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St Luke’s & Queen Street Church Congregational News

November 2015


Dear Friends Your Kirk Session has been examining the question - why Christians should come to church? Our discussions have unearthed a very wide range of reasons for worshipping God with your family in faith. For instance, we can come along to learn more about Christ’s teaching and the Bible. We may feel the need to be challenged to do better and then inspired to actually make it happen. Similarly, there is nothing wrong in hungering for genuine fellowship since you will never find a better place to have and be a friend. Yet there is another reason to be still and worship in this world of constant rush, change and demands. Just recently I visited a wonderful lady in our congregation. During it she reminded me of that great hymn Dear Lord and Father of mankind. And together we spoke its final verse:

Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm; let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm! There then is a word that we are really guaranteed to discover in church worship and it is ‘calm’. The calm that comes in knowing that we stand in the line of the faithful who have never been defeated but were victorious over times as difficult as these. The calm to develop a deepening relationship with our friend and saviour whose Gospel speaks hope into every heart. Indeed, the calm to know that God is with us and so the earthquake, wind, and fire will not prevail. Therefore, at this time of remembrance, let us recall the poem by Minnie Louise Haskins read by the King that first Christmas of the Second World War:

"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 toward the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East. In this season As in all seasons, Every blessing

Graham

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Forthcoming Events 1 November

Morning Service

11.00 am

8 November

Remembrance Service

10.50 am

15 November

Guild Dedication Service

11.00 am

19 November

Café of Memories (Theme Christmas Past)

2.00 pm

21 November

Christmas Bazaar

22 November

Morning Service

24 November

Congregational Board followed by Kirk Session

28 November

Advent Quiet Day

10.00 am

29 November

Breakfast Church Morning Service

9.30 am 11.00 am

6 December

Gift Service

11.00 am

10 am – 12.00 pm 11.00 am 7.00 pm Approx 8.00 pm

Café of Memories

This month the café will meet on Thursday 19 November at 2 pm. We will be talking about Christmas Past so bring along your memories of your childhood Christmas also your favourite Christmas hymns and we will try to sing some of them. Marvin Advent Quiet Day The Advent Quiet Day will be on Saturday 28th November in our hall. We gather at 10 am for tea and coffee and finish around 3 pm. If you are already dreading the Christmas rush, why not come along and enjoy a lovely day with friends. Lunch is provided. Please don’t let the word quiet scare you as there is always time for fun and laughter. If you have any questions, contact me on 738620.

2 November

Friends of the Garden – Fortnightly Rota Everyone A general tidy up before winter.

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Door Duties, Flowers and Car Pool

Date 1 Nov

8 Nov

15 Nov

22 Nov

29 Nov

6 Dec

Door Duties

Flowers

Cate Ritchie

Walter Scott

Elaine McKeown

Val Shepherd

Elizabeth Bates

David Bates

Val Clark

Ian Wightman

Mary Summers

Sandy Duncan

Ann Stewart

Douglas Cain

Mgt McLuskie

Jim McLuskie

Margaret Wight

Car Pool

Mr C Lindsay

Douglas Cain

778959

Jim Nimmo

477740

Mrs M Cunningham

John Alexander

690745

Sandy Duncan

778031

Mrs R Campbell

Ian Wightman

739275

Mgt & Jim McLuskie

521235

Jim Nimmo

477740

Gordon Gillan

Mrs A Adamson

Linda Grimmond

736783

Dorothy Anderson

John Alexander

Mrs J Young

Ian Spence

732732

Elizabeth Lorimer

Ian Richmond

Douglas Cain

778959

Brenda Moffat

Jim Nimmo

John Alexander

690745

Babs Beat

John Rice

Ian Wightman

739275

Mrs M Skea

Church Flowers Thanks to all who give flowers throughout the year and to those who donate to the Flower Fund. Please contact me if you would like to put flowers in the church any Sunday as they can be arranged for you. Marvin Harris Car Pool The Car Pool is available every Sunday for your convenience. The drivers are willing to come and pick you up from your home and bring you to the service then take you home again afterwards. Please make use of this service by phoning either of the named drivers for the appropriate Sunday. You can phone the day before or up until 10 am on the day. Marvin Harris.

