For the Week of November 25

Published on Nov 24th, 2018 by Webminister | 0

Twenty-seventh Sunday after Pentecost
End of the Church Year 
           Celebrating Stewardship

Sunday, November 25th       Reign of Christ Sunday
            9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
          10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: 2 Samuel 23:1-7and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14and Psalm 93Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
          11:45 am – Finger Food Pot-luck Lunch – Church Hall
           7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – Trinity Lounge

Monday, November 26th 

Tuesday, November 27th

Wednesday, November 28th
       1:00 pm – Nominations Team Meeting in Trinity Lounge

Thursday, November 29th
        4:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorders Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
        7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal – Sanctuary
        7:00 pm – Kootenay Climate Vigil at the Unitarian Spiritual Centre, Seniors Centre, 701 Vernon St.

Friday, November 30th    
       11:30 am – UCW AGM in the Church Hall
        1:00 pm – Men’s Group Games Afternoon in Trinity Lounge

Saturday, December 1st

Sunday, December 2nd   Advent 1
            9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
          10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 and Psalm 132:1-12, (13-18)Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Psalm 93Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
          11:45 am – Finger Food Pot-luck Lunch – Church Hall
           7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – Trinity Lounge

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For the Children
Sunday school resumes 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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Hugs For All…
It is always amazing to count up the number of folks involved in putting on an event such as the Christmas Bazaar.  Thanks to Morgan and Joe, Stan and Peter for helping with the set up; to Donna for leading the sandwich-making; to Lil and Ian for doing such a capable job at the front door; to all the women of the UCW who filled those sales tables to over- flowing; to the Fair Trade Folks and the Amnesty folks for joining us; to all the servers, the sellers, and the cleaner    uppers.  It was a wonderful afternoon.  We realized a profit of $2,594.  Amazing!

Thank You …     
       To Ron Snyder for rejoining the Chancel Choir, and to new choir member Suzanne Whittingham.
       To Donna Strongman for putting together many more lovely buns to feed the multitude last Sunday.
       To Robyn Lamb for joining the NUC team.
       To Barbara Couch for arranging to get tables and chairs up into the Fairview Room for the Hospice Society’s AGM.

Thanks to Our Wonderful Congregation
You have prayerfully considered your weekly and monthly givings, and many have responded.  This is just a gentle reminder to please get those pledge forms handed in if you haven’t done so already.  On Sunday, November 25th after worship, we will meet over a finger food pot-luck lunch to celebrate and give thanks for this generous support for our Nelson United ministry.  The “Called to be Giving” team hopes that you will all join us in this blessed celebration.

Come Sing With Us
Chancel Choir rehearses Thursday nights in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome to come sing with us!

Youth Group
We are happy to be starting our Youth Group back up again, with a few changes: We will now meet on SUNDAYS 6:30-8:30 pm, Dec. 2 & Dec. 16.  Also changing – we will start and end our meetings upstairs in the Fairview Room, so please use the parking lot entrance.  All Youth in Grades 6-12 are welcome to join for games, snacks, friendship and meaningful conversation. More info: email Robin or or talk to Robin.  

Advent Prayer Vigil
Please see Lynne Busby (250-352-3961) if you would like to spend a quiet, contemplative hour in the Sanctuary during the Advent Prayer Vigil on Saturday, December 1st, noon to 10:00 p.m.

Advent & Christmas Calendar
December 2nd Advent 1 – Worship at 10:00 am
December 9th Advent 2 – Worship at 10:00 am 
December 15th – Cookie Walk at 10:00 am
December 16th Advent 3 – Worship at 10:00 am
December 21st – Service of the Longest Night -7:00 pm
December 24th – Family Service – 7:00 pm
            – Candlelight Communion Service – 10:30 pm
December 25th – Worship at 10:00 am
December 31st – New Year’s Eve party at 9:00 pm, location TBA
January 6th – Epiphany Communion Service – 10:00 am

Save the Date!
If you love homemade Christmas cookies then make a note on your calendar to show up for the UCW Cookie Walk at 10 am on Saturday, December 15th.  We sell out quickly so don’t be late!

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 Plaque please speak to Donna or Lois in the office. 

Volunteers Needed to Help New Families
The Kootenay Parents Circle of Support is seeking volunteers (mothers, grandmothers and people who have experience with infants) to support families during the first year of their baby’s life. Please contact the program coordinator through Apple Tree Maternity 250-354-3884 before Nov. 21, 2018

Recorder Ensemble
Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble is starting rehearsals for a new session, so now is the time to join! Talk to Robin Murray. They rehearse at 4 pm in the Sanctuary on Thursdays.

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

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

Men’s Game Time
Every second and fourth Friday of the month Joe Woodward and other Men will gather at 1:00 pm in the Fairview Room to play any variety of games like UNO, Cribbage, Crokinole. Come and join us

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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