December and January Gazette
Please note, this is not the entire contents of the Gazette which contains several sections concerning day-to-day church business which are not appropriate for the website. Some other items not always included on this page appear in their respective pages on the site, e.g. The Coffee Shop, The Church Shop, First Monday and The Guild.
A VIEW FROM THE MANSE
"Oh! But he was a tight fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had struck out generous fire; secret, and self contained, and solitary as an oyster.." So writes Charles Dickens about his infamous character Ebenezer Scrooge. In him, we see a picture of someone who shows not a morsel of mercy or a glimmer of joy. "No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him". Is there any hope for such a character? Could such a person change? Could he come to love the joy of Christmas?
Charles Dickens' father experienced the hardship of the debtors' prison. Dickens was brought up in poverty and from an early age, he saw what it was like to live under the fear of a man like Ebenezer Scrooge.
But Dickens knew that there was another life; A life that rises above our old human natures and soars in the sky like an eagle. He knew that there are possibilities for change and so he writes his classic novel which tells us that change can happen, even to a person like Scrooge, whose favourite words were "Bah! Humbug!"
At our pre Christmas Bible Studies, we have been reflecting on the Christmas Carol and looking at some great themes that come from this book like greed, isolation, guilt, compassion, generosity, transformation, forgiveness, joy and finally redemption.
These themes are to found in the greatest of all books the Bible. They are to be found in the person of Jesus Christ and even at his birth, we see some of these themes emerging. The one that I want to focus on is JOY. For at the first Christmas, we see great Joy. Despite the most difficult of all circumstances for a young mother; despite the shame that they were facing having a baby far away from home in a stable and out of wedlock, there is great joy for Joseph and Mary.
Their son is born in a stable and placed in a manger because there was no room for Him in the Inn. But this was no ordinary birth but the entrance of God onto the human stage. God makes his appearance, not as a Mighty King or a great ruler but as a little baby and this is the mystery and magic of Christmas. That the Eternal God should take upon him self human flesh and become one of us.
Into this situation comes Joy. We see joy almost immediately, in the first visitors to the stable. The angel of the Lord appears to humble shepherds and announces, "Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will bring great joy for all the people." Luke 2v10 The shepherds are instructed to go to Bethlehem and find a baby lying in cloths and wrapped in a manger and when they saw the baby, they went back and spread the word about what they had seen and heard and everyone who heard them was amazed.
"The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which was just as they had been told". Luke 2 v20 Great Joy had entered their hearts because they believed that "a Saviour had been born, who is the Messiah, the Lord" Luke 2 v11.
This is where real Joy is to be found at Christmas; This is the real message of Christmas. We can so easily get caught up in the trappings of Christmas that we miss the real meaning and the real meaning can be found, if we look closely for it. It can often be discovered in children, as Scrooge was to discover in Tiny Tim. Will he live? He asked the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. This is what I think ultimately touched his life. This is the thing that made him a different person - perhaps for the first time he took a moment to think on someone else.
Joy is also seen in some visitors who came from the east to visit the child; those wise men bearing their gifts. Matthew 2 v 9 &10, "After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh".
They were overjoyed! Their journey was completed. Their mission was to find the new King and so they bowed before him and out of generous hearts gave Christ their gifts.
The Christ child makes all the difference at Christmas. He is the symbol of God's generous love and grace. Take Christ out of Christmas and we take God out of Christmas and if we take God out of Christmas, we are taking love out of Christmas for God is Love 1 John 4v9.
So let us conclude by returning to Scrooge! He has now seen the error of his ways. He has glimpsed the future and realised that his life has to change. How does he react to this new discovery? "Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did NOT die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew.."
So Dickens points out that transformation is possible. Redemption can happen. If it can happen to Scrooge, it can happen to anyone. I always love watching the film or reading the book at this time of year, it keeps me in check and helps me to answer the question, am I anything like the old Ebenezer?
I hope you all have something worth celebrating this Christmas. As Christians we certainly have and that is that God's love has been clearly displayed for all to see, in a little baby lying in a manger. This is his greatest gift to us all and he invites at Christmas to receive His precious gift and to take it into our lives.
With every blessing,
|God||The Greatest Giver|
|So Loved||The Greatest Motive|
|The World||The Greatest Need|
|That He gave||The Greatest Act|
|His only Son||The Greatest Gift|
|That whosoever||The Greatest Invitation|
|Believes in Him||The Greatest Opportunity|
|Should not perish||The Greatest Deliverance|
|But have Eternal life||The Greatest JOY|
ADULT EDUCATION AND CARE
A reminder that the Nativity and Gift Service is on Sunday 16th December. Again, toilet bags for East Dunbartonshire Women's Aid will be very welcome - with the usual basic toiletries and, perhaps, a little special item. Loose toiletries are also appreciated.
