Election of Rev. Elspeth McKay

Following the election by the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church of Rev. Elspeth McKay to be our next minister we are now invited to sign “The Call” to Elspeth to be our minister. The Call with our signatures – as many as possible, please – will be sent to Falkirk Presbytery, who will then resolve (hopefully!) to sustain the call and set in motion the arrangements for Elspeth’s induction.
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Auction Time

Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is holding a Silent Action and an Auction of Time & Talents on Friday 28th April in Cumbernauld Bowling Club.

We are currently looking for donations for the Silent Auction and also volunteers wishing to donate their time and their talents, which we can then ‘auction’ on the night.

Suggestions for the latter could include: Car Wash, Computer Tuition, Ironing, Manicure / Pedicure, Baking, Entertaining, Head & Shoulder Massage, Original Acrylic Painting, Dog Walking, Cleaning Windows, Children’s Outing, Grass Cutting, Spring Clean, Driving, Knitting, Baby Sitting, Hanging Curtains, Gardening, Lift to & from Airport, Shopping Assistance, Spending time with elderly / housebound. Get your thinking caps on, and don’t be shy!

Coffee Jar collection update

The total sum realised for Mary’s Meals by way of the ‘pennies’ collection at Cumbernauld Old Parish Church was an excellent £356.12. A cheque for that amount has been sent to the Charity.

Thanks to everyone who supported this project and especially to Barbara B. who had the unenviable task of emptying all the jars, and ‘hauling’ their contents to the bank.

Food Bank thanks

Cumbernauld Old has received a ‘thank-you’ note from Norma Cowan at Bethlehem House of Bread, our local food bank managed by our friends at Cornerstone House. The note reads:

“Thank you once again for your magnificent contribution to our food bank over the last year and for the wonderful Christmas gifts. In 2015 with your help, between both food banks we gave out over 1500 food parcels into the community and 2016 has exceeded this number. Your continuing support is indeed welcome, so thank you again. It is a blessing not only to those who serve but also to the many people and families who benefit especially at Christmas. God Bless and we wish you all a prosperous 2017.”

World Mission Stamp Appeal

Following the success of last year’s appeal the congregation of Cumbernauld Old Parish Church is being invited to collect their used stamps over the Christmas and New Year period for the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Stamp Appeal.

This year’s Stamp Appeal will support the Church of South India’s Othara Eco-Spirituality Centre, where people can learn about climate change and the importance of conserving the earth God has given us. In particular, the money raised from the sale of these stamps will support some of the CSI’s ecological innovations including the harvesting and re-use of rain-water, the establishment of a biogas plant to power the kitchens and the development of a small dairy and chicken farm for native breeds. [Source: The Church of Scotland World Mission Council.]

More information about this project is available from the posters on display in the Parish Church in the Village and at the Forge in Balloch. A collection box for used stamps will be available at both worship centres until Sunday 22nd January. Just think of it as your own personal bit of recycling over the Christmas period!

Fill a jar, feed a child

fair-trade-coffee-jar-1For over 20 years Cumbernauld Old has been collecting ‘coffee jar’ offerings – these 1p, 2p, 5p coins collected by our members day by day, week by week in empty jars and other containers – and these have helped support a number of projects, from our World Mission partners in South Africa to our own Project ROCK here in Cumbernauld Old. It has been amazing how, little by little, these coins collected by each of us have made a big difference when all added together.

Recently, following the completion of Project ROCK, our coffee jar offerings, collected twice a year, have gone to support the general work of Cumbernauld Old. However, it was agreed at a recent Kirk Session meeting that this vital work should be supported by our weekly giving to the church, and that the ‘coffee jar’ offerings should revert to supporting other causes as part of our wider Christian giving.

Therefore, the money collected at our next ‘coffee jar’ Sunday (on 15th January 2017) will be sent to the charity Mary’s Meals.

Mary’s Meals works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, providing a nutritious daily meal to children attending school. In their own words: “we meet the immediate needs of hungry children and encourage them to go to school to gain an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.”

£12.20 is all it costs to fund a child for a whole school year, so your contributions, no matter how little, will make a huge difference. So keep collecting these coins and bring them along on 15th January. Together, we will continue to make a difference! Thanks.

You can find out more about Mary’s Meals from their website: www.marysmeals.org.uk

Handbags wanted!

Many women have old handbags lurking at the back of their wardrobes, either used or waiting to be used ‘some day’. Cumbernauld Old might just have the solution.

Between now and 4th December we will be collecting for the Lanarkshire Baby Bank Christmas Handbag Appeal. We would invite you to join the Handbag Appeal by donating a handbag and fill it with some of these suggested items, things that we all take for granted but most of the mums this charity supports struggle to buy: toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, brush, comb, bobbles, lip gloss, nail polish, moisturiser, sanitary products, soap, hats, gloves, fluffy socks, razors, hand sanitiser, mouthwash, chocolate and sweets.

Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison will co-ordinate the donations and will be happy to receive handbags and any of the items on the list for this local charity. There will be a box in the church vestibule at the Village and in the Forge hall at Balloch for your donations of handbags, items on the wish list, or both. Thanks for your help. It will make a big difference.

You can find our more about the Lanarkshire Baby Bank on their Facebook page.