TAIN WEEKLY BULLETIN Sunday 18th December 2016

Sunday 18th December 2016

Welcome to our services today. 

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“… Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”                          

   Matthew. 1  v.16

                    

 

 Tea & Coffee are served in the hall after the morning service.

 Please stay behind if you are able.
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Today:

                      11.30 am:    Rev. A. MacAulay 

                      6.00 pm:  Rev. Donald MacKenzie

            Sunday School and Crèche – The children  go through to the Hall after the second singing.            

           Crèche duty today:  : Irene Kennedy and June Grant.

            Crèche Next Sunday:  Mairi MacAulay and Rae Ross.                                                             

            Evening Prayer Group:  This meets at 5.35 pm in the Hall.

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

            December Door Duty: Duncan MacLean and John Garvie.

Tuesday 

                          Road to Recovery Meet in hall at 7.30pm

Wednesday   

                      Tain lunch Club  Lunch Club Christmas Dinner  from 12 noon till 2.00pm. Team 3 on duty. This will be the last lunch until Jan 11th.

                      Prayer Meeting & Bible Study   The midweek meeting this week will be in Hilton at 7:30pm. David and Naomi Forbes will give a presentation on their recent trip to India.

                        All donations in the plate at the midweek meeting will be put towards the New Church Fund from now on.

Thursday

                     Casan Beaga. The Parent and Toddler group  will not meet now until after the school holidays.               

Next Sunday 

                        AM Rev. A. MacAulay     

                         PM – Rev. Douglas MacKeddie

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 aimed to reach £100,000.   The current total 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 wishing to cancel their order should speak to Neil or Kathleen MacInnes.

Lunch Club Funding:   We are delighted that funding has been secured which will enable the Tain Lunch Club to continue throughout 2017.   A grant of £2000 was awarded by Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

Fundraising Calendar:  if you have still to pay for calendars, please ensure you do so in the next couple of weeks.  There are a small number of 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

Christmas Readings and Carols: All ladies are warmly invited to an afternoon of Christmas Readings and Carols with speaker Cathy Steed, at the home of Fiona Garvie in Dornoch on Tuesday 20th December at 2 pm.

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Thank-you for attending our service today. 

You are always welcome at any of our services during the week and you can find more information about us at

 http://tainandfearnfreechurch.highland.today/

or on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TainFearnFreeChurch

If you would like a visit from the minister, please call 892 156      or email minister@tainandfearnfreechurch.co.uk

CDs and mp3 files of our Sunday Services are available.  Please use the forms in the vestibule if you wish to order any.

Note: There is a loop system in the church.

We stand to sing and remain seated for prayer

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