eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 3

Labour Day Edition

September 3,  2017 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin


  • St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events
  • Please remember in your prayers …
  • St. Matthew’s Book Club
  • Thanks to …
  • Thanks for a successful Summersounds@Barrington concert series
  • If you missed last Sunday
  • Our Activities Resume
  • In the Community

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events

Sun. Sept. 10  – Sunday School resumes, from pre-school to junior high

– Nursery care available for babies and toddlers

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

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


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
  • Linda Campbell, mourning the recent death of her father
  • Jean Morgan, recovering in hospital in Tatamagouche from a fall

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

Thanks to …

Members of the Worship and Music Committee, and to the summer preachers, presiders, and musicians, who offered Sunday morning leadership during the summer months.

Thanks for a successful SummerSounds@ Barrington concert series

Lunchtime concerts were held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm, sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Church with the assistance of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Thanks to Wayne Rogers for coordinating this wonderful outreach, and thanks to all the musicians who made it so successful: Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Dean Bradshaw, piano ; Baroque “N Fiddle String Quartet ; Thistle Scottish Country Dancers ; Marcel d’Entremont, tenor; Edward Enman, piano;  Margaret Champion, soprano; Scott Taylor, piano ; Jigs Start Here ; Ann Bradley, soprano; Shawn Whynot, piano/organ; and Second Chances Jazz Band

If you missed last Sunday …

Prelude  –  Andante Sostenuto fr. Songs Without Words     Feliz Mendelssohn

Reading –  Romans 12: 9-21


Praise My Soul, The God of Heaven

Blest Be the Tie That Binds

We Shall Go Out With Hope

Sermon – Make Good Choices

Choral Anthem – Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy)           Cesar Franck

Postlude – Festive Trumpet Tune       David German

Thanks to Matthew Fraser, organist/pianist and Terry Hurrell, choral director, for their music leadership.

Our 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


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 of a Bible passage: 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

In the Community

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

Executive of Official Board

Worship and Music Committee                 Sept. 17 at East Pennant

Congregational Meeting (budget)



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 Resumes Sept. 14

Daytime Bible Study  – Resumes soon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  Resumes Sept. 19

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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