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Bulletin and Announcements for October 20, 2013

Welcome to St. Matthew’s United Church

October 20,2013

                  (403) 249-1721 /

Making a difference in your community for over 102 years.                 

Thank you to everyone who is helping with today’s service. If you are ushering, serving, reading, recording, pouring coffee, greeting, smiling, singing, hugging or praying, we are very glad that you are here. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have been working hard at various painting and cleanup projects around the church. Great job!!!

 Heros needed to assist at the Sarcee Service – 2nd Wed of the month at 10:30. Please speak to Jim if you are interested.

St. Matthew’s Bible Study – every 2nd Saturday at 10am – next study Sat. Nov. 9 at 10am.

Learn how to relax and clear your head: introduction to meditation Sun Nov 3, 3-5pm in the Library. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or cushion to sit on. No charge, but donations to Acadia Place gratefully accepted.

The Thrift Shop has re-opened for the fall season and we are looking for donations of good used jewelry, men’s ties and clean used current clothing.

TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 19th We are looking for a small group of heros (no cape required) to deliver invites to a few streets in your neighbourhood and around the church. Call the office.We will start delivering around Oct 31.

Oct        27- Sunday – Guest Worship leader: Wendy Knudson

30 – Wednesday – sandwiches for the Drop In Centre

Remembrance Day Service  Sunday November 10th 10:30am followed by the annual Harvest Lunch. Everyone is welcome to join in the service and harvest food and friendship!!

 Observer Renewals – LAST CHANCE!If you would like to continue your Observer Subscription or if you would like to start a subscription, please make a cheque out to the OBSERVER and leave it in the collection plate.

Ping Pong Paddles                     Left Bowers                 Connect 4                      Yahtzee!

Wondering what it’s all about?                               Stop by St. Matthew’s on

Friday October 25, Friday November 8,Friday November 22


Truth and Reconciliation Commission

In Calgary November 4 and 5 2013     9-5 each day

Executive Royal Hotel                      28287 23 St NE

 This is an opportunity for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians to learn more about and bear witness to the legacy of the residential school system. More info:

George D. Calliou (403) 270-7379

JOIN US this evening:     Sun. Oct 20th St. Matt’s Cafe

Featuring world renowned singer/musician    Paul Rumbolt.

All ages event!! In the Narthex.

Everyone is welcome!

Tell your family – your friends

An exciting chance to see this

famous song writer LIVE and IN PERSON.

Our Annual Anniversary / Christmas Dinner

Saturday November 30, 2013

Punch at 5:30                     inner at 6

Tickets $20 for adults – Kids Free

Available from the office or after worship 

Presbytery Learning Day – check it out!

Please join us for coffee and friendship following the service today. (there is tea too!)  

MARILYN SIMMONS will be bringing her display of unique African Jewelry to St. Matthew’s on November 9 (Saturday) from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. and November 10 after church. Proceeds will go to UJAMAA GRANDMAS, that works to transform lives of African grandmothers and children affected by HIV/Aids. SEE:

The Board is looking for 2 to 3 heros from the congregation to join a board member in forming a nominations committee to recruit people for particular offices.  If you are interested, please tell Ken Reeson or Jim Kenney or Wendy.

The positions for which we need candidates include:

  • two more representatives to Presbytery,
  • a chairperson for Ministry and Personnel,
  • a representative for Christian Education including the children’s program,
  • an auditor,
  • a 2nd representative for the Building Committee
  •  and a true hero for Stewardship.

Please note that Calgary Presbytery has changed how they meet:   Meetings of the commissions will be determined by the commissions, and will usually be one to two hours, 3 times a year there will be an extended meeting of the whole of Presbytery which will include time for community building, leadership development and spiritual nurture.

Bring ‘em Bach Alive!  Calgary Bach Society presents a Chamber Concert in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Sunday October 20th at 3pm at Grace Presbyterian Church 1009 – 15th Avenue SW . String and Voice Scholarships.  Admission is free with cash or cheque donation to the Calgary Food Bank.


October 20, 2013                  Faith Matters                        10:30 am

Exile:  Bondage or Freedom?


INTROIT:        O Sing to the Lord — Eleanor Daley


The world tries to claim our lives.

We come to worship the One who guides us in claiming our own lives.

Come, worship, and be glad.

HYMN:                   222  Come, Let Us Sing                           


Greeting and Welcoming, Birthdays and Anniversaries

HYMN        244   Sing Your Praise to God Eternal            


Holy One, our faith in you gives us the tools we need to live true to ourselves.  Thank you for using our worship to strengthen the tools we need to make our lives fulfilling and rewarding.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.


HYMN                    353     Simple Gifts                                    


Response:  … Holy One, hear our prayers.

And, with your love, answer.



SUNG DEDICATION:   218  We Praise You, O God  


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH:  A New Creed (V.U., p 918)


Psalm 119:97-104   (VU 840) 

Luke 17:1-19

ANTHEM:      O Lord, Increase My Faith — Orlando Gibbons


HYMN        595  We are Pilgrims on a Journey       


CHORAL BENEDICTION:  The Lord Bless You — Donald Moore


People who wish to light a candle may do so before the service, during the greeting time or during the postlude. 

If you are a visitor, welcome to worship and to fellowship downstairs after the service.  Please sign our guest book, and feel at home.

Members of our community, please remember to put on your name tag so Jim and others can learn your names.

Gratitude can be the best medicine. 

218     We praise you, O God, our Redeemer, Creator;

in grateful devotion our tribute we bring.

We lay it before you, we kneel and adore you;

we bless your holy name, glad praises we sing.

Lectionary Reading for  October 27:  Joel 2:23-32;  Ps 65;

2 Tim 4:6-8,16-18; Lk 18:9-14.

St. Matt’s Cafe with Paul Rumbolt tonight at 6:30 pm

St. Matt’s Games Night next Friday at 7:00 pm


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