eBulletin — Sunday, June 25, 2017

Welcome Summer!

June 25,  2017 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Special concert July 3
  • Syrian family settling into life in Halifax
  • SummerSounds@Barrington concert series
  • The Sunday Pick-up Choir needs you!
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Tuesdays                     SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 pm

Mon. July 3                 North American Brass Band concert, 7:30 pm

Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service

Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service


Special concert July 3

Join us on Monday, July 3 at 7:30 pm for a benefit concert with the North American Brass Band, featuring Wayne Rogers. Freewill offering, with all proceeds going to St. Matthew’s.

Al-Saghrji family settling in

We had an opportunity to meet and greet the Al Saghrji family on Sunday. Said (dad) and Maysan (mom) and their children Sedra, Joudi, and Bisher came to St. Matthew’s during the Fellowship time to meet with members of our congregation as well as guests from Fort Massey and St. David’s.

The family is settling into their apartment in the Park Victoria and are being assisted as they get used to life in Halifax. We hope to see them often and will keep the congregation informed of how they can assist.

SummerSounds@ Barrington concert series

Lunchtime concerts are held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm, sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Church with the assistance of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. There is no admission but you are encouraged to make a donation of at least $5 to help cover expenses.

July 4               Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Dean Bradshaw, piano

July 11             Baroque “N Fiddle String Quartet

July 18             Thistle Scottish Country Dancers

July 25             Lorna MacDonald, soprano; Peter MacDonald, piano

Aug. 1              Marcel d’Entremont, tenor; Edward Enman, piano

Aug. 8              Margaret Champion, soprano; Scott Taylor, piano

Aug. 15            Jigs Start Here

Aug. 22            Ann Bradley, soprano; Shawn Whynot, piano/organ

Aug. 29            Second Chances Jazz Band


If you missed Sunday …

Prelude     Interludes     Dénis Bedard

Reading     Isaiah 40 excerpts


O Canada

Deep In Our Hearts

Let There Be Light

Sermon     Confederating

Choral Anthem     For the Joy of Music          Natalie Sleeth

Postlude     Fantasie sur O Canada     Dénis Bedard

Summer Pick-Up Choir

During the summer months the St. Matthew’s Choir provides musical leadership on a casual basis – no gowns, rehearsal only on Sunday morning, and no membership required! If you would like to join the choir members on Sundays, just show up at 9:45 am to prepare the hymns and service music.

In the Community

Nova Voce Provincial Men’s Choir – Thu. June 29 at 7:30 pm, St. Andrew’s United Church, Robie at Cobourg. Special guests for a “Voices Across the Border” concert are the First Parish Choir from Brunswick, Maine. Tickets $15 at the door or at www.novavoce.com. Information, call 902-457-0920

 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

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)




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

Choir Practice on Thursdays On Holiday

Daytime Bible Study  –On Holiday

St. Matthew’s Book Club  On Holiday

Lunch Bunch Choir On Holiday





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 Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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