Intimations Sunday 30th July

Church Service Intimations

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are pleased to inform you that Greenbank’s new Session Clerk is Helen Howard and wish her well in this role.

‘Donations for tea and coffee after the service during July and August will go to Kwenderana to help pay school fees for boys and girls in Ekwendeni next year’

A new quarterly Bible Readers sheet (from July to September) is now in the Centenary Chapel. Volunteers are requested to put their name and contact telephone number at a date of their choice. Only a couple of spaces in September left to fill.

Lodging House Mission – Donations required, especially UHT milk, kettle foods e.g. pot noodles and tinned soup e.g. tomato, chicken and mushroom, can be put on the trolley in the Link building. Sugar, toiletries, clothing, bedding, duvets and towels are not required at the moment. Donations trolley is in link building.

Glasgow North East Foodbank – Donations required, Nutritious foodstuffs required: tinned meat (not Fray Bentos), tinned fruit & veg, UHT milk & juice, diluting juice, tinned & packet potato (mash), tinned rice & custard, packet custard, pasta sauces, pasta, tinned tomatoes, biscuits, Toiletries; nappies & baby wipes.

The link building is open for all donations on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday mornings.

BOOK CLUB On Saturday the 5th of August we will be meeting at 09:30 or 09:15 if you want to join us for breakfast, in the creche, in the church halls. We are starting a new book called “The Case for God: What religion really means” by Karen Armstrong. About the book. There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience.
Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as ‘belief’, ‘faith’, and ‘mystery’ has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God – and, indeed, reason itself – in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.
Does God have a future? Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarised world.

We would love if you could join us in looking at this book, we will be looking at the first chapter for our next meeting so please come along. For more information you can contact Ronnie McNeill on 0141 577 6503.

BOOKS– There is a good collection of books in the hall of friendship. You are welcome to come and have a look and take a book for a small donation.

Re-engage, Scotland is a charity committed to reducing loneliness and isolation amongst the UK’s oldest people of 75 and over. With 100,000 older people in Scotland stating that they feel lonely all or most of the time and 200,000 going half a week or more without a visit or call from anyone, they are needed now more than ever. Re-engage is an independent organisation that gives older people something to look forward to. It currently has a telephone befriending service and also offers a telephone befriending service specifically for older people from the LGBT+ community, offering weekly calls from volunteers who identify from the community. It has in person social groups where older people can interact and socialise with volunteers and other older people. All services are free of charge.

Volunteers work together to create better communities and help to enrich the lives of members by giving them something to look forward to. Older people who may have felt very alone, now feel valued as individuals, continue to form friendships, and have groups that give support. Re-engage makes sure that people know they are important well into old age. The Clarkston group is at risk of closure if it cannot get a new volunteer group coordinator in post. All roles require a few hours of commitment each month, 4 hours for a group coordinator, 2 hours for a driver and 2 hours (once or twice a year) for a host. If anyone is interested in volunteering for this group please email Sarah McKean, Re-engage Engagement Officer for Scotland at Sarah.McKean@reengage.org.uk

For further information see https://www.reengage.org.uk

East Renfrewshire Council, VAER and ER Culture and Leisureare holding aCommunity Ideas Factory for our winter preparations in East Renfrewshire, particularly for those most isolated and affected by the cost-of-living challenge. This will be an opportunity to share your ideas and experiences with us and help shape what our collective offer could look like for communities this winter.We hope that this session will allow organisations a chance to co-design what the community-led response to cost of living challenges will look like this Winter, explore opportunities how we can all work together, and any funding opportunities available. The event will take place on Monday 21st August from 13:30-15:30 at the Foundry, Main St, Barrhead, Glasgow G78 1SW. If you would be interested in attending on Greenbank’s behalf, please contact the church office assoon as possible.

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