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eBulletin — Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events St. Matthew’s Book Club Helping the helpers in Emerson, Man. Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Tue. Mar. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Thu. Mar. 23               Bible Study in the parlour, noon 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                 – Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast, 7 am – Easter Service with Communion, Symphony Brass, and singalong Hallelujah Chorus, 10:30 am Sun. Apr. 30                 Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)   St. Matthew’s Book Club St. Matthews Book Club meets on Tue. March 21 at 2 pm at Stephanie Hurrell’s home, 76 Prestwick Close, Apt. 310. We will be discussing Twenty-Six by Leo McKay, a novel inspired by the Westray mining disaster. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Janet Copeland at 902-445-5906, j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca or Hope Toumishey at 902-477-2773, hopet@ns.sympatico.ca Helping the helpers in Emerson, Manitoba About 200 people have already crossed the border into Manitoba seeking asylum from the United States. How can we... read more

Church custodian position

Church custodian – Custodian needed for historic St. Matthew’s United Church, 1479 Barrington St., Halifax. Hours: 30 hrs/wk including Sunday mornings. Salary $15.20/hour. Successful candidate will be experienced, self-motivated, and able to work independently with minimal supervision. Candidates selected for an interview will be expected to provide references. Contact stmattshr@gmail.com Church Custodian Job Description Position Overview The Custodian is responsible for maintaining the buildings and grounds of St. Matthew’s United Church so that the facility is clean and in working order at all times. This includes performing custodial/cleaning duties; minor maintenance and repairs;  set-up for various functions; exterior maintenance; and related other duties. Primary Responsibilities Checklists of specific tasks and duties will be provided to the Custodian. The Custodian and Church Administrator (Supervisor) will review the checklists regularly and make any necessary amendments. The following is an overview of the primary responsibilities of this position. Clean and care for all areas of the buildings so they are maintained in a safe, healthy manner Dust and clean all surfaces, furniture, baseboards, windows, window sills Mop and wash all exposed floors Vacuum all carpeted areas, including stairs and offices Clean and disinfect washrooms Remove and dispose of all garbage and recycling Replenish all disposable supplies Pest control as needed Prepare St. Matthew’s church and hall for authorized uses Set up the Sanctuary and Lower Hall for Sunday services and post-church activities Clear furniture in the Sanctuary and Lower Hall after the Sunday service Set up any area of St. Matthew’s for special functions, external events, or other activities as directed by the Church Administrator, Minister, and.or Minister of Music Exterior maintenance... read more

eBulletin — Sun. March 12, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Potluck Church on Wednesday St. Matthew’s Book Club Helping the helpers in Emerson, Man. Our Syrian family – no news yet, but hope! Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary Thu. Mar. 16               Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Mar. 19               Worship and Music Committee, after church Tue. Mar. 21               St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm 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                 – Easter Sunrise Service with light breakfast, 7 am – Easter Service with Communion, Symphony Brass, and singalong Hallelujah Chorus, 10:30 am Sun. Apr. 30                 Remit 6: One Order of Ministry – first look, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)   Potluck Church on Wednesday Potluck Church is Wed. Mar. 15 at 5:30 pm in the church sanctuary. All are welcome for an evening of fellowship, food, and a bit of music too. Bring a morsel to share and your ideas about the theme for the evening:  “How do we stay... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, March 5, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thanks to … Potluck Church March 15 Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Mar. 9                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary Sun. Mar. 19               Worship and Music Committee, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)   Thanks to … Keith Wiseman, student minister, who preached his first sermon at St. Matthew’s on Sunday. Keith will be working with our congregation for the next 18 months. Members of the Board of Stewards and friends, who provided a delicious pancake and sausage lunch on Sunday to mark the first Sunday of Lent. Potluck Church Our next Potluck will be Wed. Mar. 15 at 5:30 pm in the church sanctuary. All are welcome for an evening of fellowship, food, and a bit of music too.  Bring along some morsel to share and your ideas about the theme for the evening:  “How do we stay aware each day of that in Life which is sheer blessing?”  This is a relaxed and informal opportunity to meet others in the congregation. Out of the Cold Shelter... read more

