eBulletin — Sunday, May 21, 2017



  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Tentative arrival date of May 31 for the al-Sagherji family
  • Thanks to …
  • Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. May 28               United Church Conference Sunday

Wed. May 31              Potluck meeting for Refugee Welcome Teams, 5:30 pm at Fort Massey

Sun. June 4                 – Communion Service

-Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church

Sun. June 11               Congregational meeting with potluck lunch, after church


Tentative arrival date of May 31 for al-Sagherji family

We now have a tentative travel date of May 31 for our Syrian family. An apartment has been rented in the Park Victoria building on South Park Street, which is handy to school, stores, and many services that the family will be able to walk to. It will be furnished before they arrive.

Meanwhile, our support group, along with folks from Fort Massey and St. David’s, plan to have a potluck dinner meeting which may also be a welcome party on Wed. May 31 at 5:30 pm at Fort Massey. No peanuts or pork in your potluck offering, please.

Thanks to …

Helga and Bob Mills and the Pastoral Care Team for hosting the seniors’ tea at Summer Gardens this past Wednesday.

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.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude                         Prelude on This Day God Gives Me        E. Royce Eckhardt

Introit                            Worship and Praise                          Wayne Rogers

Reading                       Acts 17:22-34


Christ Be Our Light

This Day God Gives Me

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Sermon                        Little Altars Everywhere

Anthem                       ICantar!                       Jay Althouse

Postlude                      Cwm Rhondda             Paul Manz


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

Worship and Music Committee                 Sept. 17 at East Pennant

Congregational Meeting (budget)              June 11, with potluck lunch



Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handballs 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm

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

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday at 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)

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


In the Community

Choral Collage with EnChor East – Tue. May 23 at 7 pm, Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Ave. Totally Canadian choral music featuring Magnetic North (Graeme Wearmouth), Proudly We Praise (Don Wright, written in 1967 for the country’s centennial), To Young Canadians (James Wright, using an adapted text by Jack Layton) plus Atlantic Canadian songs. Admission $15 at the door.

Halifax Camerata Singers“Let Our Spirits Soar – The Voices of Our Past” – Sun. May 28 at 4 pm, First Baptist Church, Halifax. Guest artists PEI’s female vocal ensemble, Sirens. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 students/underwaged available at tickethalifax.com or The Coast office, 2309 Maynard St.

Seton Cantata Choir “Burst Forth … toward the Unknown Region” – Sun. May 28 at 7 pm, Maritime Conservatory for the Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Tickets $20 regular, $15 students available from Marg Arklie and Bob Mills of our choir or at the door.

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)


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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