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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin March 15, 2011

§ Penny Parade
§ Potluck Church next Tuesday
§ Successful pancake sale
§ A visit from overseas personnel
§ AcaBella handbells
§ UNDRIP workshop
§ Community calendar

Penny Parade — This Lenten activity will 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 them up on the street – find those lowly pennies wherever they are, and bring them to church for our Time with the Children penny jar. All coins welcome. Proceeds will support St. Matthew’s outreach.
Logistics: Each week there will be a collection jar at the entrance to the sanctuary for coin contributions, loose or rolled. The children will bring them forward to the giant penny jar during the service.

Potluck Church — An informal potluck supper and worship service Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 5:30 pm at St. Matthew’s. Bring some food and, if you wish, share a favorite hymn or song that is meaningful to you.

Successful Pancake Sale — About 50 people attended the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch, raising nearly $200 for our outreach programs. Thanks to all who helped. It was a pleasant way to meet neighbors from the offices around the church.

A visit from Overseas Personnel — Saturday, Mar. 26 at 10 am, St. Andrew’s United, Robie Street. Karen and Bill Butt are United Church overseas personnel who have been working with the Christian Council in Mozambique since 1999. They are currently on home assignment. Their visit to Halifax Presbytery is a good opportunity to learn more about this part of Africa and the work of the church.

AcaBella Handbells — Sunday, Mar. 27 at 10:30. Our AcaBella Handbell Choir will provide music leadership during worship. If you are interested in handbells and would like to learn more about the choir, contact Wayne Rogers, 429-1680.

UNDRIP Workshop – Saturday, Apr. 2 at 10 am, St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Grafton Street. Learn more about the implications of the federal government’s decision to sign on to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. How will this benefit indigenous people in Nova Scotia and Canada? What is our commitment as Christians? Fun and engaging learning activities with facilitator Ed Bianchi, Indigenous Rights Coordinator with Kairos. Register at stdavids.stright@bellaliant.com

Community Calendar

Halifax Camerata Singers
— Saturday, Mar. 26 at 7:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Church, Brunswick Street. Innovative choral music from Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Tickets $20/$10 at the door or call Jill Rafuse, 492-4523.

Stan Carew and the Magpies
— Saturday, Mar. 26 at 7:30 pm, St. James Anglican Church at the Roundabout. Benefit concert for Partners for Refugees. Tickets $15 at the door.

Chowder luncheon
— Saturday, Apr. 16 at 11:30 am, St. John’s United Church, 3360 Highway 2, Fall River. The UCW’s annual haddock fish chowder luncheon and children’s lunch. Adults $8, children $2. Bake table and Easter basket table too.

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

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