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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin March 6, 2012

§ St. Matthew’s Calendar
§ Breakfast Volunteer Orientation
§ Book Club
§ Penny collection during Lent
§ Thinking about ...
§ Run in the Bluenose Marathon, raise $$ for M&S
§ In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
March 7 – Breakfast volunteer orientation, 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

Breakfast Volunteer Orientation
There will be an orientation session for St. Matthew’s Breakfast Program volunteers on Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 5:30 pm at the church.

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. Even small contributions can make a difference when we all participate. Empty your piggybanks and dresser drawers, ask your friends to contribute, pick pennies up off the street – and bring them to church for the collection jar that will be at the entrance to the sanctuary. All coins welcome, loose or rolled. Proceeds will support our outreach initiatives.

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

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.

‘Tis A Gift: Living with Simplicity

Why do our lifestyles contain items driven by greed? Where did the pressure to consume cfome from? It is in part because we want the best for the ones we love and for our families. It is in part because we believe more is better, that growth is necessary for progress. Remember that “we have our life as the greatest expression of our commitment to the ones we love, to the voiceless, to the land, and to unborn generations.” (Jim Merkel)
TIP 5: Look at your lists of the 20 items you placed under the columns Love and Greed. Think what impact these choices have on the well-being of yourself and others, and what effect they have on the land, water and air.

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, St. Patrick’s Church, Brunswick Street (error last week). 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

Lenten Improvisations – Sunday, March 18, 7:30 pm, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Grand Parade. David Christensen and Andrew Killawee present Lenten Improvisations on piano, organ and saxophone. The concert will feature traditional Lenten tunes, as well as modern works by Arvo Part and Philip Glass. Guest musicians Gina Burgess, violin, and Ellen Gibling, harp. Admission $15/$10 students.

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.

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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