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

• St. Matthew’s Calendar
• Volunteers needed for Task Groups
• Summer Scratch Choir
• Thanks to ...

St. Matthew’s Calendar

July 15 – Jazz Festival Service
July 22 – Pride Week Service

Volunteers needed for Task Groups
The Vision Implementation Committee ( VIC) has identified three particular activities for which volunteers are needed. Can you assist? These are all initiatives that will move us toward our vision for a revitalized and vibrant St. Matthew’s in the downtown.

1. Lunch and Learn Task Group – This group will establish a noontime Lunch and Learn program – continuing education, public information sessions, speakers’ series – that would target downtown people. The Task Group would explore possibilities and try to set something up for the fall. Some work has been done on this already; Paul Bowlby has offered to take the lead.

2. Grant Writing Task Group – Grants are available for such things as renovations to heritage buildings and green/energy-efficient improvements, but grant writing is an art. Identifying appropriate programs that might assist a St. Matthew’s “wish list” and preparing applications would be this group’s focus. Partners from the Out of the Cold Shelter will be invited to help.

3. Theatre Arts Task Group – We would like to find and take advantage of opportunities to partner with community theatre groups. Perhaps our sanctuary might host one “downtown” show for a theatre company that performs in the suburbs, for instance. This group would explore the needs, possibilities, and revenue-generating potential of such partnerships.

These are time-limited, project-specific task groups. If you have skills or interest that would get these initiatives moving, contact Betsy, 423-9209 or stmatts.betsy<atsymbol>ns.sympatico.ca

Summer Scratch Choir
Throughout June, July and August all are invited to see what it’s like to sing in the choir. The Summer Scratch Choir will meet Sundays at 9:30 am to rehearse hymns and service music – easy anthems and lots of support from regular choristers. No experience necessary! Contact Wayne Rogers, 429-1680, or just show up Sunday morning.

Thanks to ...
© Scott Taylor, our guest organist last week – and to his sister, Fayette Taylor, who joined him to play a piano-organ duet postlude “The Heavens are Telling” from Haydn’s masterwork The Creation
© William Metherall, a member of the congregation who studies at St. F.X., for sharing his recent experiences in justice and development work in Guatemala


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 (resuming in September)
Lunch Bunch Community Choir: Fridays at 12 noon (resumes in September)
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca

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