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April 13, 2014 – St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin
Sixth Sunday of Lent – Faithfulness

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•  Holy Week ecumenical services
•  St. Matthew’s Calendar
•  Maundy Thursday Potluck Supper and Communion 6 pm
•  Good Friday Choral Service 7:30 pm
•  Easter Offering
•  (virtually confirmed) Update re Rachel Campbell, student minister
•  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 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
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– Easter Sunday 1, featuring AcabellA Handbell Choir
~ Executive of Official Board meeting after church
Sat. May 3 – Atlantic School of Theology convocation, 11 am, St. Benedict Church

Maundy Thursday Potluck and Communion at 6 pm
Like Potluck Church, our Maundy Thursday service will be “church with food.” We will enjoy an all-ages potluck supper and informal worship around the table. Maundy Thursday was also Jesus’ last support with his disciples. He celebrated the Passover Seder with them – the Jewish retelling of the deliverance from Egypt that uses different foods to relive the story – and then he gave them what would become the gift of Communion to remember him. So we will have our own version of a Seder, with many interesting and delicious treats to remind us of the life and message of Jesus, leading into our own celebration of Communion.

Good Friday Choral Service 7:30 pm
St. Matthew’s observes Good Friday with an a cappella choral service at 7:30 pm. This meaningful service of music, readings, scripture, and symbolism is always appreciated by those who want to observe Good Friday in a quiet and contemplative way.

Easter Offering
There will be special Easter Offering envelopes available on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This is one of three special offerings the church receives each year (Christmas and Thanksgiving are the other two). Please consider this opportunity to make an additional offering for the work of St. Matthew’s – especially if you are on PAR!

Benevolent Fund
Like most churches, St. Matthew’s has a Benevolent Fund designed to help people who need short-term or emergency assistance. Scarcely a day goes by that someone doesn’t approach the church looking for some kind of help. The requests are many and varied. Sometimes people need money for essentials like food or medications. Others might need help paying an overdue utility bill. Or perhaps the need is bus fare to travel to a funeral, suitable clothing for a much-needed job, or household supplies.

On Communion Sundays – including Easter Sunday – many members of the congregation make a special donation to the Benevolent Fund, which provides the minister and staff with resources to help the many people who come to the church seeking assistance. Envelopes will be provided.

(virtually confirmed) Update re Rachel Campbell, Student Minister
Rachel is beginning her internship, a full-time, supervised Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in a local hospital with St. Matthew’s continuing to be her congregational base for learning. This means she will essentially be continuing her field placement with us for four more months.

Rachel will be receiving her Master of Divinity degree at the Atlantic School of Theology convocation on May 3 at 11 am. All are invited to celebrate with her at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 45 Radcliffe Drive.

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.

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 10 km 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 Luncheon – Wed. Apr. 16 at noon at St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 1537 Brunswick St. Haddock chowder, rolls and gingerbread to eat in or take out. Cost $12.

“Unbroken” Art Exhibit – until Sat. Apr. 19, Secord Gallery, Quinpool Road. An exhibit of more than 20 paintings by Janet Larkman featuring stories of women and groups of women from around the world who have taken a stand against injustice. More than portraits, these paintings attempt to capture the spirit of the movements started by such women as Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, who led a coalition of Christian and Muslin women for a bloody civil war in 2003. These are women who experienced the “dry bones” (April 6’s reading from Ezekiel) and responded with courage. Sculptures by Louise Pintz are also exhibited. Note: the Secord Gallery is not wheelchair accessible. See www.secordgallery.com for more information.

Art Exhibition – Sat. Apr. 26 from 10 am–5 pm, Summer Gardens, 1470 Summer St. The first art exhibition of Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association. Artists include Diane Burns, Faye Brunet, Trudy Campbell, Elaine Gordon Cragg, Mary Helleiner, Elisabeth Hulshoff, Corinne Ledson-Silver, Helga Mills, Marilyn Mullett, and Twila Robar-Decoste. Free admission.

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