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St. Matthew’s United Church - E-Bulletin Feb. 15, 2011

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209

§ Tonight: Potluck Church
§ Feb. 18: Circus Performance
§ Welcome Canada Games Visitors
§ Food in February
§ Church Outreach that makes a difference
§ Affirming Ministry
§ Pastoral Care

Tonight: Potluck Church — All are welcome at an informal potluck service and potluck supper on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 pm. The theme is “Share the Faith.” Bring some food to share, and enjoy the evening. You are also invited to share a poem, prayer, song, hymn or artwork that has been meaningful to you on your faith journey.

Circus Performance Friday— Circus Circle is a social program for 16-to-30-year-olds who are either homeless or involved in life on the street. About 20 youth meet in our gymnasium on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to learn circus skills such as juggling, hand balance, devil sticks, balancing on a wire, and unicycle. The program is free, thanks to corporate donations of equipment, sponsorship by four provincial government departments, and St. Matthew’s. The program has been running since June 2005 under the direction of Circus Mike Hirschbach.
Participants of the Circus program will be performing on Friday, Feb. 18 at the Grand Parade as part of the celebration activities associated with the Canada Games. The lunch-hour performance is free and begins at noon.

Canada Games—Please extend a warm welcome to visitors who are in Halifax for the Canada Games. Last week Sarah McInnes, a member of our congregation, told the congregation about her experience and the life lessons she learned through preparing for and competing at the 2003 Canada Games in Bathurst, NB. Special thanks to Sarah for taking time away from her law studies to share her story.

Food in February — As fuel costs wreak havoc on winter budgets, many Nova Scotians struggle to feed themselves and their families. St. Matthew’s wants to respond with a special food drive for those in need. Recalling that all God’s people are “of even more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31), please take a grocery tag “sparrow” from the back of the sanctuary, buy the food indicated, and bring your gift on Sunday, Feb. 27.
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Church Outreach that makes a Difference — Do you work on an outreach, social action or environmental committee? Are you passionate about making a difference locally, nationally, and globally? Do you want new ideas, fresh approaches, and helpful resources? An Ecumenical Workshop at Tatamagouche Centre from Friday, March 4 at 7 pm to Sunday, March 6 at 1 pm will energize and renew you, and help your church outreach make a difference. Cost $195 includes workshop, room and meals. For information, www.tatacentre.ca or call 1-800-218-2220.

Affirming Ministry
—St. Matthew’s is an Affirming Ministry of the United Church of Canada, welcoming and affirming the dignity of all God’s people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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