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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin March 1, 2011

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-0209
Sunday worship: 10:30 am
Thursday choir rehearsals: Handbells 6:15 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm

§ March 6: Worship and Music Committee
§ March 8: Pancake Tuesday lunch
§ March 9: Ash Wednesday service
§ Penny Parade
§ Support the Brunswick Street Mission
§ Subscribe to United Church Observer
§ Help needed for art exhibition, Scottish tea
§ Celebrate Volunteerism
§ Kairos Canada needs your voice
§ Other happenings in the neighborhood

Sunday, March 6 at 12 noon
— Worship and Music Committee meeting

Tuesday, March 8 at 12 noon
— St. Matthew’s will hold a Pancake Tuesday lunch as a fundraiser. Encourage your friends and co-workers to come for lunch and support our outreach programs – a Toonie per pancake. Please help spread the word among your contacts downtown. Members of the congregation are invited to help cook or serve.

Wednesday, March 9 at 7 pm
— The Ash Wednesday service is a quiet time of prayer and preparation for the contemplative season of Lent. All are invited. Care for small children will be available.

Penny Parade
— We are going to hold an old-fashioned “penny parade” as a Lenten activity for the children to demonstrate how even small contributions can make a difference when we all participate. Dig out pennies from your piggybanks and dresser drawers – ask your friends to contribute – pick up coins from the street – find those lowly pennies wherever they are, and bring them to church for our Time with the Children penny jar. Other coins always welcome.

Support the Mission — The Brunswick Street Mission helps people in need by providing food and clothing, offering support with life crises, helping individuals and families find housing or employment, or helping them manage their finances. The Mission also opens its doors each morning to provide coffee, hot breakfast, and a warm welcome. Halifax Presbytery and Maritime Conference of the United Church recognize the essential work of the Mission by providing support and oversight. St. Matthew’s joins with the other Peninsula United Churches with representation on the Board of the Mission; Paul Bowlby is our representative. The Mission needs your ongoing support in order to maintain its programs. One way you can help is through PAR, where a monthly gift of $10 or $20 will help sustain the Mission’s work. PAR forms will be available on Sunday in the church bulletin, or by contacting paulbowlby@eastlink.ca

Subscribe to the United Church Observer — The Observer newsmagazine keeps members and friends of the United Church aware of activities in the church regionally, nationally, and globally. It is published 11 times a year and delivered to your home or office. Thought-provoking, sometimes controversial and never dull, it consistently wins awards for the quality of the writing, layout and photography. Subscription forms are available at the church. You are encouraged to contribute $15 to cover your subscription; cheques should be made payable to St. Matthew’s United Church and marked “Observer”.

Help Needed for Art Exhibition, Scottish Tea — A summer art exhibition will be held July 22–23 as part of the International Gathering of the Clans. A Scottish tea with scones, shortbreads and oatcakes will be part of the exhibition. Volunteers are needed to bake, set up on Thursday, July 21 (2-5 pm), and serve in two-hour shifts on Friday (10–8) and Saturday (10–5). If you can help contact marg.machum@bellaliant.net
Volunteers are also needed to help with the art display, especially set-up on Thursday and take-down on Saturday. To volunteer contact johan@geldenhuys.com
Proceeds will go to St. Matthew’s outreach programs.

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 needs your voice — If you are concerned about how the federal government has handled the Kairos (Canadian churches united in overseas outreach and development) funding controversy, please contact your Member of Parliament. Write letters, comment online, and speak up about your support for Kairos and international development that transforms communities from the ground up. The Kairos website www.kairoscanada.org has background information and new statements from member churches.
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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.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Fundraising
— Women at St. Matthew’s have contributed to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign for two years and welcome your support. In the coming weeks local groups will sponsor a number of fundraisers for African grandmothers, including:
· March 8 at 3:30 pm – Woven Together: Stories of African women’s empowerment, solidarity and creativity. Loyala L170, St. Mary’s University
· March 18 at 7 pm – Intergenerational event with music by members of Artificial Hero rock band and guest speaker Linda Wills, regional liaison for SLF Grandmothers; Rockingham United Church Hall, sponsor Rockingham Grannies
· March 27 at 2 pm – Scrabble Afternoon at First Baptist Church, sponsor Malaika Grandmothers; register at 222-1371 or karen.berrigan@eastlink.ca

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