eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 Advent 1


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • From The Ashes concert Dec. 6 at 8 pm
  • Lost purse
  • The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge Sunday
  • Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s – White Gift Sunday Dec. 10
  • 6-50-80-100-150 Celebration Concert Dec. 13
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club Dec. 19.
  • Out of the Cold Shelter in operation – How can you help?
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Wed. Dec. 6    – 12 noon, Service of Remembrance/Action Against Violence Against Women

– 8 pm, From the Ashes concert commemorating the Halifax Explosion

Sat. Dec. 9       – Greening of the Church (with treats)

Sun. Dec. 10    – 10:30 am, Advent II: Sunday School Service and WHITE GIFTS

– After Church, St. Matthew’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

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

Thursdays        – Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour


“From The Ashes” commemoration of the Halifax Explosion – Wednesday 8 pm

Remember the From The Ashes concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion on Wed. Dec. 6 at 8 pm in the sanctuary.

From The Ashes features the Fauré Requiem sung by the 48-voice St. Matthew’s Chorale, accompanied by chamber orchestra, organ, and harp. The choir will also perform the world premiere of The Halifax Explosion, a commemorative choral work written by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle and accompanied by Dean Bradshaw.

More than 320 advance tickets have been sold and the church’s capacity is 400, so you are advised to go to www.eventbrite.ca to ensure you can get a ticket. If there is still room, tickets will be $25 at the door on the night of the concert.

Lost Purse

LOST, Sunday morning 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.

The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help!

Please give generously to the Anonymous Couple campaign in the coming weeks. In order to take advantage of this kind offer to match new donations up to $15,000, the congregation still needs to contribute more than $12,000 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 of a resource that was intended to secure the long-term future of the congregation. The Endowment Fund may be required for future redevelopment, so the Board of Stewards wants us to “live within our means” as much as possible while maintaining our focus on outreach and community support.

This year there have been extraordinary expenditures related to 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 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.

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.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge on Sunday

Come Sunday, Advent II for this fun-filled baking challenge. Judging of the best chocolate chip cookies WITHOUT NUTS will begin during Fellowship Time, after church. Contestants are asked to choose their 4 best cookies and put them on the special plate that is provided for the Adjudi-tasters (Molly Austen, Craig Reiner, and Heather Clarke). The rest of the batch should go in a freezer bag for the Out of the Cold Shelter.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s – White Gift Sunday Dec. 10

Poinsettias – If you would like to order a poinsettia ($20) to decorate the church during the Advent season, perhaps in memory of a loved one, please see Gail Jay during Fellowship Time. Many of the poinsettias will be brought to shut-ins of the congregation as Christmas gifts.

White Gifts for Sunday Breakfast – White Gift Sunday is Dec. 10! 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 brought to church for presentation as a White Gift on Sun. Dec. 10 or 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.

6-50-80-100-150 Celebration Concert

On Wed. Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm, St. Matthew’s sanctuary, join Terry Hurrell and guests (including Albert!) for a fun evening of music, humour, and nostalgia. 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. Admission by donation with all proceeds going to the church’s Outreach Programs.

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).

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

You can make sandwiches – Since 2011 members of St. Matthew’s have been making sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter each Thursday. Jean Hattie is coordinating the project again this year. On Sunday during coffee hour Jean will have sign-up sheets so volunteers can choose a Thursday that is convenient. Each volunteer makes and wraps two loaves of sandwiches – Jean will provide instructions.

You can donate money – St. Matthew`s partners with the Out of the Cold Shelter to provide 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  –  Veni Emmanuel (Mark Himmelman)

Reading – Luke 1: 26-38


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

To A Maid Whose Name was Mary

Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

Sermon – Let It Be

Anthem – Gabriel’s Message   Basque Carol

Postlude Postlude on Winchester New        Malcolm Archer


In the Community

Open House Atlantic School of Theology – Wed. Dec. 6 from 4-6 pm at 640 Francklyn Street. On the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, AST will delve into the history of its 1898 building, which served as a convalescent home for children after the tragedy. There will be a display of photos depicting the impact of the explosion on local churches. Visitors can learn more about the campus renewal plan and restoration of the 1898 building. RSVP by email at advancement@astheology.ns.ca or by telephone, 902-496-7943.

6th annual Christmas on the Grand Parade  – Mon. Dec. 11 at 7 pm at St. Paul`s Anglican Church on the Grand Parade (storm date Tue. Dec. 12). Christmas on the Grand Parade brings together community members from all backgrounds and walks of life and features readings, choir selections, and Christmas hymns of the season, in the wonderful, seasonally-decorated backdrop of the oldest building in Halifax. 75 minutes in length. Reception to follow. Free admission.

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  – Second 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)              June 10, 2018



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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