Church Updates

Mid-January Update

The Minor Prophets – Micah
This week Travis will be speaking on Micah.  Take a few minutes to read the book before Sunday, or catch the Bible Project video here.

Book Club – ‘Faith Seeking Understanding’
Readers, get reading!!  Only 13 more days until the first meeting of the NNC Book Club!  All the information is below.

Purpose: A book club for people looking to read theological books together in community.  Open to anyone and everyone!  The plan is to read one book every two months.  The first book will be ‘The Challenge of Jesus’ by NT Wright.  
Facilitators: Simon Holding and Mike Jordan
Time and Place: Last Monday of each month, at Neighbourhood Church at 7pm.  Starting Monday January 31st.
Contact & sign up: nncbookclub@gmail.com

Associate Pastor Job Search
The search is on!  The job listing is up on our website and we’re posting the listing far and wide.  Please share this link or point any interested parties to our website: nanaimoneighbourhood.church.

This weeks update

Sermon Series – The Minor Prophets

This week Jodie will be preaching on Hosea.  If you find yourself with a few quiet minutes this week, you could read Hosea, or you could watch the overview here.  

Sunday School help needed

As we all adjust back into routine, we are looking for some help with our Sunday school program.  We’re looking for enthusiastic people to teach and to assist with classes from preschool to grade 5. Message Kayla if you can help with preschool to grade 1 or Stephanie for grades 2 to 5.

We’re also looking for people who would like to provide snacks for the kids in grades 2 to 5.  Something baked, cut up fruit or veggies, cheese and crackers or use your imagination (no nuts please).  Please let Stephanie know if you can contribute in this way.  

And finally, a note on covid 

As you know, we’re limiting our in-person capacity to 50% which works out to 110 people on Sunday mornings.  This has been working well and we’re thankful we haven’t had to turn anyone away.  Starting this Sunday, we’ll be blocking off every other row, as a reminder to be physically distanced when possible.  While we’re grateful that we can still come together to worship and fellowship, we’re mindful of doing all we can to keep each other safe.  

blessings for your week, 
Neighbourhood Church Team

What’s happening this week beside shovelling – So much shovelling!

Covid Update

We take no pleasure in writing another COVID update. Honestly, it’s challenging to know what to say beyond acknowledging that living through a pandemic is exhausting and challenging.

The Omicron variant brings a lot of unknowns and the spike in cases creates a lot of stress and fear. When we combine this with the stress of Christmas and the bleak mid-winter we find ourselves in, it only magnifies the need of our church family to do the work of caring for one another.

Let’s all do what we can to check in, hold space, and care for one another: send a PM to a church friend on Facebook, text someone that you are thinking about this week, or even kick it old school and make a phone call. If you’re feeling alone, scared, or angry, please also make the effort to reach out. Jodie and Travis would also be happy to visit with you online or in-person.  Send us an email or call the church office at 250-758.2242.

In terms of our Sunday gatherings, we know that the new variant may change people’s comfort levels with attending church. We encourage you to follow your gut.  We are also available to talk with you as you discern what you want to do in this next phase.

Neighbourhood continues to follow the guidance of public health and that means our gatherings will continue to have a 50% capacity limit as well as mandatory masks for everyone school-aged and older.

We are pleased to be able to continue to  offer our livestream which provides an opportunity to stay connected even if we are not physically together.

Sunday School Pajama Day – January 2

This Sunday, we invite all the kids from preschool to grade 5 to wear their pjs or comfy cozies to watch a movie during Sunday school.

New Sermon Series – The Minor Prophets

This week we’ll begin a series on the minor prophets – 12 short books at the end of the Old Testament.  We’ll be looking at one prophet per week, starting with Jonah.  In preparation, you could read through Jonah, or take a look at the Bible Project’s videos on Jonah, and also the minor prophets (or see videos below).

Church Flooding

The snowstorms unfortunately caused some flooding in the church foyer. A wonderful clean up crew worked hard at minimizing the damage.

Thank you to Whitney for cleaning up inside and to Luke Barbour, Mike Jordan, Dave Wilms, and Russ Bueckert for helping Travis unclog roof drains and clear the flat roof of snow.  Shout out to Gerry Boy for finding us an industrial fan to help dry things out.

Blessings to our Neighbourhood family as we head into a new year.
Neighbourhood Church Team

Wishing our family a Merry Christmas

Travis’ Christmas Wish for our Family
Over the past four weeks we have been waiting and anticipating the coming of Christmas. During this time we’ve been focusing a lot on the “in-between” acknowledging that in this world darkness and light exist alongside each other. With the arrival of a new, highly-contagious variant and with new public health orders in effect, not to mention the usual stress that Christmas brings at the best of times, it’s easy for us to lose the light and to feel overwhelmed by the darkness. Let’s remember that the great gift of Christmas is that Jesus is our “Emmanuel”, God with us, meaning the light of God cuts through even the darkest night, and is with us in all things. This year, let’s allow ourselves a moment to lament the darkness but to also make a conscious effort to notice and reflect on the light. I invite you to ask yourselves these questions:

Where do I see evidence of God’s work and light in my life?

Where do I see God at work in the life of our church family?

Where do I see God at work in the world around me?

Merry Christmas, 
Travis

Advent Logs:
Many of us have been participating in advent this year using the candles, log, and take-home package that Jodie provided for us. Please send a photo of your advent candles/log to Whitney (wrebarbour@gmail.com) as she would like to share them with the community.

Christmas Eve Services – Friday December 24th 
We’re hosting two in-person services at 6pm and 645pm. We know that with the new variant, many may feel nervous about attending in person. We know that making these decisions aren’t easy, and we support you making the decision that feels most comfortable for you.

As a reminder, we are adhering to 50% capacity limits. To ensure everyone who wants to can attend, we would love for you to sign up you and your family via the link here.  Be sure to sign up soon.  The 6pm service is filling up, but there’s lots of space in the 645pm service.  There will be a limited amount of walk-in space for both services. A huge amount of gratitude to Glen Friesen who will be live-streaming the 6pm service, and it will be available on our Youtube channel after that.  

Church at Home – December 26th
Our service on the Sunday the 26th will be online only.  However, Travis and Whitney Barbour invite you to join their family on Zoom at 1030am, as soon as the service is over to chat, wish each other a Merry Christmas, and to enjoy a hot drink together. The zoom meeting can be accessed by clicking here and will also be sent out on Sunday morning. 

Merry Christmas NC family,

Neighbourhood Church Team

Happy Sunday Church Family!

We have a special service planned for you today that features our kids’ Christmas play in video format. Below we have links to our livestream, a video of the play, and the program.

Live Stream Service | Click here
*you can always watch the live stream at a later time by clicking on the same link

Kids Play video

Program Credits

Merry Christmas everyone,

Neighbourhood Church tech team