Sunday School Rota 1 November

Sheena, Morven and Walter

8 November

Sheena, Morven and Walter Remembrance Sunday

15 November

Half term – no Sunday School

22 November

Sheena, Morven and Walter Café Church

29 November

Sheena, Morven and Walter

6 December

Cate, Gill, Elaine Gift Service

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A Message from Nardia Hello! I would like to introduce myself – I am Nardia Whisson and I am the new student at St Luke’s. This is the start of my second year as a Candidate in Training for full-time ministry of Word and Sacrament. For the past four years, I have been studying full-time at St Andrews University, completing a Bachelor of Divinity and about to graduate from a Masters of Letters – Bible and the Contemporary World. Along with my study, I have been doing part-time training placements in the local area as well as spending this past summer at Bettyhill on a work experience placement. I will be with you until at least Easter next year, and you will see my new husband, Alex, from time to time, when he is not at our home church The Steeple. Thank you for the warm welcome I have already received and look forward to meeting more of the congregation, and getting to know and experience more of the work you are doing, for the building of God’s kingdom. Thank You Isabel Scott wishes to thank all those friends in the St Luke's family who have sent bouquets, baskets of flowers, gifts, books and get well cards. The visits and phone calls are deeply appreciated. Christmas Greetings

W

e will be sharing Christmas Greetings in the December edition of Church News. Please let me have your short message, either emailed or hand written notes along with your donation for church funds by 15th November.

20 Pence Pieces Due to a typing error on my part the figure collected was wrongly stated in last month’s newsletter. It should, of course have been £8,315. I am pleased to inform you that this has again been overtaken and the current total has now reached £8,735. As always, thanks are due to all who give so generously.

Life and Work Once I know what the cost will be for next year’s Life and Work, I will let you know but in the meantime please advise me if there is a change to your order. Thank you. Mrs C Hotson, 48 Victoria Road, Broughty Ferry – Tele No 77941

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St Luke’s & Queen Street Church

Saturday 21st November 2015

10 am till 12 noon

Books

Cake and Candy

Crafts

Games Teas

Tickets - £2.00

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Christmas Bazaar Ladies – why not give your UNLOVED JEWELLERY the opportunity to be treasured by someone else by donating it for the stall at our Christmas Bazaar on 21st November. Little boxes would also be gratefully received to help in displaying the jewellery. There will be a basket in the church vestibule for your gifts. Thank you Babs Beat GUILD The Guild opened their new session on 1st October and welcomed visitors who had responded to our invitation. The speaker was John Alexander who told us all about his Saga holiday in India. John, as usual, gave a splendid presentation with his wonderful photography and interesting memories. Our second meeting was on 15th October and unfortunately our speaker was unable to attend because of illness. Mary Macleod devised a ‘How well do you know Scotland?’ quiz which tested our knowledge. This was followed by a beetle drive which was a lot of fun, proving that the usual conception of the Guild as being stuffy, is well out of date. We meet again on 29th October when our speaker will be Mrs Ann Keith who will talk about ‘A Midwife’s Tale’. Our Fund Raiser on 12th November is an Afternoon Tea with entertainment by Total Recall. Tickets are £4 and can be had from any Committee member or at the Church Office during office hours. Our dedication service is on Sunday, 15th November and our meeting on 25th November will have Miss Elizabeth Dickson telling us about the Scottish Schindler. The meetings are open to all the congregation, and their friends and family will be most welcome. Elizabeth Bates Secretary Christian Aid Gift Catalogue This year’s gift catalogue has prices ranging from £9 to £165. These include items such as antibiotics, books and pens in the lower price bracket to goats or pigs £22/£25 or donating to baby’s first year which is £165.

