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Third Sunday of Advent 
     Deserts will Bloom & the World will Rejoice

Sunday, December 15th — Advent 3
          9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: Isaiah 35:1-10Psalm 146:5-10 or Luke 1:46b-55James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11

                    After worship – Bienestar presentation in the Church Hall
          4:00 pm – Las Posadas Nativity Family Gathering in the Church Hall

Monday, December 16th   
           6:00 pm – Caritas Christmas Pot Luck Dinner at Steed’s

Tuesday, December 17th  

Wednesday, December 18th

Thursday, December 19th 
          7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

Friday, December 20th  

Saturday, December 21st 
          7:00 pm – Service of the Longest Night in the Sanctuary 

Sunday, December 22nd — Advent 4
          9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: 
Isaiah 7:10-16Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

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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.

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.

Postlude Quiet
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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The flowers this morning are in loving memory of
 Ken Smith
from Grace and family.


Staff Schedule
Robin Murray is attending Pacific Mountain Region’s Annual Staff Retreat in Burnaby.  She will be back on Monday, December 9.

Thank You …   
To Hazel and Henry for reading beautifully last Sunday.
        To Robin and David for organizing a fun family advent gathering for this evening.
        To all who baked wonderful cookies for the annual “Cookie Walk” yesterday and to all who supported it.

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!

Bienestar video/ information sharing following worship, December 15th
The time has arrived for you to join us for an update on the work of Bienestar and our partners in Guatemala in the lower hall.  Learn about the different projects that Bienestar supports, the impact of this work in Guatemala, and how you are part of a story of hope.  There will be a short video, Q & A, desserts, and beverages.

Chancel Choir Cantata: ‘Welcome the Child’
The Chancel Choir will present a musical cantata throughout worship next Sunday, December 22nd for all of us to enjoy.  Note:  there will be no Sunday School that day. 

We will not be collecting White Gifts, however, if you would like to make a special gift to United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund or to the Nelson Community Food Centre you may do so next Sunday through your offering envelope noting on the cheque’s memo line where you’d like your donation to go.  

December 21st: Longest Night Service of Remembrance and Hope.  7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Remembering loved ones & enjoying quiet reflection.

December 22nd: Sunday Worship—4th Sunday of Advent.  Our Chancel Choir will present a musical about the birth of Jesus.  No Sunday School today.

December 24th: Family Christmas Eve worship at 7;00 pm. A nativity pageant will be presented, candles lit and the Christmas celebration will begin.  See Robyn Lamb or Robin Murray to participate.

December 24th: Candle-light Communion at 10:30 pm, celebrates the wonder of Christmas.

December 25th: Christmas Day worship at 10 am.

2020 Offering Envelopes
Your 2020 offering envelopes are available in the Narthex. Please continue using your 2019 envelopes until January.

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.  

United Church Women (UCW) Support
At the UCW’s annual AGM held in November, the UCW dispersed funds amounting to $14,200 in the following way:

NUC General Fund   $ 10,000
Mission and Service       1,000
Benevolent Assistance   1,000
Kitchen Supplies             1,000
Staff Gifts                         700
Camp Koolaree               500

Thanks to all in the church who help to raise these funds in support of the United Church, both locally and nationally.  If you would like to become a UCW member or associate member, please talk with Leah Gray or Donna Strongman.

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. 

Great Christmas Gift Idea!
Give the gift of Broadview Magazine for a Special Gift Price of just $20 plus tax.  Three easy ways to order: online ( subscription), by mail (with a card – see Linda Hoskin or our church office 250-352-2822.  Ordering before December 23rd  starts the subscription with January/February issue and continues for the entire year.  It truly is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

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.

Mandate Magazine
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:

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 on the first Monday of each month at 1:30 pm.


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