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Nov. 17, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

Enjoy St. Matthew’s United Church weekly eBulletin. Contact the office to add
your email or to unsubscribe: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca or 423-9209

•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Emergency appeal for aid to the Philippines
•  United Church Comprehensive Review
•  Out of the Cold Shelter – Sandwiches
•  Out of the Cold Shelter – Volunteering
•  Looking ahead to Advent(get those knitting needles going)
•  We Day – Seeking billets
•  Meeting schedule for 2013–14
•  In the Community – Concerts, lectures, conferences and more

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Tue. Nov. 19 , 7 pm – Response to United Church Comprehensive Review, parlour
Wed. Nov. 20, 11 am – Bible study in the parlour
This week: the story of Eve (Genesis 3:1–6)
Sun. Nov. 24, 10:30 am – 264th Anniversary Sunday
Guest speaker Stephen Kimber, author of  Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War
Sun. Nov. 24 – Out of the Cold Shelter opens
Sun. Dec. 1 – Congregational meeting following the morning service
Sun. Dec. 8 – Pastoral Care Team meeting in the parlour following the morning service

Emergency appeal for aid to the Philippines
Thanks to United Church partners already at work in the Philippines, we have the capacity to direct aid funds quickly to respond where the need is greatest. All donations received by Dec. 8 will be matched by the Canadian government. To make a donation online visit https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1955&AID=3036

Alternatively, send a cheque to: The United Church of Canada, Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response, 3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON  M8X 2Y4. Note “Emergency Response—Typhoon Haiyan Relief” on the face of your cheque.

United Church Comprehensive Review
Folks from St. Matthew’s have been invited to weigh in on how the United Church can best continue the work and mission of Christian Community in a changing world. If you are interested in being part of this conversation – Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7pm – please speak to Betsy.

Out of the Cold Shelter – Sandwiches
Last year members of St. Matt's made sandwiches every Thursday night for the Out of the Cold Shelter that is housed in the basement of the church. If you are interested in helping out please see Jean Hattie at coffee hour. She will have a signup sheet. The shelter opens Nov. 24 and runs until Apr. 30.

Out of the Cold Shelter – Volunteering
Out of the Cold (OTCS) Shelter is looking for dedicated volunteers to help run the emergency shelter this winter. Each night last winter OTCS provided a safe and welcoming environment for up to 15 people, including men, women, youth and transgendered persons. It was staffed by volunteers with the support of a team of several agencies and shelters. This shelter is a community-based response to homelessness and the current housing crisis in our city. Dedicated volunteers are needed to help staff the shelter from Nov. 24 to Apr. 30. Evening, overnight and morning shifts are available, and all volunteer staff will receive training. For information: Kelly Adamson, Administrator; halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com or call

Looking ahead to Advent
Advent Tree:  Hats, mitts and scarves – We’ll be decorating an Advent Tree with warm hats, mitts, and scarves, which will be given as gifts to guests of the Out of the Cold Shelter and Sunday Breakfast. If you are knit or crochet and looking for a project, consider these!

Hanging stockings on the mantel – All are invited to bring warm socks to ‘hang on the mantel’ that will be at the door of the church. These socks are brought to Phoenix Shelter for Youth to keep residents’ feet warm during the winter.

White Gifts – During Advent there will be a small tree at the door of the church bearing tags that identify a gift (clothing, toiletries, etc.) to be given to a guest at the Sunday Christmas Breakfast. Gifts can be brought to church on Sun. Dec. 15 (White Gift Sunday).

We Day ~ Seeking Billets
Students from Bonaventure Polyvalent School, a rural high school in Eastern Quebec, are coming to Halifax for We Day at the Metro Centre on Nov. 27. This event, established by Craig and Marc Kielburger, promotes youth activity in social development and social justice in their own community and around the world.  The students have earned the right to participate in We Day through their work in their school committee.  We need billets for one teenage boy and a male teacher.  These could be in a single home, or in separate homes. They arrive Wed., Nov. 26 and depart Fri., Nov 28.  Contact Dan Campbell (422-4933 home, 491-4105 office).

Meeting schedule for 2013–14
All meetings are held after the Sunday service
Congregational meetings – Dec. 1, June 8
Session/Stewards/Board – Feb. 23, June 1
Executive of Official Board – Jan. 26, Mar. 30, Apr. 27

In the Community
CS Lewis One Day Symposium – Sat. Nov. 23, Atlantic School of Theology (AST) St. Columba Chapel, Francklyn Street. Are you a fan of C. S. Lewis, author of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity? AST is hosting a one-day symposium marking the 50th anniversary of Lewis’ death. Scholars, pastors, and students will be speaking on a variety of topics, including Narnia, everyday discipleship, and Lewis’ connection to J.R.R. Tolkien. A special feature will be a dramatic presentation by “Professor Lewis” (the Rev. Mel Malton) entitled What Christians Believe. This performance will be suitable for all ages, and may appeal to study groups, confirmation classes, and others interested in a "live" exploration of the Christian way. Tickets for the evening show may be purchased separately (special group rates available). Information about registration and the day's program is available at http://www.astheology.ns.ca/home/CSLewis.html

St. Andrew’s United House Party – Sat. Nov. 23, 8 pm. An informal musical evening and the last “House Party” for 2013, “A Tribute to Ray Charles.” The music of Ray Charles inspired many performers and was in turn inspired by the songs and styles that he grew up with: Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Nat King Cole, and the southern-style gospel experience were all staple influences. Bill Stevenson, Tom Easley and Geoff Arsenault join forces with soul man Ian Janes to revive an exciting collection of Ray’s hits. St. Andrew’s Mary Holmes Room will be set up with small tables and candles for an intimate setting. Refreshments and snacks available. Tickets $20. Call 425-0339 to reserve: reserved tickets must be picked up by 7:45 pm.

Seton’s Greetings with Seton Cantata ChoirSat. Nov. 30 at United Baptist Church, Chester, and Sun. Dec. 1, 3 pm at Bethany United Church, Halifax. Fresh from participating in Festival 500 in Newfoundland this summer, the choir will perform Rutter’s Gloria and many other Christmas works. The choir, conducted by Pierre Perron and accompanied by Dean Bradshaw, will be joined by The Brass and Percussion Ensemble under the direction of George Morrison to make this concert a ringing extravaganza. Tickets $20 are available at the door. Call 275-4049 (Chester) or 404-6464 (Halifax) for more information.

Solstice  with soprano Nicole Jordan & Halifax Camerata Singers – Fri. Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm at St. Matthew’s. A concert of Christmas music, with some of the proceeds supporting Music at St. Matthew’s. Tickets $20 adult, $12 student/underwaged at the door. Call Jill Rafuse, 492-4523

EnChor East presents Noel, Noel– Sat. Dec. 7 at St. Benedict Church, Halifax, and Sun. Dec. 8 at St. John’s Church, Fall River. Pergolesi’s Magnificat and Messiah excerpts. Choir is conducted by Wayne Rogers, accompanied by Dean Bradshaw. Tickets $20 adult, $15 seniors at the door; family rate available. Call 445-1444.

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca, 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209
Sunday Free Breakfast: 8:30–9:30 am
Sunday Worship: 10:30 am
Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, 429-1680
Choir rehearsals on Thursday: AcabellA Handbell Choir 6:15 pm, Choir 7:30 pm
Lunch Bunch Community Choir: Fridays at 12 noon September–June
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca