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Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the Week of January 19,2020

Quote for the Week:

An epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is
nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of creation.         -Abraham Isaac Kook

The People’s Corner

(News about members of Nelson, St. Stephen and Tansley may be emailed or phoned into the church office.)

This week
Sunday Jan. 19 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship -Second after Epiphany 
Monday Jan. 20 1:00 p.m. Seniors Strengthen and Stretch
5-6:00  p.m. Sharyn and Friends
Tuesday  Jan. 21 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Halton Fresh Food Box Pick Up
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting- All are Welcome
Wednesday Jan. 22 7:30 a.m. Men’s Breakfast at Cora’s
9:30 -11:30 a.m. Coffee Time   All are Welcome!
1:00 p.m. Seniors Strengthen and Stretch
Thursday     Jan. 23 1:00 p.m. Line Dancing
7:30 p.m. Choir
Friday      Jan. 24   9:30 a.m. Food for Life
Upcoming Services and Events 
Sunday      Jan. 26 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship
Monday    Jan. 27 7:30 p.m. Faithful Readers Book Club 
Monday     Feb. 3 10:00 a.m. Prayer Shawl Meeting


Nelson, St. Stephen and Tansley United Churches strive to be a nut free and scent sensitive environment.  Please help us be an inviting space for everyone.


January 25 – The Transition Team is hosting a Listening Circle with facilitators from Horseshoe Falls Regional Council Staff.   The purpose of the circle is to create a safe environment in which participants can share their truth with others. It is often a healing process as people are invited to unburden themselves of issues weighing them down, grief, struggles, bringing awareness to topics that have seemed undiscussable while holding sacred the complexities of our shared humanity.  Participants in a Talking Circle learn to listen and respect the views of others. The intention is to open hearts to understand and connect with one another.

  • Participants sit in a circle. The circle symbolizes completeness.
  • An everyday object such as a rock or pencil is sometimes used as a talking object.
  • Participants are invited to state what they feel or believe with I statements
  • When the talking object is placed in someone’s hands; it is that person’s turn to share his or her thoughts, without interruption. Often the object is passed to the next person in a clockwise direction.
  • Whoever is holding the object has the right to speak and others have the responsibility to listen.
  • Everyone else is listening in a non-judgemental way to what the speaker is saying.
  • Silence is an acceptable response. As is the option to respond, “I pass.”

We are aware that former Tansley folks have not benefited from this process as the other two founding congregations have and would hope they might avail themselves of this opportunity.  If you would like to attend please contact Sue Stephen or the Transition Team email at:


In case you have missed any of Rev. Helen’s recent sermons we now have audio files of them on the church website. Just use this link and follow the instructions.

Don’t forget to turn on the sound

The Transition Update page is full of excellent information about what the Transition team has been working on.  Visit the website for more information:

2019 Tax Receipts

There are two streams of tax receipts for 2019, depending on which of the founding churches received the donation.  Some members of the congregation may end up with two tax receipts, i.e., one from St. Stephen and one from Tansley.

John Allchin has prepared the Tansley receipts, and these will be in mail slots this Sunday. Dave Shilton has indicated that St Stephen receipts are underway as well, and we will announce when these are available. Please remember to check your mail slot on Sunday for your tax receipt.

The Fun, Food and Fellowship Committee will have its first meeting on Tuesday, January 21st at 3 pm in the Nelson room. Everyone will be welcomed with open arms to help us plan for different “food” events of the year. Please contact Linda Draddy if you have any questions at 905-802-8774 or

Looking for a way to become involved with your church but don’t want to commit to monthly meetings? 

We are in URGENT need of a Worship Volunteers Coordinator as our current ones are retiring as of the end of December.  All is needed is someone who is organized, doesn’t mind using email and making charts and who likes to plan ahead.  If this sounds like something you’d be interested in or you have more questions please contact Jennifer Brezina ( or Lloyd Pong (

The Funeral Committee is asking for Food Helpers

As you may be aware, we have a dedicated team of people who, when there is a funeral at the church, pop into action.

One part of this group is the Reception Team, this group organizes the reception following the service.  In order to have the right amount of food at the reception this group relies on a list of people who have said they are willing to make either sandwiches, cookies/squares or extras.  We are currently looking to recruit some new names to fill these lists. We are hoping to have enough people on the list so that you would not be called on for every funeral that we host.  Please note you would only be providing food if you have received a call from our team of callers and you have agreed to do so.

There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the sanctuary for the next few weeks so that you may add your name and contact information, please indicate if you would like to make sandwiches, cookies/squares or extras (cheese/cracker, veggie, fruit or pickle tray).  Or if you would rather contact Linda Draddy at indicating your preference.

The Funeral team would like to thank all of those who are already on the list and who have helped to make receptions at the church a wonderful gift to the families of the deceased.

Broadview (formerly United Church Observer) Subscription Renewals are due now.

If you have a current subscription and wish to renew it or wish to start a new subscription, please contact the church office.  Annual subscriptions are $25.

Coffee Time 

Come out and enjoy a coffee and a friendly chat! Everyone is invited to a “getting to know you” coffee time every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the back of the Sanctuary. Please join us, everyone is welcome!

Contact Linda Draddy for further information.

Vista Gift Cards    Thank you for supporting Outreach and our Vista Card Program

Men’s Breakfast

Meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of the month at Cora’s on Appleby Line at 7:30 a.m.  Next Meeting:  Wednesday January 22, 2020


Supporting Building Community…..  

Single Moms

To celebrate the first meeting of the year the Mom’s and children enjoyed a delicious dinner; the theme was “Breakfast at Dinner”. Following dinner the children went up to their program and the moms enjoyed a fun evening of Court Whist, lead by Ruth Goodale. Many thanks to all our volunteers and Ruth for their help to make the event so memorable. Everyone had a great time!

Comments were “when can we do it again?”



We have scheduled 6 sessions for the winter 2020 as follows:

Feb 13          Valentine’s Day
Feb 27         Diner Special
Mar 12         Brunch Baby
Mar 26         Sheet Supper
Apr 16          Old Fashioned Fish Fry shhh… It’s really baked!
Apr 30         Taco Thursday

If you are interested in participating in this program please email with which sessions you are interested in order of preference.

We are looking for a volunteer to work in the kitchen with Chef Marcia to help her plate the food and run the dishwasher /clean up on Thursday March 12th  5:30 pm-7 pm (ish).  If you can help, please email  Otherwise, this session will be cancelled.


Mission Jar Fish

Funds donated to the Mission Jar for the first 6 months of 2020 will be directed as follows:

Jan/Feb/Mar         Snacks & lunch foods

Apr/May/June       Backpacks and lunch bags

Used plastic food containers now being collected

Thank you to everyone who has brought in used plastic food containers for the North BurLINKton Dinner Night Out community dinners.

Please limit the containers to typical yogurt containers ones with a capacity 500mL -750 mL, plastic only with lids. Odd shaped ones are too difficult to store as they do not stack with other containers.  Also, they need to be run through a commercial dishwasher at high temperatures so the thinner walled clear containers are not suitable.

A bin is located at the entryway to the church under the pew.

Community Support

Requests for household items

Families in our community often are in need of household items – frying pans, linens etc.  If you have any items that you no longer need that are in good condition., please contact the office.