WRANGHOLM KIRK NEWSLETTER
You are invited to join in the celebration of The Lord’s Supper on Sunday 3rd March 11.30 am
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.
From the Manse...February 2013
"I hope for the day when everyone can speak again of God without embarrassment.”
These are not my words but the words of Paul Tillich, a theologian I studied at University and often chose to write about in essays and exams, for his theology ‘spoke’ to me in ways that other theologies did not.
I love the sentiment of these words of his and the hope within them, for it would indeed be a wonderful day if everyone felt confident enough to speak of God and not be afraid or ashamed or embarrassed to do so.
So often we are people of great faith but for some reason or another we find speaking of that faith extremely difficult.
However, as I always say, ‘speaking of God’ can actually have other forms too.
I know, what Tillich means here is actually voicing words and speaking out about God and how we feel about him and how he impacts our lives and sharing that with others - and I know for some that would lead to embarrassment and it does take confidence.
Yet we must not despair if we feel unable to do that at the moment, for we can ‘speak of God’ in other ways too - by our actions, by our care of others or by our nurturing of others.
Sometimes too, it is through such actions and ways of showing God to others by our lives that we then become more comfortable in speaking of God verbally.
Tillich always speaks of having the ‘Courage to be’ and so we must just be as we are, as God made us and let him grow us and develop us, until the day comes when we can speak of him verbally to others without embarrassment.
As you will know, Lent is very early this year and as it approaches we are always encouraged to reflect on our lives a little more.
Perhaps before it arrives this would be a good time to think on how we feel about speaking of God, if we get embarrassed or not and just accept ourselves as we are – then we can just have that ‘Courage to be’ and let God do the growing and developing of us till we have confidence.
Revenge imprisons us; forgiveness sets us free.
Wrangholm Baptisms for the year 2012
Alexandra Isobelle McCracken
Declan David Galloway
Heather Keir and Samuel Loving on May 5th 2012
"But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:15 NLT
The members of the Guild are continuing to have a varied programme of interesting speakers and fellowship afternoons. We had a lovely Christmas Lunch at the Bentley Hotel, the menu was excellent and enjoyed by all.
We had a Scottish afternoon which we took ourselves, we had singing of burns songs and Scottish poems read by 3 members. Then followed a spread of oatcakes, cheese biscuits, cheese, shortbread and fruit loaves. (See what you missed).
Our next meeting on February 6th is a speaker from Marys Meals; we are really looking forward to his talk and film show. February 20th is two of our own ladies Jean and Sadie showing us how to do some crafts.
March 6th is our Daffodil tea and a.g.m. which is over quite quickly so we have invited Mr Irvine along to give us some karaoke hymns. This should be very good as he comes highly recommended, I am sure a few of you could join us for a fun afternoon.
March 20th is our final meeting nag of the session which will be a lunch at Doms which we all thoroughly enjoy.
It is very sad for us to see the numbers in the Guild going down. We lost dear Anna, and we have a good few who are housebound now and unable to join us. It would be great if we could get some new members to fill their places as it is quite embarrassing for us when a speaker has traveled from a distance for a dozen members. Remember men as well as women can come to the Guild and will be made very welcome.
The World Day of Prayer this year is on the 1st March in the Methodist Church in New Stevenston, it has been written by the French ladies and looks very good. We are looking forward to joining our neighboring Guilds for this service at 7.00p.m.
May Gods richest Blessings be with you all.
The members of the Guild.
WRANGHOLM KIRK SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
As we approach Lent and move towards Easter, the children are about to begin the journey of the time when Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his work for God leading him to his resurrection through Spill the Beans worship and learning resource by means of story, craft and games.
We may be small in numbers but the children who come along every Sunday are being taught and shown the values of being a Christian in the modern world.
Please find below some dates for your diary:-
Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday All age service
Sunday 31st March – Easter Day – Easter Bonnet competition
Sunday 21st April – Sunday School resumes
The Sunday school teachers and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter.
