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April 21, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
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•  Potluck Church this week
•  While Dora’s on holiday
•  Concert next Sunday
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  How you can help Metro Non-Profit Housing Association
•  UCW Potluck at St. Andrew`s May 6
•  In the Community

Potluck Church this week
Tue. Apr. 23, 5:30 pm – All are invited to share food, fellowship and wisdom around the table. A ham will be the main course, please bring something to share.

In springtime and in the season of Easter, the good news of our faith is “hope and new beginnings.” At the same time, as people of faith, we’re often looked to by friends and family – especially if they are not regular churchgoers – for help, for wisdom, even for answers when real tragedy strikes. What can we say? What does our faith have to offer in such situations? These aren’t new questions and many of us struggle with them. At Potluck Church we’ll have a chance to talk to, listen to, and learn from one another over a shared supper.

While Dora’s on holiday ...
During the vacation of church administrator Dora McGrath (until May 7), the church office will not be open as usual during the morning hours. However, telephone calls will be monitored and received. Rev. Betsy Hogan can always be reached via email at stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca and Wayne Rogers can be reached at humber@ns.sympatico.ca or 429-1680.

Concert next Sunday
Sun. Apr. 28. 3 pm – SteepleConcert@Barrington presents a St. Matthew’s concert featuring AcaBella Handbell Choir and the Lunch Bunch. Terry Hurrell will be playing a role as the inimitable Albert, performing comic monologues made famous by British comedian Stanley Holloway. This is a fundraiser to offset the cost of the Yamaha grand piano. Tickets $20 at the door.

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Apr. 28, 12:30 pm – Executive of Official Board meeting, after church

Metro Non-Profit Housing Association – Can you help?
One of our outreach partners is the Metro Non-Profit Housing Association. During April St. Matthew’s is collecting household goods that can be given to people to set up their homes. This is an important support for those who have been homeless or are at risk. Bring items to the church on any April Sunday and they will be picked up by MNPHA.

Examples of useful items:
Food preparation – pots, pans, dinner plates, bowls, forks, knives, spoons
Kitchen stuff – utensils, spatulas, mixing spoons, mixing bowls
Small appliances – toasters, microwaves, irons, ironing boards
Linens – bed linen for single beds, pillow cases, blankets, towels, face cloths

UCW Potluck at St. Andrew’s May 6
The women of St. Matthew’s are invited to attend a potluck dinner at St. Andrew’s United Church, Robie at Cobourg, on Mon. May 6 at 6 pm. Bring your own dishes and cutlery and some food to share. A lovely evening of good food and fellowship with women from other United churches.

In the Community
Christianity and Income Inequality – Sun., Apr. 28 at 6 pm at Brunswick Street United Church, 2107 Brunswick St. An evening discussion on “What Christianity has to say about income inequality.” The theme speaker will be Michael Bradfield, a retired professor who taught economics for many years at Dalhousie University.

Seton Cantata Choir “Spring Forth”  – May 4 at 7 pm at Chester United Baptist and May 5 at 3 pm at Bethany United Church. Presenting repertoire for the choir’s July performances at Festival 500 in Newfoundland. Seton is conducted by Wayne Rogers and includes Bob and Helga Mills, Marg Arklie, and Marg Machum from St. Matthew’s. Tickets $15 from humber@ns.sympatico.ca, 429-1680.

Atlantic School of Theology convocation – Sat. May 4 at 11 am, Cathedral Church of All Saints. Martin Rumscheidt and Natalie MacMaster will receive honorary degrees, and Donna MacKinnon will be honored as Associate.

The Nicholson Lectures – Wed. May 8 at 7 pm and Thu. May 9 at 2 pm and 7 pm, Atlantic School of Theology. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie from the Perkins School of Theology on the topic Wisdom in the Wilderness: Route guidance for daily living from the most practical parts of the Bible.

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