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Dec. 15, 2013 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

Enjoy St. Matthew’s United Church weekly eBulletin. Contact the office to add
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•  St. Matthew’s Advent and Christmas Calendar
•  White Gifts for the Christmas Breakfast
•  Cookies for the Christmas Breakfast
•  The Return of the Anonymous Couple – Simplified
•  Bethlehem @ Barrington Choir
•  Thanks to ...
•  How you can create some Christmas cheer at St. Matthew’s
•  Out of the Cold Shelter – Volunteering
•  Emergency appeal for aid to the Philippines
•  Meeting schedule for 2013–14
•  In the Community – Concerts, lectures, conferences and more
•  Poinsettias

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Advent and Christmas Services
Dec. 22 – Advent IV  
Choral Christmas Service with Choir and AcabellA Handbell Choir, 10:30 am
AcabellA Handbell concert, Keshan Goodman Library, 2:30 pm
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
Bethlehem@Barrington live nativity service, 6:30 pm  
Christmas candlelight communion, 10 pm     
Dec. 25 – Christmas
Christmas carol service, 10:30 am
Jan. 5 – First service of the New Year
New Year’s Communion Service, 10:30 am

White Gifts for the Christmas Breakfast
The weather outside was frightful last Sunday, keeping many from attending the White Gift and Christmas Pageant service. Not to worry – White Gifts can be dropped at the church office any morning this week for the volunteers who are preparing for the Dec. 22 Christmas breakfast. If you have a White Gift that you have not been able to get it to the church, please call the church office, 423-9209, and arrangements will be made to pick it up.

Cookies for the Christmas Breakfast
A reminder that homemade cookies to give to guests at the special Christmas breakfast can be dropped off at the church hall on Sat. Dec. 21 from 1–3 pm during the set-up for the next morning’s festivities. Pick-up can be arranged if needed. Contact Michelle Jensen, 420-9769, if you can donate cookies.

The Return of the Anonymous Couple – Simplified
The Anonymous Couple are challenging the congregation to increase givings again this year. They will match special donations contributed by the end of 2013 that are marked “Anonymous Couple Campaign”, up to a total of $10,000. The Stewards hope you will respond positively to this gracious offer.

Bethlehem @ Barrington Choir ...
All are invited to join the ad hoc Bethlehem@Barrington Choir to sing the nativity story through rewrites of contemporary pop/rock tunes. This year’s theme is “guilty pleasures” with a side order of “unescapable earworms” and it will be a lot of fun. The Bethlehem @ Barrington choir will rehearse on SATURDAY 10AM and SUNDAY NOON in the sanctuary. All who enjoy singing pop hits are invited to join and it's lots of fun. Tia Maria (playing the donkey) and her friends The Sheep are already excited to be joining us again.

Thanks to ...
Ÿ Anne Fay, who authored last week’s Christmas pageant, and to Kim Moors and Robert Murray for their work with the pageant cast: Madeline and Malcolm, Anna and Rachel, Avery, Matthew, Marni and JD, Clair and Joshua, Emma and Joshua, Adam and Heather

Ÿ Shirley McInnes for making all of the arrangements for the Christmas poinsettias

Sharing the warmth of the season at St. Matthew’s
Advent Tree:  Hats, mitts and scarves – We are 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.

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 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 until 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 (902) 233-7910.

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. 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.

Meeting schedule for 2014
All meetings are held after the Sunday service
Congregational meetings – June 8
Session/Stewards/Board – Feb. 23, June 1
Executive of Official Board – Jan. 26, Mar. 30, Apr. 27

In the Community
AcabellA  ChristmasSun. Dec. 22 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.

Thank you to all who placed poinsettias in the sanctuary this year. Many will be delivered to shut-ins with good wishes from the congregation for a blessed Christmas. The flowers (placed by friends and loved ones) remind us of:

Stewart Anderson (Joyce Anderson)
Douglas and Emma Arklie (Margaret Arklie)
Joan Arklie (Margaret Arklie)
Jean Gregory, Phyllis Mitchell, and other deceased choir members (Molly Austen)
Marjorie and Wilfrid Bent (Greg Bent)
Olive and Frank Cox (Avon Cox)
Jean Margaret Fraser (Lynn Fraser and Bill Colpitts)
Wendell and Margaret Colpitts (Lynn Fraser and Bill Colpitts)
Bob Hattie (sisters Joan MacKinnon, Jean Hattie and Judy Cowan)
Rudd and Betty Hattie (daughters Joan MacKinnon, Jean Hattie and Judy Cowan)
Robert Detcher (Mary Rose and Robbie Detcher)
Jean and Dr. Daniel M. Grant (Jim Grant)
Owen Innes and Kelly Innes-Westhaver (Marion Innes)
Knud and Birgit Jensen (Michelle and Jan Jensen)
David and Alice Henn (Michelle and Jan Jensen)
Robert, Margaret and Laura Love( Michelle and Jan Jensen)
Robert and Mabel Kent (Gordon and Sue Kent)
Reginald and Dorothy MacKay (Gordon and Sue Kent)
Georgie MacLennan (Bill MacLennan, Dale and Donna and family)
Mr. and Mrs. George MacDonald (Bill MacLennan)
Barbara MacDonald Campbell (Bill MacLennan)
Mr. and Mrs. R.M. MacLennan (Bill MacLennan and family)
Susan Millard (Dora McGrath)
Donald and Betty McInnes (Shirley and Stewart McInnes)
Robert Bowness (Shirley and Stewart McInnes)
Helga Mills’ daughter,  Naomi, who died 25 years ago (Helga and Bob Mills)
D.C.F. Moors and Marjorie Moors (Ken Moors)
Rev. Bill “Fleet” Matthews (The Moors family)
Mrs. Florence Caddell (The Moors family)
Robert M. “Bob” Murray (The Moors family)
Rev. David C.I. Morgan (David and Jean Morgan)
Carl and Nancy Bowers (David and Jean Morgan)
Norman and Betty Gregory (David and Jean Morgan)
Jean and Doug Hemeon (Jill Rafuse)
Isabel and Chester Rafuse (Jill Rafuse)
Bill and Irene Partridge (Carol Smillie)
Bill Partridge, brother (Carol Smillie)
Don and Marjorie Moors (Dora Stinson)
Johnnie (Margaret) Thompson (Dora Stinson)
Howard Wallace (John and Brenda Wallace)
Dorothy and Irwin Morgan (John and Brenda Wallace)
Helen Bowers and Walter Bowers (John and Brenda Wallace)
Frank and Laura Wellard (Hilary Wellard)
Hazel and Milton Worthen (Janice Worthen)
The many staff and volunteers who keep St. Matthew’s active (John and Rev. Karen Pearce)

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