eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Women’s Breakfast Saturday Nov. 4
  • Please support the Halifax Explosion concert in December
  • Anonymous Couple Returns
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sat. Nov. 4                  Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, 8:30 am

Sun. Nov. 5                 Remembrance Sunday

Sun. Nov. 12               Worship and Music Committee, after church

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

Sun. Nov. 26               268th Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith

Sun. Nov. 26               Congregational meeting (budget), after church

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

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


Women’s Breakfast Saturday

Women from the congregation are invited to Smitty’s at the corner of Spring Garden Road/Cathedral Lane on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 am. Enjoy a good breakfast and conversation with others, and meet new friends in an informal setting. Just tell the greeter that you are with the St. Matthew’s group and she will seat you with us.

Please support From the Ashes commemorating the Halifax Explosion

Wed. Dec. 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. At 8 pm, St. Matthew’s will remember 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.

Anonymous Couple returns

St. Matthew’s has an Anonymous Couple who have 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. 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.

Please support this initiative if you can. Your contributions toward 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.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Dulce Carmen, Sine Nomine, Grosser Gott     Paul Manz

Reading Drama –  Matthew 22: 34-46

Reading – 1 Timothy 1: 1-6


We are Marching

Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth

For All the Saints

Sermon – Courage

Choral Anthem – Autumn       Andy Beck

Postlude – Toccata in D Minor           Gordon Balch Nevin

Sunday’s postlude was provided by organ student Matthew Fraser. Matthew performed the same piece on Sat. Oct. 27 at the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ concert, Phantom of the Pipes, at Fort Massey United.

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, 2309 Maynard Street; tickets also available at the door.

Disentangling Burma’s Rohingya Tragedy – Thu. Nov. 2 at 7 pm, Scotiabank Theatre, St. Mary’s University. SMU Department of Anthropology and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs welcome anthropologist Dr. Ingrid Jordt, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Jordt brings her years of experience researching the religious and cultural climate of Buddhist Burma to bear on the origins of the ongoing Rohingya crisis and perceptions of it in the international community. Free admission.

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.

Enchor East presents 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.

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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