eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, Christmas and New Year Edition

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Revelation

Last edition of 2016 – the eBulletin will return in January


  • St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar
  • New Year’s Day Levee at St. Matthew’s
  • Year-end financial matters
  • Church calendars available
  • Sharing the Christmas spirit
  • Thanks to …
  • If  you missed Sunday …
  • Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar

Christmas Eve           Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity service (indoors), 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, followed by a New Year’s Levee

New Year’s Day Levee

There will be a New Year’s Day Levee at St. Matthew’s following the Jan. 1 service, from 11:30-12:30. The doors will be open to receive visitors from all over the city, with refreshments provided by our Fellowship Committee and organ music by Matthew Fraser.

Our neighbor, the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, will be hosting a Canada 150 launch and levee from 11 am until 12:30 pm. St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica and Archbishop Mancini will also host a levee, beginning at 11 am.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s

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.

Gifts With Vision – The United Church of Canada has a “Gifts With Vision” catalogue for those interested in donating to the church’s peace and justice programs as an alternative to gift-giving. Copies are available in the sanctuary. “It’s an awesome way to purchase a gift for people whose only real need is a better world.”

Year-end financial matters

Tax year-end – In order to be processed and credited in the 2016 financial/tax year, donations must be received at St. Matthew’s by Friday, Dec. 30. Dora McGrath will be at the church that Friday from 8 am to noon for anyone wishing to make a year-end contribution. She can process Visa and Mastercard payments at that time.

Return of the Anonymous Couple – St. Matthew’s has an Anonymous Couple who have 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 – and we are about halfway there.

Please support this initiative if you can. Your contributions toward 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.

Church calendars       

The 2017 Church calendars are available at the office for $5.

Thanks to …

  • The breakfast teams and volunteers who organized Sunday’s Christmas Breakfast for approximately 75 guests. Heartfelt thanks to all who shopped, set up, prepared and served food, cleaned up, and coordinated gifts and cookie/goodie bags. Also to those who contributed gifts and cookies, Marion Innes who said Grace, and Matthew Fraser who played the piano for the enjoyment of all.  It was a festive time of food and fellowship and we appreciate the support of everyone who contributed.
  • Wayne Rogers, St. Matthew’s Choir, AcabellA, cellist John Stearns, and pianist Jill Rafuse for their leadership during last week’s Christmas music service
  • Gail Jay and Jean Hattie, who coordinated the poinsettias this year. Many purchased poinsettias in memory or in honor of loved ones, and these are decorating the sanctuary during the Christmas season (see the complete list at the end of the eBulletin). Other plants have been delivered to shut-ins of the congregation by the Pastoral Care Committee.
  • The staff at St. Matthew’s – Betsy, Wayne, Dora, Mike and Danielle – who work so hard to make the services, facilities, and administration so meaningful at Christmas and always

If you missed last Sunday …

Handbell Preludes      

Away in a Manger                  Cradle Song/Valerie W. Stephenson

Still, Still, Still                          Trad. Austrian/Susan T. Nelson


Luke 2:1-14

Matthew 2: 1-15 excerpts

How the Grinch Stole Christmas excerpts      Dr. Seuss

This is No Time                       Madeleine L’Engle

Handbell Anthems

Carol of the Huron                  16th century Canadian carol/Winnagene Hatch

Coventry Carol                        arr. Keith Bur

Choir Anthems

Ding, Dong! Merrily on High  Traditional

Watt’s Cradle Hymn               Richard Shephard

Sleep, Child of Winter from Stella Natalis     Karl Jenkins

The Hands that First Held Mary’s Child          Dan Forrest

Handbell Postlude

Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella         Trad. French/Cynthia Dobrinksi


Atlantic School of Theology Continuing Education Opportunities – Winter term 2017

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.

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

In the Community

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.


Christmas Flowers were placed in the church in loving memory of …

Mr. and Mrs. B.J. Abbott, by Carl Abbott

Dr. Karen Mann, by Carl Abbott

Stewart Anderson, by Joyce Anderson and children, Stewart, Ruth and Joyce

Douglas & Emma Arklie, and Joan Arklie, by Margaret Arklie

Jean Gregory, Phyllis Mitchell, and other deceased choir members, by Molly Austen

Kathleen and Douglas Avison, and Donald and Lucy Black, by Fred and Anne Black

John and Alice Bowlby, and Catherine and Thomas Dalton, by Paul Bowlby and Anne Marie Dalton

Olive and Frank Cox, by Avon Cox

Bob Hattie, by his sisters Joan MacKinnon, Jean Hattie and Judy Cowan

Rudd and Betty Hattie, by their daughters, Joan MacKinnon, Jean Hattie and Judy Cowan

Our grandparents, by Paula and Cupido Daniels

Jean and Dr. Daniel M. Grant, by Jim Grant

Huntley and Margaret Grant, by Marion Innes

Knud and Birgit Jensen and grandparents, David and Alice Henn and Robert, Margaret and Laura Love, by Michelle and Jan Jensen

James A. A. MacKinnon, a loving husband and father, by Joan and Heather

Robert and Mabel Kent, and Reginald and Dorothy MacKay, by Gordon and Sue Kent

Marion and Ron Kirby, by the Kirby Family

Stewart McInnes, by Shirley McInnes

Our parents, by Bob and Helga Mills

  1. C. F. Moors and Marjorie Moors, love always from son, Ken

Rev. Bill “Fleet” Matthews, by the Moors family

Mrs. Florence Caddell, by the Moors family

Mr. Robert M. “Bob” Murray and Vera Murray, by the Moors family

Husband Lt. Col. David Morgan, by Jean Morgan

Rev. David C. I. Morgan, by Jean Morgan

Carl and Nancy Bowers, by Jean Morgan

Norman and Betty Gregory, by Jean Morgan

Edith Murray, by son Robert Murray

Rev. David C.I. Morgan, by Rev. Carolyn Nicholson

Jean and Doug Hemeon and Isabel and Chester Rafuse, by Jill Rafuse

Dean and Evelyn Salsman, by their daughter Lyn Salsman Waller and family

Our mom, Carole Saunders, by the Saunders family

Bill McDowall, by Dora Stinson

Bill MacLennan, by Dora Stinson

Daughter Sandra Toumishey, by her mother Hope Toumishey

Howard Wallace, by John and Brenda Wallace

Dorothy and Irwin Morgan, and Lt. Col. David Morgan, by John and Brenda Wallace

Helen Bowers and Walter Bowers, by John and Brenda Wallace

Frank and Laura Wellard, by Hilary Wellard

Hazel and Milton Worthen, by Janice Worthen

And in honour of the staff of St. Matthew’s who keep things running so smoothly, by John & Rev. Karen Pearce




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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