Third Sunday of Lent
Pushing Through Challenges: Personal Transformation
PIE Day/Affirming Worship
Sunday, March 15th — 3rd Sunday in Lent
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42
12:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Monday, March 16th
6:30 pm – Board Meeting via ZOOM
Tuesday, March 17th
2:00 pm – Pastoral Care Team Meeting in the Fairview Room
Wednesday, March 18th
2:00 pm – NFC/NUC Representatives Meeting in the Fairview Room
7:00 pm – Lenten Educational Study in the Sanctuary
Thursday, March 19th
No Choirs today
Friday, March 20th
Saturday, March 21st
Sunday, March 22nd — 4th Sunday in Lent & AGM Sunday
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5:8-14, John 9:1-41
After worship – AGM pot luck finger food and meeting in the Hall
12:00 pm – Spirit Winds Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal in the Sanctuary.
7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer in Trinity Lounge
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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.
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 remembrance of
Ralph Elliot and his hugs,
with love from Jean.
To Stan Donaldson, our faithful Sunday morning coffee maker.
To the folks who attended the lovely World Day of Prayer service at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church last Friday.
To our Broadview Magazine representative, Linda Hoskin, for reminding us to renew our subscriptions.
Mark Your Calendars: Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will be after worship on March 22nd and all are welcome. Please bring finger food to share for a pot-luck lunch, after which we will have our AGM as we review and celebrate the life of Nelson United Church in 2019.
Lenten Educational Study
Living the Questions Educational Series:
“Climate Change: ProFuture Faith—The Prodigal Species Comes Home”
with the Rev. Michael Dowd
Continues on Wednesday, March 11th at 7 pm;
we’ll gather in the Fairview Room
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.
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.
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: 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.
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