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Rectors Bulletin week ending 15th November

St Mary’s Aberfoyle & St Andrew’s Callander

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Richard Grosse Rector 01877382887 07759497826

 

Notices for week beginning Sunday 8th November

 Headlines

Today’s services 

Remembrance Sunday

10.00 St Andrew’s

Short service of Remembrance

10.45 Callander Kirk

Joint town service followed by laying of wreaths in the square(12 noon)

 

There is no service at St Mary’s today. Joint service with Aberfoyle Kirk commencing 10.45

Firework-Sparkler Spaceships by Barbara Carruthers

For some years Barbara, a member of St Mary’s has been by turn educating and delighting the congregation with the wisdom and wit of her writings in the Sunday pew bulletin. Lord Michael Forsyth has recently gathered Barbara’s reflections into a book. With illustrations and a forward by the Primus, it retails for just £5.00 and will be found at the back of both churches from next week, or direct through Barbara or Richard. It will make an ideal ‘stocking filler’!

Refugee Appeal

During September, an appeal was launched by Re-Act Scotland to help refugees fleeing from their homeland. One volunteer, Gill McArthur who has been organising collections in Edinburgh has just gone out to Samos to assess the situation. This is what she has to say

‘I’m sorry I have not updated sooner, the situation is changing all the time and there is so much information to absorb.

We arrived on Tuesday morning. We met Elena Housni who works for the Mayors office. She showed us to our accommodation that is free for volunteers all arranged by her.
We hired a car and went to the port. There are some 4000 refugees in Samos just now. The port was full of people, tents everywhere. Men, woman and children. We were asked to help with the food distribution which happens from porta cabins, I’m told that 2 of the cabins house the families who lost people at sea in recent days. One man lost his wife and 2 children, he is a Gynaecologist from Syria, he only wants to help us even after his losses. Then there are 4 or 5 cars of local people who arrive with food that they have cooked for us to distribute. They can afford this only through cash donations as they have no money left as they have been doing this for months and the Greek economy is seriously struggling.
The distribution was so busy and there are only a few volunteers and people are desperate. They don’t know when they will get food again.
For anyone that says these people can help themselves. Some people don’t know when they leave on the boats where they will arrive they don’t know when or how they can leave. They are scared to move they miss boats.
There are no boats until maybe Friday because of the ferry strikes which is causing thousands of refugees to be stranded and also slowing aid getting to Samos.
In the morning the locals give all children breakfast, aglass of milk, sandwich, fruit but then we run out. Children are crying and mothers are looking at us but we cant help.
At 2.30 more meals arrive from locals which we distribute and again run out.
Today we bought 300 chicken kebab sandwiches and distributed them along with the islanders.
Re-Act have donated £1000 pounds to Elena she has a bank account set up for refugees only. She has shown me the receipts. The woman that cook tell us how much it costs. They have no job, one woman cooks 400 meals she has 4 children.
We have looked into buying food, giving restaurants money to bulk cook. The cheapest option is the locals.
We must support the island as they are supporting the refugees.
They have an old prison building and the non Syrian refugees are there, the conditions are OK.
Tonight 500 people turned up in the dark at the port in coaches collected from beaches around the island. We have nothing to give them, we cant give them food because it will lead to chaos. They have no shelter no food, no blankets.
We have a small warehouse and we will go and get all blankets at night we will give all people without blankets one. Last night 60 people had no blankets that we could see and we only had 40.
Not all people sleep in the port some go to empty buildings, the forest, hotels if they have money but they have had to stay 6 days so running out of money quickly.
THE WAY YOU CAN HELP NOW IS DONATE MONEY, PLEASE SHARE. PLEASE DONATE. NO FERRYS MEAN NO AID WE CAN BUY IT HERE. WE CAN SET UP PROPER FOOD ORDERING AND DISTRIBUTION IF WE HAVE MONEY.
Please help me not leave children cold and hungry any more.

