eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 Advent II


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help
  • 6-50-80-100-150 Celebration Concert Dec. 13
  • Bethlehem@Barrington Choir meets Dec. 17
  • Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s – Poinsettia deadline Fri. Dec. 15
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Thanks for the memory: From the Ashes commemoration of the Halifax Explosion
  • Lost purse
  • Jean Hattie claims Chip Cookie Baking honours
  • Congratulations to …
  • Need a new calendar for 2018?
  • Condolences to ….
  • Out of the Cold Shelter open – How can you help?
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Wed. Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm, Terry Hurrell and Friends concert in the sanctuary

Sun. Dec. 17    – 10:30 am, Advent III: Choral Christmas service (singing and ringing)

– 2:30 pm, AcabellA Handbells at Keshen Goodman Library

Tue. Dec. 19    – 2 pm, Book Club meeting at 3664 St. Paul’s Street

Christmas Eve – 7:30 am, Christmas Breakfast

– 10:30 am, Advent IV

– 6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service

– 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Service

Christmas Day – 10:30 am, Christmas carol service


The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help!

Please support the Anonymous Couple campaign in the coming weeks. In order to take advantage of this generous offer to match new donations up to $15,000, the congregation still needs to contribute more than $10,000 before the end of 2017.

A reminder about the church’s financial position – The church does a good job of managing expenses, but salaries, utilities, maintenance of old buildings, and other routine costs still exceed our revenue. Every year St. Matthew’s needs to withdraw money from the principal of the Endowment Fund in order to cover operating costs. This is not sustainable, nor is it good stewardship. The Board of Stewards needs us to “live within our means” as much as possible while maintaining our focus on outreach and community support.

Unbudgeted expenditures this year included stained glass window repair, creating a small kitchenette in the Minister’s Office, sanctuary modifications for accessibility to Fellowship Time, and buttress work. All contributions to operating costs (heat, lights, etc.) also support outreach,  including the Out of the Cold Shelter, the Circus Circle for youth at risk, the Sunday breakfast, and addiction recovery groups.

The Anonymous Couple will match up to $15,000  in contributions that are over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. Donations can be left in the offering plate marked “Anonymous Couple” or dropped off at the church office.

One convenient way to support the church is by share transfer of an equity from your stock portfolio. You get a charitable receipt and pay no capital gains tax. For further information on this option, contact Dan Campbell.

6-50-80-100-150 Celebration Concert Wednesday

On Wed. Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm, St. Matthew’s sanctuary, join Terry Hurrell and Friends for a fun evening of music, humour, and nostalgia. Enjoy the tales of Albert and the Lion, King Arthur, King Herod, and more. Music includes Broadway favorites and audience singalong selections. Guest performers are Karla Bruce, Harold Gaudet, Dale & Sarah Letcher, Nicole Moore, Judy Patterson, Jolene Pattison, Mike Tremblay, and Ann Watkins. Accompanist is Scott Taylor and Compere is Olga Milosevich. Freewill offering will support St. Matthew’s Outreach.

Bethlehem@Barrington Choir meets on Sunday

Lo, all interested singers who would like to be part of B@B 2017 – the live nativity service on Christmas Eve at 6:30 pm, featuring relyriced pop tunes – are summoned into rehearsal on Sun. Dec. 17 at noon, after the church service and Fellowship time.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s – Poinsettia deadline Fri. Dec. 15

Poinsettias – If you would like to order a poinsettia ($20) to decorate the church during the Advent season, please contact the church office, 902-423-9209, by Friday, Dec. 15. Many of the poinsettias will be brought to shut-ins of the congregation as Christmas gifts.

Gifts for Sunday Breakfast – Shop for a Christmas gift for a guest of the Sunday Breakfast program. Identify who the gift is for (man or woman) and indicate the size. Gifts can be left at the church by Fri. Dec. 22 so they can be given on Dec. 24. If shopping for clothes isn’t your thing, bus tickets and coffee or fast food gift cards ($5-$10) are always welcome.

Bake cookies for the Christmas Breakfast Dec. 24 – Donations of homemade cookies are requested to give to our breakfast guests at the special Christmas breakfast on Dec. 24. Cookies can be dropped off at the church hall on Sat. Dec. 23 between 1-3 pm during set-up. Frozen cookies can also be given to Michelle Jensen at church on Sun. Dec. 17. Pick-up can be arranged, if needed.

Gifts With Vision – To support Mission and Service AND get some great Christmas gift-giving ideas for loved ones who already have everything they need, visit www.giftswithvision.ca. The United Church of Canada developed this giving catalogue in response to member requests to be able to give gifts to relatives, friends, and loved ones that are in direct support of the church’s Mission & Service partners across Canada and around the world.

St. Matthew’ Book Club Dec. 19

St. Matthew’s Book Club meets on Tuesday Dec. 19 at 2 pm at 3664 St. Paul’s St. to discuss “The Blue Tattoo” by Steven Laffoley. For more information contact Elaine Murray, edamur50@gmail.com, or Janet Copeland, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca (902-445-5906).

Thanks for the memory: “From The Ashes” commemoration of the Halifax Explosion

St. Matthew’s was sold out for the From The Ashes concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion on Wed. Dec. 6 at 8 pm. Featured music was the Fauré Requiem sung by the 48-voice St. Matthew’s Chorale, accompanied by chamber orchestra, organ, and harp, as well as The Halifax Explosion, a commemorative choral work written by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle and accompanied by Dean Bradshaw. Wayne Rogers was the conductor, and Rev. Betsy Hogan was responsible for the concept and archival photographs.

