e-Bulletin — Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club today
  • Please remember in your prayers …
  • Choirs amassing for special event
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Sunday morning Breakfast Program welcomes volunteers
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Tue. Sept. 19              St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see below)

Sun. Sept. 24              Quarterly meeting of Stewards, Official Board, Kirk Session, after church

Sun. Oct. 1                  World Communion Sunday

Sun. Oct. 9                  Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals

Sun. Oct. 15                Guest preacher Alfredo Barahona, KAIROS Canada

St. Matthew’s Book Club

The Book Club will meet Tue. Sept. 19 at 2 pm at 83 Kearney Lake Road, Apt. 308. The group will be discussing Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. We have been using Halifax Public Library Book Club Kits, so if you want to join us, contact Elaine Murray (edamur50@gmail.com) to get a copy of the book. For more information, contact Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906 or j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca

Please remember in your prayers …

  • Lisa Rounsefell and family, mourning the death of her mother, Joan Rounsefell, a long-time member of St Matthew’s

Choirs amassing for special event

St. Matthew’s plans to host a performance of Halifax Explosion by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem on Wed. Dec. 6, at 7:30 pm, in commemoration of the centenary of the Halifax Explosion. The presentation will feature a 100-voice mixed choir, piano, organ and chamber orchestra and feature readings, archival photographs, and poetry. Choral rehearsals are on Mondays from 7:30-9 pm at St. Matt’s under the direction of Wayne Rogers. Interested participants should contact Wayne at humber@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Rondino     Healey Willan

Reading –  Matthew 18: 21-33


We Plough the Fields

Jesus Bids us Shine

For the Healing of the Nations

Sermon – Of Trespasses, Debts and Forgiveness

Choral Anthem – iCantar!  (with Craig Reiner, percussion)  Jay Althouse

Postlude – Festival Fanfare     S. Drummond Wolff

We observed the 10th anniversary of Wayne Rogers serving as Minister of Music at St. Matthew’s with a musical “Tribute to Wayne” by Terry Hurrell, thanks by Jill Rafuse, and gifts from the Worship and Music Committee.

Sunday Morning Breakfast Program welcomes volunteers

As you plan your schedule for 2017/18, consider serving with the outreach breakfast program. The program provides a weekly free breakfast on Sunday mornings to those in need, with 5 teams serving on a 5-week rotation. Those involved find it a meaningful and fun experience.  Many teams comprise extended family members and friends as well as students.

Doors open at 7:30 am and team members spend the first hour preparing the food (oatmeal, beans, eggs) while others make sandwiches. Guests set up the chairs and tables and everyone pitches in to help. While food is being prepared, coffee and cold cereal is put out for guests to self-serve. The total experience is about connecting and sharing food in an open, inviting atmosphere. The hot meal, along with fruit, yogurt and juice, is served from 8:30–9:30 am.

Guests return their dishes to the kitchen and servers clean up. The helpers are usually finished by 10 am. New volunteers are always guided by experienced helpers. Because of the type of work and environment, most teams have 5 people in the kitchen at any given time. Team leaders appreciate having volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule but there are also special breakfasts throughout the year when additional help is needed for those who cannot serve on an ongoing basis. Young people aged 12+ are welcome to join a parent. For information about participating contact Carol Smillie, carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca

In the Community

RCCO Organ Recital – Sat. Sept. 23 at 2 pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints. Michael Capon, organist and choirmaster at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., will perform repertoire by Canadian composers Healey Willan, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Barrie Cabena, Gilles Leclerc, and others. Admission at the door $20 adult and $15 student/senior.

PERFECT WORLD – Sun. Sept. 24, 7-10 pm at the Wooden Monkey, Alderney Landing. Perfect World is the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) annual celebrative fundraising evening.  Billed as “a magical evening of food, drink, music and art” this event provides major support for the activities of the EAC.  The EAC has become a highly respected local, national and international voice for the environment, eco-racism, and Native Canadian issues. Tickets $100, can be purchased online at ecologyaction.ca/perfectworld.

LUST/Pornography: What’s Right, What’s Wrong? – Sept. 27 at 7 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. The Canadian Centre on Ethics in Public Affairs is presenting a seven-part series exploring the seven deadly sins: the personal and collective consequences of our thoughts and actions as we grapple with age-old temptations. How does porn mold our desires? What is our moral framework, and how does porn inform our understanding of sex and sexuality? Panelists are Dr. Jacqueline Garaging, Director, Gender and Health Promotion Studies Unit, Dalhousie University; Arnold Viersen, MP Peace River-West lock, Alberta; Julia Beazley, Director, Public Policy, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; and moderator Dr. Jody Clarke, Professor, Atlantic School of Theology. Admission is free. Coming up in the series: Greed (Nov. 16), Gluttony (Jan. 24), Envy (February), Pride (March), Wrath (April) and Sloth (May).

Renowned Irish Tenor at St. Patrick’s Church – Sun. Oct. 8 at 7 pm. Irish tenor Emmet Cahill, principal singer with Celtic Thunder, will be in concert at St. Patrick’s Church, Halifax, the final stop on his first 7-city tour of Canada. Cahill, age 26, will perform Broadway favorites, movie hits, folk classics, hymns, and songs from his debut album, Emmet Cahill’s Ireland. Tickets available at the door or online at http://www.emmetcahill.com/tour-dates/

Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast – Tue. Oct. 10 at 7:30 am, World Trade and Convention Centre. Guest speaker: Mark Brand, restaurateur and social entrepreneur. With 11 businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step through his work in social impact business and as an educator, facilitator, and speaker. Brand is the owner of Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher shop and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013 he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Almost 100,000 tokens have been redeemed – filling 100,000 empty stomachs – and creating interaction between those who have and those in need. Funds raised at the Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast support the work of the Mission and aid more than 5000 people in Halifax. Tickets $100 each, or a table for $1000. Email bsm1@eastlink.ca or call 902-423-4605 to reserve. There is usually at least one table of St. Matthew’s friends who attend.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the temporary offices of Halifax Hospice, 1471 Carlton St, near the Just Us! Coffee location on Spring Garden Road. 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.

St. Matthew’s Activities


Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8 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 – Handballs at 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7;30 pm

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays at noon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Second Tuesday in the afternoon, private homes

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm


All meetings are held after the Sunday service. Bring a lunch! Clerk of Session Dr. Dora Stinson encourages everyone involved in these quarterly meetings to note the dates in their calendars.

Kirk Session/Stewards/Official Board         Sept. 24,  Dec. 3; Mar. 18, June 3

Executive of Official Board                          Oct. 22, Nov. 12; Jan 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 20

Worship and Music Committee                 TBA

Congregational Meeting (budget)              Dec. 10; June 10, 2018


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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