Thank you”

 

Richard adds thanks to Anne Winther for organising our collection and for the many who contributed.

Tuesday 10th November

There is no Fellowship Group this month.

Wednesday 11th November

10.00 Callander Midweek Communion

Thursday 12th November

Invitation to Callander Guild

Evelyn Nicolson 01877 33436 has the details

Sunday 15th November 2015

2nd Sunday before Advent

Trinity 24

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Mark 13:1-8

 10.00 Callander

Psalm 16

Daniel 12:1-3

Heb. 10:11-14[15-18]19-25

Mark 13:1-8

 11.15 Aberfoyle

Daniel 12:1-3

Heb. 10:11-14[15-18]19-25

Mark 13:1-8

Future Notices

Wednesday 18th November 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 19:11-28

Saturday 21st November

Roslynn Grant, the Fair organizer writes

‘St Andrews Christmas Fair will be from 10-2pm in Callander Kirk Hall. This is our main fund raiser of the year.
There will be the usual tombola, cake and candy, and gift stalls. The Cubs will be there and of course we will be having our wonderful Christmas Hampers raffle. There will be tea/coffee, scones, cakes, soup, and toasties for sale and this year, Christmas music will be provided between 11-1 by Callander Chimes. We hope to see you there, and please encourage family and friends to call in and help support our wonderful Church in our fundraising efforts.

Donations for the tombola and raffle are required, and there are boxes at the back of the church for these, or you can drop them off at Roslynn’s house, or alternatively call her on 330353 to make arrangements for collection. Please note this year, there will not be a bric-a-brac stall’.

Eco congregation

Following last month’s very successful “Love God, Love God’s World” event in Edinburgh we have now been able to make available both the video of the evening and the texts from all the speakers. Please see: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/news/video-and-notes-from-edinburgh-event-now-available/

Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin. Preceding the march through Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November will be a service in St George’s Square at 11.00.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rectors weekly Bulletin week ending 8th November 2015

 

 

Notices for week beginning Monday 2nd November

 Headlines

8th November Remembrance Sunday.

There are changes to the usual service pattern and times. 

Please see below.

 

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair Saturday 21st November. There are now boxes at the back of church to receive tombola and raffle prizes. Please see below

Wednesday 4th November

Midweek Services

10.00 Callander followed by coffee

11.30 Killearn Kirk Session Room

 Friday 6th November

19.30 St Mary’s Finance Committee meets

Sunday 8th November 2015

Remembrance Sunday

Trinity 23

10.00 St Andrew’s

Short service of Remembrance

10.45 Callander Kirk

Joint town service followed by laying of wreaths in the square(12 noon)

 

There is no service at St Mary’s today. Joint service with Aberfoyle Kirk commencing 10.45

 

Wednesday 11th November 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 17:11-19

 

Thursday 12th November

Invitation to Callander Guild

Evelyn Nicolson has the details

 

Saturday 21st November

Roslynn Grant, the Fair organizer writes

‘St Andrews Christmas Fair will be from 10-2pm in Callander Kirk Hall. This is our main fund raiser of the year.
There will be the usual tombola, cake and candy, and gift stalls. The Cubs will be there and of course we will be having our wonderful Christmas Hampers raffle. There will be tea/coffee, scones, cakes, soup, and toasties for sale and this year, Christmas music will be provided between 11-1 by Callander Chimes. We hope to see you there, and please encourage family and friends to call in and help support our wonderful Church in our fundraising efforts.

Donations for the tombola and raffle are required, and there are boxes at the back of the church for these, or you can drop them off at Roslynn’s house, or alternatively call her on 330353 to make arrangements for collection. Please note this year, there will not be a bric-a-brac stall’.

