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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Sept. 27, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Oct. 2 – Worldwide Communion Sunday
§ Oct. 2 – Important Congregational meeting after church
§ Oct. 9 – Thanksgiving and Blessing of the Animals
§ Oct. 18 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm
§ Nov. 6 – Remembrance Sunday
§ Nov. 11 – Wartime Hymn Sing, 3 pm, featuring “The Matthews Sisters”
§ Nov. 20 – Anniversary Sunday with guest speaker Rev. John Hennigar-Shuh, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Pulpit supply at St. Matthew’s
As reported last week, our request for Halifax Presbytery to extend Rev. Betsy Hogan’s ministerial appointment was denied. Officially her call as minister at St. Matthew’s ends on Sept. 30. However, on Sunday the church Session voted to appoint Rev. Hogan to a Sunday pulpit supply position for a period of three months. This will ensure continuity for Sunday worship and pastoral care while the Transition Team and a new Joint Needs Assessment Committee work to achieve a longer-term ministry solution for St. Matthew’s.

Congregational meeting Oct. 2
There will be a special meeting of the congregation Oct. 2 following worship to rescind the JNAC report of Aug. 30, 2010 and appoint 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.

Benevolent Fund
A reminder that we will celebrate Worldwide Communion on Sunday, Oct. 2. On communion Sundays special envelopes are available for gifts to the Benevolent Fund. Designed to help people who need short-term or emergency assistance, this fund is administered by the minister and used for such things as food vouchers, bus tickets, and emergency shelter.

Breakfast volunteers needed
The Breakfast Program needs more volunteers. Join one of the four teams who make a once-a-month commitment to prepare, serve and clean up after Sunday breakfast. Learn more about this important outreach program and volunteer opportunities from Carol Smillie, 429-6655, carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca or Michelle Jensen, 420-9769, woodengiant@hotmail.com

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
§ 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

Taize service at St. John’s United
Is music an important part of worship for you? St. John's United resumes its monthly Taize services on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7 pm in Studio 3 at the Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts. It is a simple service with meditative singing of Taize songs and a few brief readings. The music is beautiful, accompanied by piano, cello, violin and flute. Anne Fay invites women from St. Matthew’s who are interested in exploring spirituality through music appreciation to join her at this reflective service.

Craft show for Camp Kidston
There will be a craft show at Bedford United Church Oct. 29 from 9 am–2 pm to support Camp Kidston. Table rentals are $25; you keep your sale profits. Contact Michelle Pottie, mapottie@yahoo.ca

Less Than Enough: Food Security, Human Rights & Ending Poverty
A weekend of events is planned to observe the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Monday, Oct. 17. For information contact 431-3399 or mphhalifax@gmail.com
§ Oct. 15, 11 am–4 pm — Community fair, speakers and panels on poverty at home and abroad at Halifax North Memorial Public Library, Gottingen Street
§ Oct. 16, 1–4 pm — Fair Food Fair hosted by Oxfam at Seaport Farmers Market to raise funds for East Africa Famine Relief
§ Oct 16, 7 pm — Concert fundraiser and social at The Company House, Gottingen Street. Admission $10 at the door, or pay what you can. Proceeds to East Africa Famine Relief.
§ Oct. 17, 9:30 am — First Voice First: A practical workshop for First Voice Advocates and Allies, Brunswick Street United Church
§ Oct. 17, noon — Rally and march beginning at Brunswick Street United Church

Community activities
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.

“The Soloist” film screening Oct. 2 — The Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia works to improve the lives of those living with schizophrenia and psychosis. On Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 pm, in observance of Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 2–8, the Society will present the movie “The Soloist” at Oxford Theatre. It tells the story of a journalist who, in looking for a story, finds and befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician. Admission $10 & $6 seniors. Proceeds go to the Society’s education and support program Strengthening Families Together.

Atlantic Swells Barbershop annual show — Saturday, Oct. 15, 7:30 pm at Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Admission $15. Tickets available from Gordon Kent and at the door.


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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