eBulletin — Sunday, Feb. 4, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Please keep in your prayers …
  • Student Minister covenanting
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • The Observer subscriptions
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Thu. Feb. 9                  – Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Sun. Feb. 26                 – Pancake Lunch, after church (for Shrove Tuesday)

– Quarterly meetings of Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board


Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6 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)

Please keep in your prayers …

Helga and Bob Mills, mourning the death of Helga’s brother in Ontario.

Student Minister covenanting

Last Sunday we welcomed to our new AST student minister, Keith Wiseman. Keith will be with us for 6 hrs/week for three semesters until spring 2018. He is a Newfoundlander with extensive lay leadership experience (and he loves to sing). Keith will participate in Sunday services, and contribute to the life of the congregation in various ways over this semester. The covenanting service included the introduction of Keith’s Lay Support Committee: Jocelyn Covert, Matthew Fraser, Ted Luther, Rev. Bob Mills, and Rev. Betsy Hogan.

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:

  • Ground decaf coffee
  • Fabric steamer
    • Bus tickets
  • Large clear garbage bags
    • Tim Horton’s cards ($5 value each)
    •  Sweatpants
    •  Juice boxes
    •  Men’s jeans (particularly sizes 32, 34, 36, 38)
    •  Underwear for men and women
    •  Long johns

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                        Suite Liturgique I, II, and III     Denis Bédard

Introit                          Let Thy Clear Light Shine        W.A. Mozart

Reading                       Matthew 5: 13- 20

Hymns                         Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

As a Fire is Meant for Burning

Go to the World

Anthem                       Be Thou My Vision      Stephen Hatfield

Postlude                      Suite Liturgique           Denis Bédard

The Observer subscriptions

The Observer keeps members and friends of the United Church of Canada aware of activities in the church regionally, nationally, and globally. It is published 11 times a year and delivered to your home or office. It consistently wins awards for the quality of the writing, layout, and photography. One of its new partnerships is with The Walrus magazine.

If you haven’t read the Observer recently, you should. You might find a thoughtful article on the spiritual-but-not-religious generation – or a critique of Canada’s immigration policy – or an interview with a leading new-age thinker – or a letter to the editor from Rev. Betsy Hogan. Subscribers from St. Matthew’s find the new Observer is a worthwhile read at a time when humanism, faith, justice, and spirituality are needed more than ever.

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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. 25, Tue. May 16

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11

In the Community

Bereavement Support — After a brief break for the holiday season, bereavement counselling is again being 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.

Lecture by Kwame Anthony Appiah – Thu. Feb. 9 at 7 pm, Alumni Hall, University of King’s College, 6530 Coburg Road. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, in partnership with the Segelberg Trust, the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University, and the University of King’s College, present Kwame Anthony Appiah, one of the world’s most influential voices, named a Global Thought Leader in 2015 by the World Post. He is Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University; was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 public intellectuals; and is an internationally recognized speaker and bestselling author. His topic is “Sharing with Strangers: Compassion through the Arts and Humanities in an Age of Globalization.” With the rise of the modern nation state, humans have come to identify with large collections of people: Canadians with Canada, Chinese with China, Americans with the United States. That identification is possible because citizens absorb national narratives and participate in national cultures. So history, literature, sports and the arts are central to the unity of a nation. Because citizens are too numerous and too various for them to know one another, this unity, and care for one another, has to be made in the imagination. In a globalizing world we need a sense of shared global citizenship. And it, too, must be found through the cultural work of the imagination.  Free admission.


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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