The poignant and hugely successful concert would not have been possible without the assistance of many people, including John, Brenda and Craig Wallace; Marg Arklie; Wayne Lynch; Matthew and David Fraser; Barbara Bickle; Dora McGrath and Ted MacNeil; the St. Matthew’s Choir; and Jill Rafuse.

Special and sincere thanks to the following who offered financial support: Gary Aitchison, Raymond and Bertha Provencher, Margaret and Alan Sagar, Wayne Rogers, Gordon and Elaine Murray, Dora and Ted MacNeil, Agnes MacDonald, Cam and Hazel Reid,  Laura Stiles-Clarke, Cheryl Fraser, Greg Bent, Pauline Mann, Molly Austen, Amber Gareau, Elizabeth Snell, Kevin and Lyn Waller, Joan MacKinnon, Ted and Donna Luther, Jean Hattie, Carol Abbott, Marg Arklie, Deborah Baker, Gary Brooks, Fred Donaldson, Peter Sodero, Craig and Gayle Reiner, Anne-Marie Dalton and Paul Bowlby, Anne Black, Jill Rafuse, Tim Matthews, and Marion Innes.

Lost Purse

LOST, a week ago at St. Matt’s – a red purse containing a small pink notebook, phone, and personal items. Important sentimental value. If found and returned to St. Matt’s with contents, no questions asked – cash reward. Call 902-423-9209.

Jean Hattie wins the Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge

Jean Hattie emerged as the champion chocolate chip cookie manufacturer during Fellowship Time on Dec. 10. She bested 11 other contestants to claim the Cookie Monster for 2017. The real winner was the Out of the Cold Shelter, which received more than 40 dozen cookies to distribute. Thanks to the Adjudi-tasters (Molly Austen, Craig Reiner, and Heather Clarke) and all the contestants – and to Gordon and Elaine Murray for spearheading this fun event.

Congratulations to …

Jillian, Justin and Leo Hartlen, as well as grandparents Kim and Ken Moors and uncle Mike Moors, who welcomed their newest family member, Hailey Isabella Hartlen, on Dec. 4.

Need a new calendar for 2018?

Canadian church calendars ($5) are available in the church office or from Marg Arklie in the choir.

Condolences to …

The family of the late Pierre Perron, who died last Friday. Pierre was a prominent choir director, former music director at Fort Massey United Church, and retired Dalhousie University professor. He was able to attend a celebration of his own life a few weeks ago at First Baptist, where friends and musicians from the province gathered to pay tribute to him. He leaves to mourn his wife, Margaret, and son, Vincent.

Out of the Cold Shelter in operation – How can you help?

You can make sandwiches – Each Thursday members of the congregation make sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter. See Jean Hattie if you can help during February or March.

You can donate money – St. Matthew`s provides space, heat, lights, washroom facilities, etc. for guests. Your donations to St. Matthew`s help cover the operating costs that allow the shelter to stay open for 5 months of the year.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude (Wayne Rogers, organ)  –  Meditation on Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (arr. Diane Bish)

Reading – Isaiah 11:1-6

Reading – Luke 2: 1-20


Angels from the Realms of Glory

There’s a Voice in the Wilderness


It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Angels We Have Heard on High

O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger

Postlude (Matthew Fraser, organ) Mary Had A Baby    Andrew Gant

Special thanks to Sunday School teachers and parents, and all the children – Heather, Josh, Emma, Madeleine, Aiden, Malcolm, Rachel, Anna, Olivia, and the little sheep of the Nursery Class – for their wonderful retelling of “The Left Behind Shepherd”, adapted from a work by Barry Bergen. The Sunday School pageant with its excitement, surprises, splendid performances, and endearing costumes, is a highlight of the Advent season. Thanks to Amber Gareau, Kim Moors, Kathy Woods, Anne Fay, Laura Stiles-Clarke, Noella Whelan, and Tim Covert for their work on the Sunday School presentation, and to carol accompanist Matthew Fraser.

In the Community

Rejouissance 8th annual Olde World Christmas Concert – Wed. Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm at Bethany United Church at the Rotary, featuring 15 centuries of carols and German baroque masterworks. Preferred table seating $30 each or tickets $25 adult, $15 student, and $60 family. Call 902-455-0521 to reserve.

Christmas Art Show – Nov. 24 to Dec. 16 at Bedford Place Mall. Landscapes, seascapes, animals, buildings, birds, tall ships – enjoy your shopping during mall hours. The artists include Hazel Reid of our congregation, along with Christine MacDonald, Ghislane Fecteau, Myrna Landers, Dorothy McCarron, John McGrath, Ernie Gardiner, Rene Brousseau, Cheryl Bagnell, Carol Fraser, and Jean Watson.

Children’s International Global Villages CISV Halifax – The first CISV opportunity will be an interchange to Paris for boys ages 12-13. The exact dates are to be finalized, but are expected to be in July. We already have part of this delegation in place but are looking for 2 more boys to join and match with the delegates in Paris. Your boy will travel with a leader and 5 other children, and stay in a CISV house in Paris with a boy matched to you via a survey of your likes and dislikes. That boy will also come to Halifax to stay in your house. You must be a member of CISV Halifax to apply. For more information: Local Interchange coordinator Heidi Carr, or Lyn Waller of our congregation (Halifax@ca.cisv.org)

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the temporary offices of Halifax Hospice, 1471 Carlton St, near the Just Us! Coffee location on Spring Garden Road. 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.

St. Matthew’s Activities


Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8 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

Melville Heights Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge

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

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays at noon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday in the afternoon, private homes

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at noon

Potluck Church – Wed. Jan. 17, 2018; Thu. Mar 29, 2018 (Seder)



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         2018 – Mar. 18, June 3

Executive of Official Board                          2018 – Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 20

Worship and Music Committee                 TBA

Congregational Meeting (budget)              2018 – June 10



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 Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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