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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin March 13, 2012

· St. Matthew’s Calendar
· Official Board Update
· Potluck Church
· Women’s Breakfast
· Religion in Life Badge
· Penny collection during Lent
· Thinking about ...
· Runners United for Change
· In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar

Holy Week
Palm Sunday, April 1, 10:30 am – “The Last Week”, a dramatic service to begin Holy Week
Holy Thursday, April 5, 5:30 pm – Celebration and remembrance of the Last Supper with a potluck supper and communion around the table
Good Friday, April 6, 7:30 pm – Choral Service of music and readings
Easter Sunday, April 8, 7 am – Sunrise Service followed by light breakfast
Easter Sunday, April 8, 10:30 am – Communion Service with Symphony Brass and singalong Hallelujah Chorus

March 20, 5:30 pm – Potluck Church
March 24, 8:30 am – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s
May 27 – Kirk Session and Official Board
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting

Official Board Update
The Official Board has authorized its executive to enter discussions with Commissionaires Nova Scotia to explore possibilities and opportunities relating to joint future development of the non-heritage portions of both properties. A preliminary discussion with Halifax Regional Municipality Planning and Development Department is also anticipated.

Potluck Church
All are welcome to enjoy the supper and informal worship that arise from sharing with one another. This month’s Potluck Church is on the first day of spring – Tuesday, March 20 at 5:30 pm – and all are encouraged to bring springtime poems, prayers, music, art or your favorite sign of spring to share.

Women’s Breakfast

All women in the congregation are invited for breakfast and good company on Saturday, March 24 at 8:30 am at Smitty’s, corner of Spring Garden and Tower/Martello. We order off the menu, drink a lot of coffee, and chat for an hour or so – a fine way to get to know each other better.

Religion in Life Badge
Attention Brownies, Cubs and others in the Girl Guide and Scouting movements – If you or someone in your house would like to earn the Religion in Life Badge, please speak to Betsy.

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:
· All who are travelling during March Break
· James Allen Myrden, recovering in hospital from heart surgery
· Bill MacLennan, Rachel Covert, and Kim Moors, for improved health and strength following illness
· Jack Fraser, preparing for scheduled surgery

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 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
We have been looking at the choices we make as we go about our lives. Some lifestyle choices are made for Love, others are made for Greed. Some are important for the well-being of ourselves and those we love, while others have a negative impact on us, the ones around us, or on the Earth, now or in the future.
TIP 6: As you continue to ponder these things, consider how you feel about your choices. Do you feel in control of what you choose? Do you feel a need to make changes? Do you have a sense that things could be better? Take time for yourself this week as you sit in your quiet space or as you go to and from work and other responsibilities to consider these questions.

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.

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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