eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Palm Sunday Apr. 9
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Thu. Apr. 6                  Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Sun. Apr. 9                   Palm Sunday with music from Jesus Christ, Superstar, 10;30 am

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                 (1) Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast, 7 am; (2) 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)

Palm Sunday

Sunday Apr. 9 is Palm Sunday. During the worship service we will be revisiting the musical Jesus Christ, Superstar, featuring a trio of musicians, soloists, and a series of tableaux that tell the story.

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:

  • 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.

If you missed last Sunday …

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Forgiveness

Prelude  [Matthew Fraser, organ]      Largo from Xerxes                  G.F. Handel

Introit                                                  Laudate Dominum                  Taizé Community

Readings                                               John 11: 1ff; Ezekiel 37:1-14

Sermon                                                Rattling Bones

Hymns                                                 My Soul Cries Out; God of the Sparrow; God Whose Love

Anthem                                               God So Loved the World         Sir John Stainer

Postlude                                              Toccata on Hyfrydol                J. Christopher Pardinil

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.orgResistance, 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                             Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                     Sept. 10 at East Pennant

Potluck Church                                                 Tue. May 16

Congregational Meeting (budget)                June 11, with potluck lunch

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. 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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