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

LIVESTREAM - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 10.30am
Livestream Sunday Service

ORDER OF SERVICE - Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 10.30am
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ANNOUNCEMENTS for the week of May 24, 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
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. At this time, every other month on Thursday morning between 10:00 a.m. and noon people are invited to come for a $25.00 Voucher they may receive once a month. While food banks have become an essential element of food supply for those on the margins, Vouchers allow folks to purchase what food banks don´t usually provide: over-the-counter medications, vitamins, baby formula, cleaning supplies, etc. Our team of volunteers creates a welcoming, friendly environment in which people feel at home. There are even fresh-baked goodies available from time to time along with chocolate bars and granola bars for snacking. Ice-cold bottles of water have been enthusiastically received in the dog days of summer. There are even cuddly dolls for children, scarves, hats and gloves for everyone and socks for the men. In 2017, $35,419 in assistance was distributed to 250 families.

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.

Community Suppers at Wellington Square  

Friday Night Community Dinner
On the first Friday of each month at Wellington Square United Church we prepare, serve and clean up a nourishing hot meal for over 200 people. Over 50 adults and youth from Port Nelson participate regularly in this community project. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., with supper served at 6:00 p.m. and clean-up completed by 8:00 p.m.

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
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!