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St. Matthew’s United Church - E-Bulletin Feb. 22, 2011

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-0209
Sunday worship: 10:30 am


§ Women’s breakfast this week
§ Book Club meets on Saturday
§ Special Sunday: Food in February
§ This is Meeting Sunday
§ Transition Committee Update
§ Celebrate Volunteerism
§ Kairos Canada Update
§ Other happenings in the neighborhood


Women’s Breakfast Saturday — All women of the congregation are invited for breakfast at Smitty’s (Tower Road at Spring Garden) this Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 am. Enjoy your favorite meal and the fellowship of other women from St. Matthew’s.

Book Club on Saturday
— The Book Club will meet this Saturday at 10 am in the church parlour to discuss Kate Morton’s The Secret Garden. If you have read this book and would like to join the discussion, please join us.

Special Sunday: Food in February
— As fuel costs squeeze winter budgets many Nova Scotians struggle to feed themselves and their families. St. Matthew’s is responding with a special food drive. Please bring your food gifts to church this week.

This is Meeting Sunday
— Kirk Session, the Board of Stewards, and Official Board will meet this Sunday, Feb. 27, at noon.
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Transition Committee Update
—In endorsing the Vision 260 / JNAC report last November, the congregation set St. Matthew’s on a journey of change. A Transition Committee was established to manage activities.
One subcommittee, which includes Laura Stiles-Clarke, Joyce Anderson, Greg Bent, and Tim Covert, is charged with finding a minister to take over clergy responsibilities on an interim basis as of July 1, 2011. The vacancy has been advertised since December and applications will be reviewed after the closing date, March 11, 2011.
A second subcommittee, which includes Paul Bowlby, Anne Fay, Dale McLennan, Gail Jay, and Jill Rafuse, will coordinate transition activities, act as a clearinghouse, and communicate with the congregation.
Presbytery is represented by Rev. Helene Burns and Rev. Brad Ford. St. Matthew’s is also represented ex officio by Ken Moors, chair of Stewards; Dr. Dora Stinson, Clerk of Session; Tim Matthews, chair of the Official Board; and Dan Campbell, chair of Trustees.

Celebrate Volunteerism
— Volunteering builds community and reflects our faith at work. Over the coming year, we want to celebrate the volunteer activities of members of the congregation by highlighting our commitment to the community and what we care about. Tell us about the organizations and activities that you are involved in. How has your experience as a volunteer affected you? What impact has your chosen organization had on others and the community? We would like to transform your stories into Minutes for Mission for use in worship, and highlight our collective volunteer work on our website as a way to tell the St. Matthew's story. For information contact Jill Rafuse, 492-4523 or rafuse@ns.sympatico.ca , or Paul Bowlby, pwanda@eastlink.ca

Kairos Canada Update
— Kairos (Canadian churches united in overseas outreach and development) has been at the centre of a political storm over the last week. Many have asked how they can be supportive. If you are concerned, please contact your Member of Parliament. Write letters and online commentary, speak up about your support for Kairos, and help make people aware of the situation. Background is available at www.kairoscanada.org, but here are key points about Kairos funding:
1. Kairos and its 23 partners in some of the world’s poorest and most violent regions remain without stable funding because of Minister Oda’s rejection of the CIDA-supported proposal. The amount Kairos could offer overseas partners this year was only 16% of what it would have sent with CIDA funding.
2. Kairos is effective and gets results. CIDA supported its application for funding because it met and exceeded the CIDA criteria.
3. Kairos reapplied for funding in March 2010 but has not heard whether funding will be restored.
4. Kairos is concerned about transparency, fairness, and accountability in government decision-making, and believes there needs to be a new public debate about the direction of international development aid in Canada.
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Other happenings In the neighborhood ....


Camerata Xara fundraiser
— Saturday, Mar. 5 at 7:30 pm, Edgewood–Oxford United, a coffee house to raise funds to help the young women’s choir go to Festival 500 in Newfoundland. Entrance fee $5 at the door. Coffee, tea and sweets available for a freewill donation.

Coffee house supports ARK ministry
— Saturday, Mar. 5 at 6:30 pm, All Nations Church (corner Robie and Charles), featuring the Shining Lights Choir. Proceeds are for ARK, a non-profit organization that helps and cares for troubled youth in Halifax.

Hymn Sing
— Sunday, Mar. 6 at 3 pm at United Memorial Church, Kaye Street. Freewill offering in support of Royal Canadian College of Organists’ outreach.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
— Tuesday, Mar. 8 from 5-7 pm at Rockingham United, 12 Flamingo Dr. Pancakes, sausage, baked beans, sweets for $7 / person or $20 / family of up to 5 people. Bake sale too! For tickets call 443-2947.

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