eBulletin — Sunday Feb. 19, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community


St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Thu. Feb. 23                Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Sun. Feb. 26                 Quarterly meetings of Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board

Sun. Mar. 5                 Pancake Lunch, after church (for a belated Shrove Tuesday)

Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary




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

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors)

Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm

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



Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs

The Out of the Cold Shelter maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as well as its website. Current requests are for:

  • Bus tickets
  • Sweatpants, pyjama pants, track pants for men and women
  • Juice boxes
    • Underwear for men and women
    •  Winter footwear


If you have any questions about OTCS needs, please contact Ben, the Shelter Coordinator. He can be reached by email at halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com and by phone at 902-429-6518.


If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude                        Rhosymedre    Ralph Vaughan Williams

Introit                          Let Thy Clear Light Shine        W.A. Mozart

Reading                       Matthew 6: 24-34

Sermon                        Of Birds and Lilies and Choices

Hymns                         Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

He Leadeth Me

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

Anthem                       Let My Prayer Rise Up                        Marty Haugen

Postlude                      Hyfrydol          Ralph Vaughan Williams


Meeting Schedule 2017

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 Feb. 26, June 4

Executive of Official Board                             Mar. 26, Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Mar. 19

Potluck Church                                                Wed. Mar. 15, Tue. May 16

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11


In the Community

Bereavement Support

Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the site of Halifax Hospice, 618 Francklyn Street. 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.




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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