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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Feb. 14, 2012

§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Celebration this Sunday
§ Pancakes for Potluck Church Feb. 21
§ Earth Day 2012 awareness
§ Thanks to St. Matthew’s
§ Run in the Bluenose Marathon, raise $$ for M&S
§ In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar

Feb. 18 – Women’s Breakfast, 8:30 am
Feb. 19 – Thank You and Welcome, Betsy!
Feb. 21 – Potluck Church / Pancake Supper, 5:30 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 this Saturday
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.

Celebration this Sunday
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.

Potluck Church Feb. 21
This month Potluck Church falls on the day before Lent, so we will observe Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras or Pancake Tuesday, if you prefer) with a celebration pancake supper in the hall. We will start with a Mardi Gras parade, pancake/spatula races, lots of pancakes to eat, and end with a Shrove Tuesday service of penitence when we ask that our sins be “shriven”. In closing with an Ash Wednesday observance, we will mark the beginning of Lent. Instead of Potluck, for this Tuesday only there will be a freewill offering to cover the costs of the pancake meal. Enjoy conversation and laughter with old friends and new, and let us break pancakes together!

Earth Day 2012 awareness

Moderator Mardi Tindal has challenged all United Church congregations to raise awareness about how we care for creation. From now until April 22 – Earth Day 2012 – we are reminded to reduce our congregation’s environmental footprint and work together through challenges to heal soul, community and creation. On Thursday, Feb. 23 from 10:15 am to 12 noon Marg Machum will lead a workshop at St. Matthew’s on "Coming Home to Cosmos", one of the February challenges for the healing of creation.

Thanks to St. Matthew’s
From Rev. Margaret Sagar: “I would like to express my appreciation to the congregation for your support during the period of supply ministry. It was a joy to serve you and work with your worship team and others. Special thanks to Wayne for going beyond his musical duties to deal with computer technology!”

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. If you are interested in becoming part of this program, thereby promoting good stewardship of the body God gave you, please contact Marg Machum, marg.machum@bellaliant.net or call 477-9914. General information: Keltie van Binsbergen, sjminister@eastlink.ca or call (902) 868-1990.

In the community
We Care about the Climate Rally – Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1 pm, Halifax Public Library, Spring Garden Road. Under the Kyoto Protocol Canada committed to reduce greenhouses gases by 6% from 1990 levels by the year 2012, yet emissions are up 24%. Instead of taking action on climate change, Canada stalls global progress and wins Fossil Fool awards at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change annual conferences. Join this rally to show that Canadians care about the climate and want leadership, green jobs, and renewable energy. The rally is sponsored by the Council of Canadians, Interfaith Coalition for Climate Justice, and the Nova Scotia Voice of Women.

Vancouver Chamber Choir – Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church, Oxford Street. Presented by the St. Cecilia Concert Series.

‘Tis A Gift: Living with Simplicity
TIP 2: While sitting in your quiet space, think about the things in your life that are important to you. Write down the 10 most important things.

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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