December 2019 - January 2020 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,

In a few weeks we will be singing once again, the beautiful Christmas Carol, "O little town of Bethlehem how still we see you sleep". The hymn writer portrays Bethlehem as a place of peace and serenity and perhaps it was on the evening of the birth of Jesus; however there have been many turbulent moments in its history since.

The little town of Bethlehem, holds a special place in the hearts of Christians, all over the world, especially for us who live near Glasgow because Glasgow is twinned with this little town of Bethlehem.

Let our thoughts travel to Bethlehem and to the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the place where our Saviour was born. As we go through the entrance, we realise that we have to stoop down and bend our knees because the entrance has been lowered twice. The purpose in the last case was to keep marauders from entering the basilica on horseback. It's now simply referred to as "the door of humility" because visitors must bend down to enter.

Undoubtedly, this is the best way to approach this most holy site; for it's on our knees that we must be when we come into the presence of a Holy God. The door of humility could be a great name for the doorway into our church at Cadder, because as we enter our doorway, immediately we are presented with a list, inscribed on our walls, of young people who gave their lives in the two World Wars, that in itself should cause us to pause and acknowledge their great sacrifice. But even more than that, we are entering a sacred site, where Christians have worshipped for the best part of 900 years; the present building being almost 200 years old.

But there is an even greater reason, for the God that we worship in our building is a God of humility and servant hood; this we know because these attributes were at the heart of Jesus' ministry. John's gospel tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. In otherwords, God in Christ, left the throne of heaven and took upon himself the form of a servant. He came to serve us and his whole life spoke of service. It is no accident that God chose his Son to be born in a cow shed, a place of utmost poverty. So we stoop down to worship him.

On our recent trip to Nepal, to visit the site of the 2015 earthquake and also to meet Christians affected by the earthquake; high in the foot hills of the Himalayas, Susan and I stayed in some really poor accommodation. The last night on our trek was the worst. I said to Susan that evening, that our accommodation resembled something from the nativity scene, for it was a shack of a building and through the back of the building, there were goats and cows all sleeping just yards from us; larger spiders on the walls with huge eyes peering down at us and we could hear the scurrying of rodents round about us. It taught us a lesson in humility, for this is where these good and kind Christian people live and they even called this place a guest house.

As we get older, bending the knee can become more difficult and even painful for some. Some people today have knee replacements, which is the result of many years of painful joint damage but what a transformation knee replacement surgery can have on people's lives.

However, like physical knees our spiritual knees can grow stiff over time. Years of self will can make us somewhat inflexible and selfish, this can result in it becoming increasingly challenging to live a life of service and humility. Then add the factor of our consumer world and it's easy for us to forget the true meaning of Christmas.

What is the true meaning of Christmas? The true meaning of Christmas is succinctly summed up in the words of the angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas Eve, "I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all the people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord."

This is indeed the best news that our world needs to hear. That we have a reason for great joy at Christmas and that is that God has come into our world and he is the Saviour of the World. He has come to transform our world and to give us strength to fight all that is dark and evil. God stooped down to us so that we might stoop down before him.

Over 110 years ago, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their flying machine of the ground. They were thrilled with their achievement and so they sent a telegraph to their sister Katherine, "We have actually flown 120 feet. We will be home for Christmas." Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and gave him the good news that her brothers had passed onto her. The editor glanced at it and thought to himself, "How nice, the boys will be home for Christmas". He totally missed the important message, that they had actually flown 120 feet and so man had flown for the first time! Little did the editor know then, what we know now and how important flight was to become to our world, over the last 100 years.

But many people still today miss the big picture of Christmas. They hear the word Christmas and their mind automatically goes to Christmas shopping, family gatherings, decorations, Christmas trees and parties. Not that these are not important but in their haste to celebrate Christmas, it is so easy to miss the important message and that message is summed up in the person and life of Jesus.

This Christmas, may we take the time once again to make room for Jesus; to stoop down and bend our knees in humility and to again enter into his presence, so that we become like the wise men worshipping the child and like the shepherds giving their hearts to Him.

May the words of Philip Brooks, be our words this Christmas:

"How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessing of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming;
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in."

Hope you all have a peaceful and blessed Christmas and when it comes a healthy New Year to you and your family.

Your minister,

John

THE SHOP

The "Open Day" was a great success. We raised the grand total of £1,227.83 pence.

It was a great day and I think everyone enjoyed it. The Coffee Shop gave up the space they usually have and had the big hall to contend with and I thank them very much because it did give the ladies extra work.

We will be closing very soon but we still have a few cards left and Christmas gifts to entice you in. We have been doing quite well and it is good to see you in the shop.

The Christmas Crackers have been going well, indeed it is hard to keep ahead of the demand for them!

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas.

COFFEE SHOP

What a quick year!! I can't quite believe how close we are to Christmas.

