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Hello

So – back to our normal Scottish weather with the rain and it is back to jacket weather again.  This is the last full week of the school holidays – its unbelievable that the holiday has flown past so quickly.

Our youth organisations are beginning to make plans for the new session. The Boys’ Brigade are all going to meet on a Thursday evening this year and their enrollment night will be on the 23rd of August.

Keep an eye on the notice board as we put any information, posters etc. up there, so have a look when you are passing. We will hopefully have the calendar completed for the year soon and it will be up there for people to see.

The next collection day for items for the Foodbank will be this Sunday, the 12th of August. This is a wonderful way for us to support those in need in our local community.

Remember that we have a bookshelf just inside the halls door where you can look for a book for a book to read or swap a book with one you have already read. Donations are welcome, and we can claim Gift Aid on any donations for books too!

There are some groups which continue to meet in our church each week and carry on through the summer.

The Learning Together group 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!)

If you are a crafty person come along to the Craft and Hobbies on a Wednesday at 2pm. Tea and coffee is also available there too!

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 phone and we can let you know!!!

All the information is also on our Facebook page and website.

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers and it makes a difference because they know they are still part of the church family even if they are unable to attend Church.

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Scripture: Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

If you were asked who might you choose as a role model? Who is the person that you respect, admire, and want to be like in some way? People might choose to be like a famous person such as a great athlete or a film or tv star. You might choose someone you know personally like a relative or friend. Whether we realize it or not, we all have role models.

It is important that we choose our role models carefully because if we choose someone as our role model just because he or she is rich and famous, we will very likely be disappointed.

If you are looking for a role model the Bible is a good place to look. In the book of Ephesians, Paul said to the people in the church at Ephesus, "Imitate God in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us."

What are some of the things that make Jesus the perfect role model for us to follow?

  •  Kind 
  •  Loving 
  •  Tenderhearted 
  •  Forgiving  
  •  Patient  
  •  Obedient 
  •  Respectful 
  •  Truthful

We could go on and on. Jesus is our perfect role model because he is God's perfect Son who brings salvation to all who obey him.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your Son to bring salvation and to be the perfect role model for us to follow so that we might live a life that is pleasing to you. Where others may fail, Jesus never fails. In his name we pray.

Amen.

This week continue to pray for our church friends. Please especially pray for Una and her family and for Andy’s family in this time of bereavement.

Pray for others we know who are ill at home or in hospital - Jean, Marion, Christine, Vena, Les and Sylvia, Sheena who continues to improve, Jim , Janet  and anyone else known to you.

Please also pray for Graeme who is in hospital.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk