Palm & Passion Sunday: Faith
Sunday, March April 14th— Palm/Passion Sunday
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings:
Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40
Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56or Luke 23:1-49
12 noon – Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group in Trinity Lounge
Monday, April 15th
6:00 pm – Board Meeting in the Fairview Room
Tuesday, April 16th
10:30 am – Worship Service at Nelson Jubilee Manor
2:00 pm – Worship Service at Mountain Lake Seniors’ Com.
Wednesday, April 17th
10:00 am – Worship Service at Lakeview Village
2:00 pm – Worship Planning Meeting in Trinity Lounge
7:00 pm – Lenten Study in Trinity Lounge
Thursday, April 18th
12 noon – Jubilee Unit meeting at Robertson’s home
7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Friday, April 19th
1:00 pm – Men’s Group Games Afternoon in Trinity Lounge
Saturday, April 20th
Sunday, March April 21st – EASTER SUNDAY
7:30 am – Sunrise Worship Service at Ascension Lutheran Church
8:30 am – Pot-luck breakfast at NUC
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
12 noon – Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
6:30 pm – Youth Group – Fairview Room
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For the Children Sunday school happens 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 ministr
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David is away on study leave this week attending a United Church Clergy Retreat at the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay. Thank you to Carol Prochaska for leading us in worship today.
To Bill for 25 years (and still counting!) as Captain of NUC’s Meals on Wheels team.
To all who have worked as Bill’s deputies over the years.
To Robyn for making such great progress with learning the pipe organ (lovely playing last Sunday!)
To trumpeter Robin for accompanying Robyn, and also acting as Carol’s assistant for last Sunday’s worship service.
To Carol for a lovely and meaningful worship service.
Holy Week Worship Services and Events
Sunday, April 14th: Palm/Passion Sunday – 10:00 am Worship Service at Nelson United Church
Wednesday, April 17th — 7:00 pm – Lenten Study – Trinity Lounge
Thursday, April 18th: Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm Worship service at Nelson United Church
Friday, April 19th: Good Friday – 7:00 pm Worship service at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1805 Silver King Road, Nelson
Sunday, April 21st: Easter Sunday – 7:30 am Sunrise Worship Service at Ascension Lutheran
– 8:30 am Pot-luck breakfast at NUC – to be confirmed
– 10:00 am Worship Service at Nelson United Church
We are going to use a 6-week study series from “The Work of the People.” It is a video-based discussion series and the title is The Four-Gospel Journey: A 6 session series on the path of transformation. We’ll hold these sessions on Wednesday evenings starting March 13th. See David for more information.
Flowers for Easter Sunday, April 21st
As in previous years, everyone is invited to bring flowers to church Easter Sunday. Let’s fill our sanctuary with life and beauty! Because of allergies, it would be best to bring something other than an Easter lily, thank you.
Meals on Wheels Drivers Needed
The month of May is Nelson United Church’s turn to help out with the Meals on Wheels program. The meals are delivered at 11:30 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please contact our Meals on Wheel’s Captain, Bill Costain (250-352-2367) if you can help deliver meals or for more information.
Construction Progress in the Church Hall
Bob reports that the water problem has been fixed downstairs. The offices have been completed and the basement windows are in. The back storage room has been painted, spruced up and the walk-in cooler installed. This week the ceiling has been repaired and the flooring installed. The Food Centre hopes to be in operation again tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for being flexible and accommodating these past two Sundays. It will all be worth it!
“Walk for Alzheimer
Walk for Alzheimer takes place at Lakeside Park, Sunday, May 5th. A group of us with dementia in our family will be walking and raising donations. See us at coffee time or call Linda Hoskin, team captain, at 250-352-9552.
NUC Wordle Bags
We purchased another set of 25 NUC Wordle Bags from a local screen printer. They’re blue and have a large outside pocket and two small inside pockets. These bags look great and are very versatile. Please see Lois in the church office if you’d like to purchase a bag. They are $25 each.
*Church Business Parking on Silica Street*
The City of Nelson has advised us to issue Parking Passes to those who park in the Church Business Parking on Silica Street on Mondays to Saturdays between 9 am to 5 pm. The bylaw officer will ticket anyone parking in these spots that do not have a Parking Pass. Please see Lois in the church office to receive a Parking Pass.
Hearing Loop Installation
A hearing loop was installed in the main level of the sanctuary. Those folks with hearing aids (with t-coils) will hear anything projected into a microphone with better clarity and less ambient noise. For those who struggle with hearing but do not have hearing aids, you can still enjoy the benefits of the loop by bringing your own earbuds or headphones and then ask for a loop listener from one of the ushers. Please pick up a ‘Hearing Loops 101’ info sheet from the ushers if you have any questions.
I know you were all devastated to have to miss the Valentine Coffee Party and the Top O’ the Morning Tea this year (especially the UCW women!!). So, to compensate, we’ve decided to have a cinnamon bun baking blitz. Cinnamon Buns, made with love by the women of the UCW, will be available for sale by order. Starting on Sunday, April 7th, we will take pre-orders for a half-dozen or a dozen cinnamon buns. Gluten-Free buns will also be available, as will single buns on Sunday, April 28th.
Men’s Game Time Every second and fourth Friday of the month Men will gather at 1:00 pm in the Trinity Lounge to play any variety of games like UNO, Cribbage, Crokinole. Come and join us. Joe Woodward and David Cunningham can tell you more…
Kootenay Refugee Coalition
The Kootenay Refugee Coalition is happy to receive donations to help support the arrival of Selam’s four children, Yohanna, Nahom, Fithawit and Arsema for the next year. If you are interested in helping, please make your cheque out to Nelson United Church and note in the cheque’s memo line or on your offering envelope: Kootenay Refugee Coalition (or just ‘KRC’).
Friendly Reminder re Parking for Church & Church Events
With our location on the corner of two streets, and with the hills 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; a nice social time, too.
Sunday School Teachers
Do your spiritual gifts include teaching? The Sunday School is in need of both regular classroom teachers for all age groups and special guests interested in sharing their spiritual practice with older children and teens. Volunteers commit in advance to only weeks that work for them and are supplied with lesson plans and materials. Contact Robin Murray at the office.
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 Plaqueplease speak to Donna or Lois in the office.
Recorder Ensemble Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble is starting rehearsals for a new session, so now is the time to join! Talk to Robin Murray.
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
Communion Bread Makers
If you are interested in taking a turn making bread for Communion please contact Lynne Busby.
Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement Chair Yoga will be at 8:30 am on Mondays and Thursdays at the Seniors’ Centre on Vernon Street.
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: www.giftswithvision.ca
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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