eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

First Sunday of Advent: Annunciation


  • St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar
  • Greening of the Sanctuary Dec. 10
  • Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s
  • Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts
  • Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service Christmas Eve wants singers
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club meetings Dec. 20
  • Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter
  • If  you missed Sunday …
  • Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar

Sun. Dec. 4                  Advent Two

Congregational meeting, after church

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

Sat. Dec. 10                 Greening of the Sanctuary, 9 am

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)


Greening of the Sanctuary Dec. 10

Members of the Worship and Music Committee invite anyone interested in Christmas decorating to join them on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9 am for the Greening of the Sanctuary. Enjoy holiday music and coffee with others while preparing the church for the holiday season.

Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s

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

White Gifts for Sunday Breakfast – Shop for a Christmas gift for a guest of the Sunday breakfast. White Gift Tags will be available on Sunday, or you can make your own. Gifts should be identified (for size and gender) and either brought to church for presentation as a White Gift on Sun. Dec. 11, or left at the church before Fri. Dec. 16 so they can be given on Dec. 18.

Bake cookies for the Special Christmas Breakfast – Donations of homemade cookies are needed for the special Christmas breakfast on Dec. 18. Cookies can be dropped off at the church hall on Sat. Dec. 17 between 1–3 pm during set-up. Frozen cookies can also be given to Michelle Jensen at church on Sun. Dec. 11. Pick-up can be arranged if needed.

Christmas Morning Breakfast – Even though the special breakfast will be on Dec. 18, there will still be a Sunday breakfast on Dec. 25. If you would like to help prepare and serve breakfast on Christmas morning, please contact Michelle at (902) 420-9769 or email woodengiant@hotmail.com

Socks for Phoenix Shelter for Youth – We donate socks to at-risk youth who are served by Phoenix Shelters in Halifax. Donations can be left at the back of the sanctuary.

Knitting and Crocheting – If you have some spare time, knit or crochet scarves, hats, mitts or socks for the Advent Knitting Tree and help keep a shelter guest warm this winter.

Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts!

At coffee hour during Advent, Zatoun products – olive oil, spices, and soap – will be available for purchase, so be sure to bring your wallet to church! Zatoun is an organization that sells fair trade products from Palestine to support farmers in the struggle for their livelihood and land. Proceeds also support an arts and education program for young people and make it possible to plant olive trees inside Palestine, where many have been destroyed during the occupation. For information contact Janet Copeland, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-445-5906.

Bethlehem@Barrington: Christmas Eve Live Nativity Service

A St. Matthew’s tradition! Planning is under way for this year’s B@B service – an all-ages Christmas Eve service that brings the Christmas story to life with drama, rewritten pop hits, and a band – plus our beautiful Tia Maria the Donkey. If you like singing along with the radio (Mix 96, for example) and those around you seem okay with this, think about joining the B@B cast. Let Betsy know you are interested.

St. Matthew’s Book Club

The next meeting will be Tuesday Dec. 20 at 2 pm at the Bedford Basin Farmers Market (formerly Farmer Clem’s), 397 Bedford Highway. This month’s book is Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay. For more information contact Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or Hope Toumishey at 902-0477-2773, hope@ns.sympatico.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            Preludes on Veni Emmanuel  Lau/Wyton/Manz/Callahan

Reading           Luke 1:26-38

Anthem           Gabriel’s Message                  Basque Carol

Sermon            Milk and Love

Postlude           Postlude on Winchester New             Malcolm Archer

Baptism           Zoe Soliana Alexandra Lee, daughter of Matthew and Eliza, and granddaughter of Jane and Allan Lee of our choir


Atlantic School of Theology Continuing Education Opportunities – Winter term 2017

Registration details at http://www.astheology.ns.ca/con-ed/index.html

The Social Gospel: Hastening the Kingdom of God

January–February 2017 (6 weeks), Online course with instructor Dr. Rob Fennell. Cost $100 ($120 with a CEU certificate). This non-credit program offers you an exploration of the distinctive themes and applications of the social gospel movement, its theology, and its place in Canadian church and society. The movement’s relationship to liberation theology and other disciplines (economics and sociology) and the contemporary renewal of the social gospel will be of special interest.

Reading Each Other’s Scriptures

January–March 2017 (8 weeks), On Campus course Tuesdays 6–8:30 pm with instructor Dr. David MacLachlan. Cost $100. Besides getting to know the scriptures of other religious faiths, students will also explore how the scriptures function in their various communities and worship services. Guest lecturers will represent various religious communities. Readings are optional, and there are no assignments for continuing education students.

In the Community

EnChor East Singers present Noel, Noel – Sat. Dec. 3 at 7:30 pm at Bethany United Church, Halifax, 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.

“The 19” choral ensemble – Sun. Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm, Presbyterian Church of St. David, Grafton Street. Founded by artistic director Tristan Cleveland-Thompson, the unconducted choral ensemble called “the 19” will be making their debut performance with a concert entitled This Winter’s Night. Featuring music from living artists such as Pentatonix and the King’s College Choir of Cambridge, as well as individual and group performances from members of this new ensemble. Freewill offering with a suggested donation of $20.

Royal Canadian College of Organists Annual Carolfest – Mon. Dec. 5 at 7:30 pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints, Cathedral Lane. Organ prelude at 7 pm, Carol program begins at 7:30. RCCO organists, massed choir, and handbell choir. Open to the public; freewill offering. Massed choir rehearsal Sat. Dec. 3 from 2-4 pm.

Christmas on the Grand Parade – Mon. Dec. 12 at 7 pm, inside St. Paul’s Anglican Church. This community Christmas event will feature music, readings and carols of the season led by St. Paul’s Choir, the St. Paul’s Children’s choir, and the St. Paul’s Music ensemble. In addition, “Christmas on the Grand Parade” is pleased to welcome back saxophonist  David Christensen, St. Pauls’ Musician in Residence Ian Bent, and the Bedford Brass Quintet. No admission charge: voluntary donations will be received.

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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