eBulletin — Sun. Jan. 8, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar
  • Sun. Jan. 15 – Communion, Skating
  • Tue. Jan. 17 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm
  • Tue. Jan. 17 – St. Matthew’s Book Club: “Go Set a Watchman”
  • Thinking about …
  • Thanks to …
  • If  you missed Sunday …
  • Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017
  • Meeting Schedule

St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar

Thu. Jan. 12                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Sun. Jan. 15                 Celebration of Epiphany (Visit of the Magi) with Communion, 10:30 am

Skating Party on the Oval, 1-2 pm

Tue. Jan. 17                 St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see note)

Tue. Jan. 17                 Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary (see note)

Sun. Jan. 22                 Executive of Official Board meeting, after church

Worship and Music Committee meeting, after church

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 

Services 12:15–12:45 pm at at various peninsula churches on Tue. Jan. 17, Wed. Jan. 18 and Thu. Jan. 19. Schedule pending.


Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm

Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8–9:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)

Sunday, Jan. 15 – Communion, skating

Since church was cancelled last week because of the weather, the Celebration of Epiphany and Communion will be held on Sun. Jan. 15.

Benevolent Fund Envelopes will be included in Sunday’s bulletin, as always when we celebrate the sacrament of Communion. Our Benevolent Fund makes it possible for the church to respond to emergency needs on a day-to-day basis: food, shelter, heat, etc. Thank you for considering a gift to the Benevolent Fund. Envelopes can be placed in the offering plate.

And, from 1–2 pm, enjoy skating on the Oval.  St. Matthew’s has invited our church neighbours on the peninsula to begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a Skating Party at the Oval on Halifax Common for skaters of all ages. Hot cocoa will be provided and non-skaters with an appreciation for ecumenical friendship are also encouraged to come along! Skates are available for free with photo ID.

Tuesday Jan. 17 – Potluck Church

The first Potluck Church of 2017 will be held Tue. Jan. 17 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Bring a food offering and your thoughts on our theme:  “What are you passionate about and why?” If you have never attended a Potluck Church, come and experience our wonderful fellowship and an always-delicious meal.

St. Matthew’s Book Club – Go Set a Watchman

St. Matthew’s Book Club will meet on Tue. Jan. 17 at 2 pm at 83 Kearney Lake Road, Apt. 308.  We will be discussing “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee.  For more information, please contact Hope Toumishey at 902-477-2773, hopet@ns.sympatico.ca or Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca.

Church calendars and Offering envelopes    

The 2017 Church calendars are available at the office for $5. If you use Offering Envelopes, the 2017 envelopes are available at the door of the church.

Thinking about …

  • Jane Lee of our choir, mourning the loss of her brother Tom Harpur, 89. Tom was a noted author, broadcaster, columnist, theologian and spiritual leader.

If you missed last Sunday …

The church service was cancelled due to the snow!

Meeting Schedule 2017

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 Feb. 26, June 4

Executive of Official Board                             Jan. 22, Mar. 26, Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Jan. 22

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11




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 Free Breakfast: 8 am – Want to volunteer? Contact carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

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

AcabellA Handbell Choir rehearsal: Thursdays, 6–7 pm

St. Matthew’s Choir rehearsal:  Thursdays, 7:30–9 pm

Lunch Bunch Community Choir: Fridays at 12:15 pm

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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