For the Week of March 25

Published on Mar 24th, 2018 by Webminister | 0


Sunday, March 25th – 6th Sunday of Lent: Palm & Passion Sunday
        9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11 or John 12: 12-16.   Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)
       7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer – Trinity Lounge

Monday, March 26th   

Tuesday, March 27th
          8:30 am – Chair Yoga in the Church Hall

Wednesday, March 28th  
          7:00 pm – Bell Choir Rehearsal – St. Paul’s Room

Thursday, March 29th
        5:30 pm – Maundy Thursday potluck and service in the Church Hall
        7:00 pm– Maundy Thursday Worship – Sanctuary

Friday, March 30th
        9:00 am – Décor Team – Sanctuary
        7:00 pm – Good Friday Worship – Ascension Lutheran Church

Saturday, March 31st
       2:00 pm – Memorial Service for Mabel Stainton – Sanctuary

Sunday, April 1st – EASTER SUNDAY
       7:00 am – Sunrise Service – Ascension Lutheran Church
       8:30 am – Potluck Easter Breakfast – NUC Church Hall
       9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
    10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  Acts 10:34–43 or Isaiah 25:6–9Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24; 1 Corinthians 15:1–11 or Acts 10:34–43; John 20:1–18; or Mark 16:1–8


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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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The flowers this morning are
from Jubilee Unit in memory
of past members.

Thank You … 
          To the Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble for very lovely music last Sunday.
          To all who attended the AGM and participated enthusiastically!
          To all who brought food for the AGM… as always, there was an abundance.
          To Ann Alma for washing all the dishes during the Top O’ the Morning Coffee Party.
          To all who helped with set-up, selling baking, books and tickets, preparing and serving the buns.
          To all who made delicious cinnamon buns, and baked for the bake table.
          To all who attended the Coffee Party. It was a great turn-out, enjoyed by all.
          To Bob Steed for fixing a leaking pipe in the women’s washroom.
          To Rona Park and Doug Scott for joining the Ushering Team.

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

Holy Week Calendar  
              Sunday,  March 25th: 10:00 am Palm-Passion Sunday Worship Service
          Thursday, March 29th:  5:30 pm pot-luck supper, readings, foot washings – Church Hall
7:00 pm Maundy Thursday Service
               Friday, March 30th: 7:00 pm Good Friday Service at Ascension Lutheran Church
              Sunday, April 1st: Easter Sunday: 7:30 am Sunrise Service at Ascension Lutheran Church
8:30 am Potluck Easter Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am Easter Sunday Worship & Celebration 

Mustard Seed Deadline
Please send your poems, pictures, events, and any other articles to Jody Dudley by Tuesday, April 3rd

Growing Together: Conversations with Seniors & Youth
Would you like to enrich your connections with youth? We are accepting applicants from the community, particularly seniors, for a group called Growing Together: Conversations with Seniors and Youth.  It is sponsored by Nelson Cares Society and will be held from mid-March to mid-May, with a few breaks.  Please contact me if you are interested or wish to know more: Lee Reid (  250-352-3870.

Hosts needed to billet for an Exciting NUC Fundraiser:
University of Alberta Mixed Chorus
Spring Tour Concert
At Nelson United Church, Monday, April 30th

We hosted this choir in 2013 and it was a wonderful experience for us and the choir and an excellent fundraiser for NUC.  We have the fortunate opportunity to host this fabulous choir from Edmonton once again.  They arrive the afternoon of Monday, April 30th and perform that evening in the sanctuary.  After their concert, they are billeted with hosts from our congregation for one night and then leave the next morning.  If you have room to billet or would like more information, please contact Lois in the church office.


Save the Date for this Workshop: Reframing Ministry in a Changing Spiritual Landscape
at Trail United Church on May 10th & 11th
Explore the changing spiritual landscape that give rise to new ways the Spirit of God is working in the world. Discuss how churches can take God into the world instead of expecting the world to come to come to the Church. Discover the role of Community Spiritual Companion, and how this can foster lay and pastoral leaders
to connect with their communities. This workshop will be of interest to lay leaders, pastors, church board members and everyone interested in revitalizing their church ministry in our changing world! Registrations available soon. For more information please call Gail Porter 250-231-0068.

The Observer Renewals
The Observer is the United Church of Canada’s national magazine. Annual renewals are now due.You may bring your cheque, made out to Nelson United Church, into the office or put it in your envelope in the offering plate.Please ensure you mark the envelope or memo line of your cheque accordingly. If you would like to cancel or begin receiving the magazine, please contact our Observer Rep. Rosena Warner. This year’s subscription is $25.00. 

Important Reminder Regarding our Prayer List
Whenever adding a person’s name to our prayer list, please be respectful of that person’s privacy and Check with them or their family to make sure they want to be on the prayer list. Do not share their personal health information unless they say it is ok to share it. Please contact the office to ensure all details are correct and the name is added to the bulletin. Thank you for being a community full of love and compassion.

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.

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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