eBulletin — Sunday, June 18, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Syrian family settling into life in Halifax
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. July 16                 Jazz Festival Service

Sun. July 23                 Pride Festival Service

Al-Saghrji family settling in

The Al Saghrji family has arrived in Halifax to settle into their new apartment in the Park Victoria. Said (dad) and Maysan (mom) and their children Sedra, Joudi, and Besher arrived last Thursday afternoon. There will be a gathering in the near future so the sponsoring churches can all meet the Syrian family – but we will give them time to get rested and settled. Their new address is Apt. 413, 1333 South Park Street.

Thanks to Lisa Marshall, who arranged ground transportation for the family, purchased a stuffed Canada-themed toy for each child and flowers for mom, and compiled a binder of information in English and Arabic. Also thanks to Lyn Waller who drove the family home to a second brief warm welcome at their apartment. Shelley MacKenzie has arranged for food and immediate necessities, and Michael and Susan McCurdy are on hand for the early days to orient them to the neighborhood.

Enormous thanks are extended to all who have made this safe future possible for the family, notably Paul Bowlby, Shelley MacKenzie, and the extraordinary Bev MacDonald, our United Church refugee liaison, whose expertise has been crucial to so many families newly arrived in the Maritimes.


If you missed last Sunday …

Handbell Prelude     Grazioso and How can I Keep From Singing     Arnold B. Sherman

Handbell Introit       Let There Be Peace on Earth      Arnold B. Sherman

Reading     Deuteronomy 11: 18-23


Creating God, Your Fingers Trace

Spirit God, Be Our Breath

When Will People Cease Their Fighting?

Sermon     Write it on the Doorposts

Choral Anthem     The Ground            Ola Gjeilo

Handbell Postlude     Joshua Fit the Battle     Martha Lynn Thompson

Thanks to members of AcabellA Handbell choir for their leadership in Sunday’s service, and to the St. Matthew’s Choir who concluded their regular season with the splendid anthem “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo, accompanied by Jill Rafuse, piano.

Summer Pick-Up Choir

During the summer months the St. Matthew’s Choir provides musical leadership on a more casual basis – no gowns, no rehearsal except on Sunday morning, and no membership required! If you would like to join the choir members on Sundays, just show up at 9:45 am to prepare the hymns and service music for the morning.

In the Community

Nova Voce Provincial Men’s Choir – Thu. June 29 at 7:30 pm, St. Andrew’s United Church, Robie at Cobourg. Special guests for a “Voices Across the Border” concert are the First Parish Choir from Brunswick, Maine. Tickets $15 at the door or at www.novavoce.com. Information, call 902-457-0920

Brides’ Day Revisited – Sat. July 8 in the Halifax Public Gardens, from 1–4 pm (rain date July 29). Were your wedding photos taken in the Public Gardens? If so, we invite you to a reunion of Brides. Put on your wedding dress (fun, but not required) and come to the Gardens to take another picture while enjoying music, tea and cake. Let us know you are coming by replying to bridesdayjuly8@gmail.com or at Horticultural Hall with your name, email address, phone number and the date you were married. Registration deadline June 30.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the site of Halifax Hospice, 618 Francklyn Street. Anyone is welcome on a drop-in basis; there is no need to sign up. Sessions are peer-led, with counsellors present to help guide discussion as the participants desire. If you are interested in a bereavement support group but cannot attend on Saturday mornings, call the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax at 902-446-0929.

Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba – Ever wonder what a pilgrimage is all about? Need to recharge by unplugging? Need to give your life a spiritual and physical shake-up? Want to connect with other spiritual seekers using the most ancient, low-tech, zero-emission method of transportation? The Atlantic School of Theology is planning a summer pilgrimage – full details and registration information are available at www.astheology.ns.ca.home.events/camino-ns.html

June 19-24 –South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 3-8 – North Shore (Pictou to Pugwash)

July 10-15 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 24-29 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)



Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)

Caritas Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm for Victoria Hall Residence for Senior Women, now at the Caritas Building, Mount St. Vincent

Melville Heights Service – First Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge

Choirs Practice on Thursdays – On Holiday

Daytime Bible Study  –On Holiday

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – On Holiday

Lunch Bunch Choir – On Holiday


Administrative Stuff

Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca or  (902) 423-9209

Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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