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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin April 10, 2012

• St. Matthew’s Calendar
• St. Matthew’s Rising service, lunch, brainstorming
• Potluck Church April 17
• The Great St. Matthew’s Clean-up
• Atlantic School of Theology gala dinner
• Thanks...
• Support the Runners United for Change
• In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
April 15 – St. Matthew’s Rising, Congregational Lunch and Brainstorming
April 17 – Potluck Church
April 20, 21 – The Great St. Matthew’s Clean-up
May 20 – Bluenose Marathon and M&S fundraiser
May 27 – Kirk Session and Official Board
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting

St. Matthew’s Rising Service, Lunch and Brainstorming April 15
After a service of celebration and commitment on April 15, all are invited to bring ideas, areas of interest, curiosity, and wisdom together over lunch to begin to make an interesting, faithful, and sustainable future real for St. Matthew’s as a Christian congregation in the heart of Halifax. Think about the six elements of our vision, and imagine what each one means to you. There will be opportunity to share ideas, brainstorm, and be creative.
1. A community of faith, worshipping God in downtown Halifax
2. Committed to spiritual, financial and environmental sustainability
3. An advocate and partner in the work of social justice
4. Nurturing and caring for each other in our spiritual growth
5. A sanctuary for the arts, celebrating creativity and enriching faith and worship
6. Engaging and mobilizing one another to achieve this vision

Potluck Church April 17

Potluck Church will be held Tuesday, Apr. 17 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Our theme is Holy Humour! Laughter is surely God's gift, so let's celebrate it with good food among friends. Bring your favourite “church humour” selection – Lord knows, there's lots to choose from.

The Great St. Matthew’s Clean-up April 20–21

You know all the stuff that’s lying around the church and never used? It’s time to get rid of it. We’re going to separate usable items from trash, offer things free-to-a-good-home, arrange to sell things of value, and dispose of things that remains – all in 48 hours. The tentative plan is to clean/sort on Friday evening and Saturday morning, have a gym sale and free-to-good-home distribution on Saturday afternoon, with a free offering to breakfast guests on Sunday morning.
Save the date and help this spring cleaning and renewal of the building.

Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner
St. Matthew’s is putting together several tables for the 40th anniversary gala banquet of the Atlantic School of Theology on Saturday, May 4, at Pier 21. Reception is at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm. Guest speaker is CBC foreign correspondent Brian Stewart, who will be receiving an honorary degree at convocation. Tickets $125 / $60 alumni. Contact the church office, 423-9209, for information.

Thanks for Easter music ...
Thanks to Wayne Rogers, Minister of Music, for the splendid music Easter morning. Featured guests were the Symphony Brass – Richard Simoneau, Greg Moffat (trumpet); Eric Mathis (trombone); and James Eager (bass trombone). The singalong Hallelujah Chorus was conducted by Anne Fay.

How to support Runners United for Change
Runners and walkers from St. Matthew’s are participating in the Bluenose Half Marathon in May. They are part of a United Church initiative to raise money for the Mission and Service Fund called Runners United for Change. As of this writing, they had reached 24% of their goal.

Please join the sponsor effort: Go to www.bluenosemarathon.com and click on Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge in the right column. On the Welcome page, choose Option 2, “Sponsor a team of fundraisers”. On the Search page, enter “Matthew’s” in the team name. Donate.

In the community
Titanic Memorial Concert – Wednesday, Apr. 11, 7 pm at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, corner Russell and Gottingen. Seton Cantata Choir, under the direction of Wayne Rogers, presents Mass in F by Franz Schubert, plus poems and readings about the Titanic tragedy. Freewill offering (suggested donation $12) with proceeds for the music programs of St. Mark’s and Seton Choir.

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 489-4739
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
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca

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