Dundee Methodist Church

1 December 2013

Next Sunday
8 December 2013
Advent 2

11 am
Worship led by Mrs Sue Marshall-Jennings

We give the assurance of our thoughts and prayers to all who are unwell, awaiting or undergoing treatment, or anxious or grieving for the loss of loved ones.

Philippines Typhoon Relief

Envelopes for donations via MRDF are available and can be returned through a retiring collection after worship today or to David Easson as Church Treasurer.

MRDF have already sent an initial donation of £90,000, channelled through its ACT Alliance partner, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UNMCOR).

Details of relief work on site.

UNICEF Jars of Grace

Jars may still be returned (with contents!) or donations given to Margaret. Total to date is £120.44.

Sound System

Investigation has been continuing into the problems with the T-loop system, as a result of which professional replacement of the old loop will be undertaken.

Preaching Plan

The Plan for December-February has been distributed by email to those on the list and some printed copies are on the Vestibule table. Please contact Jenny or David Easson for inclusion on the email list or for further printed copies.

Flower Rota 2014

Elaine writes:

I would like to thank everyone on the Flower rota for this past year.

I would also mention that due to the lack of flower shops in the city centre, special flowers may no longer be provided by the flower arranger. If those on the rota can provide such flowers, please bring them to Marketgait on the Saturday to be arranged.

Some vacancies occur on the 2014 rota: if anyone would like January 12th; February 16th or 23rd; June 29th; August 31st; September 14th; December 21st or 28th please contact Elaine.

If anyone wishes to arrange their own flowers, this I am sure would be appreciated. Please let me know by the Wednesday.

Bible Reading Notes

It is time to order the IBRA Bible reading notes for 2014.

Note that the format has been changed - examples will be on the desk, together with an order form for you to sign up.

It looks to be an excellent format and worth taking for your daily Bible readings.

Please look at them and sign up for an order for 2014 - payment on receipt. Further information from Heather.

Dundee Methodists and Food Banks

We support the Dundee Foodbank by bringing in any of the suggested items from the Shopping List (on the table on the upstairs landing) for the large blue Bucket provided nearby. An explanatory slip is also available. There is also need for plastic carrier bags of suitable size: please place any spares by the Bucket. Monetary donations are also welcome. Contact Liz Kay for further information.

Thanks are expressed for all contributions, from church folk or others using our premises and facilities.

Meetings this week

Date & timeVenueDetails
Wednesday 4th December 2013, 10am to 11.30am Blairgowrie Methodist Church Coffee Morning. The support of Circuit friends is always much appreciated and a warm welcome given to all who come.
Friday 6th December 2013, 12 noon to 1pm YMCA 151 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry (opposite “M&S Food”) (map) Broughty Ferry Churches Group Christian Aid Soup Lunch. A choice of soups is offered, with bread and cheese, followed by tea or coffee, for which a minimum donation of £2 is requested. A warm welcome is extended to all to partake of the Soup Lunch and join in the warm table fellowship throughout the autumn and spring.
Friday 6th December 2013, 7.30pm St James' Church, Broughty Ferry (the “Lifeboat” Church) Impromptu Singers Concert Christmas Concert; tickets £4 from David Easson; proceeds to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

Support other Organisations

Scottish Bible Society

Our support via the Bible-a-Month Club is invited in December for work in Lesotho.

Our prayerful attention is drawn this week to

  • outreach to the marginalised groups of shepherds in Lesotho;
  • Bible Society ministry in Kenya among children and young people, and through HIV and AIDS workshops for churches;
  • construction of Bible Society offices in Tanzania and funding of work next year;
  • translation projects in Ethiopia and Djibouti.

Forthcoming events

Date & timeVenueDetails
Sunday 15th December 2013, 7.30pm Caird Hall Dundee Choral Union - Vivaldi “Gloria”, Mendelssohn cantata “Vom Himmel Hoch”, & Handel “Messiah” Part 1 - tickets at the door or from David Easson or Denise Jackson.
Saturday 18th January 2014, 2pm to 5pm rehearsal, 6.30pm performance. Broughty New Kirk “Come and Sing 'Messiah' ”. We are all encouraged to join this performance - no previous experience is necessary - but if you feel singing is not your gift, support as a member of the audience will also be welcomed!
The sum of £5 per person participating is requested, along with booking - vocal scores can be provided if required. There will be refreshments available after the performance.
For booking forms to indicate part sung, need for score and Gift Aid, see Vestibule table, contact New Kirk on (01382) 738624, or email office@broughtynewkirk.com.

Prayer Points for this week

  • the President of Conference visiting Israel-Palestine next week;
  • the Chairs of the Scotland and Shetland Synods;
  • the Rev Mary Patterson continuing her sabbatical;
  • empowerment of women by the Inter-Church Network for Development and Relief in south Lebanon (Embrace);
  • The Leprosy Mission's work in south India;
  • residents and staff in the Southampton District ( Methodist Homes);
  • approval of work permits and visas for staff (MAF);
  • World AIDS Day, today (Christian Aid);
  • Bible Society work in Lesotho;
  • we pray with and for the peoples of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger (WCC Ecumenical Calendar);
  • we remember Methodists in Calderdale (West Yorkshire District) and in Portessie (North of Scotland Mission Circuit).