Eco congregation

Following last month’s very successful “Love God, Love God’s World” event in Edinburgh we have now been able to make available both the video of the evening and the texts from all the speakers. Please see: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/news/video-and-notes-from-edinburgh-event-now-available/

Annual Meetings

St Andrew’s 29th November

St Mary’s 6th December

both following the morning services

Pew Leaflet 23rd October 2015

Sunday 18th October 2015 Trinity 20

Luke the Evangelist

READINGS: Isaiah 35: 3—6 (P.719); 2 Timothy 4: 5—17 (P. 1197); Luke 10: 1—9 (P. 1041)

FUTURE NOTICES

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal.

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October  Anti-Human Trafficking Group — Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to     4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.

It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all.

Further detail available through Richard.

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets.

Wednesday 28th October 16.00—17.30 – Also Thursday 10.00—15.30

 Camphill blair Drummond – Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

Friday 30th October 2015

19.30 Les Trio Blondes at St. Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris.

Tickets—£10—from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at

www.ecocongregationscotland.org

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Among my many books I have one written, published in 1939 ,and written by a dog. Not many people have a book written by a dog and this one is indeed special.

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Imagination is a wonderful thing. It can take us on many journeys and fill many quiet hours with beautiful thoughts and marvellous images.

Writes have wonderful gifts of imagination . One such writer (writing as Edith Pargeter (Ellis Peters)) has, as the first paragraph of one of her books, a description of an angel coming to earth which is wonderfully evocative. Sadly the laws of copyright prevent me from quoting it, but perhaps I can find a way to bring the picture to you.

She talks of the angel’s arched wings, his beautiful feet and hands and the radiance all around.   Long golden hair quivering from his flight and “the shuddering hum” of his huge wings . She talks of his eyes , shielding themselves from the “unbearable brightness” and how his body was poised for his alighting with the ’silver sinews’ braced ready to touch the earth. The “tremulous air vibrating like a bowstring along the descending arc of his passage from heaven.”

The creator, she says, bent his head to look upon his work , and saw that it was good.

What a marvellous picture!

I’m sure we meet angels on earth – I’m sure my grandmother (of soldier’s mittens fame)was one ( not with wings or radiance, but just with her presence) and there are many others who just by being there bring with them a greeting from the Almighty.

What has that to do with a little dog writing a book.

Well, I suppose for a start, it is an unusual happening. It is not everyday one picks up a book written by a dog, or is inspired by and angel, and in both cases it requires a human hand to bring it to life.

The dog is a spaniel called Raq (pronounced Rak) and he belongs to a gypsy called Romany who lives in a Vardo (a gypsy caravan). Romany was the main figure in a radio programme called Children’s Hour when he brought to us children all the sights and sounds of the countryside in which he lived. Raq was his faithful companion who went with him on all his adventures, and a young boy called Tim also joined them. There being no TV at this time, the sense used to bring the programme alive was our hearing and we learned the different calls of the birds and the different noises that the animals made talking to each other, sending happy sounds or alarm calls where danger threatened. Romany talked to Raq and so brought the programme alive and we children learned through that. To write one of his books as if Raq was the writer awakened our imagination even more and even now I get a great deal of pleasure going back to Raq’s stories.

A quote – Raq speaking……………..

“I have always taken great care in selecting suitable friends for Romany Take that unprincipled ruffian Billy, the squirrel. This light-fingered little pick-pocket lives in a wood near the farm and Romany is constantly hob-nobbing with him in a manner that angers me beyond measure. In addition to his thieving habits, Billy has a flow of bad language that would turn a blue-jay green with envy . “

God has given us the gift of imagination which not only enhances our world but also saves us from making terrible mistakes. Thanks be to God for these gifts and for the gift of Raq the dog and his wonderful book.

Rectors Bulletin week ending 23rd October

Free to a good home – one pumpkin! Apply Richard

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair Saturday 21st November. There are now boxes at the back of church to receive tombola and raffle prizes

Wednesday 21st October

10.00 Callander midweek service

Thursday 22nd October

The Filling Station, Callander meets in the Deli Ecosse from 18.30 and the speaker will be joined by Allan McKinlay songwriter. Refreshments

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

 Sunday 25th October 2015

Trinity 21- Bible Sunday

British Summer Time ends – clocks go back an hour!

