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eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

Contents Calendar and Events Potluck Church Wednesday Refugee Family update Anonymous Couple campaign update Please keep in your prayers … Cooking on site Feb. 1 for the Shelter United Church Observer 2018 Calendars, envelopes available Donate Loblaw grocery cards to St. Matthew’s Minute for St. Matthew’s Mission: Ushering and Fellowship In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Wed. Jan. 24   – 5:30 pm, Potluck Church in the sanctuary Thu. Jan. 25     – 6 pm, Cooking for the Out of the Cold Shelter, church kitchen Sun. Jan. 28     – 10:30 am, worship service Thursdays        – 12 noon, Bible study in the parlour Potluck Church Wednesday – Postponed from last week Join others in the congregation for a Potluck Church Supper in the sanctuary. Bring something to share, either bought or home-made, and arrive at 5:30 pm for this informal meal and fellowship time. The guest speaker is Marjorie Lewis of the St. Matthew’s choir; Marjorie is a minister in the United Church of Jamaica and Cayman Islands. Refugee Family Update Paul Bowlby has received a brief letter from our Syrian friends Masan and Saeed, who are continuing to settle into life in Halifax since being sponsored as refugees by St. Matthew’s, St. David’s,  Fort Massey, and friends:  “We are fine and we try to adapt our new life.  Judy doing well at her school she is at grade 10 in Citadel high. Sedra and Besher are very happy at their school, Saint Mary’s elementary, and they get their report and it was very good.  Maysan has been going to ISANS everyday and she will help now at Saint... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 12, 2018

Contents Calendar and Events St. Matthew’s Book Club today Potluck Church Wednesday Cooking on site for the Shelter Thursday Storm damage update Calendars, envelopes available Donate Loblaw grocery cards to St. Matthew’s Minute for St. Matthew’s Mission: Ushering and Fellowship In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tue. Jan. 16     – 2 pm, St. Matthew’s Book Club, 703—1470 Summer St. Wed. Jan. 17   – 5:30 pm, Potluck Church in the sanctuary Thu. Jan. 18     – 6 pm, Cooking for the Out of the Cold Shelter, church kitchen Sun. Jan. 21     – 10:30 am, worship service – After church, Fun with Remits Thursdays        – 12 noon, Bible study in the parlour   St. Matthew’s Book Club today The next meeting is Tue. Jan. 16 at 2 pm at Linda Campbell’s apartment, #703—1470 Summer Street. The book for discussion is Small Wars by Sadie Jones. For more information about the book club, contact Elaine Murray, edamur50@gmail.com or Janet Copeland, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-445-5906. Potluck Church Wednesday Join others in the congregation for a Potluck Church Supper in the sanctuary. Bring something to share, either bought or home-made, and arrive at 5:30 pm for this informal meal and fellowship time. The guest speaker is Marjorie Lewis of the St. Matthew’s choir; Marjorie is a minister in the United Church of Jamaica and Cayman Islands. Cooking on site this Thursday for Out of the Cold Shelter St. Matthew’s is providing a hot meal for the Out of the Cold Shelter on Thursdays. We are alternating cooking on site (Thursday from 6-7 pm) and providing casseroles cooked at home from provided recipes.... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 EPIPHANY

Epiphany Contents Calendar and Events How St. Matthew’s weathered the weather Thanks to Anonymous Couple campaign supporters Minute for St. Matthew’s Mission: Ushering and Fellowship Thank you to … St. Matthew’s Book Club Need a new calendar for 2018? Out  of the Cold Shelter – Thursday suppers  NEW** In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Jan. 11     – 12 noon, Bible study resumes in the parlour Sun. Jan. 14     – 10:30 am, worship service Tue. Jan. 16     – 2 pm, St. Matthew’s Book Club, 703—1470 Summer St. Wed. Jan. 17   – 5:30 pm, Potluck Church in the sanctuary Thu. Jan. 18     – 6 pm, Cooking for the Out of the Cold Shelter, church kitchen How St. Matthew’s weathered the weather The windstorm and winter weather has had some repercussions at St. Matthew’s. In addition to losing power when downtown Halifax blacked out last Thursday, the church lost pieces of metal flashing as high winds buffeted the roof. The risk of falling debris forced closure of the Out of the Cold Shelter and the lower hall. Roofers will be at the church this week to assess the damage and make repairs. Luckily, the Out of the Cold Shelter was able to be relocated in the North End for a few days. It is expected to return to St. Matthew’s early this week. Sunday Breakfast was served, although guests had to come in via the sanctuary as the lawns on both sides of the church were off-limits. Sunday worship was also able to proceed. Thanks to all, including councillor Waye Mason, who ensured that those who sought... read more

