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May 12, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
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Contents
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Bluenose Marathon Sunday
•  88 Keys fundraising campaign for the grand piano
•  Photo directory near completion
•  Church Manual
•  Thanks to ...
•  Congratulations to ...
•  Need a babysitter?
•  In the Community

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

Bluenose Marathon Sunday
A reminder that Sunday, May 19 is Bluenose Marathon Sunday. We hope that the excellent improvements made last year to the marathon route and timing will make getting to church relatively easy, if somewhat more time-consuming. If you have trouble “crossing the line” please indicate to the security person that you are headed to church – this may encourage helpfulness! If you arrive at church a few minutes early, take the opportunity to visit with friends and say hello to newcomers.

At 7:30 am Runners United for Change will gather in the sanctuary. As they finish their races, they will return to join us for worship/fellowship. Runners United for Change is raising money for the Mission and Service Fund.

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 near completion
Thanks to David Fraser and Tim Covert, we will soon have a new church photo directory. If you haven’t had your photo taken yet, or if you have a photo already that you would like them to use, please email david.fraser@gmail.com

Church Manual
Another project close to completion is a new church manual, that includes everything that anyone might want to know about St. Matthew’s, its people, and how all its work is accomplished. This includes site maps, notes about “how to ...” and “where do I find ...” and much more.

Thanks to ...
Ÿ Stephanie & Terry Hurrell, for their gift to the congregation of a fine new vacuum cleaner
Ÿ Hope Toumishey, Stephanie Hurrell & Marg Arklie for their work sewing new “side pockets” for the choir
Ÿ Ted Luther, who once again applied successfully on our behalf for a Canada Works grant for a summer student guide – this allows us to keep our doors open to welcome visitors from Tuesday to Saturday in July and August.

Congratulations to ...
Ÿ Nicoletta Dini, who welcomed new son Luca on May 9. Luca is the grandson of Laurette Geldenhuys and the great-grandson of Johan Geldenhuys.

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
Childhood, Then and Now – Fri., May 17 and Sat. May 18 at 8 pm, plus Saturday matinee at 2 pm at Bella Rose Arts Centre, 283 Thomas Raddall Drive in Clayton Park. A theatrical event created and presented by seniors and youth working together to tell stories of concerns shared by young people of yesterday and today. This work uses comedy, drama, monologue, music and dance and promises to be entertaining and thought-provoking. It is a production of King’s View Academy School of the Performing Arts, in partnership with Northwood Community Centre and Melville Heights. Performers include Molly Austen and Hope Toumishey of our congregation. Tickets $20 adult, $10 student/senior; see http://bellaroseartscentre.com/event/childhood-then-and-now for more information.  Rev. Betsy Hogan will be attending the Saturday matinee if anyone would like to join her.

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.

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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