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January 2018

Some New Year reflections and prayers ....

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied, ‘Go out into the
darkness and put your hand into
the hand of God, that shall be to
you better than light and safer than a known way.’

As this New Year unfolds, O God,
Enlarge my vision of yourself,
Deepen my trust in your love,
Increase my faith in the perfection of your purposes That when you speak I may listen,

And when you direct I may obey, Confident that you will never
Cause your child a needless tear. Amen.

‘You crown the year with your goodness.’ (Psalm 65.)

‘Many are the plans in the human heart,
But it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.’ (Proverbs 19.)

‘The Lord knows the path I take:
When he has tried me I shall come forth as gold.’ (Job 23) 

‘Do not worry about tomorrow:
Tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has trouble enough of its own.’ (Matthew 6)

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ (Rev. 22)

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose years never fail
And whose mercies are new each returning day: Let the radiance of your Spirit renew our lives, Warming our hearts and giving light to our minds; That we may pass the coming year
In joyful obedience and firm faith; Through him who is the beginning and the end, Your Son our Lord. Amen.

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WHAT'S HAPPENING

Help needed ... After the morning service this Sunday (7th), help is needed

to dismantle the Christmas tree. All able hands on deck, please!

Advance notice:

AGM meeting in February (date to be announced)

Recent coffee money was used to help provide Christmas gift bags for those who came to the Christmas lunch at the Community Café. Thanks to Jan Goodall for organising this.

For those wanting to keep in touch, I (Jenny) have Jean Brown’s (now Wilson’s) new address and phone number. Please let ask if you would like it.

The new 2018 Church Family List will be coming out soon. If there are any changes/amendments, please email jennifer.jones32@btinternet.com 

Dates for your diary

4th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

7th First Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
11th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

14th Second Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
18th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

21st Third Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
25th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

28th Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Richard Gillings 01479 831365

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 01479 481151 

 

December 2017

 

A Christmas reflection ….

 

Mary and Joseph were people in a country under occupation. The Romans ruled them and told them what to do. They had little or no say about their circumstances. They were moved around at the whim of an Emperor.

We pray for those with no voice, who cannot decide where they live, who are oppressed by forces beyond their control. We ask that we will remember them and be their voice when we can.

 

The innkeeper had little to offer but gave what he could.

We thank you, Lord, for those who share what they have, whether it be little or much, with others. Help us to be generous like them.

 

The shepherds were poor people who lived ordinary lives, but their lives were changed and their vision was transformed on that night.

We praise you for the way that you transform the lives of ordinary people. We pray for Christians all over the world as they live for you, and we ask that you will give them vision as they tell others about you.

We pray for all those who are dissatisfied and are searching for the truth. We pray that they won’t be confused by the things of the world, but will find Jesus, the source of all truth.

 

To make Advent special, could I encourage you to take part in one of these on-line Advent calendars. A few moments each day will help us to make Christmas truly special this year.

 

https://advent.tearfund.org/

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/get-involved/adventchallenge/

https://churchmissionsociety.org/advent-2017-who-are-you-waiting-A

 

 

Services for Advent and Christmas

Sunday December 3rd 4pm  Evensong

Sunday December 17th 4pm   Carol Service at St. John’s

Tuesday December 19th 6.30pm

Carol Service at St. Columba’s

Christmas Eve

10.30am Holy Communion

4pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day

10.30am Christmas Communion

Tuesday December 26th 10.30am

St. Stephen’s Day Holy Communion

No service on Thursday December 28th

 

Dates for your diary

3rd  Advent 1 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

   4pm Evensong.

7th  Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

10th Advent 2 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

14th Thursday  10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

17th Advent 3 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 

        4pm Carol Service at St. John’s.

19th Tuesday 6.30pm Carol Service at St. Columba’s.

21st  Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th Advent 4 and Christmas Eve 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

4pm Crib Service at St. John’s.

11.30pm  Holy Communion at St. John’s.

25th Christmas Day 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th St. Stephen’s Day 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

28th  Thursday No service at St. John’s.

31st  First Sunday after Christmas 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 

Richard Gillings 01479 831365 

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614

Tony Sparham 

November 2017

Some random thoughts ....

‘For a couple of years I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I’ve found the real reason:
I am tired because I am overworked.

The population of this country is 58 million.
24 million are retired.
That leaves 34 million to do the work.
There are 20 million at school, which leaves 14 million to do the work.
Of this there are 7.5 million unemployed by the government, leaving 6.5 million to do the work.
Take from the total the 3,770,000 people who work for local authorities and that leaves 30,000 to do the work.
At any given time there are 20,000 people in hospital, leaving 10,000 to do the work.
Now there are 9.998 people in prison.
That leaves just 2 people to do the work.
You and me.
And you’re sitting here reading jokes.’
(From ‘A Box of Delights’ by J.John and Mark Stibbe)

I’m sure we could write something similar for all the tasks to be done at St. John’s! ...... We still need helpers for the coffee rota!

Another random thought ...

Just a drip?

Don’t underestimate yourself. You may think that your influence is a mere drop in a bucket.
But one drop of cleansing disinfectant can neutralise a bucketful of poisonous material.

One drop of germ culture can turn a bucket of water into a deadly solution.
One drop of water into concentrated acid can create an explosion.

The drop in the bucket can be quite an influence ... For good or evil.

After Church Coffee and Tea (message from Janet Benson)

As you may know, the number of people on the Coffee Rota has recently fallen.

There have been no new volunteers, as yet , and so this means that for those that remain, the coffee duty is coming round every three weeks, or more often if the rota doesn’t work out for some people .

In an effort to simplify things for both those who remain on the rota and anyone who might be thinking of volunteering, various ways of organizing coffee are being tried out.. Various options have been considered but at the moment we are keeping cups and saucers and trialling a self service table for food, sugar, milk etc with drinks being served form the hatch.

The new waterheater has made a big difference, as we don’t have to fill the boiler and empty it. There are often people willing to help with the washing up and sometimes help with putting out and putting away chairs. Every little helps and is appreciated.

 

 

WHAT'S HAPPENING

There is no Evensong Service in November.

Wednesday November 1st 11.30am All Saints at St. Columba’s. Thursday November 2nd 10.30am All Souls at St. John’s.

Please print the names of those you’d like remembered at this service and leave at the back of the church.

Sunday November 12th Remembrance Day Service Alison’s Homegroup – Wednesday November 15th.

Leading Intercessions Training (led by Alison) November 16th at 6.30pm at St. Columba’s. Open to all.

Saturday November 18th Christmas Box at St. Columba’s.

Please remember that Stuart and Paul are gathering folk together for the choir for the Christmas services.

 

Dates for your diary

1st Wednesday All Saints 11.30am Holy Communion at St. Columba’s.
2nd Thursday All Souls 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

5th Pentecost 22 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 9th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

12th Pentecost 23 Remembrance Sunday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
15th Wednesday - Alison’s Homegroup.
16th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

19th Pentecost 24 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 23rd Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Last Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
30th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Richard Gillings 01479 831365 Jenny Jones 01540 673532 Alison Hart 01479 841614

 

 

October 2017

 

Some thoughts ....

MEMORANDUM

 

TO: Jesus, Son of Joseph,
Woodcrafters’ Shop,
Nazareth.
FROM: Jordan Management Consultants, Jerusalem. SUBJECT: Staff Aptitude Evaluation.

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the 12 men you have picked for management positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests, and we have not only run the results through our computer but also have arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew has been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau. James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic depressive scale.

One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind and has contact in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and innovative. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right hand man. All the other profiles are self-explanatory.

We wish you every success in your new venture.

 (Author unknown)

Looking ahead ...

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Thursday November 2nd at St. John’s
All Souls
Please print the names of those you’d like remembered at this service and leave at the back of the church.

....

Wednesday November 1st 11.30am at St. Columba’s
All Saints Service

 

 

A HUGE thanks to Richard Green who

will be stepping down from the amazing job he’s done as church treasurer. He’s gone far and away beyond the call of duty and it is much appreciated by us all. A true ministry of caring and generosity.

 

Dates for your diary

October 2017

1st Pentecost 17 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.


3rd Tuesday 7.15pm Vestry Meeting.


5th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

8th Harvest 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
6.30pm Harvest Evensong.


12th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.


13th Friday 2pm Service and Interment of ashes of Audrey and Mac.

15th Pentecost 19 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

 18th Wednesday - Alison’s Homegroup.


19th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

22nd Pentecost 20 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

26th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.


28th Saturday 11am Wedding of Jean Brown and Ben Wilson.

29th Pentecost 21 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Newtonmore Homegroup – Tuesday 2.30 – 4pm Meadowbank, Newtonmore


Richard Gillings 01479 831365


Jenny Jones 01540 673532


Alison Hart 01479 841614

The earth is fruitful may we be generous. The earth is fragile may we be gentle. The earth is fractured may we be just. Creating God, harvest in us joy and generosity as we together share in thanks and giving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvest Thanksgiving
Sunday October 8th
Donations for the Highland Food Bank welcome.

St. John’s has been asked to provide:
tins of ham; UHT milk; tins of potatoes; tins of fruit; sweet biscuits; pasta.


Sunday October 8th 6.30pm Harvest Evensong

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Friday October 13th 2pm
Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Audrey James and Interment of Ashes of Audrey and Mac.

Refreshments afterwards in the Hall. Audrey’s relatives are coming from Canada, so please come and support them if you are able.

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Alison’s Homegroup – Wednesday October 18th. Saturday 28th October 11am

Saturday 28th October 11am

Marriage of Jean Brown and Ben Wilson.

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Many thanks to those who ‘manned’ the church for Open Doors Day. We had a good number of visitors who enjoyed seeing the church and sharing a cup of coffee. 

