Cadder Parish Church, Bishopbriggs.

February 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

Dear Friends,

The Apostle Paul encouraged the church at Philippi with those beautiful words, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things" Philippians 4 v8.

These are fine words for us to go forward into a New Year. February 19th marks the first year of my ministry at Cadder Church and it will be a year that, as a family, we won`t forget in a hurry. It has been for us a year of great blessing. Moving house is supposed to be one of the most stressful events and I suppose moving job cannot be far behind it. But in the midst of all this we had the joy of two new grandchildren Harry and Abbie and along with our first born grandchild Eva, that brings us up to three grandchildren and all living literally on our door step here in Bishopbriggs. We also left one church family at Hillington Park to become members of a new church family at Cadder. So 2017 was a memorable year and one that we will treasure. Paul said, "If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things".

Of course, not everything in life appears to be praiseworthy. There are times when we all face great challenges in life. They come in many different forms; illness, bereavement, redundancy and so the list goes on and perhaps it may be painful and difficult for us to look back and give praise for such things.

But as Christians, we believe that in the challenges of life, in the joys and the sorrows, we discover the presence of a loving God, who walks with us and, when necessary, carries us and it may be in the darkest times that we feel his presence even more closer.

You may have noticed that in my invitation for the February communion, I have written about the humble and inspiring snowdrop. I`m sure that, like me, you will never tire of looking at this incredible little flower, which is such an inspiration, as it blossoms into life, reminding us that against all odds, great things can happen.

As we go forward into a New Year, which will be a second year for me and my family at Cadder, let us go forward putting our hand into the hand of God. We don`t know what joys or sorrows lie ahead but in the words of the great hymn, we can go forward with confidence, "O joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to thee; I trace the rainbow through the rain, and feel the promise is not vain, that morn shall tearless be." These are lovely words but they are not the original words. The original words by George Matheson said, "I stand on the rainbow". A Worship committee in Edinburgh, in their wisdom, changed his words because they said, Who can stand on a rainbow? But they missed the Rev Matheson's theological point. He wasn't writing about a literal rainbow but talking about standing on the promises of God's word; standing on the covenant of God; the rainbow being the sign of the covenant.

Friends, let us stand firmly on the promises of God. Let us hear him say, "I will be with you always until the end of time." He is an unchanging God and as he brings new life to our world in Spring, let us look to Him and feel His joy warming our souls and bringing new hope and peace to them. Let me finish with words which were spoken by George VI in his Christmas 1939 broadcast to the Empire. These words struck a chord with a country facing the uncertainly of war. They were the preamble to a poem, God Knows, written in 1908, by a Christian Methodist, Minnie Louise Haskins:

"And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."

And he replied:

"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way. So I went forth and finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And he led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone east."

So let us go forward, with Paul's words, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things" Philippians 4 v8.

Every blessing,

John

ADULT EDUCATION AND CARE

A big "Thank You" to everyone who brought toilet bags and toys to the Gift Service for East Dunbartonshire Women's Aid. Two full car loads were collected, and those of you who were at Church for the Gift Service will have heard a little about the work they do and how much they are appreciated. Thank you very much again for your generosity.

In November John led four very interesting Bible Studies which were enjoyed by many. We are now looking forward to a series of five Lent Studies, based on Les Miserables, which are planned for the five Sunday evenings during Lent.

As always, please let me know if you, or anyone else, requires a lift to Church or any other support and we shall do our best to help. Remember to pass on any pastoral concerns to the member of the Team on duty at the Vestry door after the morning service. Also, if you would like to help by joining our team or by visiting someone, or by providing a lift, please let me know. We are always happy to have more volunteers.

THE LODGING HOUSE MISSION

The Lodging House Mission Christmas Appeal - The total sum raised by Cadder was £885.10 and almost another £100 due in gift aid. I would like to thank you very much for your tremendous response.

The Lodging House Mission is overwhelmed by your generosity. Be assured that these donations will help the homeless and underprivileged who use their services. The Lodging House is once again hosting the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter from December to the end of March and during this period the Day Centre will remain open 7 days a week offering shower facilities, food and support services.

The group of ladies from Cadder were once again on duty on Saturday 20th January.

