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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 18, 2012


•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Potluck Church tonight
•  Lieutenant Governor attending St. Matthew’s on Nov. 25
•  Church calendars
•  Kirk Life
•  Return of the Anonymous Couple, 2012 Challenge
•  Out of the Cold Shelter donations
•  Support our Advent/Christmas initiatives
•  Advent and Christmas at St. Matthew’s
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
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
Tue. Dec. 11 – Book Club, 12:30 pm, at Apt. 309—3 Anchor Drive
Sun. Jan. 13 – SteepleConcerts@Barrington presents Lorna MacDonald, soprano, 2:30 pm

Potluck Church –  tonight
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 and Stories” – we all have them, and they are fun to share. This should be a delightful evening for all.

Lieutenant Governor attending our 263rd Anniversary Service Nov. 25
Their Honours, Brigadier General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Joan Grant will be special guests at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, Nov. 25. The congregation is encouraged to be at church before 10:30 am to be present for the Royal Salute as Their Honours arrive; we will be asked to rise for their arrival and departure. St. Matthew’s maintains a Lieutenant Governor’s pew at the front of the sanctuary (left side facing the Rose Window) that since 1952 has included a piece of Elizabeth II’s coronation carpet.

Guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. 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. Hanns lives in Ottawa and is looking forward to meeting old friends on Sunday.

An Anniversary Luncheon will be provided (NOT a potluck). Following lunch, join Hanns in the sanctuary for a one-hour screening of the book’s television documentary, “Hitler’s Greatest Enemies.”

Finally, 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.

Kirk Life
The Advent issue of Kirk Life newsletter is now available. Email stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca if you prefer to receive this electronically; hard copies are available in the sanctuary.

Return of the Anonymous Couple, 2012 Challenge
For the last two years the congregation has been challenged  by a mysterious Anonymous Couple to boost annual givings at year-end. They’re back – and this year the Anonymous Couple has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000 in special givings made by members/adherents. This presents the possibility of raising $40,000 in the days remaining in 2012, which would significantly reduce our draw on endowment funds.

Please support this initiative – adjust your PAR contribution level, make a special envelope, send a cheque, call the office with your VISA number. We are making progress on balancing the books at St. Matthew’s, but the Anonymous Couple campaign is a great boost as we enter into the winter months. Information: Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca or 445-5464.

Out of the Cold Shelter donation box
There is a box at the sanctuary entrance for donations to the Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter that operates at St. Matthew’s. Small-size toiletries and oral care items are welcome. The Shelter opens next weekend. Other ways to help:
Financial – St. Matthew’s provides a home and covers the utility costs for the Shelter. Your financial contribution to the church helps enormously.
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.

Looking ahead to Advent
Socks for Phoenix Shelter for Youth
Warm socks are given to the young people who seek shelter at Phoenix House during the winter. You are invited to “hang your stockings” on the mantel at the door of the church.
Hat, mitten and scarf tree
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.
White Gift Sunday Dec. 9
Gift tags identifying useful gifts for guests of our Sunday breakfast will be hung on the small tree at the door of the church early in Advent. You are invited to buy, wrap, and return your gifts with the tag attached. These gifts will be given to guests at the Christmas breakfast.
Those interested in placing poinsettias in the church during Advent in memory of loved ones are asked to call Shirley McInnis, 423-4320. Cost is $15 per plant.
Brunswick Street Year of Caring
By giving the gift of a “Year of Caring” to a friend or loved one, you can help the Brunswick Street Mission care for individuals and families in need. You will receive a pewter lapel pin and a gift card. $100 provides 100 hot breakfasts, keeps someone from becoming homeless, buys clothing and boots for a family of 5 for a year, or helps people obtain housing or employment. Call (902) 423-4605 Monday-Friday, 9 am-noon, or email bsm1@eastlink.ca. MasterCard and Visa accepted.

Advent and Christmas at St. Matthew’s

  • Sun., Dec. 2, 10:30 am

ADVENT 1, followed by congregational meeting

  • Sun. Dec. 9, 10:30 am

ADVENT 2, including Come to the Stable display of Nativity scenes
Everyone is invited to bring to church a favorite Nativity Scene, any shape and size, along with a short write-up of why it is special to you. These will be displayed during service and Fellowship Time to reflect the many ways in which we each envision and experience the Christmas story in our homes. Following refreshments and seasonal music (11:30 am–1 pm), we’ll take them home.

  • Sun. Dec 16, 10:30 am

ADVENT 3, Choral Christmas Service with Christmas music and poetry, Senior Choir and AcabellA Handbell Choir

  • Sun. Dec 16, 2:30 pm

AcabellA Handbell Choir makes its 6th annual Christmas presentation at Keshen Goodman Library

  • Sun. Dec. 23, 10:30 am

ADVENT 4 Sunday School Service

  • Mon. Dec. 24 Christmas Eve

6:30 pm Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity service (indoors)
10 pm  Candlelight Communion

  • Tue. Dec. 25, 10:30 am

Christmas morning Carol Service

In the Community
Fair Trade Bazaar and Bake Sale – Sun. Nov. 25 from 12 noon, after worship service, at St. Andrew’s United Church, corner Cobourg and Robie. Items for sale include deli food, jewelry, crafts and scarves.
Camelot, the Panto – Nov. 29–Dec. 15 at Pond Playhouse. A family comic adventure, cast includes Jolene Pattison from our choir. Tickets/info: http://www.tagtheatre.com/
Seton Cantata Choir – Sun. Dec. 2, 3 pm at Bethany United Church. Seton’s Greetings Christmas concert with guests Baroque n’ Fiddle String Quartet. Tickets $15, available from Wayne Rogers (conductor), Marg Arklie, Bob and Helga Mills in our choir.
Nova Voce Men’s Choir – Fri. Dec. 7, 7:30 pm at St. Benedict Church. Annual Christmas concert with Halifax Boys Honour Choir. Tickets available from Bob Mills or John Wallace in our choir.
EnChor East (formerly Bedford Singers) –  Sat. Dec. 8, 7:30 pm at St. Benedict Church, Dunbrack Street, and Sun. Dec. 9, 3 pm at St. John’s United Church, Fall River. Noel, Noel! concert with special guest Nicholas Higgs, baritone. Tickets $15, available from Wayne Rogers (conductor) in our choir.
Halifax Camerata Singers – Sun. Dec. 9, 4:30 pm, at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St. Family concert of Christmas music, audience carols and the reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by CBC Radio’s John Hancock. Featured guests: Maritime Brass Quintet. Tickets $20 adult, $10 students from Jill Rafuse in our choir.
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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