eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Congregational meeting and lunch Sunday
  • Anonymous Couple returns
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge
  • From The Ashes concert Dec. 6 – Buy your ticket Sunday
  • Getting ready for Christmas at St. Matthew’s
  • Out of the Cold Shelter opens Dec. 1 – How can you help?
  • Come to the Stable crèche display deferred until 2018
  • A reminder about one of St. Matthew’s policies
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Tue. Nov. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 7 Covington Way, 2 pm

Sun. Nov. 26               268th Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith

Sun. Nov. 26               Congregational meeting and lunch, after church

Wed. Dec. 6                From the Ashes, Halifax Explosion commemorative concert, 8 pm

Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour


Congregational meeting and lunch Sunday

On Sunday Nov. 26 after church, the congregation will meet to review the financial statements, annual reports, and other important matters. Lunch will be served by the Fellowship Committee – soup, brown bread, and cheese. It is NOT a potluck, but if you would like to contribute some cookies/squares, they will find a good use.

Anonymous Couple returns

St. Matthew’s has an Anonymous Couple who has pledged to match the congregation’s year-end contributions up to a total of $15,000. To qualify, donations from the congregation must be over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. Donations can be left in the offering plate marked “Anonymous Couple” or dropped off at the church office.

An influx of $15,000 from the congregation, matched by the Anonymous Couple, would greatly improve our financial position in a year when there have been extraordinary expenditures related to stained glass window repair, creating a coffee hour kitchenette at the sanctuary level, and buttress work. All contributions to operating costs (heat, lights, etc.) also support the worthy outreach work of the church, including the Out of the Cold Shelter, the Circus Circle for youth at risk, the Sunday breakfast, and addiction recovery groups.

Members of the congregation are reminded that one convenient way to support the church is by share transfer of an equity from your stock portfolio. You get a charitable receipt and pay no capital gains tax. For further information on this option, contact Dan Campbell.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge

This fun-filled baking challenge will be judged on Advent II (Sun., Dec. 10). Cookie bakers are invited to bake a batch of their BEST chocolate chip cookies WITHOUT NUTS and bring them to church on Dec. 10. Select your 4 best cookies for the adjui-tasters (Molly Austen, Craig Reiner, and Heather Clarke) to taste, and put them on the plate that will be provided. Put the rest of your batch of cookies in a freezer bag to give to the Out of the Cold Shelter. Judging will take place during Fellowship Time. Registration deadline is Dec. 1 – entry forms are available in the sanctuary.

“From The Ashes” commemoration of the Halifax Explosion – tickets available Sunday

On Sunday Nov. 26 Wayne Rogers will be selling tickets ($20) for the From The Ashes concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. The concert is Wed. Dec. 6 at 8 pm in the sanctuary.

From The Ashes features the Fauré Requiem sung by the 48-voice St. Matthew’s Chorale, accompanied by chamber orchestra, organ, and harp. The choir will also perform the world premiere of The Halifax Explosion, a commemorative choral work written by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle and accompanied by Dean Bradshaw.

Advance tickets are $20; if you can’t buy them at church, go to www.eventbrite.ca to make an online purchase. Tickets will be $25 at the door on the night of the concert.

Members and friends of the congregation are also invited to help stage this important commemoration by making a tax-deductible donation to offset production costs. Cheques marked “Explosion concert” made out to St. Matthew’s United Church can be left at the church office or in the collection plate.

Getting Ready for Christmas at St. Matthew’s

Poinsettias – If you would like to order a poinsettia ($20) to decorate the church during the Advent season, perhaps in memory of a loved one, please see Gail Jay during Fellowship Time. Many of the poinsettias will be brought to shut-ins of the congregation as Christmas gifts.

Shop for Peace on Dec. 3 – When you buy Zatoun fair trade olive oil products from Palestine, you take positive economic action that supports farmer families and collectives in Palestine while promoting justice, peace, and ecumenical understanding. The products will be sold after church on Dec. 3. Extra virgin olive oil 750 ml. $18, Za’atar thyme/spice blend $5, Unscented pure olive oil soap $4.

Out of the Cold Shelter opens Dec. 1 – How can you help?

You can make sandwiches – Since 2011 members of St. Matthew’s have been making sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter each Thursday. Jean Hattie is coordinating the project again this year. On Sunday during coffee hour Jean will have sign-up sheets so volunteers can choose a Thursday that is convenient. Each volunteer makes and wraps two loaves of sandwiches – Jean will provide instructions.

You can donate money – St. Matthew`s partners with the Out of the Cold Shelter to provide space, heat, lights, washroom facilities, etc. for guests. Your donations to St. Matthew`s help cover the operating costs that allow the shelter to stay open for 5 months of the year.

Don’t Come to the Stable – Display deferred to 2018

Come to the Stable – a popular display of lovely and unusual crèche sets owned by members of the congregation – will NOT be held this year due to conflicts in the sanctuary schedule and the upcoming From The Ashes commemoration on Dec. 6.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Sonata No. 2: Chorale and Andante con moto     Felix Mendelssohn

Reading Drama – Matthew 25: 14-30

Reading  – 1 Thessalonians 5: 11-15


Three Things I Promise

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Come, You Thankful People

Sacrament of Baptism – For Sybil Margaret Rose Caswell, daughter of Sarah Metherall and Graham Caswell. Sybil wore a family gown, bonnet and baptismal shawl that had been worn by other Metheralls on similar occasions!


