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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Oct. 4, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Oct. 7 – Senior Choir Friday rehearsal, 7:30 pm
§ 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

Official Board update on ministry
On Oct. 2 the congregation unanimously approved a resolution that moves St. Matthew’s closer to a long-term ministry solution. As recommended by the Executive of Halifax Presbytery and our Official Board, the congregation voted to:
§ rescind and revoke the Joint Needs Assessment Committee (JNAC) report of August 2010
§ reconfirm its strong endorsement of the Vision developed by the former Vision 260/JNAC for St. Matthew’s
§ ask Presbytery to establish a new JNAC.

The congregation elected seven members to serve on the JNAC – Laurel Bower, Paul Bowlby, Tim Covert, Dale MacLennan, Ken Moors, Gayle Reiner and Laura Stiles-Clarke – and has requested Halifax Presbytery to appoint two representatives. This JNAC is expected to work quickly to recommend a long-term ministry solution for St. Matthew’s.

Until the new JNAC reports, Henry Ellsworth of St. Luke’s United Church will act as charge supervisor. When a congregation does not have an appointed or called minister, Presbytery appoints a charge supervisor to ensure that the business of the congregation proceeds and that the sacraments are administered. Mr. Ellsworth’s first report to Presbytery Executive, which will be shared with our congregation, will be on Oct. 11.

In the immediate term, Rev. Betsy Hogan will continue to minister to the congregation as Sunday supply.

Thanksgiving service and Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, Oct. 9 will be an exciting worship service with Thanksgiving and the Blessing of the Animals. Here’s how you can participate:
1. Come! Invite friends and family to enjoy an uplifting service of thanksgiving.
2. Supplement the display of garden bounty and corn stalks in the sanctuary by bringing vegetables and fruit. Soft produce can be taken home after the worship service as the Food Bank prefers donations of non-perishable goods.
3. Support the Food Bank by bringing canned goods and other non-perishables as a Thanksgiving Offering. There will be baskets at the entrance to the sanctuary for food items; the Sunday School will bring the gifts forward during the Time for the Children.
4. Bring (or invite others to bring) animals – complete with cages, leashes or other tethers as appropriate – for the Blessing of the Animals. This is a very special opportunity for pet owners and others who love animals to acknowledge the joy that God’s creatures bring to us.

Women’s meeting Oct. 9 after church
All women of the congregation are invited to a meeting after coffee hour on Sunday, Oct. 9 in the parlour. Join a discussion of how women can collectively make a difference within our church community and for others. Some ideas will be offered – and hopefully more will be presented.

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

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
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 breakfast: 8:30–9:30 am
Sunday worship: 10:30 am
Choir rehearsals: Choirs meet on Thursdays, Handbell Choir at 6:15 pm and Senior Choir at 7:30 pm

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