General Meetings may seem like buses; you wait and wait, and then several come at once. As well as today’s Special General Meeting, (see below) specifically about lighting, The Annual General Meeting of the Congregation will take place following the 10.30am United Service for Harvest and a Congregational Bring & Share lunch on Sunday, 29/09/2019. All ‘Any Other Business’ items for the AGM to be in Margaret Morton’s hands by noon on Friday, 27/09/2019 at the latest, please.

As to the AGM itself, it will, as previously, be in the context of the service. The meeting will be convened at the end of the service and will adjourn for lunch at 12noon, with the formal business commencing at 1.15pm. Elections this year are for 4 members of the Vestry (to replace 3 retirals and 1 resignation), Lay Representative, Alternate Lay Representative, and Regional Council Representative. Nomination forms are at the back of the church, with an Apologies sheet to sign if you know you will be unable to attend and wish your apologies to be noted. The papers will be available from Friday, 20/09/2019, either in paper or electronic form, on request, from David Kerr. (pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org / 07754 596140).

As to the Bring & Share Lunch: contributions are welcome, but please don’t feel you have to provide for us all and, if you need a special diet, just bring enough for yourself.

If you have any questions about any of these arrangements or the AGM, please ask me.
Margaret Morton ( secretary AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org )

Church Lighting: The Tower Group has asked lighting engineers to suggest improvements for St John’s which will be discussed at a Special General Meeting TODAY 15th September after the 11am service and soup lunch (proceeds to the Scottish Bible Society). This follows last week’s presentation when David Kerr outlined the background to the current situation with St J’s lighting and showed pictures of various churches visited. Margaret Morton, Acting Vestry Secretary

As we did last year, we plan to decorate the church’s window spaces for Harvest, on the theme of ‘Talents’. If you’d like to be involved with this, please speak to Carolynne Sorrell.Sorry we had to cancel the trip to Britannia on Thursday, owing to the indisposition of some of the folk who were planning to go. The next trip is to Port Logan, on Monday, 30/09/2019. At the time of writing, there are still a couple of spaces available. See lit noticeboard.

The trip to the Franciscan Friary at Alnmouth in March is now full. Thank you for your interest.

Keep the date: Christian Aid Coffee Morning on Saturday, 21/09/2019, 10-12noon at The Usual Place. St John’s is responsible for co-ordinating the cake stall. All offers of home baking, – cakes, biscuits, as well as jams, chutneys etc are all most welcome. They can be brought to The Usual Place between 4 and 6pm on Friday, 20/09/2019, on the day from 8.30am; or collected, by contacting Margaret Morton on 01387 262734. See lit noticeboard for further news of Christian Aid.

Although there is no Fairtrade stall today, there is plenty of stock kept at the church, and I am happy to supply any items required. Just ask! Judith Mylne

The next MU Meeting will be on Thursday, 19/09/2019 at 12.30pm. The speaker will be our Rector, the Revd Janice Aiton. Soup will be provided; please bring own sandwiches. There will be a sales table (baking, produce, plants). Please use outside door for entry to the Hall. We would welcome any member of the Congregation who would like to come along and join us for the afternoon.
Margaret Bone

As people will be aware, the repairs to the Tower are being funded to a large extent by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. It is a condition of the grants that we display NLHF and HES logos on a couple of banners on the scaffolding and these will be going up shortly. Neither is disproportionately large. We often temporarily display similar banners for Christian Aid, Alpha and the like, and there are no plans to accept commercial advertising, although some churches have been known to do so. When the works are finished, we will need to display a plaque, acknowledging the sponsorship of the repairs. Anyone who has visited St John’s, Forres, for example, will have seen something of the sort.

There will be a Retiring Collection this week (as there was last) in aid of the Scottish Bible Society. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation, please place it in an envelope, marked SBC.

No space for the Diary extract this week either, but the new Diary, dating from last Sunday, is out. It is blue in colour. Please pick one up, if you didn’t get one last week. The Diary is also downloadable here, which also publishes a weekly extract , and which takes account of more last-minute changes.

Please keep your GDPR consent forms coming, as we need these to be able to keep an accurate record of members and adherents and to take account of your preferences as to how you are contacted.. There should be spare forms at the back of the church. If they run out, contact David Kerr (07754 596140 / pastadmin AT stjohnsdumfries DOT org), who can supply more.