- 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 email@example.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)
REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS
Sunday Free Breakfast – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Church office: email@example.com or (902) 423-9209
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Worship: 10:30 am
Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, email@example.com
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca
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