WRANGHOLM KIRK NEWSLETTER DEC 2012
The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 2nd Dec 2012
Everyone who loves The Lord is welcome to join us in Remembrance of His Sacrifice.
Our vision is to be a living, caring Church at the centre of our communities. Sharing worship, offering support, giving a welcome and sharing the Good News of Jesus
Well my diary is filling up for the month of December and many exciting and busy days are ahead!
I have among other things the Wrangholm Kirk Panto, Holytown and New Stevenston School Nativities, both Nursery School Nativities, the Holytown School Concert, a trip to Aladdin at Motherwell Civic, the New Stevenston School Service at Wrangholm Kirk and the Holytown School Christmas Assembly and that’s before I even start on all the different services we have during December in both churches!!
December is always such a busy month and all these activities can leave you feeling quite breathless – not to mention exhausted!
It is always very easy to get swept along by all the added diary dates of this month and don’t get me wrong I am not complaining because I love the Season of Christmas and particularly being involved with all the children and their wonderment of the Season and their delight at the Christmas story and enjoy sharing that story anew with all of you.
However, what gets to me is all the commercialism of Christmas!
In all our busyness we forget that simple phrase that ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’ and when it all boils down to it surely nothing else is more important than that fact to us as Christians.
Isn’t it wonderful that God put on skin and came into our world for us; he came to earth to be with us; he showed us the way to be and to live and that’s what Christmas is really about!
So as you go about your Christmas activities of attending functions, of ordering food, of writing cards and buying presents – try always to give a thought to why we are even celebrating this season and add a prayer to each of these activities that others too may know the joy of Christmas!!
Blessings to you and your family this Christmas time as you celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Calling all Cars
Dear Friends, if you own a car and could offer transport to some of our members and friends of the congregation on a Sunday please let us know (Jenny or Netta). This would be a great service to those who have difficulties getting to church.
As you can see from the front of the newsletter, Communion is on 2 Dec. why not bring the children along and let them see what happens at Communion. After all, they are the Church of the future so they are entitled to know the workings of it.
Quiz-aid was held in Holytown Church Hall on 27 Sept, the first time I’ve attended, I can’t remember when I last laughed so much. There were 12 official rounds of 5 questions but Caryl and Graham had added another, which was on films. The theme music was played and Caryl and Graham acted out the clues, it was hysterical, I’ll never watch Superman again without being taken right back to that evening. If you haven’t been to one, you must give it a try next time it’s on, you won’t be disappointed.
18th November 2012 Declan David Galloway
Hi there, don't want to travel to Glasgow or Motherwell to see a Panto? Well why not come to Wrangholm Kirk Hall on Friday, 7th December 7.30. You won’t see John Barrowman and the Krankies but you will get a cup of tea and some great home baking. Cast of……...9, brought (at great expense) from New Stevenston, and surrounding areas. Tickets may be bought from Margaret Steven or John Cornfield £4 per adult, £2 per child.
There will also be a crafty stall with some stocking fillers (so bring your purse). Hope to see you all there.
New Dawn Update - December 2012
After a few teething problems with the operation of the new underfloor heating, all now seems to be going well and the congregation are able to enjoy Caryl's Sunday services in a warm & comfortable Sanctuary
Tender submissions were received from 5 potential suppliers and the contract was awarded to JLH Construction, the same company who carried out the work in Phase 1
The scope of this phase includes an external access ramp, central glass internal doors, two new meeting rooms and a new toilet
Work is due to start in January and should last around two months
The required funding for Phase 2 is all now in place with £30,500 from the sale proceeds of the old manse, £50,000 from Waste Recycling Group (WREN), £10,000 from the Ferguson Bequest, £1,500 from the Scottish Churches Architectural Trust and the balance of £20,000 from the Todd Bequest (managed by the General Trustees) - a total cost in the region of £112,000
It should be noted that the grant from WREN was dependent on internal fund-raising of some £5,500 to meet their administrative costs - these funds were generated through Friends of Wrangholm and I would like to thank everyone who assisted with this magnificent effort
After Phase 2, over £13,000 from the sale proceeds of the old manse will still be held on our behalf by the General Trustees in Edinburgh
While the New Dawn funds of some £7,500 have now all been exhausted to fund up-front costs for Phase 2, we will be reimbursed for these when the external funding sources are ultimately received
The Friends of Wrangholm fund is currently standing at just under £1,400 with further fund-raising activities planned over coming months
Phases 3 and 4 are expected to cost in the region of a further £125,000 but potential sources of finance have already been identified and will be actively pursued - once again, some of these will be dependent on internal fund-raising activity so we can't rest on our laurels just yet!
