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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Jan. 10, 2012

§ Women’s Breakfast this Saturday
§ Potluck Church Jan. 17
§ Ministerial Matters
§ Anonymous Couple Challenge: Who won?
§ Thanks to ...
§ Grandmothers update
§ In the broader church community

Women’s Breakfast this Saturday
All women in the congregation are invited to meet on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8:30 am for breakfast at Smitty’s, corner of Tower/Martello and Spring Garden Road. We order off the menu, enjoy breakfast together, and chat. This is a great way to share interests and get to know others.

Potluck Church
Come on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 pm for Potluck Church, an informal potluck service over a potluck supper. This month’s theme is ‘Tis a Gift: Environmental Awareness, led by Marg Machum. The food is always good and the fellowship is truly wonderful – plan to attend and to bring some food to share.

Ministerial Matters
Rev. Betsy Hogan is preaching on Sunday, Jan. 15, but this is her last Sunday as our supply minister. She is due for a well-deserved rest! Betsy will be on leave from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 before taking up her call as Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care at St. Matthew’s. The date of her Covenanting Service will be announced shortly.

Rev. Margaret Sagar has graciously agreed to serve as Sunday supply minister for Jan. 22 & 29, Feb. 5 & 12. For pastoral care needs, please contact the church office at 423-9209 or stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca

Anonymous Couple Challenge: Who Won?
And the winner is ... St. Matthew’s!
An Anonymous Couple challenged the congregation this fall by offering to match donations, dollar for dollar, up to a total gift of $10,000. The congregation and friends of St. Matthew’s rose to the challenge and raised – at last count – $15,000. Together with the $10,000 from the Anonymous Couple, this provides the congregation with an unbudgeted $25,000 towards the work of our church in downtown Halifax. It also moves us another step closer to financial stability.
“Well Done, All,” declared Stewards Chair Ken Moors.

Thanks to ...
Scott Taylor, our guest organist on Sunday. Wayne Rogers was attending the closing service at Wesley Memorial United Church in Moncton.

Grandmothers update
Over the past several years women from St. Matthew’s have supported the Rockingham Grannies in their efforts to raise money for the Grandmothers-to-Grandmothers campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Just before Christmas the Rockingham Grannies announced that the total amount they have sent to SLF has reached $61,508.20. We are privileged to be associated in even a small way with this active group of women so committed to helping African grandmothers care for children whose parents have died of AIDS.

In the broader church community

Bedford/Sackville Musicians’ Concert For Beacon House – Sat., Jan. 14 at 7 pm, Bedford United Church (storm date Jan. 21). Beacon House Interfaith Society provides food and clothing to those in need in the Lower Sackville area. It serves about 1,400 people per month, 40% of whom are children. Beacon House relies on community donations and the support of area churches. This fundraising concert will feature the Celtic Singers, Bedford Brass Quintet, The Bedford Leisure Orchestra and Singers, ReGenesis, Chester Dixiland Band, and Bedford Brass Quintet, not to mention a barbershop quartet. Tickets $15; contact Bedford United’s Beacon House representative, Tim Rorabeck (trorabeck@clarkeinc.com or 446-1605), or Beacon House (864-0547).

Evangelism for Non-Evangelicals – This is an online continuing education opportunity from the Atlantic School of Theology. The registration deadline is Jan. 31. Find details at <www.astheology.ns.ca/UpcomingEvents.html>

Summer Employment – Arthur Kidston Memorial Camp, our local United Church camp, is accepting applications for summer staff positions. The deadline is Monday, Jan. 16. Information and the application form are online at <www.campkidston.com/jobs_volunteers.htm>

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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