eBulletin — Sunday. Dec. 17, 2017 Advent III

Advent III – Anticipation St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events The Anonymous Couple campaign Sharing the Christmas spirit – Breakfast gifts, cookies needed by Dec. 23 Condolences to …. Congratulations to … A few thank-yous … Need a new calendar for 2018? Out of the Cold Shelter – Thursday suppers  NEW** If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tue. Dec. 19    – 2 pm, Book Club meeting at 3664 St. Paul’s Street Christmas Eve – 7:30 am, Christmas Breakfast – 10:30 am, Advent IV – 6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service – 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Service Christmas Day – 10:30 am, Christmas carol service Sun. Dec. 31    – 10:30 am, worship service with choir   The Anonymous Couple campaign Please support the Anonymous Couple campaign. In order to take advantage of this generous offer to match new donations up to $15,000, the congregation still needs to contribute more than $10,000 before the end of 2017. Our financial position – Salaries, utilities, maintenance of old buildings, and other routine costs still exceed our revenue. Unbudgeted expenditures this year included stained glass window repair, creating a small kitchenette in the Minister’s Office, sanctuary modifications for accessibility to Fellowship Time, and buttress work. All contributions to operating costs (heat, lights, etc.) also support outreach,  including the Out of the Cold Shelter, the Circus Circle for youth at risk, the Sunday breakfast, and addiction recovery groups. The Anonymous Couple will match up to $15,000  in contributions that are over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. Donations can be left in the offering plate marked “Anonymous... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 Advent II

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help 6-50-80-100-150 Celebration Concert Dec. 13 Bethlehem@Barrington Choir meets Dec. 17 Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s – Poinsettia deadline Fri. Dec. 15 St. Matthew’s Book Club Thanks for the memory: From the Ashes commemoration of the Halifax Explosion Lost purse Jean Hattie claims Chip Cookie Baking honours Congratulations to … Need a new calendar for 2018? Condolences to …. Out of the Cold Shelter open – How can you help? If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Wed. Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm, Terry Hurrell and Friends concert in the sanctuary Sun. Dec. 17    – 10:30 am, Advent III: Choral Christmas service (singing and ringing) – 2:30 pm, AcabellA Handbells at Keshen Goodman Library Tue. Dec. 19    – 2 pm, Book Club meeting at 3664 St. Paul’s Street Christmas Eve – 7:30 am, Christmas Breakfast – 10:30 am, Advent IV – 6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service – 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Service Christmas Day – 10:30 am, Christmas carol service   The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help! Please support the Anonymous Couple campaign in the coming weeks. In order to take advantage of this generous offer to match new donations up to $15,000, the congregation still needs to contribute more than $10,000 before the end of 2017. A reminder about the church’s financial position – The church does a good job of managing expenses, but salaries, utilities, maintenance of old buildings, and other routine costs still exceed our revenue. Every year St. Matthew’s needs to withdraw money... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 Advent 1

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events From The Ashes concert Dec. 6 at 8 pm Lost purse The Anonymous Couple campaign needs your help Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge Sunday Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s – White Gift Sunday Dec. 10 6-50-80-100-150 Celebration Concert Dec. 13 St. Matthew’s Book Club Dec. 19. Out of the Cold Shelter in operation – How can you help? If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Wed. Dec. 6    – 12 noon, Service of Remembrance/Action Against Violence Against Women – 8 pm, From the Ashes concert commemorating the Halifax Explosion Sat. Dec. 9       – Greening of the Church (with treats) Sun. Dec. 10    – 10:30 am, Advent II: Sunday School Service and WHITE GIFTS – After Church, St. Matthew’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest Wed. Dec. 13 – 7:30 pm, Terry Hurrell and Friends concert in the sanctuary Sun. Dec. 17    – 10:30 am, Advent III: Choral Christmas service (singing and ringing) – 2:30 pm, AcabellA Handbells at Keshen Goodman Library Tue. Dec. 19    – 2 pm, Book Club meeting at 3664 St. Paul’s Street Christmas Eve – 7:30 am, Christmas Breakfast – 10:30 am, Advent IV – 6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service – 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Service Christmas Day – 10:30 am, Christmas carol service Thursdays        – Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour   “From The Ashes” commemoration of the Halifax Explosion – Wednesday 8 pm Remember the From The Ashes concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion on Wed. Dec. 6 at 8 pm in the sanctuary. From The... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

