First Sunday of Advent
Swords into Ploughshares
Monday, December 2nd
2:00 pm – Prayer Shawl Meeting in Trinity Lounge
Tuesday, December 3rd
11:30 am – 56 Unit Lunch meeting at Hume Hotel
Wednesday, December 4th
1:00 pm – Book Discussion Group in Trinity Lounge
Thursday, December 5th
5:00 pm – NUC Board meeting in the Fairview Room
7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Friday, December 6th
Saturday, December 7th
11:00 am – Memorial Service for Henny Cherenko in the Sanctuary
Sunday, December 8th — Advent 2
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
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Sunday School is in session and 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.
It’s an experiment! 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. It has been our tradition for the children to leave their Sunday School classes to join us to receive the bread and juice. By placing Communion at the beginning of worship the children are present for the full communion liturgy, including the breaking and pouring. Following the anthem, story and hymn they will, as usual, go to their classes for discussion and learning.
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.
Scent Free Church
Please remember to refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, aftershaves and all other scented products to church. There are members with allergies to these products which, for some, can result in migraines, nausea, or hives.
Microphones for Announcements
Just a reminder that when making announcements during the worship service, we ask that you use a microphone. This will ensure that everyone will be able to hear your announcement.
Pastoral Care Reminder
This is a reminder to please phone David or Lois in the office as soon as possible when you hear of anyone connected with the church who is sick, in hospital, or has other needs. Also, if you would like David and the Pastoral Care Team to be aware of the health issues you are enduring, please do not hesitate to contact David or Lois in the office. David must be informed so he and the Pastoral Care Team can provide pastoral care.
In respect for those who enjoy prayerful and meditative thoughts at the end of our worship gathering, please listen quietly during the Postlude. Thank you.
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Thank you to Barbara Couch for working in the office next week while Lois is away. Lois will be back on December 2nd. Robin Murray is away today at the Pacific Mountain Region’s Annual Staff Retreat in Burnaby. She will be back in the office on Monday, December 9th.
Thank You …
To all those who knit beautiful shawls for the prayer shawl ministry.
To all who helped to make a lovely memorial service for Henny Cherenko.
To all of Henny’s family for pitching in to help with clean-up after the memorial service.
To Verna Kidd, David Boyd, Bryan Reid and Donna Macdonald for writing the November Prayers of the People.
To Caritas for providing coffee after worship services in November.
To Elaine Henderson, PowerPoint Preparer and David Cunningham, PowerPoint Operator for November.
Book Discussion Group with
Facilitator: Carol Prochaska
Trinity Lounge on Wednesdays, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
December 4th & 11th
Book: “Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death” Author: Richard Holloway
“Radical, joyful and moving, [this book] is an invitation to reconsider life’s greatest mystery by one of the most important and beloved religious leaders of our time.”
If this is for you: Please let Carol or the Church Office know if you’re joining this discussion. Purchase the book (you can order through Otter Books 250-352-3434) and read the first 3 Chapters (58 pages) for November 27th.
Las Posadas Nativity Family Gathering
Sunday, December 15th at 4 pm in the Church Hall
For People of All Ages
A nativity story tells the story of the birth of Jesus. Like people have done for centuries, you’re invited to gather for a fun, engaging story-telling event of Jesus’ birth in the Spanish Las Posadas tradition; Posadas means “inn” — it is about the idea that Mary and Joseph couldn’t find lodging in Bethlehem. This will be a fun time to meet new people, hear the story of Jesus’ birth from Luke, have some fun with pinatas, and learn about the world. And to top it all off, we’ll provide supper for all who come. Please RSVP to Lois in the Church Office; please tell her how many are coming and what your food allergies might be. All our church family is welcome, and bring your friends and family members too!
Mark Your Calendars for a New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Join us Tuesday, December 31st evening for a New Year’s Eve Celebration at Bill & Lou Costain’s home. Come by anytime after 9:00 pm. Please bring snack food to share and an activity/game to share.
Speaking of Jewelry…
Our reserves are getting low again so if you have jewelry at home that you no longer want or use, please consider donating it for our next Church fundraiser event. Please contact Elisabeth Reder if you have something to donate. This is a great way to recycle jewelry items.
To all in the congregation: The Board purchased a book and webinar program by Rev. Dr. John Pentland, who has revitalized Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. His course is based on John 21:1-5: “Try casting your net on the other side of the boat.” is an exciting explanation of their church’s journey in four, 1 1/2 hour videos. The course and book are titled Fishing Tips. The book is available to be borrowed at the church office and you are welcome to view the videos at this link: https://www.united-in-learning.com/index.php/webinars/recordings
Artwork: “Noah’s Way”
Have a look at the latest piece of artwork in the Narthex, titled “Noah’s Way”. This original piece has been donated by one of our members, and it is for sale. The bidding starts at $100. If you are interested in making a bid on this painting, please leave your request with Lois in the office.
2020 Canadian Church Calendar
The calendar features colourful photos of United Churches from across the country and notes special days and church seasons. Keep track of liturgical seasons and colours, significant United Church days, and lectionary dates. If you wish to order a 2020 church calendar, please speak with Lynne Busby 250-352-3961.
Make a Joyful Noise!
The Chancel Choir has started up again but you can still join! If you love to sing, please come join us in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm every Thursday. All singers of any talent are welcome.
The Upper Room
The large print issue of The Upper Room daily devotional is available in the Narthex. $2 per issue for this larger issue would be appreciated to help offset our costs.
The newest issue of the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service magazine, Mandate, is now available in the Narthex.
*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.
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!
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 readNelson 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 on the first Monday of each month at 1:30 pm.
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