eBulletin — Sun. March 12, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Potluck Church on Wednesday
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Helping the helpers in Emerson, Man.
  • Our Syrian family – no news yet, but hope!
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary

Thu. Mar. 16               Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Sun. Mar. 19               Worship and Music Committee, after church

Tue. Mar. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm

Thu. Apr. 13                Maundy Thursday Potluck and Seder Meal, 5:30 pm

Fri. Apr. 14                  Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm

Sun. Apr. 16                 – Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast, 7 am

– Easter Service with Communion, Symphony Brass, and singalong Hallelujah Chorus, 10:30 am

Sun. Apr. 30                 Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church


Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors)

Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm

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)


Potluck Church on Wednesday

Potluck Church is Wed. Mar. 15 at 5:30 pm in the church sanctuary. All are welcome for an evening of fellowship, food, and a bit of music too. Bring a morsel to share and your ideas about the theme for the evening:  “How do we stay aware each day of that in Life which is sheer blessing?”  This is a relaxed and informal opportunity to meet others in the congregation. Bad weather reserve date is Mar. 22.

St. Matthew’s Book Club

St. Matthews Book Club meets on Tue. March 21 at 2 pm at Stephanie Hurrell’s home, 76 Prestwick Close, Apt. 310. We will be discussing Twenty-Six by Leo McKay, a novel inspired by the Westray mining disaster. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or Hope Toumishey at 902-477-2773, hopet@ns.sympatico.ca

Helping the helpers in Emerson, Manitoba

About 200 people have already crossed the border into Manitoba seeking asylum from the United States. How can we help the border communities who are caring for these asylum-seekers so that they do not become overwhelmed? St. Andrew’s United Church in Emerson, Man., are recommending that the best way to help is to make a donation to Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council). Welcome Place is providing first-response support (food, shelter) as well as follow-up legal and integrative support so that the situation remains manageable and incomers are well cared for. There is a “donate” button at this link: https://miic.ca/

Our Syrian family – no new yet, but hope!

Many are wondering about the al Sagherji family, whom we are sponsoring as Syrian refugees to Canada. They are safe in Beirut in temporary accommodation, with all their paperwork complete and ready — just waiting for their turn in the line-up to get here. Paul Bowlby continues to monitor the process for us, with regular contact with government officials to encourage this along.

Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs

The Out of the Cold Shelter is a peanut-free space. OTCS cannot accept donations including mouthwash, aftershave, or hand sanitizer. OTCS maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as well as http://outofthecoldhalifax.org/supplies.php

In addition to donations of clean clothing, current needs include:

  • Men’s underwear
    •  Mittens and gloves
    •  Juice boxes
    •  Pyjamas /sweatpants for men and women

Donations can be made Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. If you have any questions about OTCS needs, please contact Ben, the Shelter Coordinator. He can be reached by email at halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com and by phone at 902-429-6518.

If you missed last Sunday …

Second Sunday of Lent: Responsibility

Prelude                        Picardy                                                arr. Alex Rowley

Londonderry Air                      arr. Noel Rawsthorne

Introit                          Laudate Dominum                  Taizé Community

Reading                       John 3: 1-17

Psalm 121

Sermon                        What Must I Do?

Hymns                         As the Sun with Longer Journey

Dear Weaver of Our Lives’ Design

We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection

Anthem                       Thy Kingdom Come                 Mark Sirett

Postlude                      Toccata in E minor                  Johann Pachelbel

The suggestion for marking the six Sundays of Lent with six candles of invitation is adapted from a resource of Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, http://rev-o-lution.org:

Resistance, Responsibility, Trust, Repentance, Forgiveness, Faithfulness


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 June 4

Executive of Official Board                             Mar. 26, Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Mar. 19

Potluck Church                                                Wed. Mar. 15, Tue. May 16

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11


In the Community

Architecture Talk – Th. Mar. 16 at 7:30 pm, Saint George’s Round Church, 2222 Brunswick Street. Emanuel Jannasch, senior instructor at the School of Architecture at Dalhousie University, discusses seven mysteries of the church.

The King’s Chorus – Sun. Mar. 19 at 4 pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints. The King’s Chorus directed by Nick Halley presents the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, Zoltán Kodály’s Missa Brevis, and Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine. Tickets ($10-$75) online at tickethalifax.com/ or call 902-422-1271 x 261.

Lecture by Kwame Anthony Appiah – Thu. Mar. 23 at 7 pm, Alumni Hall, University of King’s College, 6530 Coburg Road. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, in partnership with the Segelberg Trust, the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University, and the University of King’s College, present Kwame Anthony Appiah, one of the world’s most influential voices, named a Global Thought Leader in 2015 by the World Post. He is Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University; was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals; and is an internationally recognized speaker and bestselling author. His topic is “Sharing with Strangers: Compassion through the Arts and Humanities in an Age of Globalization.” With the rise of the modern nation state, humans have come to identify with large collections of people: Canadians with Canada, Chinese with China, Americans with the United States. That identification is possible because citizens absorb national narratives and participate in national cultures. So history, literature, sports and the arts are central to the unity of a nation. Because citizens are too numerous and too various for them to know one another, this unity, and care for one another, has to be made in the imagination. In a globalizing world we need a sense of shared global citizenship. And it, too, must be found through the cultural work of the imagination.  Free admission.

Halifax Camerata Singers present Halifax 1917: From Dreams to Despair – Sat. Mar. 25 at 7:30 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Featuring Rhapsody Quintet and Jeremy Webb, actor, this eclectic concert explores the music, culture, and history of Halifax in the months leading up to the Explosion that devastated the city. It also includes the premiere of a special piece commissioned from Halifax’s Chris Palmer to mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, made possible by a grant from the city. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student available at www.tickethalifax.com

EnChor East Choir presents Jazzmatazz 2 – Tue. Mar. 28 at 7:30 pm, St. Matthew’s United Church. Featuring En Chor East, directed by Wayne Rogers; Second Chances Jazz Band, Second Chances Show Band, and guest artist Matthew Snow. Tickets $15 at the door or from choir members.

Spring Art Exhibition and Sale – April 3-28 at Nova Scotia Archives, University Avenue, featuring the Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association. Work by Helga Mills of our choir is included. Artists’ reception Sat. Apr. 8 11 am-4 pm. Exhibit hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am–4:30 pm, Wed evenings 4:30-9 pm, Saturdays 9 am–5 pm (closed Sundays, statutory holidays and Easter Saturday).

Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner 2017 – Fri. May 5, reception 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. Guest speaker Tareq Hadhad on the topic “From Syria with Chocolate: One New Canadian Family’s Story”. Tickets $150 pp, $1,500/table. Reserve before April 14.

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.


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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