September 2019 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
Hope you have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. This summer we have witnessed some of the hottest recorded temperatures in the UK; We've also had exceptional down pours of rain which has led to flooding in different parts of the UK.
The weather is a great topic of conversation and something that I'm sure that we all mention at least once a day. The weather forecasts are pretty accurate now and so it helps us to plan ahead. Some of our weather forecasters have become celebrities in their own right, so it shows how important the weather is to us.
One of the striking features of living in this country of incredible beauty, is all the amazing cloud formations that we have almost every day. As you know a favourite hobby of mine, is to go walking up the Campsies and on those days that I'm walking - no matter the weather, the sky is always interesting and inspiring, especially if you have a day of sunshine and cloud.
Last year, one of the most memorable skies that I have ever seen, was when I encountered a brocken spectre (also called brocken bow or mountain spectre). This happened to me early one morning, when the clouds were very low on the Campsies and I climbed until I was above them and when I did the sun was shining from above and behind me, casting my enlarged shadow upon clouds below me. The effect of the sun shining above and the dark rain clouds below, created a rainbow halo over the head of my shadow in the distance.
I have never encountered this before and I was unsure of what this was about - was it a message from God or was it simply a natural event. When I spoke to one of my elders in the church read up on it, I realised that it was a brocken spectre and these things happen from time to time. Perhaps I will never encounter it again but it was a special moment for me and one that I wanted to linger on and enjoy before it disappeared.
Clouds played an important role throughout the bible. In the bible they are associated with God's presence. Moses went up the mountain to receive the 10 commandments and God appeared to him in the cloud; when the people of Israel were going through the wilderness, a cloud went with them; The prophet Nahum wrote, "the clouds are the dust of his feet" Nahum 1v3 and when we read the Gospels, we discover Jesus going up the mount of Transfiguration and the cloud descends upon Him, when he is crucified, the dark clouds roll in and when he ascends into heaven, he disappears into the clouds and then in Revelations we have the Apostle John writing about the second coming of Jesus, "Behold, He is coming with clouds!"
We also know that in human terms, clouds are associated with sorrow and suffering. When difficult times come into our lives, it is like dark clouds rolling in from the sea and covering us. Does this mean that God has left us? Does this mean that we are alone? Far from it - in the words of the famous hymn by Hoaratio Spafford "When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot You have taught me to say. It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul."
These words were written by a man who knew great business success and also great blessings through having four daughters but he was to lose them all - his business burned to the ground and his daughters tragically were drowned in the Atlantic Ocean and yet he could pen this hymn and say - sometime after these events - "All is well" - Why? because in his time of shadows and clouds, he knew the presence of God. He trusted that all one day, would be well, as he awaited the coming again of the Lord..."But Lord it's for you - for your coming we wait, the sky, not the grave, is our goal; O trump of the angel! O voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest for my soul..It is well with my soul...
Clouds are a sign that God is with us. It was for the saints of the bible, it was for Jesus and it should be for us also. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow, bereavement and suffering are actually the clouds that come along with God!
Oswald Chambers, a brilliant Scottish theologian, of the early 20th century, who died when only 43 wrote, "God cannot come near us without clouds - He does not come in clear-shining brightness".
The Psalmist King David who was once a shepherd boy and knew all about the trials of life, knew all about brocken spectres once wrote, "Yea though I walk through the shadows of death, I will not fear, for you are with me" and these words catch superbly well what I'm trying to say, as we walk through shadow land, the shadows may frighten us but never hurt us. The shadows are caused by light and darkness but as we go forward, we are not alone, for there is one greater than us in the valley and that is our Shepherd, who goes with us, with rod and staff in his hands.
The disciples when they went up the mountain of Transfiguration with Jesus, entered the cloud and were fearful Luke 9v34 but in the cloud, they met with the presence of God and then didn't want to leave!
Whatever our clouds may be, however dark they are, remember that in the clouds there are blessings also to be discovered and in the cloud we can draw closer to God than we can ever do so in the bright and sunny days.
"We walk by faith not by sight", wrote the Apostle Paul and today whatever you are facing, sunny days or deep clouds, keeping walking by faith, especially through the cloud, when our sight is obscured and we are not sure which way to turn, remember He faced his darkest moments on earth, his darkest cloud on a cross so that we might be brought close to the light of God forever more.
I hope the weather is kind to you and that you enjoy more sunny days than cloudy days and that the presence of God may bless you whatever your lot may be and that you will be able to say, as with Horatio Spafford, as he walked through his clouds and knew the warmth of God's presence shining on him, "It is well, it is well with my soul"...
Future Focus is a Church of Scotland based event which will help our three Churches of Scotland in Bishopbriggs strengthen their Partnership and help them move forward in a joint Mission to our town. There are three events planned for September - Thursday 5th and Thursday 12th at Cadder South Halls from 7 - 9 pm and Saturday 21st September from 10 - 1.30pm. in Kenmure Church Hall. This is open to all members of our churches and your contribution will help shape our future working together with our fellow Church of Scotland members in Bishopbriggs.
A VIEW FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PART 1
This year, I had the privilege of being a commissioner at the General Assembly and it was an Assembly that was like no other - major radical decisions were made and the Assembly recognised that the Church of Scotland is at critical point in its history and unless urgent reforms are made, then we must face the reality, that there will be no Church of Scotland, certainly as we know it, in the future.
So, before you is the first part of an over view of the Assembly. It's a long report so I'm doing it in two sections, the second part will follow in October.
The Assembly was convened by Rev Colin Sinclair, who is the minister for Palmerston Place Church in Edinburgh and began his year-long role of ambassador for the Church of Scotland in May 2019.
Colin said to the Assembly... "For your grace, love, and forgiveness when I get it wrong, I thank all of you who have invested time into my life and my ministry. "It all started with a Scripture Union holiday, I little knew then how the story of Jesus and his life, death and resurrection would get under my skin and never get out. "I thank you to all who nurtured me in this faith."I had no idea when Jesus said 'Follow Me' all those years ago, how exciting the adventure would be."How it would take me around the world. And I thank you again - I pray I am worthy of the trust you have shown to me." Colin's theme all week was Follow Me and I will make you fish for people.
During the opening session of this year's General Assembly, His Grace Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE, DL, FSA, FRSE, represented HM The Queen as the Lord High Commissioner to the Assembly. The Lord High Commissioner, for the second year in a row, welcomed the new Moderator during his inspiring speech.
Then first minister Nicola Sturgeon was welcomed and she praised the Kirk for the "enormous and highly valued contribution" made across Scotland and beyond. She concluded with these words..."I wish the Church of Scotland well, as you continue to play a central, vital and highly valued role in Scotland's national life, for many years and generations to come."
Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, thanked Ms Sturgeon for coming, saying "we want to assure you and your colleagues of our prayers and good wishes."
The Queen's speech was read and she highlighted the important role that the Church of Scotland and Presbyterianism plays in the role of the nation.
Then down to business over the next six working days...
This Assembly was like no other for radical plans have been laid down for the Church to follow.
- The General Assembly accepted the above reports from the Council of Assembly, General Trustees, and the Special Commission on Structural Reform. Through these reports, the Assembly has agreed the following decisions:
- A three-year radical action plan to reform the Church of Scotland has been approved by the General Assembly.
So the decisions that have been made...
- The General Assembly has agreed to appoint 12 people to be Assembly Trustees. This will replace the Council of Assembly which had over 40 members - which was made up of conveners of committees and too many had vested interests.
- A chief officer, who will have oversight of budgets and staff, and other office bearers will be appointed by the Trustees.
- Up to £25m to be spent on projects aimed at church growth, with particular emphasis on church planting
- 100 new worshipping communities to be established
- Cost of central administration to be cut by up to 30%: four councils to be merged into two
- Number of Scottish presbyteries to be reduced from 43 to about 12, focused on supporting local congregations in their ministry and mission
- Networks, hubs and other new local church structures to be developed
- Kirk Sessions to be reduced in size and focused on 'leadership and strategic decision-making'
- Decision-making and resources to be devolved from the central administration to regional and local levels
- No congregation to pay more to the central fund after next year until new arrangements are agreed - otherwise the level is frozen.
