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St. Matthew's United Church
E-Bulletin January 26, 2011
Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209

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Funeral for Susan Millard — Members of the congregation will be saddened to learn of the death of Susan Millard, who for years was head usher and Sunday greeter. Susan was the victim of a car-pedestrian accident in Halifax earlier this week. The congregation and choir, her friends and family will celebrate her life at a memorial service Saturday, Jan. 29 at 2 pm. A reception will follow in the church hall.


Jan. 27: Introducing the United Church — If you are interested in conversation with others about faith, the church, and the United Church, you are invited to attend a “four Thursdays” discussion group that will be led by Rev. Betsy Hogan. The first session is this Thursday (Jan. 27) at 7:30 pm at St. Matthew’s.


Jan. 30: Special guests Ardyth and Jennifer — Celtic harpists Ardyth and Jennifer will provide special music at 10:30 am on Sunday, Jan. 30 as we celebrate the Celtic Christian Festival of Imbolc. This ancient tradition observes the time that is midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Our theme will be “Spring Rising and St. Matthew’s Rising”, and the congregation will love singing along with the last hymn, featuring soprano Karla Bruce.


Summer Art and Photography Exhibition — Building on the success of last year’s show, St. Matthew’s plans to host another art exhibition this summer. It is hoped to add a photography exhibit and sale in the Sunday school rooms to replace flowers. If you are interested in joining the Festival Committee to coordinate the photo exhibition, please contact Johan Geldenhuys, 429-4973; johan@jgeldenhuys.com. This was a most successful fundraiser for St. Matthew’s last year.

Help the Out of the Cold Shelter — The Out of the Cold Shelter at St. Matthew’s provides a warm refuge for those who are not served by other agencies. Evening meals are being provided by the Feed Nova Scotia Cooking School, but there are still opportunities to help. Contact Jordan Roberts, Shelter Volunteer Coordinator, at; volunteerotcs@gmail.com
Monetary donations – Leave your cheque made out to “St. Matthew’s United Church Shelter Fund” in the offering plate or bring it to the church office.
Food donations – Volunteers are providing breakfast, sandwiches and snacks for guests. A schedule has been set up. To sign up, contact; awoodford@schalifax.ca
Snack foods – Juice and granola bars without nuts welcome.
Specific items needed: Sweatpants, pyjama pants, men’s underwear, long underwear, adult’s winter boots in good condition, rain gear (jackets, pants, boots), facecloths, single-size sheets both fitted and flat, pillows, pillowcases, metal forks and spoons, gift cards (Tim Horton, McDonalds, grocery stores), bus tickets, masking tape, fitted sheets, VHS movies that are not explicit or violent.
NOT needed: soap, shampoo, other toiletries


Are you a Singer or a Ringer? — St. Matthew’s has an active music program that is an important part of our congregational life. The Senior Choir and AcaBella Handbell Choir welcome new members. Handbells rehearse Thursdays at 6:15 pm, and the Senior Choir at 7:30 pm. For more information contact Minister of Music Wayne Rogers, 429-1680; humber@ns.sympatico.ca


Pastoral Care — Contact Rev. Betsy Hogan or the church office, 423-9209.


Jan. 31: Choral and bell concert — The choir and handbell ringers of St. John’s United Church present music for the winter season, interspersed with the poetry of Robert Frost. Music leadership is by conductor Ray Grant and pianist Nancy Nelson. The concert is Monday, Jan. 31 at 7 pm at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Road.

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