Toys for the children should be unwrapped, but with Christmas paper added so that they can be given to the appropriate children. Thank you for your continued generosity.
By the time you read this we shall have had three of the four November Bible Studies on the themes in Dickens' Christmas Carol. The first one was well attended with over 20 present. The final study will be on 25th November in the South Hall Chapel at 7 pm, followed by tea/coffee and a chat.
Shop Open Day was a great success this year; we had a bit more space to move around and browse over the Christmas cards and also the shop that had been decked out for Christmas.
Alison, with her lovely individual style in jewellery; Hilda with her painted glass; and this year we had Serena with her quirky little wooden structures, all added to the day.
We are still working on reducing our stock of rice and I wish to thank all who support me while I stand outside church on a Sunday morning - must be mad, but it is a challenge!
Last of all, I would like to thank all who worked so hard to make Open Day so worthwhile; to setting up the displays and the lovely Christmas arrangement at the door to welcome people.
Well done everyone and Thank You.
Firstly, allow me to introduce myself -
My name is Jaqueline Burns and I am the newly appointed Coffee Shop Manager. Please feel free to pop in any day for a quick coffee or leisurely lunch and say "Hello", you will be made most welcome.
This year we are selling Christmas stockings filled with tubes of Smarties. These are priced at £1.50 and can be obtained from the Coffee Shop or from Aileen Jilks at Church.
A few important dates for your diaries -
Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th December - both dates sold out.
The Coffee Shop will close at 12 noon on Saturday 8th December and will re-open on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
I very much look forward to meeting you all.
Coffee Shop Manager
THE 92nd GLASGOW COMPANY THE GIRLS' BRIGADE
Nearly December, so that means the pantomime is coming up fast! We are off to see Peter Pan at the Royal Conservatoire on 11th December. If any of the girls want to go, but haven't put in their permission slip yet, please do so as soon as possible.
We have recently attended the District event at the Roller Disco to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Girls' Brigade. The girls really enjoyed it and they all skated beautifully; a few thrills and a few spills, but no major injuries, thankfully!
The Juniors have finished taking their poppy painted rocks over to the Library to join with the Bishopbriggs Rocks Campaign. What a beautiful display they all make and what a touching reminder.
The Brigaders have just done a wonderful ECO craft. A friend of mine came along to teach them how to make wax-wrap. The wax-wrap will allow them to stop using cling film or plastic sandwich bags to wrap up their sandwiches or cover dishes. They thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot.
We hope everyone has a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Girls' Brigade starts back on 8th January 2019.
212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company
Firstly, a big Thank You to everyone who supported the Big Brunch which raised an amazing £1,000 for Motor Neurone Disease Charity.
Boys from Junior and Company Sections recently enjoyed a trip to Murrayfield to see the Scotland International rugby team. This is always a great day out for the boys.
All sections are looking forward to Christmas. Anchor Boys will have a visit from Santa and Junior Section are going Tubing at Bearsden Ski Club.
Our Christmas Hamper Raffle will be drawn after the Nativity Service on Sunday 16th December. As in previous years we will be providing lunch in the North Hall after the service. All parents and friends are invited to join us at this service.
Date for your Diary Saturday 19th January 2019 - Quiz Night
As always, if you are free and willing to help us at any section we would be delighted to hear from you.
For up to date information on all activities and news please go to our website at www.212glasgow.co.uk.
On behalf of all the staff and boys of the 212th we wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
20 OCTOBER - Another nice morning - destination DRYMEN.
This 6 mile walk started at the the car park in the village and took us through Buchanan Castle Estate. We learned that after his capture at Eaglesham Rudolph Hess (who had broken his ankle when he parachuted from his aeroplane) spent some time at Buchanan Castle. At this time the castle was being used as a military hospital. From the Castle the walk goes along the side of the golf course and out into the countryside. A pleasant, flat, circular walk enjoyed by all. The nicest thing about today was 3 new Ramblers came along. We hope to see you all next time.
10 NOVEMBER - 'The Top of The World' - WANLOCKHEAD the highest village in Scotland.
A new area for us and a pleasant surprise to everyone. The lead Mining Museum was closed but on this Special weekend the café and shop had mounted a display of memorabilia and stories of those from the village who had served in the Great War some of whom had made the ultimate sacrifice.
The walk along the river had several interesting features relating to the mining history of the village. The Beam Engine & water bucket pump is the only remaining example to be seen in the UK today. The river was running high after some heavy rain, it looked so clear and inviting but obviously icy cold. We were fortunate to have a dry day although being 'On Top of the World' has its drawbacks - the wind was very strong and cold. However, the small tearoom serves excellent soup and a selection of fancies, although sadly for some, no meringues.
If none of the above is tempting you can always pan for gold!
