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Nov. 24, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

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•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Congregational potluck lunch and meeting
•  The Return of the Anonymous Couple
•  Emergency appeal for aid to the Philippines
•  Thanks to ...
•  Out of the Cold Shelter – Sandwiches
•  Out of the Cold Shelter – Volunteering
•  Looking ahead to Advent(get those knitting needles going)
•  Meeting schedule for 2013–14
•  Advent and Christmas services
•  In the Community – Concerts, lectures, conferences and more

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Wed. Nov. 27, 11 am – Bible study in the parlour
Sun. Dec. 1 – Advent 1: Display of nativity scenes from around the world
Sun. Dec. 1 – Congregational potluck lunch and meeting, after church
Sun. Dec. 8 – Pastoral Care Team meeting in the parlour, after church

Congregational potluck lunch and meeting
The congregational annual general meeting on Sunday, Dec. 1 will be preceded by a potluck lunch, which is being organized by the Fellowship Committee. All contributions appreciated – sandwiches, salads, casseroles, nibblies, desserts, fruits, vegetable sticks, or anything else that inspires you. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, contact John Wallace, 477-0891, or email john.wallace@ns.sympatico.ca

The Return of the Anonymous Couple
The Anonymous Couple are challenging the congregation to increase givings again this year. They will match donations that exceed total Local Givings from 2012, up to a total of $10,000, if contributed by the end of 2013. This gracious gesture is an opportunity not to be missed, and has the potential to raise $20,000 in new donations. The Stewards hope you will respond positively to this appeal.

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.

Thanks to ...
Ÿ All who provided responses to the United Church Comprehensive Review – Paul Bowlby, Anne Marie Dalton, Dora Stinson, Molly Austen, Gayle Reiner, Carol Smillie, Helga and Bob Mills, Gordon Murray, George Seto, and members of Kirk Session
Ÿ Stephen Kimber, professor of journalism at University of King’s College and author of Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War, who was the guest speaker at Sunday’s 264th anniversary service

Out of the Cold Shelter (1) – 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 opened Nov. 24 and runs until Apr. 30.

Out of the Cold Shelter (2) – 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 person. For many who have trouble accessing other shelters for whatever reason, the OTC Shelter is the last resort. 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).

Poinsettias – Interested in placing a poinsettia in the church during Advent, perhaps in memory of a loved one? Poinsettias will decorate the church until they are taken to shut-ins of the congregation as Christmas gifts. Place your orders with Shirley McInnes after church. Each plant is $15.

Advent and Christmas Services
Advent I, Dec. 1
Come to the Stable: Display of nativity scenes from around the world
Advent II  Dec. 8
Advent III Dec. 15
Sunday School service: Peace on Earth
AcabellA Handbell concert, Keshan Goodman Library, 2:30 pm
Advent IV Dec. 22
Choral Christmas Service with Choir and AcabellA Handbell Choir
Christmas Eve Dec. 24
Bethlehem@Barrington live nativity service, 6:30 pm  
Christmas candlelight communion, 10 pm     
Christmas Dec. 25
Christmas carol service, 10:30 am

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
Seton’s Greetings with Seton Cantata Choir Sat. 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.

Advent and Christmas Music with Nova Voce, Halifax Boys’ Honour Choir and Stadacona Brass Quintet – Fri. Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm (doors open 6:15 pm), St. Benedict Church, Radcliffe Drive. Tickets $15 adult, $12 senior/student; email tickets@novavoce.com or see www.novavoce.com

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.

25th Anniversary Festival of Carols: The Jubilate Singers – Sun. Dec. 8 at 7 pm (doors open 6:30 pm), St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Russell at Gottingen. Conductor Terry Hurrell; accompanists Louise Grinstead and Scott Taylor. Guests Ardyth and Jennifer with Pam Mason; Corey Adams; Elizabeth Beeler; Holly Arsenault; and Symphony Brass. Tickets $15 adult, $12 senior/student. Tickets from church office 454-0207.

AcabellA  Christmas – Sun. Dec. 15 at 2:30 pm, Keshan Goodman Library. AcabellA is St. Matthew’s excellent handbell choir, presenting its annual public concert for families.

Carols by Candlelight – Sun. Dec. 22, 7 pm at First Baptist Church, Halifax. The annual service of lessons and carols with the choirs of First Baptist Church (Lynette Wahlstrom, director of music) and special guests Kimberley North, flute; Katherine Fitch Loza, harp; Shawn Whynot, organ.

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