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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.

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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.



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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