Message From The Minister
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all those who spoilt Dr. Kay this week with flowers (Eleanor, Kate. Diane, ,and Jeff and Ann Garnett) a knitted teddy bear of herself, Flumps and homebakes! She doesn’t know what she has done to deserve such lovely gifts but they are all greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your kindness. “God loves a cheerful giver!”
SPECIAL INTIMATION: At the beginning of the lockdown, the precious four year old granddaughter of Marion and Alasdair McCallum, Alexis, died suddenly. They would like to express their heartfelt thanks for all the cards, letters and acts of kindness which they have received. Her Mum and Dad, Kate and Glenn, have informed us that the amazing sum of £5500 has been donated to Charlie house in the name of Alexis. Kate and Glenn, Marion and Alasdair and all the family are very of touched by the high regard Alexis has been held in by so many friends and family. “The Lord is near the broken hearted and heals the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
RECORDED DORIC SERVICE WITH DR. KAY, REV. G. MELVYN WOOD and MRS FRANCES MITCHELL on SUNDAY 31st at 10am. You will find it at the link:
https://youtu.be/t2xBFv40Otg Click the link and it will open in a new browser window. Please jyne us, bit dinna tyauve yersels if ye canna!
LIVE SERVICE at 10am for ALL OF US conducted by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev. Dr. Martin Fair. Rev. Angus Mathieson, Interim Head of Faith and Nurture, says, “The Moderator’s hopes for this are that it will glorify God, and deepen our sense of dependence on the Spirit, unite us across the nation and give ministers - many of whom have been really stretched - a quieter week with no Sunday worship to prepare, for those who have chosen this option.”
For Intimations go HERE
Food Bank Hours
THE COMMUNITY FOOD BANK HOURS ARE:
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY. FRIDAY mornings 9.30am to 11.30am
TUESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
The Food Bank is for EVERYONE! We have essential items that you may not find on the shop shelves and we cater for allergies. SINCERE thanks to all our Food Bank volunteers and to our delivery drivers. Your help is greatly appreciated.
And GRATEFUL THANKS for continued donations from the Co-op, R S McColls, Michelle and Kim Savill at Morrisons; and from very generous individuals.
God of Wind of of Fire, we praise You for Your power which comes sweeping through us and sets our hearts on fire with love for You and for Your human family. We confess that, sometimes, we are like those apostles so long ago in Jerusalem: huddled in fear of what others will think, of what others will do, of what God will do. Sometimes we are like passive bystanders: making fun of what we do not understand, tearing down what is sacred to another; waiting until we are sure it’s safe before we venture out. But Jesus has promised us that You are always with us, nudging us like a gentle breeze, stirring us with flames of hope, speaking to us with words which burn themselves into our hearts. Your Spirit is still with us, empowering us to know mercy and grace, forgiveness and service. May we seek to forgive those who wish to harm us, and by showing them Your grace, love them into Your Kingdom. In this Spirit, and through Christ, we proclaim the Good News of the Gospel! Happy Birthday to the Church! Amen! (KFG)
On Sunday May 31st at 10am The Pentecost Service – will be streamed on the Church of Scotland website and Facebook page. The Moderator of the General Assembly will lead a service for all the Church of Scotland to mark the birthday of the Christian Church, with contributions from many different places. Like the disciples on that first Pentecost, here is the invitation to step confidently into whatever the future holds.
Also on Sunday May 31st (time to be announced) there will be a Doric Pentecost service with the Rev. Melvyn Wood, Dr. Kay, Frances Mitchell and Andrea Stewart.
PLEASE NOTE: Kirk Session and Congregational Board Meeting by Zoom on the 9th of June at 7pm, followed by the ASM at 8pm. You will be sent details of how to join the Clerk, Mrs Susan Donald and the Minister!
GRATEFUL THANKS to SHONA RUNCIE for her sponsored hair shave for the Community Food Bank and AFCCT which have each received £363.44! A fantastic sum, Shona! Thank you very much to Shona and to all her generous sponsors! There is a picture of Shona handing over the money to Food Bank volunteer, Debbie MacLeod.
Please remember Christian Aid in your prayers and in your giving if you can. Thank you. You can donate online at: caid.org.uk/dam or call 0845 700 0300.
An update from the Church Assembly Trustees:
“The General Treasurer, Anne Macintosh, and the Chief Officer are working on a revised budget for 2020 to take account of reductions in income. A proposal will be brought to the Trustees’ meeting in June. Liquid funds are presently sufficient for stipends and salaries for a year but, otherwise, the remainder of 2020 and 2021 will be challenging.” PLEASE take the finances of our church very seriously and, if you can, please find a way to get your weekly offering to the Minister and Diane McCallum so they can be banked on a regular basis. THANK YOU very much to all those who are supporting the church to the best of their financial ability. In the coming days, churches and ministries which are NOT SUSTAINABLE will come to an end. We can only be sustainable with your support.
Please read the following message:
My name is Ross Isdale and I am the Development Manager for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. We are a grassroots charity working to engage all levels of Scottish society on all matters Fair Trade - from the private sector, educational institutions and the broader public to local councils and government, the third sector and faith groups.
I am unfortunately emailing on behalf of Fair Trade enterprises across Scotland who are seeking support amid the current challenging circumstances. With sales of Fair Trade items now drying up, the Global Covid-19 Pandemic has brought several to their knees and into emergency mode, with many struggling to meet existing financial commitments.. In response to this situation, we have launched an important fundraising campaign through Crowdfunder.co.uk. The Church of Scotland has routinely supported the Fair Trade movement strongly and has encouraged its congregations and members to use and buy Fair Trade wherever possible. I am therefore reaching out to ask if it would be possible for the Gordon Presbytery to support, promote and forward this appeal throughout your parishes, helping us support our Fair Trade businesses in their time of need. I will leave the relevant links below in case you are able to help: