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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Dec. 6, 2011

§ National Day of Remembrance Today
§ Annual congregational meeting / potluck lunch Dec. 11
§ 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 ...
§ St. Matthew’s Advent Calendar
§ In the Community

Service of Prayer and Remembrance
Today (Tuesday) at 12 noon St. Matthew’s will observe a National Day of Remembrance and Action against Violence against Women. Together we will light candles of remembrance and pray for an end to violence against women.

Annual congregational meeting Dec. 11
The annual congregational meeting will be held after church on Sunday, Dec. 11, preceded by a potluck lunch. Please bring your contribution to the potluck lunch to the kitchen prior to church if possible.

The meeting agenda will include an update from the Joint Search Committee that is searching for a full-time minister for St. Matthew’s. Reports from Kirk Session, Stewards, Trustees, Halifax Presbytery and the Nominating Committee will also be received.

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

Help meet the Anonymous Couple challenge
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 is still on. There is the possibility of raising $20,000 from this special initiative in the days remaining in 2011, which would significantly reduce our draw on endowment funds.
If you are on PAR, consider adjusting your 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. 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 ...

– Jean Hattie and all who willingly and enthusiastically are supplying sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter, which is now open at St. Matthew’s
– Wayne Rogers and the Worship & Music Committee for hosting last week’s “Come to the Stable” open house

St. Matthew’s Advent Calendar
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

In the Community
Nova Voce Men’s Choir & Halifax Boys Honour Choir – Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, Mumford Road. Advent and Christmas Music. 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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