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O God, the Artist of all souls, You sculpted a people for Yourself out of the rocks of wilderness and fasting. Help us as we take up Your invitation to prayer and simplicity this Lent season, that the discipline of these forty days may sharpen our hunger for the feast of Your holy friendship, and whet our thirst for the Living Water you offer us through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Please remember CHRISTIAN AID in your prayers and in your giving if you can. Thank you. Donate at: caid.org.uk/dam or call 0845 700 0300.
WORLD MISSION has asked us to continue stamp collecting in order to raise funds for The Women’s Development Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Please keep your stamps until the church is open again. Thank you. Grateful thanks to Anne Campbell for volunteering to trim them.
FRIDAY 5th MARCH: World Day of Prayer. Only one week to gobefore we can be part of the global wave of prayer in support of the Christian women of Vanuatu. We have updated the list of services available to take part in next Friday: go to https://t.co/PBMhUiz6jj#WDP2021
MONDAY 8th MARCH: LUCKY SQUARE DRAW at 8.15pm live from the church hall.
TUESDAY 9th MARCH: Congregational Board and Kirk Session at 7.30pm by Zoom.
FRIDAY 23rd APRIL to SUNDAY 25th APRIL KILT WALK for Christian Aid. “If your boots are made for walking, why not take part in the Kiltwalk? You can take on any Kiltwalk-inspired challenge you wish. Go for a walk (of any length), cycle, jump on a trampoline or take the family on a scavenger hunt! The Kiltwalk is happening virtually all across Scotland that weekend. Get moving for Christian Aid and The Hunter Foundation will increase your sponsorship by 50%! Sign up today and don’t forget to name Christian Aid as your chosen charity.
We have had a request for a LADY’S CYCLE in order that a young Mum may go out cycling with her children. Dr. Kay is happy to purchase one for her at a reasonable price. Please contact her if you have no longer any need of your cycle! Thank you.
We have been offered baby clothes up to a year old for a girl. They are in very good condition. If you or anyone you know would appreciate them, please let Dr. Kay know on 07951 059272. Thank you.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT OUR CHURCH BY BUYING A LUCKY SQUARE at £2 (list of wonderful prizes below), then please contact Dr. Kay, Diane or Kerry. Details below. Thank you!
Mr Norman Shepherd has donated ten beautiful hand crafted bird boxes and two bird feeders for a raffle in order to raise money for the church. Thank you VERY much for your thoughtfulness and kindness. They are beautiful! These will be part of our SPRING LUCKY SQUARES. If anyone can donate any nice food or treats to make up Easter Hampers then please deliver to Dr. Kay, Diane or Kerry. THE FIRST PRIZE will be £100 VOUCHER for Tesco’s. SQUARES ARE NOW ON SALE! Thank you very much for your support. DRAW on MONDAY EVENING of the 8th MARCH!
PLEASE ACT URGENTLY to this news from Rev. Dr. John Cook if you are in a financial position to do so:
Members of presbytery will recently have received a letter from David and Rebecca Morton, describing the desperate situation facing Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi, where they served as our Presbytery Mission Partners for many years until the end of 2019, in the face of the encroaching Covid Pandemic:
Prior to Christmas the country was seeing an average of 0-3 cases per day. On 20 January there were 1,000 cases just on that day. Two cabinet ministers have died of Covid over the past 2 weeks. The country is overwhelmed, without adequate equipment, medications, or oxygen. The anti-viral treatments and the vaccines available here in the USA or UK, are not available at all in Malawi. Nkhoma is facing great difficulty in affording and obtaining what is available. The staff are stressed and overwhelmed. Even when funds are available, sourcing the supplies and oxygen is difficult as the demand is outstripping the supply, especially with oxygen (ventilators are not an option as there are probably less than 20, if that, country wide, and none at Nkhoma).
While David’s letter provided information about ways of providing financial support, I thought it was important that rather than relying on initiatives of individual congregations, an appeal should be organised on a Presbytery-wide basis. I was delighted therefore, that the Business Committee, acting with powers, has approved this appeal.
I would like to urge you to adopt this appeal in your congregation during Lent (but starting as soon as you like) and finishing on Easter Monday (5 April). Donations can be made in any of three ways: • Cheques payable to “Presbytery of Gordon”, with “Nkhoma Appeal” written on the back, and sent to Mr W Paterson, Presbytery Treasurer, Ceardach, Whiteford Road, Pitcaple, Inverurie, AB51 5E Online donations to: Presbytery of Gordon Sort Code: 83-28-40 Acc. No: 00237527. Thank you!
The Community Food Larder will be open on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. We are happy for you to message us and we will arrange deliveries. We are keeping volunteers to a minimum in the building, so this coming week please message Dr. Kay on 07951 059272, Diane on 07828 456651, Debbie MacLeod or Shona Cobban. We will answer your messages as soon as possible.
Thank you very much to Kerry Smith and Jane Reid for making soup and sweets for the elderly and vulnerable on Mondays in our church kitchen and to Kathryn Wilson and Estelle Gillespie for making soup and sweets on a Thursday at the BLC kitchen! Should you know of anyone who would benefit from a nutritious meal, please let Dr. Kay know. Thank you. And thank you very much to all our volunteer drivers!
SHOULD ANYONE require help during this lockdown: shopping, medication picked up, dog walking, etc. please ‘phone Dr. Kay on 07951 059272, Diane on 07828 456651, or Samantha on 07595 770473. Please don’t suffer in silence.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE to make a donation to our church funds, the bank details are: TSB Sort Code 30-25-89 Account number 00753593. The name of the account is Insch Leslie Premnay Oyne Parish Church. Thank you for your generous support.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE to make a donation to the Community Larder, the bank details are: TSB 30-25-89 account number 00820428. The name of the account is Insch-Leslie-Premnay-Oyne Parish Church, and, most importantly, please write “Community Larder” ON THE BACK OF THE CHEQUE. Thank you very much for your generous support.
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