Anniversary Sunday Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Congregational meeting highlights Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge deadline Dec. 1 Anonymous Couple returns From The Ashes concert Dec. 6 – Buy your ticket Sunday Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s Out of the Cold Shelter opens Dec. 1 – How can you help? Thanks to … If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Fri. Dec. 1        – Out of the Cold Shelter opens Sun. Dec. 3      – 10:30 am, Advent I Wed. Dec. 6    – Noon, Service of Remembrance/Action Against Violence Against Women – 8 pm, From the Ashes concert commemorating the Halifax Explosion Sun. Dec. 10    – 10:30 am, Advent II: Sunday School Service – After Church, St. Matthew’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest Sun. Dec. 17    – 10:30 am, Advent III: Choral Christmas service (singing and ringing) – 2:30 pm, AcabellA Handbells at Keshen Goodman Library Christmas Eve – 7:30 am, Christmas Breakfast – 10:30 am, Advent IV – 6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service – 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Service Christmas Day – 10:30 am, Christmas carol service Thursdays        – Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour   Congregational meeting highlights The congregation met on Sunday to approve the financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2017, and assorted other business. Highlights: The congregation was commended by the auditor for its rigorous cost-control, and for the dedicated record-keeping provided by treasurer Marg Arklie. Expenditure in excess of revenue before any draw on the Endowment Fund was $149,200. The Endowment Fund provided $59,983 in income, as well as $100,000 from... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Congregational meeting and lunch Sunday Anonymous Couple returns Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge From The Ashes concert Dec. 6 – Buy your ticket Sunday Getting ready for Christmas at St. Matthew’s Out of the Cold Shelter opens Dec. 1 – How can you help? Come to the Stable crèche display deferred until 2018 A reminder about one of St. Matthew’s policies If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tue. Nov. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 7 Covington Way, 2 pm Sun. Nov. 26               268th Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith Sun. Nov. 26               Congregational meeting and lunch, after church Wed. Dec. 6                From the Ashes, Halifax Explosion commemorative concert, 8 pm Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour   Congregational meeting and lunch Sunday On Sunday Nov. 26 after church, the congregation will meet to review the financial statements, annual reports, and other important matters. Lunch will be served by the Fellowship Committee – soup, brown bread, and cheese. It is NOT a potluck, but if you would like to contribute some cookies/squares, they will find a good use. Anonymous Couple returns St. Matthew’s has an Anonymous Couple who has pledged to match the congregation’s year-end contributions up to a total of $15,000. To qualify, donations from the congregation must be over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. Donations can be left in the offering plate marked “Anonymous Couple” or dropped off at the church office. An influx of $15,000 from the congregation, matched by the Anonymous Couple, would greatly improve our... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sandwiches for Out of the Cold Shelter Anonymous Couple returns Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge St. Matthew’s Book Club Nov. 21 Come to the Stable crèche display Dec. 3 From the Ashes commemoration of Halifax Explosion Dec. 6 If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. Nov. 19               Session, Stewards and Board meetings, after church Tue. Nov. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 7 Covington Way, 2 pm Sun. Nov. 26               268th Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith Sun. Nov. 26               Congregational meeting (budget), after church Sun. Dec. 3                 Come to the Stable Advent display of crèche sets Wed. Dec. 6                From the Ashes, Halifax Explosion commemorative concert, 8 pm Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour Sandwiches for Out of the Cold Shelter Since 2011 members of St. Matthew’s have been making sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter each Thursday. Jean Hattie is coordinating the project again this year. On Sunday during coffee hour Jean will have sign-up sheets so volunteers can choose a Thursday that is convenient. Each volunteer makes and wraps two loaves of sandwiches – Jean will provide instructions. Anonymous Couple returns St. Matthew’s has an Anonymous Couple who has pledged to match the congregation’s year-end contributions up to a total of $15,000. To qualify, donations from the congregation must be over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. Donations can be left in the offering plate marked “Anonymous Couple” or dropped off at the church office. An influx of $15,000 from the congregation, matched by the Anonymous... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Anonymous Couple returns Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge St. Matthew’s Book Club Nov. 21 Come to the Stable crèche display Dec. 3 From the Ashes commemoration of Halifax Explosion Dec. 6 If you missed last Sunday In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. Nov. 12               – Worship service with AcabellA Handbell choir, 10:30 am – Worship and Music Committee, after church – Melville Heights service, 2 pm Sun. Nov. 19               Session, Stewards and Board meetings, after church Tue. Nov. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 7 Covington Way, 2 pm Sun. Nov. 26               268th Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith Sun. Nov. 26               Congregational meeting (budget), after church Sun. Dec. 3                 Come to the Stable Advent display of creche sets Wed. Dec. 6                From the Ashes, Halifax Explosion commemorative concert, 8 pm Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour   Anonymous Couple returns St. Matthew’s has an Anonymous Couple who has pledged to match the congregation’s year-end contributions up to a total of $15,000. To qualify, donations from the congregation must be over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. Donations can be left in the offering plate marked “Anonymous Couple” or dropped off at the church office. An influx of $15,000 from the congregation, matched by the Anonymous Couple, would greatly improve our financial position in a year when there have been extraordinary expenditures related to stained glass window repair, creating a coffee hour kitchenette at the sanctuary level, and buttress work. All contributions to operating costs (heat, lights, etc.) also support the worthy outreach work... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Women’s Breakfast Saturday Nov. 4 Please support the Halifax Explosion concert in December Anonymous Couple Returns Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Challenge If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sat. Nov. 4                  Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, 8:30 am Sun. Nov. 5                 Remembrance Sunday Sun. Nov. 12               Worship and Music Committee, after church Sun. Nov. 19               Session, Stewards and Board meetings, after church Sun. Nov. 26               268th Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith Sun. Nov. 26               Congregational meeting (budget), after church Wed. Dec. 6                From the Ashes, Halifax Explosion commemorative concert, 8 pm Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour   Women’s Breakfast Saturday Women from the congregation are invited to Smitty’s at the corner of Spring Garden Road/Cathedral Lane on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8:30 am. Enjoy a good breakfast and conversation with others, and meet new friends in an informal setting. Just tell the greeter that you are with the St. Matthew’s group and she will seat you with us. Please support From the Ashes commemorating the Halifax Explosion Wed. Dec. 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. At 8 pm, St. Matthew’s will remember the victims and the role our church played in the relief effort with an evening concert that features a massed choir and orchestra performing the Fauré Requiem, as well as The Halifax Explosion, a commemorative choral work written by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle. On Dec. 6, 1917, St. Matthew’s became a refuge for the wounded and a work station for the desperate relief efforts. To recognize... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Lunch Bunch Community Choir Please support the Halifax Explosion concert in December If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. Nov. 5                 Remembrance Sunday Sun. Nov. 26               Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm in the parlour Lunch Bunch Community Choir CTV recently broadcast an interview with members of St. Matthew’s Lunch Bucnh – downtwon workers and other community members who sing together at the church every Friday at noon under the direction of Wayne Rogers. The video link is “Halifax Choir Hunts for Harmony” may be found at http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video#1236095 Please support the Halifax Explosion concert in December Wed. Dec. 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. St. Matthew’s will be remembering the victims and the role our church played in the relief effort with an evening concert that features a massed choir and orchestra performing the Fauré Requiem, as well as The Halifax Explosion, a commemorative choral work written by Lunenburg composer Mary Knickle. On Dec. 6, 1917, St. Matthew’s became a refuge for the wounded and a work station for the desperate relief efforts. To recognize our special connection to this history, for the past 18 months Rev. Betsy Hogan and Minister of Music Wayne Rogers have been planning a commemorative event. Archival photographs, displayed on our wall-mounted computer screens, will be a poignant backdrop for the special readings, prayers, and music performed by the massed choir and musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia. St. Matthew’s is providing the core choir, but 48 singers from United Churches... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events  Potluck Church Oct. 17  Thanks to …  Condolences to … If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tue. Oct. 17                Potluck Church, 5:30 pm Sun. Oct. 22                 Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Nov. 5                  Remembrance Sunday Sun. Nov. 26                Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith Thursdays                    Bible study, 12 noon–1 pm at Apt. 2101, 1470 Summer Street Potluck Church TONIGHT Plan to attend Potluck Church on Tue. Oct. 17, 5:30–7 pm in the sanctuary. This is an opportunity to share a casual meal, conversation, and quality time with others in the congregation – church the way Jesus would have done it! Conversation will focus on getting to know you through the “two truths and a lie” guessing game. Everyone is invited to bring something to share – a casserole, bottle of juice, salad, donuts, something from Mr. Sobey or President’s Choice. Thanks to … All who contributed fresh fruit and vegetables and other foods to our Thanksgiving collection for Feed Nova Scotia Condolences to … The family of Ken Publicover, his wife Karen and daughter Aria. Ken’s life was celebrated on Saturday at a funeral service held at St. Matthew’s. If you missed last Sunday … Prelude  –  Arioso in F             J.S. Bach Reading –  Matthew 22: 1-14 Hymns Christ Be Our Light Will You Come and Follow Me God Who Gives to Life its Goodness Sermon – KAIROS – Alfredo Barahona, guest speaker Choral Anthem – Be Thou My Vision arr. Dan Forrest Postlude – Trumpet Tune       Charles Callahan Thanks to Alfredo... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 — Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events New location for Bible Study for a few weeks  Potluck Church Oct. 17  Thanks to …  Hold in your Prayers … News from Keith Wiseman If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. Oct. 15                 Guest preacher Alfredo Barahona, KAIROS Canada Tue. Oct. 17                Potluck Church, 5:30 pm Sun. Oct. 22                 Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Nov. 5                  Remembrance Sunday Sun. Nov. 26                Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Councillor Lindell Smith New location for Bible Study for a few weeks The Bible study group will continue to meet on Thursdays from 12 noon to 1 pm, but until mid-October sessions will be held at 1470 Summer St., Apt. 2101. Potluck Church Oct. 17 Plan to attend Potluck Church on Tue. Oct. 17, 5:30–7 pm in the sanctuary. This is an opportunity to share a casual meal, conversation, and quality time with others in the congregation. Everyone is invited to bring something to share, either homemade or purchased from a store. Thanks to … Members of the Worship and Music Committee for decorating the sanctuary for Thanksgiving David and Matthew Fraser, Craig Wallace, and Jolene Pattison for their efforts to provide technical support for the sound system and computer screens. If you have skills in this area, more volunteers would be welcome! Hold in your prayers … Funeral service will be held at St. Matthew’s on Saturday at 1 pm for the late Ken Publicover, who died last week of brain cancer. Please hold his wife, Karen, and daughter, Aria,... read more