eBulletin — Sunday Feb. 26, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Mar. 2                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Mar. 5                 Pancake Lunch, after church (for a belated Shrove Tuesday) Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary Sun. Mar. 19               Worship and Music Committee, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)   Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs The Out of the Cold Shelter is a peanut-free space. OTCS cannot accept donations including mouthwash, aftershave, or hand sanitizer. OTCS maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as well as the website. In addition to donations of clean clothing, current needs include: Bus tickets       •          Sweatpants, pyjama pants, track pants for men and women Juice boxes      •          Underwear for men and women To-Go cups      •          Granola bars Donations can be made Monday_Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. If you have any questions about OTCS needs, please contact Ben, the Shelter Coordinator. He can be reached by email at halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com and by phone at 902-429-6518. If you missed last Sunday … Prelude                        Prière à Notre-Dame             Leon Boëllmann Introit                         ... read more

eBulletin — Sunday Feb. 19, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Feb. 23                Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Feb. 26                 Quarterly meetings of Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board Sun. Mar. 5                 Pancake Lunch, after church (for a belated Shrove Tuesday) Wed. Mar. 15              Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary     REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)     Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs The Out of the Cold Shelter maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as well as its website. Current requests are for: Bus tickets Sweatpants, pyjama pants, track pants for men and women Juice boxes • Underwear for men and women •  Winter footwear   If you have any questions about OTCS needs, please contact Ben, the Shelter Coordinator. He can be reached by email at halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com and by phone at 902-429-6518.   If you missed last Sunday … Prelude                        Rhosymedre    Ralph Vaughan Williams Introit                          Let Thy Clear Light Shine        W.A. Mozart Reading                       Matthew 6: 24-34 Sermon                        Of Birds and Lilies and Choices Hymns                         Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty He Leadeth Me Seek... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Please keep in your prayers … Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Feb. 16                – Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sat. Feb. 18                 – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, Spring Garden Road, 8:30 am Sun. Feb. 26                 – Pancake Lunch, after church (for Shrove Tuesday) – Quarterly meetings of Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca) Please keep in your prayers … Helga and Bob Mills, mourning the death of Helga’s brother in Ontario. Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs The Out of the Cold Shelter maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as well as its website. Current requests are for: Ground decaf coffee Fabric steamer • Bus tickets Large clear garbage bags • Tim Horton’s cards ($5 value each) •  Sweatpants, pyjama pants, track pants Juice boxes • Men’s jeans (particularly sizes 32, 34, 36, 38) •  Underwear for men and women •  Long johns If you have any questions about OTCS needs, please contact Ben, the Shelter Coordinator. He can be reached by email at halifaxwintershelter@gmail.com and by phone at 902-429-6518.... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Feb. 4, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Please keep in your prayers … Student Minister covenanting Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday The Observer subscriptions Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar and Events Thu. Feb. 9                  – Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Feb. 26                 – Pancake Lunch, after church (for Shrove Tuesday) – Quarterly meetings of Kirk Session, Stewards, Official Board REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca) Please keep in your prayers … Helga and Bob Mills, mourning the death of Helga’s brother in Ontario. Student Minister covenanting Last Sunday we welcomed to our new AST student minister, Keith Wiseman. Keith will be with us for 6 hrs/week for three semesters until spring 2018. He is a Newfoundlander with extensive lay leadership experience (and he loves to sing). Keith will participate in Sunday services, and contribute to the life of the congregation in various ways over this semester. The covenanting service included the introduction of Keith’s Lay Support Committee: Jocelyn Covert, Matthew Fraser, Ted Luther, Rev. Bob Mills, and Rev. Betsy Hogan. Out of the Cold Shelter – current needs The Out of the Cold Shelter maintains a list of its needs on Facebook as... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

  Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Thanks to Mike Currie Student Minister covenanting and installation of Elders, Stewards Anonymous Couple generosity Walking with Our Sisters – last chance to see it The Observer subscriptions Extreme Weather Warming Centre Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Sun. Jan. 29                 – Worship service, 10:30 am – Installation of new Elders and Stewards – Covenanting with Student Minister and Lay Committee Thu. Feb. 2                  – Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Feb. 26                 – Pancake Lunch, after church (respecting Shrove Tuesday) REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca) Thanks to Mike Currie Thanks to Mike Currie for his many years of service to St. Matthew’s as repairman, groundskeeper, sound technician, and custodial support. Mike’s good-natured and helpful presence on Sunday mornings especially has been greatly appreciated by the congregation, and he will be missed. We are sorry to receive his resignation following the decision of the Chairs of Stewards and Property to streamline the oversight of custodial work. We wish him all the best in future endeavours. Danielle St. Jean will continue as our custodian. Student Minister covenanting and installation of... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

  Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Student Minister joining us Anonymous Couple generosity Walking with Our Sisters The Observer subscriptions Extreme Weather Warming Centre Out of the Cold Shelter – Current needs Church calendars and offering envelopes If you missed last Sunday Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Thu. Jan. 26                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Jan. 29                 Worship service, 10:30 am REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm (Just turn up, and enter by the glass doors) Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at carolsmillie@hfx.eastlink.ca)   Student Minister joining us Welcome to our new AST student minister, Keith Wiseman. Keith will be with us for 6 hrs/week for three semesters until spring 2018. He is a Newfoundlander with extensive lay leadership experience (and he loves to sing). Keith will participate in Sunday services, and contribute to the life of the congregation in various ways over this semester. Anonymous Couple generosity Thanks to all who contributed to the Anonymous Couple campaign at the end of 2016. The congregation donated about $14,000 at year-end (PAR and pledges were excluded), which was matched by the Anonymous Couple – in fact, matched with a bonus $1,000. The Board of Stewards welcomes the year-end boost of a total of $29,000. It is important support as we move into the coldest... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

  Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Tue. Jan. 17 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm Tue. Jan. 17 – St. Matthew’s Book Club: “Go Set a Watchman” Thinking about … Meeting Schedule. In the Community St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Tue. Jan. 17                 St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see note) Tue. Jan. 17                 Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary (see note) Thu. Jan. 19                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Jan. 22                 Executive of Official Board meeting, after church Worship and Music Committee meeting, after church Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  Tue. Jan. 17 at 12:15 pm @ St. David’s Presbyterian, downtown Wed. Jan. 18 at 12:15 pm @ First Baptist Church, Oxford Street Thu. Jan. 19 at 12:15 pm @ All Saints Cathedral, Cathedral Lane REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Choirs Practice on Thursdays – Handbells 6 pm, Church Choir 7:30 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 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) TONIGHT! Tuesday Jan. 17 – Potluck Church The first Potluck Church of 2017 will be held Tue. Jan. 17 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Bring a food offering and your thoughts on our theme:  “What are you passionate about and why?” If you have never attended a Potluck Church, come and experience our wonderful fellowship and an always-delicious meal. TODAY! St. Matthew’s Book Club – Go Set a Watchman St. Matthew’s Book Club will meet on... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Jan. 8, 2017

Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Sun. Jan. 15 – Communion, Skating Tue. Jan. 17 – Potluck Church, 5:30 pm Tue. Jan. 17 – St. Matthew’s Book Club: “Go Set a Watchman” Thinking about … Thanks to … If  you missed Sunday … Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017 Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Thu. Jan. 12                 Bible Study in the parlour, noon Sun. Jan. 15                 Celebration of Epiphany (Visit of the Magi) with Communion, 10:30 am Skating Party on the Oval, 1-2 pm Tue. Jan. 17                 St. Matthew’s Book Club, 2 pm (see note) Tue. Jan. 17                 Potluck Church, 5:30 pm in the sanctuary (see note) Sun. Jan. 22                 Executive of Official Board meeting, after church Worship and Music Committee meeting, after church Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  Services 12:15–12:45 pm at at various peninsula churches on Tue. Jan. 17, Wed. Jan. 18 and Thu. Jan. 19. Schedule pending. REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club Lunch Bunch Choir – Fridays at 12:15 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) Sunday, Jan. 15 – Communion, skating Since church was cancelled last week because of the weather, the Celebration of Epiphany and Communion will be held on Sun. Jan. 15. Benevolent Fund Envelopes will be included in Sunday’s bulletin, as always when we celebrate the sacrament of Communion. Our Benevolent Fund makes it possible for the church to respond to emergency needs on a day-to-day basis:... read more

