Wreaths were laid at both Cenotaphs by The Lord Lieutenancy, and the Orange Order. Hand painted commemorative stones were placed by representatives of the Church. Stones were painted by Lewis Scotland, Larkhall Academy and Joan Harvey, a Dalserf Church Elder. The Act of Remembrance also took place during the Service recorder at Dalserf and screened on Sunday. The Service was led by Rev. John Stevenson and a Lament played by Piper Ross Forrest.
The Rev Stevenson’s Services can be viewed each week on the church website. www.dalserf.org
Shoeboxes For Blytheswood Appeal
On Wednesday 4th of November 33 filled shoe boxes and several monetary donations were collected at Rorison Car Park to be transported to East Kilbride where they were passed to Blytheswood shoe Box Appeal for Eastern Europe. This is an annual charity dear to the congregation of Dalserf. Given the present pandemic the result was amazing and we thank everyone who donated in any way. Thanks to Graeme Anderson, son of Bill a regular attender at Dalserf, who transported the boxes to East Kilbride on our behalf.
Dear Friends, Here we are into another new season.
Soon after we went into lockdown we moved the clocks forward into British summer time. We have now moved them back. When we went into Lockdown the buds were just coming on the trees, today they are shedding their leaves. Spring came and went, we enjoyed some really fine sunny weather during May and June and now I quote ….“the nights are fair drawin’ in”. Having watched the seasons following each other observing God’s creation we know we will heal from this pandemic in time and God is and will still be on His throne in Heaven. I for one have certainly missed the fellowship of my Church family, the camaraderie of the Saturday Teas and now our Guild Meetings.
We would have met 4 times and been planning our activities looking towards Christmas, Harvest celebrated and Shoe Boxes filled. At our October meeting’s our speakers would have been the World Mission Council and Join Up the Dots. Both organisations are part of the National Guild Projects.
WORLD MISSION COUNCIL
The Journeying together world Missions Council aims at empowering young women in Kanyama encouraging them to become independent and self-supporting. Kanyam in Zambia is an area of considerable deprivation especially for girls and young women. Drainage is poor, flooding inevitable and disease prevalent. May girls become pregnant, fall out of education and enter an ever ending cycle of poverty. Journeying Together supports these young women, teaching new skills in parenting and healthy living, encouraging them back into education and gaining employment. Empowering them to take control of their lives and not be controlled.
JOIN THE DOTS is a project undertaken by Crossreach. Tackling loneliness and isolation across all age groups in Scotland. Reaching out to people isolated through complex living circumstances, drug and alcohol abuse, challenging family circumstances, amongst others. Groups have been set up such as book clubs, dementia cafes, foodbanks, knitting groups and many others not only by Crossreach but Church Guilds.
Join the dots has set up opportunities to help:
Parents of children with complex, challenging behaviour
Befrienders helping folks re-adjust to living in the community with help in accessing resources, learning new skills and regular contact with others
Respite holidays for people living in challenging circumstances.
Enabling people of all ages across Scotland overcome loneliness and isolation. What can we do to help? It is not always possible to give financial or practical help to our Guild Projects but we can all pray. Scripture tells us…
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people– [Praying For Each Other] 1 Timothy 2:
Jesus Great Commandment is about serving neighbours through loving works. His Great Commission is about making disciples through the Gospel.
I do not know how many have been able to see the Church October News Letter. This can be found on the Church Web Site www.dalserf.org . Here are a few of the items contained in it with links to the Guild
REFLECTIONS ON A WEDDING By Anne McHolm
At the beginning of the year I was delighted to be told to save the 25th September as my niece, Lorna, was getting married but as time wore on with Covid 19 happening we just didn’t know what the outcome would be
As the time drew nearer we found out that 20 could go but this included the celebrant and photographer. Unfortunately some close family members and friends couldn’t be invited.
We had a lovely day and the sun even shone. There was 20 in the room including the wedding party. It was a beautiful service, champagne followed and canapes were delivered on individual plates. After photos were taken the eleven Wedding party members sat down for the meal while the aunts and uncles retired to an anti-room where they were able to hear the speeches.
