Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Spirituals and Summer Blessings
Sunday, August 25th— Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Gospels and Spirituals Worship
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10and Psalm 71:1-6; Isaiah 58:9b-14and Psalm 103:1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17
12:30 pm – Board Meeting in the Fairview Room
7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group in Trinity Lounge
Monday, August 26th
Tuesday, August 27th
Wednesday, August 28th
2:00 pm – NUC/NFC Steering Team Meeting in Trinity Lounge
Thursday, August 29th
7:00 pm – Kootenay Climate Vigil- Sanctuary
Friday, August 30th
Saturday, August 31st
Sunday, September 1st— Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Pride Weekend Worship
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7 and Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14
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Sunday School is in summer recess. 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 for the children 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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Nyanyadzi Methodist Church and Zimbabwe Support Appeal
As many of you know, twinning with Nyanyadzi Methodist Church occurred in the early ’90s when Nelson was engaged with Mutare in Zimbabwe. Irene McIlwaine and Peggy Corbett were our main contacts for many years and Rachel Maposa and her mother Eleanor were our main contacts in Zimbabwe. We are endeavouring to establish a new contact as Eleanor died some years ago and Rachel moved. However, this note is to ask for your support for Nyanyadzi Methodist Church, and Zimbabwe in general. Millions of people in Zimbabwe are starving and facing severe drought. So, please make a donation to Nelson United Church marking the donation for Zimbabwe / Nyanyadzi Methodist Church relief. Thank you.
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Thank you very much to Muriel Tyler for filling in today and next Sunday while Robyn Lamb is on holidays.
To Judy Cameron for showing a community member how to use our Church Hall sound system for their event.
To the men of the church for organizing after-worship coffee time in August.
To Verna Kidd, David Boyd, Donna Macdonald and Peter Lee for writing the prayers for August.
Celebrating Kootenay Pride: Sunday, September 1st, 3:00 pm
As an Affirming Congregation we have an opportunity and responsibility to be supportive allies for LGBTQ+ persons.
One way we can show our support is by walking with the Nelson United Church banner in the Nelson Pride Parade. If walking in the parade is difficult for you, please consider being part of the cheering crowd lining the city streets.
The Nelson Pride Parade begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 1st starting at the Central School Parking Lot. Parade participants, please arrive at least 20 minutes before the parade begins.
Mustard Seed Deadline
Please send your poems, pictures, events, etc. to Jody Dudley by Tuesday, September 3rd:
Join Our Church Choir!
The Chancel Choir is starting up again with the first practice on September 5th. If you love to sing, please consider joining us in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm every Thursday. All singers are welcome.
Welcome Back Hot Dog Lunch September 8th
Join us for a hot dog lunch hosted by Caritas after worship— Hot dogs, salad and ice cream plus friendship. Don’t miss out on any of it!
Youth and Family Ministry Evaluation
The Board is currently undertaking an evaluation of our Youth and Family Ministry. The Rev. Greg Powell of Castlegar United Church has agreed to coordinate this for us. It was announced that we were going to undertake the review last week, but the Board decided to take a longer evaluation period. So, with Linda Mae’s assistance, Greg’s guidance, and David’s support, we will set some things up for mid-September and early October. More announcements will be forthcoming. Thank you.
From Nelson United Affirm Team
Adding new words to our vocabulary can be challenging. However, as an Affirming Congregation we can and we do adopt new words and concepts for gender and sexuality.
Trans/transgender: an umbrella term whose meaning remains in flux. The term is used to refer to a person who has a gender identity that is different from the gender they were assigned at birth, and/or expresses their gender in ways that differ from societal expectations for men and women. Trans people may identify with any sexual orientation.
Genderfluid: refers to those whose gender identity and expression are fluid and change depending on personal circumstance and desire. From: United Church of Canada. Mandate. Spring 2018
*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.
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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