Port Nelson United ChurchAn Affirmed Church, 3132 South Drive Burlington, Ontario,
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CHURCH ACTIVITIES & NEWS

Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 10.30 am Join us for In-Person Worship or Livestream
Livestream Sunday Service

ORDER OF SERVICE - Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 10.30am
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ANNOUNCEMENTS - for the week of November 29, 2020
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Annual Report 2019
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Children and Youth Ministries Brochure
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Adult Small Groups Brochure
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Reaching Out Ministries Brochure
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Caring Ministries Brochure
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Music Ministry Brochure
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A complete list of activities is available on the Events Listing page and our Worship opportunities can be found on our Our Sunday Morning page.

GROUPS - REACHING OUT

Port Nelson United Caring - Reaching Out Initiatives
Winter Clothing Drive  

Winter Clothing Drive

The Port Nelson United Church Affirm Group and Outreach Ministry are once again doing a coat drive this year. The coats will benefit Parkview Street Mission & Wesley Urban Ministries. We welcome your clean, gently used Outdoor Winter Clothing.

Drop off times at Port Nelson (parking lot entrance) are as follows:,/br> Friday November 6 3:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday November 7 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday November 8 9:00am-12:00pm

Port Nelson United Churech Refugee Program  

Syrian Refugee Group

In December 2015, Port Nelson United Church welcomed Hamza at the age of 19 to Burlington as a Syrian refugee. When Hamza arrived in Canada he did not speak a word of English. Hamza has spent the last four years going to school and working part-time. He is now fluent in English and has received his Grade 12 graduation Diploma. Hamza now has a full time job.

Hamza´s greatest desire is for his widowed mother and two younger sisters to join him in Canada. The PNUC Refugee Committee has remained committed to helping Hamza achieve this goal and recently explored two options, with the assistance of an immigration lawyer. One option is to bring an application on compassionate grounds to bring the family to Canada. The second, preferred option, would be to sponsor the family as refugees. The PNUC Refugee Committee, in conjunction with Hamza, have completed all the necessary sponsorship application forms and submitted them to the United Church of Canada and the Church has placed Hamza´s mother and sisters on the list for sponsorship in 2020. Unfortunately, although Hamza´s mother and sisters were able to go to Jordan on a Visitor´s Visa, the government would not allow them to stay and they were sent back to Syria. Hamza will soon be a Canadian citizen and it was hoped that he would be able to safely visit his family in Jordan once he was able to apply for a passport. Hamza has not seen his family since he was 15, eight years ago.

The Port Nelson United Church Refugee Committee is committed to helping Hamza´s family and bringing them to Canada. Donations to help this cause would be most appreciated. Here is a link to our donations page at CanadaHelps.org. Scroll down in the FUND section box to D "Syrian Refugee Sponsorship."

Our family of three Syrian women (mother and daughter and mother´s sister) arrived in Canada on November 3, 2016. They were deemed special needs by the Canadian government because the sister lives with Down Syndrome. Due to her health issues, there was a long delay in their departure from Lebanon. During this time the daughter married. A little girl was born after the family's arrival in Canada, who is a little gem. Unfortunately, the relationship with the father in Lebanon ended. The young mother has finished high school and is now enrolled at Mohawk College in Business Accounting. The heavy study schedule has necessitated that she drastically reduce her workload at a local restaurant and accumulate student debt to support her family. Although well beyond our original commitment, we feel this family deserves our continuing support at this time.

Providing Vouchers to those in need  

Food Voucher Program
Vouchers at Port Nelson fill a glaring gap. During COVID 19 time participants continue to be contacted by telephone and gift cards are being mailed to those in dire need.

If you feel moved to donate to the Voucher Program – making a difference for folks struggling to get back on their feet – please write a cheque to Port Nelson United Church “Vouchers” and send it to the church office or put it in the offering plate. Every portion – 100% – goes to support the program. Thank you.

Providing Food Vouchers to the Needy  

Food Access - Burlington Food Bank
We are blessed by God´s abundance. Out of such abundance we share with the community. Every third Sunday, we collect food and money for the Burlington Food Bank, delivering those donations the following week. We work together with other congregations in Burlington to collaborate, pooling our resources, our energy and our programmes for the wider community. We do not stand alone in caring, for God calls us to reach out abundantly.

Grocery Shopping Service  

Shopping Service
Volunteer shoppers are available to assist anyone who needs to self-isolate and others unable to leave their homes shop for needed items. Interested in being a volunteer shopper? Know someone who may need this service? Contact Stan Harvey.

Community Suppers at Wellington Square  

Friday Night Community Dinner Take Home Meal Bag Program

Port Nelson is an active partner in the Friday Night Community program hosted at Wellington Square United Church. During the pandemic the community dinner has become a take-out and delivered meal bag program. Over 1,200 meal bags are prepared every week.

Could you help with the significant cost of this program that reaches the most vulnerable in our community? Contributions can be made on-line, by e-transfer or by cheque through the Port Nelson Church office. Thank-you! Please indicate “Friday Night Meal Bag Program” when making a donation

While Jesus did say "Feed my sheep," there is a lot of laughter, tears (onions, you know...) and wonderful conversation as we reach out in partnership into the community to share God´s love.

Seeds of Life: Canadian Foodgrains Bank  

Seeds of Life: Canadian Foodgrains Bank

On World Food Sunday, October 18 at 11:45am there willbe a 30-minute seminar following the morning service in the Roseland Room. Scott Brooks, who coordinates our Seeds of Life program, and Musu Taylor-Lewis from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will provide an update on the work of the Foodgrains Bank during the pandemic in some of the hardest hit areas of the world.

A great way to see how your contributions to Seeds of Life and the United Church Mission & Service are used! All are welcome (limit of 50 people).

Seeds of Life is a community growing project on a 72 acre farm at Alberton, Ontario for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank - "A Christian response to hunger." This past year Port Nelson sponsored the planting of 14 acres of winter wheat at a cost of $400 per acre. The crop was harvested in July, yielding a good return of $529 per acre. When matched 4 to 1 by our Canadian Government, our $5,600 investment becomes $37,030 for world food relief.

Reaching Out Committee  

Reaching Out Committee

Reaching out is active. It means we get our hands "dirty." We open the doors and windows of opportunity to invite people to work together — starting with charity, growing into mission and maturing through justice. We reach out by raising awareness, by keeping people informed of what they can do, by encouraging folks to grow in their faith in action, by living love. We reach out with a readiness to discover, to encourage and to support new ways of sharing God´s love. Let´s do it together!