WRANGHOLM KIRK SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
The children are continuing their lessons, crafts and activities through Spill the Beans worship and learning resource and are practicing hard for their Nativity Service.
As December is such a busy month, here are some dates of our activities during this time and into the New Year:-
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:-
Sunday 9th December – Gift Service
Sunday 23rd December – Sunday School Nativity Service
Monday 24th December – Crib Service 7.00pm
Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day Service 10.00am
Friday 12th January – Bilcos Adventure Play, Hamilton 1.00pm
Sunday 13th January – Sunday School resumes
I wish you all a joyous Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
The Girls' Brigade have been busy with their badgework. Topic for Junior badgework freeze is 'Endangered Animals'
The Rosebuds and Explorers' topic is Celebrations and they've had great fun making their freeze for the Church Hall wall, learning about Christian festivals and having parties.
The Juniors are making a new freeze for the notice board...which will be revealed shortly. The girls are also looking forward to learning Drill in the New Year.
The Brigaders have completed a First Aid course with The British Red Cross...so we'll have plenty if First Aiders at out next camp :). The girls have also been making jewellery, which we'll be doing up to Christmas.
Lastly, we're about to start practising some Christmas songs for the Wrangholm Kirk Panto. We don't have much time, but we'll try and pick songs that everyone can sing along to so bring your singing voice!
We will be celebrating Christmas with a Company DVD night on Mon 10th December and attending the Rosebud and Explorer Divisional party on 8th December.
The Officers, Auxiliaries, girls and I wish you all a merry Christmas and peaceful New Year
Keep rodents out – stuff entry points; they’re less likely to gnaw it;
Sharpen Scissors – use to cut a wire wool soap pad in half;
Clean Vinyl – rub black marks with a damp wire wool soap pad.
Look out for a pretty china cup and saucer (they don’t have to match) in your local charity shop; add a little tea light and you have a lovely candle holder!
A Prayer for the one who is left
Lord, the trouble about life just now is that I seem to have
all the things which don’t matter and to have lost all the
I have life: I have enough money to live on: I have plenty
to occupy me: but I am alone and sometimes I feel that
nothing can make up for that.
Lord compel me to see the meaning of my faith.
Make me to realise that I have a hope as well as a memory
and the unseen cloud of witnesses is around me; that
You meant it when You said that You would be
always with me; and make me to realise that as long
as You leave me here there is something that I am
meant to do; and in doing it, help me to find the
comfort and the courage that I need to go on.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
Please give me…a few friends who know me and love me still,
a thankful heart to give you praise always and in everything,
a trusting mind to keep on believing in you no matter what the future brings, a humble, pleasing personality, a teachable disposition, a thoughtful, kind, and caring touch, a forgiving and understanding spirit, a loving and accepting attitude to communicate your love to every life I touch, a worthwhile work into which I can put my best efforts and thereby help make my
world a better place in which to live, and a life that will make a difference not only in my world, but also in my street and, most of all, in my home.
– Dick Innes
Little Johnny was in church when the wine and wafers were passed out. His mother leaned over and told him that he was not old enough to partake in the Communion.
When the basket was passed around she leaned over once again to tell him to drop his money in, but Little Johnny held his dollar firmly in his hand, stating...
"If I can't eat, I won't pay!"
Not every good idea is a God idea.
