Knowing Christ Better
Please note there is no meeting on 20 October – resumes 27 October. Contact Barbara Thomson (845705) if you would like more details.
The Monthly Prayer Calendar
The Monthly Prayer Calendar is available here
For more information about fellowship groups meeting within St Michael’s, please call Alison Miller 844992, Margaret Henderson 844787 or Barbara Thomson 845705.
The Help Centre
Offers information covering many concerns. Wondering where to access support for yourself or another? Tel 842646, or look at www.helpcentre.org.uk
The Bereavement Support Team offers confidential one-to-one support with the aim of helping you make sense of the painful and bewildering array of responses to bereavement, and to help you adapt to the loss. Positive Pathways informal support group meets fortnightly in the Canal Tearoom. Contact Sheila Rae 847538 or email@example.com.
Making Him Known to Others
SERVICE OF MEMORY
Prayer News Bulletin
Copies of Lorna Ferguson’s Prayer News Bulletin are now available at the back of the church.
Life and Work
We will be placing our 2018 order for Life and Work in the next few weeks. If you would like to subscribe (or wish to cancel), please advise the church office by 15 November. The annual subscription for 2018 is £27.36.
Messy Church Halloween Party
SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER 4.30pm. St Michael’s Kirk Hall. Messy Church Halloween Party. Fancy dress party for all the family with songs, crafts and messy meal. Learning why we do not need to be scared of the dark. ALL WELCOME
District Elders – Autumn issue of the magazines are available for uplift in the South aisle.
Chapters Book Club
Our book selection for October is ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson. Anyone interested in joining us on Thursday 2 November to discuss their thoughts on the book are most welcome. For more information, contact Sally Chambers 07732722146.
If you would like to borrow a recording of previous services, you will find CDs at the Church shop. A recording of the sermon is to be found weekly on podcast on the Church website.
The Kirk Knitting Club meets once a month in Cross House on a Monday at 10.30 am in Room 1. Please note next meeting on Monday 6 November is in the Kirk.
Lest We Forget
A commemoration of the Local Legacy of the Battles of Arras & Passchendaele with the Linlithgow Rugby Club Male Voice Choir, Sarah Gillan (Soprano) and Andrew Sutherland Organist. Written and narrated by Bruce Jamieson. Friday 10th and Saturday 11th November at 7.30pm in the church. Tickets £10(Adult), £5(Child) available from the church office, Far from the Madding Crowd or Margaret Henderson (844 787). The event is sponsored by the Society of Friends of St Michael's to mark the 775th anniversary of the consecration of the Church and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Society.
Challenge Poverty Week 2017
Challenge Poverty Week takes place on 15 – 21 October 2017. To mark this, SCPO is compiling a short resource with a prayer for every day of the week. This will be an ecumenical resource with prayers supplied from a variety of denominations, and will be sent to the Advisory Group in advance of Challenge Poverty Week 2017. We would appreciate any publicity you can give to this resource. All information at SCPO website www.scpo.scot/challenge-poverty-week-2017
The Blood Transfusion Mobile Unit will visit the Low Port Centre, Blackness Road on Sunday 29 October 10.30am-12.30pm & 2.00pm-3.45pm then Monday 30 October 2.30pm-4.15pm & 5.30pm-7.30pm. New donors are always needed!
St Ninian’s Craigmailen Annual Guild Coffee Day:
10am to 12.30pm in Longcroft Hall, Saturday 11 November. Come along for fellowship but also to pick up some home baking or Christmas presents – you are all most welcome!
Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal
The annual collection of shoeboxes for the orphans of Eastern Europe will take place shortly. If you want to help by preparing a shoebox (or several), please take a checklist from the pews. More are available from the office or downloaded from the Blythswood website www.blythswood.org/shoe-box-appeal-2017-order-form. Boxes will be collected at the church on Sunday 29 October and 5 November or contact Chris Collen on 844245 or 07920 422828.
Serving the Homeless of Edinburgh
Can you help? Every night for 28 weeks this winter Bethany will provide a venue to sleep up to 60 homeless and a team of caterers to provide a substantial meal. This winter we are doing six evenings and looking for teams of six. If you would like to help please contact Marshall 07967112137 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
"My conscience is captive to the Word of God” Reformation 500 (1517-2017). Praise, Worship, Luther Exhibition, Resource Packs, Refreshments at Brucefield Parish Church, East Main St, Whitburn on Thursday 19th October at 7.30pm.
on Tuesday 31st October at 7pm in Kirk of Calder, Main St, Mid Calder an Ecumenical Service Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Remembering, Reforming, Repenting, Rejoicing, Reconciling
Bad Girls of The Bible
We are a group of women of all ages, learning in an accessible and fun way more about the women in the Bible. Next meeting 31st October at 7.30pm in the Adam Room. Why not come along. No bible knowledge needed. Further information from Cheryl.
Date for the Diary
Annual Advent Fair and Candlelight procession on 25 November.
Would you like to add a poppy to our beautiful Remembrance Poppy Pulpit Fall? Perhaps you have a family member who was lost in one of the wars? If so 'The Knitting Group would be happy to crochet one for you or add a poppy you've crocheted yourself. Please be in touch with Cherie Finlay from the knitting group 01506 834 664 or speak to Cheryl.
Next Choir Rehearsal is on Thursday 19 October at 7.30pm in the Church. All welcome! Details from Andrew Sutherland (845 868) or any choir member.
Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal
The annual collection of shoeboxes for the orphans of Eastern Europe will take place in November. If you want to help by preparing a shoebox (or several) please take a checklist from the pews. More are available from the office or can be downloaded from the Blythswood website www.blythswood.org/shoe-box-appeal-2017-order-form. Collection information will be given towards the end of October. Thank you.
Next sing-song at 2.30pm on Friday 27th October at St Michael’s Hospital.
Gift Aid Giving
Did you know that the church can claim 25p for every £ given if the donor is a UK taxpayer and signs a Gift Aid declaration? This is true whether payments are made by regular standing order, via freewill envelopes, or by other identifiable means. For more information, or to set up/amend an existing arrangement please contact the Gift Aid Convener, Andrew Jones email@example.com or on 01506 840914.
Did you know that when you shop online you could collect free donations for the church? Through our new link with easyfundraising whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting donations for the church. easyfundraising has over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to donate, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – and it doesn't cost you a penny extra! It's as easy as a, b, c... Head to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmichaelslinlithgow and join for free. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and then to start shopping. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to the church at no extra cost to you whatsoever! There are no catches or hidden charges and St Michael's will benefit from your shopping. Further details from Andrew Jones firstname.lastname@example.org or why not give it a try the next time you log on to go shopping?
Sunshine Sing-along for Memory
Takes place in the Kirk Hall on the second Thursday of each month 12–1.30pm. All those living with memory loss and their carers are welcome. No church connection necessary. Light lunch and singing. Further info from Cheryl or Norma Costley 01506 843255. Next Sing-along Thursday 9th November.