Linkage Bulleting for week commencing 1st January 2018

Notices for week beginning 1st January 2018



Good wishes for the New Year to everyone.


Diocesan Episcopal Election

It has been announced that the Preparatory Committee having met shortly before Christmas failed to achieve a shortlist of candidates for consideration. It is presumed that the wish of the Diocese will be for the process to be repeated in the New Year in the hope that a fresh shortlist can be achieved.  The Electoral Synod meets next on Saturday 27th January when any developments will be discussed.


Mary Bates

Mary suffered a fall in November and after a stay in hospital, is now recuperating at home. It is nice to know that Mary has retained her sense of humour and her poem recounting the trials of the past days is reproduced at the end of this bulletin. We send Mary our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

For your prayers

The Snowball family

The Harrison and Cowderoy families

The Stirling and Trafford families

Evelyn Nicolson

Mary Bates

 St Andrew’s Rota

Flowers: Christmas

Sides persons: Christine, Amanda


St Mary’s Rota

Flowers Christmas

Sides persons: Robin and John Willis

This week

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

10.00 Callander

John 1.29-34

11.30 Killearn

John 1.29-34

Sunday 7th January

The Epiphany

O God,

who by the leading of a star

manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:

mercifully grant that we,

who know you now by faith,

may at last behold your glory face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Services & Readings

10.00 Callander


Acts 19.1-7

Mark 1.4-11


11.15 Aberfoyle

Gen. 1.1-5

Acts 19.1-7

Mark 1.4-11


Tuesday 9th January

17.00 Fellowship Group – Croftamie


Wednesday 10th January

10.00 Callander

Mark 1:29-39

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. Thank you to all who contribute.

Tinned meat/fish/veg/beans, soup/fruit

Dried foods

Ready meals

Cooking sauces

Breakfast cereals

UHT milk




Cleaning products

Household goods –  good quality crockery, cutlery, towels, pots and pans.

No fresh fruit nor vegetables please.


Sunday 21st January 2018 

St Mary’s Third Sunday at Three Concert Series

David Hamilton Organ recital

An hour-long concert of organ music spanning five centuries

Entry by donation


Mary’s 12 Days of Christmas* (courtesy of Forth Valley Health Board)

* substitute November !


On the First Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

A Sooper Dooper ORIF

(it was actually November 2nd but what’s a day between friends. ORIF = Open Reduction Internal Fixation see 6 & 7)

On the Second Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to me –

2 paramedics

(who blue-lighted me to Forth Valley Royal after I stepped into thin air – actually 31st October but see above !)

On the Third Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

3 Koi Carp                                                                        

(ye-es.  I was put on dihydrocodeine after the op and as an opiate based painkiller, it can have a mildly hallucinatory effect in some people.  I was totally convinced I was in a fish tank, not a ward, with three koi carp swimming around.  The carp were rounded up by the ward staff next morning, and returned to their owner, one of the porters so I was told, but inexplicably made a return visit the following night.  “Recaptured” and returned again the next morning, my medication was also changed !!)

On the Fourth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

4 physios

(much more useful than the calling birds, this team of “birds” had me up on my feet only 3 days after the op)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

5 household aids

(including a trolley, perching stool, not to mention  the elbow crutches – and very useful they are too !)

On the Sixth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

6 sturdy plates

(see 1 above. They HAD to be sturdy ! I’ll be a NIGHTMARE next time at airport security – when I’m allowed to travel !)

On the Seventh Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

28 screws

(OK as there isn’t a 28th day I had to cheat and use a multiple here.  I enquired as to whether the screws were self-tappers in best sailing fashion, although the surgeons weren’t certain, I was assured they weren’t a job lot from Screwfix Direct)

On the Eighth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

8 bowls of soup

(there WERE 8 different flavours of soup, all excellent.  The food was actually pretty good !)

On the Ninth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

9 nurses nursing

(total in my ward of 9 nurses, 2 shifts, 6 day & 3 night, day shift “long” (12.5hrs, or “short” (6hrs) to cover 18 patients. On one memorable day there were only 2 nurses on duty for part of the day for various reasons.  With one notable exception they were brilliant, and encouraged us all to get up and doing, while recognising when a bit of help was needed)

On the Tenth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

10 jugs of water

(If it wasn’t water it was tea – plenty of it – drinking lots was actively encouraged although strangely “tipples” of stronger stuff smuggled in to the ward by one patient’s visitors were not !)

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to  me –

33 stitches

(yes, another numerical “cheat” ! Op scar is very impressive – it had to be big to get all these plates in !!)

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas Forth Valley gave to me –

12 Mepore dressings

(very useful for keeping the scar nice and clean)