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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Oct. 7, 2012

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Barbara Pritchard concert
•  Seniors coffee party
•  Fall Cleanup
•  Sunday program for young people
•  Outerwear donations
•  Thanks to ...
•  Vision Implementation Committee update
•  Brunswick Street Mission breakfast
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Oct. 14 – SteepleConcerts@Barrington with Barbara Pritchard, piano, 7:30 pm
Tue. Oct. 16 – St. Matt’s book club at Hope Toumishey’s, 12:30 pm
Thu. Oct. 18 – Seniors Coffee Party at Summer Gardens apartments, 10:30 am
Sat. Oct. 20 – Fall cleanup at the church
Sun. Oct. 21 – Convenanting Service with Halifax Presbytery, 4 pm
Sun. Oct. 28 – Executive of Official Board meeting, after church


Barbara Pritchard concert Sunday evening
The inaugural concert of our new Yamaha grand piano will be presented by Barbara Pritchard on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 pm. Barbara, who is active in Halifax as an accompanist, chamber musician and solo pianist, 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 musical chapter at St. Matt’s. Tickets $20, available at the door or by calling 423-9209.

Seniors coffee party on Oct. 18
All seniors are invited to enjoy coffee/tea and conversation at the lounge in Summer Gardens Apartments (Summer Street, just south of Spring Garden). Transportation can be arranged, just contact Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209 or stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

Fall cleanup Oct. 20
Help keep the Old Kirk looking tidy and cared-for – The Board of Stewards invites your help with the fall cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 20. This will involve a few odd jobs, some yard work, general upkeep, and a good many laughs. If you can help, please contact Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca

Sunday program for young people
Beginning Oct. 21, Fred Donaldson will lead a program for young people that offers an opportunity for mature consideration of faith, scripture, and the faithful life. The sessions will take place during the Sunday School time. This can be a preparation for confirmation, or simply a chance to talk about meaningful issues in an open, respectful setting. More information is available from Laura Stiles-Clarke or Rev. Betsy Hogan.

Outerwear donations
If you have warm outerwear you are not using, consider bringing it to the Nova Scotia Community College Tech Campus on Leeds Street before Oct. 22 so it can be used to keep someone warm this winter.

Thanks to ....
•  Fort Massey organist John Walter and Terry Hurrell for their music leadership on Thanksgiving Sunday
•  The Worship and Music Committee for decorating the church for Thanksgiving

Vision Implementation Committee update
The Vision Implementation Committee (VIC) is overseeing and encouraging our work toward a future as a sustainable-in-all-ways community of faith in the heart of Halifax. Members of this group (Paul Bowlby, Janet Copeland, Betsy Hogan, Gail Jay, Marg Machum and Jill Rafuse) have been meeting regularly, and report this update. If you are interested in any of these initiatives, please let Rev. Betsy Hogan know – we will be richer if many of us participate in making change a reality.
1. Lunch and Learn Task Group – Developing a lunch-and-learn presence in the city, arranging for interesting speakers on various topics of interest, from collective ethical issues to things that are useful for all of us to know.
2. Physical plant – Continuing with the work of improving our building to meet current and future needs. 
3. Outreach – Deepening the relationship with two major outreach partners (Circus Circle and Out of the Cold Shelter), and partnering more intentionally with the outside groups who use our building
4. Sanctuary for the Arts Task Group – Building relationships with performing arts groups in the city and province-wide, considering ways in which we can host and support an increased arts presence in the downtown core.
5. Communication – Improving our understanding and use of current technologies, like social media, to reach a broader audience of our neighbors.

In the Community
Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast – Thu., Oct. 18, 7:30 am–9 am, World Trade and Convention Centre. Keynote speaker: Theo Fleury, a former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner, and Olympic gold medallist – Don’t Quit Before the Miracle. Theo tells about living hard at the top of the NHL, the crash that followed, and his comeback and redemption. This breakfast is a fundraiser for the Brunswick Street Mission, which makes a difference in the lives of those who struggle with poverty, homelessness, addictions and mental health disorders. By attending the breakfast you will help raise more than $100,000 to ensure that people in need have somewhere to turn. Cost for a table of 10 is $1,000, or $100 per ticket. There will likely be two tables of St. Matthew’s folks attending. Speak to Paul Bowlby or call 423-4605 to book your ticket.

Paul Wattson Lecture 2012 – Thu. Nov. 6 at 7 pm, SMU McNally Theatre Auditorium, 923 Robie St. Guest speaker is Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, the “Gaza Doctor” and author of “I Shall Not Hate”. More information is available at www.astheology.ns.ca


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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