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Mar. 16, 2014 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
Second Sunday of Lent – Responsibility

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Contents
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Lenten calendar
•  Condolences to ...
•  Thanks to ...
•  Runners United
•  Meeting schedule for 2014
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Mar. 23 – Deadline for submissions to the Kirk Life congregational newsletter
Sun. Mar. 30 – Presbytery Pastoral Oversight triennial visit to meet with the Minister, Official Board, Ministry & Personnel Committee, and anyone interested, after church
Thu. Apr. 17 – Maundy Thursday Potluck and Communion, 6 pm
Fri. Apr. 18 – Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm
Sun. Apr. 2 – Easter Sunday
~ 7:30 am Sunrise service, with a light breakfast to follow
~ 10:30 am Easter Communion with Symphony Brass and Mass Hallelujah Chorus

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

Condolences to ...
© The family of Isabella Brownlee of our congregation. A family burial service was held Saturday Mar. 15 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lower Sackville.

Thanks to ...
© All whose hard work contributed to a successful and welcoming hosting – including a beautiful locally-sourced dinner – of Halifax Presbytery this past Tuesday: Marg Machum, Gayle Reiner, Donna Luther, Helga and Bob Mills, Janet Copeland, Paul Bowlby, Agnes MacDonald, Jean Hattie, Shirley McInnes, Molly Austen, Marg Arklie, Matthew Fraser; to Office Dora for sorting out all the building groups so we could host, as well as Danielle and Mike for set-up and strike.

Runners United
Runners United is back in 2014!  This is the perfect opportunity to get in shape while raising money for the Mission and Service Fund. The Stewardship Committee of Maritime Conference is once again sponsoring a team for the BlueNose Marathon races this May. Participants can run or walk in any of the race distances:  5km, 10km, half marathon (21.1km) or the full marathon (42.2km).  All you have to do is walk or run to get in shape and ask your friends, family members and church members to sponsor you to raise money for M&S.  All the fundraising is done through the Marathon, which means that it can be done online as well as by cash or cheque. For each of the last two years we've raised $13,000. Help us break our record! If you're interested in participating or want more information contact Keltie van Binsbergen sjminister<atsymbol>eastlink.ca, 868-2791 or Laura Hunter lhunter<atsymbol>marconf.ca

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
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 saintandrewseastlink.ca

Free public lecture: Men, Women, Sex and Violence – Mon. Mar. 24, 7:30 pm, Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School. Internationally acclaimed speaker Jackson Katz will discuss the role of media in shaping social norms, how social norms can contribute to sexual and domestic violence, and the importance of understanding and changing our cultural environment that condones or promotes sexism and violence. Dr. Katz is a lecturer, educator and author who speaks on violence, media and masculinities. He is a pioneer in the fields of gender violence prevention and education and critical media literacy. He co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the original "bystander" programs. The widely influential MVP has been implemented by schools, community organizations, all branches of the US military and is the most used sexual and domestic violence prevention initiative in college and professional athletics in North America. Katz is co-creator of the films Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2, the author of the Macho Paradox and leading men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. www.jacksonkatz.com

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@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