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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 11, 2012

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Potluck Church Nov. 20
•  St. Matthew’s Anniversary Nov. 25
•  Church calendars
•  Thinking about ...
•  Thanks to ...
•  Out of the Cold Shelter donations
•  Knitting for Advent
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Nov. 18 – Regular meeting Session, Stewards and Official Board after church
Tue. Nov. 20 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm
Sun. Nov. 25 – 263rd Anniversary of St. Matthew’s, 10:30 am, lunch follows                   
Sun. Dec. 2 – Congregational meeting, after church

Potluck Church – Tuesday, Nov. 20
Bring what you like to eat and enjoy the treats of others at Potluck Church on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 pm The theme is Favorite Christmas Traditions – we all have them, and they are fun to share. This should be a delightful evening for all.

St. Matthew’s 263rd 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.

Church Calendars
A limited quantity of church calendars is available, $5 each – contact the office, 423-9209.

Thinking about ...
•  Rev. Betsy Hogan and David, Jack, Tom and Matthew, who are mourning the passing of Betsy’s father in San Francisco
•  Terry Hurrell, recovering from surgery

Thanks to ...
•  Lt. Col. Fred Donaldson and Jeff Stern (trumpet) for their contribution to our Remembrance service last week

Out of the Cold Shelter donations
The Out of the Cold Emergency Winter Shelter that operates at St. Matthew’s 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.

Three valuable ways to help the shelter:
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.
Toiletries – If you have small-size toiletries to donate for the use of overnight guests, bring them on Sundays and leave them in the box at the door of the sanctuary.
Financial – St. Matthew’s provides a home and covers the utility costs for the Shelter. Your financial contribution to the church helps enormously.

Looking ahead to 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 knit or crochet and are looking for a project, consider a hat, mitts or scarf. Purchased items are welcome too.

In the Community
Card and Games Social – Sat. Nov. 17 from 12:30–3 pm at United Memorial Church, 5350 Young St.  Elevator available. Bring your own cards and games. Tickets $6 per person, includes lunch and door prizes; contact Blanche Creighton, 454-5554.


Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209
Sunday Free 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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