The aunts and uncles then went to the dining room in the hotel all at different tables, socially distance and enjoyed a tasty meal. After the meal we were allowed back into the room to share some time together, once again socially distanced of course. A very different wedding but a beautiful and enjoyable day.
REFLECTIONS ON A FEW DAYS AWAY By Joan Pollok
On Sunday 20th September Andy and myself headed for our favourite haunt, the George Hotel in Inverary. (Great accommodation and great food.) We were booked in for three days. Weather was kind, Monday and Wednesday but very wet Tuesday.
What a wonderful blessing this was from God. Like others we have been staying at home, so it was wonderful to enjoy the sunshine, the trees with their beautiful colours, the sound of laughter and the company of others. We were also blessed with having vouchers from some close friends and family (A golden Wedding present) to help pay for our time away. Thank you to those people.
Our Lord is loving and giving and bestows on us some wonderful gifts. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17
JANET CALLANDER’S NEW ADDITION
Some time ago Janet and Hubby William sadly lost their dearly loved dogs, Meg and Bailley. Into their lives came Muffin who sadly became very ill with meningitis. Thankfully Muffin recovered much to Janet’s joy. Then came Covid 19. Janet and William had arrange to bring another pup into the home. The little charmer seen here on the right. Janet and William collected her from Lincolnshire, making the round journey in one day in fear of lockdown. Mabel has settled in and reported to be extremely mischievous. Muffin and Mabel are Miniature Schnauzers.
SENT IN BY RONA CAMPBELL
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare
No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight Streams full of stars like skies at night
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance And watch her feet how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies
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A reminder about the Guild National Convenor photo challenge of tree, trees, rainbow or all three. Anyone interested should contact Kay for details.
Also looking to hold our own photo competition on your Covid Lock down photos funny, sentimental or serious. All welcome.
Lewis Scotland gaining BB Queen’s Award. Congratulations Lewis
Katy Watt achieving Duke of Edinburgh Award and new Job as Virologist at Biobest at Bus Animal Health Research, Penicuik. Congratulations Katie
Baby James is growing like a wee mushroom and doing well.
Thanks for prayers for Ian who is keeping much better and putting on weight
Harvest donations response was exceptional and Food bank very grateful.
Sunday Service to be held in recorded in Rorison church Sanctuary first Sunday of the Month
David, Linda and Scott Marshall, Prim and Andrew Gilmour, Stewart Eathorne, Willie Miller, Helen Morison who has spoken at both our Guild and Focus. Helen is pretty poorly in hospital. Thank God and ask for blessings for our Minister John, his co-producer Ewan and all John’s family.
Dalserf church will be asking for the usual donations for Remembrance Sunday for Benevolent Fund. This would usually be a retiring offering. However anyone wishing to make a donation can do so by sending it to Bruce or put it in the black box at Dalserf Gate marked Remembrance donation.
There will be no acts of remembrance at the cenotaphs in Dalserf or Netherburn but we can all pay our respect in our homes and work place on the 11th of November.
SHOW BOX APPEAL
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Shoe Box Appeal. This year brought its difficulties. However we were able to send 33 boxes or bags and cash donations to Blytheswood.
Thanks to Graeme Anderson (son of Bill who comes to Dalserf) who very kindly transported the gifts for collection at Morrison’s in East Kilbride.
CHRISTMAS GIFT APPEAL
This would normally take place on our Gift Service at Dalserf. However we have been in touch with Social Work and they would still love if we can make our usual appeal for gifts. These will be collected by Kay and Joan in the Carpark at Rorison on 14th December. If possible put your gift in a gift bag clearly marked gender and age it is suitable for. This means Social Work do not need to open and re wrap gifts.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS BELL EVENT
Look out for an announcement asking us to ring our bells on Christmas Eve for the children of the parish. Commercial Christmas may be a lot different this year but like all birthday’s the birth of Lord cannot be cancelled. So let’s prepare for a celebration that may be different but remember more than ever the true meaning of Christmas.
