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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin March 29, 2011

§ Official Board Executive
§ Congratulations, Helga
§ Spring Cleaning at St. Matts
§ UNDRIP workshop
§ Get Down and Boogie
§ Condolences
§ Penny Parade
§ Support Japan
§ PAR support for the Mission
§ Holy Week Services
§ Community Calendar

Official Board Executive — Meeting Sunday, Mar. 27 at noon

Congratulations, Helga — In recognition of her significant accomplishments and enthusiastic work on behalf of the Atlantic School of Theology and the community, Dr. Helga Mills of our congregation will be awarded a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, by AST on April 30.
In 2004 she served as Interim President of AST, and subsequently was appointed to the AST Board of Governors where she served two 3-year terms as a Pine Hill Divinity Hall representative. During that time she worked on several committees, including the Long Range Planning Committee, which was responsible for developing the school’s current strategic directions plan. She continues to be supportive of AST initiatives and actively endorses the school in the church world and beyond. Helga and her husband, Rev. Dr. Robert Mills, are members of our Senior Choir and are deeply committed to St. Matthew’s. We are lucky to have them both in our midst. Congratulations, Helga, on your well-deserved honor.

Spring Cleaning — 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

UNDRIP Workshop — Saturday, Apr. 2 at 10 am, St. David’s Presbyterian Church. Learn about the implications of the federal decision to sign on to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Fun and engaging learning activities with people who care about justice, human rights and the Earth, led by facilitator Ed Bianchi, Indigenous Rights Coordinator with Kairos. Sponsored by Kairos Halifax. Lunch provided for freewill offering. Register at stdavids.stright@bellaliant.com.

Get Down and Boogie — Saturday, Apr. 16 at 7:30 pm – Be entertained by the music, characters and outfits of a cabaret-style musical extravaganza celebrating the 1970s as Timbo Jones presents That 70s Show at St. Matthew’s. Admission is $10. Proceeds will support the church’s outreach programs. For information, call the church office, 423-9209.

Condolences — Condolences are extended to the families and friends of Bill Lewis and Viola Higgins, two long-time members of St. Matthew’s who died recently. A service celebrating Bill’s life was held at St. Matthew’s on March 25; Viola’s life was celebrated in her home town of Sackville, NB.

Penny Parade — One Lenten penny jar is nearly full! Empty your piggybanks and dresser drawers and bring your pennies to church for the giant 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. Proceeds will go to the Benevolent Fund.

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.

PAR Support for the Mission — The Brunswick Street Mission wants to find 200 people who will contribute $10 through the United Church’s Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program to support its work. The Brunswick Street Mission provides food and clothing, and helps families in need deal with life crises, housing and employment issues, and financial management. The Mission also offers coffee, hot breakfast, and a warm welcome. PAR forms are available from Paul Bowlby, paulbowlby@eastlink.ca and at the church.

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
Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir — Tuesday, Apr. 5, University of Kings College Chapel. Contemplative music from Gregorian chant to Appalachian folk songs. Free. www.capellaregalis.com

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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