There are so many good souls who have been, and are, working to keep our church and our church life in good order. Top of this list is of course Rev Bob Wightman and Mary and the considerable number of welcome visiting ministers who take our Morning Services, some of them becoming frequent visiting friends. Along with our Graeme the visiting organists and pianists are appreciated enormously and much of the organisation for these lands at the door of Jessie, Graeme and Carol. Every corner of our building is kept under the scrutiny of Brian and many are the unseen fingers that help with the never-ending tally of chores and duties which require to be dealt with on a weekly basis. Our little church family owes much to everyone who gives of their time in Christian service with a smile and the warmth of friendship. Particularly memorable have been the Sundays when members of our congregation have taken part in morning service. Jessie, Brian, Marguerite and Carol have all led us with distinction and they have been greatly appreciated.
We are now entering the chilly winter months but with the assurance of an efficient heating system, so grateful thanks to all the property stalwarts involved with this welcome and successful achievement
HARVEST THANKSGIVING 17th SEPTEMBER
Our church was beautifully decorated (see photo page) for this special Sunday and the lovely pictures taken by Jessie (of course!) grace the frontage of this newsletter. Our debt of gratitude for this important Sunday goes to several friends who gave of their time and care to ensure an unforgettable morning. Rev Bob and Mary Wightman led us yet again and managed, as always, to draw smiles and good humour from everyone present to lift all our spirits.
Our resident floral artist Jessie had excelled herself for our benefit and her team of willing helpers came on Saturday morning to fill the brightly coloured gift bags for later distribution, placing the tremendous volume of non-perishable goods for the Foodbank along the front pews and generally beavering harmoniously together only stopping for a quick tea-time mid-morning. The incredible prize-winning sized vegetables grown by Malcolm and Marguerite Ruffle brought the word “Harvest” to life.
Thanks are also to be expressed to all those who took the gifts bags to friends at home and I have had already several phone calls of gratitude for these so your efforts have been well worthwhile. Jessie & Graeme delivered all the perishables to Eagles Wings and many of us took bags of provisions from the front pews to distribute to many of the foodbank reception centres in city supermarkets. Both the charities received £50 in cash as well.
Our congregation numbered 25 which was a goodly gathering to give honour to this annual celebration when there is not much else to celebrate in the wider world these days.
ALEXANDER McMICHAEL, along with five Kirriemuir teammates, has just achieved an amazing physical feat to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Junior Diabetic Research Foundation. They have raised £5,000 by scaling within 24 hours the three peaks of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Mt. Snowdon in Wales. They deserve our congratulations and our respect for the memory of loved family members honoured by their achievement. We enjoyed having Alexander with us earlier telling us of this superb endeavour and were happy to have the opportunity to contribute to such a splendid final total.
We are also due Alexander and Malcolm Ruffle our gratitude for their labours in the roof space of the church while replacing some of the lights well above our heads – not an easy task for anyone.
DUNDEE FOOD BANK
Your continued kindness in donating foodstuffs and toiletries for the Food Bank is much appreciated and the need for these continues to be overwhelming even after Harvest.
Thank you all and especially Brian who undertakes to deliver these on our behalf.
How Children perceive their grandparents.
1. I was in the bathroom, putting on my makeup, under the watchful eyes of my young granddaughter, as I'd done many times before. After I applied my lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye....
2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 68. My grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?"
3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tyre; it hung from a tree in our front garden. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "Oh Grandma I wish I'd known you sooner!"
5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he replied.
6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor. She told him she was writing a story.
"What's it about?" he asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
7. I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colours yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what colour it was. She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued. At last, she headed for the door, saying, "Grandma, I really think you should try to figure out some of these colours yourself!"
8. When my grandson Billy and I entered our holiday cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects. Still, a few fireflies followed us in. Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, "It's no use Grandpa. Now the mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights."
9. When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, "I'm not sure." "Look in your underwear, Grandpa," he advised "Mine says I'm 4 to 6." (WOW! I really like this one -- it says I'm only '38'!)
10. A primary two came home from school and said to her grandmother, "Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. "That's interesting." she said. "How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."
11. Children's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know what pregnant means?" she asked. "Of course," said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child."
12. A grandfather was delivering his grandchildren to their home one day when a fire engine zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire engine was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog's duties.
"They use him to keep crowds back," said one child.
"No," said another. "He's just for good luck."
A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrants."
13. A 6-year-old was asked where his grandma lived. "Oh," he said, "she lives at the airport, and whenever we want her, we just go get her. Then, when we're done having her visit, we take her back to the airport."
14. Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him!
15. My Grandparents are funny, when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.
SHOW THIS TO OTHER GRANDPARENTS, ALMOST GRANDPARENTS, OR SHOW IT TO EVERYONE. IF THEY'RE NOT ALREADY GRANDPARENTS, MAYBE SOME DAY THEY'LL BE LUCKY AND BECOME ONE!
IT MIGHT JUST MAKE THEIR DAY!