Firstly, Jean Muir and her team are to be congratulated on a quite remarkable effort in planning and carrying through an excellent Christmas Fayre on 26th November, which raised £1600 - from those who donated, attended, volunteered or supported in any way - thus making the day such a success. Also, a special thank you to the ladies from Westerton Bowling Club who helped with the teas and coffees.
Secondly Christine, on behalf of the Outreach Group, would like to thank those who donated toys to the Govan Toy Library. Our congregation was so generous that two visits to Govan were required to deliver them, and they were very gratefully received.
The Outreach Group
Church Dates for your Attention
Monday 5th December - Guild Christmas Lunch at the Burnbrae. If you've booked a place, meet 12.30pm -12.45pm for lunch at 1pm.
Tuesday 6th December - Bible Book Club continues its study of Revelation 10.15am - 11.30am (or thereabouts....) All welcome.
Sunday 11th December - Annual Bereavement Service, at 3pm, followed by a light afternoon tea. All welcome.
Other Diary Dates to Note
Carols for Peace 2022 - Come and join us on Sunday 11th December 2022 at 3pm at Glasgow City Chambers in George Square. The Lord Provost, with Glasgow Churches Together supported by the St Mungo Singers, Salvation Army Band, Southside Fiddlers, St Denis Primary School, Piper, Harpist and Music Ensemble. Everyone is welcome to this important event in the calendar of Glasgow Churches Together and Glasgow City Council. A collection will be taken up for the Lord Provost’s Fund for Children.
Christmas Service of Carols & Readings - Come along and join us at The Lodging House Mission, 35 East Campbell Street on Thursday 15th December 2022 at 2:30pm. The guest speaker Rt. Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of General Assembly & Mission Voices. Tea and Coffee will be served. All Welcome.
Presbytery Mission Plan
The recent Presbytery meeting, held on Tuesday 22 November, was at short notice changed to be a "conference style" meeting. As a result, no decisions on the Presbytery Mission Plan were taken at this meeting. Presbytery will now meet on Saturday 4th February 2023 to make such decisions.
Alex Anderson, Presbytery Elder
Online Advent Calendar 2022
We are pleased to invite you to sample the non-fattening delights of our online Advent Calendar. Each day a new door can be opened - and.... well, you know the rest....
Simply click the link below, but be warned, it's very clever and doesn't allow a sneak-peek, before the current date! Enjoy!
The Tech Elves
Christian Aid - November
Press Release - 17 November 2022
Black Sea grain deal extension is a "lifeline for poor countries" says Christian Aid
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Press Release - 11 November 2022
Reaction to Global Carbon Project report: 'This was the news Africa was dreading'
The following link provides more detail:
Faith Impact Forum (FIF) - November Update
News from FIF is that the Moderator Designate is the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton. She is a past convenor of the Kirk’s Church and Society Council and Head of Christian Aid Scotland. Having been in those positions, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the role of the issues related to the Church nationally and internationally. FIF is looking forward to working with her.
FIF has received messages from our partner churches in Sri Lanka, asking for our prayers as the country navigates a distressing economic and political crisis. The Moderator, Rt. Rev. Dr. Iain Greenshields says : ”Sri Lankans need justice”
COP 27 African movements are calling for a Global Day of Action for climate justice. Communities in the Global South need urgent climate finance and reparations for the loss and damages that have cased mass destruction of lives and livelihoods. Alone we are isolated together we are unstoppable.
WE are asked to pray for the financial situation in Malawi, that the people of Malawi can continue working together against the constant rise in costs for fuel and food and that Gary Brough, our Mission Partner in Malawi, continues to bless and be blessed by those he works with.
Faifley Church Upcycling Unit
Faifley Church have an upcycling unit that is open on a Tuesday morning to distribute various items to both refugees and those in the parish who are in need. We can assist them by donating toys, mugs, cutlery, kitchen utensils, dinner plates, winter clothes, blankets, bedding (stain free), winter shoes etc. Please help by bringing your donations to the church over the next two Sundays. Alternatively, you can arrange for the items to be picked up from your house. Just contact me.
The Toy Library - Can you help?
Having seen an article online about the Govan Toy Library, Christine asks for your help, as follows: Clothes and toys, which the children you love have outgrown, are needed for youngsters aged 3 – 12 years. Good quality toys with a long life are retained in the toy library, less durable ones are sold to families at low cost. Clothes are sold in the shop, also at low cost. There is particular need for clothes for wee ones over two years old. Donations of money are also very welcome. Find out more on their website. Please simply bring your donations along on a Sunday and give them to Christine!
The Foodbank is always in need of the following items – tinned vegetables, porridge, boxes of cereal. Teabags, coffee, sugar, instant noodles, long-life milk, tinned fruit and rice pudding/custard, tinned meatballs/hotdogs, pasta sauce, soup, tinned beans, tinned spaghetti, macaroni cheese, toilet rolls, shampoo/shower gel, and wet dog food. If you can help please place your donations in the box in the walk-through or at the usual designated collection points in the village. Unfortunately we cannot accept any fresh produce. Many thanks for your help!
Niall and Marjorie McCumesty (Bearsden West Communty Council)
A lovely wooden box has now been provided by a member of the congregation for your prayer requests. If you would like prayer for yourself or others, please write this down and put it in the box. You need not give your own or anyone else’s name. God will know. Members of the prayer group undertake to pray daily for whatever is asked.
The Westerton Church Magazine – Published 4 times a year, we hope to provide in due course, an online, as well as, printed edition.