For the Week of December 10

Published on Dec 9th, 2017 by Webminister | 0


          We seek Peace

Sunday, December 10th    ADVENT 2 – PEACE
         9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
      10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  Isaiah 40:1-11Psalm 85:1-2, 8-132 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8  
        7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group in Trinity Lounge

Monday, December 11th
      7:00 pm – Caritas Potluck Dinner at Horsfall’s home

Tuesday, December 12th
       8:30 am – Chair Yoga in the Church Hall
     10:30 am – Worship service at Nelson Jubilee Manor
       2:00 pm – Worship service at Mountain Lake Seniors Community

Wednesday, December 13th      
      10:30 am – Worship service at Lakeview Village
        7:00 pm – Bell Choir rehearsal, St. Paul’s Room

Thursday, December 14th  
       7:00 pm – Chancel Choir rehearsal, Sanctuary

Friday, December 15th   
       7:00 pm – Christmas Remembered Concert in the Sanctuary

Saturday, December 16th
     10:00 am – Cookie Walk begins in the Church Hall

Sunday, December 17th    ADVENT 3
        9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55;  1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 ;  John 1:6-8, 19-28
       7:00 pm – Like the Dickens – Sanctuary


 For the Children 
 Children are always welcome and encouraged to come to church on Sunday. 
We have a Nursery Room available upstairs by the balcony, 
Quiet Play Centre in the front right-hand side of the sanctuary
and activity packages are available from the ushers. 

Intergenerational Sunday
The first Sunday of each month is Communion Sunday
and is an Intergenerational Sunday, 
so the children do not go to Sunday School. 
Activity packages are available from the ushers. 

We Are An Affirming Ministry
As an Affirming Ministry, we celebrate the diversity of God’s creation.
We celebrate the richness of our community when we
have diversity in age, gender identity,
racial/cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, ability,
and family configurations.
We seek to create a safe space
with an open invitation to bring every aspect of your whole self into
your participation within this ministry. 


The flowers this morning are in loving memory of
Ken Smith
with love from Grace.

The large poinsettia this morning is in memory of 
Graeme and Rhoda Steed
with love from the family.

Our candle on the table is
the International’s iconic logo of a candle
wrapped in barbed wire.
It was inspired by the ancient Chinese proverb:
“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”.


2017 Nelson United Church Pictorial Directories
If you haven’t received your 2017 Pictorial Directory yet they are available in the church office. 

2018 Offering Envelopes are now available in the Narthex. Please don’t use them until January.
If you would like to have offering envelopes, please speak to Donna Strongman or If you would like to donate automatically each month, please call the church office.

Thank you…
     To Wendy and Judy
for this year’s Advent calendar.
     To the November powerpoint preparers and operators.
     To the November scripture readers and prayer writers.
     To those who ushered in November.
     To Caritas for providing after worship coffee in November.

December 17th is White Gift Sunday
The Nelson Food Cupboard is trying to standardize their Christmas hampers this year and prefers to purchase most of the food in bulk. Please consider making a monetary donation on our traditional White Gift Sunday on December 17th.  Alternatively, donations may also be made to United Church of Canada’s World Development & Relief Fund.  Please make your cheque payable to Nelson United Church and note what it’s for in the memo line.

Cookie Walk Saturday, December 16th
The UCW is trying something new for Christmas this year.  The Cookie Walk is the perfect way to stock up on goodies for the Christmas season.  Fill up the provided container for the low, low price of $10. All cookies are guaranteed home-made, and there will also be some gluten-free and/or dairy-free selections.  Come one, come all to the Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 16th from 10 am to 1 pm (or earlier if we run out of cookies!) in the Church Hall.  Be sure to tell your friends.

Mid-Morning Book Study 
will meet Tuesdays from 10 am to 11 am in the Trinity Lounge. The book: Resilience from the Heart by Gregg Braden. Sign up sheet in church office to order books (books also available online) Info: Doug Scott 250-352-5997

Gifts with Vision Catalogue
Searching for new and meaningful gift ideas this year?  You will find something for everyone on your list in the “Gifts with Vision”, the United Church’s giving catalogue.  The catalogues are available in the Narthex or online:

Christmas Remembered: Holiday Celebration in Music & Story
Friday, December 15th at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
With music by our Jubilate Deo Handbell Choir,
our Chancel Choir, and the Bon Accord String Ensemble
Stories & Memoirs by Robin Murray, Ted Crosfield, and Bob Keating
Admission is by donation.
A fundraiser for Nelson food Cupboard and Nelson Grans to Grans.


Like the Dickens, a Nelson Food Cupboard Fundraiser
Sunday, December 17th in the Sanctuary
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) 
Admission by donation


United Church & Friends Carollers
We have a date for our Christmas carol sing-along at Lakeview Village, 1020 7th Street: Sunday, December  17th 1:30-2:30. All ages are welcome! We’ll meet there at 1:20. Bring jingle bells, instruments, if you like, call Madelyn 250-505-4122. Please feel free to invite others.  Thanks! 

2018 Canadian Church Calendar
The calendar features colourful photos of United Churches from across the country and notes special days and church seasons. Keep track of liturgical seasons and colours, significant United Church days, and lectionary dates. If you wish to order a 2018 church calendar, please speak with Lynne Busby 250-352-3961.

Recorder Ensemble
Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble will start rehearsals soon, as well as the Beginner Recorder Class.If you are interested in joining either group, please talk to Robin Murray,, 250-352-2822.

We Know That You Are Out there
The Pastoral Care Team is looking for people to help support members of our congregation. Do you like to play games? Visit? Could you help drive others to church or church events? Just a little bit of help can make a significant difference in the lives of others. Are you already doing this? We’d like to hear about it. For more information please contact a member of the Pastoral Care Team:  David Boyd, Dorothy Wayling, Dianne Harke, Irene McIlwaine, Joe Woodward, Judy Cameron, Robin Murray, Wendy Steed, Willa Horsfall. 

Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement
All are welcome to join in gentle chair yoga classes Tuesdays at 8:30 am in the Church Hall;
And Thursdays at 8:20 am at the Seniors Centre.

Kootenay Refugee Coalition 
If you are interested in donating to help the Kootenay Refugee Coalition support refugees coming to our area and to assist in supporting Selem and Helen from Eritrea, you may do so through your offering envelopes, noting Refugee Coalition in the memo line.  One time or monthly donations are greatly appreciated. Some people have opted to make a monthly donation through our PAR (pre-authorized program).  If this interests you, please contact our church office. See more on their FaceBook page

Scent Free Church
Please remember to refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, aftershaves and all other scented products to church.  We have some members with allergies to these products.

Affirm United’s Newsletter:   Consensus… Click to read

Caring Casseroles
Do you know someone (or yourself) who would be helped by having a pre-made meal?  There are a variety (vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat) of casseroles in the freezer in our kitchen.  Please let Donna Strongman know and it could be delivered, or take it yourself.

Prayer Shawl Group
Over 165 hand knitted or crocheted prayer shawls have been lovingly created by members of the Prayer Shawl Group.  The shawls have been received by those appreciating a ‘warm hug filled with God’s love’.  Anyone wishing to knit or crochet prayer shawls (beginners welcome!) are invited to join us in the Trinity Lounge the first Monday of each month at 1:30 pm. 



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