eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Thanksgiving Sunday


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar
  • Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Thursday
  • Audi-Visual Working Group established
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club: The Lake House
  • Weekly eBulletin – sign up today
  • Thank you to …
  • If  you missed Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar

Sat. Oct. 15                 Nocturne Art at Night, 6 pm-midnight, featuring Halifax Circus

Tue. Oct. 18                St. Matthew’s Book Club, see notice below

Sun. Nov. 6                  Remembrance Sunday

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


Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm

Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm

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)

Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Thursday

The 10th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast will be held on Thurs. Oct. 13, 7:30 am, at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Help St. Matthew’s fill a table! You can purchase a $100 ticket by calling 423-4605 or email bsm1@eastlink.ca and just ask to be at the St. Matthew’s table. Funds raised provide essential clothing, shelter and breakfast for more than 5,000 people each year. The mission is a place of hope, dignity and respect. Caring for those who struggle with poverty and homelessness is supported by this one high-profile fundraiser each year, individual donations, and volunteer participation. This year’s breakfast will feature real stories from real people who have been directly affected by the work of the Mission.

Audio-Visual Working Group

An AV Working Group has been established to optimize our current technology infrastructure in the short term, and then to assess longer term requirements. Members include Tim Covert, Mike Currie, Cupid Daniels, Johan Geldenhuys, Wayne Rogers, and Craig Wallace. The group has enlisted the services of Backman-Vidcom, a local company that specializes in church technology solutions.

St. Matthews Book Club 

The next meeting of the book club will be Tue. Oct. 18 at 2 pm at Margaret Machum’s house. The book we will be reading is The Lake House by Kate Morton. For more information contact Hope Toumishey (902-477-2773 / hopet@ns.sympatico.ca) or Janet Copeland (902-445-5906 / j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca)

Weekly eBulletin

Though we can’t always make it to church on Sunday, the weekly eBulletin (thanks to Jill Rafuse) makes it possible to keep up with the news and announcements of upcoming events. If you would like to receive this, please email the office at stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca

Thank you to …

  • The Worship and Music Committee for Thanksgiving decorations
  • All who brought food offerings today for Feed Nova Scotia
  • Hilary Wellard, who sponsored Sunday’s bulletin in honour of the Oct. 8 wedding anniversary of her parents, Frank and Laura Wellard
  • All who made a special offering for the Benevolent Fund on Oct. 2. Our Benevolent Fund received $336, which will provide emergency care to those who come to the church in need in the coming weeks.

If you missed Thanksgiving Sunday …

For photos of the Blessing of the Animals, see St. Matthew’s on Facebook

Prelude            PRRRelude and Reflection from Cat Suite       Denis Bédard

Reading           Luke 17: 11-19

Anthem           Bless the Beasts and the Children      Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin Jr.

Autumn                                               Andy Beck

Sermon            If You’re Happy and You Know It …

Postlude           Toc-CAT-ta from Cat Suite     Denis Bédard

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. A three-concert subscription package is also available at a 30% discount. Contact Jill Rafuse in our choir for information.

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.

Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir – Auditions for boys ages 6–12 years on Sat. Oct. 15 from 11 am- 12 noon, Chapel of University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Road. The choir is directed by Nick Halley. More information available at www.capellaregalis.com or contact vhalley@capellaregalis.com for information.

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: On Holiday

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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