eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Anonymous Couple returns
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club Nov. 21
  • Come to the Stable crèche display Dec. 3
  • From the Ashes commemoration of Halifax Explosion Dec. 6
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community


St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. Nov. 12               – Worship service with AcabellA Handbell choir, 10:30 am

– Worship and Music Committee, after church

– Melville Heights service, 2 pm

Sun. Nov. 19               Session, Stewards and Board meetings, after church

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 (budget), after church

Sun. Dec. 3                 Come to the Stable Advent display of creche sets

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

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


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.

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 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.

St. Matthew’s Book Club

The book club will meet on Tue. Nov. 21 at 2 pm at 7 Covington Way to discuss “Home Coming” by Yaa Gyasi. New members are welcome. For information contact Elaine Murray (edamur50@gmail.com) or Janet Copeland (j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca) or 445-5906.

Come to the Stable

Come to the Stable is our every-second-year display of lovely and unusual crèche sets owned by members of the congregation. This is the year! They will be displayed in the sanctuary on Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent. If you have a crèche that you would like others to see, contact Wayne Rogers, humber@ns.sympatico.ca

“From the Ashes” commemoration of the Halifax Explosion

At 8 pm on Wed. Dec. 6, 2017 St. Matthew’s will mark the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, remembering the victims and the role our church played in the relief effort.  The “From the Ashes” concert features a massed choir and orchestra performing the Fauré Requiem, as well as The Halifax Explosion, a commemorative choral work written by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle.

St. Matthew’s is providing the core choir, joined by choristers from other United Churches, EnChor East, Dartmouth Choral Society, and Seton Cantata Choir, to form a massed choir of 48, accompanied by a chamber ensemble from Symphony Nova Scotia.

The cost of mounting such a tribute, with orchestra and commissioned music, is close to $9000. Despite our best efforts, St. Matthew’s was not chosen to receive a grant from either the city or province. Although some money will be raised through ticket sales and singers’ participation fees, it will not be enough to cover the total cost.

Members and friends of the congregation are invited to help stage this important commemoration by making a tax-deductible donation to offset production costs. St. Matthew’s will prayerfully recognize the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, and offer a touching and fitting musical tribute to the victims.

Donor Support: Bronze $25–$99 ;  Silver $100–$149 ; Gold $150–$199 ; Platinum $200+

Cheques marked “Explosion concert” made out to St. Matthew’s United Church can be left at the church office or in the collection plate.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Dialogue on Eternal Father (Wayne L. Mold) and Pie Jesu (Fauré/Rawsthorne)

Act of Remembrance – Craig Wallace, Lt. Col. Fred Donaldson, trumpeter Jeffrey Stern

Reading – Amos 5: 18-24


O Canada

Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands

Sermon – Minutes of Silence

Choral Anthems – In Flanders Fields (Alex Tilley) and Wage Peace (Lori True)

Postlude – Fugue on God Save the Queen      Eugene Thayer

In the Community

Seven Deadly Sins: GREED – Thu. Nov. 16 at 7 pm, Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library. Beginning with the principle that greed can be good, this presentation explores the ethical contexts and limits of greed in modern society. Dr. Chris MacDonald, Director, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre with Dr. David Deane, Professor of Theology, Atlantic School of Theology, and moderator Dr. Cathy Driscoll, Professor, Sobey School of Business. This is Part 2 of a 7-part series (Seven Deadly Sins) exploring the personal and collective consequences of our thoughts and actions as we continue to grapple with age-old temptations. Free admission.

Seton Cantata Choir: “Magnificat” – Sun. Nov. 26 at 3 pm, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Rd. Conductor Garth MacPhee, assistant 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.

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         Nov. 19; Mar. 18, June 3

Executive of Official Board                          Nov. 12; Jan 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 20

Worship and Music Committee                 Nov. 12, after church

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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