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Mar. 9, 2014 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
First Sunday of Lent

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•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Rachel’s grad project
•  Lenten calendar
•  Thanks to ...
•  Congratulations to ...
•  Meeting schedule for 2014
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Tue. Mar. 11 – Halifax Presbytery meeting at St. Matthew’s starting with supper at 5:30 pm
Sun. Mar. 23 – Deadline for submissions to the Kirk Life congregational newsletter

Rachel’s grad project
On Tue. Mar. 11 at 9 am Rachel Campbell, our student minister, will present her grad project at the Atlantic School of Theology Chapel. Her subject is Church gossip: Prophecy or profanity? How one’s faith and ministry are affected by church gossip. Members of the congregation are invited to hear Rachel’s presentation and celebrate this milestone in her journey toward ordination.

Lenten Calendar
Lent is the 40 days (minus Sundays) that precede Easter. It is a season of prayer and preparation, and reminds us of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert before he began his ministry of teaching and healing. The traditional colour of Lent is purple, symbolizing repentance.

Each week we will light a candle to mark the six invitations of the Season of Lent – Resistance, Responsibility, Trust, Repentance, Forgiveness, Faithfulness.
Adapted from a resource of Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell — http://rev-o-lution.org

Thanks to ...
© Their Honours J.J. Grant, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Joan Grant, who attended Sunday’s service to observe Commonwealth Sunday. His Honour brought greetings from Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth of Nations. Other guests included members of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Halifax.

© Volunteers from St. Matthew’s who led the afternoon service at Caritas Residence for seniors on Sunday

Congratulations to ...
© Terry and Stephanie Hurrell, who have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A splendid cake was served on Sunday in celebration of this momentous event.

© Shannon Black, who celebrated a birthday on Sunday – cause for a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday at the request of her children!

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

In the Community
Lecture by Dr. Daphna Levit – Mon. Mar. 17 at St. Andrew’s Church, Cobourg and Robie. Dr. Levit, a native-born Israeli who became a peace activist after serving in the Israeli army during one of its many wars, will argue that Homeland for Jews is an 18th century construct of nationalism, not theology, and that it has become “political justification for territorial ownership.” This issue is timely as peace negotiations take place between Israel and Palestine, and the United Church calls for peace with justice for both Palestinians and Israelis. This lecture was recently delivered to the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia.

Values and vision: Is doctor-assisted suicide a right? – Fri. Mar. 21 at 7 pm at St. Andrew’s Church, Cobourg and Robie. A public forum on end-of-life issues, cosponsored by the Halifax Shambhala Centre, the Universalist Unitarian Church, St. John’s United and St. Andrew’s United. Wanda Morris, executive director of Dying with Dignity Canada, will be joined by academics, advocates and religious leaders representing a variety of points of view. Potential questions for the panelists can be emailed in advance to saintandrews<at-symbol>eastlink.ca

L’Arche Halifax 4th annual art show and sale – Sat. Mar. 29, 10 am–6 pm, and Sun. Mar. 30, 9:30 am–3 pm at St. Agnes Church Auditorium, 6903 Mumford Road. Work by local artists at affordable prices will be available for purchase, along with selected works by Nora Gross, Ron Hazell, Tom Forrestall, Ron Kuwahara, Anna Syperek, Hallie Watson, Gloria Dunbar, and Carol Smeraldo. A portion of the sales will support the work of L’Arche Halifax. L’Arche is an international organization that supports people with developmental disabilities.

Church office: stmatts<at-symbol>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
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