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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Feb. 28, 2012

§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Official Board news
§ Hymn Fest next Sunday
§ Book Club
§ Penny collection during Lent
§ Successful pancake supper
§ Run in the Bluenose Marathon, raise $$ for M&S
§ Thinking about ...
§ In the community
§ Family in need of washing machine

St. Matthew’s Calendar
March 7 – Orientation for new breakfast volunteers, 5:30 pm
April 5 – Maundy Thursday potluck supper and communion, 6 pm
April 6 – Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm
April 8 – Easter Sunrise Service followed by light breakfast, 7 am
April 8 – Easter Communion Service with Symphony Brass, 10:30 am
May 27 – Kirk Session and Official Board
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting

Official Board news
Following a meeting on Sunday, the Official Board has authorized its executive to enter into discussions with Commissionaires Nova Scotia to explore possibilities and opportunities relating to joint future development of both properties. A preliminary discussion with Halifax Regional Municipality’s Planning and Development Department is also anticipated.

Hymn Fest next Sunday
On Sunday, Mar. 4 at 7:30 pm come to St. Matthew’s for a Hymn Fest, sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. The congregation will be divided into sections for four-part harmony singing hymns of praise, psalms, gospel, old favorites, evening hymns and much more. Accompaniment will be provided by some of Halifax’ s finest organists, including our own Wayne Rogers. A freewill offering will be taken to support RCCO initiatives.

Book Club
On Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 12 noon the book club will meet at the home of Joyce Anderson to discuss the book The Tenth Gift by Jane Jackson.

Penny collection during Lent
Lent has begun, and so has the second annual St. Matthew’s penny collection. Empty your piggybanks and dresser drawers and bring your pennies to church for the giant penny jar. All coins welcome, loose or rolled. Last year we raised more than $150 for the Benevolent Fund during Lent.

Successful Pancake Supper
Thanks to Molly Austen and the Worship and Music Committee and to all who organized, cooked for, and participated in the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. It was a delicious meal and a fine time was had by all.

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.

Thinking about ...
Thank you for remembering in your prayers:
· James Allen Myrden, recovering in hospital from heart surgery
· Bill MacLennan, Daniel Black, and Rachel Covert, for improved strength and strength following illness
· Kim Moors, preparing for a scheduled surgery

‘Tis A Gift: Living with Simplicity
Every day we work and play and our actions create our lifestyle. We do these things out of necessity, to support our families and ourselves; out of habit, to fill the time; or to make us happy. We do many things out of love, love for our families, others, or ourselves. But we also do things out of greed.
TIP 4: Take your lists of the 10 most important things and the 10 most negative things in your life. Think about why these things are in your life. Now place these items under two columns, one labeled Love and the other Greed.

In the community
Famous Chowder Luncheons – Every Wednesday during Lent (until Apr. 4), 12 noon–1:15 pm, Presbyterian Church of St. David, 1537 Brunswick St. Fish chowder and roll, gingerbread dessert with hot lemon sauce or whipped cream, tea or coffee. Eat in or take out. Reserve a table by calling 423-1944 by Wednesday 10 am. Price $10 per person.

Vancouver Chamber Choir – Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church, Oxford Street. Presented by the St. Cecilia Concert Series. Tickets $25, $20 (senior), or $10 (student, door only) available at Bookmark, Spring Garden Road. Information: www.stcecilia.ca

Halifax Camerata Singers – Saturday, March 24, 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church. A spiritual journey of psalm settings through the ages, including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Guest artists Andrew Pickett, counter-tenor; Shawn Whynot, organ; Ellen Gibling, harp; D’Arcy Gray, percussion; and Singers of the Camerata Youth Mentoring Program. Tickets $20 ($10 student) from Jill Rafuse, 492-4523, or at the door. Information: www.halifaxcamerata.org

Nova Sinfonia – Monday, March 26, 7:30 pm, Faith Tabernacle, Summit Street. Nova Sinfonia, conducted by Mark Shapiro, presents Brahms Symphony No. 4 and Mozart Coronation Mass K317 with Bedford Singers (Wayne Rogers, conductor), Dartmouth Choral Society (Malcolm Bradley, conductor) and soloists Vanessa Lindsay-Botten, Anna Bond, Marcel d’Entremont, and John Lindsay-Botten. Tickets $15 ($5 student) at the door.

Titanic Remembered – Sunday, Apr. 1, 1–3 pm, Rockingham United Church, 12 Flamingo Dr. An afternoon of music, recitations, historical vignettes and High Tea to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Sponsored by the Rockingham Grannies in support of African grandmothers of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Tickets $20; call Doreen Crick, 443-2993 or Isabelle Vardon, 446-5556.

Family in Need of Washing Machine – Does anyone have a washing machine in good working order that you would be willing to donate to family in need in our congregation. Please contact Betsy @ stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

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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