eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017



  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Final reminder re parking behind the church
  • All Our Relations Memorial Garden
  • Camino Nova Scotia – a summer pilgrimage
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

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

– End of the season for the Out of the Cold Shelter

Sun. May 28               United Church Conference Sunday

Final reminder re Parking Behind the Church

We have been notified by the buyer of the Commissionaires’ property that all parking has been prohibited as of Apr. 23 – this includes Thursday nights (choir rehearsals), Sunday mornings, and 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.

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)

If you missed last Sunday …

Handbell Prelude          Now the Green Blade Riseth         Kevin McChesney

                                                  Easter Bells                                        Michael Ryan                                         

Introit                          Thine is the Glory

Reading                       John 20: 19-31

Psalm 16


The Spring Has Come

I Danced in the Morning

As Comes the Breath of Spring

Sermon                        Keeping it Real

Anthem                       Hail Thee Festival Day                        Valerie W. Stephenson

Postlude                      Easter Joy                                John A. Behnke

Thanks to AcabellA Handbell choir and their director, Wayne Rogers, for providing music leadership on the first Sunday after Easter

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

Worship and Music Committee                 Sept. 17 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)

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday at 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)

Caritas Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm for Victoria Hall Residence for Senior Women, now at the Caritas Building, Mount St. Vincent

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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