Letter from Rev Mark Rodgers (St Mark’s Interim Moderator)
I am writing these words on the Sunday afternoon following the Congregational meeting to decide whether or not to issue a Call to Rev Diane Hobson. The outcome of that meeting was a clear and resounding ‘Yes’ to the proposal from the members of St Mark’s, having heard Diane conduct worship during the morning service. We were all delighted that Diane has indicated that she is willing to accept the Call.
So we are now in another “interim” period while we await Diane’s arrival in our midst. There are still a few procedures to go through, but it looks like the service of Induction to mark the beginning of Diane’s Ministry will be on Thursday evening 28th October. Please put that date in your diaries and endeavour to come along. The service will be organised by the Presbytery of Aberdeen; the supper afterwards by yourselves, something I know you excel at.
Indeed if there were one word I would use to sum up my experience of St Mark’s, it would be ‘hospitable’. I am very grateful for your warm, friendly and generous support during the past year and half while I have been your Interim Moderator. I know that has also been the experience of Michael Phillippo, your locum.
In my first letter in this magazine at the beginning of the vacancy I mentioned the Wikipedia definition of ‘interim’, namely “a temporary measure until something more complete and permanent can be established.” Well, having sought God’s guidance, the more complete and permanent picture of Ministry has emerged in the person of Diane Hobson.
As I take my leave of you in St Mark’s I would like to wish you, as a Congregation, God’s blessing and encouragement in this new chapter under Diane’s leadership.
A Note from the Treasurer
My article in the last edition brought good news from me, for a change and I am glad to say I am still happy!
We have increased our monthly income through the Standing Order facility thanks to a further five members having signed up. We have also had a very good start to this Summer’s Coffee Shop season with over £3,900 raised by mid August.
My report to the Board in September gives details of our income and expenditure for the first six months of the year and although our expenditure is below budget we are still spending more than our income. I am however optimistic that as income and expenditure items tend to be weighted differently for the first and second six months of the year that our out-turn will be positive.
What actually happens of course depends on the support from the membership of the Congregation. In July I was privileged to be asked to lead worship again and this time I spoke as the Congregation’s Treasurer. My message was that we should all think about our offerings to St Mark’s and I am pleased that the text of my sermon has been included in this quarter’s Messenger, pages 6 to 11*. If you didn’t hear the sermon, (or even if you did) please read it and do think about your personal support for St Mark’s.
As I intimated in the Pew Leaflets during August a number of members have reviewed their givings through the Standing Order facility and I thank them very much for doing so. Maybe my sermon wasn’t the prompt in these cases but we should all be supporting our Church as much as we can, more so now as we enter a new era with a new Minister.
Circle of Care
Members of the Circle of Care were asked at the June Communion and Afternoon Tea whether they preferred being in the Church or in the hall. An overwhelming majority said they preferred the hall. Consequently these services will in future be held in the hall.
As always we are grateful to all those who contributed in various ways to the success of the June gathering, a really happy occasion enjoyed by all. Thank you very much.
Children and Families: There are times when through disadvantage or disability, families need a little help. Some young folk have been excluded from their family due to behavioural problems while others have been released from prison and are in need of a fresh start. CrossReach runs residential schools and also provides respite care. Depending on an individual’s needs, the support provided varies greatly from caring for those who are unable to care for themselves to addressing challenging behaviour.
The Guild Of Friendship
Our session starts on Monday 4th October at 2.15pm in the Church Hall. We have a varied and entertaining syllabus as shown below: (first half)
|Monday 4 October
|Monday 11 October
|Monday 18 October
|Monday 25 October
||Jim and Marisha Addison
|Monday 1 november
||Bring and Buy
|Monday 8 Novenber
|Monday 15 November
|Monday 22 November
||Aberdeen Cinemas – Barney Crockett
|Monday 29 November
|Monday 6 December
|Monday 13 December
New members will be warmly welcomed, please contact me for details or just come along to the Hall any Monday afternoon.
Pat Skene 01224 642293
The “new” Church Hymnary
We have for some time now occasionally sung hymns chosen from CH4 the “new” Church Hymnary which came out in 2005. A number of members bought their own copies at the time but we always print the words in the Pew Leaflet.
This hymnbook is now becoming the ‘standard’ text in many churches and both of our Grouping partners use it. During the search for a new minister the Nominating Committee were often asked about it.
As a result of previous discussions at Board and Session and principally because it was recently on special offer at a 20% discount the Executive Committee agreed to buy 200 copies and 20 large print for use in church. The cost of the hymnbooks will be met from the Projects Fund but it has been suggested that individual members may wish to dedicate a copy (or copies) in memory of friends or family or to “sponsor” copies in the name of living individuals.
The discounted price of a hymnbook is £9.50 and of a large print one £17.50. In return for each donation a certificate will be stuck on the flyleaf with the name of the person being remembered and the name of the donor. Relevant details should be passed to the Treasurer in writing. Cheques should be made payable to St Mark’s Church.
In addition to the scheduled outings the Strollers took part in the Scottish Bible Societies Sponsored Walk on 14th August. The total contributed from St Mark’s came to £227 and thanks are expressed to all those who gave a donation.
Details of the next outings are as follows:
Contact Margaret Donald for details of the walks.
The St Mark’s Malawi Committee
Baxter’s Inverness 10K
I am a member of the Malawi Committee and I am running the Baxter’s Inverness 10K on Sunday 3rd October. In my wisdom, I decided I needed a fresh challenge and what better way to do that than by training for the next 6 weeks (at the time of writing) by going out running every morning, whatever the weather!
Ten kilometres is just over six miles (about the same as a journey from St Mark’s to Dyce) so it is no easy task for someone more used to running to lectures than road running. I hope to raise money to pay for a borehole in Blantyre province, Malawi.
Anyone who donates will be able to take part in my “Guess my time” competition – guess my time to the closest second and the person nearest my actual time on the 3rd October will win a special prize. I would be very grateful for any support the folks of St Mark’s can offer me, whether that be a donation or a bit of verbal encouragement – it will be needed!
Change of Address
|Ms Margaret Duncan
||George Street to
|Whitestripes Drive, Bridge of Don
|Mr Norman Mutch
||Arnage drive to
|Grandholm care Home
|Mr James Christie
||Wallfield Place to
|Mr Keith & Mrs Valerie Mann
||Craig Road, Ellon to
|Crimmond Drive, Ellon
|Mrs Catherine Thomson
||Stevenson Court to
|Forestgait, Kings Gate
‘He will surround you with love on that golden day’
||Mrs Helen McRobbie
|| Tornadee Home
||Mrs Margaret Rennie
||Grandholm Care Home
||Mr James Campbell
||Torry Nursing Home
||Miss R Davidson
||Rubislaw Park Care Home
||Mrs Evelyn Davidson
||Mrs Susan Murray
||Rubislaw Park Care Home
||Mrs Margaret Sim
||Strachan Mill Court
||Margaret Webber. Daughter of the late Rev Dr & Mrs James Wood of the South Church