Funerals in the linkage during 2012
Neil Wotherspoon 21 Coronation Road, New Stevenston
Sarah Shirlaw Kirknowe Care Home, Wishaw
Allan Bowes 25 Station Road, New Stevenston
Alexander France 6 Ballantrae Wynd, Holytown
William Thomson 10 Crow Avenue, Holytown
Margaret Armstrong Auchlochan Village, Lesmahagow
Janette Tierney Leven Path, Holytown
Bernard Rankin Corson Court, Bellshill
Agnes McLuckie Sunnyside Crescents, Holytown
Annie Wotherspoon Carfin Street, New Stevenston
Margaret Bell Houston Street, Hamilton
Agnes Murray Rosehall Road, Shotts
Sandra McGlinn Greenrigg Road, Cumbernauld
Isobel Campbell Kingsgate Nursing Home, East Kilbride
Robert Young Central Avenue, Holytown
David Walker Avondale Nursing Home, Motherwell
Sheila McLean Beechgrove Quadrant, Holytown
Margaret Bowes Station Road, New Stevenston
Agnes Anderson Highgate Nursing Home, Uddingston
Wilson Ferguson Main Street, Holytown
William Fleming Telford Street, Bellshill
Robina Boggan Thankerton Avenue, Holytown
Alexander Cunningham Castle Avenue, Holytown
Janet Stevenson Catriona Way, Holytown
Annie Porteous Grantholm Avenue, Holytown
Norman Smellie Wrangholm Drive, New Stevenston
Muriel Young Central Avenue, Holytown
Isabella Shiells Warnock Crescent, Bellshill
Helen Lyness Hatton Lea Care Home, Bellshill
Margaret Youngson MacKenzie Crescent, Bellshill
David Meikle Dornoch Road, Holytown
Betty Glass King’s Drive, New Stevenston
Jean Barton Tay Loan, Holytown
Stewart Evans Laidlaw Avenue, New Stevenston
Agnes Edmond Fyne Way, Holytown
Ella McPherson Sunnyside Terrace, Holytown
Fiona Moncur Carfin Street, New Stevenston
Mary Banks Hatton Lea Care Home, Bellshill
God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. —Revelation 21:4
"Racism isn't learned, it's taught. I have a 2 year old son, know what he hates? Naps! End of list."
- Denis Leary
I am pleased to say we have made ends meet for 2012. I hope as many as possible will stay after Church on the 3rd March for the Annual Stated Meeting when we can go over last years income and expenditure in more detail
A few monitory facts for last year for your information:
The average weekly offering for the year was £554 slightly up on last year.
The Smarty Tubes for the year totalled £547. Each tube holds at least £12 of 20’s. A fantastic amount which we use towards the fabric of the Church.
The New Dawn balance stands at £274.97. We have used a lot of the money previously raised towards phase 1 of the Church refurbishment. A lot of our fund raising this year went to Friends of Wrangholm, which is also used for the refurbishment.
We sent £50 to Shelter from the retiring offering on Christmas Eve.
We sent £100 to Christian Aid this year together with £50 from the Guild.
We sent £85 to CrossReach.
We sent £250 to Glasgow City Mission.
Thank you all for your continued support.
In God’s love,
Christine Frame, Treasurer Feb 2013
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
New Dawn Update
This work was all completed in April 2012
The new heating system is now fully operational and the under-floor heating is keeping the Congregation warm during winter months for Sunday services and other one-off events
The total cost of all work was £85,602, funded partly by our New Dawn Fund, partly from the sale proceeds of the former manse and partly by external grants
All planning approvals were obtained and work is currently well underway
This phase of activity includes new meeting rooms and toilets, central glass internal doors and an external access ramp
Due to the amount of dust created during the construction of the meeting rooms, it was decided to re-locate Sunday services to the Church Hall but it is anticipated that we will be back in the Church building by late February
The timetable for phase 2 indicates that work should be completed in time for Holy Week but a requirement for additional drainage has been identified – this may delay things somewhat
Total phase 2 costs are estimated at £111,730 but the contingency budget may not cover the additional drainage work
External funding of £50,000 from Waste Recycling Group (WREN), £20,000 from the Todd Bequest, £10,000 from the Ferguson Bequest and £1,500 from the Scottish Churches Architectural Heritage Trust has already been agreed towards this phase of activity
From the residual balances of the manse sale proceeds (£39,064) and our New Dawn Fund (£7,552), the sum of £30,230 has been allocated against this phase – this should leave us with around £16,000 towards the cost of phases 3 & 4, subject to the level of additional drainage costs incurred
Friends of Wrangholm
Our 155 members have paid a lifetime subscription of £1 each
Including membership subscriptions, fund-raising initiatives and donations, a total of £7,440 has been raised since the fund was first launched in 2011
To meet their administration costs, £5,500 was paid to WREN in support of our grant application for £50,000 (see Phase 2 above) – we could not have obtained their approval without this payment
The remaining balance in Friends of Wrangholm, over and above the New Dawn balance, is £1,940 – supplemented by further fund-raising activities and donations, these additional funds will continue to support external funding requests for phases 3 & 4
Russell Frame, Project Manager February 2013
CRECHE - HELP
We are looking for someone to organise the Crèche Rota – There are a number of persons willing to help but we need someone to take charge of organising ‘who is on when’.
