HILTON WEEKLY BULLETIN Sunday 18th December 2016

Sunday 18th December 2016

We are very pleased to welcome you to our service today.

We hope you feel welcome and trust that you will benefit from worshipping God with us.  

                

During the service we stand to sing and remain seated for prayer.

Tea/coffee are served in the hall

after the morning service today

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Today- AM    Rev. A. MacAulay                                                       

                  Sunday School, Pre-school class and crèche meet this morning. Children leave after the second singing.

                  PM-   The Community Christmas Carol Service. (note below)

                     Youth Fellowship:  The Y.F. meets tonight at 7:30pm in the home of Rod and Emma MacKenzie in Hilton.  All p.6 to s.6 children welcome.  

                 Missionary Prayer Notes:  The Prayer Notes for December are available at the door

Monday: The Free Lunch will run in Hilton from 12 noon—2 pm. Come along with a friend!               

Wednesday: The midweek meeting this week will be in Hilton at 7:30pm, where David and Naomi Forbes will give a presentation on their recent trip to India.

Next Sunday AM- Rev. A. MacAulay   

                                  PMRev. A. MacAulay     

Community Carol Service:  The Community Christmas Carol Service will take place in the Seaboard Hall tonight at 6pm.  Rev. Andy Downie will preach.    The Red Team is on baking duties – That is Maureen Ross & Mary MacKenzie.

New Church Fund:  A total of £7600 was donated so far this month for the New Church Fund.   We are delighted that the target for the year has been exceeded.   We began 2016 with £45,000 and were aiming to reach £100,000.   The current total in the New Church Fund is £109,000.  Your donations are very much appreciated.

Assistant MinisterThe Elders and Deacons have recently agreed that we will apply to the General Assembly in May, for permission to get an assistant minister in 2017.   This will require a significant increase in the sum we send to central funds in Edinburgh.   We expect to have sent £60,000 by the end of 2016, but we will be required to send £70,000 in future, to qualify for an assistant.     

The office-bearers believe that an assistant minister is now necessary, given the growth in the congregation and they commend this need to your prayers.  They are also very aware of how generously the congregation are already giving, but would encourage you to consider making any increase you can in your donations to ensure that we can finance this.

The church envelope system can be used for regular giving, or alternatively, you can set up a monthly standing order – Account number: 06001724    Sort code: 80-06-36

Those who pay tax are also urged to complete a Gift Aid Form which enables the congregation to gain an extra 25% on any donations you make, at no cost to the giver.   Almost £20,000 of our income in this current year has come from Gift Aid.   If you wish additional information, speak to Mr Donald Beaton or Mrs Donella Ferrier.   Their contact details are in the congregational directory and on our website.  

The Record:  Payment for the church magazine, The Record, is now due and is £18.   Put your payment in a envelope with your name and “Record” written on it, and leave it in the plate at the door.   Anyone wishing to order one for the first time, or anyone wishing to cancel their order, should speak to Ann Allan.

Fundraising Calendar:  if you have still to pay for calendars, please ensure that you do so in the next couple of weeks.  There are a still some calendars left, priced at £5.  Put your payment in an envelope in the collection plate with your name and “Calendars” written on it.  Cheques should be made payable to Tain and Fearn F.C. New Church Fund.   

Jewellery & Phones Collection:  There are boxes at both doors for unwanted jewellery, gold, silver or platinum as well as disused silver cutlery, watches or clocks.   Mobile phones are also welcomed, but please erase any data and remove the sim card.  Do not include phone chargers

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Sermon Recordings:  If anybody wishes a copy of any sermon as an MP3, via e-mail – please e-mail your request to Tom Walker on tom@tain.co.uk stating which sermon you would like.

You can find more information about us at

http://tainandfearnfreechurch.highland.today/
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If you would like a visit from the minister, please call 892 156 
 
Note: There is a loop system in the church