eBulletin — Sunday. Dec. 17, 2017 Advent III

Advent III – Anticipation

  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • The Anonymous Couple campaign
  • Sharing the Christmas spirit – Breakfast gifts, cookies needed by Dec. 23
  • Condolences to ….
  • Congratulations to …
  • A few thank-yous …
  • Need a new calendar for 2018?
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Thursday suppers  NEW**
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

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

Sun. Dec. 31    – 10:30 am, worship service with choir


The Anonymous Couple campaign

Please support the Anonymous Couple campaign. 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.

Our financial position – Salaries, utilities, maintenance of old buildings, and other routine costs still exceed our revenue. 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.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit – Gifts, cookies for breakfast deadline Sat. Dec. 23

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. Organizers need your gifts by Sat. Dec. 23. If shopping for clothes isn’t your thing, bus tickets and coffee or fast food gift cards ($5-$10) are always welcome.

Cookie donations for the Christmas Breakfast Dec. 24 – Donations of homemade cookies are needed for 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..

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.

Condolences to …

The family of the late Doug Kirby, who attended St. Matthew’s with his father, Ron Kirby, and was a keen supporter of the Breakfast Program. Doug died suddenly last week. Please keep his brothers Lee and Jeff and their families in your prayers. There will be a visitation at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., on Thu. Dec. 21 from 5-8 pm; a memorial service will be held sometime in 2018.

Congratulations to …

  • Dora McGrath and Ted MacNeil, married last weekend at home in a small family celebration
  • Joan Conrod, a new grandmother to baby Henry

A few thank-yous ….

Zatoun products – Thank you to everyone who bought Zatoun products during Advent. In only two weeks,  our sales were $312. That  money supports farmers in Palestine by paying them fair trade prices for  their products. As well, $1 from the sale of each bottle of oil goes toward Project Hope, a program that provides art, drama and educational courses for young people in Palestine.   Proceeds also go toward replanting the olive trees in Palestine that were destroyed during occupation of the country. Zatoun products are only available through activist groups, like the United Church, that are working for social justice and peace in Palestine. Thank you again for supporting Zatoun and its work – and thank you, Janet Copeland, for bringing these products to St. Matthew’s.

Terry Hurrell and Friends – On Dec. 13 Terry Hurrell organized an evening of music, humour, and nostalgia, in part to celebrate his own 80th birthday, a lifetime of music-making and music-giving, as well as the Canada 150 celebration year. Guest performers were Karla Bruce, Harold Gaudet, Dale & Sarah Letcher, Nicole Moore, Judy Patterson, Jolene Pattison, Mike Tremblay, and Ann Watkins, with Scott Taylor on piano and Olga Milosevich, compere. The freewill offering raised $500 for St. Matthew’s Outreach.

AcabellA Handbell Choir – Last Sunday, in addition to playing during the morning service, AcabellA Handbells ventured to the Keshen Goodman Library to perform seasonal music. This is an extremely popular concert and a wonderful way for St. Matthew’s to reach out to the community to share the goodwill of the season.

Need a new calendar for 2018?

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

Out of the Cold Shelter – Thursday suppers  NEW**

Starting on Thu. Jan. 4, we are invited to support the Out of the Cold Shelter by providing a hot supper for guests as they arrive. If you are interested in either of the following options, please mention to Betsy or Jean Hattie.

Cooking in – On every second Thursday (Jan. 4 & 18, Feb. 1 & 15, Mar. 1, 15 & 29), volunteers are invited to meet in the church kitchen at 6 pm to prepare a hot supper together. This should take an hour, and we will leave it baking/warming in the kitchen for Shelter volunteers to serve.

Make at home – On alternate Thursdays (Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 8 & 22, Mar. 8 & 22), Jean Hattie is inviting volunteers to sign up to make an assigned casserole (recipe provided) and bring it to the church in the early evening. Casseroles will be kept warm until served by Shelter volunteers.

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

Financial support – St. Matthew`s provides space, heat, lights, washroom facilities, etc. for overnight guests, and during Extreme Cold Weather openings. Your donations to St. Matthew`s help cover these operating costs.

If you missed last Sunday …

Bible Readings – Isaiah 40: 1-11; Luke 1: 39-56

Other readings

BC:AD                             U.A. Fanthorpe

Christmas Eve                         Ethel Pachocki

As if Infancy were the Whole of Incarnation Luci Shaw

This is No Time              Madeleine L’Engle


O Come, All Ye Faithful

Angels We Have Heard on High

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Choral music

Ding Dong! Merrily on High

Christ is Born!             Mark A. Miller

Spotless Ross               Ola Gjeilo

Mary, Did You Know? Buddy Green/Terry Hurrell

Tim Matthews, tenor; Betsy Hogan, flute; Matthew Fraser, piano

Cry Out! Cry Out!        David N. Davenport/Valerie W. Stephenson

Handbell music

News of Great Joy       Arnold B. Sherman

Angels, From the Realms of Glory      Regent Square/Lloyd Larson

Shades of Forest Green           Traditional English/Tim Waugh

Fum, Fun, Fum                        Traditional Spanish/Valerie W. Stephenson

Thanks to readers Rob Murray and Jocelyn Covert, as well as the St. Matthew`s musicians – singers and ringers – for their contribution to our special service of readings and music. And a special thanks to Wayne Rogers, Minister of Music, for putting it all together in one of St. Matthew`s best traditions.

In the Community

Boar`s Head and Yule Log – A festive concert of theatre and music in the English tradition on Fri. Jan. 5 at 7:30 pm, and Sat. Jan. 6 at 4 pm at the Cathedral Church of All Saints. Tickets $25–$100, and $10 for those age 25 and under. Tickets available at tickethalifax.com with 20% of ticket sales going to support Phoenix programs for at-risk youth.

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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