For the Week of March 5

Published on Mar 3rd, 2017 by Webminister | 0

First Sunday of Lent

“We dare to live the Way of Jesus, 
embodying the Love of God.” 

Sunday, March 5th   — LENT 1
           9:45 am –Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary 
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  
             Scripture readings:   Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7Psalm 32Romans 5:12–19Matthew 4:1–11
         11:45am – Beginner Recorder Group – Sanctuary 
        12:00pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Group – Sanctuary

Monday, March 6th
         1:30 pm – Prayer Shawl group meeting – Church Office

Tuesday, March 7th   
         1:30 pm – 56 Unit meeting – Trinity Lounge

Wednesday,  March 8th
         6:00 pm – Lenten Study – Trinity Lounge
         7:00 pm – Bell Choir – St. Paul’s Room

Thursday,  March 9th
        10:00 am – Chair Yoga in the Church Hall
          1:30 pm – Economic Justice meeting – Trinity Lounge
         7:00 pm – Chancel Choir rehearsal – Sanctuary

Friday, March 11th

Saturday, March 4th

                Time Change: “Spring Ahead”

Sunday, March 12th   — LENT 2
           9:45 am –Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary 
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  
             Scripture readings:  Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17 or Matthew 17:1–9
         12:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Group – Sanctuary
          7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – 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. 

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Thank You …

  • To Elise Tesling and Hazel MacKay for keeping the drum beat so competently.
  • To Kathy Baker for preparing February PowerPoint presentations
  • To Jean Elliot, Kevin MacAskill and Liz Knox for operating the PowerPoint in February
  • To Dianne Harke, Dave Haynes, Anne Corbett, Rosena Warner and Bill Costain for Ushering in February 
  • To Marya and volunteers of the Food Cupboard for providing wonderful after-service snacks last Sunday.

Our Lenten Journey
This year our Lenten journey will emphasize the image of ever expanding light – light that brings about new growth and new ways of knowing ourselves, others, creation and our Creator. As we make our way towards the enclosed tomb why not accept the invitation to “dawdle” (to be attentive) so as not to miss God’s Active Loving Presence here, there – everywhere.      
You are encouraged to take note of the pulling away of the curtain at the front to reveal more and more light.  The number of lit candles on the Communion Table will increase in number – again to symbolize expanding light. 

Dinner & Discussion Night for Families with Children
 Sunday, March 19, 5-6:30 pm in the Church Hall.  This is a chance for families to get to know one another and parents & grandparents to offer their ideas, suggestions, and needs within the church.  We will enjoy a meal together and then activities will be offered for the children while the adults meet for discussion.  For more info. talk to Robin, 250-352-2822,

NUC Contact List 
If you haven’t completed a form with your contact information yet, the yellow forms are located in the front and back narthexes.  Please fill one in and either put it in the offering plate or bring it to the office.  or complete the form on line. Thank you.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 
All are welcome to the Men’s Club Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Tuesday, February 28th, at 5:30 pm. This is a homemade cooking experience that has been enjoyed for many years! We’ll also have some special entertainment too! Please plan to be there!Admission is $10.00 per adult, $5 for children over six (under six are free) or $20 per family at the door.  We hope you will join us!

Lenten Prayer Vigil
Please see Lynne Busby if you would like to spend a quiet, contemplative hour in the Sanctuary during the Lenten Prayer Vigil on Saturday, March 4th.  
All are welcome to come and sit in the Sanctuary for any length of time in quiet contemplation and prayer during this day.

World Day of Prayer 2017
The World Day of Prayer worship service, planned by the women of the Philippines, will be held this year at the Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 pm.  Please join us!

Lenten Resources & Books
Daily devotional books for Lent this year are Parables, Prayers and Promises: Daily Devotions on Jesus. This Lent, get to know Jesus more intimately and share and live out the good news.  Daily devotions cover Ash Wednesday to Easter with scripture, prayers, anecdotes, and links to videos, poetry, and songs.
Also available as an e-book. A Way Other Than Our Own: Devotions for Lent, Walter Brueggemann, the great Hebrew Scripture scholar, provides thought-provoking reflections for Lent that help us walk a path of humility, justice, and peace.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise
KAIROS is hosting a Blanket Exercise on Saturday, April 1st, 1-4 pm at St. Saviour`s Pro-Cathedral Anglican Church, to be led by Rev. Elizabeth Huether of St. David`s church in Castlegar. Please pre-register if you are coming to this free event, and bring a blanket. This is about the history and contemporary situation of indigenous peoples under colonialism in BC and Canada Please invite others and a snack.  For more info: Madelyn Mackay 250-505-4122.

