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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 22, 2011

§ St. Matthew’s Advent Calendar
§ Joint Search Committee update
§ Town Hall meeting on health care Nov. 24–25
§ Share the Christmas spirit
§ Come to the Stable activities Nov. 27
§ Let’s up the ante with the Anonymous Couple
§ Sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter
§ Nursery Needs
§ Thanks to ...
§ In the Community

St. Matthew’s Advent Calendar
v Sun., Nov. 27 Advent I: Come to the Stable
§ 10:30 am Advent Communion Service
§ 12 noon Official Board meeting (breathtakingly brief)
§ 2–4 pm Gathering to enjoy Nativity Scenes, songs, stories and treats
v Sun., Dec. 4 Advent II
v Sun., Dec. 11 Advent III
§ 10:30 am Sunday School Christmas service: “God Is...”
§ 12 noon Annual Congregational Meeting
v Sun., Dec. 18 Advent IV
§ 10:30 am Choral Christmas service with St. Matthew’s Choir and AcaBella Handbell Choir
v Sat., Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
§ 6:30 pm Bethlehem@Barrington Nativity service with live animals, CanCon music, and hot cocoa. Outdoors on North Lawn, weather permitting (otherwise indoors)
§ 10 pm Candlelight Christmas Communion
v Sun., Dec. 25 Christmas Day
§ 10:30 am Christmas morning service

— Joint Search Committee update

The Joint Search Committee (JSC) met Nov. 18 to begin its search for a called, ordained, minister to St. Matthew’s. The meeting opened with prayer by the Presbytery representatives, Diana Ginn and Elizabeth Salton. Paul Bowlby was elected chairperson and Dale MacLennan was elected recording secretary.

It was decided to set a closing date of Nov. 30 for the posting, which is on the Maritime Conference website. The selection of applicants to interview will be made by Dec. 2 and interviews will be conducted between Dec. 3–10.

It is proposed that the JSC report to the congregation on Dec. 18 at the latest, and possibly by Dec. 11. Anyone who knows of potential well-qualified candidates should encourage them to apply, or tell the Joint Search Committee about persons who should be considered. Please keep the JSC in your prayers as they seek the best possible candidate for a call to St. Matthew’s.

— Town Hall meeting and rally on health care Nov. 24–25
The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network and the Council of Canadians invite you to a Town Hall meeting and rally on the 2014 Health Accord and the campaign to protect, strengthen and extend medicare. The provincial and territorial health ministers are meeting in Halifax Nov. 24–25 to begin negotiations for the 2014 Health Accord, a negotiated agreement among Canadian governments on future funding for public health care. There is a very real possibility that the federal government may cut funding for public health care. In welcoming the health ministers to Halifax we want to make sure they put patients needs first in these negotiations.
– Town Hall: Nov 24 at 6:30 pm, St. Andrews United Church (Robie and Coburg). Keynote speaker Maude Barlow, author, activist and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians
– Rally: Nov. 25, 12 noon, Victoria Park (Spring Garden and South Park)

— Share the Christmas Spirit
How you can make a difference for someone during the season of Advent:
Knit or crochet scarves, hats, mitts, or socks for our Advent Knitting Tree
Bring socks to hang on our mantelpiece for Phoenix Shelter for Youth
Take a White Gift tag and shop for a Christmas gift for a guest of our Sunday breakfast
Contribute to Brunswick Street Mission Christmas food hamper program by making a donation through St. Matthew’s

— Come to the Stable Nov. 27

All are invited to Come to the Stable on Sunday, Nov. 27. The 10:30 am service, which celebrates the first Sunday of Advent, will incorporate a collage of Nativity scenes from around the world. As this is a Communion service, there will be envelopes available for the Benevolent Fund.
From 2–4 pm there will be songs and stories, refreshments and seasonal sweets. Suggested donation $5 per person/family.
If you have a Nativity scene to display, contact Wayne Rogers, 429-1680, or email humber@ns.sympatico.ca by Wednesday. Display set-up begins Saturday at 10 am and will be completed on Sunday. Bring a brief written narrative about your Nativity scene: where it came from, how you display it in your home, what’s unique about it, etc.

— Let’s up the ante with the Anonymous Couple
As you know, 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. So far $3,600 has been raised.
The Stewards encourage us to up the ante. In the next month can we double our share of this challenge and raise a total of $30,000 by year-end? Or triple it and raise $40,000? That would match the amount of money we raised last year, and get us much closer to a balanced budget. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
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.

— Sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter
Jean Hattie is coordinating an effort to provide sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter, which opens at St. Matthew’s this week. We will provide 30 sandwiches each Thursday, complementing the work of other churches on other days. Jean will have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour next week. What we need: two people to provide 15 sandwiches each, and deliver them Thursday before the church office closes around 12:30 pm. Sandwiches will be refrigerated until they are served Thursday at 9 pm.

— Nursery needs
Because of our baby boom at St. Matthew’s, we need high chairs. If you have a no-longer-used high chair you can donate, it would be appreciated.

— Thanks to ...

§ Rev. John Hennigar-Shuh for a thoughtful sermon on our Anniversary Sunday
§ Anne Fay, co-Church Archivist, who provided historical vignettes for the Anniversary service, capably delivered by John Wallace and Tim Matthews
§ Sue Kent, baker of an extraordinary anniversary cake

— In the Community
Rockingham Grannies Holiday Tea and Fashion Show – Dec. 2 at 7 pm, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Dakin Drive (near Bedford Highway). Tickets $12. Proceeds to Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers for Grandmothers in Africa campaign. Tickets/reservations: matthews@accesscable.net or call Doreen Crick, 443-2993.

Seton’s Greetings with Seton Cantata Choir – Dec. 4 at 3 pm, Bethany United Church at the Armdale Roundabout. Music includes Jubilate by Bob Chilcott, works by Duruflé, Simeone and Leontovich. Tickets $15 at the door; call 429-1680.

Halifax Camerata Singers – Dec. 4 at 4 pm, First Baptist Church, Oxford Street. Christmas music and the reading of Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales by CBC Radio personality John Hancock. Guests are Camerata Xara Young Women’s Choir and organist Shawn Whynot. Tickets $20/$10 from Jill Rafuse, 492-4523, at www.halifaxcamerata.org and at the door.

Nova Voce Provincial Men’s Choir – Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Mumford Road. Advent and Christmas Music. Tickets $15/$12; call 422-1837.

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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