Anthem – Ubi Caritas    Ola Gjeilo

Postlude – Toccata on Marching to Zion        Gordon Young


A reminder about one of St. Matthew’s policies

It seems that every recent national newscast in North America has mentioned new allegations of sexual misconduct, whether it be decades old or very recent. Some of you may have wondered how our church would handle such a regrettable situation. St. Matthew’s strives to create an open, welcoming space for everyone, so the Official Board would like to reassure members of the congregation that for many years St. Matthew’s has had a policy to guide our response to any report of sexual misconduct. There have been no such reports at St. Matthew’s, but given the current and very public discussions about this behaviour, this is just a timely reminder of the Policies and Procedures regarding Sexual Misconduct that govern the clergy, staff, members, and guests of St. Matthew’s, including those involved with Breakfast and Out of the Cold.

Policies and Procedures re: Sexual Misconduct

Here is a reminder of Policies and Procedures regarding Sexual Misconduct that govern the clergy, staff, members, and guests of St. Matthew’s, including those involved with Breakfast and Out of the Cold.

  1. It is expected that the behaviour of all staff and all members of St. Matthew’s, Breakfast Teams, and Out of the Cold toward one another and toward guests, will not include any form of sexual misconduct.
  2. It is expected that allegations of sexual misconduct will be taken seriously and responded to firmly and faithfully, in a timely fashion. The responses outlined below are in no way intended to preclude, replace, or prevent reports to police.
  3. The United Church of Canada has in place a comprehensive policy, applicable to instances in which the accused is the Minister or other paid staff.

http://www.united-church.ca/sites/default/files/resources/handbook_sexual-misconduct-prevention-response.pdf    (latest update: July 2017)
If you have been harmed by staff or clergy, the first step is to contact a member of the Ministry and Personnel Committee (Laura Stiles-Clarke, Karla Bruce, Craig Reiner). This contact will be kept confidential from the staffperson involved until an official complaint has been lodged. If necessary, M&P will seek advice in confidence from Martha Martin, minister at St. John’s United, in order to assist them in the process.

4.     In instances in which the accused is a member of the congregation, Breakfast Team, or Out of the Cold volunteer, the first step is to contact the Minister (or Breakfast Team Leader or Out of Cold Coordinator as appropriate). This contact will be kept confidential while a plan for an appropriate response is prepared.  Consultation may happen – with your agreement – with the Clerk of Session or Chair of the Official Board, Breakfast Team Coordinator or Out of the Cold Coordinator.
5.     If the Minister is the one who has been harmed, the first contact will be made with M&P.

Just to reiterate – The decision to bring this policy to the congregation’s attention is NOT related to any incident, but simply to reassure everyone that St. Matthew’s has a clear protocol to follow if any such behaviour is ever reported.


In the Community

Seton Cantata Choir: “Magnificat” – Sun. Nov. 26 at 3 pm, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Conductor Garth MacPhee, guest conductor Andrew Pickett, and accompanist Dean Bradshaw will lead the choir’s presentation of “Magnificat” by John Rutter, “Magnificat” by Pergolesi, and works by Willan, Britten, Liszt, and others. Tickets $20 adult, $15 student at the door.

En Chor East: “Noel, Noel” – Sat. Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm at Bethany United Church and Sun. Dec. 3 at 3 pm at Knox United Church, 567 Sackville Dr. Music includes “The New Born Child” by Buxtehude. Conductor is Wayne Rogers and accompanist is Dean Bradshaw; special guests are Tim Matthews, tenor, and Baroque ‘n Fiddle String Quartet. Tickets $20 regular, $15 senior at the door.

Halifax Camerata Singers: “Halifax 1917: From Dreams to Despair” – Sun. Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm, Halifax Central Library. Featuring Rhapsody Quintet and actor Jeremy Webb, this eclectic concert of music, archival photos, readings, and staged vignettes explores the music, culture, and history of Halifax in the months leading up to the Explosion that devastated the city. Included is a new work composed by Symphony Nova Scotia’s Chris Palmer titled “Halifax: December Sixth, 1917” that reflects on the experience of schoolchildren who were victims. A repeat of a sold-out concert from March 2017. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student/underwaged available at www.tickethalifax.com or the Coast office, 2309 Maynard St.

From The Ashes – Wed. Dec. 6 at 8 pm at St. Matthew’s. Performance of the Fauré Requiem  and a new composition entitled The Halifax Explosion by Lunenburg’s Mary Knickle will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Explosion. Advance tickets $20, available at  www.eventbrite.ca.  Tickets at the door $25.

6th annual Christmas on the Grand Parade  – Mon. Dec. 11 at 7 pm at St. Paul`s Anglican Church on the Grand Parade (storm date Tue. Dec. 12). Christmas on the Grand Parade brings together community members from all backgrounds and walks of life and features readings, choir selections, and Christmas hymns of the season, in the wonderful, seasonally-decorated backdrop of the oldest building in Halifax. 75 minutes in length. Reception to follow. Free admission.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the temporary offices of Halifax Hospice, 1471 Carlton St, near the Just Us! Coffee location on Spring Garden Road. 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.

St. Matthew’s Activities


Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8 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 – Second Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge

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

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays at noon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Second Tuesday in the afternoon, private homes

Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at noon

Potluck Church – Wed. Jan. 17, 2018; Thu. Mar 29, 2018 (Seder)


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         2018 – Mar. 18, June 3

Executive of Official Board                          2018 – Jan. 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 20

Worship and Music Committee                 TBA

Congregational Meeting (budget)              Nov. 26, 2017; June 10, 2018



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 Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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