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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Sept. 2, 2012

•  Sunday School begins
•  Meeting schedule for your calendar
•  Book Club meeting Sept. 18
•  Congratulations and Thanks to ...
•  In the Community


Sunday School begins
Fall is almost here and it’s time for Sunday School to resume on Sept. 9. Children come to church with their families and leave for Sunday School after Time with the Children. All welcome!

St. Matthew’s 2012–13 meeting schedule
All meetings are held after Sunday service
Session / Stewards / Boards  Sept. 12, Nov. 23, Mar. 3, May 26
Executive of Official Board   Oct. 28, Jan. 27, Mar. 24, Apr. 28
Congregational Meetings   Dec. 2, June 2

Book Club
St. Matthew’s Book Club will meet on Tues., Sept. 18 at 12:30 pm to discuss “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. Future books and meetings – “Why Men Lie” by Linden McIntyre (Oct. 16); and  “Rather Outspoken” by Dan Rather (Nov. 20). Meetings are at 3 Anchor Drive, Apt. 309. If you are interested, please speak to Hope Toumishey (any usher can introduce you).

Piano Concert Oct. 14
Just before the summer hiatus, St. Matthew’s acquired a new grand piano for the sanctuary. This wonderful instrument will enhance our worship services and expand our horizons as a concert venue. All contributions toward the cost of the piano are welcome!

The inaugural piano concert will be presented by Barbara Pritchard on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 pm. Barbara is active in Halifax as an accompanist, chamber musician and solo pianist. She specializes in performing music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Barbara studied music at the University of British Columbia, Ljungskile Folkhogskola (Sweden), Banff Centre for the Arts, and Eastman School of Music. For several years she was a faculty member in the Banff Centre’s New Music Residency program, and she has taught courses in 20th century piano music for Dalhousie University Department of Music. Plan to attend and encourage friends to join you as we celebrate a new chapter in music-making at St. Matt’s.

Congratulations to ...
•  Eric Chaytor and Sue Abbott, married on Saturday. Eric is a team leader of our Sunday Breakfast program.

Thanks to ...
•  Wayne Rogers for arranging a successful and varied Summersounds@Barrington lunchtime concert series during July and August. This is an important outreach for St. Matthew’s, and performers ranged from professional musicians to emerging young stars.
•  All committee chairs who adhered to the Aug. 31 deadline for reports

In the Community
Forever Fit Elderobics – This exercise program for older adults is sponsored by the YMCA. Participants are encouraged to exercise at their own pace. Classes are held in 10 HRM locations, including St. Andrew’s, Bethany, Emmanuel, Apostles and Rockingham church halls, plus Faith Tabernacle Hall and Captain W. Spry Community Centre. Fee is $4 per class plus an annual fee of $10; free to YMCA members. Sessions are led by qualified YMCA fitness instructors and set to lively music. Each class includes a warm-up, low-impact aerobics and muscular strength exercises, followed by stretching and relaxation. Join the fun and get fit. Classes during opening week (Sept. 4–7) are free. For information call Sue Theriault at the YMCA, 496-1888 ext. 253

6th Wave Beginner Band – The 6th Wave Metro New Horizons Beginner Band for Seniors will start Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm at the Long & McQuade music store on Main Street, Dartmouth, with an instrument demonstration and experimentation session. Anyone 50 years of age or older is eligible. For information contact Paul Barrett, barp@eastlink.ca or 986-1885

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
Lunch Bunch Community Choir: Fridays at 12 noon
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca

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