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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin April 26, 2011

§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Baptism, Confirmation, Membership Transfer May 1
§ Emergency Shelter Update
§ KAIROS Service May 1
§ Annual Nicholson Lectures, Atlantic School of Theology
§ You can help our Research Project
§ Community Calendar

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Sunday, May 1, 10:30 am – Service of Baptism, Confirmation, Transfer of Membership
§ May 15 – Official Board regular quarterly meeting
§ June 12 – Congregational Meeting

Baptism, Confirmation, Transfer of Membership May 1 — St. Matthew’s welcomes new members by baptism, confirmation, and membership transfer from other churches. If you are a member of another church and would like to formally join our congregation, please contact Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209.

Emergency Shelter Update — Halifax’s Out of the Cold Shelter closes this week. Most nights from November until May, up to 15 people found a warm bed and food in our basement. As the weather gets warmer, some will choose to camp outdoors. You can help by donating tents, tarps, sleeping bags, and especially rain gear. Donations can be dropped off at the church weekday mornings until noon or Sunday mornings. Contact: 225-0770, halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com

KAIROS Service
— KAIROS Halifax will hold its annual service on Sunday, May 1 at 7 pm at St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax. The theme is “The Land, Our life: Indigenous Rights and our Common Future” with speaker Rev. Russ Daye, minister at St. Andrew’s and co-chair of the United Church’s Living into Right Relations National Task Group. Come to unite in worship and show your support for KAIROS. Refreshments and fellowship following worship.

Nicholson Lectures in Homiletics — At the Atlantic School of Theology. Topic: The Trinitarian Shape of Preaching with lecturer Rev. Dr. Lucy Hogan, Hugh Latimer Elderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
§ May 2, 7:30 pm – “In the Name of the Father: Created in the Image of a Creating God”
§ May 3, 7:30 pm – “In the Name of the Son: Publish Glad Tidings of Redemption and Release”
§ May 4, 7:30 pm – “In the Name of the Holy Spirit: Renew and Inspire with Celestial Fire”

You can help our Research Project — Congregation members are invited to help with the research project investigating how St. Matthew’s might share resources and space with other artistic, social justice, and faith organizations in the future. Researcher Laurel Bower has identified more than 100 organizations that could be potential partners. The plan is to survey these organizations between May 23 and June 13.
In the near future a letter will be sent to these organizations, describing the project and inviting participation. Members of the congregation are invited to make telephone calls to these potential partners to increase their awareness of the project, encourage them to respond to the email survey, and share that the final report will be used to enhance services to the community.
Telephone volunteers will be given a script and can make calls at their convenience. More information will be available at church Sunday, May 1; contact laurel.bower@gmail.com or carol.smillie@hfx.eastlink.ca

Community Calendar

Spring Forth with Seton Cantata Choir – Sunday, May 8, 3 pm at Bethany United Church, Halifax, and Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm at St. John’s Anglican, Lunenburg. The choir, directed by Wayne Rogers, will present the world premiere of local composer David Langstroth’s “Phone Survey” with lyrics by poet Carole Glasser Langille; Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria” with soprano Julie Monette and mezzo-soprano Pamela Rogers; and “Figures de Danse” by Lionel Daunais with interpretive dancers Sarah Fallis and Janelle Warren. Tickets $15 at the door or by calling 443-0580.

Garden Tour – Saturday, May 14, 2–4 pm. Stewart and Shirley McInnes of St. Matthew’s are opening their spring gardens to the Rockingham Grannies. Light refreshments will be served. Garden tour proceeds support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Tickets $15, contact Jill Rafuse, 492-4523 or rafuse@ns.sympatico.ca

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

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