Jun-Aug 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
One of the greatest sayings that came from the lips of Jesus was "I have come to give life and life in its fullest!" One of the identifying marks of a Christian is someone who lives their life in the fullest possible way. Jesus also said, "Do not hide your light under a bushel" ..and in another place, "Do not bury your talent".
A.J. Gossip was a professor of Divinity at Glasgow University. He taught Willie Barclay and this shows you what a good teacher he was! Willie Barclay tells a personal story about A J Gossip, "When he was just about to retire from teaching, one of his colleagues, thinking of the change that must come, asked him, "What will you do when you retire?" Back came the answer; "What will I do when I retire? Why, man, keep on living till I'm dead!" and Barclay commented, "When Gossip said living, he meant living with a capital L!"
As you read this, we will be entering the summer season - hopefully the sun will be shining brightly and the flowers will look beautiful and the gardens will be alive with colour. It is a season of life and life in its fullest!
Not too long ago, on a Sunday morning, as I was going up to the church, I met a lady who was standing in the sunshine, in the church grounds and she said, "It's on Sunday mornings like this, that it is good to be a member at Cadder Church!" She is right, when the sun is shining; the world round about the church comes to life. It's good to know that you are a Christian but especially in the summer time because everywhere you look speaks of the handiwork of our Creator.
One of the extraordinary things about the Christian experience is the joy that it brings to our lives. When D.L. Moody, the great evangelist was converted in the shoe shop amidst the shoes, he went out and said; "I thought that the old sun shone a good deal brighter than it ever had before, and as I walked out upon Boston Common and heard the birds singing in the trees, I thought they were all singing a song to me. Do you know, I fell in love with the birds. I had never cared for them before. It seemed that I was in love with all creation." The Universe was suddenly gloriously and joyously alive for him because he came to believe in the Creator!
One of my greatest joys is to get up early in the morning and, when possible, climb the Campsie Hills. Since coming to Cadder over two years ago, I have done it through all the different seasons. It's where I feel close to God. I love the winter days when the snow has just fallen and your footprints are the first on the hill; I love it in the spring, when you hear and see the curlews shooting up into the air and you are the first to hear the sound of the cuckoo; I love it in the summer when the mornings are warm and the hills are alive with vivid colours and I love it in autumn with the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Each season has its own particular beauty and mystery, but I love when I'm at the top and I look over the city of Glasgow and I can thank God for a new day and another opportunity to experience his wonderful gift of life.
Being a Christian means that we experience life in a new way; we see beyond the physical to the spiritual; we see beyond the creation to the Creator and that is indeed a great privilege. An old chorus that we are all acquainted with is, " Joy, joy my heart is full of joy, since the Lord saved me, I'm as happy as can be, that's the reason why my heart is full of joy".
But how does this joyful life enter the heart of a Christian?
Willie Barclay identifies three ways. When the Christian life becomes the outward looking life, then joy fills our soul. So long as a person thinks of their own problems, their own sorrows, their own health, their own disappointments, life becomes wearisome and we become introverted, sad and lonely. But the Christian comes alive when they follow the example of Jesus and looks out to a world of great needs and they become involved in it by serving others.
I witnessed this, when visiting Uganda, that when children have a heavy weight to carry, especially barrels of water, they tie one barrel to the end of a strip of wood, then they tie a stone of equal weight to the other end of the stick, and then they carry the stick and the two burdens across their shoulders. The one balances the other, and two burdens are easier than one. When we start to carry someone else's burden, you quickly forget your own. It becomes a great joy and privilege to carry someone's burden.
A Christian life is an onward looking life. Jesus said that He is the way and the Christian walks on the way of Jesus and he follows His way. The Christian life is not a treadmill but a pilgrimage, so that even in the wilderness, the Christian journeys to the sunrise. It's not always easy but it was never promised to be easy, that's why we carry a cross! But none the less, it is an onward looking life and it has a destination.
The Christian life is an upward looking life. Christians see things in the light of eternity and they see things in the light of God and the most ordinary things become important and thrilling because in them, they see God at work.
So outward, onward and upward, these are the directions of the Christian life, and when one lives looking in these directions, he or she, in the words of A.J. Gossip can go on living in the fullness of life until he dies. But that is only the beginning for the Christian! God has something even better planned!
May you have a great summer and may you know the fullness of God's love in all that you do,
At last we have finished knitting chickens - 170 flew the nest and I heaved a big sigh of relief! Very sincere thanks to all our knitters. I hope all who received them were pleased and enjoyed the cream egg.
The shop is ticking along nicely. I am always doing a price matching exercise wherever I am and I feel we compare favourably with our prices.
It will soon be our summer break and so I hope you will have a good restful summer and enjoy the sunshine.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you when we re-open in August.
