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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Feb. 7, 2012


Contents
§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Special Celebration for Betsy
§ Contacting Rev. Sagar
§ Offering envelopes ready
§ Photos wanted
§ Remember in your prayers ...
§ Sponsor a bulletin
§ Run in the Bluenose Marathon, raise $$ for M&S
§ United Church Observer subscriptions
§ Tip for living with simplicity
§ In the broader church community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Feb. 18 – Women’s Breakfast, 8:30 am
Feb. 19 – Thank You and Welcome, Betsy!
Feb. 21 – Shrove Tuesday Potluck Church / Pancake Supper, 5:30 pm
Feb. 22 – Ash Wednesday service, 7:30 pm
Feb. 26 – Kirk Session after church, followed by quarterly meeting of the Official Board
May 27 – Kirk Session and Official Board
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting


Women’s Breakfast
All women in the congregation are invited to meet on Saturday, Feb. 18 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 in the congregation.

Special Celebration for Betsy
On Sunday, Feb. 19 Betsy Hogan returns to our pulpit after serving our church for 10 years, but now as our Called Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care. To mark this milestone in our congregation, there will be Celebrations after the service during Fellowship time.

Musical performances full of fun and delight, personal stories of special thanks to Betsy, presentation of gifts, and great food will all mark these celebrations. Plan to be with your St. Matthew's family for this most remarkable event when we say Thank You to Betsy for everything she has done and been for us over the years, and Welcome to St. Matthew’s as our Minister of Everything.

Contacting Rev. Sagar
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.

Photos wanted
Barbara Bickle is looking for pictures of Bethlehem@Barrington 2011. Please send your pictures via email, bbickle@ns.sympatico.ca

Remember in prayer ...
· The family of Rev. Betsy Hogan, whose father is nearing the end of his life
· Donna and Ted Luther and their family. Donna’s sister, Roberta, lost her youngest daughter, Candace, in a car accident on Sunday Feb. 5, as she returned to Antigonish for her studies in nursing. Roberta lost her son, Chad, in a car accident a year ago.

Sponsor a bulletin
You can sponsor a Sunday Bulletin to celebrate or remember friends and loved ones (think anniversaries, birthdays, memorials). An area in the bulletin will be set aside for each sponsor’s dedication. The cost is $25, the weekly cost of producing the bulletin. Contact Dora McGrath in the church office, 423-9209.
Recent sponsorships:
· In loving memory of Bob Hattie, from his sisters Joan MacKinnon, Jean Hattie, Judy Cowan and their families
· In memory of Rev. David C. I. Morgan who died Feb. 2, 2001 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the age of 44, from his wife, The Rev. Carolyn Nicholson, his sister Brenda Wallace and family, and his parents, David and Jean Morgan

Run in the Bluenose Marathon, raise $$ for M&S
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 20, 2012, to raise money for the Mission and Service Fund. (If 21 kms seems too much, you can always try the 10 kms instead.)
The committee is offering individual training programs for anyone interested. Marg Machum has signed up and is looking for company: “It would be great to have a good representation from St Matthew’s and I would appreciate the company and encouragement from anyone who would like to join me. I am starting at the bottom and am currently working my way from walking to a combination of running and walking. Many of you are much more advanced with your running endurance but there are others who would need to start at the bottom like me.”
If you are interested in becoming part of this program and thereby promote good stewardship of the body God gave you, please contact Marg by e-mail, marg.machum@bellaliant.net or call 477-9914. General information: Keltie van Binsbergen, sjminister@eastlink.ca or call (902) 868-1990.

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.

‘Tis A Gift: Living with Simplicity
At the January Potluck Church, we explored the impact of our current lifestyles on the Earth’s ability to sustain life. We are aware of the need to change and, as people who love God’s creation, are willing to do so. The question is, How? The answer comes through simplifying our lives. This space will provide a tip each week to help us find our way.
TIP: Find a quiet space in your home where you can have a few moments for yourself each day.


In the broader church community
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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