e-Bulletin — Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events St. Matthew’s Book Club today Please remember in your prayers … Choirs amassing for special event If you missed last Sunday Sunday morning Breakfast Program welcomes volunteers In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events 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 Sun. Oct. 15                Guest preacher Alfredo Barahona, KAIROS Canada 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 Please remember in your prayers … Lisa Rounsefell and family, mourning the death of her mother, Joan Rounsefell, a long-time member of St Matthew’s 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 are on Mondays from 7:30-9 pm at St. Matt’s under the direction of Wayne Rogers. Interested participants should contact... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Contents 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... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 3

Labour Day Edition September 3,  2017 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Contents 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... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, July 9, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Summer at St. Matthew’s SummerSounds@Barrington concert series If you missed Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tuesdays                     SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 pm Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service   Summer at St. Matthew’s Pick-Up Choir — During the summer months the St. Matthew’s Choir provides musical leadership on a casual basis – no gowns, rehearsal only on Sunday morning, and no membership required! If you would like to join the choir members on Sundays, just show up at 9:45 am to prepare the hymns and service music. Accessible Fellowship Time — After church the congregation is remaining in the church sanctuary for Fellowship Time, as decided at the June Congregational Meeting, in order to ensure accessibility for all. Church Summer Office Hours — Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon. Open for Visitors —St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays, thanks to Tom Fraser, our Church Guide, who is pleased to share the long history (268 years) of our congregation in Halifax. If you are hosting guests from out-of-town, bring them to see the church and you might also hear student organist Matthew Fraser practising. SummerSounds@ Barrington concert series Lunchtime concerts are held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm, sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Church with the assistance of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. There is no admission but you are encouraged to make a donation of at least $5 to help cover expenses. July 4               Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Dean Bradshaw, piano July 11             Baroque “N Fiddle... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, July 2, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Special concert July 3 Summer at St. Matthew’s SummerSounds@Barrington concert series If you missed Sunday In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tuesdays                     SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 pm Mon. July 3                 North American Brass Band concert, 7:30 pm Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service Special concert July 3 Come to St. Matthew’s on Monday, July 3 at 7:30 pm for a benefit concert with the North American Brass Band, featuring Wayne Rogers. Freewill offering, with all proceeds going to St. Matthew’s. Summer at St. Matthew’s Pick-Up Choir — During the summer months the St. Matthew’s Choir provides musical leadership on a casual basis – no gowns, rehearsal only on Sunday morning, and no membership required! If you would like to join the choir members on Sundays, just show up at 9:45 am to prepare the hymns and service music. Accessible Fellowship Time — After church the congregation is remaining in the church sanctuary for Fellowship Time, as decided at the June Congregational Meeting, in order to ensure accessibility for all. It will not be perfect. However, the Elders and Stewards will oversee some renovations, including the installation of a small kitchenette in a corner of the minister’s office and possibly the removal of a few north-front pews, to provide more space and make the process smoother. Church Summer Office Hours — Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon. Open for Visitors —St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays, thanks to Tom Fraser, our Church Guide, who is... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, June 25, 2017

