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eBulletin — Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Aug. 21, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin It’s Summer! Contents This Week at St. Matthew’s Memorial Service for Bill MacLennan Annual reports due Sept. 3 All are welcome to visit, to sing … SummerSounds@Barrington concert schedule If  you missed Sunday In the Community This Week at St. Matthew’s Office Hours   Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon Tue. Aug. 23 & 30      SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 (see schedule below) Sun. Aug. 28               Worship at 10:30 am Memorial Service for Bill MacLennan A memorial service for the late William E. (Bill) MacLennan will be held on Sat. Aug. 27 at 11 am at St. Matthew’s with a reception to follow in the church hall. Bill died on Aug. 7 as the result of a stroke. Visitation will be Friday Aug. 26 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Snow’s Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, where a Masonic service will be held Friday at 7:30 pm. Bill and his late wife, Georgie, will be remembered fondly at St. Matthew’s for their faith and commitment to the congregation. 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. Please remember in your prayers Bill’s daughters Donna MacLennan Salter and Susan Dale MacLennan, granddaughters Meghan and Ria, and the rest of the family. Annual Reports due Sept. 3 Committee chairs are reminded that year-end reports are due by Sept. 3. Please submit to Dora at... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin It’s Summer! Contents This Week at St. Matthew’s All are welcome to visit, to sing … Annual reports due Sept. 3 SummerSounds@Barrington concert schedule If  you missed Sunday In the Community This Week at St. Matthew’s Office Hours   Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon Pastoral Care While Betsy is on vacation, Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson of Fort Massey is available in pastoral emergency: Call 902-425-3810 or 902-423-4294 Tue. Aug. 2      SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 (see schedule below) Sun. Aug. 7     Worship at 10:30 am   Annual Reports due Sept. 3 Committee chairs are reminded that year-end reports are due by Sept. 3. Please submit to Dora at the church office by email – stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca All are welcome to visit, to sing … St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays. Tom Fraser, our church guide, is pleased to share the long history (267 years) of our congregation in Halifax. During the summer St. Matthew’s invites anyone who likes to sing to join the Sunday Pick-Up Choir – just show up for rehearsal on Sunday at 9:45 am and enjoy! SummerSounds@Barrington on Tuesdays in July–August St. Matthew’s is a summer concert venue on Tuesdays from 12:15–1 pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy a concert during July and August. The program is assisted by the Downtown Halifax Business Association. Admission is by freewill offering, suggested donation $5. Aug 2   – Brogue Saxophone Quartet Aug 9   – Margaret Champion, soprano, and Scott Taylor, piano Aug 16 – Second Chances Jazz Band Aug 23 – Nicholas Higgs,... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, July 24, 2016

July 24, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin It’s Summer! Contents This Week at St. Matthew’s All are welcome to visit, to sing … SummerSounds@Barrington concert schedule If  you missed Sunday In the Community This Week at St. Matthew’s Summer Office Hours                        Tuesday to Thursday, 8 am to noon Summer Pastoral Care          While Betsy is on vacation, Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson of Fort Massey is available in pastoral emergency: Call 902-425-3810 or 902-423-4294 Tue. July 26     SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 (see schedule below) Sun. July 31    Worship at 10:30 am All are welcome to visit, to sing … St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays. Tom Fraser, our church guide, is pleased to share the long history (267 years) of our congregation in Halifax. During the summer St. Matthew’s invites anyone who likes to sing to join the Sunday Pick-Up Choir – just show up for rehearsal on Sunday at 9:45 am and enjoy! SummerSounds@Barrington on Tuesdays in July–August St. Matthew’s is a summer concert venue on Tuesdays from 12:15–1 pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy a concert during July and August. The program is assisted by the Downtown Halifax Business Association. Admission is by freewill offering, suggested donation $5. July 26 – Shawn Potter, organ Aug 2   – Brogue Saxophone Quartet Aug 9   – Margaret Champion, soprano, and Scott Taylor, piano Aug 16 – Second Chances Jazz Band Aug 23 – Nicholas Higgs, baritone, and Dean Bradshaw, piano Aug 30 – Los Flamencos If you missed last Sunday … Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, June 19, 2016

