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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Jan. 24, 2012

§ Remembering Big John Hipson
§ Contacting Rev. Sagar
§ Offering envelopes ready
§ United Church Observer subscriptions
§ Remember in your prayers ...
§ Foster parent needed for two cats
§ In the broader church community

Remembering “Big John” Hipson
For much of the last decade John Hipson was a fixture at the Sunday breakfast. A dedicated volunteer who rarely missed a Sunday morning, he was the chief cook in charge of hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, baked beans and anything else that required cooking. He had been ill for a few months, and passed away last week. He leaves family in the United States and friends in Halifax.
On Sunday, Jan. 29 at 9 am there will be a short memorial service in the church hall with the breakfast guests and friends. All are welcome to attend the service. Please forward this notice to anyone who knew Big John through the St. Matthew’s Sunday breakfast – he offered faithful service to many people for many years, and he will be missed.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Matthew's for the Breakfast Program. Clearly mark donations "In Memory of John Hipson"; cheques can be made out to St. Matthew's.

Contacting Rev. Sagar
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 is our Sunday supply minister until Betsy returns. For pastoral needs, contact Margaret by telephone, 852-4628 or email, quarterdeck@ns.sympatico.ca. You can also contact the church office, 423-9209 or stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca

Offering envelopes ready
Named envelope boxes for 2012 are ready for pick-up by the entrance to the Sanctuary. Please take your own and a friend’s to save postage.

United Church Observer subscriptions
The United Church Observer magazine keeps members and friends of the United Church of Canada aware of regional, national and global activities. It also tackles interesting, provocative and sometimes controversial issues that challenge our thinking. It is published 11 times a year and delivered to your home or office. It consistently wins awards for the quality of the writing, layout, and photography.
Those who signed up with the church office for the Observer last year and have not been receiving them, please fill out the form below and include a cheque for $10 (last year’s fee will be applied to this year’s subscription). Anyone who would like to start receiving the Observer, please fill out the form and include a $25 cheque.
Please get your form and payment to the church office. You can use the collection plate on Sunday, or the church office mail slot during the week. Questions? Call Dora McGrath, 423-9209.
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Remember in your prayers ...

§ Friends and family of John Hipson
§ Anne Calder and her family

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>

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ecumenical Service – Sunday, 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.

Drumming on Fridays – Multidisciplinary artist and musician Lisa Lipton will be HRM’s artist-in-residence at the Gatekeeper’s Lodge, 5718 Point Pleasant Drive, until Mar. 31, 2012. Lisa will be creating textile-based components for a performance, practicing drumming rituals, and conducting research on drumming and collective beats as part of her project Blast Beats, which investigates the history and spirituality of drumming. The public is invited to drop by the Lodge on Friday afternoons from 12 noon–4 pm until Mar. 30 (excluding Feb. 3) to share their drumming experiences and drum with the artist. Lipton’s residency coincides with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Emerging Artist Series; her exhibition Stop forever will be on view at the AGNS Feb. 10–Apr. 29.

Runners United for Change – The Maritime Conference Stewardship Committee is organizing Runners United for Change, which encourages congregations to run in the Halifax Bluenose half marathon (21.1 kms) on May 20th, 2012, to raise money for the Mission and Service Fund. The committee will be offering individual training programs for anyone interested. (If 21kms seems too much, you can always try the 10kms instead.) If you would like to find out more about this worthwhile event, please contact Keltie van Binsbergen at sjminister@eastlink.ca or by calling 902-868-1990.

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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