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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Oct. 25, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Oct. 30 – Official Board meeting after church
§ Nov. 6 – Remembrance Sunday
§ Nov. 6 – Congregational meeting after church
§ 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

Ooops! And a JNAC update

The Joint Needs Assessment Committee will meet this week to finalize its report, which will be presented to the Official Board on Oct. 30. A congregational meeting has been called for Nov. 6 after church to consider the JNAC report and its recommendation for ministry. These meeting dates were reversed in last week’s e-bulletin (mea culpa – Ed.)
Please plan to attend the congregational meeting on Remembrance Sunday, Nov. 6.

Truth and Reconciliation National Event
1. National event – The third national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, “Healing the legacy of the residential schools”, takes place Oct. 26–29 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Survivors will tell their stories before the Commission and in sharing circles (WTCC Rooms C,D,E). The public is invited; see www.trc.ca for more information. Betsy is going Thursday and Friday afternoons (3:30–5:30 pm) and Saturday morning (9:30 am–noon) and would be pleased to have company. There is also a session Saturday afternoon (3–5 pm).

2. Help by donating – One way in which United Church people are invited to show their support is by donating money to provide breakfast for the survivors who have come to Halifax to tell their stories. If you would like to donate, please mail your cheque to Maritime Conference Office, 21 Wright St., Sackville, NB E4L 4P8 c/o Laura Hunter, Conference Minister for Justice and Stewardship.

3. Public exhibit – An archival photo exhibition exploring the history and legacy of the Residential Schools is open until Nov. 4 at the Schulich School of Law (Weldon Law Building), Dalhousie University, 6061 University Ave. It is titled: Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

4. Camerata Xara Choir presents “Fatty Legs” – Sunday, Oct. 30, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Schulich School of Law Atrium, Dalhousie. Xara depicts a 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 at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Tickets ($10) at the door and at www.xara.ca

St. Matthew’s folks attending 5th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast
St. Matthew’s has booked one table and partially filled a second for this Brunswick Street Mission fundraiser. Tickets are $100, a table is $1,000. If you are interested in attending with familiar faces from the congregation, contact Paul Bowlby, pwanda@eastlink.ca

Stewart McInnes will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30–9 am at the World Trade and Convention Centre. 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.

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

Nursery needs
Items needed for nursery:
§ Plastic containers with lids (shoebox size preferred, 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.

Breakfast volunteers needed
The Breakfast Program is looking for a few 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 leadership opportunities from Carol Smillie, 429-6655, carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca or Michelle Jensen, 420-9769, woodengiant@hotmail.com

In the Community
Life Inside Gaza – Canadian Eva Bartlett delivers a public talk about life on the ground inside Gaza on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm at Saint Mary’s University Atrium Theatre (AT101, in the Atrium building connected to the SMU library).

Phantoms of the Pipes – Metro organists and friends let their hair down with haunting performances befitting the season in the Phantoms of the Pipes XIV, sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Our own Wayne Rogers is one of the performers. Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 pm at Fort Massey United Church, corner Queen and Tobin streets.

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, Worship: 10:30 am
Choir rehearsals: Thursdays, Handbell Choir at 6:15 pm and Senior Choir at 7:30 pm
Lunch Bunch Community Choir: Fridays at 12 noon

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