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THREE CATHEDRALS SERVICE: SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY at 4pm In accordance with past years, and to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we shall host a joint ecumenical service, involving clergy and the congregations of St Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, St Mary's Catholic Cathedral and ourselves, at 4pm on Sunday the 20th. Praise will be led by the joint choirs of all three Cathedrals and all are welcome.

Sunday School: Term 3 will begin on Sunday 13th January 2019. Enjoy the festive break! Warmest wishes from all the Sunday School team!

ADVENT APPEAL During the first 3 weeks of December and the first 3 weeks of January, St Machar’s will be supporting The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal. Donations of tinned food for their food bank —and soap, shower gel and deodorant will be particularly welcomed. Money donations, also gratefully received can be given to Elspeth Ross, Bill Howie or any duty elder.

TRAIDCRAFT – GOOD NEWS Traidcraft plc plan to continue trading but on a smaller scale, so fairly traded goods will continue to be sold in the Cathedral. Thank you to everyone who supports Fairtrade in the Cathedral, supermarkets and other outlets.

Life and Work: December Life and Work looks at those for whom Christmas Day is a normal working day, as they work to support and help others.

Cathedral Shop Please come and view the selection of small items on sale which are ideal for Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. Diaries for 2019 selling at £6.50 each. CD’s of music by Mike Thomson - £12, hand knitted Angel christmas decorations - £2, Sunday School recipe books - £5, pens - £2 and lots more. We also have our usual delicious selection of jams, chutney and orange marmalade.

CD’S FOR SALE- THE IDEAL GIFT? The Friends of St Machar’s Cathedral are pleased to be able to offer for sale in the Cathedral Shop a few copies of a CD of Organ Music, most of which was composed and arranged by Mike Thomson, our late Director of Music. The CD features the playing of John Kitchen, Edinburgh University Organist and an old friend of Mike’s. Members of the congregation may remember that John Kitchen was one of Mike’s friends, who came and played at a special Memorial Concert held here on 1st April, 2017. The music featured on the CD, which was recorded at the Usher Hall earlier this year, was played at that concert.

The Friends, who were proud to contribute to the cost of production of the CD, have a limited number for sale at £12 per CD. Hurry while stocks last!

CHARITIES CHOSEN FOR 2019-2020 As many will know, it is our practice in St Machar's, every two years, to choose two charities, one local and one international, to support. We have just completed two years supporting Aberdeen Cyrenians and the Uganda Schools Trust, and the Kirk Session has now chosen the two charities for 2019/2020.

The local Charity is Aberdeen Counselling and Information Service. Developed from Mental Health Aberdeen, this organisation gives support and advice to people coping with a wide variety of mental health issues. In particular, they are focussing on the issues of young people struggling with depressive and suicidal tendencies throughout the North East.

The overseas Charity is the Leprosy Mission Trust. Often thought of as a disease of the Biblical era, leprosy continues to be a problem in many parts of Africa and the Indian Sub Continent. Leprosy Mission provides medical and practical support to sufferers and their families.

The first opportunity to support these charities will come at the Christmas Eve Carol Service, when the collection will be split between the two charities. Other fundraising opportunities will follow. Spokespersons for both charities will be invited to give a brief summary of their work after morning worship one Sunday, early in 2019.