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Come and join us this Sunday for our morning service at 11 am. This Sunday is our Harvest Thanksgiving Service and will be led by the Worship Team. As we usually do there will be Retiral Offering this week. The money collected, depending on the amount, will go to 2 charities - Glasgow City Mission which is the world’s first City Mission and since 1826 has been showing Christian care to vulnerable adults and children by fighting against poverty and disadvantage in Glasgow and to a charity which is supporting those who live in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian delivered a devastating blow to two of their major islands – Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Thanks to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next collection will be on 13th of October.

Sunday School is on each week. All children are welcome.

All of our own Church groups and activities have started up again for the new session.

The Boys’ Brigade is on Thursdays. Anchor Boys 6.30 – 7.30pm.  Junior Section 6.30 – 8.30pm. Company Section 7.45pm.   Please pass this information around to any school age boys from P1 to S6.

The Girls’ Brigade is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. Please pass this information around to any school age girls from P1 to S6.
All young people are welcome to come along at any time and can bring a friend too!

The Hub has started again and meets fortnightly.  Admission is £3.50 and includes tea/coffee, cakes and entertainment. The dates are as follows –

  • 26 September – Alex Proctor
  • 10 October – Linda entertains

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 Tuesday Coffee and Chat never close!

The Craft and Hobbies Group is on each Wednesday at 2pm. Every crafter is welcome so if you can knit, crochet, cross stitch or would like to learn these skills please come along. Lots of chat and tea! I have made great strides in knitting - if I can do it anyone can! I am showing everyone what I have knitted so far.

You will be made very welcome at any group which meets in the church – as you might expect tea and coffee feature at a good number of them!

Let me know if you would like to know about any groups or if you would like to add anything to this newsletter.

We also have a set of slides being shown before the start of the service each Sunday so if you would like anything shown on these let us know. I think people have enjoyed these.

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Scripture: "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10 (NIV)

What would a child do if they were walking past the teacher's desk at school and saw a pound on the floor? Would they pick it up and give to the teacher, or would they look around to make sure no one was watching then slip it into their pocket?

Here are three true stories about people who found a large amount of money and chose to do the right thing.

Hector Rodriguez is a 15-year old high school student. One day, he found a bag of money containing £100 on top of the drinks machine. He took it to his teacher and the two of them went to the Head’s office to turn in the money. When asked why he turned in the money instead of keeping it, Hector said that he was concerned that the employee who left the bag would get in trouble if he lost this money.

Eddie McLaughlin was walking home one evening when he found a bag on the pavement outside of shop. He picked up the bag, looked inside, and saw that it contained a large amount of money. When Eddie got home, he told his wife about finding the bag of money and together they counted it. There was over £4,000 in the bag. Eddie called the police and told them about the money. The manager of the store had dropped the bag while closing up, and without a doubt, he was happy that it was Eddie McLaughlin who found the money. 

Driving home from work one night, Jason Baxter crossed a road and saw what he thought was a book lying in the road. He stopped and picked it up. It turned out to be an appointment book with zippered pockets. Looking in the first pocket, Jason found £10 and a driver's license. When he opened the second pocket, there was a big wad of cash! When he arrived home, Jason counted the money. There was more than £9,000 in cash. For some, the decision might have been difficult, but not for Jason. He called the police and reported his find. When asked why he turned the money in, he answered, "It was just the right thing to do."

When we hear stories like these, it may make us stop and ask ourselves, "What would I have done if I had found all that money?" To find the answer to that question, ask yourself, "What would I do if I found a pound on the floor beside the teacher's desk?" Honesty is not a question of how much money is involved, it is a matter of doing the right thing.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story about a rich man who had a manager, and the manager was using the man's money for himself. The rich man discovered that the manager was wasting his money, so he called him in and fired him. After telling this story, Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." If we make sure that we are honest in the small things, then we can be sure that we will be honest in the big things. If people know that they can trust us in small things, they will know that they can trust us in the big things too.

Dear Father, help us to remember what Jesus taught about honesty and help us to be honest in every situation -- big or small. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Remember that we share lots of information and pages from different churches on our Facebook pages every day. You can read and keep informed about all that is happening in the wider church.

Continue to pray for our many church friends – Vena, Freda, Sylvia, Sheena and Bill, Isobelle, Agnes and Bill, Andy and Mary, Gil and Sheena, Jean McKay, Margaret Adam and Margaret Mullen. I know that they are pleased to know they are remembered by their church family each week.

Please also pray for Moira's friend Amanda who is needing major brain surgery and has had it cancelled this week. Hopefully it went ahead today.

Morag has also asked us to pray for her cousin’s wee grandson Osian.

Please also add my mum Laura to your prayers as she is still in Hairmyres.

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers and many people have said that knowing others are praying for them helps them get through some days.

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