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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin April 17, 2012

• St. Matthew’s Calendar
• Potluck Church Tuesday
• The Great St. Matthew’s Clean-up ...
• ... Followed by spring painting
• Thanks...
• Support the Runners United for Change
• ‘Tis a gift
• In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Apr. 17 – Potluck Church
Apr. 20, 21 – The Great St. Matthew’s Clean-up
Apr. 22 – Earth Day worship service, music by Margaret Champion
May 5 – Atlantic School of Theology convocation
May 20 – Bluenose Marathon and M&S fundraiser
May 27 – Kirk Session and Official Board
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting

Potluck Church Tuesday
Potluck Church is tonight (Tuesday, Apr. 17) at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary on the theme 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 Apr. 20–21 ...
We’re going to clean up the church this weekend – separating usable items from trash, offering things free-to-a-good-home, arranging to sell things of value, and disposing of things that remains, all in 48 hours. The clean/sort will happen Friday evening and Saturday morning; then from 1–3 pm Saturday there will be a gym sale and free-to-good-home distribution. Anything remaining will be offered to breakfast guests on Sunday morning.

Everyone is encouraged to help. If you have no time to clean up or can’t physically handle it, perhaps you can provide food for volunteers on Saturday, Apr. 21. Contact Shannon Black at shan_ben@hotmail.com if you can contribute paper plates/bowls, drinks, a pot of soup or a loaf of sandwiches. All contributions are appreciated.

... Followed by painting
Just after the spring cleaning, there will be a day of spring painting. If you can spare a few hours to do touch-up painting around the church, contact Betsy.

Thanks for Easter music ...
Thanks to Karla Bruce, soprano, and Jack Fraser, guitar, for their music on Sunday. And a special thanks to AcabellA Handbell Choir for providing the service music – this was a warm-up for their appearance at the morning worship service at United Memorial Church on Apr. 22.

Please support Runners United for Change
Runners and walkers from St. Matthew’s are participating in the Bluenose Half Marathon in May, raising money for the Mission and Service Fund. As of this writing, they had reached 25% 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.

‘Tis a Gift: Living with Simplicity
It is now time to move beyond contemplation. It is time to look at our lifestyle choices and decide where we need to make changes. It is time to find the path to simpler lifestyles.
Tip 10 – We have de-cluttered our closets and homes. Now it is time to remove the clutter from our lives in our places of work and other areas where we spend time. This week clear off your desks and other work areas at your office and help with cleaning up other institutions – perhaps even at your place of worship! Recycle anything that you no longer want or need.

In the community
Celebration of Earth Day – Sunday, Apr. 22, 7-9 pm, SMU Atrium Theatre (new entrance from Inglis, between the Science and Burke buildings). Film showing of Journey of the Universe, a joyous account of the evolution of the universe based on contemporary science with an environmental message. (To see a trailer visit www.journeyoftheuniverse.com). Following the film, a panel of four including students and community members will give brief reactions to the film; also featured are the Gaia Singers and a time for Q&A. Sponsored by the Interfaith Commission on Climate Justice.

The Gondoliers – Wednesday, May 2 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and in Liverpool (Apr. 28), Pictou (May 5), Truro (May 26) and Annapolis (June 2). Jolene Pattison from our congregation is a member of the cast performing this Gilbert & Sullivan favorite. For tickets and information contact Jolene at 492-0797 or Jolene.Pattison@nscc.ca, or visit http://www.gandsnovascotia.ca

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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