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St. Matthew’s United Church
Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209

St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin June 21, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Transition Search Committee update
Budget approved
Women’s Breakfast and Silver Polishing June 25
Congregational Workshop June 26
Church communication
Thanks to ...
Church Guide position


St. Matthew’s Calendar
• June 25, 8:30 am – Women’s Breakfast and Silver Polishing Party (10 am)
• June 26, noon – Congregational workshop with Rev. Hal and Rev. Karen Llewellyn

Transition Search Committee update

After five months of prayerful discernment, receipt of applications and interviews, the Transition Search Committee intended to make a recommendation for our Transition Minister on June 19. However, members were informed by the Pastoral Relations Committee of Halifax Presbytery late last week that the Congregation could not consider the report, even though duly-appointed members of Presbytery had been involved in the decision to call the meeting, had participated in all four interviews and did not object, had advised the Transition Search Committee to negotiate terms and conditions of appointment with the selected candidate, and had advised the committee to bring the report to the congregation for approval. At Sunday’s meeting the Congregation expressed its dismay and disappointment with Presbytery’s position, and unanimously approved the request for a face-to-face meeting with the Executive of Halifax Presbytery as soon as possible. Our representatives will be Tim Matthews, chair of the Official Board; Laura Stiles-Clarke, Transition Search Committee; and Rev. Dr. Bob Mills, who is a member of both St. Matthew’s and Halifax Presbytery.

Budget approved
The congregational meeting also approved the operating and capital budgets for 2011–12. Ken Moors, chair of the Board of Stewards, reported that the projected operating deficit for the current fiscal year has been reduced by nearly half, largely as a result of the special and successful “Anonymous Couple” donation campaign last year. Committee and program costs are also tracking substantially less than budgeted, resulting in our best financial performance in years. The 2011–12 operating budget projects a deficit of $168,200 to be funded by endowment income and transfers. This includes a one-time expenditure for a physical infrastructure sustainability report. Capital expenditures of $90,000 for repair of stained glass windows and replacement of the furnace and boilers were also approved, but will be offset by a capital project fundraising campaign.

Women's Breakfast and Silver Polishing June 25
All women in the congregation and friends are invited to share breakfast at Smitty's (corner Spring Garden and Martello/Tower Road) Saturday, June 25 at 8:30 am. Right afterward, at 10 am, there will be a Silver Polishing Party at the church to make the church’s silver artifacts beautiful for their History Corner photos. Contact Cheryl, 492-8041, cherylf@bellaliant.net if you are able to help with the polishing.

Congregational workshop June 26
St. Matthew's will have a vibrant future in downtown Halifax, but what exactly will it look like? How can we start to move into the Vision we have created? Everyone is invited to participate in a workshop about how we will begin our journey of Transition, after the service on June 26. In preparation for the workshop, please ensure that you have read and are familiar with the Vision 260/JNAC report or the Executive Summary of the report, and reviewed the six Vision statements (sent out with last week’s eBulletin).

World Council of Churches presentation June 27
Susan and Chris Ferguson have been serving with the World Council of Churches in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and Palestine. They are currently on a home assignment visiting community groups, churches and Canadians to share stories of Palestinians and how a solution for a lasting peace may be found. On Monday, June 27 at 7 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church (Coburg at Robie) the Fergusons will talk about what the World Council of Churches is doing in the Middle East, and share their support of the Kairos Palestine document “A Moment of Truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the heart of the Palestinian suffering.” Contact Linda 425-0339, lindakseven@gmail.com for information.

Church Communication
Do you have a volunteer passion the rest of the congregation should know about? Are you fascinated by church history? Do you have an inspirational story to share? Could you tell the congregation about the valuable work your committee does? We will be re-launching our regular church communication/publication (recently called the Kirk Spire) and will be looking for your stories and input. Help us prepare for the back-to-school issue in September. If you can offer your input, please contact Barbara Bickle, bbickle@ns.sympatico.ca

Thanks to ....
1. Ken Moors, Dan Campbell, Ben Black, Craig Reiner, Tim Covert, Tim Matthews and Fred Donaldson for the barbecue last Sunday ...
2. Sue Kent, for the birthday cake for Hilary Wellard ...
2. Isabella and Angela Dini, along with several of the other young people, who have helped in the Sunday School over the past year. Their names were inadvertently omitted from a recent e-bulletin celebrating the contribution of our many Sunday School volunteers. Would you be interested in helping with the Sunday School (teaching, assisting, planning, other) in the fall? If so, please contact Laura Stiles-Clarke, lstilesclarke@ns.sympatico.ca

Church Guide at St. Matt’s
St. Matthew’s will be hiring a church guide so that our historic building will be open to guests and tourists during the summer. Candidates must be students anticipating full-time education in fall 2011. Employment is July 1 to September 1, 30 hours per week at $10.50 per hour. Applications/resumés should be sent to Rev. Betsy Hogan at stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

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Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209
Sunday worship: 10:30 am
Choir rehearsals: We’re on summer holiday, but in September we will meet on Thursdays, Handbell Choir at 6:15 pm and Senior Choir at 7:30 pm

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