FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Greening of a Righteous Branch
Sunday, December 2nd Advent 1
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16: Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36
6:30 pm – Youth Group Meeting in the Fairview Room
Monday, December 3rd
1:30 pm – Prayer Shawl Meeting in the Trinity Lounge
6:30 pm – Board Meeting in the Fairview Room
Tuesday, December 4th
11:30 am – 56 Unit Lunch Meeting at the Hume Hotel
Wednesday, December 5th
Thursday, December 6th
1:30 pm – NUC/NFC Representatives Meeting in the Fairview
4:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorders Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Friday, December 7th
Saturday, December 8th
Sunday, December 9th ADVENT 2
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6
7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – Trinity Lounge
For the Children
Sunday school resumes each Sunday except for the
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.
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.
Thank You …
To editor Jody Dudley for another fabulous Mustard Seed production.
To all who participated in the Stewardship campaign and the luncheon on Sunday. The response was AWESOME!
To Joe Woodward, David Boyd, Verna Kidd and Leah Gray for writing prayers for November.
To Judy and Leah for providing the goodies for the UCW AGM on Friday.
To the women of Caritas for providing coffee and goodies for November.
Come Sing With Us
Chancel Choir rehearses Thursday nights in the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm under the direction of our Minister of Music, Robyn Lamb. All are welcome to come sing with us!
We are happy to be starting our Youth Group back up again, with a few changes: We will now meet on SUNDAYS 6:30-8:30 pm, Dec. 2 & Dec. 16. Also changing – we will start and end our meetings upstairs in the Fairview Room, so please use the parking lot entrance. All Youth in Grades 6-12 are welcome to join for games, snacks, friendship and meaningful conversation. More info: email Robin or www.facebook.com/NUCYouth/ or talk to Robin.
Advent & Christmas Calendar
December 2nd Advent 1 – Worship at 10:00 am
December 9th Advent 2 – Worship at 10:00 am
December 15th – Cookie Walk at 10:00 am
December 16th Advent 3 – Worship at 10:00 am
December 21st – Service of the Longest Night -7:00 pm
December 24th – Family Service – 7:00 pm
– Candlelight Communion Service – 10:30 pm
December 25th – Worship at 10:00 am
December 31st – New Year’s Eve party at 9:00 pm, location TBA
January 6th – Epiphany Communion Service – 10:00 am
Save the Date!
If you love homemade Christmas cookies then make a note on your calendar to show up for the UCW Cookie Walk at 10 am on Saturday, December 15th. We sell out quickly so don’t be late!
2019 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 2019 church calendar, please speak with Lynne Busby
United Church Women
There are 72 members on our UCW list. Each year, in November, we hold an AGM to disperse the year’s funds that have been amassed through dedicated work and fundraising. This year’s allocations are:
$10,000 to NUC general funds (to cover the cost of the new hot water heater)
$1,000 to Camp Koolaree ($500 designated for youth or child sponsorships)
$1,000 to the UCC Mission and Service Fund
$200 to the NUC Benevolent Fund
From last year’s funds, the UCW recently purchased two new long tables for the Church Hall and a dozen more folding chairs. Thanks to Donna Strongman for seeing to that order.
From Nelson Community Food Centre (Food Cupboard)
“We are launching a fundraising campaign to support Festive Food Days: www.nelsoncfc.ca Donations are particularly appreciated this time of year due to our special programs like holiday baking, our solstice dinner and some special Kids Cooking Club sessions. Your donations to Nelson Community Food Centre are greatly appreciated.”
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 Plaque please speak to Donna or Lois in the office.
Volunteers Needed to Help New Families
The Kootenay Parents Circle of Support is seeking volunteers (mothers, grandmothers and people who have experience with infants) to support families during the first year of their baby’s life. Please contact the program coordinator through Apple Tree Maternity 250-354-3884 before Nov. 21, 2018
Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble is starting rehearsals for a new session, so now is the time to join! Talk to Robin Murray. They rehearse at 4 pm in the Sanctuary on Thursdays.
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
Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement
Chair Yoga will be at 8:30 am on Mondays and Thursdays at the Seniors’ Centre on Vernon Street.
Men’s Game Time
Every second and fourth Friday of the month Joe Woodward and other Men will gather at 1:00 pm in the Fairview Room to play any variety of games like UNO, Cribbage, Crokinole. Come and join us
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.
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.