What God may tell your friend to do might be a terrible thing for you to do. For example, say you start doing something because someone else says it is a good idea, but you find it a struggle. In that case, you may be struggling because God hasn't given you the grace to do what your friend told you to do. In other words, just because other people tell you to do "good" things, doesn't necessarily mean you should.
Furthermore, if God instructs you to do something, be assured that His plan is better than any other plan you could have. For example, God's plan for Jonah was for him to "go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it" (Jonah 1:2). However, Jonah didn't like that, and so he came up with his own idea: Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish (Jonah 1:3). To Jonah, running away to Tarshish seemed like a much better plan than traveling to Nineveh. But it wasn't God's plan. And so Jonah's plan failed miserably as will any plan that is against God's plan. Jonah ended up in so much trouble as a result of his plan that he realized he should have followed God's plan in the first place (Jonah 3:1-3). In short, Jonah's "good" idea was anything but a God idea.
In your life today, don't do what sounds "good" to you; instead, do what God tells you to do. Stop following "good" plans and start following God's plans.
Life transformation is rooted in mind transformation.
Where your mind goes, your actions follow. Whatever you think about will dictate your behaviour, your attitude, and (ultimately) your direction in life. Your thoughts are sort of like a rudder—they steer the rest of your body.
Considering the influence of your mind on your life, it's no surprise Paul emphasizes that in order for our lives to be changed by Christ our thoughts must first be changed by Him: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). How are we to be transformed? By renewing (changing, refocusing) our minds so that they reflect the mind of Christ.
If our minds are so important, then it's quite understandable that the devil would fight to gain a foothold in our thoughts. Paul writes, in 2 Corinthians 4:4, the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
What better place for the devil to attack people than in their minds? As thunder follows lighting, so actions follow thoughts. And if Satan can turn your thoughts against God, your actions will assuredly follow.
Therefore, it's imperative that you set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). And when you focus your mind on God, it's only a matter of time before your actions, your passions, your attitudes—your whole life—becomes focused on God.
These are reported to be actual test answers from various schools in the Huntsville, Alabama metropolitan area:
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: What is a planet?
A: A body of earth surrounded by sky.
Q; Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.
Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.
Session Clerk……..….Netta Lithgow
Clerk to the Board...…Netta Lithgow
Organist………............ Netta Lithgow
Presbytery Elder…......Gordon Gray
Guild President…...Joyce Blades
Sunday School….........Kim Jeffrey
Gift Aid………………...Barbara Thomson
Girls Brigade…………Janet Haugh
Child Protection...…...Ann Peat
Roll Keeper……..……Jenny Rankin
During the minister's prayer, one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Gary's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked,
"Gary, whatever made you do such a thing?"
Gary answered, soberly, "I asked God to teach me to whistle. And He just then did!"
in the Kirk Hall, Clydesdale Street
Thursdays from 1:30-3:30pm
This is a not a worship group but a new group for everyone in the community.
The first meeting of the group was held on the first Thursday in November 2011 - we had two men and fourteen women present. The hall was nice and warm and we chatted, knitted, played board games and a fierce game of Dominos!
We enjoyed a free cup of tea/coffee with biscuits and shortbread and it simply was a nice couple of hours spent in pleasant company.
Please think about coming along
Who said, “Fear not for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy”?
When does Advent start in the Christian calendar?
Who said, “We have seen his star in the east and have come to worship him”?
Who said, “Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened”?
Which Christian festival celebrates the birth of Jesus?
Where did the shepherds visit Jesus?
Does the Bible actually say that Jesus was born in a stable?
What does the Bible say that makes people think he was born in a stable?
Who told Mary that the baby was to be called Jesus?
Who was the mother of Jesus?
Who was called Emmanuel?
What does Emmanuel mean?
How did people find the place where Jesus was born?
Why was Jesus born in a stable?
Which king ordered all the baby boys in Bethlehem to be killed?
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, ''I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally...I assumed you had stolen the car.''
Answers to quiz
Angels telling of the birth of Christ
The wise men
In a stable
The baby was put in a manger
The angel Gabriel
“God with us”
A star stopped over the place
There was no room in the inn.
Wrangholm Kirk Church of Scotland