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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Oct. 14, 2012

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Covenanting Service Sunday at 4 pm
•  Seniors’ coffee party
•  Fall cleanup
•  Sunday program for young people
•  Outerwear donations
•  Thanks to ...
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
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 for Rev. Betsy Hogan, 4 pm
Sun. Oct. 28 – Executive of Official Board meeting, after church
Sun. Nov. 4 – All Saints Service – remembering lives past, 10:30 am
Sun. Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day service, 10:30 am

Covenanting Service Sunday at 4 pm
This Sunday at 4 pm we will host a Covenanting service to celebrate the new ministry of Rev. Betsy Hogan at St. Matthew’s. While Betsy has been with us for many years, her position as our senior and only minister is a new relationship that was established in February 2012. The Covenanting service recognizes and affirms the relationship between St. Matt’s, Halifax Presbytery, and the minister. This is a very special occasion for us all, and the congregation is encouraged to attend. A reception follows the service.

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 up-keep, 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 ....
•  Craig Reiner, who (1) used his woodworking talents to cut out ornaments for a Sunday School project and (2) played the drums during worship last Sunday
•  Barbara Pritchard, who gave a splendid inaugural concert on our new Yamaha grand piano last Sunday night 

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 be two tables of St. Matthew’s folks attending. Call 423-4605 to book your ticket.

2nd annual PEACE Symposium – Sun., Oct. 21, 2:30–8 pm, St. Mary’s University. Keynote speakers from UN Women and the Coady International Institute – details at www.peacesymposium.ca An event of special interest to anyone working or studying international development, to international students, and to all working for social justice issues.

Hungry Bowls for Adsum House and Hope Cottage – Thu., Oct. 25, 6 pm at NSCAD University’s Port Campus. For $25 patrons will sit down to a simple meal of gourmet soup and artisan bread, served in a handmade bowl made by students in the NSCAD ceramics department. Soup is donated by local restaurants. Reserve tickets in advance by calling Heather Harris, 494-8154, or pay cash at the door.

Christmas Tea & Sale – Sat. Nov. 3, 2–4:30 pm, First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St. Tickets $6 each, or $30 for 6, children $1.

Paul Wattson Lecture 2012 – Tues. 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 atwww.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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