June, July and August 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
I was once given a bit of great advice from an ex Christian biology teacher, who was a member of a previous congregation. He said, "When you go on holiday or away for a break always look for some reading material that is completely different than that which you read on a daily basis".
So, I try and take his advice. Recently, whilst at the book store at Edinburgh Airport, I was drawn to the classics. There was a sign above a book - If you've never read this book before you must read this one!
The book was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". It is set in America, in an asylum in the 60`s where the Big Nurse Ratched wielded absolute control over her "state mental hospital" and her "inmates" submitted to her rule. The penalty for not submitting was electric shock therapy or mind numbing medication. Into this ward enters a new patient, the maverick McMurphy, who in his own style, challenges the ultimate control of the Nurse and the System and attempts to create safe spaces for the patients, where they can have moments of escape. A very thought provoking book by Ken Kesey and it made me think about the issue of control and who is in control and what free will do we have in our own "cuckoo's nest?"
The first day after arriving in Kathmandu, after familiarising ourselves with the crazy road systems and the open sewers and the hugely different way of life, I was informed that their New Year would happen when we were there and that they would be celebrating 2064! Well, I can always say that I have celebrated 2 new years. But time travel!! - Well, I don't think I went forward any. But that same day we were sharply reminded that it was almost 3 years to the day that a great earthquake hit this region and 9000 people instantly lost their lives; thousands injured and almost a million homeless. We were told that another quake could strike again at any time - they said, we have no control over it. When the plates underneath the earth decide to move - Kathmandu also moves with it.
The question that came to mind was, how do you live in a country or a situation where you have no ultimate control? I observed in the lives of the Nepalese, especially those that we met and lived with up on the mountains, that they simply adjusted very well to this lack of ultimate control.
In three years, since the earthquake, a dramatic reconstruction of houses and schools had occurred and foot trails and foot bridges have been rebuilt. Ancient footpaths, hundreds of years old, made out of stone steps had been reassembled and all this incredible work has happened high on the mountains; with no mechanical machinery, just human hands and human strength - we could only marvel at what we saw. But those people are so resilient and are used to the changes of weather and natural disasters. They simply just get on with it.
But something else is happening high in the mountains and that is they are looking to the Christian God and finding in Him someone who cares for them and loves them; someone who has ultimate control, someone who does not change, even when natural disaster happens.
When I considered their lives, I realised that what I read in the book of Psalms connects very closely to their simplistic way of life. For instance Psalm 31 v1-5:
- "In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
- Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
- Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
- Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
- Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God".
The Psalmist and his community knew where to find refuge in the midst of change. He knew God to be a rock and a fortress. He knew who was in ultimate control. He knew there would be challenges and difficulties and that life is not all plain sailing but he knew who to turn to when times were out of control.
V 5 is well worth noting because they are familiar words to us; they are the words of Jesus from the cross. His final words! Jesus who himself knew what it was to have his world go out of control. Yet, from the cross, he could find his peace in acknowledging his God was still in control. He prayed, "Into your hands I commit my spirit". By the time of Jesus, these words had become the bed time prayer of every Jewish child and Jesus was simply reciting words that his mother Mary would have taught him as a wee boy. It is the perfect prayer of simple trust and a good prayer for us to say when our world goes out of control. It can sustain people through all different types of situations in which they surrender themselves to things which are beyond their control. These were the last words of the first Christian martyr Stephen.
In the Christian Aid book that we follow on a Tuesday and Thursday morning, we were reminded recently with those words, "Why can God be trusted for occasions in which our destiny is out of our own hands? Because he is completely just (righteous) and in time or beyond time will see that no injustice will prevail". We have a God of complete righteousness who is in ultimate control and whatever life may throw at us, be it danger, illness, injustice, grief and even death, we will always be safe because He is our ultimate rock of refuge and strong fortress. But it is not enough to know this. He wants us to embrace Him and to draw close to him and in the words of the psalmist, Jesus and Stephen and many other Christian people say to him, "Into your hands I commit my spirit." In other words, into your hands I give you my life and everything I have because everything is yours.
Back to the novel, did McMurphy make any difference to the control issue in the asylum? Did he turn around the Big Nurse and the system? Sadly, the nurse and the system beat him but through his sacrifice, he did make it possible for another to fly from the cuckoo's nest.
I hope these words of faith and hope encourage you over the summer months, as we look forward to some lovely summer days and enjoy some pleasant summer warmth.
I would like to say a big thank you to you all as a congregation for all your continued support and faithfulness shown to Susan and myself and my family since we arrived 16 months ago. We have been blessed in so many ways.
A FEW WORDS FROM BEN THORP
It's hard to believe that my 6 months at Cadder has now drawn to a close. The time has just flown by, and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface during my placement. I must give a huge thank you to John for agreeing to be my supervisor for this time, and also to all of you for making me feel so welcome. You have been a great encouragement along my journey towards ordination. It has been wonderful to get to know a few of you better, particularly those who were in the Advent Bible study, and the regulars at the Thursday morning fellowship - I have really enjoyed and appreciated those times of study and prayer.
