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For the Week of January 19

            Discernment & Calling

Sunday, January 19th 
          9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings:  Isaiah 49:1-7Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9John 1:29-42
             After worship – Quiche Luncheon by Caritas in the Church Hall
        12:30 pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary.
          2:00 pm – The Baha’i World Religion Day Celebration at the Front Room, 901 Front Street
           6:30 pm – Youth Group Meeting – Fairview Room

Monday, January 20th

Tuesday, January 21st

Wednesday, January 22nd
          1:30 pm – 
Décor Team meets in the Sanctuary
          7:00 pm – Interfaith Climate Vigil at the Anglican Church 

Thursday, January 23rd
           3:15 pm – Young Musicians United! In the Sanctuary
          7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary

Friday, January 24th

Saturday, January 25th

          9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary   
        10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary.  Scripture readings: 
Isaiah 9:1-4Psalm 27:1, 4-91 Corinthians 1:10-18Matthew 4:12-23.

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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 had 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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Quiche Lunch Today
Beat the winter blues and join the Caritas women after worship  for a delicious quiche and salad fundraising lunch.  Gluten, vegetarian  and dairy-free options will be available. There will be delicious fruit crumble for dessert.  All this plus wonderful companionship for the low cost of $10 per person (children are free).  IOU’s are just fine. All are welcome!

Thank You …   
To Linda Mae and Margaret for applying for much-needed grant money for new programs.
            To the Decor Team for taking down the Advent/Christmas decorations and beginning the next exciting tableau.
           To all who brave extreme winter weather and difficult parking to get to church and to those folks who carpool. 

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 1:30 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.

Mustard Seed Deadline Extended
Please send your poems, pictures, events, etc. to Jody Dudley by Tuesday, January 21st  for inclusion in our next issue of NUC’s Mustard Seed newsletter.

Nelson Interfaith Climate Vigil
The monthly Climate Vigil is this Wednesday, January 22nd at 7 pm at the Anglican Church – 701 Ward Street.  All are welcome!

Income Tax Receipts 2019
If you have any questions about your 2019 income tax receipt, please call our offering envelope secretary Donna Strongman at 250-825-4438 or 250-505-3161 – please do not call the office. 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.

A Three Week Discussion Group:
Religious Words Exploration 101
Facilitator: Carol Prochaska
Trinity Lounge, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 
Wednesdays: February 5th, 12th & 19th
Together we’ll dissect words like sin, saved, repent.  For those who seldom (never) use these words in a sentence.  Please let Carol or Lois know if you plan to attend. 

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:

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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