eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017



  • St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar
  • Student Minister joining us
  • Anonymous Couple generosity
  • Walking with Our Sisters
  • The Observer subscriptions
  • Extreme Weather Warming Centre
  • Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs
  • Church calendars and offering envelopes
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar

Thu. Jan. 26                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Sun. Jan. 29                 Worship service, 10:30 am


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)


Student Minister joining us

Welcome 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.

Anonymous Couple generosity

Thanks to all who contributed to the Anonymous Couple campaign at the end of 2016. The congregation donated about $14,000 at year-end (PAR and pledges were excluded), which was matched by the Anonymous Couple – in fact, matched with a bonus $1,000. The Board of Stewards welcomes the year-end boost of a total of $29,000. It is important support as we move into the coldest months and the church is at its busiest. Your contributions, and the generosity of the Anonymous Couple, mean a warm home for the Out of the Cold Shelter, Extreme Weather Warming Centre, circus for at-risk youth, self-help meetings, and our own church activities.

Walking with Our Sisters

Walking with Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation of more than 1800 carefully and beautifully beaded moccasin tops, created by First Nations artists. Each pair represents and honours a First Nations or Métis woman or girl, missing or murdered. This is the only exhibition of Walking with Our Sisters in Atlantic Canada, and it runs until Feb. 1 at Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in the Seton Academic Centre (1st floor), 166 Bedford Highway.

Betsy is planning to visit the exhibition on Sunday, Jan. 29 after church and would welcome company either for the visit, or in her car. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted.  If you would rather go another time, these are the opening hours:

  • Tues. Jan. 24, 11 am to 5 pm
  • Wed. Jan. 25, 11 am to 8 pm
  • Thu. Jan. 26 – Tue. Jan. 31, 11 am to 5 pm (open Mon. Jan. 30)
  • Wed. Feb. 1, 11 am to 2 pm when the Closing Ceremonies take place

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.

In order to control costs, everyone is asked to fill in the following information and send it to the church office (stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca). If you are planning to subscribe, you are encouraged to print this information, and contribute $25 to cover your subscription. Cheques should be payable to St. Matthew’s United Church and marked “Observer”.

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Extreme Weather Warming Centre

St. Matthew’s lower hall, where the Out of the Cold Shelter operates at night, is also serving as an Extreme Weather Warming Centre for the city. The centre opens from 8 am to 8 pm when the temperature (wind-chill) drops to –15-ish and during significant snow or freezing rainfalls. Centre staff are on site to provide hospitality and supervision. Thanks to Leonard Preyra for his work with organizers to make this happen.

Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs

The Out of the Cold Shelter maintains a current list of its needs on Facebook as well as its website. The following items are being accepted in January:

Men’s pyjama bottoms • Towels and face cloths

  • Bus tickets • Tim Horton’s cards ($5 value each) • Juice boxes
  • Frozen juice (the kind you mix with water) • Ground coffee (regular or decaf)
  • Breakfast items (cereal, instant oatmeal, etc.) • Fruit
    • Hand warmers • Lip balm • Art supplies
    • Floor cleaner • Dishwasher detergent • Nail clippers • Large recycling bags

If you have any questions, email halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com or call 902-429-6518. Also, if you have items not on this list, feel free to check in with us – if we can’t use them, we can help redirect you.

Church calendars and Offering envelopes    

The 2017 Church calendars are available at the office for $5. If you use Offering Envelopes, the 2017 envelopes are available at the door of the church.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude                        Prière              Douglas E. Wagner

Dramatic Reading       Matthew 4:12-23

Reading                       Isaiah 9:1-4

Hymns                         God of the Bible

Will Your Anchor Hold

Deep in Our Hearts

Anthem                       Praise the Lord, Every Land and Nation         G.F. Handel/Hal Hopson

Postlude                      Great is Thy Faithfulness                    arr. Dan Miller

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

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11

In the Community

Ethics in the Evening: “Faith-Washing: Championing Spirituality While Morally Disengaging” – Wed. Jan. 25 from 7-8:30 pm, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public AffaIrs, 630 Francklyn St. (President Lodge, Atlantic School of Theology). What are the ethical implications of spirituality or religion being used as marketing tools by individuals and organizations? Do faith-based or faith-friendly businesses result in more ethically or socially responsible behaviors or outcomes? How do individuals and organizations reconcile behaving in ways that contradict the moral and spiritual values they may hold? Guest speaker: Dr. Cathy Driscoll, Professor of Management, Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Light refreshments. Space is limited, registration required (contact admin@ccepa.ca or 902 428 1416). Admission free but $5 donation appreciated.

Mark Sirett Workshop: A Mid-Winter TuneUp for Choirs – Sat. Feb. 4 from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm, Grace United Church, Dartmouth. Under the guidance of renowned composer and choral director Dr. Mark Sirett of Kingston, Ont., review sacred choral repertoire from the Nova Scotia Choral Federation library as well as a reading packet of new repertoire, provided by Long and McQuade. Cost $10 pp, nutrition break included. Pre-registration is required; contact Malcolm Bradley, Grace Director of Music, at 902-465-6884 or by email at malcolm.bradley@ns.sympatico.ca

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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