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For the Week of February 16

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
      Divine Ways of Relating

Sunday, February 16th — SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
     Leader: Carol Prochaska
          9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20Psalm 119:1-81 Corinthians 3:1-9Matthew 5:21-37
        12:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

Monday, February 17th     BC Family Day Statutory Holiday
              The church office will be closed today

Tuesday, February 18th
       1:30 am – Worship Planning Meeting in Trinity Lounge

Wednesday, February 19th 

Thursday, February 20th
           3:15 pm – Young Musicians United! in the Sanctuary
          7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

Friday, February 21st
       10:00 am Set up for tomorrow’s coffee party in the Church Hall
      3:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Fridays for the Future in the Church Hall

Saturday, February 22nd
      3:30 pm (PST) – Interfaith Climate Vigil – Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Bay.  Refreshments start at 2:30 pm (PST).

Sunday, February 23rdh — Transfiguration Sunday
          9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: 
Exodus 24:12-18Psalm 2 or Psalm 992 Peter 1:16-21Matthew 17:1-9
        12:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

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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 Service.  Activity packages are available from the ushers.  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 infond memory of
our brother Rodney,
from Shirley & Roberta.

Staff Schedule
David is taking some holiday and study time off and will be back in his office on February 18th.Thank you to Carol Prochaska for leading us in worship today while David is away.Robin Murray is away on holiday and will be back in her office on February 27th.

Thank You …   
          To John Pengelly and Michelle St. Denis, more additions to the chancel choir!
          To the members of Caritas for cleaning the church hall’s kitchen.
          To Liz, Janet, Jasmine, Robin and Linn, purveyors of Fair Trade Goods.
          To Robin for leading worship and taking care of the flock last Sunday.
          To Jody Dudley and his graphic design skills in making a beautiful Valentine Coffee Party poster.
          To Wendy Steed and Vance Hull for donating their popcorn makers to our Youth Ministry.

Photos of Favourite Mountains
Do you have a favourite mountain? The Worship Planning Team would like you to send a picture — digitally if possible, but hard copies are also fine, to the church office: office@nelsonunitedchurch.ca Please identify the mountain, and if you are in the photograph all the better. We will use these photos to celebrate Transfiguration Sunday on Feb. 23rd.

Emergency Out of the Cold Shelter
The shelter in Nelson is at capacity and some folk are having to endure nights of cool temperatures when the weather turns cold. In partnership with the Nelson Community Food Centre and Stepping Stones and ANKORS volunteers, the Church Hall will be available as an emergency out of the cold shelter; PeterLaMarre will be coordinating this endeavour. Lots of preparation has been undertaken to ensure that there is adequate supervision and everyone’s safety and interests are protected.Nodisruption of services for NCFC or our church is anticipated.
Our gratitude to Doug Scott for his active involvement in thisoutreach initiative.

Income Tax Receipts for 2019 & Initial Offerings for 2020
If you have any questions about your 2019 income taxreceipt, please call our offering envelope secretary Donna Strongman— please do not call the office. If you would like weekly or monthly envelopes, please let Donna know.If you would like to donate via a monthly Pre Authorized Remittance (PAR) instead of envelopes, please contact Lois in the church office 250-352-2822.
In order to help offset NUC’s cost for offering envelopes and the cost of banking charges for Pre Authorized Remittances (PAR), an ‘Initial Offering’ is appreciated. offering envelope users an annual contribution of $5 is suggested; for PAR donors an annual contribution of $6 is suggested.Please feel free to use the offering envelopes available in the pews and mark your name as well as ‘Initial Offering’ on the envelope and place it in the offering plate.

An Invitation to Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
at Ascension Lutheran Church: 1805 Silver King Road
Tuesday, February 25th5:30 p.m.
by donation at the door organizers would appreciate knowing how many to prepare for so if you’re planning on attending, please contact Lois in our church office 250-352-2822. Also, let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.

 

Ash Wednesday Worship 
shared with Ascension Lutheran Church
February 26th, 7:00 pm
at Nelson United Church
All are welcome!

 

Lenten Educational Study
Living the Questions Educational Series:
“Climate Change: ProFuture Faith—The Prodigal Species Comes Home”
with the Rev. Michael Dowd
begins Wednesday, March 4th at 7 pm; we’ll gather in the Fairview

Having “squandered our inheritance on profligate living” (from the parable of the prodigal son), we are a prodigal species. Industrial civilization and our insatiable appetites have us hurtling toward irreversible consequences—not in some distant future, but right now. The good news is it’s not too late. At the intersection of science, spirituality, and sustainability is a deep love of life and a passion for our posterity – a ProFuture Faith. Join eco-theologian, author, and TEDx speaker, Rev. Michael Dowd in a dynamic DVD and internet-based discussion course that bridges the gap between head and heart, science and faith.Participants will be guided on a journey that accepts what is inevitable, avoids what is futile, and be inspired to attend to what is urgent. Come home to reality. Embrace a ProFuture Faith! (From Living the Questions description of the course.)David will lead this interesting and dynamic course. The cost is $20 for the whole course (8 sessions in the 6 weeks of Lent), which begins Wednesday, March 4th at 7 pm; we’ll gather in the Fairview Room. Please let Lois or David know of your intention to attend; bring a friend… or two.

25th Anniversary of Nelson United Church
We will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary during the week of Sunday, June 28th and Sunday, July 5th, 2020, the actual date being July 2nd. If you have any ideas or suggestions for this event, please contact a Board member. The Board wants to plan an exciting and informative celebration.

Know Your UCW
The Nelson United branch of the United Church Women boasts 72 members in 3 separate groups.  These groups meet and operate mainly independently, but work together as a group on some events.  Jubilee Group is led by Grace Smith, 56 Unit by Bess Rathbone and Caritas by Lynne Busby.  Leah Gray and Donna Strongman co-ordinate the entire UCW.  All three groups meet regularly, and they eagerly welcome new members at any time.  If you are interested in joining one of the groups, please have a discussion with one of the leaders.

Prayer Shawl Group
Over 240 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 2:00 pm.

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.

Young Musicians United! 
An afterschool singing and music exploration performance group will meet Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary. All those in grades 2 & up are welcome on their own, younger children welcome with an adult companion. We will sing, play games, eat snacks, explore music through art and movement, and have all sorts of fun together! See Robyn or Robin for additional information.

Calling Recorder Enthusiasts! 
Our Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble is back and rehearsing at noon on Sundays. All those interested should come to rehearsal or talk to Robin Murray.

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. ALSO— note the new “No Parking” area in front of the garden boxes on Josephine St.

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 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.

 

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