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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin May 15, 2012

• St. Matthew’s Calendar
• Remember in your prayers ...
• Thanks to ...
• Support runners in Bluenose Marathon
• Organ recital May 30
• Research project: Hopewell Worldview Survey
• Book Club meeting
• Camp Kidston could use your help
• ‘Tis a Gift: Living with Simplicity
• In the community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
May 20 – Bluenose Marathon Sunday
May 27 – Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board meetings
May 30 – Organ recital
June 3 – Annual church community barbecue, after worship
June 10 – Sunday school closing
June 10 – Congregational Budget Meeting
June 12 – Book club meeting

Remember in your prayers ...

© Avon Cox and Rachel Covert, recovering from surgery

Thanks to ...
© All whose hard work contributed to last weekend’s warm welcome for the Atlantic School of Theology community, as they celebrated convocation, and to the wider community who gathered for the memorial service and celebration of the life of Raymond Taaval

Support runners in Bluenose Marathon
It’s not too late to support the St. Matthew’s running/walking team on Bluenose Marathon Sunday (May 20). They are raising money for the Mission and Service Fund. 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 for our sanctuary.

Rev. Linda Yates research project: Hopewell Worldview Survey (URL corrected)
James Hopewell was a pastor, theologian and researcher who believed that people understand their lives in the form of “story” or narrative. These stories can be located within four different worldviews such as Canonic (tragic), Gnostic (comic), Charismatic (romantic) and Empiric (ironic). The idea is that these basic themes influence what we think of as “sacred” and how we interpret the meaning of our lives.

Rev. Linda Yates of St. John’s United, Halifax, is undertaking a research survey. If you are willing to do the online survey, you also may be asked to do a series of interviews with Linda about how you understand loss (you can always decline to participate, but if you are interested, the time and place would be at your convenience.) At the end of the project, Linda is hosting a Lunch-and-Learn in which all the worldviews are explored in a fun, informative way. At that time you will be given back your original test score. Whether you agree to do the interviews or not, you will still get your test results back and be invited to the Lunch-and-Learn to explore your Worldview. You can complete the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stmattsuc

Book Club meeting
A group of avid readers gets together every 4–8 weeks as a book club. The next meeting is Tuesday, June 12 at 12:30 pm at the home of Hope Toumishey. This month’s book: Not Wanted on the Voyage.

Camp Kidston United Church Camp
1. Annual Camp Kidston clean-up is scheduled for Sat., May 26 (rain date Sun., May 27). Can you help? Contact davidlea@cbcl.ca

2. Volunteer first aid providers and chaplains are 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.

3. There is a wish list of things needed for Camp Kidston this summer. The camp also takes Canadian Tire money. If you have any of these things in your basement, consider donating! Karen Pearce (choir) will gladly accept donations brought to the church, or will arrange pick-up at your home. Alternatively, call Angela Falkenham, 835-2453, ange<atsymbol>ns.sympatico.ca for pick-up.

Wish List
· sailing rope – several 30-foot packages needed
· blue-and-white twine (by the roll at Canadian Tire and Home Hardware)
· hammer
· Redbird waterproof, strike-anywhere matches for out-trips
· water balloons, 1 x 500 count container per week
· life jackets, especially for smaller campers (<60 pounds) but all sizes welcome
· bongos, drums, tambourines, maracas, or other fun instruments
· 8 youth and/or children’s Bibles (for use during Christian Development)
· Christian development/ Bible/Prayer resources for planning of vespers, etc.
· battery-operated tea lights
· 2 soccer nets
· 3 hula hoops
· 2 basketballs
· 1 free-standing basketball net
· axe sharpening kit
· 2 balls for gaga ball (medium-sized bouncy-ball, from the dollar store, or similar)
· packing tape
· 4+ rolls of duct tape
· 30 glue sticks
· 30 pairs of scissors
· markers
· construction paper
· glow sticks
· paddle rack
· Band-aids, especially ones with fun children’s characters
· Tensor bandages
· movie projector screen
· buoys for marking the waterfront areas for games
· Spinal board
· Children’s Benadryl, Tylenol, Advil, and Gravol
· costumes, scarves/ bandanas and dress-up clothes
· antibacterial soap

Tis a gift: Living with Simplicity
We began our journey along the path to a simpler lifestyle by decluttering our homes, workplaces, and other spaces where we spend time. We have now downsized our finances by paying off outstanding balances on our credit cards and cancelling those with high interest rates, keeping two with lower rates for travel and emergency use and by closing bank accounts we do not need. Tip 14: Incorporate these changes in your budget. Continue to simplify your accounting by paying down debts such as loans and credit card balances. Produce a budget that will provide for needs and emergencies without relying on credit cards or loans.

In the community

The Gondoliers – 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

St. Cecilia Concert Series – Sat., May 19 at 7:30 pm, Lilian Piercey Concert Hall. An Evening With Pierrot – poetry and music by Verlaine, Debussy, Fauré performed by Allison Angelo, soprano, and Olga Primak, mime; Larry Bent, narrator. Reserve tickets ($25/$20/$10) at 423-0143 or www.stcecilia.ca

Fundraising at Edgewood-Oxford United Church
Sat., May 26, 4-6 pm, Lobster dinner. Advance ticket sales only, $25 eat in or take out. Call 455-0261.


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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