A complete list is displayed on the church hall notice board and if anyone is interested they should either contact me at the church office during office hours or email me at elizabethbates711@btinternet.com by Tuesday, 1st December. St Luke’s & Queen Street Church

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Good News in October CONGRATULATIONS to David and Elizabeth Bates on their luxurious visit to York to celebrate David’s special birthday. They paid visits to all the famous high spots in Yorkshire, meeting up with members of David‘s family. BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS to Agnes Reid who was 100 years old on 10th October. Among her many cards were special ones from Queen Elizabeth, Bob Duncan, the Lord Provost of Dundee, and Ian Duncan Smith. Agnes often tells me that she really appreciates the Congregational News and reads it from our minister’s opening letter to the last page. Agnes invariably studies the photographs taken by the editor, Brenda Moffat. CONGRATULATIONS to Ian Wightman for delivering a final report to the Kirk Session on the plans of the Back to Church group. CONGRATULATIONS to Daryl McKeown who delivered a report on the Café Church Groups plans at the Kirk Session. More details will emerge soon. CONGRATULATIONS to Les Mackay on the constantly increasing successful twenty pence fund. Keep on saving your twenty pence pieces. CONGRATULATIONS to Rev. Alex Strickland who spent today, October 15, as a member of St Luke’s congregation. This was a unique occasion for Alex as here follows an account of his recent duties. September 20, Whitfield Church, September 27, Camperdown Church, October 4, The Nethergate Church, October 11, St Luke’s when he preached on Balm in Gilead, and October 18, Camperdown Church. SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS to all those who generously contribute to the Food Bank boxes. Cash is always welcome to buy specific unusual items for those in need. CONGRATULATIONS to the Café of Memories for hosting the talk by our minister on the colourful story of the Glasgow Coat o Arms. Rev. Graham Taylor conducts a brief service of worship, featuring well known hymns and poems. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS to Jack and Irene Maxwell who have further celebrations with a trip north for a family wedding. CONGRATULATIONS to John Alexander and his enthusiastic team of helpers for all their labours to keep our church and grounds in top condition. FURTHER CONGRATULATIONS to John Alexander who has been invited to the House of Lords by the South Georgia Heritage Trust on Tuesday the 27th of October 2015 to celebrate the completion of phase 3 of the South Georgia Habitat Restoration Project. CONGRATULATIONS to Dundee for winning top place in the 2015 Royal Horticultural Britain in Bloom Awards. Judges also gave Dundee a Silver Gilt Award for the quality of the well maintained green spaces in the city. Of special interest to

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Broughty Ferry were the Barnhill Rock Garden and Duntrune Community Garden in Dawson Park. CONGRATULATIONS to National Poetry Day for featuring Robert Southey’s poem, The Inchcape Rock. Southey was poet Laureate and delighted in tales for children such as the 14th century Abbot of Aberbrothock (Arbroath) who installed a warning bell on the notorious Inchcape Rock. The wicked Sir Ralph the Rover cut the bell from its moorings but finally perished there. With true childish morality I considered the lines, Sir Ralph the Rover tore his hair and Cursed himself in his despair to serve him right! What a contrast to another of Southey’s poems, Abu Ben Ahdem. CONGRATULATIONS to the Gardyne campus and Kingsway campus of Dundee and Angus College for securing the very valuable Erasmus + VET 9 Vocational Education and Training) Charter which supports student exchange programmes. This funding will make it possible for 600 D&A students to travel abroad over the next five years. CONGRATULATIONS to the 16th century thrawn and remote parishioners of Fowlis West who refused to destroy a pre reformation rood screen depicting a jester who could not see God. What the fool was saying is “I do not see God on the cross. Are you a fool like me?” The Rev. Hays, a former schoolteacher, says that locals are proud of the unusual attraction and our rural congregation has a great respect for history and we are thriving in the modern day. CONGRATULATIONS to all those dedicated participants who took part in the dignified Communion Service today. CONGRATULATIONS to our minister’s new student, Nadia, for the part she played in the Autumn diet of Communion today, October, 25. Nadia delivered the second prayer and served the elders with Ken Andrew. There was an all age service at 9.30 a.m. with the traditional service at 11 a.m. Afterwards the Elders’ Training service took place. The main focus was on what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century. Six subjects were discussed but the most demanding ones were what it takes to be a member of a good team and what is involved in being a good leader.

Roving Reporter alias Isabel Scott

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If you are aware of any good news please phone me on 779151 Or e-mail me @ sblsctt@gmail.com or talk to me.