Next date for your diary:
|8 DECEMBER||Garscube Estate, River Kelvin||5 miles and Maryhill Aqueduct (shorter option available)|
Hope to see you in Kenmure Church Car Park at 9.20am.
- It is time to lift Dahlias and store in a frost free place for winter.
- Time to cut back climbing roses and tie in new shoots.
- Prune apple and pear trees and give a tree wash (available from garden centres) to kill any fungus.
- Avoid walking on waterlogged or frosty lawns.
- As grass cutting has come to an end, service and sharpen your lawn mower and secateurs. Apply some thin oil to them and put away for the winter.
- It is time to think about next year in the garden and plan ahead.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We are struggling to keep going and are looking for some volunteers to help with the church gardens. Perhaps you could take on a small plot, say a border, or a planter - there are plenty to choose from; most are quite well established now.
MONDAYS IN THE NORTH HALL
CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP
On 8th November, we held a very successful Workshop to prepare the way for monthly Climate Change Awareness Workshops which will start in January 2019. Our intention is to work towards an ECO Congregation Gold Award in the area of Climate Change. The workshops in the New Year will help us become more informed and supportive as a congregation on a local, national, and worldwide level in terms of the effects of Global Warming; what is being done to lessen the effects; and the plight of Climate Refugees.
During our session, we reviewed our biblical responsibilities to care for God's world, and all humans and creatures therein. These responsibilities remain ours to fulfil!
We watched a short film on the plight of many Pacific Islands likely to disappear in the not too distant future due to rising water levels caused by Climate Change and Frank Dick delivered an insightful and challenging presentation on the urgent need to combat Global Warming. We learned that the poorest nations are most significantly impacted and we have an obligation to help them through charities like Christian Aid. Frank also pointed out that we must work hard to safeguard the world for our children and grandchildren, as it is they who will see even greater changes than we will see in our lifetimes.
Irene Walker and Billy Gilchrist came along and gave us valuable insight into the sterling work done by the ECO team between 2006 and 2016 to gain the 3 Bronze Awards currently in display in the vestibule.
Dates of future meetings will be announced early in the New Year and we would encourage all members of the congregation interested in becoming part of this exploring, learning and active ECO/Climate Change Group to come along.
CANCER RESEARCH 10K
Thank you for supporting your minister, Rev John, who took part in Cancer Research UK's Tough 10k in Manchester.
I had a great experience and finished the race in around one hour fifteen minutes ... came in 321st!!!! out of 400 - so wasn't first, but not last! An amazing sum of over £700 was donated to Cancer Research by members of Cadder Church.
Thank you for supporting me and Cancer Research.
Many Thanks, John
CADDER MEN'S CLUB
South Halls, 7 for 7.30pm
Following Callum's October talk, he wrote -
I thought you would like to know that your members contributed £113 in cash and a £25 cheque for my expenses, making a total of £138. That is a very generous donation to the Zambia Society Trust and to the projects that help needy young people in Zambia.
I would be grateful if you will thank your members on my behalf at your next meeting for their generosity.
Best wishes, Callum Christie
We have two meetings in December. On 5th George Graham challenges our "Little Grey Cells" with his Seasonal Quiz. This is followed by our Christmas Lunch , once again being held in the South Halls, on Wednesday 12th December. Tickets from Ron Tweedie.
Into 2019, Andy Lowndes presents on a "Playlist for Life" on behalf of the Dementia Charity. This takes place on 9th January.
This is followed on the 23rd January with retired journalists, Jill Scott and Bill Hicks giving us their amusing talk on - "The History of Glasgow's Grand Central Hotel"- Roy Rodgers and all!
Please come along and enjoy these evenings.
CADDER'S FACEBOOK ADVENT CALENDAR
We thought we would try something a little different for advent this year and use Facebook as our Advent Calendar. When we were thinking of the story of Joseph earlier this year and his dreams, we thought that the theme "I am dreaming of a ..." might be a good way to reflect on the Christmas story. Over the next few weeks we will be filming in a range of context's to see how wide and varied the work of Cadder is within the Bishopbriggs community. Our question to each person captured on camera will be :"What are you dreaming of this Christmas?"
We will be releasing videos on Facebook from the first of December, which will contain the dreams and hopes of people within the Cadder community followed by a short narrative of the Christmas story. The Video series will be topped and tailed by two short messages from Rev John MacGregor.
Over the next few weeks, don't be surprised if you are approached by Stephen or Gill Crompton to take part and I hope you will be willing to do so. We are not sure how this first series will turn out but hopefully it will be an initiative that we can develop as we improve our editing skills. We hope this will be the first of many videos which will mark highlights in the Christian calendar, with Easter coming next.
The facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/CadderChurch/ and if you are not on Facebook yet then now maybe a good time to set up an account.
