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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Jan. 17, 2012

§ Potluck Church tonight
§ Ministerial Matters
§ Remember in your prayers ...
§ Foster parent needed for two cats
§ In the broader church community

Potluck Church tonight
Come 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 on leave until Feb. 15, when she will take up her call as Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care at St. Matthew’s.

Rev. Margaret Sagar has graciously agreed to serve as Sunday supply minister for Jan. 22 & 29, Feb. 5 & 12. Rev. Sagar has attended St. Matthew’s for almost three years. She is chair of the Board of Governors for the Atlantic School of Theology, and an active member of KAIROS, which unites 11 Canadian churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights. We are pleased to welcome her to our pulpit for the next four Sundays.

For pastoral care needs, contact the church office, 423-9209 or stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca

Remember in your prayers ...
§ Craig and Gayle Reiner, mourning the death of his mother
§ Anne Calder and her family
§ Rachel Covert, being restored to good health at the IWK

Could you foster one or two cats?
Two adult cats in our congregation, Cocoa and Katie, are in urgent need of a foster parent for about 10 months. They're used to being together, of course, but could be separated if necessary. More important is that they have a home. Cocoa is male and Katie is female, both fixed. Please email Betsy if you can help: stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

In the broader church community

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>

Cards & Games Social – Saturday, Jan. 21, 12:30–3 pm, sponsored by United Memorial UCW. Lunch and prizes. Please bring your own cards and games to United Memorial, 5350 Young St., Halifax. Tickets $6; contact Blanche Creighton, 454-5554.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ecumenical Service – Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 pm at Presbyterian Church of St. David, 1544 Grafton Street. Join Halifax churches celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Guest preacher: Rev. Rhonda Britton of Cornwallis Street Baptist Church.

Ecumenical Worship Service in honour of AST’s 40th Anniversary – Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm at Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Martello Street/Tower Road. Choral music by The King’s College Chapel Choir; the AST story will be narrated by Adrian Hoffman.

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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