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Feb. 10, 2013 St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
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•  Pancake Tuesday supper tonight
•  Lenten Calendar
•  Welcome to ...
•  Thinking about ...
•  St. Matthew’s folks in the community
•  Upcoming meetings

First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
But soon – before the eye can focus –
~ Lilja Rogers

Pancake Tuesday supper tonight
Tue., Feb. 12 – All are invited to attend the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper tonight from 5:30–7 pm in the church hall. The feature is pancakes and sausages at a cost of $6, which supports the work of the church. This supper with the St. Matthew’s family launches the season of Lent.

Lenten Calendar
Lent is the 40 days (minus Sundays) that precede Easter. It is a season of prayer and preparation, and reminds us of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert before he began his ministry of teaching and healing. The traditional colour of Lent is purple, symbolizing repentance.

Lenten Sunday Studies – After church (noon-2 pm) in the parlour. Bring a bag lunch. You are welcome to attend any of the five that interest you.
Feb. 17 – Introduction to the United Church
Feb. 24 – Preparing a (your?) funeral in advance
(Mar. 3 – Session/Stewards and Official Board meetings)
Mar. 10 – Vengeance/War, Mercy/Peace:  Images of God in the Bible
Mar. 17 – Charity, Advocacy, Justice:  Finding Our Way to a Better World
Mar. 24 – Weird Churchy Traditions and the Answers Why

Special Lenten/Easter services
Sun. Mar. 24 – Palm Sunday Service, 10:30 am
Thu. Mar. 28 – Maundy Thursday Communion Service, 7:30 pm
Fri. Mar. 29 – Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm
Sun. Mar. 31 – Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 7 am
Sun. Mar. 31 – Easter Sunday Worship, 10:30 am with Symphony Brass, mass Hallelujah chorus

Penny collection throughout February and March – If you’ve been saving pennies and want them to go to a good cause, bring them to church during Lent and put them in the collection plate (loose or rolled). They will support St. Matthew’s outreach activities like the Benevolent Fund and Sunday Breakfast. Pennies are no longer minted in Canada, so if you don’t have many lying around, rest assured that all coins are welcome!

Welcome to ...
Alice Helen Filliter Bell, daughter of Jillian Filliter and Anthony Bell. We were pleased to welcome Alice, her parents and family, and friends for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday.

Thinking about ...
Cheryl Fraser, recovering from surgery at home

St. Matthew’s folks in the community
The Roaring Girl – Feb. 20-24, Vile Passéist Theatre’s production, The Roaring Girl, atNeptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre. In order to convince his father to let him marry a poor widow’s daughter, a young Londoner publicly courts the cross-dressing, swearing, brawling beauty, Moll Cutpurse. Little does he know that this ridiculous match will inspire a chain of disguises, plots, skirmishes, and love-triangles, each more outrageous than the last! Featuring a memorable original score and a talented cast, including our own Jolene Pattison.

Runners United for Change – May 19, Bluenose Marathon weekend. The United Church’s Runners United for Change encourages church people to walk or run in one of the Bluenose Marathon races on Sunday, May 19 to raise money for the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund. Choose from four distances: 5 km, 10 km, 21.1 km (half marathon) and 42.2 km (full marathon). Participants ask friends, family and church members to sponsor them, with all donations going to M &S.
Last year several St. Matthew’s runners participated, and the Maritime Conference group raised $13,000; this year’s target is $15,000. If you are a novice, the team can help you get ready. You don’t have to run it all – alternate running and walking, or just walk. And it doesn’t matter how long you take, as long as you try! Take time for yourself, get in shape, and make a difference in the world – contact Keltie van Binsbergen, (902) 868-1990 or sjminister@eastlink.cafor more information or to get started on your running program.

Upcoming meetings at St. Matthew’s
Executive of Official Board – March 24, April 28
Session/ Stewards/ Board – March 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