eBulletin — Sunday, May 28, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • New tentative arrival date of June 15 for the al-Sagherji family
  • Thanks to …
  • Thinking about …
  • Out of the Cold Shelter update
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

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

Sat. June 3                   Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, Spring Garden Road, 8:30 am

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 June 15 at 7:25 am  for al-Sagherji family

A new tentative arrival date and time of June 15 at 7:30 am 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. The support group potluck dinner meeting will go ahead on Wed. May 31 at 5:30 pm at Fort Massey. No peanuts, please.

Thanks to …

All who provided leadership for worship on May 28, Conference Sunday:  Terry Hurrell, presider; Leonard Preyra, sermon; Jolene Pattison, children’s time and reader; Hilary Wellard, prayers of the people; Jeff Karabanow, Minute for Mission; Craig Wallace and Wayne Lynch, technology.  Betsy Hogan and Margaret Machum were representing St. Matthew’s at the annual meeting of Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada.

Thinking about …

Johan Geldenhuys and Carol Lee, mourning the death of Johan’s brother in South Africa

Out of the Cold Shelter Update

Jeff Karabanow provided an update from the Out of the Cold Shelter during Sunday’s Minute for Mission. The shelter has had a 10-year partnership with St. Matthew’s. During winter 2016-17, the 15-bed shelter was full nearly every night, and often people were turned away. The drop-in centre, which was open from 8:30 pm to 7:30 am, had 50-60 visitors every night. In total, there were 2128 bed-nights and 3470 drop-ins served.

St. Matthew’s also hosted the warming centre for the first time since its creation two years ago. This provides daytime space for people during extreme weather (cold, precipitation, wind). It was open 27 days this winter to offer warmth, food, and relief from the elements for those who live on the streets or spend their days in the downtown area.

Your contributions to St. Matthew’s pay for the heat, lights, water and other operating costs associated with providing shelter for those who spend their time outside.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude     Antiphon III            Marcel Dupré

Introit     Community of Grace     Mark Hayes

Reading     Luke 24: 44-53


Hail the Day that sees Him Rise

Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Sermon     We Rise Again       (Message by Leonard Preyra)

Anthem     God Fashioned Love          Carol Muehlig

Postlude     Just a Closer Walk with Thee       Joe Utterback


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

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.

In the Community

Malaika Grandmothers of Halifax Storytellers Circle – Sat. June 3 from 2-4 pm at First Baptist Church, Oxford Street. Tales of heart, hope and humour featuring the Storytellers Circle of Halifax. Refreshments and desserts at intermission. This is a fundraiser in support of African grandmothers who raise their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. All profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Tickets $20. To reserve, call (902) 454-7269 or email jankwak@eastlink.ca

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. Columba – Ever 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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