ST ANDREWS HOSPICE APPEAL
Dear Ms Pollok, I hope this email finds you safe and well during these challenging times. I understand that attendance to the Church is very much restricted at present and wondered if you had an online bulletin for your congregation or if you put notices on your website or newsletter? I have attached a notice regarding our Light Up a Life Appeal this year and wondered if this notice could be included in any bulletin, if at all possible. Our Light Up a Life Service will be on Sunday 29 November, 2020 at 7pm and, unfortunately this year we will be unable to welcome everyone at the Hospice due to the COVID 19 restrictions but the service will be online for people to watch in the comfort of their own homes. Thank you for your continued support. Take care, stay safe. Best wishes Lorna
ADVENT JARS (£5.00 each)
These were reported in the last news sheet and in the Church Newsletter. If you wish one please speak to Kay, Ann Carson or Joan. As jars may be limited get your order in before stock runs out.
Attached is a knitting pattern from the National Guild office to knit Angels.
CHRISTMAS ANGEL What you will need. Some wool (in any yarn or colour) Knitting needles (between size 10-8 (thats 3.25mm and 4mm)) Darning needle (like a big sewing needle) Small amount of stuffing
The angels have been designed to be as simple and as flexible as possible so everyone from a beginner to a more advanced knitter can have a go. Feel free to adapt the pattern if you want by adding in different colours or making a larger angel. If you want a place to start we have used size 9 needles with double yarn to knit some of ours You will need a basic knowledge of knit and purl to make these angels but don’t let that stop you if you haven’t done it before. Find someone who can teach you and ask them to help you learn a new skill. And most of all have fun.
The Pattern Angel Body Cast on 48 sts
K2TOG, KlO*, repeat until end
P2TOG, P9*, repeat until end
K2TOG, KS*, repeat until end
P2TOG, P7*, repeat until enD
K2TOG, K6*, repeat until end
P2TOG, P5*, repeat until end
K2TOG, K4*, repeat until end• 20 sts
Knit row At this point, you can change your colour to create the face if you want.
K2TOG • repeat until end
P2TOG • repeat until end
Using a darning needle, thread the end of the yarn through the stitches and tighten to create the top of the head. Turn the angel inside out and sew up the head and the body. Around the neck, take a small amount of stuffing and place at the top of the head, then thread some yarn between stitches and pull loosely together.
Angel Wings Option 1 Cast on 27 sts
Decrease at each end (Knit)
Knit 12 rows, decrease at each end cast off
Option 2 (more advanced) The wings are knitted in short rows, with the yarn wrapped around the last stitch in the middle of each ridge. To complete this you need to bring your yarn forward, slip the sitich over purlwise, take the yarn back again, replace the slipped stitch, bring the yarn forward again and turn the work. w&t = wrap & turn Cast on 9 sts
KS, w&t, KS
K6, w&t, K6
K4, w&t, K4
K2, w&t, K2
K4, w&t, K4 6, K6, w&t, K6
Repeat these 6 rows, 4-5 times Wings as they should look using option 2. as necessary. Sew wings to the body.
PLEASE SUBMIT ANY IDEA OR ARTICLES FOR ANOTHER NEWS SHEET IN DECEMBER. WITHOUT NEWS WE CANNOT PRODUCE A SHEET. THANKS AND GOD BLESS
Many of the Newsletter readers are old enough to have some experience of the second world war and more probably its aftermath. However I doubt if many can recall such times as this nation has experienced since mid March, when the Coronavirus struck with such intensity that church services up and down the country were cancelled and churches closed.
Each of you will have fought this new war in your own personal way. I hope you will be able to look back and be satisfied , when others were giving of their best, indeed their very lives, that you played a full part in waging war against the unseen enemy, and were able to go that extra mile, and extend a helping hand to others less fortunate than yourselves.
History has demonstrated, time and time again, that at times of crisis, whether, international, national, or merely in your own back yard, someone steps forward to lead and inspire others.
There is a well known cliché that says” Cometh the hour, cometh the man”. A phrase largely attributed to John’s Gospel Chapt 4. verse 23.
