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Weekly Announcements

Announcements for the Week of December 15, 2019

Third Sunday of Advent-Joy 

Quotes for the Week:

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. -Charles Dickens

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. -Audre Lorde


The People’s Corner

Please keep Muriel Peachey in your prayers as she recovers from hip surgery at Joseph Brant.

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


Christmas Musical Afternoon Monday December 16th at 1 p.m.

Here’s your chance to get into the Christmas spirit! Please join us for an afternoon of musical performances, sing-a-long carols and fun. Refreshments will be served. Donations received will go to Community Outreach.


UCW Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner December 18th at 6 p.m.

All women are invited to attend this annual event. Please bring…

-something to eat to share (no nuts, shellfish or horseradish please)

-a toiletry item (to be donated to Halton Women’s Place)

-your own plates and cutlery (no clean up needed)

-a fun auction item valued at $10 that is wrapped to be auctioned off to the highest bidder

Please RSVP to Donna Lelievre via New Church: or 905-332-0090 or


Pizza and Carols Friday December 20th at 5:30 p.m.

It was always a tradition at Tansley to celebrate the Christmas season and the last day of school with a Pizza and Carols event. And Faith Formation/Kids program thought it would be a good tradition to try as part of New Church too. So this year’s Pizza and Carols is Friday December 20 starting at 5:30 pm.  It’s a fun chance to sing your favourite Christmas songs – some traditional but mostly the fun ones – while sharing a meal with our church community and their friends & family. The evening is geared to children – but will definitely be fun for those who are only kids at heart. Everyone is welcome but we do need you to purchase tickets in advance so we know how much pizza to order. Tickets will be on sale at the back of the sanctuary starting today and continuing for the next 2 Sundays. Tickets are $7 each or $20 per family. The kids at new church are also going to be collecting toiletry stocking stuffers as part of the Elf Network so we’re encouraging you to bring a toiletry item along with your appetite and good cheer. Hope you can join us!


This week
Sunday   Dec. 15 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship-Third Sunday of Advent-Joy
Monday   Dec. 16 1:00 p.m. Christmas Musical Afternoon
Tuesday     Dec. 17 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Halton Fresh Food Box Pick Up
7:00 pm Board Meeting
Wednesday     Dec. 18 9:30-11:30 a.m. Coffee Time
6:00 pm UCW Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner  
Thursday      Dec. 19 7:30 pm Choir
Friday     Dec. 20 9:30 am Food for Life
 5:30 pm Pizza and Carols
Upcoming Services and Events 
Sunday     Dec. 22 10:00 am Sunday Worship-Fourth Sunday of Advent-Love
Tuesday    Dec. 24 5:30 p.m. Preschool Children’s Service
7:00 p.m Nativity Pageant & Family Service
9:00 p.m Traditional Family Service & Communion
11:00 pm Candlelight Communion Service


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.



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:



If you used St Stephen or Tansley offering envelopes in 2019, your new box of envelopes will be available in the foyer the next couple of Sundays.

Can’t find a box with your name on it, and would like a box of envelopes?  Please take an unassigned box of envelopes, fill out the yellow form, and leave the completed form on the offering plate.

At year’s end, please discard any unused 2019 envelopes, as some envelope numbers have changed for 2020.   Thank you for your continuing support of our New Church.


From your Regional Council Reps (Shirley Bottaro, Gary Goodale, and Sue Stephen)

As previously shared, Regional Councils came into effect across the United Church of Canada on January 1, 2019. Our community of faith/congregation is represented on the Horseshoe Falls Regional Council.  Regional Council’s (RC’s) staff regularly produces a wonderful newsletter full of interesting information. To read the December issue just click here

Horseshoe Falls Regional Council Website is  To learn more about what is happening at the Regional Council level, and across the wider United Church we recommend you visit the website regularly.

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 8, 2020


Important Outreach Dates to Remember

December 23         Distribution of food hampers to community families

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who contributed towards The Elf Network this year.

Thanks for bringing in a White Gift for a child!

Thanks to everyone for contributing gift cards for the gift hampers!

Thanks to the knitters/crocheters/shoppers who contributed some hats, mitts, gloves, scarves and even socks towards the gift hampers!

Thanks to everyone who to date has donated to the Mission Jar Fish which will be directed to our The Elf Network (TEN) programming.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with our December Single Moms meeting…setting up, preparing and serving the dinner, cleaning up, helping in the child minding craft area and making the apple crisps as take away gifts.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered last weekend collecting donated turkeys.  It was the best year in 25 years with 2283 turkeys being donated.  The top store was Fortinos on Upper Middle and Guelph Line.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered at the North BurLINKton Dinner Night Out Christmas dinner… preparing the food serving and cleaning up.

Thanks to everyone who donated their used Christmas cards and those who turned them into awesome table centre pieces for the tables.


Making a difference in someone’s life!