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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 1, 2011

Please note: Our monthly Pot Luck Supper will be held in the Sanctuary on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30. The theme is : Transitions: Looking Forward, Looking Back.
All Welcome for good food and fellowship!

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Nov. 6 – Remembrance Sunday
§ Nov. 6 – Potluck lunch and 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

Congregational meeting to deal with JNAC report

The Joint Needs Assessment Committee has presented its report and recommendations for the future of our church to the Official Board. A congregational meeting has been called for Nov. 6 after church to consider and vote on this report.

There will be a potluck lunch prior to the congregational meeting. Everyone is invited to bring something to share for the lunch (veggies, casserole, fruit, etc.) to the church hall before or after church.

Time change
Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Remember to turn your clocks back before going to bed on Saturday, Nov. 5 and enjoy an extra hour of sleep so you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for Sunday worship at 10:30 am (winter time).

Challenge 2011 from the Anonymous Couple
A year ago an Anonymous Couple generously offered to match increased givings made by other members/adherents in an effort to improve the church’s financial position at year-end. As a result of the success of this special initiative, St. Matthew’s was able to significantly reduce its draw on endowment funds in 2010.

The Anonymous Couple has issued Challenge 2011 to the congregation: They will match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in special givings made by the congregation between now and Dec. 31. St. Matthew’s financial position has improved, but we still run a deficit. We need to eliminate our draw on endowment capital to get the church to a healthy, sustainable financial position.

Help us meet Challenge 2011 with a special donation to the church in the next two months. You can help by doing any or all of the following:
1. Make a special one-time contribution through the weekly offering.
2. Make a special contribution by calling the office, 423-9209, with your credit card number (and get the points).
3. Add a bonus amount each week to your usual offering.
4. Increase your PAR givings.

For information: Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca or 445-5464.

Taizé Worship
Come experience a different style of worship through meditative singing and silent reflection. St. John’s United holds its next Taizé service Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm at the Maritime Conservatory, Chebucto Road.

5th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast

Sixteen folks from St. Matthew’s are booked to attend this Brunswick Street Mission fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30–9 am at the World Trade and Convention Centre. We only need four more to fill two tables of 10. Tickets are $100, a table is $1,000. Visit
http://brunswickstreetmission.org/fund-raising.html and find a button in the middle of the page to purchase tickets.

Stewart McInnes will be the keynote speaker. A lawyer, philanthropist, former Member of Parliament and a member of our congregation, Stewart will make the case that fighting poverty is good for business.

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 needs a few more volunteers. Join one of the teams who make a once-a-month commitment to prepare, serve and clean up after Sunday breakfast. To learn more about this important outreach program contact Carol Smillie, 429-6655, carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca or Michelle Jensen, 420-9769, woodengiant@hotmail.com

In the Community

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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