PROBATIONARY MINISTER UPDATE
It's hard to believe that it has been over three months since I started at Cadder Parish Church. When you first see a fifteen-month placement ahead of you, it seems that it is a long time but given the speed wih which the last three months have disappeared, it will have passed in no time. I find that it is a great privilege and a real joy to be at Cadder Church for a number of reasons:
- You are a most welcoming congregation and have made me feel very much at home
- The breadth of the work done within the parish is broadening my ministry experience
- Cadder is a beautiful church and I just love when the sun shines through the stained glass
- John is a very experienced minister and it is a real blessing to be learning from him
When you move from working part-time as an OLM to full-time ministry, one of the biggest adjustments is in your diary, as ministry is not a 9.00 - 5.00 job. Some people are very organised and for them such a transition is probably quite easy but when you are not someone who is that organised it is quite a stretch. I have gone through a few diary inserts until I have found a method that now works for me and there may still be some further refinements required!
As we head into a busy time of year in our preparations for Christmas, I am really excited as we remember the coming of Jesus. It continues to amaze me that our God was willing to become a human being, to experience the vulnerability of being a 'helpless baby' in order to offer our broken world a way back to God. Despite all the commercialisation of the season, nothing can take away the wonder of that Bethlehem stable and how it demonstrates the love of God.
I am still learning names, but I hope in the months that lie ahead to get to know more of you. I trust that you will all know God's richest blessing on you and your family this Christmas and in the coming year.
Rev Iain MacLeod, OLM and Probationary Minister
THE LODGING HOUSE MISSION
The Lodging House Mission acknowledge with grateful thanks Cadder Church's very generous donation of goods at Harvest time. The final total of monetary gifts was £310.00 plus gift aid.
The Lodging House is now open 7 days a week and there are now sixteen churches on rota enabling the Saturday openings. The Cadder Group are on duty on the 1st December. This is also the first date of the Night Shelter which will remain open until the end of March 2019. I am sure we all hope that this winter will not see a return of the 'beast from the east' however, it is good to know that there are some sheltered places for the homeless over this period.
No sooner has Harvest past than we are approaching Christmas. Thank you to everyone who has purchased Lodging House Christmas cards at the Shop Open Day and since.
There is an opportunity to donate to the LHM Christmas Appeal either by putting a cheque or money in an envelope marked 'Lodging House Mission' or if you wish to Gift Aid your donation there will be envelopes in the vestibule for completion. All envelopes can then be put in the collection bag.
Do you feel like a real sing-along of Carols and Christmas Songs? Come and join the Cadder Singers on Wednesday 19th December in the North Hall, from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm.
We would also like to share with you a sung Nativity which we have been learning for fun.
Tea and Coffee will be provided. Please do come along, we would love to see you there.
FRESH START CHARITY (SC 045775)
CADDER SOUTH HALLS
SATURDAY 19th JANUARY 2019
10 a.m. - 12 noon
This is the third Coffee Morning Fresh Start has held. The previous two were held in Springfield Cambridge Church. Last year's was held on one of the worst days of the winter and we still managed to raise over £400, which was fantastic.
Our income comes solely from donations, either of money or goods, and as each household pack costs over £200, our £400 did not last long!
Donations of baking, paper-back books and unwanted gift items would be gratefully appreciated, but more than anything, we would love if you are able to come and have a coffee (or tea) with us.
Tickets, priced at £2.50, will be on sale early in January. Please put the date in your new 2019 diary.
Chair of Fresh Start
WHAT IS CHRISTMAS? - A REFLECTION FROM THE MINISTER
To find the true meaning,
Let us again go to His stable and receive His Gift of life.
Let us be guided by His star and worship Him in humility at the foot of His manger,
Let us give our best gifts to Him - gifts that were already His,
Gifts that he has already blessed us with,
Gold, frankincense, myrrh and if we are a shepherd, sheep.
And we bow our heads to touch the ground as we lay our gifts before Him.
We lift our eyes and marvel at His grace and goodness, a tiny fragile baby wrapped in swaddling clothes.
We look at his stable, no place for a human King, we may think,
But we know that this is no human King, this is the Creator of the Universe!
Who chose His place of birth before the world began,
We linger and enjoy friendship with shepherds, wise men and inn keepers and all who have heard the call and made the journey to Bethlehem
We feast on his rich provisions - bread and wine
Signs of ultimate sacrifice and amazing grace
And for a sacred moment we glimpse the eternal,
And we pause and realise that this is what Christmas is all about.
As God enters His creation,
Thank you seems too meagre a word and so we get off our knees and we leave the stable transformed as we walk in his light and follow his ways.
For we Know that we are His precious people And Christmas is a time to remember all that He has done for us.
MONDAY 31st DECEMBER 2018
9 p.m. NORTH HALL
Light Supper Provided
BYOB (and glass)
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THE CADDER GAZETTE
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