Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday, March April 28th
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31
7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – Trinity Lounge
Monday, April 29th
Tuesday, April 30th
Wednesday, May 1st
Thursday, May 2nd
7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Friday, May 3rd
Saturday, May 4th
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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 ministry
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The flowers this morning are a reminder of
NUC Account at Bottle Depot
As most of you know, 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!
David is attending the Inhabit Conference in Seattle and will then take a week of holiday time off. He’ll be back in the office on May 6th. Thank you very much to Carol Prochaska for leading us in worship while David is away.
Robin will be away leading a Young Adult Retreat at the Naramata Centre on April 26th-29th, and then away at the Inspire Conference in Vancouver May 2nd-5th. There will be Youth Group on the 5th assuming her plane gets into Castlegar that afternoon!
To the Decor Team of Judy, Wendy, Marg, Carol and Leah for stunning Easter decor.
To all who brought flowers and plants on Easter Sunday.
To the Chancel Choir for extra work to provide lovely music for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
To Robin and Robyn for marvellous music on the trumpet and the organ.
To Charlotte for the beautiful white antependia.
To David for inspiring Lenten, Holy Week and Easter services.
To everyone who made a submission to the recent Easter edition of the Mustard Seed and
To Jody for compiling and editing.
Spring Coffee Party
The Spring Coffee Party will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am until noon in our newly renovated Church Hall. For the low admission price of $5 (children under 6 are free) come and enjoy coffee and coffee cake, and peruse the bake table, book nook, plant table, fair trade items and jewelry table. This year there will be an added attraction. We will be having an art auction as well. Invite all your friends and neighbours and stop by for a pleasant morning!
Register for the Kootenay Faith Fest at Nelson United Church June 21st to 23rd
The registration fee for individuals is $50 and covers workshops and meals. However, NUC has paid for a “Whole Group Rate” of $325 for a group of 7-12 (more than 12 are welcome!) from our faith community so please contact Lois in our church office 250-352-2822 if you plan to attend. We will work out a per person rate depending on how many sign up. To learn more about the Faith Festival please pick up an information sheet from the ushers or visit our website.
Men’s Game Time Every second and fourth Friday of the month Men will gather at 1:00 pm in the Trinity Loungeto play any variety of games like UNO, Cribbage, Crokinole. Come and join us. Joe Woodward and David Cunningham can tell you more…
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.
Applications for the Guildford Brett Music Scholarship and the NUC Women’s Scholarship are available in the narthex, the church office or on our website. The deadline date for each of these applications is May 31st.
Ecumenical Taizé Worship
The next ecumenical Taizé worship will be on Thursday, May 2nd, at 10:00 am, in the Jubilee Room at the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate, 813 Ward Street. All are welcome.
Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble
If you’re interested in playing with the Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble please see Robin Murray (250-352-2822). They rehearse at 4 pm in the Sanctuary on Thursdays.
Mothers Day Peace Day Celebration
Lakeside Park Rotary Shelter
Sunday, May 12th, 2:00–4:00 pm
Let’s Rise Together for Peace — A Peaceful World for All Our Children. Featuring Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870. Bring your own cup for Oso Negro coffee or tea, juice. Inter-generational, all welcome!by KAIROS BC-Yukon.
“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
The Sanctuary’s main floor Hearing Loop is up and running and folks are reporting success with the system. If you find yourself having problems getting your hearing aids to connect with the Hearing Loop, please check with your Hearing Aid provider to make sure your hearing aids have a t-coil and are set up correctly.
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.
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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