eBulletin — Sunday, May 7, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Spring Tea for Seniors
  • Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S
  • Refugee Committee update
  • Can you help with a house for summer visitors?
  • Congratulations to Matthew Fraser
  • The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Meeting Schedule
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Tue. May 9                 St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm, at Melville Heights

Wed. May 17              Spring Tea for Seniors, 2-4 pm, at Summer Gardens

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                 Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church

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


St. Matthew’ Book Club

The St. Matthew’s Book Club meets Tue. May 9 at 2 pm at Hope Toumishey’s home at Melville Heights, Ramsgate Lane. This month’s book is Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott.

Spring Tea for Seniors

The Pastoral Care Committee is organizing a Spring Tea for senior members of the congregation on Wed. May 17 from 2-4 pm at Summer Gardens, 1470 Summer St. Bring yourself and a smile to enjoy refreshments, conversation, and a pleasant afternoon with others from the congregation. Thanks to Helga and Bob Mills for offering their lovely common room for this social occasion.

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.

Refugee Committee update

There will be a potluck dinner meeting of the Refugee Welcome Teams from St. Matthew’s, St. David’s and Fort Massey on Wed. May 31 at 5:30 pm at Fort Massey. At long last, the family whom we have sponsored to resettle safely in Halifax has received word from the Canadian Embassy in Beirut that we may expect their arrival by summer. Here is the email received:

Hi Susan & Michael, Hi Shelly & Paul, Hi every one

Canadian Embassy just called to tell me that they process our application and we may move to Canada within 2 monthes &They will tell us about date of travel before 2 weeks We wish 2 see you in this Summer.

Mayssan & Saeed

 Can you help with a house for summer visitors?

Shannon and Ben Black, along with their three children, were active members of our congregation until they moved to Victoria a year ago. The Black family is coming to Halifax for the month of July and needs a house to rent. If you can assist, contact Betsy.

 Congratulations to …

Matthew Fraser, who will receive a Citizenship Award from the City of Halifax on Tuesday evening at City Hall, along with other students from high schools across the municipality

The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017

Sponsored by the Atlantic School of Theology, this year’s symposium topic is Trauma, Suffering and Resilience. The dates are May 15-17 at St. Andrew’s United Church, 6036 Coburg Road. The keynote speaker is Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, who will be speaking on Mon. May 15 at 7 pm. This event is open to the public, but attendees are asked to register at

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude                         Crimond                                               Alex Rowley

                                                  Brother James’ Air                                Noel Rawsthorne

Introit                          Community of Grace                          Mark Hayes

Reading                       John 10: 1-10


God of the Bible

You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Sermon                        Sheep Represent

Anthem                       Consider                                  Roland E. Martin

Postlude                      Toccata on Hyfrydol               J. Christopher Pardini

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

Contemporary Art Society show and sale – May 2–13 at the Chase Gallery, Nova Scotia Public Archives, 6016 University Avenue. Daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except open to 9 pm on Wednesdays; Saturdays: 9 am to 5 pm. Opening reception: May 3, 7– 9 pm.

Victoria Day Tea Party – Holiday Monday, May 22 from 2–4:30 pm at the Lord Nelson Hotel on South Park Street. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert will be in attendance – period clothes are encouraged so put on your favourite fascinator and join the fun. Music by Hausmusik and Symphony Nova Scotia. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Lord Nelson Hotel, Horticultural Hall in the Public Gardens, the Gardens website: www.halifaxpublicgardens.ca or from Barbara Bickle at coffee hour.

Saving the Organ – May 12-13 at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford Street. This is a mini-conference on the role and value of the organ in the 21st century. The keynote speaker Friday 7-9 pm is Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, president of St Mary’s University and an organist.  Other speakers include James Bailey, past president of the RCCO, and an architect and organist; Andrew Forrest, artistic director of Letourneau; Andrew Barss and James Chubb, organ consultants and organists. With the decline in both the use of the organ and church attendance, it is timely to bring together musicians, builders, technicians, composers, teachers, clergy, and anyone with an interest in or financial responsibility for the organ to discuss the issues and to begin to establish a new framework for success in the future. For further details and to register please go to www.savetheorgan.ca – the registration fee is $35 and includes all workshops, lunch on Saturday, and handouts.

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. 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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