For the Week of March 4

Published on Mar 3rd, 2018 by Webminister | 0

3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 4th – Lent 3
             9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
          10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: Exodus 20:1-17Psalm 191 Corinthians 1:18-25John 2:13-22
          12:00 pm – Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal – Sanctuary

Monday, March 5th   
           1:30 am – Prayer Shawl Meeting – Trinity Lounge
           3:45 pm – Board Meeting – Fairview Room

Tuesday, March 6th
         8:30 am – Chair Yoga in the Church Hall
          1:30 am – 56 Unit Meeting – Trinity Lounge

Wednesday, March 7th
        7:00 pm–- Lenten Study – Trinity Lounge
        7:00 pm – Bell Choir Rehearsal – St. Paul’s Room

Thursday, March 8th
          6:45 am – Breakfast Book Club – Trinity Lounge
         7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal – Sanctuary

Friday, March 9th
         7:00 pm – Youth Group Meeting – Church Hall

Saturday, March 10th

Sunday, March 11th – Lent 4
        9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: Numbers 21:4-9Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22Ephesians 2:1-10John 3:14-21  
    12:00 pm – Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
      7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer – 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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Time change next Sunday, March 11th.
Clocks ‘Spring’ ahead one hour.

The flowers this morning are in loving memory of
Ralph Elliot

Thank You … 
       To Roy Nelson, Joe Woodward, Bryan Reid and Carol Prochaska for writing the prayers of the people in February.
      To Jubilee Unit for providing after-service coffee in February.
      To Bryan Reid, Elaine Henderson and Joe Woodward, PowerPoint operators and preparers for February.
      To Lynne & Peter; Anne & Bev; Lou & Bill for February ushering.

Annual General Meeting
Please mark your calendars to attend our AGM, following a finger food pot-luck lunch, on Sunday, March 18th in the Church Hall. Read the Report now…

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

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 discussionWe meet Wednesday evenings at 7 pm in the Trinity Lounge. All are welcome.

Top O’ the Morning Coffee Party
On Saturday, March 17th you are invited to the Top O’ the Morning Coffee Party hosted by Caritas.This will be a wonderful time to celebrate spring and St. Patrick’s Day.For only $5 you will enjoy, tea and delicious cinnamon buns. will also be baking and books available for purchase.  Bring your friends and family between 10:00 am and noon for a lovely morning coffee break.  (Donations of books and baking are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the church on March 16th between 2-4 pm or March 17th between 8:30 – 9 am). All are welcome!

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


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.

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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