This congregation has witnessed such a man. A man who stood in the Dalserf pulpit and declared that come what may the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ would be proclaimed within the wall of that historic building. Despite experiencing the ravages of the infection himself, and surviving, John, our locum, on his recovery, has fulfilled that pledge to the full. This congregation owes a sincere debt of gratitude to John for preparing a service each week of such quality and depth of inspiration. I am sure we all have been deeply blessed by those broadcasts, and at times of depression and self pity, were lifted up to face the lockdown, and do what we could to relieve the pain of others.
To John, on behalf of the congregation may I humbly express our thanks and appreciation for what you have done.
We are also greatly appreciative of all those who helped so unstintingly in the production of the broadcasts, and those who weekly have contributed to its content.
When I remember the positives of Covid 19 ,the negatives melt into insignificance.
Never will I forget the magnificent spring which made all the restrictions easier to bear. The beautiful weather encouraged an outdoor life and travelling restrictions allowed us to further explore walks in neighbourhood.
We talked more to neighbours and strangers from a distance and it was exciting to follow routes some would recommend such as visiting the alpacas which turned out to be close neighbours What superior looking “smug” creatures they are!!
We noticed leaves open out fresh and green after their winter sleep and flowers bud. We were thrilled to see new born lambs wabbling as they took their first steps and watched intrigued as farmers tilled the soil and sowed crops.
The scent of banks of bluebells could be detected from a distance and later in the year those same banks were a mass of majestic foxgloves . Myriads of multicoloured wild flowers carpeted our local countryside whose seeds we have now collected for our own wild flower patch. The summer rains arrived and we watched the crops growing and their seed heads swelling. Burns and rivers filled again as the now succulent grass satisfied livestock. Too soon we realised that lambs were now as big as ‘mum’ and the cereal crops stood tall and golden swaying in the breeze.
God’s creation is full of wonder, organised and all under His control. Every season is different so that our eyes never become bored He’s thought of everything, it’s for everyone to enjoy ,it comes free and with His love.
THEN SINGS MY SOUL TO THEE HOW GREAT THOU ART
The MAD Ministry
I am pleased to report that the MAD Ministry has started their regular assembly Bible lessons for Netherburn and Dalserf primary Schools.
Like our locum, Brian Lowrie and his two assistants, Jenny and Danielle, have embraced the digital world and are now in the position to stream their programmes direct to the schools.
This has the benefit of the schools being able to see the programmes in small individual classes, without a general assembly for all the pupils. This greatly helps the staff maintain social distancing, and the programmes can be watched at times most suitable for the schools.
It also has the added advantage that ALL the children see the programmes, not just those who used to stay behind for the Kids Klub. The Christian message is thus reaching a far wider audience than formarly.
The first broadcast took place at the beginning of September and the general feedback is very positive.
Please continue to support the MAD Ministry financially. If any one wishes donation envelopes please contact myself. A couple of pounds a week would make a big difference.
Dear friends, It is six months since we last met and enjoyed fellowship together. It was our AGM. Sadly the Closing Social had to be cancelled and our Annual Outing never took place. I certainly, as I am sure so did you, miss our day out. We were looking forward to our morning coffee, sail on Loch Lomond and a lovely high tea.
Where has the summer gone? In Lockdown and the evolving restriction brought on by Covid 19 we have watched spring and summer come and go. Two garden seasons and now the leaves are turning again and the gardens are enjoying the last of the summer blooms. The nights have stretched out and now they are closing in.
No Saturday Teas. We may not have had to spend time baking but oh how the fellowship has been missed. I have received several phone calls asking if we would manage any teas this year. Sadly not. It is doubtful if we will manage our Christmas Fayre.
BUT even though the church building may be closed the church is very much alive. As our minister said in his June News Letter “God is still on the throne and He will remember His own”.
I hope we can still be a Guild and though we cannot physically meet be here for each other – a phone call, an e mail, in prayer. Those who have the technology can unite in worship in the online services our Minister John Stevenson and his son in law are making available to us. This can be found on U Tube or at www.woship at Dalserf or alternatively on the Church Web Site at www.dalserf.org. The Service can also be accessed by Googling “Daslerf Church”
Those who have been able to watch will have seen John Re Dedicate the Guild on September 13th Service. It was good to hear the encouragement we received from John for the continued work of the Guild There is also a News sheet going on the web site for September and hopefully a full online Newsletter in October.
