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April 28, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
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•  Potluck Lunch this Sunday
•  Photo directory reminder
•  Floating the idea of a float
•  While Dora’s on holiday
•  UCW Potluck at St. Andrew`s May 6
•  Thanks to ...
•  Breakfast Program part of study
•  Need a babysitter?
•  In the Community

Potluck Lunch after church Sunday
Sun. May 5, 11:45 am – It’s time for one of the famous St. Matthew’s potluck lunches. It will be held immediately after church on Sunday. Bring something to share and enjoy the fellowship.

Photo directory reminder
About 100 people have already provided a big smile for the photographer, but there is definitely room for more faces. We’d like to have as many people as possible included in the church photo directory. Send an email to Tim Covert c/o the church office, stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca  if you would like to make an appointment. You can also provide your own photo if you prefer.

Floating the idea of a float
There will be a meeting at St. Matthew’s on Sun., May 5 at 1:30 pm for anyone who would like to help out with a float for the Pride Parade on July 27. Folks from St. Matthew’s and St. John’s, the two affirming churches on the peninsula, have walked together in the parade in past years and have decided it might be fun to have a float this time.

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.

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.

Thanks to ...

  • Wayne Rogers for putting together a really fun SteepleConcert@Barrington last week. Featured performers were the AcabellA Handbell Choir, the Lunch Bunch community choir, and Terry Hurrell reciting Stanley Holloway’s memorable adventures of little Albert.
  • The members of AcabellA Handbell Choir, for great leadership in church last week plus the afternoon concert: Marg Arklie, Leah Boulos, Tim Covert, Pember Edwards, Anne Fay, Jack Fraser, Jean Hattie, Gail Jay, Shirley McInnes, Jan Stephenson, Mora Stevens, Dora Stinson, Janice Worthen, and spares Molly Austen and Phyllis Orlik
  • The Lunch Bunch community choir, for giving up a Sunday afternoon to perform in a fundraiser for the grand piano. You were terrific!
  • Hilary Wellard for sponsoring last week’s bulletin in honour of her father, Frank, who would have been 103 on April 22

Breakfast program part of study
Dr. Carol Smillie of our congregation reports that St. Matthew’s Breakfast Program has been part of a national research study on food security undertaken by principal investigator Dr. Patricia Williams of Mount Saint Vincent University. Data on the number of breakfasts served at St. Matthews each week has been collected by John Pearce. For the final report see www.foodsecurityresearchcentre.ca

In summary: 22% of charitable food assistance in HRM is offered by churches, mosques, synagogues and other faith centres, which provide an average of 3,548 meals per month to 925 people.  Among agencies operating meal programs, 38% reported serving more meals in 2010 than in 2009.

The research was presented at a workshop for many who are involved in the charitable food sector. Several presentations were from people who are fed by these programs. They reported a personal loss of dignity and respect, but noted that many of their social needs were met by the programs.  The prerequisites for health as agreed to in the Ottawa Charter (1986) are peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable eco-system, sustainable resources, and social justice and equity. We have built a mechanism to provide food, but we struggle with the other indicators of a healthy society.

Participants in the workshop were asked to also consider:

  • strategies to address the root causes of poverty, such as guaranteed income supplements (www.policyalternatives.ca)
  • how to build linkages between food producers and those living in poverty (one suggestion was for food vouchers for the Farmer’s Market)
  • framing food as a health issue
  • pooling resources
  • how to connect with businesses and organizations who distribute and market food

This research highlights St. Matthew's place in a very complex system. When charitable food systems started in the 1980s they were thought to be temporary – but they have become our community's default response to those who cannot obtain food through mainstream channels.

Need a babysitter?
Bella Dini, a Grade 12 student at Sacred Heart High School, is available for after-school and weekend babysitting. She is also available in the summer. Her hours are flexible and she is experienced. She can provide her resume upon request. Contact Bella at 817-7790.

In the Community
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.

The Mikado – May 16–18 at 7:30 pm at Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Nova Scotia, with the score performed by members of the Halifax Music Co-op. Jolene Pattison from our congregation plays the Mikado. Tickets $28 adults, $23 for students and seniors over 65. Out-of-town performances at 7:30 pm, with piano accompaniment by Leon Cole: May 4 at DeCoste Centre, Pictou; May 11 at Riverview United Church, Elmsdale; May 25 at Astor Theatre, Liverpool; June 1, Kings Theatre, Annapolis Royal.


Upcoming meetings at St. Matthew’s
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