Our Christmas Crackers filled with a trio of Quality Street are selling very fast. They are priced at £1.50 and can be obtained from the Coffee Shop or from Aileen Jilks at Church.

Christmas Lunches

Due to popular demand we have added an extra Christmas Lunch Day and I am very happy to advise you that all three days are now sold out.

Christmas Holiday

The coffee shop will close at 2 pm on Thursday 12th December and will re open on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

I would like to wish all our customers and volunteers a wonderful festive season.

Our opening times are as follows:

Monday Closed
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.

Jaqueline Burns
Coffee Shop Manager
jaq.burns@ntlworld.com
(07960 178403)

THE 92nd GLASGOW COMPANY THE GIRLS' BRIGADE

Well, that is December already! I don't know where the time has gone as it seems like yesterday that the girls were enrolling.

The Brigaders had a great time at the Divisional Roller Disco, skating around without a care in the world with over 100 other Brigaders from companies across Glasgow.

On our usual Tuesday evenings the Juniors and Explorers have been travelling the world with their homemade passports, finding out lots about all kinds of different countries. So far they have visited Australia, Canada, France Greece and more. They will be seasoned travellers by the end of the year!

The Brigaders also continue the company focus of the Olympics by trying out lots of different sports. We have a Basketball and Volleyball coach in to teach them the proper rules, which they stuck to - most of the time, but they look forward now to playing hockey, football and more.

We have our last Company night on 3rd December with the Panto at the Fort Theatre on 10th and we start back on 7th January 2020.

Have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful New Year and we will see you all in January.

www.92ndgirlsbrigade.co.uk

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212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company

Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who supported the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box event. We managed to fill more than thirty shoe boxes which will be sent to children in Liberia.

All sections are looking forward to Christmas. Anchor Boys and Junior Section will have a joint night with a magician who will entertain the boys - and the staff!!!!!!!

Our Christmas Hamper Raffle will be drawn after the Nativity Service on Sunday 15th December. If you would like to enter the raffle, please email linda@212glasgow.co.uk. 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.

Tickets now on sale for our 50th Anniversary Dinner which takes place on Saturday 22nd February 2020 at Cadder South Halls. All friends, supporters, members/officers past and present, are welcome to attend to celebrate 50 years of the 212th in Bishopbriggs and Cadder Parish Church. Tickets are priced at £20 pp and includes a welcome drink on arrival, 3 course meal and tea/coffee. Complete ticket request form on our website and we'll email you a link to pay (by debit/credit card or Paypal). After that we'll confirm your purchase and post tickets to you.

Date for your Diary: Saturday 18th January 2020 - 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 Christmas and New Year.

RAMBLERS

2nd NOVEMBER - DAMS to DARNLEY

This 4 mile walk on the south side of Glasgow has been on our programme on more than one occasion.

During the second world war a POW camp was housed there. Germans were the first prisoners, followed by Italians. After the war the Polish Resettlement Corps inhabited the camp. They were there until 1949 after which the camp was used to house homeless families from Glasgow. The site is now a residential area although some remains of the camp do survive.

9th NOVEMBER - BALGOWNIE WOODS

This enjoyable walk lies between Kincardine and Dunfermline. The land once belonged to Culross Abbey. The woods were first planted in medieval times and are renowned for the number of oak trees. It is now Forestry Commission land with good paths which are well maintained.

FUTURE PROGRAMME

7 December Linn Park 3½ miles; Sat Nav G44 5TAWalk led by Mary MacKenzie

This is a new walk which is rich in history and includes our Christmas lunch - no sandwiches needed today!

As always we meet at Kenmure Church car park at 9.20 am. We operate a car share system of £3 for shorter journeys and £4 if it is further away. There is a warm welcome awaiting anyone who feels they would enjoy/benefit from a walk on a Saturday. Look forward to your company at any or all of the walks.

GARDENING TIPS

National Tree Week is 23rd November to 1st December. This is a great time of the year to plant a tree. Discover how to get involved at treecouncil.org.uk

It is also the time to plant any fruit trees you are thinking of.

  • This is a good time to plant rhubarb crowns as they need a period of cold before they start to grow.
  • Plant hyacinths for blooms in the spring.
  • Lift dahlia tubers and store them under cover for the winter.
  • Remember to insulate outdoor taps from the frosts with bubble wrap and cover any plants that are not winter hardy.
  • Provide a source of fresh water for the birds by placing a ping pong ball in the water to stop it freezing.
  • Look out for redwings and fieldfares coming for the berries in the garden as they have come all the way from Iceland to winter here.
  • Remember to clean your gutters before the heaviest winter rains come.

Good Luck to you all for next year in the garden.

MONDAYS IN THE NORTH HALL

DECEMBER
2nd First Monday
9th Easy Exercise
16th Line Dancing
January
6th First Monday
13th Easy Exercise
20th Line Dancing
27th Easy Exercise

CADDER MEN'S CLUB

Our Meeting in the South Hall on Wednesday 4th December at 7.30pm is our Topical Christmas Quiz, once again organised by George Graham.

