eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 — Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • New location for Bible Study for a few weeks
  •  Potluck Church Oct. 17
  •  Thanks to …
  •  Hold in your Prayers …
  • News from Keith Wiseman
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. Oct. 15                 Guest preacher Alfredo Barahona, KAIROS Canada

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

New location for Bible Study for a few weeks

The Bible study group will continue to meet on Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, but until mid-October sessions will be held at 1470 Summer St., Apt. 2101.

Potluck Church Oct. 17

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. Everyone is invited to bring something to share, either homemade or purchased from a store.

Thanks to …

  • Members of the Worship and Music Committee for decorating the sanctuary for Thanksgiving
  • David and Matthew Fraser, Craig Wallace, and Jolene Pattison for their efforts to provide technical support for the sound system and computer screens. If you have skills in this area, more volunteers would be welcome!

Hold in your prayers …

Funeral service will be held at St. Matthew’s on Saturday at 1 pm for the late Ken Publicover, who died last week of brain cancer. Please hold his wife, Karen, and daughter, Aria, in your prayers.

News from Keith Wiseman

Keith Wiseman, who came to St. Matthew’s last year as a student from the Atlantic School of Theology, has decided not to pursue further studies in ordained ministry. He will be seeking employment in Halifax, and sees in his future some involvement in lay ministry with a special emphasis on pastoral care. As he moves on this new path, he plans to join our congregation and choir – and so we welcome Keith to our activities in a new capacity, and with open arms and hearts.

If you missed last Sunday … Thanksgiving and Blessing of the Animals

Prelude  –  Benedictus     Eric H. Thiman

Reading –  Matthew 22: 1-14


All Things Bright and Beautiful

Sing to the Lord of Harvest

Now Thank We All Our God

Sermon – To Honour and Respect

Choral Anthem – Thanks Be to God   G.F. Handel

Postlude – Nun Danket alle Gott        J.S. Bach/Rawsthorne

The Sunday bulletin was sponsored by Hilary Wellard, in honour of the Oct. 8 wedding anniversary of her parents, Frank and Laura Wellard.

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.

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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