Monthly Archives: November 2015

Rectors Bulletin week ending 30th November 2015

Notices for week beginning Monday 23rd November

 Headlines

Thanks to Ros Grant and Evelyn Nicolson’s organization, and the help and support of many others, St Andrew’s Christmas Fair last Saturday raised the sum of £1217.72. Many thanks to all concerned

St Andrew’s Annual Meeting will be held this coming Sunday following the morning service.

This week

Bishop David asks that the following is announced.

Tuesday 24th November

‘I thought I should let you know that, as part of Scottish Interfaith Week, I shall be giving a Lecture at 7pm at Holy Trinity, Dunfermline.  Everybody is welcome to attend. It seems to me obvious and important that I should attempt to address the issues which are given added urgency by events in Paris.  So it becomes an opportunity which is relevant and contemporary’

Wednesday 25th November

10.00 Callander Midweek Service followed by refreshments.

Thursday 26th November

The Filling Station in Callander will meet in the Deli Ecosse on 26th November from 6.30pm when Jon Cluet, Pastor of The Church at Stirling will be speaking.

Saturday 28thNovember

Eco Congregation Scotland writes:

‘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 a march through Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November, there will be a service in St George’s Square Edinburgh at 11.00.

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

Sunday 29th November 2015

Advent 1

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Holy Communion BCP

1 Thess.3:9-end

Luke 21:25-36

Followed by the Annual Meeting

 11.15 Aberfoyle

Celebrant (Reserved Sacrament) Margie Stephen

Intercessor John Champness

Jer. 33:14-16

1 Thess.3:9-end

Luke 21:25-36

Future Notices

Wednesday 2nd December

 10.00 Callander

Matt.15:29-37

11.30 Killearn

Matt.15:29-37

Sunday 6th December

Following the morning service St Mary’s Annual General Meeting

Main Christmas Services in the Linkage

Sunday 20th December

8.00 Holy Communion Balfron

16.oo St Mary’s Carol Service

18.30 St Andrew’s Carol Service

Thursday 24th December

Christmas Eve

11.30 St Mary’s Midnight Service

Sunday 25th December

Christmas Day

8.00 Holy Communion Balfron

10.00 Holy Communion St Andrew’s

11.15 Holy Communion St Mary’s

Rectors Bulletin week ending 22nd November

 

Notices for week beginning Monday 16th November

 

Wednesday 18th November

10.00 Callander Midweek Service and Coffee.

 

Headlines 

Saturday 21st November

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.

 

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 pew bulletin. Lord Michael Forsyth was so impressed that he has gathered Barbara’s weekly reflection 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. There will also be copies available at St Andrew’s Christmas Fair

Music at Linkage Services

St Mary’s was delighted to hear Louisa Acton of Fintry playing during the service to the accompaniment and encouragement of Mary- Clare Brown. Louisa takes her Grade 2 violin examination this week and we wish her well. Thank you Mary-Clare for agreeing to share some of the responsibility for music with Jean.

This was in contrast to the chaotic state of affairs last Sunday in the absence of any organist at St Andrew’s. I can only apologize profusely to those present. In spite of best intentions and rehearsal beforehand, the music provided was less than ideal. I hope this might soon be remedied and is a reminder of the blessings we have in the services of Walter Hall and Mary Barclay.

Sunday 22nd November

Christ the King

Sunday next before Advent

Collect

God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.

     

Services & Readings

10.00 Callander

Psalm 93

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

Rev. 1:4b-8

John 18:33-37

 

11.15 Aberfoyle

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

Rev. 1:4b-8

John 18:33-37

 

Future Notices

Wednesday 25th November 2015

10.00 Callander

Luke 21:12-19

Thursday 26th November

The next meeting of The Filling Station in Callander will be held in the Deli Ecosse on 26th November from 6.30pm when Jon Cluet, Pastor of The Church at Stirling will be speaking

Saturday 28thNovember

Eco Congregation Scotland writes saying:

‘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 a march through Edinburgh on Saturday 28th November, there will be a service in St George’s Square Edinburgh at 11.00.

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

Sunday 29th November 

1st Sunday of Advent

St Andrew’s Annual Meeting will take place in the Church Hall after a shortened morning service (BCP)

Sunday 6th December

2nd Sunday of Advent

St Mary’s Annual Meeting will take place in church after a shortened Morning Service.

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