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May 5, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
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•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  88 Keys fundraising campaign for the grand piano
•  Photo directory reminder
•  Welcome to ...
•  Congratulations to ...
•  Need a babysitter?
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun., May 26 – Session/ Stewards/ Board meetings
Sun. June 2 – Congregational meeting

88 Keys fundraising campaign for the grand piano
In June, wouldn’t it be great to celebrate the first anniversary of our Yamaha grand piano by paying off its $10,300 debt? To that end, a mini fundraising campaign is underway.

Much of the $48,300 purchase price was covered by the Allen McKenzie Reid music fund ($20,000) and the Jim Holland music fund ($10,000). In addition, over the last 11 months there have been five fundraising concerts, and several individuals have made donations.

As the first anniversary approaches, members and friends of St. Matthew’s are invited to participate in the 88 Keys Campaign and retire the piano debt. Letters were distributed/mailed to everyone this week explaining the campaign and asking for support. One key is $100 and a full scale is $1,000, but all donations will be gratefully received. Cheques indicating “Piano Fund” can be made payable to St. Matthew’s United Church. Tax receipts will be issued at the end of 2013. For information, contact Jill Rafuse at rafuse@ns.sympatico.ca

Photo directory reminder
More than 100 people have already provided a big smile for the photographer, but there is 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  to make an appointment, or provide your own photo if you prefer.

Welcome to ...

  • Linda Burke, who joined our congregation by transfer of membership on Sunday.

Congratulations to ...

  • The Lunch Bunch, Acabella Handbell Choir and Terry Hurrell, whose fundraising concert last week raised more than $2,000 – an exceptional accomplishment! Wayne Rogers said that for six members of the Lunch Bunch Choir, it was the first time they had ever been in a choral concert, and they had a wonderful time!

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
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 11 at Riverview United Church, Elmsdale; May 25 at Astor Theatre, Liverpool; June 1, Kings Theatre, Annapolis Royal.

Karl Jenkins’ “The Peacemakers” – May 28 at 7:30 pm at St. Benedict Church, Dunbrack Street. Performers include EnChor East, conductor Wayne Rogers; Darmouth Choral Society, conductor Malcolm Bradley; Chebucto Singers, conductor Louise Grinstead; and soprano Sacha Prowse. Wayne Rogers is going to conduct the mass choir. Tickets $20; call Wayne at 429-1680.

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