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Hello

Come and join us this Sunday for our morning service at 11 am. The following Sunday – 6th of October will be Communion Sunday.

Last Sunday our Harvest Thanksgiving Service Retiral Offering collected £167. Thanks for this total  which will go to 2 charities - Glasgow City Mission which is the world’s first City Mission and since 1826 has been showing Christian care to vulnerable adults and children by fighting against poverty and disadvantage in Glasgow and to a charity which is supporting those who live in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian delivered a devastating blow to two of their major islands – Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Thanks to all those who continue to support our Foodbank Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next collection will be on 13th of October.

Sunday School is on each week. All children are welcome.

All of our own Church groups and activities have started up again for the new session

The Girls’ Brigade is on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. Please pass this information around to any school age girls from P1 to S6. All young people are welcome to come along at any time and can bring a friend too!

The Hub has started again and meets fortnightly.  Admission is £3.50 and includes tea/coffee, cakes and entertainment. The dates are as follows –

26 September – Alex Proctor who is a fabulous entertainer. 10 October – Linda entertains

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

If you 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 Tuesday Coffee and Chat never close!

The Craft and Hobbies Group is on each Wednesday at 2pm. Every crafter is welcome so if you can knit, crochet, cross stitch or would like to learn these skills please come along. Lots of chat and tea! I have made great strides in knitting - if I can do it anyone can! I am showing everyone what I have knitted so far. Don’t come along this week though as the ladies are having their day out – a trip to Garrion Bridge garden Centre for Afternoon Tea.

You will be made very welcome at any group which meets in the church – as you might expect tea and coffee feature at a good number of them!

Let me know if you would like to know about any groups or if you would like to add anything to this newsletter.

We also have a set of slides being shown before the start of the service each Sunday so if you would like anything shown on these let us know. I think people are enjoying these and are pleased to know what is happening week by week especially to their Church friends.

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Scripture:

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' Luke 16:19-24 (NIV)

Do you use an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning? A lot of alarm clocks have a button on them called a snooze alarm. When the alarm goes off, you can hit that button and go back to sleep. In about ten minutes, the alarm will go off again. You can just keep on doing this and go right on sleeping. I think that is Bill’s favourite thing to do!!

It is enjoyable to get that extra sleep, but there are two problems with snooze alarms. The first is that if you keep on hitting the snooze alarm, you may be late or miss out on something completely. The second problem is that if you keep hitting the snooze alarm, you may get so used to the sound of the alarm that you don’t even hear it at all and you will sleep right through the alarm.

God sometimes sounds a "wake up" alarm in our lives. He speaks to our heart and says, "It is time to wake up and follow me." Some people hit the snooze button and say, "Not now Lord, call me again -- a little bit later." Some people hit that "snooze button" so many times that they get to where they don’t even hear God’s voice. When they finally wake up, they find out that it is too late. That is what happened in our Bible story today.

Jesus told a story about a rich man who wore the finest clothes and lived in luxury. A beggar named Lazarus lay outside the rich man's gate. Lazarus was hungry and his body was covered with sores. He was hoping that the rich man might have pity on him and that he might be able to satisfy his hunger with the leftovers from the rich man's table. But every day the Rich man passed by Lazarus without even giving him a thought. He passed by Lazarus so many times that he eventually got to the point that he didn't see him at all

The Bible says that Lazarus died and went to heaven. The rich man also died, but he went to hell. In hell, he looked up and saw Lazarus in heaven with Abraham. He asked Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water and come and touch it to his burning tongue, but Abraham said, "No." Then he reminded the rich man how he had enjoyed such good things on earth while Lazarus had nothing.

The rich man then asked Abraham to allow Lazarus to go back to earth and warn his five brothers so that they would not end up in hell with him, but again, Abraham said, "No." The rich man finally woke up, but it was too late.

God is still sending "wake up" calls to people today. Let us pray that they will listen to his voice and follow him before it is too late.

Dear Father, when you sound the alarm telling us it is time to wake up and follow you, may we never be guilty of hitting the snooze alarm saying, "Later, Lord." Instead, let us rise up and follow you. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Remember that we share lots of information and pages from different churches on our Facebook pages every day. You can read and keep informed about all that is happening in the wider church.

Continue to pray for our many church friends – Vena, Freda, Sylvia, Sheena and Bill, Isobelle, Agnes and Bill, Andy and Mary, Gil and Sheena, Jean, Margaret and Margaret. I know that they are pleased to know they are remembered by their church family each week. Please also add my mum Laura to your prayers as she is still in Hairmyres.

Please also continue to pray for Moira's friend Amanda who came safely through her operation last Wednesday. She is very tired but wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and would welcome them being continued.

Morag has also asked us to continue to pray for her cousin’s wee grandson Osian.

Unfortunately, Margery’s neighbour who we were praying for has died so please remember Louise’s family in your prayers this week.

If you want to add anyone to the prayer list, please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate your prayers and many people have said that knowing others are praying for them helps them get through some days.

Church is on each Sunday 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