Notices for week commencing Sunday 8 September

Diary Dates
Today: Lothian East Guilds Together - see notice
Tues 10: Body Fit, 7pm in the Carriage House
Thurs 12: Open Door House Group, 7.30pm, phone 340402 for venue
Fri 13: Connections Cafe in the Carriage House, 10-30am - 2.30pm

Sunday 15 September 
Morning Service: 10.45am
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Pastoral care and assistance
David can be contacted on the usual number (340963). The Rev John Hunter (341677) is also available to provide pastoral assistance if the need arises. Kathryn Reid (340654) is our pastoral care co-ordinator. Either David or another elder will have charge of the church mobile (07543 872151) during holiday times.
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Lothian East Guilds Together – Tonight
Ormiston Church are hosting this year’s Annual Communion Service tonight at 7.30pm EVERYONE welcome. Please come and join us.
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Next Sunday
The service next weekend will be led by the Rev John Hunter. Thank you, John!
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Harvest Thanksgiving
Our harvest celebration will be on Sunday 29 September. This will be followed by a light lunch in the Carriage House, to which we hope all can come.
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Children's Funday
Our next youth event will be Saturday 28 September, from 10.30- 12.30 in the Carriage House. If you are able to help, please let David know.
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Reaching Out.....and.....Helping Others!
Thank you to all who give so generously to our Food Bank collection. It is difficult to express just how grateful the team at Dunbar Parish Church are when they receive our donations. Everything given is so appreciated, sadly, the demands on this, and other, Food Banks, is increasing rather than decreasing. More referrals are received each week, it is disheartening to realise that adults, young and old, children of all ages, (not far from us) are hungry and reliant on Food banks to feed them, help them stay clean and fresh, (both personally and home). Please continue to pop a tin in the bin, each and every donation makes a difference.
As Christians, we are called to remember the poor, in prayer and in practical terms too.Faith in action, helping folk we do not know, who are so thankful for our help. At the Food Bank on Wednesday, they had a little Summer Club for P2 to P7 children.  The story of Jonah was the focus and the children all had “a whale of a time!!!!” Items particularly needed are, jam, sugar, tins of haggis and dried rice.
Thank you,
Annie Brown
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Lothian Presbytery – New Housing event
New housing is a feature of life across Lothian and is an area of increasing
importance for all in local ministry.
Lothian Presbytery is organising an introductory morning to help churches
think about the particular context of new housing and of how they might
connect with new housing in their area.
All are welcome and if anyone is interested in attending, please let me
know and I will reserve a place for you. The details are:-
Date:- Saturday 28 September, 9.15am – 12.45pm (refreshments available
from 8.45am)
Venue:- St Michael’s Church Hall, Dalrymple Loan, Musselburgh EH21 7DH
Thank you
Eileen (340482 or henders2@sky.com)
UPDATE
Annie Brown will be attending this event and is offering a lift to anyone who would like to travel with her. She has asked me to point out that her car is two-door (just in case you have access difficulties).
Thank you, Annie!
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Toilet Twinning fundraising project
The young people in Sunday Club are raising money for Toilet Twinning, a charity that helps provide clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education to people living in poor communities overseas. One in three people worldwide don’t have access to a safe and hygienic toilet. We will be spending time this month thinking about how blessed we are to have safe water and toilet facilities and what we can do to help others.
We have a small bake sale planned for Wednesday 18 September after school (any baking donations would be gratefully received, see Amy or Elspeth), and on 22 September during Sunday Club we will be doing toilet-themed (!) games and craft activities in the Carriage House. Further details to follow.
There will be a collection tub in the Carriage House during Connections Café Fridays throughout September, and also after church on 22 September. We hope to raise enough money to ‘Twin’ the Carriage House loos!. Your support and donations towards this worthy cause would be gratefully received.
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Christmas Shoebox Appeal
This year we will be supporting the Blytheswood Care is a Scottish Christian charity which provides relief and development aid, and social projects, to people in poor communities overseas. Via their Christmas shoebox appeal, Blytheswod sends donated filled boxes containing clothing, toiletries and other gifts to adults and children in poor communities, mainly across Eastern Europe.
Please keep hold of any shoeboxes for filling, and pass any spares to Amy Marcham or leave in the Carriage House, so they can be used by others. Further details and information to follow.
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