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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin May 1, 2012

• St. Matthew’s Calendar
• Atlantic School of Theology Convocation
• Raymond Taaval memorial service May 6
• Remember in your prayers ...
• Thanks to ...
• Runners United for Change
• Organ recital May 30
• In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
May 5 – Atlantic School of Theology convocation
May 6 – Memorial service Raymond Taaval
May 20 – Bluenose Marathon Sunday
May 27 – Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board meetings
May 30 – Organ recital
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting

Atlantic School of Theology Convocation
The Atlantic School of Theology convocation will be held Saturday, May 5 at 11 am at St. Matthew’s. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome to do so. An honorary degree will be presented to CBC foreign correspondent Brian Stewart, who will also be guest speaker. Rev. Bob Latimer, Truro, will be made an Associate of AST in recognition of his commitment and support to the school. Rev. Kevin Little, Tantallon, will receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Faith in Action Award.

Raymond Taaval memorial service at St. Matthew’s
St. Matthew’s is hosting the community memorial service for Raymond Taaval on Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 pm. Raymond, who was a leader in the GLBT community, died from violence April 17 in Halifax. Mourners will gather in the Grand Parade before marching along Barrington Street to the church.

Remember in your prayers ...
© Rachel Covert and her parents, Tim and Jocelyn, as she continues to recover in the IWK from heart surgery

Thanks to ...
© Everyone who helped in many different ways with The Great St. Matthew’s Clean-up and the recent Week O’Painting. An extra note of appreciation to members of Samba Nova, Circus Circle and Out of the Cold who lent some hands to the collective good.

Runners United for Change
On Bluenose Marathon Sunday (May 20) runners from various United Church congregations will use St. Matthew’s as their gathering place to prepare for the run and give thanks when it is over! Don’t be surprised if some of the runners join our worship service as they finish their distance. All are raising money for the Mission and Service Fund.

A team from St. Matthew’s is participating and needs your financial support: 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.

Organ recital May 30
Remember Sarah Svendsen, our summer tour guide from a few years ago? Sarah recently performed a spectacular graduation recital for her Bachelor of Music degree from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. She has been the Organ Scholar at Metropolitan United in Toronto during her four-year degree program.

Sarah will be at St. Matthew’s on Wed., May 30 at 7:30 pm to play her recital. Please help publicize this concert to friends and musicians – a performance not to be missed. Proceeds from the concert will go toward a new piano in the sanctuary.

Tis a gift: Living with Simplicity

We have begun our journey along the path to a simpler lifestyle by downsizing our wardrobes and decluttering our homes, workplaces, and other spaces where we spend time. Now let’s examine our finances, another area of stress in our lives. Tip 12: Downsize the financial aspect of your life by paying down credit card balances. Cancel the cards that have high interest rates, keeping two with lower rates for travel or emergency use.

In the community

The Gondoliers – Wed., May 2 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium with Symphony Nova Scotia, and with piano in 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. Tickets: 492-0797 (Jolene) or Jolene.Pattison<at symbol>nscc.ca, or visit http://www.gandsnovascotia.ca

Connecting the Dots in Halifax – Sat., May 5, 11:30 am sharp, at the Sands at Salter public greenspace at the foot of Salter Street. This is a human sculpture and global photo op to show the increase in sea level as an effect of global warming. We need as many people as possible to dress in white, bring a blue recycling bag, and join us on the sands for a quick photo to be displayed at the 350.org website

Port Wallis Lobster Supper – Sat., May 12, Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverley Rd. Three sittings (4:30, 5:15 and 6 pm) and take-out available. Cost $20 lobster, $10 ham. Call 435-3644.

Fundraising at Edgewood-Oxford United Church
Sat., May 5, 9 am–noon, 3055 Connaught Ave. Flea market and bake sale.
Sat., May 26, 4-6 pm, Lobster dinner. Advance ticket sales only, $25 eat in or take out. Call 455-0261.

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – Thurs., May 17, 6 pm, Grand Parade

Camp Kidston United Church camp – Volunteer first aid providers and chaplains needed for each week of summer camp. In appreciation one of your children can attend one week of camp for free. Contact Lillian Smithson, 435-6108, or smithsons<atsymbol>ns.sympatico.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
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