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Hello

This Sunday, 14th of October will be Foodbank Sunday. It is really good to see in the East Kilbride News today that folk have rallied round to support the foodbank run by Loaves and Fishes. Thanks to all those who continue to support our collection for EK Foodbank each month. It is always gratefully received.

The Boys’ Brigade are now collecting for the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal. This year all boxes collected from the Glasgow area are going to Serbia. The West Kirk family are always great supporters of this appeal. Don’t feel that you need to fill a whole box as you can donate any items and they will be gratefully accepted and added to boxes. Items can be handed in from now on. There will be an opportunity to come along on Thursday, the 1st of November for tea and box packing!

The next Hub date is the 18th of October. This is on in the large hall from 1- 3pm and admission is £3.50 for tea, cakes and entertainment. Come along and enjoy this fun afternoon.

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 organisations are all open to boys and girls of primary and secondary school age. Everyone will be made most welcome. Just come along and join.

Other groups who meet in our church each week are:

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!)  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!!!

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers.

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Scripture: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, "Who then can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God." Mark 10:25-27 (NIV)

Over the last couple of weeks I have had to sew on a couple of buttons – a thing I don’t really look forward to doing! First, I have to find the ‘sewing box’ where I have my sewing needles and some different colours of thread. The first thing needed to do is thread the needle - to push the thread through the little hole called the "eye." Because my eyesight is not as good as it once was or maybe my hand isn't quite as steady as it needs to be I always find this difficult as I can never seem to get the thread through the eye of the needle.  

This problem of threading the needle reminds me of a story about Jesus.

One day a rich young man came to Jesus and asked him what he needed to do to go to heaven. Jesus answered him, "You know the commandments, 'do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.'"

"Oh, I have done all of that since I was a child" the young man told Jesus.

"You must do one more thing," Jesus said, "You must sell all that you have and give the money to the poor."

The Bible tells us that the young turned and walked away. He was very sad because he was very wealthy, and he was not willing to give up his wealth -- not even to go to heaven.

Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Putting thread through the eye of the needle is difficult enough but how would you like to try to put a camel through the eye of a needle? That wouldn't be difficult, it would be impossible! Does that mean that Jesus was saying it is impossible for a rich man to enter into heaven? Listen to what Jesus said next.

"With man, this is impossible, but not with God. With God, all things are possible." That is the God we serve. The God of the impossible!

Heavenly Father, we are thankful that you are the God of the impossible. Without You, it would be impossible for any of us to get to heaven. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

This week continue to pray for our church friends - Christine, Jean, Marion, Christine, Vena, Sylvia, Sheena, Janet and Graeme. It was lovely to see Ruby in church on Sunday looking so well. Pray also for Margaret's family in this time of their bereavement.

Please continue to pray for Millie who is only 2 ½ but has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia and is going through chemotherapy. Pray for Millie and for her family.

Pray also for Obe who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

There are so many families affected by illness and are asking for our prayers.

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