- Land and buildings plan to focus on 'well equipped spaces in the right places'. Money from sale of redundant buildings to be shared between congregations
- Improved training and support for all ministry and leadership roles
- General Assembly to be made much smaller and more effective.
Plans were approved to ensure Kirk Sessions are able to operate more efficiently.
Commissioners agreed to merge the Church and Society Council with the World Mission Council and the Ministries Council with the Mission and Discipleship Council by January 1, 2020.
- Encouragement of a season of 'prayer and preparation' across the Church from September to December 2019
Finally...At the end of the week the Moderator, the Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, urged Commissioners to 'work tirelessly' to make the reforms agreed during the week a reality. He cautioned that 'deciding the change is not the same as making the change', and warned that the changes will be painful.
"We need Commissioners of the General Assembly, as we go back to the parishes to be advocates and change makers. We need to be willing to make the sacrifices ourselves, to set an example."
And he warned that all the changes agreed will not bring about the revival of the church without people responding to Jesus' call 'follow me', which had been the Assembly's theme.
Part 2 will follow next month when I will report on the individual committees.
First of all I would like to thank everyone who supported me during the summer break when I stood outside Church with Traidcraft chocolate, rice, etc.
We have been replenishing the stock and looking adhead to 'Open Day' in October.
500 piece Jigsaw Puzzles are now in stock for the enthusiasts among you!
I hope you all had a good summer and enjoyed the warm spell!! - all too short.
Volunteers are always needed; even for an hour or two would be most welcome.
I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and were able to enjoy some of the nice weather we have had.
Our opening times are as follows:
|Tuesday||10 am - 2 pm|
|Wednesday||10 am - 2 pm|
|Thursday||10 am - 2 pm|
|Friday||10 am - 12 noon|
|Saturday||10 am - 12 noon|
Why not drop in for a quick cuppa or a leisurely lunch? We also offer hot drinks, soups, sandwiches and home baking to take out.
If you have a couple of hours free and could volunteer in any way please get in touch or pop into the coffee shop.
The coffee shop team and volunteers look forward to welcoming you back and thank you for your continued support.
Coffee Shop Manager
THE 92nd GLASGOW COMPANY THE GIRLS' BRIGADE
Wow! Can't believe its September already! We enrolled on 27th of August and have had our first company night; and what a night!
The focus/theme for all our badge work this year is the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, so we kicked off the year with some International themed games, matching the flags, naming the countries and so on.
We look forward to a busy year with several Divisional events planned as well as our own events, like the Panto at Christmas and Camp.
I don't know about all of you, but I just can't wait to get going!
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212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company
Hope you have all enjoyed the summer break. All staff are looking forward to a busy session ahead with several events in the diary already. Last session concluded with Company Section Camp which was a huge success. All boys and staff enjoyed the week which was packed full of activities. Junior Section camp was as usual fun packed and non-stop from morning till night. Anchor Boys finished off last session with a visit to Heads of Ayr Farm Park which is a favourite of the boys and staff.
Enrolment for next session took place on Friday 23rd August at 6.30pm in the South Halls for all sections. We welcome all boys back to the various sections and look forward to new boys joining the company. The Company diary is filling up with trips to Scotland rugby match/football match, competitions etc.
Next session, we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. On 13 February 1970, the 212th first met at Cadder Parish Church South Halls, Bishopbriggs and was enrolled after 5 trial meetings on 26 March 1970. Throughout next session there will be specific activities to celebrate this anniversary. Our first fundraiser of the year is our Coffee Morning which takes place Saturday 5th October in the South Halls. Please come along and join us and sample the fantastic homebaking on offer. Sunday 6th October will be our first parade of the session at Cadder Parish Church to which all boys, parents and friends are most welcome to attend.
Finally, we are always grateful for any help on offer. If you are interested in coming along to help, please get in touch. 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.
SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER will see the return of the Ramblers when we hope to have a full turnout of our regular walkers and some new faces.