Lenten Study 2017
What does it mean to be a “Progressive Christian”?  What do we (i.e. you!) really believe?  2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church door and starting the Protestant Reformation; he protested because of the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church.  2016 was the year that The United Church of Canada disciplined Gretta Vosper, a United Church minister, by removing her from active ministry.  So, what do we believe?  Are our beliefs important?  Our 6-week Lenten Study will be a study of the 8 points that Progressive Christianity has identified as key; we will discuss those 8 points and what we, individually and communally, think about what it means to be a 21st Century Christian in North America!  Speak to David for more information.  All are welcome!  We will begin Wed., March 8th, and conclude Wed., April 12th.  We will meet over a simple soup and salad supper, at 6 pm in the Trinity Lounge/Chapel.

Save the Date
The Annual Top O’ the Morning Coffee Party will welcome Spring and St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17th in the Church Hall.  Crafts, baking, Fair Trade items, Books, and Jewelry will be available along with your coffee and delicious cinnamon buns.  And all for the very low admission price of $5!  Bring all your friends and family for a pleasant morning coffee break between 10 am and noon.

The United Church of Canada’s Remits
For over a year now, your Church Board has been discussing the latest round of remits for the United Church of Canada.  If you have an interest in reading about them, you can access good information at . If you would like to discuss the implications of any of these remits, please talk with one of the Board members.

Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement
All are welcome to join in gentle chair yoga classes beginning Thursday, January 19th at 10:00 am in the Church Hall.  Cost:  nominal fee.  For more info: Irene McIlwaine 250-354-3821.   

Youth Ministry
Sunday School at Nelson United Church:  Until June 11th we offer three Sunday School classes during the second half of most 10 a.m. Sunday services.  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. (No Sunday School on Communion Sundays:  Mar. 5, April 16, May 7 and June 4.  These are intergenerational worship Sundays.)

Youth Group at Nelson United Church:  
Our winter schedule is the first and third Fridays of the month from 7–9 p.m. up to Spring Break.  Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to join us for games, snacks, friends and meaningful conversations.

2016 Narrative Budget Report for AGM
Mark your calendars for our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, March 26th. David will put together the Narrative Budget Report.Would representatives from the following please email David a point form report for 2016:Church Board, Worship Planning, Administration, Ministry & Personnel Committee, The Board of Trustees, Community and Calendar Project, Family Ministries, Pastoral Care, Prayer Shawl Ministry, UCW, Men’s Club, and all other groups we haven’t mentioned.

Thank You for Your Generosity — 2017 Offering Envelopes
If you haven’t already picked them up, your 2017 offering envelopes are available in the narthex.  Please start using these envelopes now. To avoid confusion and to make sure your 2017 donations are applied to your 2017 envelope offering number, please dispose of last year’s leftover envelopes.  If you do not have offering envelopes and would like them, please speak to Donna Strongman.

Income Tax Receipts 2016
If you have any questions about your 2016 income tax receipt, please call our offering envelope secretary Donna Strongman at 250-825-4438 or 250-505-3161 – please do not call the office. If you would like weekly or monthly envelopes, please let Donna know. defray the cost of offering envelopes and donations made by Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR), making an Initial Offering is appreciated. costs annually approximately $5.00 for each envelope holder, and $6.00 per contributor for PAR.

The Observer 2017
The Observer is the United Church of Canada’s national magazine.  Annual subscriptions are now due.You may bring your cheque, made out to Nelson United Church, to 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.  The cost for this year’s subscription is the same as last year: $25.00.

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

From the Nelson Cares Society
Hello, everyone. Are you ready for Coldest Night of the Year 2017?  Well get ready because we are walking again to raise awareness about homelessness in our community and funds to help complete the renovation at Ward Street Place. Join us on February 25, 2017!  We will meet at 4 pm for registration at the Wildflower School, 811 Stanley Street at start walking at 5 pm.  The walk ends at the Nelson United Church on Josephine Street.  Between 6:00 and 8:00 pm a warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers.  If you are interested in making a donation, please go to  or phone Lisa McGeady, Coldest Night of the Year Event Coordinator 250-551-0250.

From Naramata Centre
The Naramata Centre Program Committee has developed a flyer to help you plan your week(s) at the Centre and save the date(s). This provides a brief overview of the programs offered this year. For more information, there are flyers in the Narthex or go to 

Scent Free Church
Please remember to refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, after shaves 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 or Diane Holt 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.  For more info. please speak to Anne Corbett

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