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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin March 22, 2011

§ Potluck Church tonight
§ Women’s Breakfast
§ A visit from overseas personnel
§ Worship with AcaBella Handbell Choir
§ Penny Parade
§ UNDRIP workshop
§ Spring Cleaning at St. Matts
§ Support Japan
§ Community Research
§ Holy Week Services
§ Community Calendar

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

Women’s Breakfast — Saturday, Mar. 26 at 8:30 am. Women are invited for breakfast at Smitty’s (Spring Garden at Tower Road). Enjoy the breakfast of your choice and spend a little time chatting with others in the congregation. It really is just breakfast!

A visit from Overseas Personnel — Saturday, Mar. 26 at 10 am. Karen and Bill Butt are United Church overseas personnel who have been working with the Christian Council in Mozambique since 1999. Currently on home assignment, they will be guests at a meet-and-greet at St. Andrew’s on Saturday (conveniently right after the Women’s Breakfast) and will tell a bit about life in this part of Africa and the work of the church.

Worship with AcaBella Handbell Choir — Sunday, Mar. 27 at 10:30 am. 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.

Penny Parade — Our Lenten penny collection is off to a good start. The children are learning about using small gifts to make a difference, and proceeds will be directed to the Benevolent Fund. Empty your piggybanks and dresser drawers and bring your pennies to church for the Time with the Children penny jar. All coins welcome. 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.

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

Spring Cleaning, anyone? — It’s time for a little spring cleaning, odd jobs, and fixes around the church. Could you help out early in April? Contact Fred Donaldson, 463-7535 or fdonaldson@accesswave.ca, or the church office, 423-9209 or stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca

Support Japan
— The United Church works with partners in Japan to support on-the-ground relief and reconstruction following the recent disasters. General Council Office will accept any donations designated for “Japan Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction.” Donate online at http://www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/donate or by mail to The United Church of Canada, 3250 Bloor St. W, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4.

Community Research
— St. Matthew’s has a research grant to identify mission and outreach opportunities in the downtown core. Researcher Laurel Bower will be contacting potential partners from the artistic, social justice, and spiritual care communities over the coming months, and the information she gleans will help inform future decisions about sharing and managing our facility. Laurel, who is a member of the congregation, has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is beginning doctoral work in international psychology with a focus on organizations and systems.

Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday April 17, 10:30 am – “The Last Week”, a dramatic service featuring music from Jesus Christ Superstar
Holy Thursday April 21, 5:30 pm – Celebration and Remembrance of the Last Supper with a potluck supper and communion around the table
Good Friday April 22, 7:30 pm – Choral service of music and readings
Easter Sunday April 24, 7 am – Sunrise Service, followed by a light breakfast
Easter Sunday April 24, 10:30 am – Easter Communion, featuring Symphony Brass and singalong Hallelujah Chorus

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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