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A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance Sunday 11 May 2014 at 2:30 pm ALL ARE WELCOME


Sunday, 4 May 11:00 Sunday Worship Friday, 9th May Smart Shopping Workshop 2pm see page 5 Sunday, 11 May 11:00 Sunday Worship 2.30 pm Service of Thanksgiving and remembrance ALL WELCOME see page inside cover and page 6 Sunday, 18 May 11:00 Sunday Worship Sunday, 25 May 11:00 Sunday Worship On Tuesdays and Thursdays visit the “OPEN DOORWAY” for Tea, coffee and a chat or for a short time of quietness in the sanctuary PILRIG St PAUL’S ORGANISATIONS (please contact leaders for time and place) Mondays - Rainbows and Brownies (Christine Buchanan 554 2941) Tuesdays - The Guild 2.00pm (Irene Wexelstein 476 1385) The 5th Leith Scouts Pilrig (5th Leith) Edinburgh North East Broughton Primary gym hall contact Evelyn Torrance 552 1657 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts 5 3/4 - 14 years Wednesdays - Lunch club 12 noon (Marjory McArthur 553 2323) Thursdays - Rainbows and Brownies (Ann Urquhart 554 8387) Guides (Karen Wood 554 5493) There is a full list and more information inside but these items are most needed at present: TINNED FISH AND MEAT, FRUIT JUICE, STEAMED PUDDINGS, UHT MILK Please leave contributions in the basket at the church entrance. Thank you


No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends .

Dear All, There is an old story that says in the weeks after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Jewish authorities met to discuss what they should do about his followers and their teachings. They were in a quandary as to what to do – should they imprison the Apostles or even execute them? Then the oldest and wisest of the Jewish teachers stood up to speak. “Brothers,” he said. “We need do nothing. For if what they teach is not from God, it will surely die and blow away like a desert wind. But, if it is from God, if it has the power of God’s Spirit, then no force on earth will stop it.” Over 2,000 years on, and despite times of hardship and persecution, we continue to celebrate God’s ultimate act of Love – that not even death could stop. This is the message that we seek to share with one another and the communities we serve, as we seek new ways to build and grow both the Church and the lives of all those we serve at Pilrig St. Paul’s. Love is an immoveable force. It is a powerful persuader. Indefatigable and resolute it will squeeze between apathy and weakness, hate and indifference. Love will conquer where all else fails, because Love is of God. Love has the power to transform our lives and the life of our world, just as it transformed the death of Jesus into the power and presence of the Risen Christ. I am not suggesting that this could happen, or that it may happen; I 2

am informing you that it is happening. Love is the driving force of all that we are and all that we do as a community of faith at Pilrig St. Paul’s – and it is this same Love that we must continue to let flow and flourish in our lives throughout this season of Easter and beyond. Please continue to show your generous support and dedication towards the work of the Open Doorway, the Food Bank, the Lunch Club, The Guild, the Sunday School, the Pastoral Care Team, the worship, and the many other examples of God’s Love in action at Pilrig St. Paul’s. As we continue to celebrate the power of Love at work in our community, we will look at new projects and new ways of working together, in the effort to spread the good news that all those who live in Love, live in God, and God lives in them. We do so in the knowledge that no force on earth can stop us if we continue to work in the power of God’s Spirit and following Christ’s example of Love! Mark THE MAGAZINE Thank you for all the contributions to the magazine this month. Please accept my apologies for the omission of anything sent after 18th April. This is due to a problem with e-mails on our computer. Anything received once we are up and running again will be included in the next magazine, including the Stated Annual Meeting minutes which have already been prepared by Aileen Fraser and proof-read by Mark Foster and Mark Wexelstein. Please may I have contributions for the next magazine by Sunday 25th May? This will be the last magazine before our summer break and is to be published a week later than usual, due to the Church being used for the elections and so not available for use by the magazine team. Normal Service will be resumed in the autumn! Catriona Blackwood 3

PRAYER CORNER Ina Grierson Marion Murray Janice Campbell Barbara Graham Isabel Hannay Helen Grieg Matthew Green Frances Chambers Jimmy Rennie Harriett Sceales Evelyn Turner Isabel Fyfe Lorna Burke June Welsh Murdo and Joy MacLeod Charlie and Joyce Forman Linda Connolly Phil Howe Jack McArthur Helena Aide Morag Davidson Isabel Pert Ann Taylor Agnes MacAuley Samantha Hancock Cleland Simon and Katryn Fisher and family Contact Roy Eprile with any names you would like included in this section, please. Please also remember Roy himself as he recovers from surgery.

LEITH FESTIVAL If anyone is able to provide home baking or assist with manning the tea tent on SATURDAY 14TH June, please speak to Aileen Fraser who will be delighted to hear from you! The joint Festival service will be held on SUNDAY 15th June at 11 am in South Leith Church. There will be no Service in Pilrig St Paul’s that day.


