TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Fraser Hall after the morning service. All welcome.
TODAY WE WELCOME the friends and family of Kirsty and Neil and their son, Matthew Christopher McGeoch. Matthew will be baptised this morning. We pray that as Matthew seeks to follow Jesus, he will know His love and presence in his life.
IT IS WITH SADNESS that we announce the death of Mrs Myra McQueen of Greenlaw Grove Care Home, Newton Mearns. Mrs McQueen’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, 6thb February at 1.45pm at Linn Crematorium. Please remember Mrs McQueen’s family and friends in your prayers.
IT IS ALSO WITH SADNESS that we announce the death of Mrs Cathleen Black of Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh and formerly of Campsie Gardens, Clarkston. Mrs Black’s funeral will take place on Saturday, 10th February at 11am at Linn Crematorium. Please remember Mrs Black’s family and friends in your prayers.
ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE HOMELESSNESS SUNDAY SERVICE, which will take place at the Lodging House Mission, 35 East Campbell Street, tonight, 4th February at 6.30pm. The guest speaker this year is the Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning, the current Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. There will be an opportunity to have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee after the service. Mark and I still have a couple of spaces in our car if anyone would like to come but requires transport. Alison Allan (638 3916)
THERE WILL BE A MEETING OF THE KIRK SESSION ON TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY. The Agenda, reports and minutes of the meeting of 14th January 2018 are now available in the Centenary chapel for those who have not received them by email.
DISTRICT ELDERS can now collect their communion invitations and Kirk Session Coffee Morning tickets from the front of the Centenary Chapel. Elders without districts and Associates should also collect their Coffee Morning tickets from the same location.
DISTRICT VISITORS are asked to collect their copies of Good Neighbour and Life & Work from the room off the transept please.
WILLIAMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL MALAWI PARTNERSHIP GRAND BALL – Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7pm.
Sparkling wine reception and 3 course meal followed by tea, coffee, accompaniments and live entertainment. £50 per person, The Hilton, William Street, G3 8HT. Bookings: 577 2500 or SchoolMail@williamwood.e-renfrew.sch.uk
CHRISTIAN AID – The next fundraising activity is the 38th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale on Saturday, March 10th from 10am to 4pm in the Carmichael Hall, at Eastwood Park Leisure Centre next to the swimming pool. This is the same venue as last year. Please note the date in your diaries/phones. Entry will be by catalogue, priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children. As I write, the artists are being invited to exhibit their work, and I hope that you will continue to support this popular annual event by coming along to view and to purchase some of the work on display; 1/3rd of the sale price is going to Christian Aid. The entry to the exhibition includes a cup of tea or coffee in the tea room which is also a popular place to meet friends and view the work on display. Thank you in anticipation of your support. Mark Allan
SUNDAY MORNING TEA/COFFEE ROTA IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2018 in the Centenary Chapel. If your organisation can offer its services for a few Sundays please add your details opposite the date/s of your choice. There are still plenty of dates to choose from!
LENT begins this year on 14th February. For Lent some people take the opportunity to take something on or to do something new that helps them focus on the central event of the Christian faith, the death and resurrection of Jesus and what it means to them. This year, in order to help us do that, I wondered if we might give House Groups a try so that in addition to the Greenbank Saturday morning group and the Wednesday night House Groups normally associated with Greenbank, we would need some more volunteers to host house groups on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights during Lent. If you feel that you [or a group of people] could host one of these House Group evenings please leave your name with Jane at the Church Office [644 1841]. Please note that you don’t need to have been involved in a house group before or have vast bible knowledge, you just have to be yourself!!! When a list of venues is known, everyone will be invited to sign up to a particular House Group, through the Sunday Moring intimation sheet and the church Facebook page. You can also leave your name at the church office saying which night you would prefer to attend, or put your name on the sign-up sheet in the Centenary Chapel in the Church. The bible study material being used has been compiled by ‘Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’, partnered with the HOPE organisation. Learning from Mark’s Gospel and from the lessons of prisoners, ex-prisoners and chaplains, this material is clear and accessible. The accompanying booklet is called ‘40 Stories Of Hope’, a collection of 40 remarkable testimonies from prisoners, ex-prisoners and prison chaplains who speak powerfully about life-changing encounters with Jesus. These stories can be read daily during Lent and, with the accompanying weekly House Groups, will offer us the opportunity to explore how we can find hope in Jesus, no matter who we are.
REQUEST FROM CHURCH HOUSE – St Francis in the East Church and Church House are planning a Messy Church Programme starting in February 2018, and need volunteers from congregations to help with activities such as arts and crafts. Meetings will run from 4 – 6pm on the following Saturdays: 10 February, 9 June, 15 September and 10 November 2018. Volunteers are asked to contact Margaret McLellan of the Community Responsibility Committee (0141 639 6853 / email@example.com).
WHAT’S ON IN GREENBANK
A PRAYERS FOR HEALING SERVICE will take place in the CHURCH at 6.30pm next Sunday – all welcome. Prayer requests can be written on the pew cards and inserted in the Prayer Box at the front door of the church.
THE GUILD – Denise Winton makes a return visit to the Guild on Wednesday afternoon. The title of her talk is “Advanced Looking Good”.
FRIENDSHIP CAFE meets on a Friday at 10am in the Fraser Hall. All are most welcome to both activities. Blair Miller (577 5449)
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE GREENBANK FILM SOCIETY will be held on Monday, 5th February at 7.30pm in the Session House., when the comedy western, “The Sheepman”, will be shown. This highly entertaining movie is part of our Shirley MacLaine retrospective and co-stars Glenn Ford. All welcome.
VOLUNTEERS TO READ THE BIBLE LESSONS OVER THE NEXT 3 MONTHS would be much appreciated. A new list is available in the Centenary Chapel and if you would be willing to read the lesson please add your name and telephone number to the service of your choice. We are always looking for new volunteers, so even if you have never read the lesson before please consider adding your name to the list. You will be contacted on the Friday of the preceding week with the readings.
ANYONE WHO WISHES TO JOIN OR KNOW MORE ABOUT GREENBANK or knows someone who would appreciate a visit from the Minister in hospital or wishes to be prayed for, is invited to fill out one of the POSTCARDS placed on the pew boards. Completed postcards can be handed to welcome team members at the church door or posted through the letterbox at the halls’ entrance.
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