eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  •  Potluck Church Oct. 17
  •  Thanks to …
  •  Condolences to …
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Tue. Oct. 17                Potluck Church, 5:30 pm

Sun. Oct. 22                 Executive of Official Board, after church

Sun. Nov. 5                  Remembrance Sunday

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

Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm at Apt. 2101, 1470 Summer Street

Potluck Church TONIGHT

Plan to attend Potluck Church on Tue. Oct. 17, 5:30–7 pm in the sanctuary. This is an opportunity to share a casual meal, conversation, and quality time with others in the congregation – church the way Jesus would have done it! Conversation will focus on getting to know you through the “two truths and a lie” guessing game. Everyone is invited to bring something to share – a casserole, bottle of juice, salad, donuts, something from Mr. Sobey or President’s Choice.

Thanks to …

  • All who contributed fresh fruit and vegetables and other foods to our Thanksgiving collection for Feed Nova Scotia

Condolences to …

The family of Ken Publicover, his wife Karen and daughter Aria. Ken’s life was celebrated on Saturday at a funeral service held at St. Matthew’s.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Arioso in F             J.S. Bach

Reading –  Matthew 22: 1-14


Christ Be Our Light

Will You Come and Follow Me

God Who Gives to Life its Goodness

Sermon – KAIROS – Alfredo Barahona, guest speaker

Choral Anthem – Be Thou My Vision arr. Dan Forrest

Postlude – Trumpet Tune       Charles Callahan

Thanks to Alfredo Barahona, our guest preacher on Sunday. Originally from El Salvador, Alfredo moved to Canada as a refugee in the mid-1980s. He has worked with refugee and migrant communities through Toronto-based settlement agencies and now with KAIROS Canada as the Indigenous, Migrant & Network Relations Coordinator. On the weekend he co-led one of 3 watershed walks on the topic of “Migrant Justice”. Human rights and ecological justice are inextricably linked. How are migrant workers impacted by ecological injustice? How is global migration influenced by climate change and how is migration affecting the environment? Facilitating the effective and meaningful participation of affected communities in advocacy and solidarity work is a key principle in Alfredo’s work. As a tool for social change, music in particular with a faith ecumenical and solidarity context is an integral part of Alfredo’s life and social justice work.

In the Community

Halifax Camerata Singers and Nova Voce: We Remember/Crimson Stain – Sat. Nov. 4 at 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church, Halifax, and Sun. Nov. 5 at 4 pm, Knox United Church, Lower Sackville. A concert to remember loved ones and victims of conflict. Featuring the premiere of “Crimson Stain”, a cantata for choir, cello and piano commissioned for the concert from BC composer Larry Nickel. Advance tickets $25 regular, $20 senior, $10 student/underwaged available from tickethalifax.com or The Coast office on Cunard Street; tickets also available at the door.

LUNCH AND LEARN TODAY – Oct. 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. There will be a lunch-and-learn on food security and the Food Centre Model from noon-1:30 pm on Tue. Oct. 17 at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre at 6 Primrose St., Dartmouth (corner Primrose/Victoria Road). Bring your own lunch and learn about food security. Tea and coffee provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and the FACE of Poverty Consultation. Call (902) 446-0184 for information.

Sable Island Conference 2017 – If you have ever wanted to experience Sable Island, the Friends of Sable Island Society is bringing it to you in conference format on Oct. 20-21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Halifax, Wyse Road. As Canada’s 43rd National Park (Reserve), this amazing sandbar in the Atlantic represents a fragile ecosystem that serves as a barometer of ocean health, the atmosphere, and our planet through its wildlife and dunes. Friday night’s session from 7–9 pm is free to all and will include an update by Parks Canada and presentations from people inspired by Sable Island. Saturday’s sessions from 8 am—6 pm cover visitor experiences, natural wonders, cultural history, and park management. The fee for Saturday is $60 and includes lunch. Registration is required. See sableislandfriends.ca for information.

Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV Halifax) – CISV, a charitable, independent, non-political volunteer organization promoting peace education and cross-cultural friendship,  educates and inspires action for a more just and peaceful world. On Mon. Oct. 23 at 7 pm CISV hosts its annual open house and information night at Halifax Central Library on Spring Garden Road. There will be a brief presentation summarizing CISV and what we stand for and offer to people of all ages, from 10+, including opportunities for adults. There will be time to mingle and chat with CISV members, previous participants in CISV programs, and their parents. Our very active junior branch will be represented so if you have a child 10 or older, bring them along to experience what our activities involve. Check us out on Facebook at CISV Halifax or www.cisvhalifax.ca

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                             Oct. 22, Nov. 12; Jan 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 20

Worship and Music Committee                      Nov. 19, 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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