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March 30, 2014 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
Fourth Sunday of Lent – Repentance
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 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

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Contents
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar & Holy Week services
•  (Tentative) Update re Rachel Campbell, student minister
•  Presbytery visit postponed
•  Michelle Jensen joining Runners United
•  Generous gift of paintings
•  Doors Open Halifax June 7–8, volunteers needed
•  SummerSounds@Barrington – Good news!
•  Meeting schedule for 2014
•  In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Thu. Apr. 17 – Maundy Thursday Potluck and Communion, 6 pm
Fri. Apr. 18 – Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm
Sun. Apr. 20 – Easter Sunday
~ 7:00 am Sunrise service, with a light breakfast to follow
~ 10:30 am Easter Communion with Symphony Brass and Mass Hallelujah Chorus

Holy Week Ecumenical Services
During Holy Week (April 14–19) churches on the peninsula hold Ecumenical Services daily, 7:30–8:30 am, with continental breakfast following.
Mon. Apr. 14 – Cathedral Church of All Saints, Martello Street
Tue. Apr. 15 – First Baptist Church, Oxford Street
Wed. Apr. 16 – St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Spring Garden Road
Thu. Apr. 17 – St. Matthew’s

(Tentative) Update re Rachel Campbell, Student Minister
Rachel’s field placement at St. Matthew’s comes to an end on April 6, with her final step before ordination being the completion of a four-month full-time internship. Unfortunately, there are currently no internship sites available in Maritime Conference. It has been proposed that Rachel be allowed to undertake a full-time supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in a local hospital, with St. Matthew’s continuing as a congregational base for learning – essentially continuing the field placement for four more months. The proposal requires several approvals (AST, Maritime Conference, etc.) and we are currently waiting to hear if this will be acceptable.

Presbytery visit postponed
The triennial visit of the Presbytery Pastoral Oversight Committee was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Pastoral oversight visits are routinely scheduled to connect Halifax Presbytery with each congregation. The congregation will be advised when the meeting with the Official Board, Ministry & Personnel Committee, minister and other interested persons is rescheduled.

Michelle Jensen joining Runners United
The Stewardship Committee of Maritime Conference is sponsoring a team for the BlueNose Marathon races this May. The team will raise money for the Mission & Service Fund of the United Church.  Michelle Jensen of St. Matthew’s is participating in the 10km run and welcomes your donations. If you would like to contribute to Runners United / M&S by supporting her, please give your donation to Michelle in person after church one Sunday or contact her at woodengiant<at-symbol>hotmail.com. 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

Generous gift of paintings
St. Matthew's has received with gratitude the gift of three fine Atlantic Canadian paintings from Carolyn Hillman of Toronto. One of the three is of Laura Wellard, mother of Hilary Wellard of our congregation, and it was because of this connection that Ms. Hillman wanted us to receive these paintings. It was very important to her that they return to Atlantic Canada. Arrangements are being made for their display. Many thanks to artist Barbara Bickle of our congregation, through whom this gift has been received!

Doors Open Halifax
St. Matthew's will be a venue for this year's Doors Open Halifax on June 7–8. This annual event opens to the public various historic buildings around the city for tours. If you are able to take a tour-guide shift on either of those two dates, please let Betsy know.

SummerSounds@Barrington – Good news!
For several years Wayne Rogers has organized SummerSounds@Barrington, a lunchtime concert series at St. Matthew's. It has been a positive addition for our support of local music, but less positive financially. Good news! We have received a grant from the Downtown Business Commission that will cover our costs for the series.  Not only will that give us monetary support, but our concerts will be advertised along with the Grand Parade Concert Series already in place.  Hopefully, our concerts will become even more popular. All this is possible because our Minister of Music has been devoting his own considerable  time and effort in organizing the series.  Many thanks to Wayne for  his expertise and support.

 

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 – Apr. 27

In the Community
Chowder Luncheons – Lenten luncheons will be held on Wednesdays at noon during Lent – April 2, 9 and 16 – at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 1537 Brunswick St. Haddock chowder, rolls and gingerbread to eat in or take out.

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