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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 8, 2011

§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Called Ministry Position approved by congregation
§ JNAC 2011 report to Presbytery on Tuesday
§ St. Matthew’s appointees to Joint Search Committee
§ Service for Out of the Cold Shelter Nov. 13
§ Potluck Church Nov. 15
§ Challenge 2011 from the Anonymous Couple
§ Population Boom creates pleasant need for high chairs
§ 5th Annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast
§ Hello from Erika McCroskey
§ Nursery Needs
§ St. Matthew’s Remembers {
§ In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar

§ Nov. 11 – Wartime Hymn Sing, 3 pm, featuring “The Matthews Sisters”
§ Nov. 13 – Out of the Cold Shelter service
§ Nov. 15 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm
§ Nov. 20 – Anniversary Sunday with guest speaker Rev. John Hennigar-Shuh, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Called Ministry Position approved by congregation
One full-time Called Ministry Position has been approved by the congregation, which on Sunday unanimously accepted the report of the Joint Needs Assessment Committee 2011. The report now goes to Halifax Presbytery for approval this week.

In his presentation to the congregation, JNAC 2011 chair Paul Bowlby stated that “to our surprise and delight” St. Matthew’s has been transformed over the past 14 months and has become a lay-led congregation, engaged in leading its programs and taking control of its finances. The JNAC 2011 report lists a number of changes, initiatives and achievements, noting that “none ... could have been accomplished without the full engagement of the lay leadership. The former inertia and over-reliance on ministry staff are gone, replaced by active, responsible and energized lay leaders.”

Thanks to such numerous and dramatic changes, the JNAC Committee said there is no need to continue in transition. It made specific recommendations to address the ministry situation at St. Matthew’s:
1. That the Official Board immediately create a Vision Implementation sub-committee to ensure that progress continues and that the congregation remains focused on the goals of the approved Vision.
2. That Presbytery be requested to declare a vacancy and approve one full-time Called Ministry Position.
3. That the Official Board appoint members to serve on a Joint Search Committee for a minister.
4. That Presbytery be urged to appoint its representatives by Nov. 20, 2011 so that the Joint Search Committee can begin its work as soon as possible.
5. That the JNAC 2011 committee be disbanded following acceptance of its report.

JNAC 2011 report to Presbytery on Tuesday
On Tuesday, Nov. 8 the JNAC 2011 report will be presented to Halifax Presbytery, which meets at Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Drive. The JNAC 2011 team invites members of St. Matthews to join them at the meeting and show support for the report. While the JNAC is expected to be dealt with at approximately 7:25 pm, observers are requested to arrive by 6:30 pm; the Presbytery meeting begins promptly at 6:30 with a brief worship service and the meeting should not be interrupted.

St. Matthew’s appointees to Joint Search Committee
Nine people were appointed to the ministerial search committee at Sunday’s meeting. They are: Dale MacLennan, Gayle Reiner, Laurel Bower, Jennifer Llewellyn, Paul Bowlby, Laura Stiles-Clarke, Ken Moors, Tim Covert and Jill Rafuse. Halifax Presbytery will also appoint representatives.

Out of the Cold Shelter service Nov. 13
Sunday’s service (Nov. 13) will focus on the Out of the Cold Shelter, which will operate in our basement for the third consecutive year. This is an opportunity to thank and learn from the many dedicated volunteers who offer hospitality and sanctuary to the homeless during the coldest months. Open seven nights per week, the Out of the Cold Shelter provides 15 beds on a first-come, first-served basis to men, women, transgender individuals, youth age 16+, and pets. More information about how you can assist will be available once the shelter opens.

Potluck Church Nov. 15
This month’s Potluck Church will be held in the Sanctuary on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 pm. Bring yourself and something to share. If you would like to share food for the spirit as well as the body, this month’s theme is “Transitions: Looking Back and Forward.” There will be an opportunity to share your poems, prayers, stories, or songs that speak to memories, change or hope.

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.

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:
Make a special one-time contribution through the weekly offering.
Make a special contribution by calling the office, 423-9209, with your credit card number (and get the airline points!)
Add a bonus amount each week to your usual offering.
Increase your PAR givings.
For information: Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca or 445-5464.

