For the Week of February 4

Published on Feb 3rd, 2018 by Webminister | 0

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

                Theological Sunday

       9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  Isaiah 40:21-31Psalm 147:1-11, 20c1 Corinthians 9:16-23Mark 1:29-39
       7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – Trinity Lounge 

Monday, February 5th   
1:30 pm – Prayer Shawl Meeting – Trinity Lounge
       3:30 pm – Board Meeting – Fairview Room

Tuesday, February 6th
         8:30 am – Chair Yoga in the Church Hall
        10:15 am – Book Club – Trinity Lounge

Wednesday, February 7th
        7:00 pm – Bell Choir Rehearsal – St Paul’s room

Thursday, February 8th
         7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal – Sanctuary

Friday, February 9th  
         2:00 pm – Set up for tomorrow’s coffee party in the Church Hall
         7:00 pm – Youth Group meets in the Fairview Room

Saturday, February 10th
        10:00 am – Valentine Coffee Party in the Church Hall

Sunday, February 11th – TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY
        9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12Psalm 50:1-62 Corinthians 4:3-6Mark 9:2-9  
      11:30 am – Congregational Meeting in the Sanctuary
        7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group in Trinity Lounge  


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 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. 


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Staff Schedule
David will be on holiday next week and back in the office on February 5th.  Thank you to Carol Prochaska and Robin Murray for leading worship.

Thank You …
      To the UCW team who provided a wonderful memorial reception for the family and friends of Lois Arneson.
      To Morgan and Joe who set up all the tables and chairs for the reception.
      To Peter and Brian S. who cleaned up ALL the dishes (they  needed help to organize those teacups though.  Thanks, Judy!) 
      To Jasmine, David, Peter Lee and Catherine Rose for writing the Prayers of the People for January.

Valentine Coffee Party
Saturday, February 10, 10am-12pm
Bake Table, Books, Jewelry 

(Donations to the Bake Table are appreciated)
Admission $4.00
All Are Welcome!

Keeping in Touch 
There will be two important congregational meetings in the next few weeks.  First will be a short discussion, to be held in the Sanctuary after worship on February 11th, concerning possible Nelson Food Cupboard changes and the impact on our congregation. 

The second meeting is this year’s AGM, to follow a pot-luck lunch, on March 18th in the Church Hall.  Your input is important.  Please try to be there.

Tax Receipts are ready for pick-up in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please see Donna Strongman

Friendly Reminder re Parking for Church & Church Events: 
With our location on the corner of two streets, and with the snow and hills more partic
ularly, parking is a challenge.Our request is that the more able-bodied folk please park farther away from the church thus leaving the spots on the streets closer to the church for those who need them.This includes the parking lot at the back of the church, too. Many of you already carpool and that’s great; if carpooling is an option we encourage you to do so … it’s a nice social time, too.

Mark Your Calendars:  Lent is coming up quickly.  Note the following dates:
      February 13, Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at 5:30 in the hall.
      February 14, Ash Wednesday Service, 7 pm in the Sanctuary.
      February 17, Lenten Prayer Vigil.  (Talk to Lynne Busby if you are interested in participating.)
      February 18, First Sunday in Lent.

Wednesday Evening Lenten Study
We’ve used the Living the Questions series before; here’s another that we’ll use in Lent: Uppity Women of the Bible.  Hebrew Bible Professor Dr. Lisa Wolfe will present on four books of the Hebrew Scriptures—Ruth, Esther, Song of Songs, and Judith.  Each session will involve video presentation and discussion We’ll begin on Wednesday evening, February 21st, 7:00 pm.  All are welcome.

Youth Ministry
Sunday School at Nelson United Church: from Jan. 14th– June 17th we offer three Sunday School classes during the second half of most 10 am Sunday services, except the first Sunday of every month, when we celebrate communion.There is a class for children ages 3-6 years, a class for children ages 7-11 years, and a class for youth in Grade 6 & up.Children under 3 are welcome to join the youngest class accompanied by their own caregiver.

Youth Group at Nelson United Church: meets the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 7-9 pm, downstairs in the Church Hall.Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to join us for games, snacks, friendship and meaningful conversations.

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 by PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance), please call the church office.

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:

Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble
Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble is starting a new set of music, so if you have been thinking about joining, now is a perfect time! If you need an instrument, we have soprano recorders available. Rehearsals are at noon on Sundays. Please talk to Robin Murray, or 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.

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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