September 2017

Open Doors 2017

This year St. John’s is taking part in the Open Doors Celebration on Saturday September 23rd.

The church will be open from 10am to 5pm and we will need 2 people on duty at any one time – 1 for the church and 1 for the Hall serving tea, coffee and cakes.

Sarah Mackay would be very pleased to hear if you could spend an hour or two, or produce some cakes.

There probably won’t be hundreds of visitors! – so it’s a good opportunity for a quiet time to sit in church, reflect, do some knitting or read a book! And welcome anyone who comes through the open door. 

Evensong cancelled on Sunday September 3rd.
This is to allow folk to go to the Cathedral for the service at 5.30pm to celebrate Bishop Mark’s election as Primus.

....What's happening?
Sunday September 17th we welcome Rev. Elspeth Bland to take our service.
Sunday September 24th we welcome Bishop mark who will take the service and baptise the grand-daughter of Rev. Patricia Lockhart.

Alison’s Homegroup - Wednesday September 27th

Looking ahead ...

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday October 8th (please note the change of date). Donations for the Highland Food Bank welcome.

We now have a wonderful new website (thanks to Janet Benson and Ron Hart)
– our window to the world!
Please check it out at: http://www.stjohns-rothiemurchus.co.uk It’s an ongoing project and new photos and information will be added as time goes by.

 

Some thoughts ....

At the Nicene Council, an important church meeting in the 4th century AD, of the 318 delegates attending, all except about 12 had lost an eye or a hand or limped on a leg lamed by torture for their Christian faith.

Did you know of the organisation called ‘Open Doors’ (http://opendoorsuk.org/) which doesn’t allow access to buildings (as on Sep. 27th) – but serves persecuted Christians worldwide today.

They provide advocacy services, livelihood support, leadership training and lots of practical help. Supporters are encouraged to write to Christians who are suffering through persecution – and to pray for them.

Here’s an excerpt from their website:

‘In the World Watch List, North Korea is still number one in terms of persecution. And Islamic extremism continues to strangle the expression of the Christian faith. Millions of Christians around the world now live their lives against varying levels of discrimination, discovery, violence and arrest.’ 

Dates for your diary

3rd Pentecost 12 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.
5.30pm Service at Cathedral.
7th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

10th Pentecost 13 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 14th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

17th Pentecost 14 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 21st Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th Pentecost 15 10.30am Holy Communion and Baptism at St. John’s.
27th Wednesday Alison’s Homegroup.
28th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Newtonmore Homegroup – Tuesday 2.30 – 4pm Meadowbank, Newtonmore


Richard Gillings 01479 831365
Jenny Jones 01540 673532
Alison Hart 01479 841614

 

Father, your will is for peace; Forgive us that wars continue. Your will is for love:
Forgive us that we still hate.
Your will is that people live in harmony: Forgive us that discord remains. You call the peacemakers blessed: May we all, wherever we are, Strive to spread Your peace.
In Jesus’ name we pray.

 

 

August 2017

Some thoughts ...

When is enough enough?

 

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, ‘Only a little while.’

The American then asked why he didn’t stay longer and catch more fish.

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate need.

The American then asked, ‘But what do you do with the rest of your time?’

The Mexican fisherman said, ‘I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.’

  The American scoffed, ‘I am a Harvard MBA and I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.’

The Mexican fisherman asked, ‘But senor, how long will this take?’ To which the American replied, ’15 – 20 years.’‘But what then, senor?’

The American laughed and said, ‘That’s the best part. When the time is right you would you’re your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions.’

‘Millions, senor? And then what?’

‘Then you would retire. Move to a small fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play you’re your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and you’re your guitar you’re your amigos.’

‘Why wait 20 years, senor?’ the fisherman asked with a smile.

‘Godliness with contentment is great gain.’ 1 Timothy 6.

Jenny

 

Songs of Praise

Sunday 13th August 6.30pm.



We are still urgently in need of readers and brewers of coffee and tea. Please contact Deborah and let her know when you’re available - deborah.munday@icloud.com

Looking ahead ...

Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday October 1st 

Vestry Meeting Tuesday October 3rd

Enjoy the summer!

Dates for your diary

3rd Thursday 10.30am      Holy Communion at St. John’s.

6th The Transfiguration of the Lord      10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

10th Thursday 10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

13th Pentecost 9      10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s. 6.30pm Songs of Praise.


17th Thursday         10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

20th Pentecost 10   10.30am Holy Communion at St. John’s.

24th Thursday 10.30am    Holy Communion at St. John’s.

27th Thursday 10.30am    Holy Communion at St. John’s.

31st Pentecost 11 10.30am           Holy Communion at St. John’s.

Newtonmore Homegroup – Tuesday 2.30 – 4pm Meadowbank, Newtonmore

Richard Gillings 01479 831365

Jenny Jones 01540 673532

Alison Hart 01479 841614