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Psalm 126

Jer. 31:7-9

Heb. 7:23-28

Mark 10:46-52

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Jer. 31:7-9

Heb. 7:23-28

Mark 10:46-52

 

Wednesday 28th October 2015

10.00 Callander

John 15:17-end

Future Notices

Wednesday 28th October( 16.00 – 17.30)  and Thursday 29th October (10.00 – 15.30)

 camphill blair drummond Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

 

 

Friday 30th October 2015 

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710

 

Saturday 21st November

St Andrew’s Christmas Fair Details to follow

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

Notice of Linkage Annual General Meetings

St Andrews

Sunday 29th November following a shortened morning service

St Mary’s

Sunday 6th December following a shortened morning service.

Pew Leaflet 18th October 2015

Sunday 18th October 2015  Trinity 20  Luke the Evangelist

READINGS: Isaiah 35: 3—6 (P.719); 2 Timothy 4: 5—17 (P. 1197); Luke 10: 1—9 (P. 1041)

FUTURE NOTICES

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal.

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October  Anti-Human Trafficking Group — Crossing Continents toCombat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to      4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.

It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all.

Further detail available through Richard.

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets.

Wednesday 28th October 16.00—17.30 AND Thursday 10.00—15.30

Camphill blair Drummond

Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

 

 

Friday 30th October 2015

19.30 Les Trio Blondes at St. Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris.

Tickets—£10—from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk

 

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at

www.ecocongregationscotland.org


 

In April of this year, George Willis wrote in the pew leaflet of his experience of meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town at the Easter Service there 20 years ago. He spoke movingly of the impact that service had on him.

Now, in October , he writes again of his memory of the conclusion of that wonderful service – the grand finale! as he calls it.

George writes:

A few months ago, I submitted an article about the most wonderful service I have ever attended in Capetown Cathedral, at Easter over twenty years ago. In it, I told you of how the Archbishop dealt with “The Peace”- it was truly wonderful,   George says.

And he continues………….. May I tell you of another facet of that quite extraordinary service, which also left such a lasting

impression on me!

At the conclusion of the service, in response to the normal sending out we, as usual, responded

…….”In the name of Christ”

He smiled his beaming smile and said

“I think you can so much better than that! – I’ll start again!” ………………….. And so he did!

In the name of Christ!” we responded – much louder this time!

Again this great smile “I’m sure you can do even better than that!”

                           It was almost like a pantomime!

This time the huge congregation , of some two thousand people who packed the great Cathedral, took a huge breath and the words “In the name of Christ!” resounded round the Cathedral almost blowing the roof off – everyone smiling by this stage!

 What a conclusion to the most extraordinary service I have ever been privileged to attend !

 

George.

 

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Many thanks to George for sharing that moving and uplifting

experience with us.

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And finally, another thank you this time from Carol Seymour:

Carol would like to thank Fiona Stirling, Saffrey Miller, Susan Forsyth, Margaret Sutherland, Robin Willis, Melanie Grosse, and Gill Brown for all their hard work decorating the church for Harvest. She says: “It was fun seeing it all come together.”

