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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Sept. 20, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Sept. 25 – Kirk Session after church, bag lunch; Official Board 1:30 pm
§ Oct. 2 – Worldwide Communion Sunday and Congregational meeting
§ Oct. 9 – Thanksgiving and Blessing of the Animals

Congregational meeting Oct. 2
There will be a special meeting of the congregation Oct. 2 following worship to discuss rescinding the JNAC report of Aug. 30, 2010 and appointing a new Joint Needs Assessment Committee. This is the course of action required by Halifax Presbytery Executive to resolve the issues relating to the appointment of a Transition Minister for St. Matthew’s. The matter was brought before a congregational meeting in July, but not finalized because so many members of the congregation were unavailable.

Transition Team update
At the July congregational meeting, a resolution was passed requesting that Halifax Presbytery extend the appointment of Rev. Betsy Hogan from Sept. 30, 2011 until June 30, 2012, or until such time as the recommended course of action (rescinding the JNAC report of Aug. 30, 2010 and striking a new Joint Needs Assessment Committee) could be completed. This request was made in view of the care and consideration required to carry out such a task, over the summer when many members are away or unavailable, with the note that our decision on implementation would be taken in the fall.

Our request was considered by Presbytery Executive on Sept. 13, and a motion was passed denying this request.

In a letter to Tim Matthews, chairman of the Official Board, the Presbytery Executive said: “Whereas the Joint Needs Assessment of August 30, 2010 is still in effect, in which the congregation voted to terminate the pastoral relationships with the Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett and the Rev Betsy Hogan, and whereas Halifax Presbytery has graciously offered a Halifax Presbytery appointment from July 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2011, and whereas the requisite steps outlined in the minutes of the June 28, 2011 (Executive) meeting have not been completed, therefore Halifax Presbytery cannot comply with your request for further appointment.”

At a meeting Sept. 19, the Transition Committee determined to act as quickly as possible to implement the course of action outlined by Halifax Presbytery. To that end, the Official Board will meet Sept. 25 and a congregational meeting will be held Oct. 2.

In an announcement to the congregation last Sunday, Dr. Dora Stinson said on behalf of the Official Board that “we are pursuing every avenue possible to ensure that Rev. Betsy Hogan and the congregation are treated fairly, and in accordance with the United Church Manual. Our priority is the continued well-being and strength of St. Matthew’s, and our hope is that this matter can be resolved quickly.”

Global Sing for Peace online

To view the musical selections from last Sunday’s Global Sing for Peace, go to YouTube and type Karl Jenkins A Global Sing for Peace in the search window. Five individual video selections are available. Anyone who wants the complete service in an audio MP3 format should email Wayne Rogers at humber@ns.sympatico.ca for the link.

Thanks from the MacLennan family

The family of the late Georgie MacLennan thanks the congregation and many individuals for their support over the summer and for the Aug. 27 memorial service. Special thanks to Joyce Anderson, Rev. Marion Innes, Hope Toumishey, Georgette Britten, Wayne Rogers and the choir, Lucy and Boyd MacNeil, Danielle St. Jean and her family, Rev. Betsy Hogan, and to everyone who visited, called, and emailed.

Please hold in prayer this week:
§ Kevin Waller, recovering at home from a cycling accident
§ Bruce Rickett, husband of Karla Bruce, recovering at home from surgery
§ The MacLennan family, mourning the loss of Georgie
§ Members of the Transition Team in their ongoing work on behalf of the congregation

Kirk Spire
What do you want the congregation to know about the work you or your committee is doing? A new edition of Kirk Spire will come out shortly, and needs your input. Contact Barbara Bickle, bbickle@ns.sympatico.ca

Community activities
Alison, Bent soprano — Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:30 pm at Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Sponsored by St. Cecilia Concert Society, Ms. Bent will perform music by Satie, Poulenc and Weill. Admission $25, $20 & $10.

Organ recital by Thomas Annand — Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 pm at St. James Anglican Church. Sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Mr. Annand will perform works by Bach, Stanley, Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Praetorius and Pachelbel. Admission $10.

Violin virtuoso Jasper Wood with David Riley, piano— Sunday, Oct. 2, 7:30 pm at Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Sponsored by St. Cecilia Concert Society, Mr. Wood will perform music by Mozart, Debussy and Gershwin. Admission $25, $20 & $10.


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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