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St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
Jan. 13, 2013

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Potluck Church tonight at 5:30 pm
•  Women’s breakfast Saturday
•  Thanks to ...
•  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
•  Information meeting on affordable housing
•  Upcoming meetings
•  United Church Moderator Gary Paterson ~ Reflection and Prayers concerning IdleNoMore


St. Matthew’s Calendar
Tue., Jan. 15 – Book Club, 12:30 pm, 3 Anchor Drive, Apt. 309 – “Invictus” by John Carlin – talk about the book and view the film
Tue., Jan. 15 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm
Sat., Jan. 19 – Women’s Breakfast, 8:30 am. Smitty’s
Sun. Jan. 20 – Worship and Music Committee meeting after church

Potluck Church tonight at 5:30 pm
All are invited to tonight’s Potluck Church at 5:30 pm – an informal potluck service over a potluck supper. This month’s theme is Looking Ahead: Wishes for the New Year. The food is always good and the fellowship is truly wonderful. Plan to attend and just bring some food to share, either your own creation or something from Mr. Sobey or The President, etc.

Women’s breakfast Saturday
All women in the congregation are invited to Smitty’s on Spring Garden Road Saturday at 8:30 am for breakfast. We order off the menu, enjoy having breakfast served to us, and generate lively conversation. It is a nice way to get to know others in the congregation with no strings attached.

Thanks to ...

  • Lorna MacDonald, soprano, and Lynette Wahlstrom, piano, for a wonderful concert on Sunday to raise funds for the balance owing on our Yamaha C7 piano
  • Wayne Jay, metal artist, for repairing our communion table cross
  • Penny Bedal, glass artist, for repair and improvements to the Christ Candle holder
  • Avon Cox, who sponsored the Sunday bulletin to express his appreciation for the kindness members of the congregation showed to him after his operation
  • All who generously brightened the Christmas season for others in so many ways ...
  • by giving warm clothing, socks, hats, mitts, toiletries and other gifts for the Out of the Cold, Sunday Breakfast, and Phoenix Shelter guests
  • by buying and delivering poinsettias
  • by bringing cookies for the Sunday Breakfast’s Christmas party
  • by preparing Christmas breakfast
  • by supporting the Anonymous Couple’s matching-donation challenge

Thinking about ...

  • Cheryl Fraser, recovering from surgery in hospital
  • Hazel and Cam Reid, mourning the loss of Hazel’s older brother, William MacIntosh. The funeral service for William, who died Jan. 11 at his nursing home in Cape Breton, is this morning (Jan. 15) in Glace Bay. Soloist Lorna MacDonald dedicated Sunday’s concert to his memory.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 21–25
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity many denominations come together to reflect on common issues that face people of faith. Services are held daily, 12:15–12:45 pm, at various churches. This year’s reflection is “What does God require of us?”  (Micah 6:6-8)
Mon., Jan. 21, 12:15 pm
Location/Host: St. Matthew’s United Church / Rev. Betsy Hogan
Preacher: Rev. Linda Yates of St. John’s United
Tue., Jan. 22, 12:15 pm
Location/Host: Presbyterian Church of St. David / Rev. Kenn Stright
Preacher: Rev. Paul Friesen of St. Paul’s Anglican
Wed., Jan. 23, 12:15 pm
Location/Host: Cathedral Church of All Saints / Very. Rev. Paul Smith
Preacher: Rev. Kimberlynn McNabb of Resurrection Lutheran Church
Thu., Jan. 24, 12:15 pm
Location/Host: St. Paul’s Anglican Church / Rev. Paul Friesen
Preacher: Rev. Kenn Stright of Presbyterian Church of St. David
Fri., Jan. 25, 12:15 pm
Location/Host: First Baptist Church, Halifax / Rev. John E. Boyd
Preacher: Rev. Betsy Hogan of St. Matthew’s United

Information meeting on affordable housing
Thu., Jan. 17 at North End Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen
Open house 6 pm, Presentation/questions 6:30-7:30 pm
The Housing Trust of Nova Scotia is a non-profit housing society that is concerned about the ability of the working poor to rent good-quality apartments at a reasonable price. This growing class of tenants typically has a job and is working to support a family; however, due to the rising cost of rental accommodation, many are having a hard time paying all of their bills. The Housing Trust has purchased the former MET store and the former Diamonds Bar site (Gottingen and Prince William) and has prepared redevelopment plans for each property. Current plans include 244 apartment units between the two buildings, with 122 allocated as affordable housing and 122 as market rate apartments. Information: www.housingtrust.ca or contact Ross Cantwell, 497-7338, ross@housingtrust.ca

United Church Moderator Gary Paterson ~ Reflection and Prayers concerning IdleNoMore



Upcoming meetings at St. Matthew’s
Executive of Official BoardJan. 27, Mar. 24, Apr. 28
Session/ Stewards/ Board – Mar. 3, May 26
Congregational meeting – June 2
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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