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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Nov. 25, 2012

Contents
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Come to the Stable Nativity scenes
•  Cookies for the free Christmas breakfast
•  Return of the Anonymous Couple, 2012 Challenge
•  Anniversary Sunday thanks to ...
•  Out of the Cold Shelter donations
•  Church calendars
•  Kirk Life
•  Support our Advent/Christmas initiatives
•  Advent and Christmas at St. Matthew’s
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Dec. 2 – Advent 1; Congregational meeting, after church
Sun. Dec. 9 – Advent 2; Come to the Stable display of Nativity sets
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

Come to the Stable Nativity scenes
The Sunday Dec. 9 service will feature a Nativity display. You are invited to share your favourite Nativity scene (any shape and size) along with a short write-up of why it is special to you. Please arrange with Wayne Rogers  to bring your Nativity scene/Creche to church on Dec. 2 or during the subsequent week so that the displays will be ready on the morning of Dec. 9. The scenes will reflect the many ways in which we each envision and experience the Christmas story in our homes. We will take them home again that day.

Cookies for the free Christmas breakfast
The Breakfast Program would like donations of homemade cookies for guests at the special Christmas breakfast on Sun. Dec. 23. Cookies should be brought to the church on Sat. Dec. 22 between 1-4 pm when volunteers will be setting up. If you need to drop cookies off earlier, contact Michelle, 420-9769 or woodengiant@hotmail.com

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 offering, 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.

Anniversary Sunday thanks to ...
•  The Fellowship Committee and Sue Kent for providing lunch and cake
•  Rev. Hanns Skoutajan, a former minister at St. Matthew’s who was a terrific guest preacher
•  Janet Copeland (volunteer), and Carol Miller and Mynah Meagher (staff) from Out of the Cold Shelter for telling us more about the shelter that operates in St. Matthew’s basement
•  Their Honours, Brigadier General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Joan Grant, our special guests

Out of the Cold Shelter donations
Toiletries, oral care, small items – There is a box at the sanctuary entrance for donations to the Out of the Cold Emergency Shelter that opened Nov. 25 at St. Matthew’s. Small-size toiletries and  oral care items are welcome.
Financial – St. Matthew’s provides a home and covers the utility costs for the Shelter. Your financial contribution to the church helps enormously.
Sandwiches – Members of St. Matthew’s will be providing sandwiches every Thursday night. See Jean Hattie on Sunday at coffee hour if you can sign up to make two loaves of sandwiches on a Thursday convenient for you.

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.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS orders are now being taken. If you would like to order Christmas Flowers
in memory of a loved one, the cost is $15.00 by cash or cheque (payable to St. Matthew's United
Church). You may order flowers on Sunday after church or by calling Shirley McInnes (423-4320), by emailing shirley.mcinnes@ns.sympatico.ca, by mail (490 Francklyn St., Hfx, NS B3H 1A9), or at the church
office.

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.
Bring White Gifts on Sunday Dec. 16
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.
Poinsettias
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

8:30 am – Free Christmas breakfast
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
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.
RCCO Halifax Carolfest – Mon. Dec. 3, 7:30 pm (Prelude at 7 pm) at St. James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Dr. Special music by RCCO Halifax organists and massed choir. Rehearsal Dec. 1 from 2–4 pm at St. James for any choristers interested in participating.
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.
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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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