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Summer’s Last Breath and New Beginnings

Wherever there are two or three gathered in my name, I’m there with them.Matthew 18:20 CEB

This is overdue. I realized that my last message and reflection was the day after the eclipse in August. Here we are, well into September, and this is my first weekly letter of the fall. I find it fascinating that it  is far easier to fall out of a disciplined routine than it is to get into one. When I started writing these weekly missives in December 2015, it served several purposes. It allowed a weekly window into my work here at St. Matthew’s. It was an easy way to get information out to the congregation, or more specifically those in the congregation for whom we had email addresses. It also allowed me a chance to do some broader reflections on faith that wasn’t necessarily tied to a sermon form.

Summer comes to a close officially in the middle of this week. There has already been a great deal happen here at St. Matthew’s in the past three weeks: we have welcomed Antonina Cox to the directors chair and accompanist’s bench in Sunday worship. She is getting to know the choir, and I am pleased to be working with her. We have a number of ideas that we are developing, first, of course for the fall. We are already looking at what we are doing for Christmas! This past Sunday we introduced two new hymns in worship, including a South African traditional song that showed off the drumming talents of some of our choir members.

I am also pleased that Katelyn Oszust is now working with our fledgling youth class, but her movement to the new class meant that we had to find someone new for the nursery. Nikki Fuerderer has now taken on the role of our Nursery care provider, along with Claire Williams who serves as backup to both nursery and Sunday School. I am grateful to James Durant, Peggy Jackson, and Amanda Chapman for their work in hiring both Nikki and Claire.

Tonight (September 18th)St. Matthew’s is hosting “Pyramid Dreams and Microsoft Schemes,” a special seminar on learning about ways to protect your identity and finances from the myriad of sophisticated phone and email scams that exist today. David McKee, who is both part of the congregation and the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Better Business Bureau. The seminar will be held in the sanctuary at 7:00pm tonight!

This Saturday evening (September 23rd) is our first “Walk-in Movie” featuring the recent Pixar film “Cars 3” which will be shown on an enormous screen that will be set up in the middle of 26a St., right outside the church. We’ve even received permission from the city to block off the road. This is a real community event, that will be featuring far more than just the film, but will also have food trucks, popcorn and all sorts of activities. Bring your friends and family. This is a free event, just bring your lawn chairs and warm clothes! The weather promises to be clear, but a typical September day. The gathering starts at 6:00pm, with the film beginning after Sunset at approximately 7:30pm.

I come through all of this, and realizing that God is indeed working and doing something new here at St. Matthew’s. It is my hope and prayer that we continue to be a positive community-building presence in our part of Calgary!

Yours in Christ,

 

John

 

Upcoming Events and Announcements

  • Thrift Shop – Volunteers Needed!
    • Matthew’s Thrift Shop re-opened on Wednesday, September 6th. The regular hours are Wednesdays from 10am to 3:30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.
    • We are in need of volunteers to help in the shop. If you are interested and able to help, please call the church office at 403-249-1721 or email at matthew.uc@gmail.com
  • Pyramid Dreams and Microsoft Schemes – TONIGHT!!!
    • Tonight On Monday, September 18th at 7pm, David McKee, Community Engagement Coordinator of the Better Business Bureau and part of St. Matthew’s is hosting this special evening to inform people of fraud schemes and identity-theft scams that are currently circulating. Please mark your calendar for this important event as it may help to inoculate you against the smooth-talking scam artists that are out there, and protect your identity and your money.
  • Walk-in Movie: Cars 3
    • Matthew’s is hosting an outdoor “walk-in” movie on Saturday, September 23rd on the lawn beside the church. Activities start at 6:00pm with the movie beginning at 7:30pm. This is a free community event open to everyone in the church and in the community. In addition to the movie, there will be food trucks, as well as drinks and snacks that will be sold in support of St. Matthew’s Youth and Children’s programmes.

Office Hours

Our regular Office Hours are Monday through Fridays from 9am to 3pm.

Of those hours, Wendy is in the office on Mondays from 11am to 3pm, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 3pm.  John is in the office from Mondays through Thursdays from at least 9am until 3pm or later, although he may be out on Pastoral Visits or meetings as time demands.

 

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