For those of you who haven't managed to get my next steps, I start my second placement in Giffnock Orchardhill at the beginning of June, and I will be there full-time for 10 weeks over the summer. In September I will return to Glasgow University for my final year, and in October I will be starting my final placement at St Rollox in Sighthill. All things being equal, I will start my 15-month probation next summer, which will be the final stage of my training.
As a parting thought, I wanted to share something that I have been reflecting on for the last few months from an American theologian called David Cloutier. He suggests that the community of faith is responsible for making every member feel that they are essential to the survival and flourishing of that community. As a student minister, I am well aware of my privileged position in the church, however there are many who would not regard themselves as essential to it's surviving and flourishing. But we all have gifts and abilities - no matter what age and stage we are at - that we could use for the glory of God through His church.
So: what gifts and skills do you have, and how could you use them for the benefit of the church today? Could you write an encouraging letter? Could you paint a picture? Could you make some soup for someone? Could you pray?
Whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
The shop will be closing soon for the summer break and it also gives us time to take stock of how we are shaping up - so far.
I think we are doing well - thanks to you. We are continually looking for new goods to entice you in, even just for a look!
We have a new book in stock by Victoria Williams - The Fox Girl and The White Gazelle - A very good read.
Have a good summer,
An article from the Tradecraft Bulletin
There has been a lot in the news recently about plastics and plastics recycling. Traidcraft share your concerns over the widespread use of plastics and their potential subsequent environmental impact, but what is our stance on this?
On most Traidcraft and GEO branded products, we have signed up to the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) system of labelling and identifying packaging materials, which is in widespread use across many industries to deliver a simple, consistent and UK wide recycling message.
Plastic in Tea Bags?
The round or square teabags, which we use, do contain a small amount of plastic so that they can be heat sealed around the edges once the tea has been put in. Currently there is not any industry alternative to this material. However, rest assured that as soon as there is a plastic-free option available, we will be using it for our teabags.
Afternoon Tea - Friday 8th June at 2 pm
Tickets on sale £7.00 each
Summer Holidays - We will close Saturday 23rd June at 12 noon.
Sausage or Bacon Rolls will be served from 10 am on the day.
Thank you to all customers and volunteers for your continued support.
We will l re-open at 10 am Tuesday 14th August.
Tea and scone or Coffee and scone £2.00
Every Friday between 10 am - 12noon.
Early morning menu 10 am - 12 noon Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch menu 12 noon - 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Table reservation available.
Kind regards, Christine 772 7436 (Coffee Shop) or 772 4943 (home).
THE 92nd GLASGOW COMPANY THE GIRLS' BRIGADE
Another year comes to a close and there will be many changes in the year to come, but that can wait.
We have had a busy past few months with the 125 year celebrations, competitions and preparing for the Display. At the end of April we went to Kelburn Castle for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The weather was kind to us and the girls had a great time. GB had taken over the whole park and everything was organised so well. The girls met Alice, the Cheshire cat, and many more characters. All in all it was a fantastic day.
Some of the officers are going to an afternoon tea run by GB on 16 June and we are looking forward to that. The Glasgow Division AGM is on Tuesday 5 June at the City Chambers.
Our Display went well, according to reports! The girls always do their best on the night, regardless of how the rehearsal goes! It was lovely to see everyone turned out in their GB sweatshirts and looking so smart. This may be my last Display as Captain, but I will certainly still be there next year to help our new Captain, Claire Baker through her first year in charge. We also said goodbye to Gillian Melvin at the Display. We are all very sad to see her go and we will miss her greatly. I am sure she will not be far away if we need her to help with anything. She's not escaping that easily!
The girls enjoyed the closing parade and service. The puppets were certainly popular with the wee ones who were enthralled! It is always the same girls who come along to the parades and I greatly appreciate that, but it would be nice to see other faces too, but it is not always possible.
Tuesday 15th sees all sections having a fun night: Explorers are going bowling; Juniors are going to Laser Quest and the Brigaders are going to Skypark at Braehead. Only Camp to go which is 1-3 June at Fordell First Activity Centre in Dunfermline. We are all looking forward to returning here and hope we have nice weather for all the outdoor activities.
Everyone in the 92nd wishes you all a lovely summer.
212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company
Anchor Boys Summer Trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park will take place on Saturday 2nd June. I'm sure the boys and staff will have a wonderful time.
Company section camp is the last event of the session. Kirkham is the venue for this year's camp via a one night camp at Coniston where the boys will have instructed activities provided by Adventure 21. Camp is a highlight of the year for boys and I am sure this year will be no exception.
Six young men will receive their Queen's Badge at Glasgow City Chambers on 24th May. This is a very special event for the boys, their parents and myself as Captain. The boys have worked extremely hard to achieve the award and we are delighted to see their efforts rewarded.
Thanks to everyone who supported our Annual Plant Sale, which raised approximately £600 for Company funds. These fundraisers are vital to support the work we do with the boys and fund the upkeep of our minibus.