Church Notes If you would like to receive an email version of the Church News please email me at brenda@broughtystlukes.com and I will confirm receipt to let you know that I have received your request. Articles for the December edition should be with me by Sunday 29th November 2015. Brenda Moffat

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Prayer Group Fear not the Lord is with us! Let no-one be dismayed, His love will hold us safely, His strength will be our aid. That promise of God’s caring Is in the bible vowed, So let our thanks be joyful, Our praise for him sung loud

A Lesson in Humility Some time when you’re feeling important, Some time when your ego’s in bloom, Some time when you take it for granted You’re the best qualified in the room …. Some time when you feel that your going Would leave an unfillable hole Just follow these simple instructions And see how they humble you soul: Take a bucket and fill it with water, Put your hands in it up to your wrists. Pull them out – and the hole that remains Is a measure of how you’ll be missed. You may splash all you please when you enter, You may stir up the waters galore … But stop – and you’ll find in a minute That it looks just the same as before. The moral of this is quite simple: You must do the best that you can. Be proud of yourself, but remember There is no indispensable man!!!

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MINISTER SESSION CLERK CLERK TO THE BOARD TREASURER FREEWILL TREASURER GIFT AID TREASURER ROLL KEEPER ORGANIST CHURCH CO-ORDINATOR

CHURCH OFFICER SUNDAY SCHOOL COORDINATOR FLOWER CONVENER FABRIC CONVENER EDITOR OF NOTES DISTRIBUTOR OF NOTES

OFFICE BEARERS Rev Graham Taylor, BSc BD (Min) FIAB, The Manse, 22 Albert Road, Broughty Ferry Mr Ken Andrew, 16 Bader Square e-mail: ken@broughtystlukes.com Mrs Mary Rice, 20 Abercorn Street jamrice1@outlook.com Mrs Mary Rice, 20 Abercorn Street jamrice1@outlook.com Mrs Sheilah Andrew, 16 Bader Square Mr A G Duncan, 17 Strathisla Road Mr Les Mackay, 62 Fintry Place Mr Don Grieve, 7a Church Street, Monifieth Mrs Elizabeth Bates elizabethbates711@btinternet.com Office Hours – Tuesday 10 – 11 am Friday 2 – 3 pm Ms E Mckay, 14 Church Street Mrs Aileen Adamson, 35 Blake Avenue Mrs Marvin Harris, 64 Marlee Road Mr John Alexander, 11 Bader Square Mrs Brenda Moffat, 12 Rossie Avenue e-mail: brenda@broughtystlukes.com Mrs Ruth Adamson, 41 Cedar Road

SOCIAL COMMITTEE CONVENOR YOUTH COMMITTEE PRAYER GROUP SAFEGUARDING COORDINATOR CARPET BOWLING CLUB

Meets on Sunday at 10 am in the Church Mr Don Grieve, 7a Church Street, Monifieth Mr Walter Scott 110 Forthill Road walter@broughtystlukes.com Mr Daryl McKeown, 22 Edzell Street Meets on Wednesdays at 2.30 pm in Mrs Isabel Scott’s house, 34 Dawson Road David Shepherd sheppy50@gmail.com Meets on Tuesday at 1.45 pm Mr Jack Maxwell, 25 Fairfield Road

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CHURCH ORGANISATIONS AND LEADERS CHURCH OF SCOTLAND GUILD Meets fortnightly on Thursdays at 2.00 pm from PRESIDENT October to April Mrs Aileen Adamson, 35 Blake Avenue GIRL GUIDES 20th COMPANY Meets Thursday at 7.00 pm Mrs Janet Peggie, 28 Lawers Drive RAINBOW GUIDES Meets Friday 6.15 – 7.25 pm Mrs Mairi Clark, 15 Guthrie St, Carnoustie BROWNIES 20th B PACK Meets Fridays at 6.15 - Mrs Rachel Thompson, Old School House, 2 Doon Tce., Dundee, DD4 8EW SENIOR CHOIR

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Monthly magazine of St Luke's Church in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, UK

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