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Jan. 26, 2014 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

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Contents
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Potluck Church Tuesday at 5:30 pm.
•  Winter Bible Study
•  Hold in your prayers ...
•  Sandwiches for shelter
•  Meeting schedule for 2014
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Tue. Feb. 4, 5:30 pm – Potluck Church
Mon. Feb. 3, noon – Bible study in the parlour
Sun. Feb. 9, 2:30 pm – Seafarers’ Requiem to remember those lost at sea

Potluck Church Tuesday at 5:30 pm
Potluck Church is “church the way Jesus did it” – gathering around the table to enjoy a good supper and informal conversation, reflecting on a particular faith theme. All are invited. Just bring yourself and something to share, homemade or purchased – Bottle of juice? Pizza delivery? Your favorite cookies? Anything goes!  This month’s theme is “Candlemas”.

Winter Bible Study
Winter Bible study is held on Mondays from noon to 1 pm. The winter session is an eight-week study on the parables of Jesus, “Living the parables out loud.”

Hold in your prayers ...
© George Seto, grieving the death of his mother this past week

Sandwiches for Shelter
Jean Hattie is coordinating an effort to provide sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter on Thursdays during the winter months. Volunteers are needed each week to provide two loaves of sandwiches, which can be delivered during the day. This is a tangible way for the congregation to support the Shelter that offers a warm bed to 15 guests every night until April. If you can make sandwiches, please find Jean at coffee hour and choose a convenient date.

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

In the Community
Stories of Peace and Reconciliation, with Paul Hutchinson, former director of Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland, includes the following activities:

Public lecture: Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland – Thu. Jan. 30 from 7–9 pm, Room 104 Schulich School of Law, 6061 University Avenue. Paul will talk about how restorative justice has been used to heal broken relationships between the police and young people in Northern Ireland.

Movie screening: Upstanding – Stories of Courage from Northern Ireland – Fri. Jan. 31 from 7–9 pm, Room 224 Dalhousie Student Union, 6136 University Ave. This 40-minute documentary explores 10 stories of how people of all ages and backgrounds took a stand against sectarianism and violence.

Public workshop: We see through our stories: Exploring our faith stories and their impact on our behaviour (registration required) – Sat. Feb. 1 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Dalhousie Multipath Centre, 6036 Edward St. For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Martha Martin at the Dalhousie Multipath Centre, 494-2287, email multifaith<at-symbol>dal.ca.

Coffee house fundraiser for Dalhousie Northern Ireland Dialogue for Peace – Sat. Feb. 1 at 7 pm at the Wardroom, King’s College. There will be music, poetry, silent auction, and baked goods. Entrance by donation, cash bar available. http://www.corrymeela.org/

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Aitken Workshop 2014: The Art of the Hymn with Dr. John Derksen – Thu. Feb. 6 from 7:30–9 pm, Atlantic School of Theology. The workshop design will be new this year. Dr. Derksen will work with classes on Thursday morning and afternoon. In the evening he will conduct a Hymn Festival in the St. Columba Chapel. This will be an opportunity to sing songs of our faith and reflect on the ways the words and music of Christian praise preach the gospel.

“The Art of the Hymn” inspires other artistic expressions. In conjunction with the events of this great day you are invited to contribute to an exhibit and performance. Take a verse, phrases, or phrase from a hymn or worship song that moves you. Meditate on it. Then put your hands to work. As the Spirit leads you ... Choose a photograph from your collection or take a new one.
Take up paints and brushes (or fingers). Sculpt. Carve. Mold. Write a poem or create a spoken word piece that expresses your response to words and music. Make a video. Set your imagination free. The goal is not to write new hymns, but to translate lyrics and notes to other media that express and extend our response to what you love to sing and hear. Graphic pieces will be displayed during the Hymn Festival and then moved to the gallery space in the Library. New words may be performed during the event. Videos may be shown before, during, or after the Hymn Festival. We will be delighted to welcome submissions from folks who are unable to attend due to distance. Please confirm your intention to contribute your work by Feb. 1. For more information, or to test an idea, speak to Dr. Laurence DeWolfe, ldewolfe<at-symbol>astheology.ns.ca or Dr. Alyda Faber, afaber<at-symbol>astheology.ns.ca

Caledonian Scottish Fiddle Orchestra of Nova Scotia – Sun. Feb. 2 at 2:30 pm at Bedford United Church in support of Camp Kidston. Tickets at the door: $15 adult, $10 for students/seniors and those wearing Camp Kidston clothing!
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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
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