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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin May 9, 2011

§ Women’s Potluck Dinner tonight
§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Transition Committee Update
§ Bluenose Marathon May 22
§ Stewards’ Snippets: Sustainability Study
§ Help Our Research Project
§ Emergency Shelter needs
§ Photography sought for Art Exhibition
§ Community Calendar

Women’s Potluck Dinner tonight at 6 pm
All the women of St. Matthew’s are invited to join in hosting the women of the United Churches of Fort Massey, St. Andrew’s and St. John’s for a joint potluck tonight at 6 pm at St. Matthew’s. Just bring some food and join in the fellowship.

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Sunday, May 15 – Youth Sunday School meets
§ Sunday, 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 5 – Service with guests from Circus Circle
§ June 12 – Annual Congregational Meeting after worship

Transition Committee Update
The Joint Needs Assessment Committee (JNAC) report, approved last fall, recommended the appointment of a transition minister for a period of three years, commencing July 1, 2011 when Rev. Betsy Hogan’s call comes to an end. The Transition/Search Committee has met regularly since February and the search process is continuing. However, it is unlikely that an appointment will be made in time for the selected candidate to begin on July 1.

Accordingly, the Transition Committee and Ministry & Personnel Committee have recommended that Betsy be appointed as Supply Minister while the search continues. We are grateful for the excellent leadership and inspiration she has offered since last fall as Minister of Word and Sacrament.

The appointment been approved by the Official Board and the Pastoral Relations Committee of Halifax Presbytery, and Betsy has graciously agreed to continue at St. Matthew’s as Supply Minister.

Bluenose Marathon May 22

Getting to church during Bluenose Marathon Sunday is always an adventure. We are advised that it will be easiest to cross at Spring Garden Road and Summer Street before 9:50 am, and volunteers will allow other crossings as possible between runners. Bring a coffee and enjoy the choir rehearsal before church begins at 10:30 am.

Stewards’ Snippets: Sustainability Study
Another JNAC recommendation was to undertake a sustainability study of the premises at 1479 Barrington Street. This will include estimates of: (1) the remaining life span of the various components that comprise St. Matthew’s premises, (2) the estimated annual maintenance costs, and (3) the estimated replacement costs. The components include a weather-tight envelope (roofs, drainage, sanctuary exterior); heating system, including fuel supply; plumbing system; fire safety system; and energy use audit.

The work will inform the Stewards and Official Board about what financial and other resources will be required to sustain the existing physical infrastructure of the church. It would also provide useful information for discussions about redevelopment of the site.

If you know of an engineering or architecture firm interested in bidding on this work, please contact Fred Donaldson, fdonaldson@accesswave.ca or Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca

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. The project offers an opportunity for anyone to dream about how St. Matthew’s will be a vital contributor to the physical psychological, and spiritual health of the community.
Telephone volunteers will be given a script and can make calls at their convenience. Contact laurel.bower@gmail.com or carol.smillie@hfx.eastlink.ca

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

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.

Community Calendar
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

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.

Halifax Camerata Singers – Sat., May 28, 7:30 pm at St. Patrick’s Church, Brunswick Street. Intimate choral music from great mystical writers and contemporary composers. Also “A Mass Through the Ages” with Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, and the premiere of the 2010 Young Composers Competition winning entry. Tickets $20 /students $10 from Jill Rafuse, 492-4523 or at the door.

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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