On Wednesday 18th December, our Christmas Lunch takes place in the Coffee Shop. At the time of writing, there are still some places available. Please contact Bill Mcinnes for further information.

Into 2020, our activities resume on the 8th January, when our very own Pat Marwick will be giving us her "Personal Reflections of India".

Jill Scott and Bill Hicks return on the 22nd January to give their talk entitled "When Sunday Brought the Post"!

We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

ADULT EDUCATION AND CARE

HOGMANAY NIGHT

Tuesday 31St December
Cadder North Hall
9 p.m.
Light Supper Provided
BYOB (and glass)

TICKETS £7.50 from Cadder Fellowship Group Members
Children up to 12 years free
Or call: Janet Johnstone on 01360 238 908

CHRISTMAS MOVIE NIGHT

Friday 13th December At 7 For 7.30 p.m.
In the North Hall

Miracle on 34th Street

Tickets priced £5 to include refreshments, may be purchased from members of Cadder Fellowship Group.

GIFT SERVICE

The Gift Service will be on Sunday 15th December.

Donations of filled toilet bags (including one luxury item), children's toys unwrapped but with wrapping paper supplied on the day, would be appreciated.

These will then be forwarded to East Dunbartonshire Women's Refuge.

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 Facebook page is administered by Gillian Melvin. Stories, photos and details of forthcoming events should be sent to Gillian at gillianhmelvin@aol.com

THE CADDER GAZETTE

Items for inclusion in the FEBRUARY 2020 edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 12th January 2020.

It would be extremely helpful to also receive information regarding changes to Officer Bearers, etc.

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

THANK YOU

May I offer sincere thanks to everyone for the wonderful support received at our Coffee Morning in September in support of the Bloodwise Charity. The amazing sum of £1,850 was raised!

CLIMATE CHANGE GROUP

Last month's meeting saw a healthy debate on the short term/long term and community based initiatives we should undertake as Cadder Church's response to help battle the serious effects of Climate Change on our World.

We know that most are thinking what can one individual or family or group do to effect change, but if only 10% of the Earth's population took some steps to reduce their carbon footprint, 770 million people would certainly make a difference.

In November 2020, COP 26, the "Conference of the Parties" comes to the UK and in particular to Glasgow, the host city. This is a follow up to the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015 which involved almost 200 countries.

The UK has already confirmed that Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be almost zero by 2050.

Scotland has confirmed Greenhouse gas emissions will be zero by 2045.

With this critical Word Climate Change meeting coming to Glasgow next year, surely we as a Congregation should be striving to show we are committed to do our bit to save the Planet!

Some challenging facts to face up to:

If we don't sort it now, the effects of Climate Change could be irreversible by 2030.

Millions of people are currently fleeing or seeking to flee their homes because of droughts and extreme storms. By 2050, it is anticipated around 200,000,000 people could be displaced.

The richest 10% of the world's population is responsible for 50% of all carbon emissions.

Three easy ways to make a difference:-

Don't run water while brushing your teeth.

Use your garden to plant trees or grow your own vegetables or support a tree planting organisation.

Consider switching to a Green Energy Company such as Bulb or Octopus (others are available). It might not cost you any more! (Help available if you feel unsure).

We really all need to get behind the efforts to improve our carbon footprint.

If you are interested in leaving the world in a better state for future generations, I urge you to come along to our next Meeting on 23rd January 2020 to help us consolidate our plan for next year.

Frank Dick
(07792 601902)

FRESH START

(Charity SC 045775)

I would like to convey the thanks of the Fresh Start Committee for the very generous donations of goods and money which I recently received. Your kindness is very much appreciated.

Once again we are having a Coffee Morning to raise funds for Fresh Start and would love to see you there.

FRESH START COFFEE MORNING

SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY 2020

10 a.m. - 12 noon

CADDER CHURCH SOUTH HALLS

With Best Wishes for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year.

GIFT SERVICE

The Gift Service will be on Sunday 15th December.

Donations of filled toilet bags (including one luxury item), children's toys unwrapped but with wrapping paper supplied on the day, would be appreciated. These will then be forwarded to Women's Refuge.

CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG 2019

Come and join the Cadder Singers for their Christmas Sing-Along on Wednesday 18th December in the North Hall from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.

We will be singing some well known Christmas songs and carols as well as some a little less known.

Tea and Coffee will be provided (donations to Charity).

Please do come along, we would love to see you there.

Tickets (free ) from any member.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY

Bible Studies in preparation for Christmas. December 1st and 8th - South Hall Chapel - 7pm - All welcome. This time our Bible study will be based on the Christmas Classic film starring James Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life - We will be looking at the biblical themes that emerge from this film and see how they apply to our own situations.