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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin May 18, 2011

· St. Matthew’s Calendar
· Climate Concerns May 18
· Women’s Breakfast this Saturday
· Bluenose Marathon May 22
· Help our Research Project
· Community Calendar

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Sunday, May 15 – Youth Sunday School meets at 10:30 am
§ Sunday, May 15 – Official Board, Kirk Session, Stewards, regular quarterly meetings
§ May 31 – Potluck Church: This month’s theme is “comfort foods”
§ June 5 – Service with guests from Circus Circle
§ June 12 – Service with AcaBella Handbell Choir
§ June 12 – Annual Congregational Meeting after worship

Climate Concerns May 18
“Climate justice for Nova Scotia: It’s not just about polar bears” is a panel of local analysis and voices from Nova Scotia communities that have been affected by climate change. The session takes place Wednesday, May 18 from 7-9 pm at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre, 2158 Gottingen Street. Sponsors are the Halifax Media Co-op and the NS Coalition for Climate Action. Speakers include Elizabeth Marshall, Eskasoni (oral traditions of respecting nature); Peter Boyles, Trenton (health impacts of coal power emissions); Tamara Lorincz, Halifax (impacts of militarization); and Lukas Swan, Tatamagouche (community-owned wind energy).

Women’s Breakfast this Saturday
Join other women from St. Matthew’s for breakfast Saturday, May 21 at 8:30 am at Smitty’s (corner Spring Garden Road and Martello Street). Enjoy the meal of your choice and some good conversation.

Bluenose Marathon May 22
Getting to church on 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.

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

Community Calendar
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 adult / $10 student from Jill Rafuse, 492-4523 or at the door.

Camerata Xara – June 5, 11 am–11 pm at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street. Medley: A Marathon Music Event to raise funds for the choir’s upcoming trip to Festival 500 in Newfoundland.


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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