Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday, October 13th – Thanksgiving Sunday
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 and Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c and Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19
7:30 pm – Contemplative Prayer Group – Trinity Lounge
Monday, October 14th
The church office is closed today for the Thanksgiving Day statutory holiday.
Tuesday, October 15th
Wednesday, October 16th
Thursday, October 17th
8:30 am – Admin. Team Meeting – Church Office
7:00 pm – Chancel Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary
Friday, October 18th
Saturday, October 19th
1:00 pm – Being an Advocate Workshop – Church Hall
Sunday, October 20th
9:45 am – Pre-worship singing in the Sanctuary
10:00 am – Worship in the Sanctuary. Scripture readings: Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Psalm 119:97-104; Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8
11:45 am – Bienestar Update in the Church Hall
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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.
It’s an experiment! 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 has 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
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Nyanyadzi Methodist Church and Zimbabwe Support Appeal
As many of you know, twinning with Nyanyadzi Methodist Church occurred in the early ’90s when Nelson was engaged with Mutare in Zimbabwe. Irene McIlwaine and Peggy Corbett were our main contacts for many years and Rachel Maposa and her mother Eleanor were our main contacts in Zimbabwe. We are endeavouring to establish a new contact as Eleanor died some years ago and Rachel moved. However, this note is to ask for your support for Nyanyadzi Methodist Church, and Zimbabwe in general. Millions of people in Zimbabwe are starving and facing severe drought. So, please make a donation to Nelson United Church marking the donation for Zimbabwe / Nyanyadzi Methodist Church relief. Thank you.
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Living Thankfully, Expressing Gratitude
This morning you will receive a piece of paper shaped like a leaf. Please write a brief way in which someone could live more thankfully expressing gratitude. These will be collected during the hymn after the story and then distributed during the offering. So, the idea is that you share a teaching regarding gratitude in your life that someone else will take home with them. Put it on the fridge and remember to be grateful in your day-today life. An example of a way to express gratitude: write something for which you are grateful each day in a gratitude journal. OR say hello to someone on the street you don’t know. OR say thanks before each meal if you are not already doing so.
Join us for an update on the work of Bienestar and our partners in Guatemala next Sunday, October 20th following worship in the Church Hall. Learn about the different projects that Bienestar supports, the impact of this work in Guatemala, and how you are part of a story of hope. There will be a short video, Q & A, desserts, and beverages. Look forward to seeing you there!
To Carol and Robin for blessing us all with your wit, expertise and cheerful competence during David’s absence.
To Barbara for being a capable substitute for Lois.
To all who helped to provide a lovely memorial tribute yesterday for Barbara Renwick.
Join Our Church Choir!
The Chancel Choir has started up again but you can still join! If you love to sing, please come us to the Sanctuary at 7:00 pm every Thursday. All singers of any talent are welcome.
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.
Youth and Family Ministry Evaluation
The Board is currently undertaking an evaluation of our Youth and Family Ministry. The Rev. Greg Powell of Castlegar United Church has agreed to coordinate this for us. It was announced that we were going to undertake the review last week, but the Board decided to take a longer evaluation period. So, with Linda Mae’s assistance, Greg’s guidance, and David’s support, we will set some things up for mid-September and early October. More announcements will be forthcoming. Thank you.
*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.
Hearing Loop Installation
The Sanctuary’s main floor Hearing Loop is up and running and folks are reporting success with the system. If you find yourself having problems getting your hearing aids to connect with the Hearing Loop, please check with your Hearing Aid provider to make sure your hearing aids have a t-coil and are set up correctly.
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
Communion Bread Makers
If you are interested in taking a turn making bread for communion please contact Lynne Busby.
Chair Yoga with Instructor, Clement: Chair Yoga will be at 8:30 am on Mondays and Thursdays at the Seniors’ Centre on Vernon Street.
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.
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.
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