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April 6, 2014 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Forgiveness
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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•  Holy Week ecumenical services
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  (still tentative) Update re Rachel Campbell, student minister
•  Presbytery visit postponed
•  Michelle Jensen joining Runners United
•   Meeting schedule for 2014
•  In the Community

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

St. Matthew’s Calendar
Sun. Apr. 13 – Palm Sunday service
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
Sun. Apr. 27 – Executive of Official Board meeting

Thinking about ...
April Hennigar and Leslie Vaughan, mourning the death of Crystal (April’s sister and Leslie’s aunt). A memorial service was held at Rockingham United last week.

(Still Tentative) Update re Rachel Campbell, Student Minister
In the absence of direction to the contrary, we assume that Rachel may be able to continue her field placement at St. Matthew’s in conjunction with a full-time, supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in a local hospital. St. Matthew’s would continue to be her congregational base for learning as she fulfills the requirements for ordination. The proposal requires several levels of approval, unfortunately. In the meantime, Rachel has had a Sunday off to visit with her family in Prince Edward Island.

Support Michelle Jensen in 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@hotmail.com. If you're interested in participating or want more information contact Keltie van Binsbergen sjminister@eastlink.ca, 868-2791 or Laura Hunter lhunter@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 – Apr. 27

In the Community
Chowder Luncheons – Two more Lenten luncheons on Wednesdays at noon during Lent – April 9 and 16 – at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 1537 Brunswick St. Haddock chowder, rolls and gingerbread to eat in or take out. Cost $12.

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