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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Sept. 9, 2012

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  2012–2013 meeting schedule (corrected!)
•  Book Club meeting Sept. 18
•  Women’s Breakfast Sept. 22
•  SteepleConcerts@Barrington Oct. 14
•  In the Community


St. Matthew’s Calendar
Thu. Sept. 13 – Choirs resume: AcaBella Handbells 6:15 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm
Tue. Sept. 18 – Book Club
Sat. Sept. 22 – Women’s Breakfast
Sun. Sept. 30 – Worldwide Communion Sunday, 10:30 am
Sun. Oct. 7 – Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals, 10:30 am
Sun. Oct. 14 – SteepleConcerts@Barrington, 7:30 pm
Sun. Oct. 21 – Convenanting Service for Rev. Betsy Hogan, 4 pm

2012–13 meeting schedule
All meetings are held after Sunday service. (Please note the corrected meeting dates, the editor was working in the dark and missed a couple of keys.)
Session / Stewards / Boards  Sept. 23, Nov. 18, 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 meets 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).

Women’s Breakfast Sept. 22
You’re invited to Smitty’s (Tower/Martello and Spring Garden Road) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 am for breakfast. Choose what you like from the menu, and enjoy good conversation and lots of coffee. No cooking or washing up! This is a nice opportunity to get to know other women from the congregation.

SteepleConcerts@Barrington 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.

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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