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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin May 3, 2011

§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Penny update
§ Nicholson Lectures in Homiletics
§ Women’s potluck dinner May 9
§ Stained Glass window repair
§ AST convocation
§ Emergency Shelter needs
§ Help our Research Project
§ Photography sought for Art Exhibition
§ Community Calendar

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ May 9 – Women’s potluck dinner at St. Matthew’s
§ May 15 – Official Board, Kirk Session, Stewards, regular quarterly meetings
§ May 21 – Women’s breakfast 8:30 am at Smitty’s (Spring Garden / Martello)
§ June 12 – Congregational Meeting after worship

Penny update — We collected 10,660 coins over the past six weeks through our Lenten penny parade, which has raised $154.72 for the Benevolent Fund. Administered by the church office, this discretionary fund provides emergency assistance to those who come to our doors in need. Thanks to all who contributed their spare change. Start collecting your coins for Lent 2012.

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”

UCW potluck dinner May 9 — St. Matthew’s is hosting a joint UCW potluck dinner on Monday, May 9 at 6 pm. Women from the United Churches of Fort Massey, St. Andrew’s, and St. John’s will join us for an evening of good food and fellowship. All women from our congregation are invited to bring some food to share and to enjoy the evening.

Stained glass window repair
— During May the first stained glass window on the north side of the Sanctuary will be repaired. Over a number of years the lead holding the glass together naturally deteriorates, and when this happens the window can literally bend in the wind. This major undertaking will cost more than $20,000. The work will involve setting up scaffolding, taking out each piece of glass, tracing it, shipping it off site, releading and reconstructing the window. Finally, the window will be refitted back into place. The work will be done by Cranberry Stained Glass, who submitted the lowest bid.

AST Convocation — Congratulations to all 29 graduates of the Atlantic School of Theology who received their degrees April 30, including Alison Etter who served her internship at St. Matthew’s a couple of years ago. Dr. Helga Mills of our congregation also received an honorary Doctorate of Theology in recognition of her contribution to the work of the church and AST.

Emergency Shelter Update — Tents, tarpaulins, sleeping bags and rain gear would be welcomed by some of our winter shelter guests, who may choose to camp outdoors now that the weather is warmer and the shelter is closed. Donations can be dropped off at the church weekday mornings until noon or Sunday mornings. Contact: 225-0770, halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com

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

Photography sought for Art Exhibition — Photographers are invited to participate in St. Matthew’s exhibition of paintings and photographs July 22–23. The exhibit is raising money for the Out of the Cold Shelter that has operated in the church basement for the last two winters. There will be about 40 spaces for exhibitors at $10 per space. The church will take a small commission for each sale. Contact Johan Geldenhuys, 429-4973 or johan@jgeldenhuys.com
for further information or to register.

Community Calendar

Yeomen of the Guard – Wed., May 4 and Thur., May 5 at Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Jolene Pattison of our choir plays Dame Carruthers, housekeeper for the Tower of London, in this year’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society production. Tickets available at the Cohn Box Office, 494-3820.

Spring Forth with Seton Cantata Choir – Sun., May 8, 3 pm at Bethany United, Halifax, and Sat., May 7, 7:30 pm at St. John’s Anglican, Lunenburg. Tickets $15 at the door or by calling 443-0580.

25th Anniversary Public Concert – Wed., May 11, 7 pm at Edgewood/Oxford United, Connaught Avenue. Halifax Elementary Girls’ Honour Choir and Halifax Boys’ Honour Choir, conducted by Katrina Mills Pecknold and Pam Burton. Guests include former conductors Terry Hurrell and Joyce Pierce with MC Kaye Pottie. Former members of the choirs are encouraged to attend, send greetings, or sing in an alumni choir. Free admission. Contact pecknold@staff.ednet.ns.ca or hfxboyschoir@staff.ednet.ns.ca

Garden Tour – Sat., May 14, 2–4 pm at the home of Stewart and Shirley McInnes of St. Matthew’s. Proceeds support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Tickets $15; call Jill Rafuse, 492-4523 or rafuse@ns.sympatico.ca

Nova Voce – Sun., May 15, 7 pm at St. Matthew’s. A concert by Nova Voce, the provincial men’s choir, in support of the homeless. Guest artists are Celtic harpists Ardyth and Jennifer. Admission $25; for tickets call 422-4837.

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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