Barbara writes: Carol and her team of helpers filled the church with beauty in colour and floral beauty and in the presentation of all the gifts that had been donated. It was a wonderful experience to walk in to the church and be surrounded with the fruits of their endeavours. We are indeed fortunate to have those among us who share their skills with us not just on special days but all through the year. Our thanks go to all of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Rectors Bulletin week ending 18th October

 

Sunday 18th October 2015

Trinity 20

Luke the Evangelist

 

Services & Readings

08.00 Balfron

Luke 10:1-9

 10.00 Callander

Isa. 35:3-6

  1. Tim. 4:5-17

Luke 10:1-9

11.15 Aberfoyle

Isa. 35:3-6

  1. Tim. 4:5-17

Luke 10:1-9

 

Wednesday  21st October 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 12:39-48

 

Future Notices

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group – Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to 4pm in St George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street.  You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue.  The conference is free and open to all.  Further detail available through Richard

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

Wednesday 28th October

16.00 – 17.30

camphill blair drummond

Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

Also

Thursday 29th October

10.00 – 15.30

 Friday 30th October 2015 

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710

  Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

 

 

 

 

Pew Leaflet week ending 11th October 2015

Sunday11th October 2015  Trinity 19

Hymns:   A&M 201, 220, 156, CG 74.

Readings: Amos 5: 6—7, 10—15 (P. 920); Hebrews 4: 12—16

(p.1203); Mark 10: 17—31 (P.1014).

 Headlines ………..

Many thanks to all who came to the harvest supper last Friday evening and Evelyn and Fiona for their organisation. Donations at the Festivals to Surestart Stirling were delivered yesterday.

And tailpieces ……….

The apple trees in St. Andrew’s back garden are now fruiting. To save them being wasted, please call and pick them before they fall.

Recent ’Country Life Magazines’ are available free of charge.

Please contact Richard if this is of interest.

Wednesday 7th October

11.30 Killearn Midweek Service

Future Notices

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St. Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group— Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30 am to 4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street. You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking. It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all.     Further detail available through Richard.

Wednesday 28th October

16.00 – 17.30 Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House, Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

 Friday 30th October 2015 Concert at St Mary’s

Les Trois Blondes at St. Mary’s Church bringing the only band in Scotland specialising in this kind of French café music. Tickets £10 from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or O1786 870710.

Saturday 28th November

Join hundreds of thousand of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

Www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

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Last Saturday I was taken to a “Working Horses Day”   held at the East Crieffvechter Farm near Crieff.

It was a beautiful day both weatherwise, people-wise, horses-wise and programme-wise. So much to see and hear about.

Hopefully the picture above gives some idea of the surroundings. What the horses are pulling is a haystack-making machine, which they demonstrated.

The weather was warm enough for people to work in shirt sleeves and we were lucky enough to get ringside seats.

The sloping thing behind the horses is a kind of large rake which pulls up the hay from the ground and tips it into the basket-like thing which is also being pulled by the horses.

Two men in the basket thing are busy jumping up and down on the hay to tamp it down and once the basket is filled the horses are held still, the men jump out of the basket and the basket is tipped up, the hay tumbles out, creating a haystack.

This was a apparently a primitive forerunner of the combine harvester.

Once emptied the whole thing was reassembled and away we went to make another haystack.

The horses were so co-operative and willing and the whole scene is one that takes us back to the time when it was nothing but horses that worked in the fields.

The farmers are very proud of their horses and take great pride in dressing them up for showing especially at e.g. the Highland Show. The way of decorating them involves a good hour or two with washing of the hair on their lower legs, combing them and putting the legs in to basins of bran to dry them. This is followed by decorating the manes with plaiting and ribbons and by adding beautiful metal decorations over the horses necks or backs. The horses stand patiently while all of this is going on and seem to feel very proud as they show off to the crowd.

We were lucky to have a beautiful day and to be able to sit out in the sun to enjoy all the goings-on.

During the time of WWII horses were used in place of tractors . Without them hay-making and harvest would have been very difficult.After the War ended that there was serious discussion as to whether horses should continue to be used on farms or whether it would be better just to do without them and use mechanised vehicles instead.   Fortunately there were one or two dedicated people who were horrified at the idea and who campaigned for keeping the heavy horses, especially the Clydesdales; and farmers who still had Clydesdales started a breeding programme to make sure they would not die out.

