eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017. Palm Sunday


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Holy Week at St. Matthew’s
  • Extending condolences …
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Important Message re parking behind the church
  • Student Minister News
  • Custodian
  • 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. 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

Mon. Apr. 17               Funeral Service for the late Fred Black, 3 pm

Tue. Apr. 18                St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see note)

Sun. Apr. 23                 Executive of Official Board, after church

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


Holy Thursday Potluck and Seder: Thu. Apr. 13, 5:30–7 pm

Our Holy Thursday service will begin with an all-ages potluck supper in the sanctuary – just bring yourself and something to share – which will gently morph into a remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, following the traditions of the Passover Seder.

Good Friday Choral Service: Fri. Apr. 14, 7:30–8:30 pm

A quiet and moving service, centred on unaccompanied choral music and familiar words and symbols of Good Friday.

Easter Sunrise Service: Easter Sunday Apr. 16, 7 am with light breakfast

Weather permitting, we gather on the South Lawn (near the glass doors) to greet Easter Sunrise with a brief service of joy, celebration, and song, before retiring indoors for a light breakfast. If it is inclement, everything happens in the Church Parlour (just inside the glass doors).

Easter Sunday Celebration of the Resurrection: Sunday Apr. 16, 10:30 am

A joyful service including Symphony Brass, Choir, Communion, and a Singalong Hallelujah Chorus


Extending condolences …

To Anne Black and her family, mourning the death of husband, father, and grandfather Fred Black. Funeral service will be held at St. Matthew’s on Mon. Apr. 17 at 3 pm.

St. Matthews’ Book Club

The next meeting is on Tue. Apr. 18  at 2 pm at 7 Covington Way. We will be discussing How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny.

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.

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!


The Board of Stewards is pleased to announce that Wayne Lynch has accepted our offer of employment as custodian. The position was well-advertised and attracted interest from more than 130 applicants. Wayne was selected after interviews were held last week.

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.

If you missed last Sunday … Sixth Sunday of Lent: Faithfulness

Prelude                                                Music from Jesus Christ, Superstar    Andrew Lloyd Webber

Call to Worship                                   Matthew 21: 1-9

Music from Jesus Christ, Superstar


Everything’s Alright

Last Supper


Peter’s Denial

Pilate’s Dream


Could We Start Again?

Thank you to Robert Murray, Wayne Rogers, Karla Bruce, Jolene Pattison, and Sunday’s performers and band.

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                             Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Sept. 10 at East Pennant

Potluck Church                                                Tue. May 16

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 a sale of one of her 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 at http://www.novavoce.com/

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.

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 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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