For the Week of December 24

Published on Dec 22nd, 2017 by Webminister | 0


                  Joy is the expression of deep love.

Sunday, December 24th    ADVENT 4 
        9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38


        — CHRISTMAS EVE —

7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Family Service in the Sanctuary 
      10:30 pm – Christmas Eve Communion Service in the Sanctuary


Monday, December 25thMERRY CHRISTMAS!
          Join us for 
Service of Carols and Readings with Communion
      9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
    10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: John 1:1-14; Psalm 97

Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th
 The church office will be closed these two days.


Wednesday, December 27th
7:00 pm – Intentional Living in the Fairview Room

Thursday, December 28th

Friday, December 29th

Saturday, December 30th

Sunday, December 31st
        9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
     10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:   Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148;Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40 

                    — New Years Eve —
9:00 pm —  New Year’s Eve Celebration – David & Janet’s home

Monday, January 1st – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
           The church office will be closed.


 For the Children 
 Children are always welcome and encouraged to come to church on Sunday. 
We have a Nursery Room available upstairs by the balcony, 
Quiet Play Centre in 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 within this ministry. 


Thank You for Your Generosity 
          To all of you who generously offer your time, skills, monetary donations, and prayers to support a variety of local and global programs, some of which are:

Nelson Food Cupboard
NUC’s Fair Trade Initiative
Nelson Grans to Grans
Kootenay ANKORS
Camp Koolaree
Nelson Refugee Coalition
Bienestar and the Selkirk College nursing students going to Guatemala
Our Sunday School/Youth, Pastoral Care, Worship programs
UCC Mission & Service and World Development & Relief  

Thank You
        To John, the Chancel Choir and Jubilate Deo Hand Bells for a lovely performance at the “Christmas Remembered” concert.
        To Doug Scott for setting up the lighting in the sanctuary.
        To all the wonderful folks who baked beautiful Christmas cookies for the Cookie Walk and to those who set up and cleaned up from the Cookie Walk.  Special thanks to Peter, Brian, Joe and Dave.
        To Lynne and Peter and Leah for hosting the reception for “Like the Dickens”.
        To Madelyn MacKay for organizing singers to perform Christmas songs at Lakeview Village.

New Year’s Eve Celebration!
Come one, come all!  Join us Sunday, December 31st for a New Year’s Eve Celebration at David & Janet Boyd’s home.  Come by anytime after 9:00 pm.  Please bring finger food to share and whatever you want to drink.  


Youth Ministry
Sunday School at Nelson United Church: from Jan. 14th– June 17th we offer three Sunday School classes during the second half of most 10 am Sunday services, except the first Sunday of every month, when we celebrate communion.There is a class for children ages 3-6 years, a class for children ages 7-11 years, and a class for youth in Grade 6 & up.Children under 3 are welcome to join the youngest class accompanied by their own caregiver.

Youth Group at Nelson United Church: meets the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 7-9 pm beginning Jan. 12th downstairs in the Church Hall.Youth in Grades 6-12 are invited to join usfor games, snacks, friendship and meaningful  conversations.

Affirming Matters!
       Still there are churches loud and vitriolic in their messages of hatred and condemnation. 
       Still there are folks who hoist up placards “God hates fags” and “You will rot in hell”. 
       Still television evangelists and others pump out messages of rejection and judgment. 
       So we must 
       Still be a public witness to God’s radical love as revealed in Jesus. 


2017 Nelson United Church Pictorial Directories
If you haven’t received your 2017 Pictorial Directory yet they are available in the church office. 

2018 Offering Envelopes are now available in the Narthex. Please don’t use them until January. If you would like to have offering envelopes, please speak to Donna Strongman or If you would like to donate automatically each month by PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance), please call the church office.

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:

2018 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 2018 church calendar, please speak with Lynne Busby 250-352-3961.

Recorder Ensemble
Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble will start rehearsals soon, as well as the Beginner Recorder Class.If you are interested in joining either group, please talk to Robin Murray,, 250-352-2822.

We Know That You Are Out there
The Pastoral Care Team is looking for people to help support 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. 

Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement
All are welcome to join in gentle chair yoga classes Tuesdays at 8:30 am in the Church Hall;
And Thursdays at 8:20 am at the Seniors Centre.

Kootenay Refugee Coalition 
If you are interested in donating to help the Kootenay Refugee Coalition support refugees coming to our area and to assist in supporting Selem and Helen from Eritrea, you may do so through your offering envelopes, noting Refugee Coalition in the memo line.  One time or monthly donations are greatly appreciated. Some people have opted to make a monthly donation through our PAR (pre-authorized program).  If this interests you, please contact our church office. See more on their FaceBook page

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

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 165 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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