eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Lunch Bunch Community Choir
  • Please support the Halifax Explosion concert in December
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. Nov. 5                 Remembrance Sunday

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

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

Lunch Bunch Community Choir

CTV recently broadcast an interview with members of St. Matthew’s Lunch Bucnh – downtwon workers and other community members who sing together at the church every Friday at noon under the direction of Wayne Rogers. The video link is “Halifax Choir Hunts for Harmony” may be found at http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video#1236095

Please support the Halifax Explosion concert in December

Wed. Dec. 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. St. Matthew’s will be remembering the victims and the role our church played in the relief effort with an evening concert that 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.

On Dec. 6, 1917, St. Matthew’s became a refuge for the wounded and a work station for the desperate relief efforts. To recognize our special connection to this history, for the past 18 months Rev. Betsy Hogan and Minister of Music Wayne Rogers have been planning a commemorative event. Archival photographs, displayed on our wall-mounted computer screens, will be a poignant backdrop for the special readings, prayers, and music performed by the massed choir and musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia. St. Matthew’s is providing the core choir, but 48 singers from United Churches in the area, as well as community choristers from EnChor East, Dartmouth Choral Society, and Seton Cantata Choir, are coming together to reflect on this sad chapter of Halifax’s history through music.

The cost of mounting such a tribute, with orchestra and commissioned music, is close to $9000. St. Matthew’s was unsuccessful in its grant applications for special funding from the city and province. Although some money will be raised through ticket sales and singers’ participation fees, it will not be enough to cover the total cost.

This appeal is to ask members and friends of the congregation to help stage this important commemoration. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the church to help offset the production costs. Whatever level of support you offer will help make it possible for St. Matthew’s to prayerfully recognize the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, and offer a touching and fitting musical tribute to the victims.

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. You can also mail a cheque to the above address, attention Wayne Rogers. Your support is greatly appreciated.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Rhosymedre     Ralph Vaughan Williams

Reading Drama –  Matthew 22: 15-22

Reading – Thessalonians 1:1-9


Joyful, Joyful We Adore You

My Soul Cries Out

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Sermon – There’s a Simple Explanation for Anything Important Any of Us Do

Choral Anthem – Do Justice   Gary Kent Walth

Postlude – Hyfrydol     Ralph Vaughan Williams


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.

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

Paul Wattson Seminar and Lecture – Fri. Oct. 27, featuring George Hunsinger, McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. The seminar is at 2 pm at AST’s St. Columba Chapel, 634 Francklyn St. The lecture, “Justification by Faith: A Protestant Statement and a Catholic Response”, will be at 7 pm at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, 903 Robie 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                          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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