Where has the time gone? I can hardly believe I have been in my new post for over 6 months. I would like to express a massive thank you to all our wonderful customers and volunteers for making me so welcome and for assisting me in my role. I have loved every minute of it and very much look forward to welcoming everyone back in August.
If you have a few hours to spare and would like to join our team of volunteers please do not hesitate to contact me.
Important Dates for your Diaries
Afternoon Tea Friday 7th June 2 pm - 4 pm.
Tickets priced at £7 are available from the Coffee Shop.
Thank you to everyone who very kindly helped us with our China appeal. We now have a wonderful selection, which will make our Afternoon Tea very special indeed.
The Coffee Shop will close on Friday 28th June at 12 noon and reopen on Tuesday 13th August at 10 am.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Pop in anytime and remember, we can reserve a table for you for morning coffee or lunch.
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|
Please pop in and sample our daily specials and desserts.
If you could spare a couple of hours we are always looking for new volunteers to join our team.
Coffee Shop Manager
THE 92nd GLASGOW COMPANY THE GIRLS' BRIGADE
Well that's us come to the end of another year. I cannot believe it is here already! We have done so much throughout the last year, not only our usual Tuesday night activities of crafts, games and general fun but also many extra events such as our Sponsored Walk, the district Roller Disco, seeing Peter Pan in panto, going to the annual Divisional Gathering and having the Junior section gain 1st place in the Divisional Keep Fit Competition.
We finished the year off with our usual Display where the girls all turned out in their smartest uniform and got their badges which they work so hard for throughout the year.
Our last night involved the Junior and Explorer section being well entertained by the Song and Dance Factory and the Brigaders managed to escape from the Escape rooms, which is great as that means they can come back next year!
The Brigaders have a few more GB things to do before camp. Our Charity Car Wash on Sunday 19th May was a huge success and we were glad it was nice weather as it was for our Sponsored Cycle, 20 km out to Twecher and back all in aid of the MS Society. The Brigaders really did a fantastic job of their Service Badge work as all of the fundraising ideas came from them with minimal involvement from myself and Mary.
As usual, we round off everything with our annual weekend away at camp. This year we are going back to Scoughall in North Berwick, a lovely SU place right on the beach which everyone is looking forward too so fingers crossed for good weather.
We enrol in August, the exact date to be confirmed but around the time that the schools are going back.
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212th Glasgow Boys Brigade Company
Anchor Boys Summer Trip to Heads of Ayr Farm Park will take place on Saturday 1st June. I'm sure the boys and staff will have a wonderful time.
Company section camp is the last event of this 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'm sure this year will be no exception.
Two young men will receive their Queens Badge at Glasgow City Chambers on 6th June. This is a very special event for the boys, their parents and myself as Captain. The boys have worked extremely hard to achieve this 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 or our minibus.
Staff will have a well earned rest and recharge the batteries ready for the new session which kicks off with enrolment on Friday 16th August 2019. 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.
Have a lovely summer from everyone at the 212th.
A note from Isla Dick:
A big thanks to all who purchased cards at the Boys' Brigade Craft Fair on 27th April.
I am delighted to confirm we raised £75 for the Christian Aid Climate Change Appeal.
Linda Ritchie, Captain of the Boys' Brigade sends very sincere thanks for the flowers which she received from the Church. The flowers were beautiful and very much appreciated.
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.
4 MAY - LUNDERSTON BAY TO INVERKIP MARINA
Once again we were favoured with good weather. This walk along the water's edge is flat, pleasant and affords beautiful views across the Forth of Clyde, to the Cowal Peninsula, down to Bute and north to the mountains of Argyll.
Our packed lunch was enjoyed at Inverkip Marina watching the activity of the yachts negotiating the harbour. It was then back to Lunderston Bay Garden Centre for coffee and a treat.
I am delighted to report that some of our group undertook a Charity Walk on behalf of Christian Aid across Erskine Bridge on Saturday 11th May. The sum of £193 was raised. Very well done!
|1 JUNE||Lang Craigs, Milton, Dumbarton||5 miles|
|15 JUNE||The Kelly Cut, Greenock||6 miles|
|29 JUNE||Inchcailloch Island, Loch Lomond |
(By ferry £5 from Balmaha)
Further details from Margaret Burniston 563 1144.
We hope you will be able to join us on all or some of the above dates. Enjoy the summer.
Hope to see you in Kenmure Church Car Park at 9.20am.
A lot of people ask me "When is the right time to sow seeds outside?" My tip is for you to put your hand onto the soil and when it feels warm to the touch.
- Remember to top dress your lawn with fertiliser after three or four cuts as this promotes good growth and helps to abate moss.
- Look out for night frosts and cover young plants.
