Notices for the week beginning 21st November 2016
It is with great regret that Nancy Fielding’s death is announced. Nancy was a stalwart member of St Andrew’s for many years. The funeral will take place at St Andrew’s next Wednesday 7th December at 11.30. All midweek services will be cancelled for that day
The Advent Wreath
You will have noticed two fine Advent wreaths in the churches, the handiwork of Elizabeth Fountain at Callander and Carol Seymour at Aberfoyle: thank you both.
The Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the 16th Century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath took shape.
Advent wreaths are circular, representing God’s infinite love and are usually made of evergreen leaves, which “represent the hope of eternal life brought by Jesus Christ” Within the Advent wreath are candles representing the four weeks of the Advent season as well as a reminder of the light of God coming into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. Each candle has its own significance as well. They signify the Christian concepts of hope (week one), peace (week two), joy (week three) and love (week four). The white candle in the centre represents the arrival of Christmastide and thus sometimes known as the “Christ candle.” It is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and coloured white this being the festal colour.
Three of the outer candles are violet this being the traditional colour of penitence and waiting associated with Advent. The season is also one of anticipation; the third pink candle reminding worshippers that there is great joy to come.
Start Up Stirling
The needs for food are beginning to outstrip supply. Thanks to those who have already contributed. Trays are at the back of church to receive listed donations.
For your prayers
Jenny, the sister of John Champness who sadly died last week. John is attending her funeral this Wednesday 30th November.
Ann Andrews, the daughter-in-law of Christine Ffinch undergoing and thankfully responding to treatment.
Dudley Robertson brother of Fiona Gibson presently in hospital
Those recovering from operations.
St Andrew’s Rotas
Flowers: Advent – no flowers
Readers and sides persons: Roslynn, Amanda, and Roger
Wednesday 30th November 2016
Matt. 4. 18-22
Sunday 4th December 2016
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as
judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
Services and Readings:
Romans 15. 4-13
Matt. 3. 1-12
Isa. 11. 1-10
Romans 15. 4-13
Matt. 3. 1-12
Followed by Aberfoyle Parish Annual General Meeting
The Rector’s Report to the Annual Parish Meeting
As anticipated in last year’s report, the year started with a Stewardship Campaign. Those who responded did so generously; thank you. A generous legacy was received with great gratitude. In launching the campaign, the Vestry was aware that the congregation’s resources are not infinite. It therefore undertook the scrutinise expenditure. Our second largest overhead is energy costs. Members of Vestry have spent a good deal of time in the past months investigating cheaper and more efficient means of heating the church. This has involved considerable amount of time and effort. It is hoped that the fruit of such labours will become apparent in due course. The Vestry not only undertook to reduce all possible expenditure, but to generate new revenue. The fair in June held at Aberfoyle Tourist Centre was a leap in faith, but well justified. Apart from the sums raised it did much to raise the profile of St Mary’s within the community. The third Sunday at three concert series has been built upon the foundations of our previous series of concerts and have proved popular Their success however depends in great measure on the continued and sustained support of the congregation. Members of the current Vestry have been both dedicated and pro-active and we are fortunate indeed to have the benefit of their service.
St Mary’s is especially grateful to Mary-Clare Brown whose timely return to St Mary’s has greatly assisted Jean Sykes as organist. The Vestry has co-opted and asked her to stand for election at the meeting.
Our ecumenical links with Aberfoyle and Port of Menteith churches continue to be fruitful. The Midnight Service this year will be a joint venture for the first time.
Our long association with the Manchester Church Lads and Girls Brigade has been sustained. After a period of falling numbers and morale, it is heartening that numbers are again rising. The officers and staff demonstrate the most wonderful practical love and faith.
Bishop David preached and celebrated at the Mothering Sunday service.
A donation from the Charity Giving Fund was made to CINI and our Harvest Produce donated to Braendam and Start Up Stirling. It is hoped that St Mary’s can support the latter on a more regular and focused basis in the year to come.
Thank you to everyone who has enabled the work and life of St Mary’s to continue. May God guide and bless us all in the year to come.
Sunday 4th December
Aberfoyle Kirk Christmas Fayre
Aberfoyle Memorial Hall
13.00 – 16.00
Entrance £1.00 child 50 pence
To book a table (£8.00)01877 382701 Trish or 01877 382230 Nicola
Wednesday 7th December 2016
11.30 Nancy Fielding Funeral. Both midweek services (Callander and Killearn) are therefore cancelled.
Sunday 18th December
Carol Service Sunday
Please remember that Service times and venues will vary:
8.00 Holy Communion at Balfron
10.00 Holy Communion at St Andrew’s
11.15 No Morning Service at St Mary’s
16.00 St Mary’s Carol Service (Joint with Abe Killearn
Matt.11:28-endAberfoyle Kirk) at St Mary’s
18.30 St Andrew’s Carol Service (Joint with Callander Council of Churches) at St Andrew’s
St Mary’s Midnight Service Joint with Aberfoyle Kirk at the Kirk
Sunday 15 January 2017
St Mary’s Third at three series
Pistons and Pipes Tom Poulson Trumpet Calum Robertson Organ/Clarinet This exciting and entertaining young duo have promised a wide ranging programme with a strong sense of spectacle.
Our campaign to assist Start Up Stirling is ongoing to allow contributions of the following items to be delivered to the tray in church on any Sunday. As Christmas approaches, demand will increase. Could you spare for example a Christmas Pudding?
Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit
Household goods – good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.
No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.