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March 24, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
Enjoy St. Matthew’s United Church weekly eBulletin. Contact the office to add
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•  Holy Week services
•  Photo Directory – make your appointment now
•  Ron Klusmeier “Tour of a Lifetime” April 7
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Financial update
•  Betsy’s Sunday Study Sessions
•  Congratulations to our young people!
•  St. Matthew’s friends in the community


Holy Week services
Ecumenical Services daily 7:30–8:30 am, continental breakfast after each service
Tues. Mar. 26 – Presbyterian Church of St. David, 1544 Grafton
Wed. Mar. 27 – Fort Massey United, Queen at Tobin
Thu. Mar. 28 – St. Andrew’s United, Robie at Cobourg

St. Matthew’s
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 at St. Matthew’s
Sunrise Service, 7 am – light breakfast follows
Worship, 10:30 am – features Symphony Brass, and mass singalong Hallelujah chorus
– Special Easter offering and Benevolent Fund collection
– Last day to bring in pennies for the giant jar at the entranceway (loose or rolled). They help provide emergency care (e.g., bus tickets, food vouchers, power bill assistance) for visitors who come to the church needing help. All coins are welcome!

Photo Directory – make an appointment for one of the next three Sundays
It is time to create a new St. Matthew’s Photo Directory. We would like to include everyone in our church community, using individual photos of everyone. Photos of family groups can be included too, if you wish and/or you prefer your children to only appear in family photos.

If you already have an individual/family photo that you like, please send it in digital format to the church office (stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca).

Choose an appointment during coffee or online at https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11607816 Photos will be taken in the sanctuary on three Sundays after church – Easter Sunday, April 7 and April 14 (approximately 11:30 am–2:30 pm) – and in the evening on Thu., April 11.

Ron Klusmeier “Tour of a Lifetime” concert April 7
Celebrated hymn writer and musician Ron Klusmeier will be at St. Matthew's on Sunday, Apr. 7 at 3 p.m. Because of his special relationship with and in The United Church of Canada, as well as the many hymns he has composed over the years that are sung throughout our church, we hope many United Church people will want to hear him in person. In 40+ years of touring Ron has visited more than 2,000 churches in every province and 49 US states.

One-quarter of gross revenue goes to the Canada Foodgrains Bank. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 children and youth (16 and younger). Reception to follow. Call Wayne Rogers, 429-1680 for tickets. This will be an all-ages, uplifting concert – please come out and support this “Sanctuary for the Arts” initiative of St. Matthew’s.

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sat. Apr. 6, 8:30 am – Women's Breakfast at Smitty's, Spring Garden at Tower/Martello
Sun. Apr. 7, 3 pm – Ron Klusmeier concert at St. Matthew’s
Mon. Apr. 15, 4 pm – Baby shower for the awaited son of Nicoletta Dini, daughter of Laurette Geldenhuys and granddaughter of Johan Geldenhuys. The shower will be held in the common room of Summer Gardens, 1470 Summer Street.

Financial update
Ken Moors, chair of the board of stewards, has updated the congregation on fiscal responsibility at St. Matthew’s. We have reduced expenditures by 25% in recent years, achieving significant efficiencies in many areas. The budget includes $188,000 for salaries (one full-time minister and part-time minister of music, office administrator, and custodian), $34,000 for administration, $58,700 for building and property, and $28,400 for direct program costs (worship, music, breakfast, Sunday school, ministry & personnel, benevolent fund, publicity).

Our budgeted expenditure of $309,100 (or $850 a day) makes possible a vibrant faith community, pastoral and emergency care, the Out of the Cold shelter and youth circus program, addiction recovery meetings, and a strong social justice presence in the downtown.

Our challenge is that revenues are flat. With the church on the right track to fiscal responsibility on the expenditure site, it is time to focus on increasing givings. Everyone is urged to consider their support for the good work of St. Matthew’s by:
•  reviewing your givings – can you increase your support for the church?
•  signing up for PAR (pre-authorized remittance) to donate on a predictable schedule
•  making special contributions at Easter, Thanksgiving,  Christmas, and year-end
•  donating to the Benevolent Fund


Betsy’s Sunday Study Sessions
After church (noon-2 pm) in the parlour. Bring a bag lunch and attend any that interest you. This is a not a series – all sessions are unique. Bring questions, all questions are good questions!

Apr. 7 – Weird churchy traditions and the answers why

In honour of Holy Humour Sunday (the Sunday after Easter) – If you have wondered about any church tradition or practice that seems utterly bizarre or even vaguely incomprehensible, this is your chance to find out why.

Resource available – The resource that was prepared for the March 10 session, Planning A Funeral in Advance, is available at the door to the sanctuary.

Congratulations to our young people!
Ÿ Craig Wallace, accepted at St. Mary’s University to study geology
Ÿ Jack Fraser, accepted at University of Toronto to study arts
Ÿ Colyer Roil, accepted at the Toronto Film School
Ÿ Isabella Dini, accepted at St. Francis Xavier University to study science

St. Matthew’s and friends in the community
Chowder luncheons during Lent – Last one this week, Wednesday 12 noon – 1:15 pm. Enjoy haddock chowder, roll, and gingerbread  at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, Grafton Street. Cost $10, eat in or take out. For information or to reserve a table, 423-1944.

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.ca for more information or to get started on your running program.

Upcoming meetings at St. Matthew’s
Executive of Official Board – April 28
Session/ Stewards/ Board –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
Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, 429-1680
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