We meet for all walks at Kenmure Church car park at 9.20 a.m. for a prompt 9.30 a.m. start. We would recommend boots or walking shoes. We operate by car sharing. If you are not driving we suggest petrol money to the driver of £3 per head, £4 if the walk is a bit further away.
The aim of our walks is to enjoy our countryside, take a little gentle exercise and enjoy fellowship with others. When appropriate we take a light snack with us for lunch and at the end enjoy coffee and cake at a local venue.
|7 SEPTEMBER||Loch Ard Forest beyond Aberfoyle||5 miles, Sat Nav FK8 3TF|
|14 SEPTEMBER||Whitelee Windfarm, Eaglesham. |
[Christian Aid Power Walk]
|Sat Nav G76 0QQ|
|21 SEPTEMBER||Callendar Woods, Falkirk||2, 3, or 5 Miles|
Further details from Margaret Burniston 563 1144.
Hopefully we will have an increase in our numbers this year. Come along, get fit, have a chat and treat yourself to a meringue!
Hope to see you in Kenmure Church Car Park at 9.20am. on the 7th
I hope everyone has had a good summer in the garden. I know in some ways a lot of things have been good and others not, but that is gardening.
- Cutting hedges this month gives them time to recover before the onset of winter.
- Allow sun to reach ripening tomatoes by removing nearby leaves.
- Deadhead plants with a neat cut; rather than pulling or breaking.
- Plant daffodils for spring, it is not too early, if you have the space for them.
- Prune rambling roses as soon as they finish flowering.
- Pick off yellowing and dead leaves from plants as this helps to keep them healthy.
- Continue mowing lawns regularly, with the blades set a little higher. Wait till next month to give a low nitrogen feed. If there is a lot of dead thatch in the lawn give it a rake if you get a dry spell as this helps to keeps moss from getting a hold.
- You are bound to see a bit of powdery mildew at this time. Watering plants well at their roots helps to keep it at bay.
- Try collecting seeds to sow next year and put them in a paper bag and keep them in a dry place.
MONDAYS IN THE NORTH HALL
CADDER MEN'S CLUB
It is almost that time of year again, Yes, the start of the new session of Cadder Men's Club.
We meet fortnightly, on Wednesdays in the South Halls, 7 for 7.30 pm. (carriages at 9.pm!). We are open to all, church affiliated or not. Why not come along one evening and enjoy the fellowship, the visiting speaker, and a cuppa? - What about bringing a friend too!
All forthcoming presentation topics will be listed in our monthly Cadder Gazette. If you have difficulty getting to the South Halls, please contact either Bill McInnes or myself for assistance with transport.
Our opening meeting is on Wednesday 2nd October when Sandy Kerr presents on the topic "Scouting Associations". It will be Interesting to see what this covers!
On 16th October, Mike McCarron Chairman, of the "Galgael Trust, will be along to tell us of their work. A very warm invitation is extended to all. Remember, if you are unable to commit on a regular basis, but are attracted by a particular presentation topic, please come along and enjoy!
182nd GLASGOW BOYS' BRIGADE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
The 182nd Glasgow Company of the Boys' Brigade really is 100 years old. We are still attached to Kenmure Church of Scotland in Bishopbriggs, and we are keen to trace as many former members as we can for a reunion dinner and service later this year. If you were a member, please contact us to register your interest in one or both of the proposed events.
Please also help us to spread the word if you can think of anyone else who was a member.
Get your name on the list for
Dinner, Eagle Lodge, Saturday 30th November 2019
Thanksgiving Service, Sunday 1st December 2019
The website will be updated on a Monday and any material sent to Ian by 2pm on that Monday will be on the site that night. Anything that's late will have to wait a week. Pictures to accompany the text are welcome.
THE CADDER GAZETTE
Items for inclusion in the OCTOBER 2019 edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 15th September 2019.
It would be extremely helpful to also receive information regarding changes to Officer Bearers, etc.
Isabel's e-mail address is: email@example.com
NEW 2 YOU SALE
Aileen, Brian, Susan, Kenny and friends will again be running a New 2 You sale on 2nd November in the South Hall from 10:00-12:00.
If you wish to donate items there will be a collection box in the Church vestibule during September and early October, or see Aileen Jilks or Susan Kerr.
