Wednesday, December 21, 2005

CRUMBS 25th December 2005

Merry Christmas!!

There will be no evening services tonight or the following Sunday. Next week, morning services will begin at the usual time of 11am.

Today’s collection will go towards the World Development Appeal’s project Horizons of Hope. Please give generously as your offering will be used to help those in great need in places such as Malawi, Burundi, the Indian state of Bihar and Israel.

There are new cards up on the flowers list for 2006. If you would like to put your name down for a Sunday, please do so.

We will celebrate communion next Sunday 1st January at the morning service.

Re-mixers will start up again on Monday 9th January. Youth Fellowship will start up on Sunday 21st January.

CRUMBS 18th December 2005

Our Christmas Day service next week will be at 10am. There will be no evening services on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Please join us tonight at 6.30pm for a praise service of carols led by the Youth Fellowship.

PWA Meeting: Tuesday 20th December, 8pm
Theme: Candlelit Carols and Supper with special guests Wired Up.

There are new cards up on the flowers list for 2006. If you’d like to put your name down for a Sunday, please do so.

We will celebrate communion on Sunday 1st January at the morning service.
The financial books for 2005 will close on 31st December 2005. Any offerings received after Sunday January 1st will be recorded in the 2006 books.

Friday, December 09, 2005

CRUMBS 11th December 2005

Thank you to Edenbrooke Primary School’s choir who is performing in this morning’s service, and thank you to all those who have come to church today in support of our community building efforts.

After the service, please join us in the hall for tea and coffee and to view the gallery of children’s artwork submitted from the church and the school for the Christmas Card Competition.

Could all Elders make sure to pick up the United Appeal Briefing and the World Development’s Horizons of Hope leaflet and envelopes, which are available in the church office. Committee members may also help in this effort.

There is a Community Carol Service at the Spectrum Centre Thursday 15th December.

Next Sunday 18th December the Youth Fellowship will lead a Carol service at 6.30pm.

Please remember to collect your Christmas postage stamps. You may give them to Margaret Bill.

The next PWA meeting will be on Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. Theme: Candlelit Carols and Supper.
Christmas Day service will be at 10am. There will be no evening services on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Friday, December 02, 2005

CRUMBS 4th December 2005

PWA to meet as arranged on MONDAY 5th December at Dundonald Old Mill, 7pm sharp.

The following PWA meeting will be on Tuesday 20th December at 8pm. Theme: Candlelit Carols and Supper.

Please remember to collect your Christmas postage stamps. You may give them to Margaret Bill.

Next Sunday will be a community Christmas service. We will be displaying artwork the children from the church and the Edenbrooke Primary School have submitted for the Christmas Card Competition. Edenbrooke’s choir will be performing during the service, and community representatives will be in attendance. After the service, there will be tea and coffee and a chance for you to view the gallery of children’s artwork. This will be an all-age family service where everyone is warmly welcome.
Christmas Day service will be at 10am. There will be no evening services on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Financial Report December 2005

UNITED APPEAL - £4524 to date. Target is £6262. 2004 total was £4492

RACHEL HARTE - £4055 to date. (2004 total was £4085. Church was committed to £5000 annually for three years, ending in January 2006. Committee has agreed that we will continue to support Rachel.

CHURCH ACCOUNT - Current account is overdrawn by £7129. We have £4524 to hand over to United Appeal which will leave the account overdrawn by £11,653. Allowing for 4 more Sundays this year and some bills to pay, it is estimated that the account could be overdrawn by around £9500 at the end of the year.

WEEKLY OFFERINGS
In 2005 the average weekly offering in the envelopes is £812. Last year it was £868.

If an extra £150 was brought in each week in 2006 the situation could be turned around. This means we need at least an extra £2 a week from each adult.

We need YOU to consider this prayerfully and decide what you can give.

December Prayer Diary

MONDAY: INDONESIA. Three Indonesian Sunday School teachers have been sentenced to three years in prison for allowing Muslim children to attend their Sunday School. Pray for REBEKKA, ETI and RATNA who are separated from their young families: 1) that their appeal will be successful, and 2) that the Indonesian authorities will act to stop Islamic militants from forcing churches to close.

TUESDAY: AIDS. Pray for those affected and suffering from AIDS/HIV. The stark reality is that in the next 60 seconds, five people will die of AIDS. More than 90 percent of people living with AIDS are in developing countries. Pray for wisdom and compassion for all who are working with and are seeking to minister to people living with HIV and AIDS. Pray that the global church will demonstrate practical love and care and thereby witness to the hope that is found in and through Jesus Christ.

WEDNESDAY: Pray for people, especially those with no close family or friends, who may feel left out during this Christmas season and prompt us where appropriate to include those people in our celebrations. Pray too for those who have lost a loved one during the year that God’s love will be expressed to them through the acts of thoughtfulness and concern of others.

THURSDAY: Pray for ourselves, that we may avoid missing the true meaning of Christmas by getting caught up in the commercialisation and materialism which has taken us over time and time again, and which puts thousands of people in debt for things which are net needed and take away from the true joy of Christmas.

FRIDAY: Give thanks for the many charities, organisations and service personnel who will work and devote themselves to the needs of others during the Christmas season. Pray that God will continue to bless them and that through their love, concern and actions, the love of Christ will be shown.

SATURDAY: Remember to pray for all missionaries, in particular those who are single and at this Christmas time, are far from home. Also pray for family members who can’t be with us for various reasons and for those families who are nursing loved ones who are seriously ill. Pray that God’s love will sustain and comfort each in their individual situation at this time.
SUNDAY: Remember to pray for the family circle of George Best at this sad time. Give thanks for his life, talent and humble nature, and for the way in which his death has brought different cultures and religions together.