At present there is only 1 child under 3yrs and occasionally another child joins the crèche on a Sunday.
If you feel you could help organise a rota please let Christine Frame or a board member know.
NOTICE OF MEETING
The Stated Annual Meeting of the Office Bearers and Congregation of New Stevenston: Wrangholm Kirk will be held on Sunday 3rd March 2013 at circa 12.45pm in Wrangholm Kirk. This annual meeting deals with the continuing business of the Kirk and you are warmly invited to attend and to take this opportunity to ask questions relating to the business of the Kirk. We look forward to your participation.
The draft Minute of the Stated Annual Meeting of 4th March 2012 is printed herewith for your information and attention:
Mrs Netta Lithgow
DAY OF GIVING
Along with the magazine this month there is an envelope for you to use for any donation to the Day of Giving. The envelope may be returned to the Church on the 3rd March.
As we all know, every penny will be used wisely, thank you.
Wernher von Braun, the first director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre, who's known as 'the father of the American space programme,' stated in a published article in May, 1974: 'One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be a design and purpose behind it all...The better we understand the intricacies of the universe...the more reason we have found to marvel at the inherent design upon which it is based...To be forced to believe only one conclusion-that everything in the universe happened by chance-would violate the very objectivity of science itself...What random process could produce the brains of a man or the system of the human eye?...They [evolutionists] challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun? They say they cannot visualise a designer. Well, can a physicist visualise an electron? What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electron as real, while refusing to accept the reality of a designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him?' The devotional you are reading was not the result of an explosion in a printing press. No, if there's a book, then there must be a publisher. If there's a building, then there must be an architect and builder. If there's a work of art, then there must be an artist. 'Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.'
Do you still believe God even when you can't believe what just happened?
When something really awful occurs, you may use the word "unbelievable" to describe it. During those times, even if what happened may have shaken your life, it is very important to maintain your faith. Circumstances are volatile, but God is never-changing—the solid rock.
You can't depend on your outward surroundings; however, you can depend on God. That's the purpose of faith. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Then, the rest of Hebrews 11 goes on to discuss great men and women in the Bible who exhibited faith. So, when your circumstances are unbelievable—whether good or bad—be sure to maintain your faith, your confident assurance of God's love for you.
All the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 went through difficult circumstances, yet they still believed God even in the midst of their tough trials. Follow the examples of Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Moses, and countless others: live by faith. It is important that you still believe God even during unbelievable circumstances.
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—become focused on God.
From www.ChristNotes.org SC
If you have any broken jewellery or an odd earring etc. made of gold please consider bringing it to Church. The price of Gold has increased significantly in the last few years and hopefully if we gather enough, we can raise some money for the New Dawn Project. Please hand to Christine Frame or any member of the Board.
EASTER TRUE OR FALSE QUIZ
The disciples did not know Jesus would die and be resurrected.
2. Judas betrayed Jesus to the Jewish High Priests for 30 pieces of silver.
3. Jesus prayed that He would not have to suffer.
4. Jesus was betrayed with a kiss.
5. After Jesus was arrested, Peter followed Him.
6. Jesus did not answer any of the high priest's questions.
7. In the morning, the chief priests decided to kill Jesus.
8. The thirty pieces of silver fulfilled part of a prophecy recorded in Isaiah.
9. Herod was eager to see Jesus.
10. The people were swayed by the Jewish leaders to crucify Jesus.
Answers page 17
12 Reasons why I stopped attending sports events
Take some of the most common excuses for not going to Church and use them to stop attending sporting events and here’s what you get:
Every time I went, they asked for money.
The people I had to sit beside didn’t seem very friendly.
The seats were too hard and not comfortable.
The coach never came to call on me.
The referee made a decision I didn’t agree with.
