eBulletin — Sunday, March 5, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Thanks to …
  • Potluck Church March 15
  • 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. 9                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon

Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary

Sun. Mar. 19               Worship and Music Committee, after church


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)


Thanks to …

  • Keith Wiseman, student minister, who preached his first sermon at St. Matthew’s on Sunday. Keith will be working with our congregation for the next 18 months.
  • Members of the Board of Stewards and friends, who provided a delicious pancake and sausage lunch on Sunday to mark the first Sunday of Lent.

Potluck Church

Our next Potluck will be Wed. Mar. 15 at 5:30 pm in the church sanctuary. All are welcome for an evening of fellowship, food, and a bit of music too.  Bring along some morsel to share and your ideas about the theme for the evening:  “How do we stay aware each day of that in Life which is sheer blessing?”  This is a relaxed and informal opportunity to meet others in the congregation.

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

Bus tickets       •          Sweatpants, pyjama pants, track pants for men and women

Juice boxes      •          Underwear for men and women
To-Go cups      •          Granola bars

Donations can be made Monday_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 and by phone at 902-429-6518.

If you missed last Sunday …

First Sunday of Lent: Resistance

Prelude                        Chorale Preludes                   J.S. Bach

Introit                          Laudate Dominum                  Taizé Community

Reading                       Genesis 2:15ff

Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon                        Who Are We? (Keith Wiseman, student minister, preacher)

Hymns                         Come and Find the Quiet Centre

Though I May Speak

Ye Who Would Valiant Be

Anthem                       Lord, For They Tender Mercies’ Sake             Christopher Tye

Postlude                      Fantasia in C Major                J.S. Bach

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

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                             Mar. 26, Apr. 23

Worship and Music Committee                      Mar. 19

Potluck Church                                                Wed. Mar. 15, Tue. May 16

Congregational Meeting (budget)                  June 11

In the Community

Lecture by Kwame Anthony Appiah – Thu. Mar. 23 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.

Halifax Camerata Singers present Halifax 1917: From Dreams to Despair – Sat. Mar. 25 at 7:30 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Featuring Rhapsody Quintet and Jeremy Webb, actor, this eclectic concert explores the music, culture, and history of Halifax in the months leading up to the Explosion that devastated the city. It also includes the premiere of a special piece commissioned from Halifax’s Chris Palmer to mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, made possible by a grant from the city. For information, see Jill Rafuse in the St. Matthew’s choir. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student/underwaged available at www.tickethalifax.com

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.

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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