The Lodging House is very grateful for all the prayers and support they receive from Cadder.

THE SHOP

We are well into 2018 now and I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year.

The Christmas cards sold very well for the various charities - we had very few left. The shop was quite busy pre Christmas, the Divine salted caramel chocolates were popular - try them, I am sure you won't be disappointed!

We are preparing to have a SALE towards the end of January to make space for new stock.

We need your support.

COFFEE SHOP

Congratulations to Sheila Gallagher who won our Festive Christmas Hamper - Enjoy!

Our very popular Sausage or Bacon Rolls are back -
Sold Saturdays 24th February and 24th March (due to Easter closure).

Tea & Scone or Coffee & Scone £2.00
Every Friday 10 am - 12 noon.

Early morning menu 10 am to 12 noon Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch menu 12 noon - 2 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Kind regards, Christine 772 7436 (Coffee Shop) or 772 4943 (home).

CADDER MEN'S CLUB

At the time of writing we are looking forward to our next talk by Arnie Faichney, on the life of the Orcadian Explorer, John Rae.

On 7th February, Douglas Lockart presents on the topic of "Charity Bazaars and Buildings in Victorian and Edwardian Scotland".

Continuing on the historical theme on 21st February, we welcome back Norman Sutherland (Retired PT History, Chryston High School) giving us a lesson on "Scotland's Failed Revolution: The Radical War of 1820"

We are looking forward next month to our Annual Club Outing to the Bo'ness and Kinneil Ralway, on Tuesday 27th March.

You are very welcome to join us, tickets are limited!

Please contact Bill MacInnes (772 2639), or David More (772 7777) for details.

THE 92nd GLASGOW COMPANY THE GIRLS' BRIGADE

We are well into 2018 now. We had a great trip to Webster's Theatre to see Jack and the Baked Bean Stalk. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the show and being a small venue the cast, especially the leading 'lady' came into the audience quite a bit - much to the embarrassment of Lynsey who was singled out for attention. Although there were only 5 in the cast it was very traditional with great music and lots of fun.

The beginning of February sees our annual District Fun Day, which again this year is being held in Torrance Church. Our Explorers and Juniors take part in this and there are games and crafts, finished off with a drink and a snack. The girls all seem to really enjoy this and it's good to meet up with other companies in the area.

Badgework is being rounded off about now - but still lots to do before it is completely finished. The Brigaders have been preparing for Drill competition and the Explorers for Keep Fit Competition. Good luck to them.

March will be a busy time for us. The Divisional Gathering is on 10 March at Auchengillan Activity Centre and this is for all sections. We hope to have a lot of girls go to this. They are pushing the boat out as it is The Girls' Brigade's 125th Anniversary this year. Along with this we have our Coffee Morning booked for Saturday 24 March. As usual we would appeal for any unwanted gifts for our Tombola Stall - or any toys or stuffed animals which would appeal to children playing the Tombola. As long as it is in good condition we would be very happy. Thanks in advance. A wee reminder will go out in next the Gazette.

Hopefully by now the weather is improving - it has been a long cold snowy winter. Spring surely must be just round the corner. We are looking forward to welcoming the girls in daylight rather than darkness.

212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company

It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and we are at the start of another year. Company and Junior Section boys enjoyed a visit to the Cinema in December to see the new Star Wars movie. Anchor Boys are going bowling in January and they also had a Christmas party with a special visitor.

The Company Section is heading back to the Cairngorms for a ski weekend at the end of February (fingers crossed for snow!!!)

Preparation for both Junior and Company camps are well underway and we look forward to healthy numbers attending both. As always we look to provide a different set of activities each year to entertain the boys. This year Junior Section camp will be based at the Cairngorm Christian Centre from where we have various activities arranged for the boys. Last year's Anchor Boys Summer Trip was a huge success with all boys attending. Plans are underway to arrange a similar trip this year.

We are delighted with the progress of our Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. Staff and boys are working diligently to achieve these awards. Classes take place on a Monday evening with boys learning new skills.

Thanks to all those who supported the Christmas hamper raffle. The funds will be put to good use throughout all the sections. We will be Bag Packing at Asda Bishopbriggs on Saturday 17th February so if you are in the store please allow us to pack for you.

