eBulletin — Sunday, June 11

  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Welcome the al-Sagherji family on June 15
  • Report from the congregational meeting
  • Happy birthday to …
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community
  • Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S
  • Meeting Schedule


St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. June 18               Service with AcabellA Handbell Choir

Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service

Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service


Al-Sagherji Family arrives on June 15

The Al Sagherji family will arrive at the Halifax airport at 3:08 pm on Thu., June 15. You are most welcome to be at the airport to welcome them. Alternatively, you are welcome to greet them in the lobby of the Park Victoria, 1333 South Park St., at approximately 4:30-4:45 pm. You may want to check flight arrival info (AC 608 from Toronto) before heading out. The family will have been travelling for 19 hours, so this will be a warm and cheerful – but short! – welcome.
Lisa Marshall has arranged ground transportation for the family, purchased a stuffed, Canada-themed toy for each child, compiled a binder of info in English & Arabic, and flowers for Maysan. Shelley MacKenzie will have arranged for food. Michael & Susan McCurdy will be on-hand for the first few days to orient them to the neighbourhood.

There will be an Open House in the family apartment, TODAY (Tuesday) from 6:30-8 pm – Apt. 413, at the Park Vic, 1333 South Park Street. People will be at the main doors to let you in. This is an opportunity for people in the three churches to have a better feeling and appreciation for the home the family will be living in over the next year.

Report from the Congregational Meeting

Elevator report – The meeting received and discussed a report from the Stewards about the viability of installing an elevator in our building. This was requested by the previous congregational meeting in response to increasing difficulties for some in attending post-church gatherings in the Hall. The report noted that elevator installation would only be feasible in the extension portion of the building, and would cost at least $100,000, assuming neither structural surprises nor asbestos remediation. Stewards recommended to the congregation that we not proceed with elevator installation and instead direct the Stewards, in consultation with the Kirk Session, to undertake planning and renovations necessary to move Fellowship Time upstairs. This motion was discussed in table groups and further in plenary,  and subsequently passed.

It was noted that moving upstairs would require a “kitchenette” on the upstairs level, storage space, and some reorienting (at least) and renovation (probably) of the Sanctuary space. The latter in particular falls to the consideration of the Kirk Session. It was further noted that these changes will meaningfully address a significant access issue for many in our congregation, and so we hope they can unfold with due consideration, but also as swiftly as possible.
Budget – The proposed budget for 2017–18 was approved by the congregation. It anticipates revenue of $168,950 and expenditures of $333,570 for a deficit of $164,620. The congregation will offset this shortfall by using a $100,000 (sustainable) transfer from the endowment fund, which leaves a requirement to also transfer $64,620 from the invested endowments, which is an unsustainable draw from the principal.

Happy birthday to …

Happy Birthday Week to the United Church of Canada, officially created on June 10, 1925 as a union of Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Union Churches, and Indigenous Protestant Churches. George Monro Grant, once minister of St. Matthew’s, was a key architect of the Church Union movement.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude     Gavotte in B flat Major     Thomas Arne

Introit     Veni Sancte Spiritus   Taizé

Reading     Mark 4: 35-41


Holy, Holy, Holy

In Loving Partnership We Come

Though Ancient Walls

Sermon     Riding the Waves

Anthem     Prayer to the Trinity          Michael Bedford

Postlude     Trinitas III             Eleanor Daley


In the Community

Brides’ Day Revisited – Sat. July 8 in the Halifax Public Gardens, from 1–4 pm (rain date July 29). Were your wedding photos taken in the Public Gardens? If so, we invite you to a reunion of Brides. Put on your wedding dress (fun, but not required) and come to the Gardens to take another picture while enjoying music, tea and cake. Let us know you are coming by replying to bridesdayjuly8@gmail.com or at Horticultural Hall with your name, email address, phone number and the date you were married. Registration deadline June 30.

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.

Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. ColumbaEver wonder what a pilgrimage is all about? Need to recharge by unplugging? Need to give your life a spiritual and physical shake-up? Want to connect with other spiritual seekers using the most ancient, low-tech, zero-emission method of transportation? The Atlantic School of Theology is planning a summer pilgrimage – full details and registration information are available at www.astheology.ns.ca.home.events/camino-ns.html

June 19-24 –South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 3-8 – North Shore (Pictou to Pugwash)

July 10-15 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

July 24-29 – South Shore (Mahone Bay to Halifax)

Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S

The United Church of Canada has launched an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels. Starvation and extreme hunger are rapidly reaching a scale that the world has not seen before in most of these countries. Vulnerable people are most impacted, including children. Climate change has created a devastating and prolonged drought, resulting in both water and food shortages. Ongoing conflict is also contributing to the crisis as many families are forced to flee their homes, farms, and livelihoods. All donations for this appeal will go to our long-term Mission & Service partners, including ACT Alliance, which is saving lives in the region. The Canada Food Grains Bank is also providing emergency food relief. Information about donations is available on the United Church of Canada website, http://www.united-church.ca/  or you can donate by cheque to St. Matthew’s – be sure to designate “Emergency Response: Extreme Hunger Appeal” on the front of the cheque.

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.

Worship and Music Committee                 Sept. 17 at East Pennant


Choirs Practice on Thursdays – On Holiday

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

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – On Holiday

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)

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 – First Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge





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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