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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 29, 2011


Contents
§ St. Matthew’s Advent Calendar
§ Joint Search Committee update
§ Order Christmas flowers by Dec. 11
§ Share the Christmas spirit
§ Special offering: Anonymous Couple challenge
§ Old Burying Ground Foundation representative needed
§ Sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter
§ Nursery Needs
§ Thanks to ...
§ In the Community


St. Matthew’s Advent Calendar
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 & Potluck Lunch
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 closing date for applications for the position of minister at St. Matthew's is Wednesday, Nov. 30. The committee meets on Dec. 2 to review the applications and determine a short-list of persons to interview. The committee will make every effort to report to the congregation at the annual meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11; if this is not possible, there will be a special congregational meeting on Dec. 18 to hear the report of the Joint Search Committee.

Order Christmas flowers by Dec. 11
The sanctuary will be decorated with Christmas flowers Dec. 18–25. If you would like to order flowers in memory of a loved one, the cost is $15 payable by cash or cheque made out to St. Matthew’s United Church. To order contact Shirley McInnes, 423-4320; by email shirley.mcinnes@ns.sympatico.ca; by mail at 490 Francklyn St., Halifax, B3H 1A9; or leave your money at the church. Orders must be received by Sunday, Dec. 11.

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

Special offerings for the Anonymous Couple challenge
The Stewards are excited about the offer by the mysterious Anonymous Couple to match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in special givings made by members/adherents in the calendar year. There is the possibility of raising $20,000 from this special initiative in the month remaining in 2011, which would significantly reduce our draw on endowment funds.
For those on PAR this could mean an adjustment to the contribution level, or making a one-time envelope offering. Envelope givers could compare their 2011 givings to date with their 2010 totals and consider providing an additional amount.
A retired member of the church with a modest investment income notes that for every dollar donated to St. Matthew’s, his/her taxes are reduced by about 30 cents federally and 17 cents provincially. Governments appreciate citizens’ charitable contributions, which share the burden of caring for the needy.
For information: Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca or 445-5464.

Old Burying Ground Foundation
For the past 6+ years Beverly Miller has represented St. Matthew’s on the Old Burying Ground Foundation, but she now has a conflicting commitment. The Foundation meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact the church office, 423-9209.

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 opened at St. Matthew’s on Nov. 27. We will provide 30 sandwiches each Thursday, complementing the work of other churches on other days. There are enough volunteers until the new year; contact Jean if you would like to help out in February, March or April.

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 ...
· Members of the Publicity Committee (Barbara Bickle, Helga and Bob Mills, and Terry Hurrell) who have been doing much seasonal publicity work to let people know what’s happening at St. Matthew’s during December

In the Community
Launch of fundraiser CD – Tues., Nov. 29 from 6:30–9 pm at Just Us! Cafe, Spring Garden Road. The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network launches the CD "Singing Solidarity" with an evening of live music, solidarity and awareness-building. In addition to the CD delicious and handy fair trade treats will be for sale. Suggested admission $20 waged, $10 unwaged. Information: Moira Peters, 455-3184, or moira.peters@gmail.com

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.

St. Andrew’s UCW Bake Sale Plus— Dec. 4 at noon, St. Andrew’s United at Coburg/Robie. Stock up your pantry with delightful goodies for the holidays.

Seton’s Greetings with Seton Cantata Choir – Dec. 4 at 3 pm, Bethany United Church at the Armdale Roundabout. Conductor is Wayne Rogers. Music includes Jubilate by Bob Chilcott, works by Duruflé, Simeone and Leontovich. Tickets $15 at the door or 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 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. A holiday concert shared with Halifax Schools Boys Honour Choir. Tickets $15/$12; call 422-4837.

Noel! Noel! with Bedford Singers – Dec. 10 at 7:30 pm, St. Benedict Church, 45 Radcliffe Drive, and Dec. 11 at 3 pm, St. John’s United Church, Fall River. Conductor Wayne Rogers, guest soloist Pamela Rogers, accompanist Dean Bradshaw. Tickets $15 at the door or call 445-1444.

Hunger relief in Somalia – Dec. 10, 6:30 pm–1 am, Mount St. Vincent University Rosaria Hall. The United African Canadian Women’s Association is holding a Christmas fundraiser with African food and drumming, fashion show, and dance in support of hunger relief in Somalia. This is an opportunity to break down the unofficial segregation that exists in Nova Scotia and to meet African women who have chosen to live here but bear concern and love for their homeland. Tickets $50, donations also accepted; contact Jane Earle, 826-2912.

A King’s Christmas with King’s College Chapel Choir – Dec. 11 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, All Saints Cathedral. Seasonal song and story with carols from medieval to contemporary. General admission $25/students $20. Tickets at King’s Co-op Bookstore; tel 422-1270 ext. 260.


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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