For the Week of March 31

Published on Mar 31st, 2019 by Webminister | 0

     LENT 4 

             9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
           10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  Joshua 5:9-12Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21Luke 15:1-3, 11b-3212 noon – Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal – Sanctuary

Monday, April 1s
                 1:30 pm – Prayer Shawl Meeting in Trinity Lounge

Tuesday, April 2nd
                1:30 pm – 56 Unit Meeting in Trinity Lounge

Wednesday, April 3rd
           Cancelled – Lenten Study in Trinity Lounge

Thursday, April 4th
            7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

Friday, April 5th

Saturday, April 6th

Sunday, March April 7thFIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT
             9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
           10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: Isaiah 43:16-21Psalm 126Philippians 3:4b-14John 12:1-8
             12 noon – Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal – Sanctuary 

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For the Children Sunday school happens each Sunday except for the Intergenerational Sunday We have a Nursery Room available upstairs by the balcony, a Quiet Play Centre at 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 in this ministry

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Staff Schedule
David will be away on study leave next week attending a United Church Clergy Retreat at the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay.  Carol Prochaska will be leading us in worship on April 7th.

Thank You…
          And welcome to new Chancel Choir members Sandra Irvine and Carol Yeates.
          To Danaraj for doing the dishes and cleaning up last Sunday.
          To Brian Strongman and helpers for working around the basement chaos to set up a workable seating arrangement for lunch
         To all who brought food for the pot-luck and to all who stayed to participate in the AGM.
         To Berdine and Jasmine for capably chairing the meeting, Kathy for taking the minutes, Leah for reporting the financial situation and David for overseeing it all.
         To Bob Steed for his comprehensive building, water and electrical report.
         To Jody and Judy for photos and a lovely visual presentation.


Special Lent and Holy Week Worship Services and Events

Sunday, March 31st: 4th Sunday in Lent —10:00 am Worship Service at Nelson United Church
Wednesday, April 3rd— 7:00 pm – Lenten Study in Trinity Lounge

Sunday, April 7th: 5th Sunday in Lent —10:00 am Worship Service at Nelson United Church
Wednesday, April 10th  7:00 pm – Lenten Study – Trinity Lounge

Sunday, April 14th:  Palm/Passion Sunday – 10:00 am Worship Service at Nelson United Church
Wednesday, April 17th  7:00 pm – Lenten Study – Trinity Lounge

Thursday, April 18th:  Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm Worship service at Nelson United Church

Friday, April 19th:  Good Friday – 7:00 pm Worship service at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1805 Silver King Road, Nelson

Sunday, April 21st:  Easter Sunday – 7:30 am Sunrise Worship Service at Ascension Lutheran
  – 8:30 am Pot-luck breakfast at NUC – to be confirmed
– 10:00 am Worship Service at Nelson United Church


Lenten Study
We are going to use a 6-week study series from “The Work of the People.”  It is a video-based discussion series and the title is The Four-Gospel Journey: A 6 session series on the path of transformation.  We’ll hold these sessions on Wednesday evenings starting March 13th.  See David for more information.

NUC Wordle Bags
We purchased another set of 25 NUC Wordle Bags from a local screen printer.  They’re blue and have a large outside pocket and two small inside pockets. These bags look great and are very versatile.  Please see Lois in the church office if you’d like to purchase a bag.  They are $25 each.

*Church Business Parking on Silica Street*
The City of Nelson has advised us to issue Parking Passes to those parking in the Church Business Parking on Silica Street on Mondays to Saturdays between 9 am to 5 pm.  The bylaw officer will ticket anyone parking in these spots that do not have a Parking Pass.  Please see Lois in the church office to receive a Parking Pass.

Hearing Loop Installation
On Wednesday, March 27th, a hearing loop will be installed in the main level of the sanctuary.  If all goes well, the loop will be up and running for March 31st worship and those folks with hearing aids (with t-coils) will hear anything projected into a microphone with better clarity and less ambient noise.  For those who struggle with hearing but do not have hearing aids, you can still enjoy the benefits of the loop by bringing your own earbuds or headphones and then ask for a loop listener from one of the ushers.  Please pick up a ‘Hearing Loops 101’ info sheet from the ushers if you have any questions.

Cinnamon Buns!
I know you were all devastated to have to miss the Valentine Coffee Party and the Top O’ the Morning Tea this year (especially the UCW women!!).  So, to compensate, we’ve decided to have a cinnamon bun baking blitz.  Cinnamon Buns, made with love by the women of the UCW, will be available for sale by order.  Starting on Sunday, April 7th, we will take pre-orders for a half-dozen or a dozen cinnamon buns.  Gluten-Free buns will also be available, as will single buns on Sunday, April 28th. 

Men’s Game Time Every second and fourth Friday of the month  Men will gather at 1:00 pm in the Trinity Lounge to play any variety of games like UNO, Cribbage, Crokinole. Come and join us. Joe Woodward and David Cunningham can tell you more…

Kootenay Refugee Coalition
The Kootenay Refugee Coalition is happy to receive donations to help support the arrival of Selam’s four children, Yohanna, Nahom, Fithawit and Arsema for the next year.  If you are interested in helping, please make your cheque out to Nelson United Church and note in the cheque’s memo line or on your offering envelope: Kootenay Refugee Coalition (or just ‘KRC’).

Friendly Reminder re Parking for Church & Church Events 
With our location on the corner of two streets, and with the hills 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; a nice social time, too.

Sunday School Teachers
Do your spiritual gifts include teaching? The Sunday School is in need of both regular classroom teachers for all age groups and special guests interested in sharing their spiritual practice with older children and teens. Volunteers commit in advance to only weeks that work for them and are supplied with lesson plans and materials. Contact Robin Murray at the office.

Windows Memorial Plaques In memory of Elaine Balahura, Lesley Joan Kennedy and Lorne Owen Kennedy (Donna Strongman’s sister and brother), we have added their names to the Windows Memorial Plaque. If you would like to add a name in memory to the Windows Memorial Plaqueplease speak to Donna or Lois in the office.

Recorder Ensemble Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble is starting rehearsals for a new session, so now is the time to join! Talk to Robin Murray. 

NUC Account at Bottle Depot We have an account set up at the Nelson Leafs Bottle Depot and Recycling Centre.  A reminder that before they start counting your bottles and cans, let them know they’re for Nelson United Church or they’ll give you cash if you don’t.  Every little bit helps – thanks, everyone!

Looking for Ushers We are looking for someone to join the Ushering Team. Would you be able to spend a bit of time before the service, once every 5 months or so, welcoming folks and giving out bulletins? Please let me, or Lois in the office, know if you would like to volunteer in this way. Thanks – Donna Strongman

2019 The Observer Renewals
The Observer is the United Church of Canada’s national magazine. Annual renewals or new subscriptions are now due: $25.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 have any questions, please contact our Observer Rep. Linda Hoskin.

Communion Bread Makers
If you are interested in taking a turn making bread for Communion please contact Lynne Busby.

Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement Chair Yoga will be at 8:30 am on Mondays and Thursdays at the Seniors’ Centre on Vernon Street.

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.

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:

We Know That You Are Out there The Pastoral Care Team is looking for people to help support the 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.

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 Nelson United Church is one of 200 Affirming Ministries in the United Church of Canada. In the coming weeks, our worship bulletin will contain terms and definitions to help us stay up-to-date with the constantly changing gender and sexuality language.

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 200 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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