Relationships of humans with animals is one of God’s great gifts to us and a great responsibility. He trusts us to respect and treasure them and not to discard them when it suits us. To see these beautiful horses responding to our needs is to see that glorious       relationship.

 

Give thanks to God for all his wonderful gifts.

 

 

 

Rectors Bulletin week ending 11th October 2015

St Mary’s Aberfoyle &

St Andrew’s Callander

WEEKLY BULLETIN

Richard Grosse Rector

01877382887

07759497826

 

Notices for week beginning

Monday 5th October

Headlines

Many thanks to all who came to the Harvest Supper last Friday evening and Evelyn and Fiona for their organization. Donations at the Festivals to Surestart Stirling were delivered yesterday

 

And tailpieces…

The apple trees in St Andrew’s back garden are now fruiting. To save them being wasted, please call and pick them before they fall.

Recent ‘Country Life Magazines’ are available free of charge. Please contact Richard if this is of interest.


Wednesday 7th October

10.00 Callander Midweek Service

11.30 Killearn Midweek Service

Saturday 10th October

St Andrew’s

11.00 The funeral of Patrick Drummond

Sunday 11th October 2015

Trinity 19

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

BCP

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Amos 5:6-7,10-15

Hebrews 4:12-16

Mark 10:17-31


 

Future Notices

Wednesday 14th October 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 11:42-46

 

Earl Haig Poppy Appeal

Hand crocheted poppies are for sale at £4.00 and £5.00 at St Mary’s. These can be worn throughout the year.

Contact: Julie Edmonstone juliet@edmonstone.com

 

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group – Crossing Continents to Combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30am to 4pm in St George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street.  You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking.  It will be a great opportunity to hear from international speakers on this important issue.  The conference is free and open to all.  Further detail available through Richard

 

Friday 23rd October

19.30 Aberfoyle Vestry meets

Wednesday 28th October 16.00 – 17.30 and Thursday 29th October 10.00 – 15.30

Camphill Blair Drummond

Autumn Bazaar

Blair Drummond House Cuthil Brae FK9 4UR

Friday 30th October 2015 

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Tickets – £10 – from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710

  Saturday 28thNovember

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org

 

 

 

 

Pew Leaflet – 4th October 2015

Sunday 4th October  Harvest Festivals

Readings: Genesis 2:18—24 (P.5); Hebrews 1:1 –4; 2:5—12

(Pp. 1201 and1202); Luke 9: 10-17 (P.1039).

Saturday 10th October

11.00 The funeral of Patrick Drummond

Richard writes:

I have been greatly heartened by your support in various ways for the occasion of my installation as Canon at Perth last Sunday: many thanks. What ever the post demands, The Linkage remains as ever my first priority.

 Harvest Festivals will take place in both churches on Sunday 4th October. Our efforts over the past weeks have been rightly focused on the plight of refugees. It should not be forgotten that there are locally those also in need. I am therefore requesting please non-perishable foods to be donated to Start-Up Stirling, I can vouch for the good work that the charity achieves. These items can be brought to church either before or on the Sunday.

ALSO:

The apple trees in St. Andrew’s back garden are now fruiting. To save them being wasted, please call and pick them before they fall.

Recent ‘Country Life Magazines’ are available free of charge. Please contact Richard if this is of interest.

Wednesday 7th October

11.15 Killearn

Luke 11: 1—4 (P.1042)

Saturday 17th October

Anti-Human Trafficking Group – Crossing continents to combat Trafficking conference is being held from 9.30 am to 4 pm in St. George’s Tron Church in Buchanan Street.   You will hear from Aidan McQuade, who is Director of Slavery International, and delegates from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe and hope to learn how we can all do our bit, no matter how small, to combat human trafficking. It will be a great opportunity to hear international speakers on this important issue. The conference is free and open to all. Further detail available through Richard.

Friday 30th October

19.30 Les Trois Blondes at St. Mary’s Church

Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris.