For up to date information on all activities and news please go to our website at www.212glasgow.co.uk.

THE RAMBLERS

In view of the unsettled weather we are having as we write this article, we are delaying the start of our rambles for the first half of 2018 until the first Saturday in February when hopefully things will have improved. We have prepared a programme for February to June which includes some new walks and some old favourites.

The two for February are:

Feb 3rd Pipe Walk, Strathblane to Killearn 5 miles
Feb 24th Whinney Hill from Balloch 6½ miles

So, put these dates in your diary now and join us to get out and about, enjoy the countryside, meet new friends and shake off the winter blues. As usual we meet in Kenmure Church car park at 9.20 am.

CADDER FELLOWSHIP GROUP

CINEMA EVENING
FRIDAY 23rd February 2018
CADDER NORTH HALL

'Hidden Figures' - The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US Space Programme.

Refreshments 7:00 pm
Main Feature 7:30 pm

Tickets £5, available from members of the Cadder Fellowship Group - (Janet and Jim Johnstone, Margaret Redpath, Claire Martin, Margaret Neely and Susan MacGregor)

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

What can I say, except THANK YOU, several times over!

Cadder folk filled 94 shoe boxes and handed in donations of £170. One of the local Brownie packs handed in a large number of boxes too - well done girls! This is a tremendous effort and represents a great deal of money spent on items for the boxes.

As before, if you get an e-mail telling you where your box went (only if you filled in the online donation form), can you let me know, please, and I'll let folk know. Thanks again - I've seen the video of children opening their boxes. This is such a worthwhile cause.

GARDENING TIPS

Now is the time to check if there is any moss in your lawn. If so. treat it with lawn sand.

Time to do a last prune of apple and pear trees and shrubs before buds appear. Also, give fruit trees a tree wash to kill off any bacteria on the bark. Tree wash can be sourced in gardening shops.

Try 'chitting' early potatoes in an egg box and placing them in the loft for planting out in the spring. This is also the best time to shift or plant roses and hedges.

It is a good time to have a tidy up of leaves that are lying about the garden, as this is where the slugs and snails hide in the winter. If you have any bird boxes, this is the time to clean them out before the birds start looking for a nest. Remember to feed and water them as food is scarce at this time of year.

MONDAYS IN THE NORTH HALL IN FEBRUARY

5th First Monday
12th Easy Exercise
19th Line Dancing
26th Easy Exercise

EARLY FELLOWSHIP

9.30 a.m. - TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS IN THE CHAPEL at the SOUTH HALL

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WORKER

So, here we are, back after all the festivities and raring to go again for another year!

Messy Church is about to start at Cadder!

Last month we had a visit from Paul Wilson, the Regional Coordinator for Messy Church in Glasgow and Ayrshire. Paul's passion for this different way of being church, with the emphasis on families, shone through in his presentation and inspired us to go ahead with it in Cadder. I am grateful to the 12 people who attended the meeting, but we could be doing with more volunteers. There are a range of roles to be filled, including a welcome team, people to help with activities, a small catering team, folk to run the 'celebration' time of worship, and others to just generally be there as a friendly face. So please get in touch if this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, or even if you would just like to find out more. The plan is for Messy Church to run in the South Halls between 4pm and 6 pm on the last Sunday of each month, starting on Sunday 25th February.

And finally, a brief look back:

The Christmas Assembly at Bishopbriggs Academy went really well. The assembly hall was busy, with around 150 pupils from all year groups, which was especially noteworthy given that attendance was voluntary. The Chaplaincy Team hopes that the assembly will have helped the pupils reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.

Meanwhile, the SU group at the Academy has resumed for the new session, and still meets every Wednesday lunchtime. Many of the group members helped at the Christmas Assembly with the drama and some readings.

This time last year there was excitement and joy at Meadowburn Primary when it was announced that the Head Teacher, Jennifer Campbell, was pregnant and expecting twins, which she has since had. And now comes news that the Acting Head, Caron Doherty, is also due to have a baby in the spring. This will lead to more temporary appointments at the school, so let us pray that the changes will not be too unsettling for the staff and pupils.

WEBSITE

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 MARCH edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 11th February.

Isabel's e-mail address is: hepburn5733@yahoo.co.uk