Please, no out of date electronic items. No DVDs. Or CDs.
BLOODWISE COFFEE MORNING
South Halls 10:00-12:00
SATURDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019
Once again, Cadder members came up trumps when asked for the usual bits and pieces for the Holiday Club. Thank you so much. Your help is always appreciated.
As I write this I have just finished the week with the children as Backpackers. A good number attended and everyone - including the helpers - enjoyed themselves. The service at Springfield Cambridge tomorrow is the culmination of lots of hard work and I am sure all who come along will enjoy the enthusiasm of the children.
LODGING HOUSE MISSION HARVEST APPEAL 2019
Letter from the Lodging House Mission
Harvest time will soon be upon us and a number of you have been asking for our Harvest List to help the congregation bring specific items of food that we require to help feed our 100 visitors each day, now for seven days per week.
We are very grateful for all the harvest gifts that we receive from churches and schools, not just from Glasgow but further afield and also for those who donate food on a regular basis. Your contribution has meant that we are still able to provide free breakfast and lunches to our Service Users. Your partnership with us in helping feed homeless men and women is very much valued and appreciated.
We require around 100 harvests to enable us to provide all these meals over a 12 month period. The number of hours to sort out all that we receive into the correct product and class is huge. To help us with this task, we are asking if you will please keep to the list that has been prepared by the kitchen staff. This will reduce time and space requirements.
We will be able to accept harvest donations any day of the week during our opening times 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., including Saturdays and Sundays. If you are in a position to give us a time, we can arrange help at the LHM end. You will see from the list that we have added some new items which are now being used on a regular basis.
We also acknowledge that many congregations prefer to give us a financial donation and this will also be very much welcomed. Financial donations help us with our meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk and other items we need throughout the year.
Many thanks once again for your continuing support and please help us in whatever way you can. Your kindness and generosity at this special time really helps us to make the difference.
Stephen Mitchell, Manager
LODGING HOUSE MISSION - HARVEST DONATION REQUESTS 2019
|Cereal||Tinned Soup||Tinned Meat/Fish|
|Corn Flakes/Crunchy Nuts||Chicken||Salmon|
|Rice Crispies||Lentil||Corned Beef|
|Sugar Puffs||Scotch Broth||Meatballs|
|Cheerios||Carrot and Coriander||Haggis|
|Tinned Vegetables||Tinned Fruit||Other|
|Mixed Vegetables||Fruit Cocktail||Brown Sauce|
|Jars of Pasta Bake Sauces||Broth Mix|
|Jars of Curry Sauce or Curry Paste||Drinking Chocolate|
|Dried Goods||Dried Peas|
|Garlic Powder||Fresh/Diluting Juice|
|Ground Turmeric||Biscuits (Not Oatcakes or Cream Crackers)|
|Chilli Powder||Vegetable Oil|
|Ground Coriander||Stock Cubes or Bullion|
|Salt & Black Pepper|
NOT REQUIRED LIST:
Pasta, Pearl Barley, Marmalade, Porridge, Shredded Wheat Cereal, Muesli, Alpen, Long Grain Rice, Grapefruit, Prunes, Tea Bags
We are always short of Sugar, Coffee, Diluting Juice, Custard, Baked Beans, Tinned Meat and Vegetables and Biscuits
FIRE AND SAFETY PROTECTION
As the location of our historic Church building is somewhat isolated, the Kirk Session has decided to have a wireless alarm system installed which will provide 24 hour a day monitoring. This will enable the Fire Brigade or the Police to be alerted immediately in the event of a fire or an intruder.
If you have any questions, please contact Bill McInnes or Dianne Kurth.
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE FOODBANK
Thank you to everyone who so generously donates to the Foodbank.
Earlier in the summer there were some changes in the local organisation. The premises at Auchinairn were no longer available to the Foodbank and alternative accommodation had to be found.
This has not changed anything for our donors but we were asked by the local organiser to move to Colston Wellpark Church, where they both receive and distribute donations on Monday and Friday afternoons.
To date this has been a successful move and hopefully will continue to be so.
Our thanks for your support.