All are welcome.
This week our younger son Stephen has been walking the West Highland Way in the foulest of wet weather and has been doing this to raise funds through the generosity of his friends as well as those who are his colleagues at work.
Many thanks to those who have sought to support Stephen. The funds raised are being sent to SAMH the Scottish Association for Mental Health, (a charity that seeks to support those whose mental health is not great) whose profile has become even more prominent with the announcement that the largest killer of young men under the age of 30 is suicide in which the reasons for it are complex and varied. His theme for this venture has been that he would get by with a little help from his friends. While traipsing through some of the most rugged and harsh but stunningly beautiful parts of Scotland he would know that while perhaps on his own, he was not alone.
In Church, we talk of the life of faith in terms of a journey where there are times when people come into our lives and depart from it for whatever reason. The incredible promise of God in the Old Testament has always been
"I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5)
Jesus said things similarly:
(Matthew 28:20) "I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Paul the Apostle said that "Nothing... will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39)
At a time when people today feel more isolated than ever before. Last week we sang " what a friend we have in Jesus" I hope we can take hold of these promises as we gather to give God thanks for his Love for us and share the gift that He has given with those who need to hear it the most.
Have a great week. Whoever you are please feel free to come through for tea and coffee after the service. If you have to race away we wish you Godspeed and hope you have enjoyed your time with us
Calum D. Macdonald
Grace will once more host another Evening in her home.
The next Supper will be Saturday 19th October and the menu will be
Pancetta Pastry Bake
To confirm your place at the table Please contact Grace Aitkenhead on 0141 638 6812
Tickets will cost £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children to cover entry and refreshments with £2.00 entry to Santa’s Grotto.
Stalls – Books, Preserves, £1.00 Bags, Bottle, Home Baking, Children’s Toys, Plants, Gift (new handmade gifts). Donations for all stalls will be gratefully received.
As usual Peter Watson will be filling planters and hanging baskets with bulbs and spring flowers (pansies, primroses etc) for sale on the day or to order. If you have planters or hanging baskets from summer use that you would like filled please contact him on 0141 571 7622. If you have any unwanted (but usable) planters he would be delighted to receive them.