TEA AND COFFEE will be served in the Fraser Hall after the morning service. All welcome.
THERE WILL BE A MEETING OF THE KIRK SESSION on Monday 5th December at 7.30pm in the Session House.
THE OCTOBER & NOVEMBER PRESBYTERY REPORTS are available in the Centenary Chapel for those members of the Kirk Session who have not received them by e-mail.
POSTIES PLEASE! Christmas can’t come too early. At least when it comes to delivering this year’s leaflets inviting the community to our Christmas services round the houses in the Parish. Bundles of leaflets with a label indicating the street and house numbers to be covered are at the front of the Centenary Chapel. We would be very grateful for your help in extending our invitation to share Christmas with us and for participating in one of our major outreach activities of the year.
ATTENTION DISTRICT ELDERS 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 20, 22, 29, 32, 35, 38, 50, 53, 57, 62, 72 & 77 – PLEASE COLLECT YOUR FREE WILL OFFERING ENVELOPES FROM THE CENTENARY CHAPEL. They have to be distributed to those in your district who use them before the end of the year.
TRAVELLING NATIVITY: If you would like Mary and Joseph to visit your home this Advent, please put your name on the list in the Centenary Chapel. The people in your home tonight might like to take turns to read the following prayer- or even add their own prayer:
THIS YEAR THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS will be displayed on a large Advent Calendar display in our Hall of Friendship. Members of the congregation are invited to provide a short verse or a short personal reflection into this special time of year. During Advent these verses or reflections will be displayed each day for visitors to the Hall of Friendship. Anyone wishing to participate is asked to send their contribution to the minister by email [if possible JRoddick@churchofscotland.org.uk] or to hand it in to the church office as soon as possible.
AL-SHUROOQ requests your baking (and small gifts for the stall if anyone has any space). Can be brought to church on 11th December or dropped off at the manse.
223 GLASGOW COMPANY BB – CHRISTMAS CARD DELIVERY: The BB is delivering Christmas Cards within the Parish again this year. The collection box for these is located in the vestibule from Sunday 27th November until 10.30am on Sunday 11th December and cards will be delivered as soon as possible thereafter. Cards can only be delivered within the Parish boundaries (see map on collection box.)
CHRISTMAS CARDS will be on sale in the Fraser Hall after the service on all Sundays until 11th December to raise funds for the Lodging House Mission. Cards are £3.50 for a pack of 10. Come and see the selection during tea and coffee and support the LHM.
DISTRICT VISITORS who have not already done so are asked to collect their copies of Good Neighbour and Life & Work from the room off the
transept today please.
SCRIPTURE UNION BIBLE READING NOTES for the next quarter are available for those who ordered them in the Centenary Chapel today.
CHRISTMAS AT THE MANSE in aid of Al Shurooq School for the Blind in Bethlehem is on Tuesday 13th December, 10am-12noon. Tickets cost £2 from Anne Margetts (644 3820) or just pay at the door. Come along and enjoy tea, coffee and home baking and a browse round the gifts on sale.
THE JANUARY ISSUE OF LIFE &WORK MAGAZINE will be available from Sunday the 18th December. Would subscribers please uplift their copies from the flower Room as the next Good Neighbour delivery will be the February issue. Subscription renewal details will be enclosed within this the January issue. Cheques should be made payable to Greenbank Church enclosed in the envelope provided and placed in the offering bags for our Treasurer. Please note that Life &Work Magazine will increase price by 30p per issue to £2.50 and annual subscription for 12 issues 2017 will be £30.00. Many thanks to all Life & Work subscribers. Ian Mc Turk (638 4649)
GLASGOW NE FOODBANK: As Christmas will soon be on us the foodbank Greenbank supports is asking us to think about donating through a reverse Advent Calendar initiative where an item, from the list on the screen in the Hall of Friendship, can be put into a box every day to make a gift to the vulnerable foodbank visitors at Christmas. A box per family, class, group is good. Boxes should be in by Friday 9th December. Feel free to decorate them if you wish. For further information contact Alex Howie on 6385169.
A VOLUNTEER IS REQUIRED as District Visitor for Mansefield Crescent (9 homes). Contact Margot/Gordon Blyth (638 7646).
WHAT’S ON IN GREENBANK
WELCOME TO OUR GIFTSERVICE please place your gift under the Christmas tree in the church. We thank you for your support.
A TIME TO REMEMBER SERVICE will be held in the Church NEXT SUNDAY, 13th December at 6.30pm to commemorate loved ones no longer with us at Christmas. During the service names of loved ones will be placed on a special Christmas Remembrance Tree which will remain in the church sanctuary that we all may know that this time of year belongs not only to us and our church, but also our loved ones as we journey together towards the One born for us at Christmas. Anyone who wishes to come to the service will be made very welcome. If you can’t manage along to the service but wish someone’s name to be placed on the tree, please record it in the Christmas Book of Remembrance which is in the Centenary Chapel.
COMMUNITY CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Wednesday, 7th December @ 7.30pm. Tickets now available priced £5 (which include tea/coffee & mince pie) from Neil & Val Scholfield, choir members and the church office.
THE FRIENDSHIP CAFÉ – last meeting of 2016 next Friday, 10-11.30am. All welcome.
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE GREENBANK FILM SOCIETY will take place in the Session House at 7.30pm on Monday,12th December 2016 when, owing to a hitch of a technical nature at the November meeting, you are given another opportunity to watch the highly regarded “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. So there’s no excuse for missing it this time unless you don’t need to know how to erect a barn in 15 minutes. All welcome.
THE LODGING HOUSE MISSION is a lifeline for some of the city’s most vulnerable people. It is open Monday to Friday, and on average 100 homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded people visit on a daily basis. In the winter months the night shelter opens at LHM from 1st December, & this year LHM would like to extend their opening hours to include Saturdays, allowing people to use the space instead of leaving the building at 7.30am with nowhere to go until the shelter reopens at night. The existing staff & volunteers work tirelessly at LHM &, like many charities, they are always grateful to have more individuals volunteering. LHM have thought about the different ways they could extend the service & have developed a unique opportunity to allow congregations to directly support LHM: they’re asking congregations to arrange a team of volunteers to allow the service to operate on Saturdays (separate from any individuals who already volunteer on weekdays). They need four people from 9am-3pm to volunteer with a LHM staff member who will be responsible for the overall running of the day. The 6 hours per person can be shared by two people who choose to split the hours or it can be one person that is a choice for congregations to make. If this is an opportunity that you feel you could help Greenbank engage in please put your name & contact details on the sheet in centenary chapel so that a rota can be organised.
PARK CHURCH, Ravenscliffe Drive, Giffnock is holding a Christmas Tree Festival on Friday 9th December, 6pm-9pm and Saturday 10th December, 10am-4pm. Entry £3 adults, £1 children (including refreshments). The theme is world-wide Christmas trees with each organisation presenting a decorated tree from their country of choice. The festival is in the church with Christmas stalls for all ages in the halls, plus Christmas refreshments in festive tea room, all welcome.
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