eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016



  • St. Matthew’s Calendar
  • Update on refugee family
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Thanks to …
  • If  you missed Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar

If you are coming to church Nov. 6, this the time change weekend

Sun. Nov. 6                  Remembrance Sunday

Sun. Nov. 20                Anniversary Sunday, guest speaker Dr. David Deane of AST

Sun. Nov. 27                Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board, after church


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)

Update on refugee family

Last Sunday Paul Bowlby told the congregation that there is still no indication when our Syrian refugee family will be admitted to Canada. All the processes have been completed for the family, but security checks are ongoing and there is no sign of this speeding up. The local arrangements committee has communicated with MPs; the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and the Prime Minister’s Office about the lack of news and action. There are hints that the government may take steps between November and February to clean up some of the backlog of sponsored families, which would be welcome news to us and many other sponsors who have been waiting for families for more than a year.

In the meantime, the Al Sagherji family continues to wait in limbo in Beirut. The family  includes mom and dad Maisan and Said, a teacher and accountant with some English; two daughters, Joudi and Sedra, and young son Benshir.

St. Matthew’s Book Club

Book club meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Tue. Nov. 15 at 2 pm at Hope Toumishey’s, 24 Ramsgate Lane, Apt. 215, to talk about A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. For more information: Hope at hopet@ns.sympatico.ca / 902-477-2773 or Janet Copeland at j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca / 902-445-5906

Thanks to …

  • Gayle Reiner and members of the Worship and Music Committee, who hosted a delightful Potluck Church last Wednesday evening
  • Bill and Leola of Meadowbrook Meat Market (Alderney Landing Market) for a generous donation of sausages to our Sunday Breakfast, and for their ongoing help with providing locally sourced meat for our guests
  • Margaret Machum, one of our long-serving and excellent Presbytery representatives, who is retiring to explore new interests

If you missed Sunday …

Prelude            Dulce Carmen, Sine Nomine, and Gross Gott                        Paul Manz

Reading           Luke 19: 1-10

Anthem           Be Merciful Unto Me, O God             Mark Murphy

Sermon            Worth the Effort

Postlude           Toccato in D minor                            J.S. Bach

In the Community

Halifax Camerata Singers Remembrance concert – Sat. Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm, Saint Benedict Parish, 45 Radcliffe Drive, Clayton Park. Camerata is bringing back its popular remembrance-themed concert with special guests the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus and saxophonist Tristan de Borba.  On a theme of consolation, this concert offers strength through remembering, and encourages us to strive for peace in the world. If you haven’t heard the acoustics of St. Benedict’s (where there is LOTS of parking), this would be a great concert to attend. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 students/under-waged at www.tickethalifax.com and at the door. Contact Jill Rafuse in our choir for information.
Christmas Tea and Sale – Sat. Nov. 5 from 2-4:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St., Halifax. Emporium, books, new-to-you, jellies, pantry, aprons, knitted items, and the Best Tea in Town. Early arrivals treated to music in the sanctuary. Cost $7 adult, or 5 for $30, children under 12 years only $1.

The Rocky Horror Show – Oct. 20 to Nov. 5 with the Dartmouth Players. Let’s do the Time Warp Again! Directed by Jolene Pattison and Scott Taylor from our congregation. Special Hallowe’en show on Oct. 31 at 9 pm. Tickets at Ticketpro.ca

For All the Saints – Sun. Nov. 6 at 4 pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax. The annual musical celebration of All Saints and All Souls with the University of King’s College Chapel Choir, directed by Paul Halley. Featuring the double-choir Mass in G Minor by R. Vaughan Williams and works by Barber, Poulenc, Britten, Gabrieli. Hymns accompanied by the pipe organ and Maritime Brass Quintet. Tickets www.tickethalifax.com or 902-422-6278.

Senator Murray Sinclair – Wed. Nov. 9 at 7 pm, McNally Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary’s University. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and The ENRICH Project present Indigenous Perspectives, as part of the ongoing Racism series. How and why do the impacts of history persist? How is racism directly or indirectly manifested in our society?  What are our obligations to address racism? How do we reconcile divisions created by racism? How do we directly or indirectly reinforce racism?  How is racism holding us back? Speaker is Senator Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Free admission, reception to follow. You can watch it live at www.ccepa.ca or attend in person.

Chebucto Symphony with Peter Oleskevich – Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm at St. Matthew’s. Tickets $15 adult, $10 senior/student. Information and program details at www.chebuctosymphony.ca


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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