eBulletin — Sunday Sept. 25, 2016



  • St. Matthew’s Calendar
  • Communion Sunday and Benevolent Fund offering Oct. 2
  • St. Matthew’s approves Remits to the Basis of Union
  • A return to Dramatized Readings
  • Audi-Visual Working Group
  • Sunday School under way
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club: The Lake House
  • If  you missed Sunday
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar

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

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)


Communion Sunday and Benevolent Fund offering Oct. 2

St. Matthew’s will observe WorldWide Communion on Oct. 2. It is our custom to accept a special offering for the Benevolent Fund on the Sundays when we celebrate Communion. The Benevolent Fund is administered by the minister/staff to help those who come to St. Matthew’s with requests for emergency assistance (bus tickets, food vouchers, power bills, etc).

The Benevolent Fund is not part of the church’s operating budget. Only money that is donated specifically for the Fund by the congregation (app. $1,000 per year) is used in this way. Envelopes will be available on Sunday for anyone who wishes to make a contribution.

St. Matthew’s approves Remits to the Basis of Union

Thanks to all who considered United Church Remits 1-4 and voted/e-voted last week. There were 71 ballots cast. All four Remits passed by a substantial majority (greater than two-thirds) of those who voted. The St. Matthew’s results will be forwarded to General Council Executive in Toronto, comfortably in advance of the winter/spring 2017 deadlines. In the new year we will begin looking at the final Remit 6 (One Order of Ministry — deadline February 2018).
In case you missed it, 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. For more information see http://gc42.ca/remits

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.)


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)


If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude            Prelude on Londonderry Air    Noel Rawsthorne

Reading           Luke 16: 19-31

Anthem           Be Thou My Vision      arr. Dan Forrest

Sermon            Reversal of Fortunes

Postlude           Prelude and Air            Henry Purcell

 In the Community

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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