eBulletin — Jan. 1, 2017 Happy New Year edition

Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar Church calendars available Thinking about … Thanks to … If  you missed Sunday … Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017 Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Events and Calendar No choir rehearsals or Bible study until week of Jan. 9 Sun. Jan. 8                   Celebration of Epiphany (Visit of the Magi) with Communion, 10:30 am Sun. Jan. 22                 Executive of Official Board, after church Church calendars        The 2017 Church calendars are available at the office for $5. Thinking about … Jane Lee of our choir, visiting her terminally-ill brother Tom Harpur, noted author, broadcaster, columnist, theologian and spiritual leader Thanks to … Dan and Linda Campbell, John Wallace, and the Fellowship Committee for hosting St. Matthew’s 2017 levee. Nearly 100 visitors dropped in for refreshments and fellowship to welcome the new year. Matthew Fraser, organ student, for providing background music on the organ and piano for our successful New Year’s Day levee on Jan. 1 All who contributed to Bethlehem@Barrington on Christmas Eve. The production team led by Jolene Pattison and Betsy Hogan included actors, singers, musicians, and the famous donkey Tia Maria, supported by ushers, hot chocolate providers, sound and light technicians, and more. More than $2,000 was donated for the outreach work of the church. If you missed last Sunday … Prelude            Der Tag der ist so freudenreich BWV 645     JS Bach Reading           Luke 2:22-40 Anthem           The Gate of the Year              John Butler Sermon            And the time came … Postlude          We Three Kings                       David Clarke Isele Thanks to Matthew Fraser, organ student, for playing today’s postlude Atlantic School of Theology Continuing... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, Christmas and New Year Edition

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Revelation Last edition of 2016 – the eBulletin will return in January Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar New Year’s Day Levee at St. Matthew’s Year-end financial matters Church calendars available Sharing the Christmas spirit Thanks to … If  you missed Sunday … Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017 In the Community St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar Christmas Eve           Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity service (indoors), 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm Christmas Day           Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am New Year’s Day          Service, 10:30 am, followed by a New Year’s Levee New Year’s Day Levee There will be a New Year’s Day Levee at St. Matthew’s following the Jan. 1 service, from 11:30-12:30. The doors will be open to receive visitors from all over the city, with refreshments provided by our Fellowship Committee and organ music by Matthew Fraser. Our neighbor, the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, will be hosting a Canada 150 launch and levee from 11 am until 12:30 pm. St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica and Archbishop Mancini will also host a levee, beginning at 11 am. Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s Socks for Phoenix Shelter for Youth – We donate socks to at-risk youth who are served by Phoenix Shelters in Halifax. Donations can be left at the back of the sanctuary. Knitting and Crocheting – If you have some spare time, knit or crochet scarves, hats, mitts or socks for the Advent Knitting Tree and help keep a shelter guest warm this... read more

eBulletin — Sunday. Dec. 11, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent: Anticipation Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar Return of the Anonymous Couple Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s Bethlehem@Barrington Christmas Eve service wants singers Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts Gifts With Vision catalogue in the sanctuary AcabellA Handbell Choir road show Thanks to … If  you missed Sunday … St. Matthew’s Book Club meeting Dec. 20 Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017 In the Community St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar Fri. Dec. 16                  Lunch Bunch Holiday Song at 12:30 pm, Halifax Public Library Sat. Dec. 17                 Sing-through for Bethlehem@Barrington, 10 am Sun. Dec. 18                Advent IV. Choral Christmas Service with AcabellA Handbells Christmas Breakfast in the lower hall, 8 am Sing-through for Bethlehem@Barrington, after church Christmas Eve             Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity Service, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm Christmas Day             Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am New Year’s Day           Service, 10:30 am, with New Year’s Levee following REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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) Return of the Anonymous Couple This year the Anonymous Couple has pledged to match the congregation’s year-end contributions up to a total of $15,000. To qualify, donations from the congregation should be over and above any donations already pledged by PAR. An influx of $15,000 from the congregation, matched by the Anonymous Couple, would greatly improve our financial... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent: Preparation Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar Greening of the Sanctuary Dec. 10 White Gift Sunday Dec. 11 Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service Christmas Eve wants singers AcabellA Handbell Choir on the road this season Gifts With Vision catalogue in the sanctuary If  you missed Sunday … Notes from the Congregational Meeting St. Matthew’s Book Club meetings Dec. 20 Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017 In the Community St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar Tue. Dec. 6                  Remembrance/ Action Against Violence Against Women Service, 12 noon Sat. Dec. 10                 Greening of the Sanctuary, 9 am Sun. Dec. 11                Advent Three. Service with Sunday School Christmas pageant Sun. Dec. 18                Advent Four. Choral Christmas Service with AcabellA Handbells Christmas Breakfast in the lower hall, 8 am Christmas Eve             Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity Service, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm Christmas Day             Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am New Year’s Day           Service, 10:30 am, with New Year’s Levee following REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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)   Greening of the Sanctuary Dec. 10 Members of the Worship and Music Committee invite anyone interested in Christmas decorating to join them on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