Tickets—£10—from concerts0310@yahoo.co.uk or 01786 870710


 

POEM

Author Unknown

Yes, I thought I knew my Bible

Reading piecemeal. hit or miss

Now a part of John or Matthew

Then a bit of Genesis

Certain chapters of Isaiah

Certain psalms, the twenty-third.

First of Proverbs, twelfth of Romans

Yes, I though I knew the Word

But I found that thorough reading

Was a different thing to do

And the way was unfamiliar

When I read my Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible

Dip and dabble here and there

Just before you kneel all weary

Yawning through a hurried prayer.

You who treat this crown of writings

As you treat no other book

Just a paragraph disjointed

Just a crude impatient look.

Try a worthier procedure

Try a broad and steady view;

You will kneel in awesome wonder

When you read the Bible through.

When I read the Bible through

 

“Unlocking the Bible” – “a unique overview of the whole     Bible.”

The introduction to this book, contains the verses overleaf.

 

I think I have mentioned this book before– if I have I apologise.

but it continues to enthral me and when I pick it up for a few minutes reading I find myself unable to put it down.

The author is a David Pawson who tells how it all started in Arabia in 1957 when he was chaplain to the Royal Air Force, as he says “looking after the spiritual welfare of all those who were not C. E.or R.C. but O.D (other Denominations)   – Methodist to Salvationist, Buddhist to atheist.

How, he asks, could he get these men interested in the Christian faith and then committed to it.

 

So he was prompted to announce that he would give a series of talks over a few months, which would take them right through the Bible, As he says “It was to prove a voyage of discovery for all of us. The Bible became a new book when seen as a whole. As he says “We had failed to see the wood for the trees”.

 

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Winter

An apology in advance from the pew leaflet

Getting on in years as I am, I find driving in the winter quite daunting and apologise now if the pew leaflet occasionally does not manage to‘make it’on snowy, icy, windy Sundays. It will be with you in spirit.

 

 

Rectors Bulletin week ending 27th September

Notices for week beginning Monday 21st September

Headlines

Callander Open Doors 12th and 13th September

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported this venture. The floral displays were magnificent and the memorabilia displayed for the occasion created interest. Those who supplied the refreshments did a wonderful job. The inclement weather was against us on the Saturday, but other local organizations involved told a similar story. Sunday though brought a pleasing number to St Andrew’s. Now we look forward to next weekend and our part in the Railway Festival (see below)

 Refugee Crisis (see seperate post on this website)

The co-ordinator for the Linkage, Anne Winther writes ‘Can you please pass on many thanks from CalAid who were thrilled by the donations that were made by the congregation last week. Approximately 14 bags were delivered to the depot near Holyrood Edinburgh this week. Collection is still continuing (collection point St Mary’s Church Room), but the list has changed and is now much broader (see below). If any member of St Mary’s is visiting central Edinburgh by car on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon over the next month, please could they consider whether they could ferry a car full of donations to the CalAid drop-off depot is open every Tuesday and Thursday 2pm – 7pm at Studio 24 24-26 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DP?’

Harvest Supper

If you have not done so already, could you please respond to Evelyn or Fiona (see below)

Notices for this week

Tuesday 22nd September

Callander Vestry meets.  The agenda should now be in the hands of Vestry Members.

Wednesday 23rd September 

Ember Day

10.00 Callander

Luke 9:1-6

19.30 St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Love God, Love God’s World 

WHY CHRISTIANS CARE FOR CREATION 

With speakers including:

The Most Rev David Chillingworth

Bishop of Dunkeld, St Andrew’s and Dunblane and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church

Sally Foster Fulton

Convenor of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland

Philppa Bonella

Head of Communications and Education at the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

The Rev John Humphreys

Synod Moderator of the United Reformed Church in Scotland

Thursday 24 September 2015 9.00am – 9.00pm

As the refugee crisis continues to escalate, many in our congregations are growing increasingly concerned, and are wondering what we might do. In response to this, many of the Cathedrals of the SEC are holding events at the end of September to mark their solidarity with those who are suffering at this time as a result of this crisis. For our part, St. Ninian’s Cathedral will be hosting a Day of Prayer and Action from 9am to 9pm on Thursday 24 September. The day will begin with a service of Holy Communion at 9am, in which all in the diocese are invited to take part.