Population Boom creates pleasant need for high chairs
The Stewards advise that as a result of the baby boom (burp) at St. Matthew's and the increasing popularity (and frequency – Ed.) of our various potluck meetings and events, we need high chairs for the newest and littlest members of the congregation. Getting it together to bring a toddler to church is no easy task. It is a real commitment to raise a child in a Christian environment, so we should do everything we can to support parents who do this. It is also fun for the rest of us to watch the kids eat their food! If you have (or know of) a clean, safe high chair that can be donated to the church, please contact Dora McGrath in the church office, 423-9209. J Thanks from The Happy Stewards

5th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast
St. Matthew’s has two tables at the Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30–9 am at the World Trade and Convention Centre. 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. Keynote speaker Stewart McInnes – lawyer, philanthropist, former Member of Parliament and a member of our congregation – will make the case that fighting poverty is good for business.

Hello from Erika McCroskey
Erika McCroskey, a former adherent of St. Matthew’s and a volunteer with our Breakfast Program, writes: “I’m in Korea now, working for UNESCO’s Peace Village as a teacher. I’m loving the challenge, and the adventure (as I’m sure you can imagine). We teach in four core areas: peace, culture, eco, and UN. I also teach an adult program through the city’s culture centre. It’s hard to believe I’ve been here six months already. There are challenges, just as with any job, but it sure was the perfect time for me to try something new after leaving Halifax. Of course I miss it sometimes and miss all of you, but it’s a blessing to have a job I enjoy. Take care, Erika.”

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

{ St. Matthew’s Remembers
On Nov. 11 please remember those from St. Matthew’s who gave their lives in the service of their country in WWI and WWII:
§ Alexander Brown, Royal Canadian Regiment, killed in action at Vimy Apr. 18, 1917
§ George M. Campbell, South Lancashire Regiment, killed in action in Belgium May 31, 1918
§ George A. Cunningham, 25th Battalion, killed in action at Vimy Apr. 9, 1917
§ M. Pearl Fraser, Canadian Army Medical Corps Nursing Sister, killed in action HMHS Llandovery Castle June 27, 1918
§ Arthur Hayward, 85th Battalion, killed in action at Vimy Apr. 9, 1917
§ Myrtle Hunt, Canadian Army Medical Corps Nursing Sister, died Jan. 16, 1918
§ Royden K. Keith, Coldstream Guards, killed in action at the Somme Oct. 9, 1915
§ Rebecca McIntosh, Canadian Army Medical Corps Nursing Sister, died Mar. 7, 1919
§ Charles McMillan, HMCS Niobe, killed in action Dec. 9, 1917
§ Arthur Ross, 24th Battalion, Victoria Rifles, died Apr. 12, 1919
§ Charles S. Ross
§ David R. Sadler, HMCS Niobe, killed in action Dec. 9, 1917
§ John Wheaton, 85th Battalion, killed in action at Vimy Apr. 9, 1917
§ Stephen S. Bird, North Nova Scotia Highlanders, killed in action at Caen, France July 8, 1944
§ Lewis Robley Graham, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, killed in action at Dieppe, France Aug. 19, 1942
§ Martin John Hoffman, HMCS Valleyfield, killed in action en route to Newfoundland May 7, 1944
§ George A. MacLachlin, HMCS Valleyfield, killed in action en route to Newfoundland May 7, 1944
Also remember
§ Those who served and returned from World War I and World War II
§ Those who have served in conflicts since 1945, and in peacekeeping roles around the world
§ Those who have served in Afghanistan, including 158 Canadians who lost their lives

In the Community
Bizet’s Carmen – Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 pm at Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School. A live production of the world’s most popular opera by Jeunesses Musicales. Tickets $25/$20/$10 and half-price student tickets $5 available by calling 425-5205. Information, www.stcecilia.ca

Free meal for university students – Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm, St. Andrew’s United Church, corner Coburg and Robie. A free meal and informal conversation sponsored by the United Church Chaplaincy at Dalhousie University at St. Andrew’s. Information, Chaplain Martha Martin, marthamartin@eastlink.ca

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