First Sunday of Advent: Annunciation Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar Greening of the Sanctuary Dec. 10 Sharing the Christmas spirit at St. Matthew’s Zatoun products on sale – great Christmas gifts Bethlehem@Barrington Live Nativity Service Christmas Eve wants singers St. Matthew’s Book Club meetings Dec. 20 Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter If  you missed Sunday … Atlantic School of Theology continuing education Winter 2017 In the Community St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar Sun. Dec. 4                  Advent Two Congregational meeting, after church Tue. Dec. 6                  Remembrance/ Action Against Violence Against Women Service, 12 noon Sat. Dec. 10                 Greening of the Sanctuary, 9 am Sun. Dec. 11                Advent Three. Service with Sunday School Christmas pageant Sun. Dec. 18                Advent Four. Choral Christmas Service with AcabellA Handbells Christmas Breakfast in the lower hall, 8 am Christmas Eve             Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity Service, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm Christmas Day             Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am New Year’s Day           Service, 10:30 am, with New Year’s Levee following REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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)   Greening of the Sanctuary Dec. 10 Members of the Worship and Music Committee invite anyone interested in Christmas decorating to join them on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 9 am for the Greening of the Sanctuary. Enjoy holiday music and coffee with others while preparing... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Celebrating the beginning of our 268th year of ministry Contents St. Matthew’s Events and Advent Calendar Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter If  you missed Sunday … In the Community St. Matthew’s Events / Advent Calendar Sun. Nov. 27                Advent One Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board, after church Sun. Dec. 4                  Advent Two Congregational meeting, after church Tue. Dec. 6                  Remembrance/ Action Against Violence Against Women Service, 12 noon Sun. Dec. 11                Advent Three. Service with Sunday School Christmas pageant Sun. Dec. 18                Advent Four. Choral Christmas Service with AcabellA Handbells Christmas Breakfast in the lower hall, 8 am Christmas Eve             Bethlehem@ Barrington Live Nativity Service, 6:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 10 pm Christmas Day             Christmas Carol Service, 10:30 am New Year’s Day           Service, 10:30 am, with New Year’s Levee following REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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) Sandwiches and other donations for Out of the Cold Shelter The Out of the Cold Shelter will open in St. Matthew’s lower hall on Dec. 1, 2016. Jean Hattie is coordinating sandwiches for the shelter residents each Thursday throughout the winter. If you are interested in providing sandwiches, see Jean during Fellowship Time in the lower hall to schedule a week(s) when you can assist. St. Matthew’s contributes space and utilities to the shelter as well, so any donations to... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar We’re celebrating 267 years of ministry on Sunday! Sandwiches for Out of the Cold Shelter If  you missed Sunday … Thanks to … In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. Nov. 20                Anniversary Sunday, guest speaker Dr. David Deane of AST Sun. Nov. 27                Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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)   We’re celebrating 267 years on Sunday! Anniversary Sunday 2016 will mark the 267th anniversary of St. Matthew’s ministry in downtown Halifax. The guest speaker is Dr. David Deane of the Atlantic School of Theology. His academic interest is in virtue ethics and the life teachings of Aquinas. Sandwiches for Out of the Cold Shelter The Out of the Cold Shelter will open in St. Matthew’s lower hall on Dec. 1, 2016. Jean Hattie is coordinating sandwiches for the shelter residents each Thursday throughout the winter. If you are interested in providing sandwiches, see Jean during Fellowship Time in the lower hall to schedule a week(s) when you can assist. St. Matthew’s contributes space and utilities to the shelter as well, so any donations to St. Matthew’s operating costs also assist the Out of the Cold Shelter. If you missed last Sunday … Prelude            Interludes                                Denis Bédard Reading           2 Thessalonians 3:10-13 Anthem           How Can I Keep from Singing             Robert Lowry/Geoff Wilcken... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar St. Matthew’s Book Club Sandwiches for Out of the Cold Shelter Presentation of KAIROS petition to the NS Legislature We’re turning 267! If  you missed Sunday … In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. Nov. 13                Worship and Music Committee, after church Tue. Nov. 15                St. Matthew’s Book Club, see notice below Sun. Nov. 20                Anniversary Sunday, guest speaker Dr. David Deane of AST Sun. Nov. 27                Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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) St. Matthew’s Book Club Book club meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting is Tue. Nov. 15 at 2 pm at Hope Toumishey’s, 24 Ramsgate Lane, Apt. 215, to talk about A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy. For more information: Hope at hopet@ns.sympatico.ca / 902-477-2773 or Janet Copeland at j.copeland@ns.sympatico.ca / 902-445-5906 Sandwiches for Out of the Cold Shelter The Out of the Cold Shelter will open in St. Matthew’s lower hall on Dec. 1, 2016. Jean Hattie is coordinating sandwiches for the shelter residents each Thursday throughout the winter. If you are interested in providing sandwiches, see Jean during Fellowship Time on Sun. Nov. 13 in the lower hall to schedule a week(s) when you can assist. St. Matthew’s contributes space and utilities to the shelter as well, so any... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Update on refugee family St. Matthew’s Book Club Thanks to … If  you missed Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar If you are coming to church Nov. 6, this the time change weekend Sun. Nov. 6                  Remembrance Sunday Sun. Nov. 20                Anniversary Sunday, guest speaker Dr. David Deane of AST Sun. Nov. 27                Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board, after church REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS Thursday is Choir night –  Handbells, 6–7 pm, Choir, 7:30–9 pm Daytime Bible Study  – Thursdays, 12 noon–1 pm Third Tuesday – St. Matthew’s Book Club 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) Update on refugee family Last Sunday Paul Bowlby told the congregation that there is still no indication when our Syrian refugee family will be admitted to Canada. All the processes have been completed for the family, but security checks are ongoing and there is no sign of this speeding up. The local arrangements committee has communicated with MPs; the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and the Prime Minister’s Office about the lack of news and action. There are hints that the government may take steps between November and February to clean up some of the backlog of sponsored families, which would be welcome news to us and many other sponsors who have been waiting for families for more than a year. In the meantime, the Al Sagherji family continues to wait in limbo in Beirut. The family  includes mom and dad Maisan and Said, a teacher and accountant with... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Potluck Church Tuesday Oct. 25 at 5:30 pm Issues about life and death – a conversation Oct. 30 Happy birthday to … If  you missed Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Tue. Oct. 25                Potluck Church, 5:30-7 pm in the sanctuary, see notice below Sun. Oct. 30                 Conversation about end of life issues, after church, see notice below Sun. Nov. 6                  Remembrance Sunday Sun. Nov. 20                Anniversary Sunday, guest speaker Dr. David Deane REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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) Potluck Church Tuesday Oct. 25 at 5:30 pm All are invited to church the way Jesus did it: with food! At Potluck Church, all ages share supper and a theme conversation together around tables in the sanctuary. Just bring yourself and something to share – a homemade casserole, a bag of apples, Mr. Sobey’s daily special – and enjoy good company. Issues about life and death – a conversation Oct. 30 On Sun. Oct. 30, after church, there will be an Open Conversation about ways we think about life, suffering, end-of-life issues, and death. We’re invited into this conversation with a short piece written by Rev. Dr. Linda Yates and submitted to the United Church regarding Bill C-14 (Assisted Dying). If you would like to receive this e-document, please email Betsy at stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca Happy birthday to … Mike Currie, celebrating his 55th birthday. Because Paula Daniels... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar St. Matthew’s Book Club: The Lake House Weekly eBulletin – sign up today Thank you to … If  you missed Sunday Congratulations to … In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar 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 REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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)   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) Weekly eBulletin Though we can’t always make it to church on Sunday, the weekly eBulletin makes it possible to keep up with the news and announcements of upcoming events. If you would like to receive this, please email the office at stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca Thank you to … Mike Currie, for extensive work to the upstairs bathroom (new flooring and toilet so far!) and for the fine, highly-visible number plate indicating the street address for the church If you missed Sunday … Prelude            Arioso              J.S. Bach Reading           Luke 18: 1-18 Anthem           Thanks be to Thee       G.F. Handel / C. Lefebvre Sermon            Resistance... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Thanksgiving Sunday Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Thursday Audi-Visual Working Group established St. Matthew’s Book Club: The Lake House Weekly eBulletin – sign up today Thank you to … If  you missed Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar 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 REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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) Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Thursday The 10th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast will be held on Thurs. Oct. 13, 7:30 am, at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Help St. Matthew’s fill a table! You can purchase a $100 ticket by calling 423-4605 or email bsm1@eastlink.ca and just ask to be at the St. Matthew’s table. Funds raised provide essential clothing, shelter and breakfast for more than 5,000 people each year. The mission is a place of hope, dignity and respect. Caring for those who struggle with poverty and homelessness is supported by this one high-profile fundraiser each year, individual donations, and volunteer participation. This year’s breakfast will feature real stories from real people who have been directly affected by the work of the Mission. Audio-Visual Working Group An AV Working Group has been established to optimize our current technology infrastructure in the short term, and... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals Oct. 9 Audi-Visual Working Group Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Oct. 13 St. Matthew’s Book Club: The Lake House If  you missed Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar 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   REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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)   Thanksgiving Sunday and Blessing of the Animals Oct. 9 In celebration of Thanksgiving Sunday (Oct. 9), you are invited to bring a gift of harvest produce. These will decorate the church during the service, and then taken to Feed Nova Scotia as a Thanksgiving offering. We will also celebrate the Blessing of the Animals – all creatures, great and small, are welcome. A special Thanksgiving offering for St. Matthew’s outreach will be received. 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.  Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast Oct. 13 The 10th annual Brunswick Street Mission Breakfast will be held on Thurs. Oct. 13, 7:30... read more