Welcome Summer! June 25,  2017 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Special concert July 3 Syrian family settling into life in Halifax SummerSounds@Barrington concert series The Sunday Pick-up Choir needs you! If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tuesdays                     SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 pm Mon. July 3                 North American Brass Band concert, 7:30 pm Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service   Special concert July 3 Join us on Monday, July 3 at 7:30 pm for a benefit concert with the North American Brass Band, featuring Wayne Rogers. Freewill offering, with all proceeds going to St. Matthew’s. Al-Saghrji family settling in We had an opportunity to meet and greet the Al Saghrji family on Sunday. Said (dad) and Maysan (mom) and their children Sedra, Joudi, and Bisher came to St. Matthew’s during the Fellowship time to meet with members of our congregation as well as guests from Fort Massey and St. David’s. The family is settling into their apartment in the Park Victoria and are being assisted as they get used to life in Halifax. We hope to see them often and will keep the congregation informed of how they can assist. SummerSounds@ Barrington concert series Lunchtime concerts are held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm, sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Church with the assistance of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. There is no admission but you are encouraged to make a donation of at least $5 to help cover expenses. July 4               Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Dean Bradshaw, piano July 11             Baroque “N Fiddle... read more

Welcome to St. Matthew’s Summer 2017 for concerts, worship services

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am SummerSounds@ Barrington Concert Series Lunchtime concerts are held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm, sponsored by St. Matthew’s United Church with the assistance of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. There is no admission but you are encouraged to make a donation of at least $5 to help cover expenses. July 4       Nicholas Higgs, baritone, and Dean Bradshaw, piano July 11      Baroque “N Fiddle String Quartet July 18      Thistle Scottish Country Dancers July 25      Lorna MacDonald, soprano, and Peter MacDonald, piano Aug. 1        Marcel d’Entremont, tenor, and Edward Enman, piano Aug. 8       Margaret Champion, soprano, and Scott Taylor, piano Aug. 15      Jigs Start Here Aug. 22     Ann Bradley, soprano, and Shawn Whynot, piano/organ Aug. 29     Second Chances Jazz Band   Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca or  (902) 423-9209 Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680,... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, June 18, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Syrian family settling into life in Halifax If you missed last Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. July 16                 Jazz Festival Service Sun. July 23                 Pride Festival Service Al-Saghrji family settling in The Al Saghrji family has arrived in Halifax to settle into their new apartment in the Park Victoria. Said (dad) and Maysan (mom) and their children Sedra, Joudi, and Besher arrived last Thursday afternoon. There will be a gathering in the near future so the sponsoring churches can all meet the Syrian family – but we will give them time to get rested and settled. Their new address is Apt. 413, 1333 South Park Street. Thanks to Lisa Marshall, who arranged ground transportation for the family, purchased a stuffed Canada-themed toy for each child and flowers for mom, and compiled a binder of information in English and Arabic. Also thanks to Lyn Waller who drove the family home to a second brief warm welcome at their apartment. Shelley MacKenzie has arranged for food and immediate necessities, and Michael and Susan McCurdy are on hand for the early days to orient them to the neighborhood. Enormous thanks are extended to all who have made this safe future possible for the family, notably Paul Bowlby, Shelley MacKenzie, and the extraordinary Bev MacDonald, our United Church refugee liaison, whose expertise has been crucial to so many families newly arrived in the Maritimes.   If you missed last Sunday … Handbell Prelude     Grazioso and How can I Keep From Singing     Arnold B. Sherman Handbell Introit       Let There Be Peace on Earth ... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, June 11

