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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 4, 2012

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Kirk Life newsletter call for articles
•  Out of the Cold Shelter – How you can help
•  St. Matthew’s Anniversary Nov. 25
•  Sunday program for young people
•  Knitting for Advent
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day service, 10:30 am
Sun. Nov. 11 – “We Will Remember Them” concert, 2:30 pm
Sun. Nov. 18 – Regular meeting Session, Stewards and Official Board after church
Sun. Nov. 25 – 263rd Anniversary of St. Matthew’s, 10:30 am, lunch follows                   

Kirk Life – St. Matthew’s newsletter
The upcoming issue of Kirk Life is being prepared for printing. Articles and submissions, large and small, about our programs, projects and goings-on would be most appreciated. Could you write up any of these story possibilities? Nocturne at St. Matthew’s – Volunteering at Out of the Cold – Why I love singing in the choir and/or playing handbells – I read this book, and you should too – Serving breakfast on Sunday mornings – Celebrating Christmas with small children – Ideas for a greener Christmas season – Helping someone through chemo.
Please send submissions to Barbara Bickle, bbickle@ns.sympatico.ca by Fri., Nov. 9

Out of the Cold Shelter opens this month
The Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter welcomes 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. For 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 Mynah Meagher, volunteerotcs<at-symbol>gmail.com):
Sandwiches Last year members of St. Matthew’s made sandwiches every Thursday night. Jean Hattie is coordinating this project again this year. See Jean on Sunday at coffee hour and sign up to make two loaves of sandwiches on a Thursday convenient for you.
Food – Breakfast foods (muffins, baked goods), milk, juice, coffee
Laundry – Pick-ups, drop-offs, and contacting hotels and laundromats to ask for free services
Grocery shopping – Sponsor a night of groceries per week or per month, or do a regular grocery run (you would get a gift card and list)
Transportation – Move supplies, laundry, meals, laundry, other volunteers without vehicles, etc.
Volunteer donations coordinator – The position will be supported by the volunteer coordinator.
Meals – Provide a hot meal once a week or once a month

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 of St. Matthew’s and author of “Uprooted and Transplanted”, the story of his family’s escape from the Sudetenland following Hitler’s invasion in 1938. Following an Anniversary Luncheon, join Hanns in the sanctuary for a screening of the book’s television documentary, “Hitler’s Greatest Enemies.”

A special invitation to attend the anniversary service 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.

Sunday program for young people
Fred Donaldson is leading a 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 Fred or Laura Stiles-Clarke (ask a Sunday usher to point them out).

Knitting for Advent
We will be decorating an Advent Tree with warm hats, mitts, and scarves that will be given as gifts to guests at the Out of the Cold Shelter and Sunday breakfast. If you are a knitter or crocheter, and are looking for a project, consider a hat, mitts or scarf. Purchased goods are welcome too.

In the Community

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

Tammachat Natural Textiles’ Ethical Gift Show – Sat., Nov. 10, 10 am–5 pm, at Universalist Unitarian Church, 5500 Inglis St. “A little luxury, a lot of good.” Fair-traded gifts galore. Eco-textiles for you and your home – scarves, bags, jackets, cushions, and tablecloths hand-crafted by rural women in Thailand and Laos. Info: www.tammachat.com, (902) 624-0427.

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 in our choir, 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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