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Hello

Thanks again to those who continue to support our Foodbank Sundays on the 2nd Sunday of the month. All items have been delivered to East Kilbride Foodbank and will already be out to those who need it. The next day for items will be 9th of December.

A date for your diary – our Christmas Afternoon Tea will be on the 15th of December – more info to follow but keep that day free!

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 and join anytime.

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

If you would 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 finishes next week as the group doesn’t meet over the winter time. I will let you know the date for starting again in the new year.

You will be made very welcome at all of these and if you want any information about any of the groups who meet in the church, 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.

Scripture: Jesus said to them: "Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and will deceive many. Mark 13:5-6 (NIV)

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If you watch television you probably notice that about fifteen minutes out of every hour are taken up by adverts. Many of these adverts make some unbelievable claims to try to persuade you to purchase their products. How many of the claims in these commercials are actually true. Some people do think, "If they said it on television, it must be true" but is it? Here are some examples of false advertising claims that might make you have second thoughts about that.

• A chewing gum company claimed to have germ-killing ingredients. Consumers sued the maker of the gum arguing that the gum had no germ-killing properties. The courts agreed and the company had to pay out a lot of money to reimburse customers who had purchased the gum.

• A popular brand of yogurt claimed that it had scientifically proven nutritional benefits. The courts forced the company to pay a lot of money in damages to consumers who bought the yogurt because of their health claims.

• A favourite breakfast cereal made an advertising claim that their cereal would help boost children's immunity from disease. They also claimed that the cereal improved children’s' attentiveness by nearly 20%. The Federal Trade Commission in the USA found out that clinical studies showed that only 1-in-9 kids had that kind of improvement -- and half the children weren't affected at all.

• A well-known brand of running shoes recently claimed that their shoes would help users burn calories. The shoes cost a lot of money and many who bought them claim that instead of helping them to burn calories, they actually caused them to have injuries and they are seeking damages from the company.

Those are just a few examples of false advertising claims. It is good to examine the truthfulness of the claims in advertisements, but it is even more important for us to look at the truthfulness of those who claim to be our spiritual leaders. Jesus warned about that in today's Bible verses. Jesus was sitting with his disciples near the temple in Jerusalem when he said to them, "Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah.' They will deceive many people."

Jesus went on to warn his disciples about some of the things that people would claim were signs of the end of the world. "You will hear about wars and stories of wars to come. Don't be afraid, these things happen, but the end is not yet here. There will be earthquakes and many people will go hungry, but this is just the beginning."

How do we test the truthfulness of advertising claims? For one thing, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! But how do we test the truthfulness of our spiritual leaders? The best way is to compare their claims to the teachings of Jesus. Do their teachings agree with what Jesus taught? If not, we should read the Bible and ask God to help us to understand the teachings of Jesus. Another way is through prayer. When in doubt, ask God to help you determine what is true and what is not.

Heavenly Father, Jesus warned us about false teachers. Help us to read your Word and understand its teachings so that we will not be easily misled. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

This week continue to pray for our church friends who are ill at home or in hospital and for those who would love to be in church but are unable to get there because of ill health - Christine, Christine, Vena, Sylvia, Sheena, Janet, Graeme, Helen, Isobelle and Jean. Please pray for Robin’s family and for Mary’s family in this time of bereavement.

Please also pray for Jim and Nina, friends known to some of us in church, especially now as Jim is in Kilbryde Hospice. He has nothing but praise for all the staff who have looked after him so please also pray for all those who care for and support those who are ill at home and in hospital.

Church is on each Sunday and is always 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