eBulletin — Sunday Feb. 26, 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. Mar. 2                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon

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

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

Sun. Mar. 19               Worship and Music Committee, after church


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 is a peanut-free space. OTCS cannot accept donations including mouthwash, aftershave, or hand sanitizer. OTCS maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as well as the website. In addition to donations of clean clothing, current needs include:

Bus tickets       •          Sweatpants, pyjama pants, track pants for men and women

Juice boxes      •          Underwear for men and women
To-Go cups      •          Granola bars

Donations can be made Monday_Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. 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                        Prière à Notre-Dame             Leon Boëllmann

Introit                          Let Thy Clear Light Shine        W.A. Mozart

Reading                       Matthew 7:12-29

Sermon                        Grounded in Covenant

Hymns                         Let Us Build a House

The Lord’s My Shepherd

You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd

Anthem                       O Jesus, Every Moment          Philip W. J. Stopford

Postlude                      Menuet Gothique        Leon Boëllmann


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 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

Drivers and Dynamics of the Syrian Crisis – Thu. Mar. 2 at 6:30 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. This presentation addresses the trajectory and possible futures of the Syrian crisis, highlighting the overlapping conflicts that have produced one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time. Guest speaker is Samer Abboud, an Associate Professor of International Studies at Arcadia University, Philadelphia. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Syrian Studies at the University of St. Andrews and has served as a fellow at the Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin as well as Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Dr. Abboud has published extensively on Syria in popular and academic venues, including a book on the conflict entitled Syria. Free admission.

Halifax Camerata Singers present Halifax 1917: From Dreams to Despair – Sat. Mar. 25 at 7:30 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Featuring Rhapsody Quintet and Jeremy Webb, actor, this eclectic concert explores the music, culture, and history of Halifax in the months leading up to the Explosion that devastated the city. It also includes the premiere of a special piece commissioned from Halifax’s Chris Palmer to mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, made possible by a grant from the city. For information, see Jill Rafuse in the St. Matthew’s choir. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student/underwaged available at www.tickethalifax.com

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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