THANK YOU Thank you for the lovely flowers given to me after the service today. A kind gesture – much appreciated. John Brown Just to say thank you for the lovely flowers Jeanette and Lisa delivered on Sunday, with all the good wishes from the Church. Nan Ross Fiona Rankin has been asked to pass on the thanks of her neighbours for the lovely bunches of daffodils they received recently from the Church. They certainly brought a smile to their faces on such a dull day and were a wonderful surprise. Thank you very much for the lovely flowers. Simpson


Pastoral Care - Helping Hands Smart Shopping Workshop Plans are progressing well for our workshop on the 9th May at 2pm in our Church. Please make sure that you register for the event and join us for an hour of exploring the best ways to get more for your money from your weekly shopping trip. The workshop will help to clear the mystery of the sometimes confusing pricing and labelling approach used by supermarkets and shops. We aim to help attendees be clear on the items with the best value and how to optimize the deals offered by most supermarkets as well as looking at the power of group buying and on-line shopping. 5

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions so please bring along any till receipts, photos of price labels or packets on the day. We look forward to helping you enjoy making the most of your shopping budget. Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service The service being held on Sunday 11 th May is open to everyone who feels that they might benefit from some time to reflect and remember. There is no formal aspect to this service, it is very much for you to use as a means to renewing your strength and potentially finding others in the same place as you with readings and music during the service. Please come along and feel free to invite anyone you feel would benefit from the service. We look forward to welcoming you to the service. The Pastoral Care Team At our most recent meeting it was agreed to bring you more information and views from others in the Pastoral Care Team. Catriona Blackwood is our first team member to tell you about her interests with Pastoral Care and give her view on the work we are doing as a team. I am delighted to be a member of the pastoral care team, helping to add an extra angle to the work already done by the minister, the Elders, and the magazine and flower visitors. I hope to be there for individual fellow members at times of significance to them. As a nurse in long term care I was able to share the joy of achievement and the ups and downs of illness with residents, staff and families. I hope that I can use this experience to support fellow members who need a listening ear, whether to share a joy or a sadness. 6

I think that workshops such as the one about smart shopping will be a good addition to what we do and add to the variety of things on offer at Pilrig St Paul’s. Hopefully we can extend the support to those of our members who are less able to get to Church and ensure that they still feel part of the Church family. Catriona Blackwood As ever, if you need pastoral support or know someone who would appreciate contact please let one of the team know or fill in one of our Helping Hands pew cards. We can arrange for a card to be sent, flowers from the service, a visit or a phone call what ever you think would be most appropriate. We continue to be encouraged by the positive feedback from those we have reached out to with our pastoral care contact. I look forward to updating you next month. Linda Gill Pastoral Care Team 669-7409 or Pastoral Care Team Mark Foster Catriona Blackwood Christine Edington Ella Gilfillan Linda Gill Cathy Purdie Fiona Rankin Jeanette Sime Jennifer Stark


If you are able to help, these are the foods we use, thank you. Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Fruit Juice (carton), Soup, Pasta sauces, Sponge pudding (tinned), Tomatoes (tinned), Cereals, Rice pudding (tinned), Tea bags/instant coffee, Instant mash potato, Rice/pasta, Tinned meat/fish, Tinned vegetables, Tinned fruit, Jam, Biscuits or snack bar Please contact Roy Eprile for further information

CAN YOU VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH ANY OF OUR ORGANISATIONS OR THE PASTORAL GROUP AT PILRIG St PAUL’S? IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH ANY OF THESE, PLEASE CONTACT THE LEADER WHO WILL BE HAPPY TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT. These voluntary posts usually involve being on our safeguarding register. Catriona Blackwood, the safeguarding co-ordinator, is happy to advise you about this and set up all the necessary details, if required.


Do you know someone who would appreciate being remembered in our prayers each Sunday, a visit, a phone call, a card in the post or perhaps some flowers from us? Please provide the details below and put this card into the box in the Open Doorway or contact Linda Gill on 669-7409 or Member's Details Name .................................................................................................................... Address ............................................................................................................... Phone number................................................................................................. Please choose from the following, which you think would be most appropriate. You can tick more than one Option Remembered in our prayers each week ……. Visit to their home ……. Flowers from the Service ……. Phone call........ Card posted to their home……. Would you like to help with this? Yes / No (If you select yes please also provide your contact details) ................................................................................................................................. ................................................................................................................................. Pilrig St. Paul's Church SC007277

MINISTER Rev Mark Foster (332 5736) SESSION CLERK John Innes - 33 Monktonhall Place, Musselburgh (07563 248722) THE CONGREGATIONAL BOARD CLERK Aileen Fraser (07936 716 765) ASSISTANT CLERK Maria Croall (07747 071 545) CORRESPONDENCE to: The Clerk to the Congregational Board Pilrig St Paul’s Church, 1B Pilrig Street, Edinburgh EH6 5AH TREASURER Mark Wexelstein (665 6881) ROLL KEEPER Mrs Jeanette E. Sime - 1 South Trinity Road (552 9652) PASTORAL CONVENER Mrs Linda Gill (669 7409) PASTORAL LINK ELDER and SAFEGUARDING CO-ORDINATOR Mrs Catriona E.W. Blackwood - 4 Cambridge Gardens (554 6183) PROPERTY CONVENER Eric Fisher (552 8982) 104 Crewe Crescent HALL LET GROUP ORGANIST and CHOIRMASTER Colin Grey (07901 556 217) SUNDAY CLUB LEADER Mark Wexelstein (665 6881) CHRISTIAN GIVINGS CONVENERS Mrs Ella Gilfillan - 8 Paisley Terrace (661 2281) Mrs Irene Wexelstein - 15 Upper Hermitage (476 1385) MAGAZINE Editor - Mrs Catriona E.W. Blackwood - see above Distribution - Mrs Margaret Cameron - 35 Lorne Street (554 2139) Scottish Charity no. SCO07277


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