St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Welcome the al-Sagherji family on June 15 Report from the congregational meeting Happy birthday to … If you missed last Sunday In the Community Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S Meeting Schedule   St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. June 18               Service with AcabellA Handbell Choir Sun. July 16                Jazz Festival Service Sun. July 23                Pride Festival Service   Al-Sagherji Family arrives on June 15 The Al Sagherji family will arrive at the Halifax airport at 3:08 pm on Thu., June 15. You are most welcome to be at the airport to welcome them. Alternatively, you are welcome to greet them in the lobby of the Park Victoria, 1333 South Park St., at approximately 4:30-4:45 pm. You may want to check flight arrival info (AC 608 from Toronto) before heading out. The family will have been travelling for 19 hours, so this will be a warm and cheerful – but short! – welcome. Lisa Marshall has arranged ground transportation for the family, purchased a stuffed, Canada-themed toy for each child, compiled a binder of info in English & Arabic, and flowers for Maysan. Shelley MacKenzie will have arranged for food. Michael & Susan McCurdy will be on-hand for the first few days to orient them to the neighbourhood. There will be an Open House in the family apartment, TODAY (Tuesday) from 6:30-8 pm – Apt. 413, at the Park Vic, 1333 South Park Street. People will be at the main doors to let you in. This is an opportunity for people in the three churches to have a better feeling and appreciation for the home the... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, May 28, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events New tentative arrival date of June 15 for the al-Sagherji family Thanks to … Thinking about … Out of the Cold Shelter update If you missed last Sunday Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Wed. May 31              Potluck meeting for Refugee Welcome Teams, 5:30 pm at Fort Massey Sat. June 3                   Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, Spring Garden Road, 8:30 am Sun. June 4                  – Communion Service -Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church Sun. June 11                Congregational meeting with potluck lunch, after church Tentative arrival date of June 15 at 7:25 am  for al-Sagherji family A new tentative arrival date and time of June 15 at 7:30 am for our Syrian family. An apartment has been rented in the Park Victoria building on South Park Street, which is handy to school, stores, and many services that the family will be able to walk to. It will be furnished before they arrive. The support group potluck dinner meeting will go ahead on Wed. May 31 at 5:30 pm at Fort Massey. No peanuts, please. Thanks to … All who provided leadership for worship on May 28, Conference Sunday:  Terry Hurrell, presider; Leonard Preyra, sermon; Jolene Pattison, children’s time and reader; Hilary Wellard, prayers of the people; Jeff Karabanow, Minute for Mission; Craig Wallace and Wayne Lynch, technology.  Betsy Hogan and Margaret Machum were representing St. Matthew’s at the annual meeting of Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada. Thinking about … Johan Geldenhuys and Carol Lee, mourning the death of Johan’s brother in South... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, May 21, 2017

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tentative arrival date of May 31 for the al-Sagherji family Thanks to … Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. May 28               United Church Conference Sunday Wed. May 31              Potluck meeting for Refugee Welcome Teams, 5:30 pm at Fort Massey Sun. June 4                 – Communion Service -Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church Sun. June 11               Congregational meeting with potluck lunch, after church   Tentative arrival date of May 31 for al-Sagherji family We now have a tentative travel date of May 31 for our Syrian family. An apartment has been rented in the Park Victoria building on South Park Street, which is handy to school, stores, and many services that the family will be able to walk to. It will be furnished before they arrive. Meanwhile, our support group, along with folks from Fort Massey and St. David’s, plan to have a potluck dinner meeting which may also be a welcome party on Wed. May 31 at 5:30 pm at Fort Massey. No peanuts or pork in your potluck offering, please. Thanks to … Helga and Bob Mills and the Pastoral Care Team for hosting the seniors’ tea at Summer Gardens this past Wednesday. Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S The United Church of Canada has launched an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels. Starvation and extreme hunger are rapidly reaching a scale that the world has not seen before in most of these countries. Vulnerable... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, May 7, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events St. Matthew’s Book Club Spring Tea for Seniors Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S Refugee Committee update Can you help with a house for summer visitors? Congratulations to Matthew Fraser The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017 If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tue. May 9                 St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm, at Melville Heights Wed. May 17              Spring Tea for Seniors, 2-4 pm, at Summer Gardens Sun. May 28               United Church Conference Sunday Wed. May 31              Potluck meeting for Refugee Welcome Teams, 5:30 pm at Fort Massey Sun. June 4                 Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church Sun. June 11               Congregational meeting with potluck lunch, after church   St. Matthew’ Book Club The St. Matthew’s Book Club meets Tue. May 9 at 2 pm at Hope Toumishey’s home at Melville Heights, Ramsgate Lane. This month’s book is Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott. Spring Tea for Seniors The Pastoral Care Committee is organizing a Spring Tea for senior members of the congregation on Wed. May 17 from 2-4 pm at Summer Gardens, 1470 Summer St. Bring yourself and a smile to enjoy refreshments, conversation, and a pleasant afternoon with others from the congregation. Thanks to Helga and Bob Mills for offering their lovely common room for this social occasion. Extreme Hunger Appeal from M&S The United Church of Canada has launched an Extreme Hunger Appeal as the humanitarian crisis in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen reaches grave levels. Starvation and extreme hunger are rapidly reaching a scale that the world has... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events News from the al-Sagherji Family! Congratulations to Stephanie Hurrell Parking behind church no longer available All Our Relations Memorial Garden Out of the Cold Shelter season ends The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017 If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. May 7                  Pastoral Care Committee meeting, after church Sun. May 28                United Church Conference Sunday Sun. June 4                  Session, Stewards, Board meetings, after church Sun. June 11                Congregational meeting with potluck lunch, after church News from the al-Sagherji Family! At long last, the family whom we have sponsored to resettle safely in Halifax has received word from the Canadian Embassy in Beirut that we may expect their arrival by summer. Our support groups, with folks from Fort Massey and St. David’s, will be readied and refreshed for action in the days ahead. Here is the email received: Hi Susan & Michael, Hi Shelly & Paul, Hi every one Canadian Embassy just called to tell me that they process our application and we may move to Canada within 2 monthes &They will tell us about date of travel before 2 weeks We wish 2 see you in this Summer. Mayssan & Saeed Congratulations to … Stephanie Hurrell, who will receive an honorary Bachelor of Education degree from Roehampton University, London (Southlands College) for her service to education.  The presentation will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on May 15 after which she and Terry will enjoy holiday time with family. Parking behind St. Matthew’s no longer available All parking on the Commissionaire’s... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Final reminder re parking behind the church All Our Relations Memorial Garden Camino Nova Scotia – a summer pilgrimage If you missed last Sunday Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. Apr. 30               – Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church – End of the season for the Out of the Cold Shelter Sun. May 28               United Church Conference Sunday Final reminder re Parking Behind the Church We have been notified by the buyer of the Commissionaires’ property that all parking has been prohibited as of Apr. 23 – this includes Thursday nights (choir rehearsals), Sunday mornings, and all other times. Ticketing and towing await anyone who parks on the property. All Our Relations Memorial Garden Last year members of the congregation planted an abundance of bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs around the south lawn of the church, in honour and memory of loved ones and in solidarity with First Nations (“ All Our Relations” is the First Nations motto of the United Church of Canada. Now, as spring begins, we look forward to watching our garden wake up to full bloom – a feast for our eyes, and for bees and butterflies. Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba Ever wonder what a pilgrimage is all about? Need to recharge by unplugging? Need to give your life a spiritual and physical shake-up? Want to connect with other spiritual seekers using the most ancient, low-tech, zero-emission method of transportation? The Atlantic School of Theology is... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 — Easter Sunday

