eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Celebrating the beginning of our 268th year of ministry


  • St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar
  • Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter
  • If  you missed Sunday …
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar

Sun. Nov. 27                Advent One

Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board, after church

Sun. Dec. 4                  Advent Two

Congregational meeting, after church

Tue. Dec. 6                  Remembrance/ Action Against Violence Against Women Service, 12 noon

Sun. Dec. 11                Advent Three. Service with Sunday School Christmas pageant

Sun. Dec. 18                Advent Four. Choral Christmas Service with AcabellA Handbells

Christmas Breakfast in the lower hall, 8 am

Christmas Eve             Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity Service, 6:30 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm

Christmas Day             Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am

New Year’s Day           Service, 10:30 am, with New Year’s Levee following


Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm

Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8–9:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)

Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter

The Out of the Cold Shelter will open in St. Matthew’s lower hall on Dec. 1, 2016. Jean Hattie is coordinating sandwiches for the shelter residents each Thursday throughout the winter. If you are interested in providing sandwiches, see Jean during Fellowship Time in the lower hall to schedule a week(s) when you can assist.

St. Matthew’s contributes space and utilities to the shelter as well, so any donations to St. Matthew’s operating costs also assist the Out of the Cold Shelter.

The OTCS also lists specific needs on the website http://outofthecoldhalifax.org/ They mention that the shelter is a peanut-free zone, and that they cannot accept donations including mouthwash, aftershave, or hand sanitizer. However, their biggest current needs are: Underwear (new and in package), socks, men’s pants size 32-36, backpacks, toothbrushes (new and in package), fabric steamer, crock pot, and bus tickets.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude            Now Thank We All Our God                            JS Bach

Priére                                                              Noel Rawsthorne

Reading           Jeremiah 23: 1–6

Anthem           Sing to the Lord a Marvelous Song                 Eugene Butler

Sermon            Dr. David Deane from AST was our guest preacher

Postlude           Carillon from 24 Pieces in Freestyle              Louis Vierne

We were pleased to welcome Dr. David Deane, professor of Christian Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology, as our Anniversary speaker. Dr. Deane is a Roman Catholic layman, educated at Trinity College, University of Dublin, whose theological scholarship is currently focused on Christian moral theology.

In the Community

Christmas Art Show and Sale – Nov. 25-27, Sacred Heart School, 5820 Spring Garden Road. The Contemporary Art Society’s annual holiday show and sale. Friday evening 7-9 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 9 am-5 pm. Information: (902) 457-0920.

EnChor East Singers present Noel, Noel – Sat. Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm at Bethany United Church, and Sun. Dec. 4 at 3 pm at Knox United Church, Lower Sackville. Conducted by Wayne Rogers with accompanist Dean Bradshaw, special guests Jennifer Farrell, soprano, and Curtis Dietz, trumpet. Program includes Karl Jenkins’ “Stella Natalis” plus other holiday songs. Admission $20 general, $15 seniors, with a family rate available on request. Tickets available at the door or at the web site, enchoreast.com.

Nicole Jordan, Alchemy Ensemble and the Halifax Camerata Singers – Sat. Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, Halifax. Solstice: Seasonal Songs with Spice features Nicole’s new CD single, Wexford Carol, and a variety of lively music to start off the holiday season. Tickets at the door, or advance sale through Ticket Halifax, $25 adult, $20 senior, and $10 for students/under-waged.

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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