eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 — Easter Sunday


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Extending condolences …
  • Important message re parking behind the church
  • All Our Relations Memorial Garden
  • Student Minister News
  • Camino Nova Scotia – a summer pilgrimage
  • Many attend Easter Services at St. Matt’s
  • If you missed Easter Sunday
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. Apr. 23                 – Worship music by AcabellA Handbell Choir, and Executive of Official Board, after church

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


Extending condolences …

A funeral service was held on Monday for the late Fred Black — husband, father, grandfather, and much-loved member of our congregation. Our condolences to his wife, Anne, and her family at this sad time.

Important Message re Parking Behind the Church

We have been notified by the buyer of the Commissionaires’ property that all parking will be prohibited after Apr. 23 on Thursday nights (choir rehearsals), Sunday mornings, and at all other times. Ticketing and towing await anyone who parks on the property.

All Our Relations Memorial Garden

Last year members of the congregation planted an abundance of bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs around the south lawn of the church, in honour and memory of loved ones and in solidarity with First Nations (“ All Our Relations” is the First Nations motto of the United Church of Canada. Now, as spring begins, we look forward to watching our garden wake up to full bloom – a feast for our eyes, and for bees and butterflies.

Student Minister news

All good wishes to our Student Minister, Keith Wiseman, as he returns to Newfoundland after this first semester at the Atlantic School of Theology. We look forward to seeing him again soon, and welcoming him back for his next semester as our student minister in September. Go with God, Keith!

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)

Many attend Easter services at St. Matt’s

Beginning with the Maundy Thursday Seder Meal, members and friends gathered several times over the weekend to observe the events of Easter. Our gratitude is due to members of the Music and Worship Committee who coordinated the special music, services, and activities.

Special thanks to Jocelyn Covert, Margaret Sagar, Janet Copeland, and Gayle Reiner, readers for the Good Friday evening service. Wayne Rogers and the St. Matthew’s provided a cappella music for this contemplative service, attended by about 75.

A larger than usual group also gathered on the church lawn for the Sunrise Easter Service, which was followed by a light breakfast in the parlour.

And Easter Sunday’s well-attended service featured Communion and glorious music. Thanks to Wayne Rogers and the Choir; members of the Symphony Brass – James Eager, bass trombone; Eric Mathis, trombone; and Curtis Dietz and Richard Simoneau, trumpet – as well as Craig Reiner, timpani; and Jill Rafuse, piano; for their participation. Terry Hurrell led a rousing singalong Hallelujah Chorus to close the service.

If you missed Easter Sunday …

Prelude                                                Easter Medley             Symphony Brass

Proclamation                                      Luke 24:1-5

Reading                                               Matthew 28: 1-10


Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Who is there on this Easter Morning?

Easter Hymn of Praise

Anthem                                               He is Not Here!                                  Russell Nagy

Hallelujah Chorus                               GF Handel

Postlude                                              Toccata from Symphonie No. 5          Charles Marie Widor

Easter Sunday’s  bulletin was sponsored by Hilary Wellard in loving memory of her father, Frank Wellard, on the 107th anniversary of his birth on April 22.

Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs

The Out of the Cold Shelter operates until April 30 at St. Matthew’s. It 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:

  • Ground coffee
    •  Juice boxes
  • Granola bars
    •  Meals (email volunteerotcs@gmail.com for details)
  • Mittens and gloves
  • Deodorant

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 or by phone at 902-429-6518.

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                             Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Sept. 10 at East Pennant

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11, with potluck lunch


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)

In the Community

Spring Art Exhibition and Sale – April 3-28 at Nova Scotia Archives, University Avenue, featuring the Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association. 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). Congratulations to our Helga Mills, one of the artists featured, who has not only enjoyed exhibiting her paintings but also sold several works!

Nova Voce Celebrates Canada at 150 – Sat. Apr. 29 at 7:30 pm, St. Andrew’s United Church, Coburg Road at Robie. An evening of music arranged or composed by Canadians, sung by Nova Scotia’s provincial men’s choir. Tickets $15 available from John Wallace of our choir; at www.novavoce.com or at Bookmark on Spring Garden Road (902-423-0419).

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.

Food Safety Course – Grace United Church is hosting a Food Safety Course on May 6 at 1:30 pm. This is the 3-hour course for volunteer organizations, and is provided free of charge by the provincial department of Agriculture. Register by Apr. 26 by sending your name, phone number, and email to secretary.grace@ns.sympatico.ca

Halifax Camerata Singers “Let Our Spirits Soar – The Voices of Our Past” – Sun. May 28 at 4 pm, First Baptist Church, Halifax. Guest artists PEI’s female vocal ensemble, Sirens. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 students/underwaged available at tickethalifax.com or The Coast office, 2309 Maynard St.

Seton Cantata Choir “Burst Forth … toward the Unknown Region” – Sun. May 28 at 7 pm, Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Tickets $20 regular, $15 students available from Marg Arklie and Bob Mills of our choir or at the door.

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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