eBulletin — Sunday, March 26, 2016


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Helping the helpers in Emerson, Man.
  • 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. 30               Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Thu. Apr. 13                Maundy Thursday Potluck and Seder Meal, 5:30 pm

Fri. Apr. 14                  Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm

Sun. Apr. 16                 – Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast, 7 am

– Easter Service with Communion, Symphony Brass,

and singalong Hallelujah Chorus, 10:30 am

Sun. Apr. 30                 Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church

Regular Weekly Events

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)


Helping the helpers in Emerson, Manitoba

About 200 people have already crossed the border into Manitoba seeking asylum from the United States. How can we help the border communities who are caring for these asylum-seekers so that they do not become overwhelmed?

St. Andrew’s United Church in Emerson, Man., are recommending that the best way to help is to make a donation to Welcome Place (Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council). Welcome Place is providing first-response support (food, shelter) as well as follow-up legal and integrative support so that the situation remains manageable and incomers are well cared for. There is a “donate” button at this link: https://miic.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 http://outofthecoldhalifax.org/supplies.php

In addition to donations of clean clothing, current needs include:

  • Men’s and women’s underwear
    •  Mittens and gloves
  • Large sweaters/hoodies
    •  Pants for men and women
    •  Winter and spring footwear
  • Men’s Coats
  • Deodorant

Donations can be made Monday to 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 or by phone at 902-429-6518.

If you missed last Sunday …

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Repentence

Prelude  [Matthew Fraser, organ]      Minuet from Bernice              G.F. Handel

Introit                                                  Laudate Dominum                  Taizé Community

Reading                                               John 9: 1ff

Sermon                                                Who is My Neighbour?

Hymns                                                 Draw the Circle Wide

We are Pilgrims

Sing Your Praise to God Eternal

Anthem                                               The Great Commandment      Donald Moorel

Postlude                                              Gaudeamus                 Sydney S. Campbell

The suggestion for marking the six Sundays of Lent with six candles of invitation is adapted from a resource of Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, http://rev-o-lution.org: Resistance, Responsibility, Trust, Repentance, Forgiveness, Faithfulness

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                             Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Sept. 10 at East Pennant

Potluck Church                                                Tue. May 16

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11, with potluck lunch

In the Community

EnChor East Choir presents Jazzmatazz 2 – Tue. Mar. 28 at 7:30 pm, St. Matthew’s United Church. Featuring En Chor East, directed by Wayne Rogers; Second Chances Jazz Band, Second Chances Show Band, and guest artist Matthew Snow. Tickets $15 at the door or from choir members.

Spring Art Exhibition and Sale – April 3-28 at Nova Scotia Archives, University Avenue, featuring the Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association. Work by Helga Mills of our choir is included. Artists’ reception Sat. Apr. 8 11 am-4 pm. Exhibit hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am–4:30 pm, Wed evenings 4:30-9 pm, Saturdays 9 am–5 pm (closed Sundays, statutory holidays and Easter Saturday).

Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner 2017 – Fri. May 5, reception 6 pm, dinner 7 pm, Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax. Guest speaker Tareq Hadhad on the topic “From Syria with Chocolate: One New Canadian Family’s Story”. Tickets $150 pp, $1,500/table. Reserve before April 14.

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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