I would urge anyone who hasn't joined our 200 Club to do so. All proceeds go towards funding the running costs of our minibus. Details on our website.
Staff will have a well earned rest and recharge batteries ready for the new session which kicks off with enrolment on Friday 17th August 2018. Thanks to all the staff for their effort and the parents/friends for their support.
For up to date information on all activities and news please go to our website at www.212glasgow.co.uk.
BOOK AID INTERNATIONAL
In the 1980s a desperate plea came from Africa and other countries where economic crises and foreign currency restrictions had reduced supplies of Christian books to an all-time low. This cry for help from vast numbers of Christians suffering from "Book Famine" became impossible to ignore.
Book Aid Charitable Trust was set up in order to make large shipments of new and second hand Christian books and Bibles to these needy areas. In particular Book Aid supports Christian bookshops, mainly in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Books are gathered by volunteers through a network of UK collection points. They are then transported to the warehouses in London and Ranskill. The books are sorted, boxed and placed on pallets ready for shipment.
When the books reach their destination they are sold at affordable prices. The money raised is used to enhance and develop local literature initiatives and support Christian ministries.
Smaller shipments of more scholarly books are occasionally made to equip Bible College libraries where they are used to train a new generation of ministers of the Gospel.
Of those books not required overseas, some are sold in Book Aid bookshops in the United Kingdom and the money raised used to pay shipping and administration costs.
Since 1988 over 30 million Christian Books and Bible have been shipped to book hungry areas thanks to the generosity of British Christians. If you have any Bibles, Hymn Books, Christian literature that you no longer need and that you wish to donate to Book Aid, please bring them along to the Coffee Shop, they will then be collected by our minister John and stored in a shed in the Manse Garden, until enough books are gathered and we will get them uplifted by Book Aid to take to their depot and then sent across to areas of the world that are desperate for Christian literature. For further details see John, pick up a leaflet at the coffee shop or go to BookAid.org.
THE PROPERTY TEAM
The Property Team will be carrying out a number of jobs in all the properties over the summer.
We require volunteers to assist us with our maintenance programme, e.g. painting (inside and out), tidying the grounds, cleaning drains, etc.
If you can spare some time - it doesn't need to be on a regular basis - the Team would be glad to hear from you.
NEW 2 U SALE
SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2018
In aid of Church Funds
DO NOT THROW OUT YOUR UNWANTED GIFTS
More details in the September Gazette
Aileen, Brian, Susan and Kenny will again be collecting items during September
I cannot believe that we are already writing about the last walks for this session - where has the time gone? Thankfully, we did eventually have some good weather in May but we had to delay our trip to the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve on the 19th May for a week due to the Royal Wedding - although the gents couldn't quite understand why the ladies would want to watch it!!!
Our June walks are old favourites, one along the shores of the Clyde and the other by boat on Loch Lomond:
|2nd June||Lunderston Bay to Inverkip||4½ miles|
|9th June||Inchcailloch Island||3 miles|
If you fancy a trip 'doon the watter' do join us. As usual we meet in Kenmure Church car park at 9.20 am. Have a lovely summer and if you come across any interesting walks on your travels, please do let us know.
It is nice to have some good sunshine and see the gardens coming into life. It is my best time of the year when you see God's creation unfolding itself once again.
- By this time you will be cutting your grass once a week - try keeping some of the clippings and making compost out of them. I put some into plastic bags and make some holes in the bottom and store in a corner in the garden. You can add some leaves as well. This makes nice compost; add some water so that it does not dry out.
- Remember to top dress your lawn with fertiliser at least every month. This year we are trying dressing with seaweed granules.
- You can now sow some vegetables outside as I think frosts are gone. Try growing some in pots and get the children involved to let them see where things come from and how the seasons affect them.
- Try controlling slugs with nematodes watered onto the soil.
- Remember to water your pots regularly as you do not want them to dry out.
- Fork in some fertiliser around your fruit trees as this is the time they need as much feeding as possible.
Take some time off to sit and admire your garden and see nature at work.
If anyone has any daffodil or crocus bulbs to spare dry them out and give them to me for planting at the gardens at the church.
MONDAYS IN THE NORTH HALL IN THE SUMMER
We plan to start our Griefshare course on Tuesday 12th June at 7 p.m. This group will run weekly and is designed for people who have lost a loved one and who are struggling with issues of grief.
The group will take the form of a DVD course which features professionals who have experienced grief themselves. The DVD will lead onto a time of sharing about how people feel about what they have seen and heard and how they can relate to it through their own personal grief. Griefshare has helped many people cope with their grief and we look forward to developing this group within the church and community.
If you wish to go perhaps you could let John our minister know as soon as possible. The group will be run by the minister and some members of the Adult Education and Care team.
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 SEPTEMBER edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 12th August.It would be extremely helpful to also receive information regarding changes to Officer Bearers, etc.
Isabel's e-mail address is: email@example.com