delighted to see you there. New members will join the Church during the 10 am service on Sunday, 25 June. If you are interested in the information evening or joining the Church, please let Louise in the Kirk Office know on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

CHRISTIAN AID FAIR Many thanks to all who supported last Sunday’s Christian Aid Fair – the tomato plant growers, the bakers & the stall holders as well as all our customers. A total of £740.75 was raised for Christian Aid. The breakdown is as follows : 

Tomato plants           £144.55                    Books                          £58.95

CD/Records/Tapes   £    1.00                    Toys & Games             £13.40

Home Baking            £150.40                    Refreshments              £67.50

Scout Plants              £100.00                    Tombola                      £81.95

Raffle                         £103.00                    Donation                     £20.00

THE GREAT CRAMOND BAKE-OFF The final bake-off (cakes) will take place next Sunday - 28 May - so please look out those pinnies for one last time & “entries” can be left in the Session House or the Kirk Hall before the 10 am service on the 28th.

SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFASTS If you are able to help with the Sunday morning breakfasts over the next 3 months, please add your name to the rota in the Session House & if you would like to find out more about what’s involved, please contact Louise in the Kirk Office on 336 2036 or at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk.

FROM THE KIRKYARD Many thanks to everyone who responded to the plea for plants for the Kirkyard last Sunday. Both members of the congregation & the Scouts were very generous & the donations will soon be brightening the Kirkyard.

CRAMOND WALKERS Thursday, 25 May : General Roy & Fiddler’s Gill (9½ km/6 miles) grade – moderately easy. This walk takes in an attractive section of the Clyde Walkway & then climbs to the village of Braidwood before returning above a beautiful & unexpected wooded gorge, with refreshments in Lanark & a history lesson on General William Roy on the way. Meet : Barnton Avenue West at 9.30 am. For further details, please contact Fiona Black at cramond.kirk@blueyonder.co.uk

CONGRATULATIONS They’ve done it! Over 4 days Andy & Sally Cook cycled the 200 miles from Edinburgh to Iona in aid of St Columba’s Hospice. Thanks to the support of friends, family, members of the Kirk & many others, about £3,500 has been raised. If you pledged to sponsor Andy & Sally they would be pleased to receive your money so that it can be forwarded to the Hospice as soon as possible & it’s never too late if you’d still like to donate. Any donations can be left in the box in the Session House. Andy & Sally thank everyone for their moral & financial support & prayers.

FRESH START’S annual sponsored walk takes place on Friday, 26 May. The 8 mile walk starts at Jubilee Gardens, Stockbridge, follows the Water of Leith & ends with lunch at the Fresh Start food station in Harrison Park. You are more than welcome to join the walk. It’s always an enjoyable social event & please support the Fresh Start team by making a donation. Any donations can be left in the box on the big desk in the Session House.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 The Church of Scotland General Assembly runs until 26 May. Russell & Margaret will be making a joint presentation on their Moderatorial Year on Monday, 22 May. For further details on the General Assembly, please go to www.churchofscotland.org.uk/about_us/general_assembly/general_assembly_2017

TOMORROW’S CALLING The Church of Scotland is always looking for gifted & committed people to serve future needs.  If you would like to find out more about the opportunities open to you, a Call to Serve Today conference is being held at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on Saturday, 17 June.  To register, please contact Ministries Council at the Church of Scotland, 121 George Street, EH2 4YN, tel : 225 5722 x 2233 or e-mail vocation@cofscotland.org.uk. 

THE THREE FORMERS On Sunday, 28 May at 3 pm the former Moderator (Russell) will join the former Principal Clerk of the General Assembly (John Chalmers) & the former CrossReach CEO (Peter Bailey) abseiling from the Forth Bridge (165 feet). They are raising funds for CrossReach, the social care arm of the Church of Scotland. Russell would be delighted if you would sponsor him either by adding your name to the sponsor sheet in the Session House or by visiting the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Chalmers3

PEOPLE’S POLITICS : GE 2017 The Church of Scotland is taking part in the national debate by having a People's Politics: GE 2017 event during General Assembly week to tackle themes that are important to the people of Scotland with representatives from the main political parties. The event will take place on Wednesday, 24 May from 4.30 – 6 pm in the General Assembly Hall. If you would like to participate in the debate & be part of the audience discussing the themes of welfare, the environment & Brexit, please register at : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peoples-politics-ge-2017-tickets-34624367415

HOOF IT TO HYDERABAD CHALLENGE Scottish Love in Action invites you to take part in their Challenge in support of the “Girls’ Lives Matter” Appeal. The Challenge is taking place throughout the month of June with as many people as possible walking, running or cycling a minimum of 10 km to help contribute towards the charity’s aim of walking the equivalent distance from Scotland to Hyderabad - 8,000 km, 5,000 miles or 12,106,000 steps. Further details & registration forms are available at www.sla-india.org & registration costs £5.  

GRAPEVINE The next edition of Grapevine should be available for collection by distributors from the Kirk Hall on Sunday, 4 June.

PASTORAL CARE CONFERENCE The Church of Scotland is running a day conference exploring questions of pastoral care from a biblical, missional & practical perspective, including the creation of local pastoral care teams. The conference will be held on Saturday, 24 June from 9.30 am – 4 pm at the Vine Conference Centre, Dunfermline. The closing date for bookings is 4 June. Further details are available under the “Events” section of www.resourcingmission.org.uk

CORSTORPHINE FESTIVAL is being held from 28 May – 3 June & at 3 pm on Sunday, 28 May a treasure hunt & barbecue will take place at Corstorphine Old Parish Church Green. Tickets cost £6 for 2 or £10 for a family & are available from Caroline at the Corstorphine Hub, 191 St John’s Road or on 07851 116939.  Further details on all the Festival events can be found at www.corstorphinepublichall.org.uk/event/corstorphine-festival

CRAMOND CURLING CLUB welcomes new members. The Club is a social club with a range of abilities from absolute beginners to experienced players. Members play at Murrayfield Curling Rink on various weekday evenings & some Saturdays & Sundays, from September through to March. If you are interested in joining or would like further information, please contact Crichton Mouat at crichtonmouat@btinternet.com

DEATH

3 May                   Douglas Anderson

 

 

FORTHCOMING SERVICES

Sunday, 28 May

8.45 am : Morning Prayers

10.00 am : Morning Worship

Sunday, 4 June

8.45 am : Morning Prayers with Communion

10.00 am : Communion Service