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This Sunday - 24th of March - will be our Church A.G.M. This will take place immediately after the Morning service on that day.

Last Sunday Catriona and her friend Lucy told us all about her American camp experience and sang some of the songs they learned while they were in the USA. If you missed it, you can still watch it on the Church Facebook page and here on the website at the Videos Page.

Thanks to everyone who supported our Coffee Morning last Saturday in spite of the horrendous weather we managed to raise more than £350 for Church funds.

We have had an invitation to a Healing Hour Service in Claremont Church William’s Room on Thursday 21st March at 7pm.  Just go along tomorrow night if you would like to attend.

The Lent Studies are being hosted this year by the Old Parish Church. They will be held in their lower hall on a Friday at 12 pm until Easter. Each day will start with a bowl of soup followed by studies using Churches Together in Britain and Ireland material. Everyone is invited.

Thanks again to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month.  It is all gratefully received by EK Foodbank and given out almost as soon as it arrives with them. Our next collection will be on Sunday the 14th of April.

The Hub is on next on the 28th of March. The entertainment will be provided by an Elvis impersonator.  The Hub is open to all and lots of home baked cakes are consumed and tea drunk! Come along and enjoy the entertainment – I know it is a great afternoon. The tickets for this special event are £4.

Sunday School is on each Sunday at 11 am. The Girls’ Brigade is on a Wednesday evening and Boys’ Brigade is on a Thursday evening. These are all open to boys and girls of primary and secondary school age. Everyone will be made most welcome. Just come along.

There are other groups who meet in the church each week.

The Learning Together Group meets on a Wednesday night at 7pm. Come along to join with others to discuss the Bible.

If you like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. (You can also get toast if you want it!)

The Craft and Hobbies started again today and is on each Wednesday at 2pm - but as always, that is weather permitting. Get your knitting needles polished and your scissors sharpened.

You will be made very welcome at all of these and if you want any information about any of these or any of the many groups who use the church each week, just ask and we can let you know!!!

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers.

Let me know if you would like to add anything to this newsletter too.

Photo by Zeev Barkan at Flickr

Scripture Reading: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' " Luke 13:6-9 (NIV)

I am trying to have a healthy eating plan in anticipation of the summer! I am taking lots of fruit with me for lunches in school. I have been eating apples, strawberries and grapes. Every time I go in to Morrisons they are often sold out of the little pots of fruit and sometimes I think it would be great to have a lot a fruit trees in the garden so that any time I wanted a snack, I could just go out and pick a piece of fruit off of the tree. But knowing what the weather is like here if I had a fruit tree in the garden there would never be any fruit on it. It wouldn't be good for anything except giving some shade.

In our Bible verses today, Jesus told a story about a man who planted a fig tree in his garden. After some time had passed, he went to look for some fruit on the tree, but there was none. Year after year he watched the tree, but the tree never produced any fruit. Finally, the man went to the gardener who took care of the tree and said to him, "For three years I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! It is just taking up space in the garden."

The gardener answered, "Please, sir, give it one more chance. Leave it for another year. I will give it special attention. I will dig around the tree and give it plenty of fertilizer. If the tree produces fruit next year, great, if not, then you can cut it down."

In telling this story, Jesus was really talking about us and about God. God has "planted" us here on this earth and he expects us to produce good fruit in our life. What kind of fruit does he expect? When He looks at the way we live our life, he wants to see things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness. There are times when he is disappointed in what he sees, but he is willing to give us another chance.

What can we do to help us produce the kind of fruit that God expects? We can worship regularly, read God's Word, and pray. Those things will help us to live a fruitful life.

Heavenly Father, we know that you expect good things from your children. Help us live a life that will be pleasing to you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

The best gift anyone can give to another is to pray for him or her. When someone is going through a hard time it can make a world of difference to know that loving friends are praying for healing.

Pray for May, Christine, Derek and Graham and all the family in this time of bereavement.

Continue to pray for our many church friends who are all sadly missed from our worship each week and those who are elderly and those who are ill at home - Christine, Vena, Sylvia, Sheena, Janet, Isobelle, Margaret, Agnes, Jim, Andy and Mary. Pray for all those who care for and support those who are ill at home and in hospital. There are so many of our church family dependent on those who are in the caring profession and would find life more difficult without their day by day care.

Unfortunately, Obe who has been on our prayer list has passed away this week but please pray for those who knew her in this time of bereavement.

Also pray for Christine as she continues to battle cancer and all the complications caused by her treatment. Prayers also for Veronica who is very ill but is now at home and for Gil and Sheena.

Church is on each Sunday followed by tea and coffee in the hall so come along and worship with us at 11 am.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk