For the Week of September 23

Published on Sep 22nd, 2018 by Webminister | 0

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The Season of Creation:
              Passing our Planet on: God’s Gift to us: 
                Week 3:  Passing on the Gift of Service

Sunday, September 23rd
         9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
       10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.
            Scripture readings: Proverbs 31:10–31; Psalm 1; Wisdom of Solomon 1:16—2:1,12–22 or Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54; James 3:13—4:3, 7–8a; Mark 9:30–37 
         7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer in Trinity Lounge

Monday, September 24th   

Tuesday, September 25th

Wednesday, September 26th
       10:00 am – Book Study Group in Trinity Lounge 

Thursday, September 27th         
       9:00 am – Pipe Organ Tuning and Maintenance 
       7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

Friday, September 28th  
       12 noon – Jubilee Unit Meeting at Bev’s home

Saturday, September 29th      
         2:00 pm – End-of-Life Memorial/Funeral Planning Workshop – Church Hall

Sunday, September 3oth
         9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
       10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.
            Scripture readings: 
Esther 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22; Psalm 124; Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Psalm 19:7–14; James 5:13–20; Mark 9:38–50 

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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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Staff Schedule
Thank you to Barbara Couch for working in the office September 24th to 27th while Lois is on holidays.

Thank You …
             To Bob Steed for overseeing the installation of a new   janitorial sink and a new hot water heater. 
             To Bill and Lou Costain for arranging the pictures on the walls in the Fairview Room to better accommodate the Sunday School space.
             To Doug Scott for organizing the 10 o’clock Wednesday Book Study Group.
             To Jody Dudley for another interesting Mustard Seed  production.
             To Mary Ann Morris for so capably chairing the congregational meeting last Sunday in Linda Mae’s absence.
             To the Board for a comprehensive, thought-provoking proposal.
             To all who stayed after worship last Sunday to discuss and participate in the meeting.
             To the UCW for donating $500 to the Eco-Society for climate action initiatives.

Hearing Assistance Devices
If you’re having difficulty hearing well during worship, please feel free to try out a hearing assistance device from the ushers.

Come Sing With Us
Chancel Choir rehearses Thursday nights in the Sanctuary  at 7 pm beginning Thursday, September 20th.  All are welcome to come sing with us!

Men’s Group Games Afternoon 
Friday September 28th, 1-3 pm, Church Hall  Enjoy playing card and/or board games.A few card decks and board games will be provided, but bring your own too. For further information:  Joe Woodward 

Giving Thanks Décor …
The Decor Team will be decorating on Friday, October 5th for the Thanksgiving worship service.  They would appreciate the loan of any extra produce you might have (you can donate it to the Food Cupboard, or take it home after Sunday), jars of preserves, or flowers.  Please bring to the church for 10:15 a.m. on Friday October 5th, or on Sunday morning.  Items could also be left with Lois in the office on Thursday morning.

Art Silent Auction
The Admin. Team is considering the possibility of having an art auction as a fundraiser.  If you have any items (paintings, quilts, anything arty) that you would be willing to donate, please let Leah Gray or Elaine Henderson know.  If there is enough interest, we will go ahead with this plan, likely early spring.

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. 

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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