eBulletin — Sunday. Dec. 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent: Anticipation


  • St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar
  • Return of the Anonymous Couple
  • Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s
  • Bethlehem@Barrington Christmas Eve service wants singers
  • Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts
  • Gifts With Vision catalogue in the sanctuary
  • AcabellA Handbell Choir road show
  • Thanks to …
  • If  you missed Sunday …
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club meeting Dec. 20
  • Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar

Fri. Dec. 16                  Lunch Bunch Holiday Song at 12:30 pm, Halifax Public Library

Sat. Dec. 17                 Sing-through for Bethlehem@Barrington, 10 am

Sun. Dec. 18                Advent IV. Choral Christmas Service with AcabellA Handbells

Christmas Breakfast in the lower hall, 8 am

Sing-through for Bethlehem@Barrington, after church

Christmas Eve             Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity Service, 6:30 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm

Christmas Day             Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am

New Year’s Day           Service, 10:30 am, with New Year’s Levee following


Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm

Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8–9:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)

Return of the Anonymous Couple

This year the Anonymous Couple has pledged to match the congregation’s year-end contributions up to a total of $15,000. To qualify, donations from the congregation should be over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. An influx of $15,000 from the congregation, matched by the Anonymous Couple, would greatly improve our financial position at the end of 2017. Remember that contributions that support operating costs (heat, lights, etc) also support the worthy outreach work of the church, including the Out of the Cold Shelter, the Circus Circle for youth at risk, the Sunday breakfast, and addiction recovery groups.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s

Gifts for the Sunday breakfast guests – White Gifts can be brought to the church any morning this week, and they will be distributed on Sun. Dec. 18. Gifts should be identified by size and gender.

Bake cookies for the Special Christmas Breakfast – Donations of homemade cookies are needed for the special Christmas breakfast on Dec. 18. Cookies can be dropped off at the church hall on Sat. Dec. 17 between 1–3 pm during set-up. Pick-up can be arranged with Michelle Jensen, at (902) 420-9769 or email woodengiant@hotmail.com

Christmas Morning Breakfast – There will be a Sunday breakfast on Dec. 25. If you would like to help prepare and serve breakfast on Christmas morning, please contact Michelle Jensen.

Socks for Phoenix Shelter for Youth – We donate socks to at-risk youth who are served by Phoenix Shelters in Halifax. Donations can be left at the back of the sanctuary.

Knitting and Crocheting – If you have some spare time, knit or crochet scarves, hats, mitts or socks for the Advent Knitting Tree and help keep a shelter guest warm this winter.

Bethlehem@Barrington: Christmas Eve Live Nativity Service

A St. Matthew’s tradition that brings the Christmas story to life with drama, rewritten pop hits, and a band – plus our beautiful Tia Maria the Donkey. Sing-throughs will be on Sat. Dec. 17 at 10 am and Sun. Dec. 18 after church. Dress rehearsal will be early in the week before Christmas.

Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts!

At coffee hour during Advent, Zatoun products – olive oil, spices, and soap – will be available for purchase, so be sure to bring your wallet to church! Zatoun is an organization that sells fair trade products from Palestine to support farmers in the struggle for their livelihood and land. Proceeds also support an arts and education program for young people and make it possible to plant olive trees inside Palestine, where many have been destroyed during the occupation. For information contact Janet Copeland, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-445-5906.

Gifts With Vision

The United Church of Canada has a catalogue entitled “Gifts With Vision” for those interested in donating to the church’s peace and justice programs as alternative gifts. Copies are available in the sanctuary. Honour family , friends, or any life occasion or season by purchasing a gift that will help others – “It’s an awesome way to purchase a gift for people whose only real need is a better world.”

AcabellA Handbell Choir

The choir has been on the road recently, participating in the RCCO Carolfest concert and playing at the Black Cultural Centre in Dartmouth. The bell choir will be at the Keshen Goodman Library on Dec. 18 at 2:30 pm. And YOU can hear them on Sunday Dec. 18 in the morning at St. Matthew’s during the annual Christmas music service

Thanks to ...

  • Members of the Worship and Music Committee and friends for decorating the sanctuary for the Christmas season. Special thanks to Juanita of South End Florist, who generously tied more than a dozen festive red ribbon bows that are mounted on the pillars.
  • Gail Jay and Shirley McInnes, who have been making arrangements for poinsettias to decorate the church, and to all who have purchased flowers in memory/honour of a loved one. After the special music service on Dec. 18 many of the plants will be brought to shut-ins of the congregation by the Pastoral Care Committee.
  • Everyone who brought White Gifts on Sunday.
  • All involved in the monthly Sunday afternoon service at Melville Heights.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude            Preludes on “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Still, Still, Still”    arr. Mark Hayes

Reading           Luke 1:39-55

Anthem           Let Me Love You, O Christ                  Ronald Turner

Sunday School Pageant           The Story of Saint Nicholas

Written by Anne Fay and organized by Kim, Kathy, Amber, Anne, Robert, Stephen, Tim, Noella, and Molly. Featuring Josh, Emma, Madeleine, Malcolm, Matthew, Anna, Rachel, Olivia, Aiden, Avery.

Postlude           Postlude on “The Holly and the Ivy”  Richard Shephard

St. Matthew’s Book Club

The next meeting will be Tuesday Dec. 20 at 2 pm at the Bedford Basin Farmers Market (formerly Farmer Clem’s), 397 Bedford Highway. This month’s book is Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay. For more information contact Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or Hope Toumishey at 902-0477-2773, hope@ns.sympatico.ca

Atlantic School of Theology Continuing Education Opportunities – Winter term 2017

Registration details at http://www.astheology.ns.ca/con-ed/index.html

The Social Gospel: Hastening the Kingdom of God

January–February 2017 (6 weeks), Online course with instructor Dr. Rob Fennell. Cost $100 ($120 with a CEU certificate). This non-credit program offers you an exploration of the distinctive themes and applications of the social gospel movement, its theology, and its place in Canadian church and society. The movement’s relationship to liberation theology and other disciplines (economics and sociology) and the contemporary renewal of the social gospel will be of special interest.

Reading Each Other’s Scriptures

January–March 2017 (8 weeks), On Campus course Tuesdays 6–8:30 pm with instructor Dr. David MacLachlan. Cost $100. Besides getting to know the scriptures of other religious faiths, students will also explore how the scriptures function in their various communities and worship services. Guest lecturers will represent various religious communities. Readings are optional, and there are no assignments for continuing education students.

In the Community

Lunch Bunch Holiday Song Open Rehearsal – Fri. Dec. 16 at 12:30 pm, Paul O”Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Christmas carols and music for all to enjoy. The Lunch Bunch Choir, directed by Wayne Rogers, is an outreach initiative of St. Matthew’s for those working downtown who enjoy singing. Free admission, complimentary hot cider.

Helios Vocal Ensemble – Sat. Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm, Christmas concert and CD launch at St George’s Round Church.

Messiah from Scratch – Tue. Dec. 27, Faith Tabernacle, corner Windsor and Summit streets. The 37th annual singalong Messiah, featuring the Chebucto Symphony and conductor Eszter Horvath. $10 participation fee, all proceeds go to Feed Nova Scotia and other charities. Rehearsal at 2 pm, performance at 3:15 pm, open to all.





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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