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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin June 24, 2012

• St. Matthew’s Calendar
• New grand piano in the sanctuary
• Summer office hours
• SummerSounds@Barrington concert series
• Summer Scratch Choir
• In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
July 15 – Jazz Festival Service
July 22 – Pride Week Service

New grand piano in the sanctuary

Our new Yamaha grand piano (7½’) is installed in the sanctuary and sounds wonderful. Compact and easy to move, it has an even, brilliant sound that just sings. Minister of Music Wayne Rogers says the new piano will quickly become revenue-generating through rentals, as it will allow the church to seek new clients such as chamber groups, piano and vocal recitals, the Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival, and Royal Conservatory exams.

The majority of the $48,300 purchase price has been covered by the Allen McKenzie Reid music fund ($20,000), the Jim Holland music fund ($10,000), and the Sarah Svendsen concert ($1,000). The outstanding balance will come from the new Steeple Concert Series, individual donations, and other fundraising. Donations from the congregation are welcome.

The official inaugural concert in October will feature Barbara Pritchard of our congregation, one of Canada’s leading interpreters of contemporary piano works. There will also be a fundraising concert by Lorna MacDonald, Professor of Voice and the Lois Marshall Chair in Voice Studies at the University of Toronto, who is a former member of the congregation.

Summer office hours
The church office will be open Tuesday–Friday from 8 am to noon. In July and August the sanctuary will be open Tuesday–Saturday and a tour guide will be available.

SummerSounds@Barrington concert series
The SummerSounds@Barrington concert series will be held at St. Matthew’s on Thursdays during July and August. Bring your lunch to the church for a weekly concert 12:15–1 pm. Suggested donation is $5. For information, call 429-1680.

July 5 – Ann Bradley, soprano; Shawn Whynot, organ/piano
July 12 – Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Wayne Rogers, piano
July 19 – Megan Jamieson, soprano; Lynette Wahlstrom, piano
July 26 – Thistle Scottish Country Dancers
Aug. 2 – Anna Bond, contralto; Jane Miller, piano
Aug. 9 – Ardyth & Jennifer, Celtic harps, with Pam Mason
Aug. 16 – Karen Myatt & Trio
Aug. 23 – Marcel d’Entremont, tenor; Jennifer King, piano
Aug. 30 – Helen Tucker, organ

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 9:45 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.

In the Community
The Drowsy Chaperone – Until July 8 at Pond Playhouse. This Theatre Arts Guild musical comedy features Jolene Pattison and Margaret Champion of St. Matthew’s. Funny, clever, well performed, and Canadian! Tickets available at TicketAtlantic and Superstore ticket outlets. See www.tagtheatre.com for details.

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 (resuming in September)
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca

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