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Extending condolences … Important message re parking behind the church All Our Relations Memorial Garden Student Minister News Camino Nova Scotia – a summer pilgrimage Many attend Easter Services at St. Matt’s If you missed Easter Sunday Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Sun. Apr. 23                 – Worship music by AcabellA Handbell Choir, and Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Apr. 30                 Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church   Extending condolences … A funeral service was held on Monday for the late Fred Black — husband, father, grandfather, and much-loved member of our congregation. Our condolences to his wife, Anne, and her family at this sad time. Important Message re Parking Behind the Church We have been notified by the buyer of the Commissionaires’ property that all parking will be prohibited after Apr. 23 on Thursday nights (choir rehearsals), Sunday mornings, and at all other times. Ticketing and towing await anyone who parks on the property. All Our Relations Memorial Garden Last year members of the congregation planted an abundance of bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs around the south lawn of the church, in honour and memory of loved ones and in solidarity with First Nations (“ All Our Relations” is the First Nations motto of the United Church of Canada. Now, as spring begins, we look forward to watching our garden wake up to full bloom – a feast for our eyes, and for bees and butterflies. Student Minister news All good wishes to our... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017. Palm Sunday

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Holy Week at St. Matthew’s Extending condolences … St. Matthew’s Book Club Important Message re parking behind the church Student Minister News Custodian Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Apr. 13                Maundy Thursday Potluck and Seder Meal, 5:30 pm Fri. Apr. 14                  Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm Sun. Apr. 16                 (1) Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast, 7 am (2) Easter Service with Communion, Symphony Brass, and singalong Hallelujah Chorus, 10:30 am Mon. Apr. 17               Funeral Service for the late Fred Black, 3 pm Tue. Apr. 18                St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see note) Sun. Apr. 23                 Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Apr. 30                 Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church HOLY WEEK AT ST. MATTHEW’S Holy Thursday Potluck and Seder: Thu. Apr. 13, 5:30–7 pm Our Holy Thursday service will begin with an all-ages potluck supper in the sanctuary – just bring yourself and something to share – which will gently morph into a remembrance of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, following the traditions of the Passover Seder. Good Friday Choral Service: Fri. Apr. 14, 7:30–8:30 pm A quiet and moving service, centred on unaccompanied choral music and familiar words and symbols of Good Friday. Easter Sunrise Service: Easter Sunday Apr. 16, 7 am with light breakfast Weather permitting, we gather on the South Lawn (near the glass doors) to greet Easter Sunrise with a brief service of joy, celebration, and song, before retiring indoors for... read more