Saturday 26th September and Sunday 27th September 11.00 – 16.30

Callander Railway Anniversary Weekend

September 2015 will be the 50th anniversary of the landslide at Glen Ogle that effectively closed the railway line known as the Callander to Oban Railway. The railway was crucial to the growth of Callander as a tourist centre. The Festival aims to celebrate this railway heritage and the legacy left behind. The Festival will be held at the following venues

Platform 1 Station Road Car Park

Display of period vehicles

5’’ gauge miniature railway

Platform 2 St Andrews

O Gauge Railway Display and ‘Railfuture Scotland’ which was recently involved in the reinstatement of the Borders Railway will be present: who knows, Callander might yet be served by rail again!

Platform 3 St Kessogs

‘Life in Victorian Callander’

The Clanranald Trust presents a Victorian Market in the Square together with a photo exhibition

Platform 4 Callander Kirk Hall

More photos and displays with book and DVD stalls.

Platform 5

Hamilton Toy Museum ‘ A hundred years of railway and other toys’ including the Museum’s garden railway weather permitting.

For further information see www.callandercdt.co.uk

Saturday 26th September

Lucy Moore of Messy Church fame is coming to our diocese to lead a one day workshop.  This workshop is not about Messy Church per se, but will explore how to be church for families with young children, and worship in all-age contexts.  We will explore themes of children’s spirituality, the unique ministry and worship needs of families, and how to think about making the experience of church welcoming to families with children.  Lucy is an internationally known presenter, worship leader, and author, and has influenced thousands of churches globally in their ministry with children and families. Location Crieff, St Columba’s, Perth Road, Crieff, PH7 3EB. Contact Thomas Brauer – Diocesan Missioner missioner@standrews.anglican.org

Sunday  27th September 2015  Trinity 17

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29

Jas. 5:13-20

Mark 9:38-50

11.15 Aberfoyle

Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29

Jas. 5:13-20

Mark 9:38-50

Wednesday 30th September 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 9:57-end

Future Notices

Friday 2nd October

Linkage Harvest Supper

Harvest supper and Quiz will be held at 19.30 at St Andrew’s Hall. If you are able to attend, please contact Evelyn Nicolson 01877 330436 or Fiona Gibson 01877 331508 email fionagibson20@btinternet.com to notify your intention to come and what you might be able to contribute. The information required by Evelyn and Fiona is set out below. Alternatively, there are paper forms in both churches. Could you please be in touch by Friday 25th September to assist with planning?

 

It is suggested that each person brings one item serving six people.

 

 

FOR CONVENIENCE PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN CROCKERY CUTLERY AND GLASSES

Saturday 3rd October

St Andrew’s The wedding of Stacey Adamson to Chris Brown

Sunday 4th October

1o.oo St Andrew’s

11.15 St Mary’s followed by an Extraordinary Meeting of St Mary’s Vestry

Saturday 28th November

2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December, world leaders will meet at the UN climate talks in Paris to negotiate an international deal to limit global warming.

A fair and ambitious agreement is vital, but whatever is agreed in Paris, it won’t encompass everything needed to reduce global emissions and help those in poorer countries who are already affected by the impacts of the changing climate. At the same time as pushing hard for the best deal possible in Paris, we must also keep up the pressure at national, regional, local and community levels: where change is actually put into practice.

Join hundreds of thousands of people in capital cities around the world including Edinburgh marching for climate action as the UN climate talks in Paris begin.

News of all eco congregation matters can be found at www.ecocongregationscotland.org