- Remember to water newly planted flowers frequently to help them establish. Thin out seedlings to prevent them becoming tall and thin and support remaining ones with pea sticks.
- Try growing a blueberry bush in a large pot. Position the pot in full sun and expect fruits in mid to late summer.
- We have grown strawberry plants in hanging baskets very successfully.
- Finish planting up hanging baskets.
- Finish earthing up potatoes now to protect from late frosts and to encourage a bigger crop.
- Remember to keep feeding the birds at this time of year as they will be feeding their young.
- Sit in the garden and watch nature at its best as the summers are very short.
MONDAYS IN THE NORTH HALL
CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS WORKSHOP
Please come along to our Final Meeting of the Current Programme on Thursday 13th June at 7.00 p.m. in the South Halls to help us decide where to go from here.
Some Chilling Thoughts to Consider over the Summer Months
As a national climate emergency has been declared by both the UK and Scottish Parliaments, what could you do over the summer months to make a difference:
- Scottish Water is excellent - Consider using a re-usable bottle filled from the tap.
- Think about how you travel - Consider Walking, Cycling or Public Transport (especially Electric Trains) and leave the car at home.
- If you really have to fly - Consider offsetting our Carbon Emissions via www.climateneutralnow.org or www.carbonfootprint.com or donate to www.woodlandtrust.org to plant trees.
- Fundraise for Christian Aid Climate Change Appeal.
- Consider sponsored activities/ Coffee Mornings / Afternoon Teas / Selling Crafts or Baking etc.
Are you ready for a Challenge??
WaterAid Lent Appeal - A Very Big Thank You!
Thank you so much for whatever you gave up over lent and for helping us raise over £1000!
You have made a difference to those who spend hours collecting water, or suffer from ill health through drinking polluted water because your generous giving is enough to provide a village with a borehole and hand pump. This will allow the children of that village to enjoy a happy childhood with friends, rather than risking their life on long walks for water. A huge big thank you to each of you who gave so generously and to those of who gave so sacrificially.
Climate Change Workshop Report April 2019
Brian Jilks provided very interesting insights into technological advances that are being made in wind, wave, and water energy generation. He challenged us to understand how one form of energy can be transformed into another and when this involves several steps it can diminish the energy available. Right now fossil fuel transformation involves four steps, which is very wasteful but wave and wind with only one step is much cleaner and energy efficient. The good news Brian shared was that wind and wave technologies have advanced almost to the point that the UK will soon be able to generate its entire requirements from these cleaner sources. One of the challenges the industry faces is that of storage, so that the generated energy can be stored ready for use when demand rises and Brian discussed some of the ideas that might resolve this.
Climate Change Workshop Report May 2019
Frank Dick dealt with the area of climate justice and provided very interesting and challenging insights into the plight of potentially millions of people worldwide both in terms of disasters and migrations due to submerged islands over the next few years. And so on ...
Cadder Climate Change Champions Urgently Required
We are looking for climate change champions who will help us as a congregation to maintain and develop our awareness of climate change issues over the next few years. As these issues will become more challenging in the coming years, what can we individually and as a whole at Cadder do to keep ourselves informed and to help champion the cause of those in poverty stricken areas resulting from the western world's excessive consumption of fossil fuels and its associated carbon impact.
CADDER MEN'S CLUB
South Halls, 7 for 7.30pm
All activities are now complete for the season.
We look forward to seeing all our members, old and new, in October.
Have a Good Summer!
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 JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2019 edition of the Gazette should be in Isabel's hands by midnight on Sunday 11th August 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 in early November.
Please keep any items you wish to donate until September when we will start collecting.
Please, no out of date electronic items. No DVDs. Or CDs.
A note from Stephen and Gillian Crompton
As many folk in the church know, it is a year on from Stephen being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. It has been a difficult year but we have been carried along and sustained by all the help and thoughtfulness of everyone around us, particularly around the church.
The efforts of so many to raise money for MND Scotland have been quite staggering and it has given Stephen such a lift when he hears of some new venture. From donations made by the Cadder Music club of old, the Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir, the BB Big Brunch, the First Monday Club, the new Cadder Singers and the Girls Brigade tuck money, the amount raised has been considerable. People have also generously supported our friend Andy's Edinburgh Marathon effort which he runs on 26th May.
In addition to the fundraising, Stephen is very grateful for the smiles, encouraging words and taps on the shoulder offered on a Sunday. The service has been the main focus of our week and the help we have had to ensure that we can keep attending services has been great, not least the provision of a front door parking space and the swift removal of a pew to let Stephen sit comfortably in his wheelchair within the church.
We hope we haven't missed anyone out in this note of thanks, but if we have, please consider yourself warmly thanked.