eBulletin — Sunday Sept. 25, 2016

  Contents 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 REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

  Contents 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 REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Audi-Visual Working Group Sunday School under way St. Matthew’s Book Club resumes Sept. 20 If  you missed Sunday In the Community Everything you need know about Remits to the Basis of Union – Background in preparation for the Sept. 25 vote St. Matthew’s Calendar REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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. 18              Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board Sun. Sept. 25              Voting on Remits, after church 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   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... read more

eBulletin — Sunday Sept. 4, 2016

Sept. 4, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Summer activities winding up Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Please remember in your prayers … Thank you to … St. Matthew’s Book Club resumes Sept. 20 Annual reports were due Sept. 3 If  you missed Sunday In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS 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) Sat. Sept. 3                 Annual Reports Were Due! Sun. Sept. 11              Final Q&A discussion about Remits (structural changes to the United Church of Canada), after church Sun. Sept. 18              Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board Sun. Sept. 25              Voting on Remits, after church   Please remember in your prayers … Students and teachers beginning a new school year this week Steph Currie, Tom Fraser, Michael Moors, and Angela Dini of our congregation, each beginning a new university program  Thank you to … Matthew Fraser, an organ student of Wayne Rogers, for playing for the Sept. 4 service, and to Terry Hurrell, who led the choir while Wayne was on holiday St. Matthew’s Book Club resumes Sept. 20 The first meeting this fall will be on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm at the home of Joyce Anderson, Melville Heights, 24 Ramsgate Lane, Halifax.  The book we will be discussing is “The High Mountains of Portugal” by Yann Martel.  For information, contact Hope... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Contents • St. Matthew’s Calendar • Please keep in your prayers … • Thank you to … • Congratulations to … • Annual reports due Sept. 3 • All are welcome to visit, to sing … • If you missed Sunday • In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Office Hours Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon Sat. Sept. 3 Annual Reports Due! Sun. Sept. 4 Worship at 10:30 am Sun. Sept. 11 Final Q&A discussion about Remits (structural changes to the United Church of Canada), after church Sun. Sept. 18 Quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards, Official Board Sun. Sept. 25 Voting on Remits, after church Please keep in your prayers … • Connie Rusk, whose mother, Irene, of Bedford/St. Vincent’s Guest Home, died Aug. 25 in Halifax. Funeral services were held on Aug. 27 at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home. • The family of the late William E. (Bill) MacLennan, especially his daughter Dale MacLennan of our congregation, and daughter Donna Salter. Funeral services were held on Aug. 27 for Bill, who was a beloved pillar of St. Matthew’s. Bill was Sunday School Superintendent in the 1950s and 1960s, and over subsequent decades he was chair of the Board of Stewards and the 250th anniversary planning committee. He was also the church archivist for many years and a custodian of many anecdotes from our rich history. The condolences of the congregation are extended to Dale and Connie and their families in their time of loss. Thank you to … • All who led services and preached during the summer season! Special thanks to Gayle Reiner, Chair of Worship and Music,... read more