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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Dec. 2, 2012

Contents
•  Advent and Christmas at St. Matthew’s
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Cookies for the free Christmas breakfast
•  The 2012 Anonymous Couple Challenge
•  Out of the Cold Shelter donations
•  Sharing the Warmth of Advent
•  In the Community

Advent and Christmas at St. Matthew’s

  • Sun. Dec. 9, 10:30 am

ADVENT 2, Sunday School Service including Come to the Stable display of Nativity scenes. 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, humber@ns.sympatico.ca,  to bring your Nativity scene/Creche to church this 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.

  • Sun. Dec 16

10:30 am – ADVENT 3, Choral Christmas Service with Christmas music and poetry, Senior Choir and AcabellA Handbell Choir
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

  • 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

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sat. Dec. 8 – Women’s breakfast, 8:30 am, Smitty’s, Spring Garden at Martello/Tower Road
Sat. Dec. 8 – Greening of the Sanctuary, 10 am, helpers welcome
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
Sun. Jan. 27 –Executive of Official Board

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

The 2012 Anonymous Couple 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.

At the congregational meeting last Sunday, Ken Moors, chair of the Board of Stewards, reported that our drawdown from the endowment fund will be about $60,000 this year – down from $160,000 in 2008–09. Additional savings are expected this year as a result of the new natural gas furnace and the repair of the Rose Window, which was the source of water damage. 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.

Please support the Anonymous Couple initiative – adjust your PAR contribution level, make a special envelope offering, send a cheque, call the office with your VISA number. Information: Ken Moors, kkjm.moors@ns.sympatico.ca or 445-5464.

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.

Sharing the Warmth of 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
Interested in placing a poinsettia in the church during Advent, perhaps in memory of a loved one? See Shirley McInnes at Fellowship time. Many poinsettias will be taken to shut-ins of the congregation as Christmas gifts. Cost $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.

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/
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 student 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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