I was sitting with some hypocrites – they were only there to see what others were wearing.
Some games went into overtime, and I was late getting home.
The band played some numbers I had never heard before.
The games are scheduled when I want to do other things.
My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.
Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches anyhow.
I don't want to take my children, because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.
Were you at the panto on 7 Dec? It was great, the players were very professional…..not! But such a laugh, the girls’ Brigade singers were also excellent, although I think the award has to go to Janet dancing at the back of the hall, trying to encourage the girls, (it didn’t actually work). I have heard it said that it should be an annual event, I think so too but I don’t know how the others would take that suggestion.
You've probably read about the man who quit attending church and was visited by his pastor.
According to the story, "It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. The pastor made himself at home but said nothing. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.
"Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it."
"As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, 'Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.'
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
"Suppose you are in a hospital dying of cancer. I come to you and say, 'Let's take the cancer cells from your body and put them into my body.' If that were possible, what would happen to me? And what would happen to you? I would die in your place. I would die instead of you."
That's exactly what Jesus Christ did for you and me when he came to earth at Christmas 2000 years ago. He took our "cancer/disease" of sin upon himself and died in our place.
Session Clerk…………...Netta Lithgow
Clerk to the Board………Netta Lithgow
Presbytery Elder…….....Gordon Gray
Guild President…..…….Joyce Blades
Sunday School……..…..Kim Jeffrey
Gift Aid…………………Barbara Thomson
Girl’s Brigade……..…..Janet Haugh
Child Protection….…...Ann Peat
Roll Keeper…………..Jenny Rankin
ANSWERS TO QUIZ
1 False - Matthew 16:21 2 True - Matthew 26:14-15 3 True - Matthew 26:38-39
4 True - Matthew 26:47-50 5 True - Matthew 26:57-58 6 False - Matthew 26:62-64
7 True - Matthew 27:1-2 8 False - Matthew 27:6-10 9 True - Luke 23:8-9
10 True - Matthew 27:20
I ran short of money while visiting my brother, and borrowed $50 from him.
After my return home, I wrote him a short letter every few weeks, enclosing a $5 check in each one. He called me up and told me how much he enjoyed the letters, regardless of the money; I had never written regularly before.
Eventually I sent off a letter and the last five-dollar check.
In my mail box the next week I found an envelope from my brother. Inside was another $50.
Poet Annie Johnson Flint wrote:
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
for out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
A lot of church members singing 'Standing on the Promises' are just sitting on the premises.
Providing a caring future
CrossReach was launched in June 2005 and was previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility (whit???). CrossReach continues the Kirk’s long tradition of providing care and support. In fact this work started back in 1869, so it is a long history.
We employ over 2,000 staff in more than 70 services stretching from Shetland to Ayrshire, making us one of the largest Social Care agencies in Scotland. Our care and support services help thousands of people in need every day of the year.
Our work is split into 8 main service areas:
Children & Families
Counselling & Support
CrossReach reports each year to the General Assembly and has the following remit:
To offer services in Christ’s name to people in need as part of the Church’s mission.
To provide specialist resources to further the caring work of the Church.
To identify existing and emerging areas of need to guide the Church in pioneering new approaches to relevant problems and to make responses on issues arising within the areas of the Council’s concern through appropriate channels such as the Church & Society Council, the Scottish Executive and others.
The story has been told about a conductor who was rehearsing his orchestra. The organ was giving a beautiful melody, the drums were thundering, the trumpets were blaring, and the violins were singing beautifully. But the conductor noticed something missing—the piccolo. The piccolo player had gotten distracted and hoped his instrument wouldn’t be missed. The conductor reminded him: “Each one of us is necessary.”
This was essentially the same message Paul communicated to the Corinthian believers in his first letter to them (12:4-7). Every Christian plays an important role in the body of Christ. Paul gave a list of gifts of the Spirit and compared their use to the functioning of the various parts of the human body for the good of the whole (vv.8-10). The Corinthian believers may have had different cultural backgrounds, gifts, and personalities, but they were filled with the same Spirit and belonged to the same body of Christ. Paul made special mention of the parts of the body that were weak and obscure, and taught that all believers play a necessary and significant role. No one part was more necessary than any other.
Remember, Jesus has given you a significant part to play and will use you to build up His people. —Marvin Williams
Wrangholm Kirk Church of Scotland