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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Oct. 18, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Tonight – Potluck Church in the gym, 5:30 pm
§ Oct. 22 – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, 8:30 am
§ Oct. 30 – Official Board meeting after church
§ Nov. 6 – Remembrance Sunday
§ Nov. 6 – Congregational meeting after church
§ Nov. 11 – Wartime Sing, 3 pm, featuring “The Matthews Sisters”
§ Nov. 20 – Anniversary Sunday with guest speaker Rev. John Hennigar-Shuh, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Potluck Church

All are welcome at an informal potluck service and potluck supper tonight (Oct. 18) at 5:30 pm at St. Matthew’s. Bring some food to share and enjoy the evening.

Women’s Breakfast
Women from the congregation are encouraged to join Betsy for breakfast at Smitty’s this Saturday (Oct. 22) at 8:30 am. This is a time for fellowship, with no dishes to wash up. Babies welcome! Smitty’s is at the corner of Spring Garden Road and Martello (formerly Tower Road).

Please hold in prayer:
§ Diane Misick of our choir, recovering from surgery

Nursery needs
Items needed for nursery:
§ Plastic containers with lids (shoebox size preferably, but any size is useful) for smaller toys and accessories
§ Toy cars and people for our doll houses and play centres
If you have a surplus of any of these items, please bring them to the nursery. If you have any questions, talk to Anne Fay.

Faith Study: The Life You’ve Always Wanted
This six-session series begins Oct. 25 and runs every Tuesday from 6:30–8:30 pm at Bethany United Church (at the Armdale Roundabout). Each session includes a DVD presentation, discussion and desserts. The series explores what it means to live each day with new meaning, new hope, fresh faith, and a deeper connection to the things of God.

Congregational Meeting
There will be a congregational meeting Sunday, Nov. 6 after church to receive the report of the new Joint Needs Assessment Committee. This report will address the ministry situation at St. Matthew’s.

Truth and Reconciliation National Event
The third national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, “Healing the legacy of the residential schools” will be held Oct. 26–29 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Survivors will tell their stories before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in sharing circles (WTCC Rooms C,D,E). The public is invited to attend; see www.trc.ca for more information.

1. Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools
An archival photo exhibition exploring the history and legacy of Canada's Residential Schools
Oct 4 - Nov 4 FREE to the public M-F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University: 6061 University Avenue

2. One way in which United Church people are invited to show their support is by donating toward breakfasts for the survivors during the Commission. If you would like to donate: mail cheque to Maritime Conference Office, 21 Wright St., Sackville, NB E4L 4P8 c/o Laura Hunter, Conference Minister for Justice and Stewardship

5th Annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast
Stewart McInnes will be the keynote speaker at the 5th annual Mission Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 17. The 7:30–9 am fundraiser will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

It has been said that poverty is a natural human condition. Businesses are often accused of making money at the expense of the poor, or of being indifferent to the plight of those who struggle to get by. Stewart – a lawyer, philanthropist, former Member of Parliament and a member of our congregation – will make a compelling case that fighting poverty is good for business.

Tickets are $100, a table is $1,000. If you are interested in attending with others from St. Matthew’s, contact Paul Bowlby, pwanda@eastlink.ca

Brunswick Street Mission provides a place to find help when you need it, a place to offer help for others when you are able, and a place of hope, dignity and respect. It is supported by St. Matthew’s and many other United Churches in the Halifax area.

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

In the Community
Camerata Xara Young Women’s Choir presents “Fatty Legs” – Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Weldon Law Building Atrium. Xara depicts this poignant Aboriginal children’s story through choral soundscapes and contemporary dance. Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Inuit authors of the book, are narrators. Xara will also perform during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Halifax National Event. Tickets ($10) at the door and at www.xara.ca

Halifax Camerata Singers A Requiem for Peace – Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St. A popular concert to celebrate the lives of loved ones and remember the victims of war and conflict. Tickets $20 adult, $10 student from Jill Rafuse, 492-4523, or at the door.

Afternoon tea and sale of African jewelry Sunday, Nov. 6 from 2-5 pm at the Women’s Council House, 597 Young Avenue. Kathy Reid’s kazuri jewelry will be for sale, and afternoon tea will be provided by the Malaika Grandmothers. African cloth, clothing, and photos will be on display. Admission by donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

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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