eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016



  • St. Matthew’s Calendar
  • Voting Sunday on Remits to the Basis of Union
  • A return to Dramatized Readings
  • Audi-Visual Working Group
  • Sunday School under way
  • Welcome to …
  • If  you missed Sunday
  • In the Community


St. Matthew’s Calendar


Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm ( If you are interested in choirs, please email Wayne Rogers at humber@ns.sympatico.ca)

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)

Sun. Sept. 25              Voting on Remits

Sun. Oct. 2                  WorldWide Communion

Sun. Oct. 9                  Thanksgiving and Blessing of the Animals

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


Voting Sunday on Remits to the Basis of Union

Major operational/structural changes in the United Church can only take place by ‘Remit’. A Remit is a national vote to alter the Basis of Union, the 1925 legislation that created the United Church of Canada from the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregationalist denominations.

Four new Remits that require congregational votes. Remits 2 and 3 have to do with oversight and placement of clergy. Remit 1 proposes a new national structure for the United Church of Canada, and Remit 4 proposes a plan for its funding. Extensive information is available about each of them at http://gc42.ca/remits. Betsy’s abridged version is available in the Sept. 11, 2016 eBulletin.

The Official Board of St. Matthew’s has chosen to allow for a Full Congregational Vote on these Remits, in order to encourage broad learning about and engagement with United Church issues. The vote will take place on Sunday Sept. 25 during the Service.

All members and adherents of St. Matthew’s, regardless of age, can vote … whether you were confirmed, and whether you’ve officially become a member at some point … if St. Matthew’s is your current church home, you can vote.

 A return to Dramatized Readings

After a few years’ holiday, we are restoring our dramatized scripture readings at St. Matthew’s. These carefully parallel the actual Bible passages, and are always presented as ‘Readers’ Theatre’ (no memorizing). Our Sunday Reader as arranged by Helga Mills will often serve as the Narrator, but we hope that many of all ages will be up for taking a part on a Sunday morning. If you are willing, please speak to Elaine Murray in the choir (an usher can point her out to you.)

Audio-Visual Working Group

An invitation is extended to anyone interested in audio-visual technology and how we use it at St. Matthew’s. A sub-group of the Worship and Music Committee is being formed to work to improve our AV setup. Contact Cupido.Daniels@gmail.com by email.

Sunday School under way

All our children, whenever they decide they are too old for the Nursery, are invited to join in the Sunday School program in the lower hall beneath the Sanctuary. Sunday School begins each week with prayers around the circle and the Lord’s Prayer (using hand-signs to help learn it), followed by a Bible Story and a craft or activity. Each week’s lesson stands alone, and we are happy to welcome the children whenever they are able to attend. Dr. Kim Murray Moors is our Craft and Activity Leader Extraordinaire, and she is joined each week by parent volunteers. Plus, our Sunday School is a peanut-free zone!

Not all children enjoy Sunday School, especially as they get older, and may prefer the quieter atmosphere of staying upstairs in church. Neither the sermon nor the service itself is overly long, so children who are doubtful about Sunday School are encouraged to try regular church instead.

Welcome to …

Teagan Isabel Yetts, a baby sister for Brenna and a new granddaughter for Jill and Bill Rafuse of our congregation. Teagan and her parents, Lucy and Brad Yetts, live in Ottawa.

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude            Two Reflections for Organ     Charles Callahan

Reading           Luke 16: 1-13

Anthem           iCantar!                        Jay Althouse

Sermon            Determined, Intent, Shrewd

Postlude           Intermezzo I from Kleine Präludien und Intermezzi       Hermann Schroeder


In the Community

Nova Scotia Youth Choir – Sun. Sept. 25 at 7:30 pm at Woodlawn United Church, performing as part of the Dartmouth Community Concert series. Tickets $25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student available at the door.

 8th Annual Jarvis Lecture – Thu. Sept. 29 at 7:30 pm, Sacred Heart School, 8520 Spring Garden Road, Halifax. “The Emerald Necklace: Preserving Olmsted’s Jewel” with Jeanine Knox, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Boston, MA. The Emerald Necklace is an 1,100 acre park system of landscapes, waterways and parkways. Presented by The Friends of The Public Gardens. Free admission http://www.emeraldnecklace.org/park-overview/

 Save the Date – 10th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast will be held on Thurs. Oct. 13, 7:30 am, at the World Trade and Convention Centre. This year will feature real stories from real people who have been directly affected by the work of the Mission. Tickets $1,000 (table) or $100 each. Reserve by calling (902) 423-4605 or email bsm1@eastlink.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: On Holiday

On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca


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