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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Oct. 21, 2012

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  All Saints Service Nov. 4
•  Successful breakfast for Brunswick Street Mission
•  St. Matthew’s Anniversary Nov. 25
•  Covenanting Service
•  Sunday program for young people
•  Outerwear donations
•  Thanks to ...
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
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


All Saints Service Nov. 4
All Saints Day is a traditional time to remember those who have been important and beloved in our lives, and whose presence we miss. The Worship and Music Committee invite all of us to bring to this service some momento (a photo or other keepsake) of those who have touched our lives. Names will also be noted in the bulletin, so please email Betsy (stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca) with any names you would like included. Momentos will be placed on the communion table during the service as we thank God for the gift of the people who were important to us – the saints in whose footsteps we continue to travel.

Out of the Cold Shelter opens this month
The Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter is looking for dedicated volunteers to help run the shelter this winter at St. Matthew’s. The shelter is a community-based response to homelessness and the housing crisis in Halifax. Each night last year OTCS provided a safe and welcoming environment for up to 15 people – men, women, youth and transgendered persons.

Volunteers are needed for evening, overnight, and morning shifts at the shelter from Nov. 25 until April 30. All volunteers will receive training. If you are interested, attend one of the information sessions at St. Matthew’s, either Monday, Oct. 29 from 12 noon-1 pm, or Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-8 pm.

For current information about OTCS volunteering visit http://www.facebook.com/OTCS.HFX
(or google “Out of the Cold Shelter Halifax NS” – the website will be updated soon).

Other ways to help the shelter (contact volunteerotcs@gmail.com):
Food – Breakfast foods (muffins, baked goods), milk, juice, coffee
Laundry – This can include pick-ups, drop-offs, and contacting hotels and laundromats to ask for free services.
Grocery shopping – Can you or your organization sponsor a night of groceries per week or per month? Could you do a regular grocery run if we gave you a gift card and list?
Transportation – Cars needed to move supplies, laundry, meals, laundry, other volunteers without vehicles, etc.
Volunteer donations coordinator needed – This position will be supported by the volunteer coordinator.
Meals – Can you or your group provide a hot meal once a week or once a month?

Successful breakfast for Brunswick Street Mission
The Brunswick Street Mission’s 6th annual Mission Breakfast fundraiser with Theo Fleury was an unqualified success! More than $66,000 was raised at this sell-out breakfast, where St. Matthew’s filled most of three tables. It was very exciting to see a man who took a life-destroying experience, and not only overcame it but is using it to change our world. Theo Fleury will help make a safer tomorrow for our children.

The Mission would like to say thank you for your support; you have helped to make an extraordinary event happen. But we owe you a debt of gratitude that goes far beyond this one event. As a congregation, St. Matthew’s supports the Mission in many ways – providing representation on the board of directors; financial support through outreach and other committees; food and clothing support; providing volunteers; and responding whenever the Mission identifies a specific need.

Special thanks to Carol Smillie and Shannon Black, team leaders in St. Matthew’s Sunday breakfast program, who covered for two Brunswick Street Mission breakfast staff members so they could attend the breakfast and meet Theo Fleury. 

Thanks also to Paul Bowlby for his leadership and for encouraging our support of the Mission Breakfast.

St. Matthew’s Anniversary Nov. 25
On Sunday, Nov. 25 at 10:30 am our guest preacher will be Rev. Hanns F. Skoutajan, a former minister at St. Matthew’s. A special invitation is extended to all couples who were married at St. Matthew’s, or at another location by a St. Matthew’s minister. If you or other family members and friends fit this category, please take note or share this information.

Covenanting Service
Thanks to all who attended the convenanting service last Sunday. It celebrated Rev. Betsy Hogan’s ministry with us, and recognized and affirmed the relationship between St. Matthew’s, Halifax Presbytery, and Betsy. The service included the presentation of several symbols of ministry:

  • a Bible (presented by Dora Stinson, clerk of Session, and Ken Moors, chair of Stewards)
  • water of baptism (presented by Tim and Jocelyn Covert, Anna and Rachel Covert)
  • the bread and cup of communion (presented by Bill MacLennan, Dale MacLennan, and Joyce Anderson)
  • knitting needles and yarn, symbol of a “work in progress” (presented by Laura Stiles-Clarke, Paul Bowlby, and Gayle Reiner)

Thanks to Karla Bruce, soprano and Jack Fraser, guitar for their musical benediction, and to Gayle Reiner and her many helpers for the wonderful reception.

Sunday program for young people
Fred Donaldson is offering an program for young people interested in a mature consideration of faith, scripture, and the faithful life. Sessions 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 ....
•  Fred Donaldson for organizing our fall clean-up, and for all who helped with the odd jobs and general property preparation for winter
•  Bob and Helga Mills, hosts of last week’s Seniors’ Coffee Party

In the Community

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.

Vampire Movie Night, Fri. Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm – Organist Shawn Whynot will play a spooktacular musical soundtrack during the showing of Nosferatu, a classic (1922) vampire movie at Bethany United Church (Clifton Street at the Rotary). Tickets $15 general, 2 adults for $25, family $30, and child/student $5.

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.

Canadian Chamber Choir and Canta Mara provincial choir, Sun. Nov. 4 at 3 pm – The professional Canadian Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Julia Davids, shares its "New Waters" tour featuring recent works by Canadian composers. The Halifax performance is at St. Patrick's Church, 2267 Brunswick St. Guest choir is Canta Mara, Nova Scotia's new provincial adult chamber choir. Tickets $25 regular, $20 senior, $15 student at the door.

Paul Wattson Lecture 2012 – Tue. 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

Halifax Camerata Singers present We Remember Sun., Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm, St. Patrick’s Church, 2267 Brunswick St., A time to remember victims of conflict and loved ones never forgotten. Guests include Xara Young Women’s Choir, Nova Voce men's choir, and Halifax Girls Honour Choir. Tickets $20 ($10 students) from Jill Rafuse, at www.HalifaxCamerata.org and at the door. Armed Forces and RCMP veterans free.

Peace and Reconciliation Pilgrimage to Corrymeela, Northern Ireland – May 5–13, 2013. Beginning and ending in Belfast, spend five days at Corrymeela Community where you can experience the rugged beauty of the Northern Ireland coast, visit the Corrymeela Belfast office, and tour notable Belfast attractions like the Titanic Museum, Queen’s University, and Belfast Castle. The goal of the trip is to deepen understanding of peacemaking from a faith-based perspective in the Northern Ireland context, and to learn more of the Corrymeela Community’s history, organization and ongoing practice (www.corrymeela.org). Leadership: Martha Martin of St. Andrew’s United, who recently spend three months as a Corrymeela volunteer, and Kathryn Anderson and Wilf Bean, who visited in 2008. Program cost $1500, flight not included. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2013. Required orientation session (included in the cost) takes place from Fri., Feb. 8 at 7 pm to Sat., Feb. 9 at 4 pm at Tatamagouche Centre.

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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