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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 15, 2011

St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Nov. 20 – Anniversary Sunday with guest speaker Rev. John Hennigar-Shuh, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

JNAC 2011 Approved by Presbytery
On Tuesday, November 8, Presbytery approved 2011 JNAC report, which means St. Matthew’s has a vacancy for a Called Ministry Position.

Presbytery has appointed Dale MacLennan, Gayle Reiner, Laurel Bower, Jennifer Llewellyn, Paul Bowlby, Laura Stiles-Clarke, Ken Moors, Tim Covert and Jill Rafuse to the Joint Search Committee. The Joint Search Committee will meet very soon to begin work of finding a minister.

A Warm Welcome and Thank You
~ to the staff and volunteers of the Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter, as they prepare to begin their third year of offering hospitality and safe sanctuary from winter weather in the lower hall here at St. Matthew’s.
~ to Sister Ann Woodford, our guest speaker on Sunday, Nov. 13. A member of the order of the Sisters of Charity for 34 years, Sr. Ann was educated at Fordham University and served as a teacher, youth minister, and social worker in New York for many years before coming to Halifax. For the past six years she has served as Community Leader for the Retirement Centre of the Sisters of Charity, and has also shared her skills and wisdom in deep commitment to work with the poor and disenfranchised of our city, including in the Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter.

Come to the Stable
The general public, especially families, are cordially invited to participate in Come to the Stable at St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington Street, Halifax Sunday, November 27th. In the Sanctuary there will be a collage of Nativity Scenes from around the world to view and appreciate. At 10:30 a.m. a worship service incorporating the nativity scenes and celebrating the first Sunday of Advent will occur. From 2:00–4:00 p.m. there will be singing and stories, all related to the Creche plus refreshments and seasonal sweets. A suggested donation for the afternoon event is $5 per person/family.

You are encouraged to offer one or more of your nativity scenes for display. Please contact Wayne Rogers at 429-1680 or e-mail humber@ns.sympatico.ca by Wednesday, November 23rd. Display set-up begins 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 26th and will be completed early Sunday morning. A brief written narrative should accompany each nativity scene.

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.

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.

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 are $25/$20/$10 and half-price student tickets $5 available by calling 425-5205. Information, www.stcecilia.ca

The Halifax Schools Music Program will present a concert at St. Andrew’s United on Friday, Nov18th at 7pm, in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Halifax Club, Canadian Federation of University Women. The concert will feature the Halifax Boy’s Honour Choir, the Halifax Schools Symphony Orchestra, Fiddle Fax, the Senior Jazz Band, and Soundtrax. Tickets $10 at the door.

Cards & Games Social - sponsored by United Memorial UCW on Saturday, November 19, 12:30 to 3pm. United Memorial Church, 5350 Young St. Lunch & Prizes. Tickets $6/person. Elevator available. Please bring your own cards and games. For tickets contact Blanche Creighton 454.5554

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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