For the Week of September 2

Published on Sep 1st, 2018 by Webminister | 0

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Celebrating Love

Sunday, September 2nd
         9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
      10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.
            Scripture readings:  Song of Solomon 2:8–13; Psalm 45:1–2, 6–9; Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9; Psalm 15; James 1:17–27; Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 
        3:00 pm – Kootenay Pride Parade departs from Central School

Monday, September 3rd   
        The office will be closed for the Statutory Labour Day holiday.

Tuesday, September 4th
        11:00 am – Admin. Team Meeting in the Church Office
          1:30 pm – 56 Unit Meeting in Trinity Lounge

Wednesday, September 5th

Thursday, September 6th  
         6:30 pm – Board Meeting in Fairview Room

Friday, September 7th

Saturday, September 8th

Sunday, September 9th
         9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
      10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.
            Scripture readings: 
Proverbs 22:1–2, 8–9, 22–23; Psalm 125; Isaiah 35:4–7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1–10, (11–13), 14–17; Mark 7:24–37 
       11:45 am – Welcome Back BBQ Hot Dog Lunch in the Church Hall
        7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer – Trinity Lounge

Monday, September 10th   
         12 noon – UCW Meeting at Hume Hotel
        7:00 pm – Caritas meeting at Gray’s home

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For the Children
Sunday school is taking a rest for the summer.
Children are always welcome and encouraged to come to church on 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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Today’s Special Music
Thank you to Kozmo Sammartino for blessing our worship today with his gift of special music.

Thank You …
              To Lou and Bill Costain, Cynthia Marshall, Rona Park and Doug Scott for ushering in August.
              To Joe Woodward, Roy Nelson, Verna Kidd and Leah Gray for writing Prayers of the People in August.
              To Kathy Baker and Judy Cameron, PowerPoint preparers for August.
              To Jean Elliot and Joe Woodward, PowerPoint Operators for August.
              To Gilles Parenteau for wonderful special Music last Sunday.

Staff Schedule
David is on holidays until September 4th. Thank you to Robin Murray for leading worship today and to Robin Murray for leading worship. 
John is on holidays until Sept. 16th.   Thank you to Muriel for filling in as Sunday’s pianist and Jasmine and Akka for looking after custodial duties. 

Mustard Seed Deadline
Please send your poems, pictures, events, and any other articles to Jody Dudley by Tuesday, September 5th:


Kootenay Pride Parade
Sunday, September 2nd
Departs from Central School at 3 pm

Pride Parade Today
As we have for years, NUC contingent will be walking in the Pride Parade this afternoon. We are an affirming congregation and show our support of the LGBTQ community by participating in this event. Please join us! We are gathering at Central School before 3 pm. Dress for the occasion — lots of colour!

Affirm Ministry  
As an Affirm congregation, we willingly struggle to learn new terms and definitions so that we can broaden our understanding of gender and sexuality. 

Non-binary: an umbrella term used by those who do not identify as a man or a woman. Non-binary genders can be understood in a variety of ways. For some, their gender may feel like a combination of man and woman. Others have a sense of their gender being beyond the categories of man and woman entirely. Still, others may feel as though they do not identify with any gender at all.  
Non-binary may also refer to gender identities that are specific to a culture that recognizes more than two genders.
                      Page 27. Spring 2018 Mandate 
                      (The United Church of Canada)

Rise for Climate Change Global Day of Action
The Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative will be joining the Global Day of Action on Climate Change on Saturday, September 8th. We’ll meet at the Railway Station at 11:30 am., musical instruments, and hand puppets are welcome. We will parade to the Cottonwood Market with some giant puppets made by local artists. From 12:10 to 12:40 pm there will be a program of speeches and music on the market stage.

Welcome Back Bbq Hot Dog Lunch!
Let’s celebrate the beginning of the Season of Creation and the first Sunday School session of the fall. After worship next Sunday, September 9th, Caritas will host a hot-dog/salad/ice-cream lunch to kick off fall events at Nelson United. To help offset costs please consider making a donation at the door.

Make it a Date!
Tea with the seniors at Jubilee Manor and Mountain Lake last year in September was well-received, so we’re going to do it again this year.  You are invited to attend either one or both of the worship services on September 11th, and stay for tea following the short service.  Worship will be at 10 am at Jubilee Manor, followed by tea and goodies.  Worship will be at 2 pm at Mountain Lake followed by tea and goodies.

Build Our Congregation Proposal & Meeting
A Board member will be available in the Church Hall after worship to discuss the many aspects of the Build Our Congregation Proposal.  Please attend a short meeting following worship on September 16th, when a decision will be made.

Piano Donors Recognition…
The Admin Team has had a request that we post and acknowledge the congregational members that donated to the Grand Piano fundraising effort.  Keeping in mind that it would be too expensive to do a bronze casting of all the names (there are many), how shall we do this?  We’d love to hear from you if you have an idea for a special “Piano Donations” display.  Please pass your good idea on to any one of the Admin Team members (Lois Berg, David Boyd, Leah Gray or Elaine Henderson).

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

Book Study Group
The mid-morning Book Study group will start again mid-September. Our focus will be The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and will be 7 one hour sessions on Wed. mornings at 10 am at NUC. If you would like to join us please leave your name at the church office or contact Doug Scott for more information as we must order the books fairly soon. We are open to providing transportation to the sessions if that is a consideration. Our goal: fellowship and fostering community within the broader church community. 

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.

Language has power and is constantly changing. We at Nelson United are doing our best to learn new words!

gender presentation/expression: how a person chooses to express their gender to others (through clothing, behaviour, etc.) 
cisgender: a term that describes individuals whose gender identity is the same as the gender they were assigned at birth.  

                            Page 27. Spring 2018 Mandate  (The United Church of Canada)

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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