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CHORAL SCHOLARS’ CONCERT: On the afternoon of Sunday February 17th at 4.30 the Choral Scholars of the Cathedral will give a concert at which they will all sing. This will be followed by the Service at 6 at which the Scholars will sing two motets by Philip Moore and Louis Vierne.

THE STORY OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, ABERDEEN On Saturday 9th March at 2pm, at the Church Hall, Dunbar Street, Clare Davidson, Administrator of Christ's College, will give an illustrated talk on its history, based on the research for her new book - "College Voices", All are welcome to this meeting, arranged by Old Aberdeen Heritage Society. Refreshments will follow the talk, towards the cost of which a small donation is Appreciated.

A BREW AND A BLETHER Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a blether here in the Cathedral on Friday 1st March, 1.30-3.30pm. Following on from our Student Welcome days in January this will be an opportunity for all age groups in the congregation to come along. Our first ‘brew and blether’ will be very informal and the idea is that some future afternoons could have guest speakers. Suggestions for possible items would be very welcome, please phone or email the office on 01224 485988 office@stmachar.com

FLOWERS FOR 2019 Mark an anniversary or celebration with flowers in the church. The 2019 Flower Calendar is at the back of the church. There are a few dates still available to choose from. If you haven’t done this before, speak to Patricia Keith, Elspeth Ross or Judith Norton. Donations of money for the Flower Fund are always welcome. They provide for ‘unclaimed’ Sundays and the more lavish decoration at Easter, Harvest and Christmas.

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.

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.