All members have agreed to renew their membership. This will be £12.00. Lily will send the Capitation to National Guild in December. If you have savings with her from last session she will take you £12.00 from that. If not you can contact myself or Lily regarding payment
After several calls to Guild members we have been able to set up small “phone groups”. Hopefully this will keep us in touch. The calls from some may overlap but this is not an issue and may be looked on as a bonus. It may not be the real thing but on a long day it is good to make and receive a phone call.
Sadly we cannot meet up in Dalserf for Harvest thanksgiving but the work of the Food bank still goes on and at present is even more important than before.
God still charges us to help others even in our own time of need. We would have celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving in Dalserf Church on Sunday 4th October. However thanks will still be given to God for the Harvest and in light of this Joan Pollok and I will be in Dalserf Car Park on Friday 2nd October from 12noon till 2.00pm to receive non-perishable items for the Nethan Valley Foodbank. I have been in touch with the food bank and they will be delighted to receive our gifts. They are especially looking for winter warmers such as packet soup, packet past etc. If bringing items to the Church car park is a problem please contact me and I will try to make alternative arrangements.
Please put your harvest gifts in a bag and place them in the boot of our car. In recognition of both you and our safety if possible can you also wear a face covering. Joan and I will arrange to take the gifts to the foodbank immediately afterwards.
I have been in touch with Blytheswood Care and they will be going ahead with the Shoe Box Appeal. If you are concerned about the risk of passing on the virus the boxes will be put into quarantine for 72 hours. I will put the instructions and suggestions from Blytheswood at the end of this News Letter. We do not have a date for pick up yet but will let you know the final arrangements when this is available. Nancy Rundell has a selection f hats and scarves she has knot during Covid restrictions. Anyone wishing a set can get it from Nancy. She also has a selectin of toiletries she can distribute for inclusion in shoe boxes.
The National Guild Annual Gathering took place by video on Saturday 5th September. It was available on the Church of Scotland Web Site. During the presentation the retiring National Convenor gave her report as did other members of the National Executive. The Rev Martin Fare, Moderator of the General Assembly, spoke and the new Convenor was invested.
Our new Convenor, Mabel Wallace, announced her Convenor Challenge for 2020-21.
She is looking for a photograph of a tree or trees or a rainbow or better still tree and a rainbow. Why not have a go. Should you wish more details I will find these for you. This made me think perhaps we could have a challenge of our own. A photograph taken during the Pandemic of a humorous moment or a loving moment. I’m sure we have all got them and it would be good to share.
During my phone calls I told you about Janet’s Advent Jars and all were interested. Please let me know how many you would like and we will organise collection and delivery from Janet. I don’t have a costing yet but the money raised will go to the Church.
FUTURE NEWS SHEETS
I would like to produce a News sheet each month till Christmas but this can only happen if I have something to write about. So why not send me a bit of Good News for our Good News Box, share a recipe, a thought for the day, a favourite text or poem. An idea to fill the time, a good book to read.
We hope to think about a quiz and other challenges while we cannot meet.
THE EXTRA MILE
Matthew Chapter 5:41 says “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
It goes on to say “give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
The Extra Mile, sharing with others the good gifts we are privileged to have been given …
Help the homeless
Feed the hungry
Speak out where you see injustice
These are examples given in the National Them Pack. You will probably have your own ideas of “the extra mile” As the Pack says “Jesus wants us to be giving, loving, forgiving gentle, going the extra mile.
Jesus says “whatever you do for the least of these you do for me”
I have not read through the pack yet but as I do I hope to share more of it with you.
Please pray for Linda’s husband David who is in hospital.
In closing this epistle I hope we can make a success of this new venture- A Monthly News Letter. I can only produce something if you help me.
Meantime please find at the end a word search based on the Reading John used prior to rededicating the Guild last Sunday
1 John 4:19-20 We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
Whose we are and whom we serve
As we would usually finish before enjoying a we cuppa and one of Anne’s pancakes can we say the grace together
May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Love of God and The fellowship of the Holy Spirit Be with us all Amen
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[a] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[b] what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.