eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Regular activities resume, including Sunday School, choirs, Bible study
  • Please remember in your prayers …
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Thu. Sept. 14              Music rehearsals resume, bells at 6:15 pm, choir at 7:30 pm

Sat. Sept. 16               Worship and Music meeting in East Pennant

Tue. Sept. 19              St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see below)

Sun. Sept. 24              Quarterly meeting of Stewards, Official Board, Kirk Session, after church

Sun. Oct. 1                  World Communion Sunday

Sun. Oct. 9                  Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals

St. Matthew’s Book Club

The Book Club will meet Tue. Sept. 19 at 2 pm at 83 Kearney Lake Road, Apt. 308. The group will be discussing Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. We have been using Halifax Public Library Book Club Kits, so if you want to join us, contact Elaine Murray (edamur50@gmail.com) to get a copy of the book. For more information, contact Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906 or j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca

St. Matthew’s Regular Activities Resume

Sunday Free Breakfast – 7:30 for 8 am Sunday mornings – A free breakfast is served every Sunday morning in the church hall to many in our community, particularly those who are boarding or living sheltered. There are 5 Breakfast Teams operating in rotation to serve breakfast. If you are interested in joining a Team, contact Carol Smilllie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca

Sunday School – All children are invited to join in Sunday School as they wish, from pre-school through Junior High, with Nursery for babies and toddlers. Feel free to accompany your children downstairs if that will make them feel more comfortable. Our Sunday School is a peanut-free zone, and is led by parents and other adults in the congregation. Sunday School begins with sharing prayers around the circle, and the Lord’s Prayer, followed by the telling of a Bible Story, and then activities, crafts, or games. Babies, children and youth who feel more comfortable staying in church are most welcome to do so – and please ask an usher about the Children’s Corner and colouring pages if your children would enjoy them.

CHOIRS – Acabella Handbell Choir (app. 14-16 ringers) meets on Thursdays at 6:15 pm and the Sunday Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 14. St. Matthew’s also offers an outreach choir called the Lunch Bunch Community Choir that meets Fridays at noon; rehearsals will be resuming shortly. If you are interested in any of the choirs, contact Wayne Rogers at humber@ns.sympatico.ca

Weekly Bible Study – The Bible Study group meets Thursdays at noon in the parlour (enter by the glass doors of the hall). Bring a bag lunch and enjoy an hour’s lively discussion about the Book of Proverbs, from the Older Testament of the Bible: its historical context, themes and ideas, and how it speaks to our lives today. For more information, contact Rev. Betsy Hogan at stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca

Please remember in your prayers …

  • Students and teachers beginning a new school year, and especially the al-Saghrji children as they get used to their new schools in Halifax
  • Jean Morgan, recovering from injury, and in hospital in Tatamagouche

Choirs amassing for special event

St. Matthew’s plans to host a performance of Halifax Explosion by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem on Wed. Dec. 6, at 7:30 pm, in commemoration of the centenary of the Halifax Explosion. The presentation will feature a 100-voice mixed choir, piano, organ and chamber orchestra and feature readings, archival photographs, and poetry. Choral rehearsals begin Mon. Sept. 18 from 7:30-9 pm at St. Matt’s under the direction of Wayne Rogers. Interested participants should contact Wayne at humber@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Aria     Flor Peeters

Reading –  Romans 12: 1, 19ff


Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands

Ye Who Would Valiant Be

Sermon – Our Chief Weapon is Surprise

Choral Anthem – Praise the Lord, Every Land and Nation     G.F. Handel

Postlude – Humoresque “L’organo primitive”           Pietro A. Yon


In the Community

PERFECT WORLD – Sun. Sept. 24, 7-10 pm at the Wooden Monkey, Alderney Landing. Perfect World is the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) annual celebrative fundraising evening.  Billed as “a magical evening of food, drink, music and art” this event provides major support for the activities of the EAC.  The EAC has become a highly respected local, national and international voice for the environment, eco-racism, and Native Canadian issues. Tickets $100, can be purchased online at ecologyaction.ca/perfectworld.

Renowned Irish Tenor at St. Patrick’s Church – Sun. Oct. 8 at 7 pm. Irish tenor Emmet Cahill, principal singer with Celtic Thunder, will be in concert at St. Patrick’s Church, Halifax, the final stop on his first 7-city tour of Canada. Cahill, age 26, will perform Broadway favorites, movie hits, folk classics, hymns, and songs from his debut album, Emmet Cahill’s Ireland. Tickets available at the door or online at http://www.emmetcahill.com/tour-dates/

Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast – Tue. Oct. 10 at 7:30 am, World Trade and Convention Centre. Guest speaker: Mark Brand, restaurateur and social entrepreneur. With 11 businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step through his work in social impact business and as an educator, facilitator, and speaker. Brand is the owner of Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher shop and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013 he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Almost 100,000 tokens have been redeemed – filling 100,000 empty stomachs – and creating interaction between those who have and those in need. Funds raised at the Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast support the work of the Mission and aid more than 5000 people in Halifax. Tickets $100 each, or a table for $1000. Email bsm1@eastlink.ca or call 902-423-4605 to reserve. There is usually at least one table of St. Matthew’s friends who attend.

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.

Meeting Schedule 2017

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         Sept. 24,  Dec. 3; Mar. 18, June 3

Executive of Official Board                          Oct. 22, Nov. 12; Jan 21, Feb. 18, Apr. 22, May 20

Worship and Music Committee                 Sat. Sept. 16 at East Pennant

Congregational Meeting (budget)              Dec. 10; June 10, 2018


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 – First 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 Resumes soon


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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