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Notes from the Congregational Meeting and Redevelopment Update If  you missed Sunday Summer Choir June Bible Study: Women in the Bible Please keep in your prayers … Thanks to … SummerSounds@Barrington concert schedule All My Relations Garden In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sat. July 2         North American Brass Band Summer School benefit for St. Matt’s, 7:30 pm Tue. July 5        SummerSounds@Barrington, 12:15 (see schedule below) Sun. July 10     Jazz Service Sun. July 17     Pride Service Notes from the Congregational Meeting and Redevelopment Update Property – St. Matthew’s has received a letter of intent from Grafton Developments Limited to acquire the land on which the church gymnasium is situate and to construct a residential building that would include meeting rooms and offices for the church on one floor. The developer would rent the new space to the church for 40 years at nominal rent plus cost of utilities. Grafton has agreed to purchase the Commissionaires Nova Scotia property on Hollis Street. The new residential building would be attached to Black Binney House. The congregation approved the proposal in principle and directed the Development team to negotiate with Grafton Developments. The letter of intent is not a legally binding agreement.  Many details need to be addressed and the developer has to obtain municipal approval for subdivision, rezoning, and construction. It is expected that the new building will comply with the height restrictions of HRM by Design. If a final agreement is successfully reached, it would be submitted to the congregation and Halifax Presbytery for final approval. Budget – The budget for 2016–17 was approved unanimously. It represents very... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Pentecost season Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar A busy Sunday on June 19 If  you missed Sunday … June Bible Study: Women in the Bible Please keep in your prayers … Congratulations to … In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. June 19    – Communion Sunday – Dedication of the All My Relations Garden (see below) – Congregational meeting, after church Sun. July 10     – Jazz Service Sun. July 17     – Pride Service A busy Sunday on June 19 Sunday June 19  will be a busy day at St. Matthew’s! Communion/Benevolent Fund – Worship and Communion at 10:30 am. Remember that on Communion Sundays there is an opportunity to make a special donation to the Benevolent Fund, which allows the office to respond to many requests for assistance – bus tickets, travel, food, heating/power, rent, etc. Special envelopes will be distributed for this offering. Congregational BBQ  – Immediately after church, join the Board of Stewards for a hot dog barbecue and chili lunch to celebrate the beginning of summer. Congregational meeting – After lunch the annual Congregational meeting will convene. Plan to attend for information and discussion of many matters of importance to St. Matthew’s, including property redevelopment, financial issues, and an elevator. If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Luke 7:36-47 Sermon                        Just Say No AcabellA Handbells     Let There Be Peace on Earth – arr. Arnold B. Sherman My Spirit Sings – Christopher Bowman Clarion Call – Michael Joy Thanks to the AcabellA Handbell Choir, joining us at the end of their season (with their new chimes!) after last... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, June 6, 2016

  Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar If  you missed Sunday … June Bible Study: Women in the Bible Please keep in your prayers … Congratulations to … Books donated to the St. Matthew’s library Report of the 91st annual meeting of Maritime Conference (2) An “All My Relations” garden at St. Matthew’s In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Fri. June 10      – Open rehearsal with the Lunch Bunch, 12:15 pm (see below) Sat. June 11     – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s on Martello Street, 8:30 am Sun. June 12    – Sunday service with AcabellA Handbell Choir – Quarterly meetings  of Official Board, Stewards, Session, after church Sun. June 19    – Communion Sunday – Dedication of the All My Relations Garden (see below) – Congregational meeting, after church Sun. July 10     – Jazz Service Sun. July 17     – Pride Service   If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Luke 7:11-17 Sermon                        Let the Spirit Move You Anthem                       Asante Sana, Jesus (solo: John Wallace) – East African/Mark Burrows Organ                          Antiphon III – Marcel Dupré Cwm Rhondda – Paul Manz During the summer St. Matthew’s invites anyone who likes to sing to join the Sunday Pick-Up Choir – just show up for rehearsal on Sunday at 9:30 am and enjoy!   June Bible Study: Women in the Bible Starting this week, on the four Tuesdays in June from 6–7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church on Coburg Road. This is a collective and ecumenical Bible study led by Caitlyn Weir (St. Andrew’s) with Revs. Jenny Csinos and Lynn Uzans (First Baptist), Betsy Hogan (St. Matthew’s), and Helen Ryding (All Saints).... read more

eBulletin — Sunday May 29, 2016

Pentecost season Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar If  you missed Sunday … Report of the 91st annual meeting of Maritime Conference An “All My Relations” garden at St. Matthew’s Thinking about … Prayers and Help for Fort Mac In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. June 5      – Sunday School teachers meeting, after church Sat. June 11     – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s on Martello Street, 8:30 am Sun. June 12    – Quarterly meetings  of Official Board, Stewards, Session, after church Sun. June 19    – Communion Sunday – Dedication of the All My Relations Garden (see below) – Congregational meeting, after church If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Psalm 96 Sermon                        Sunday Morning Breakfast at St. Matthew’s (Carol Smillie, guest speaker) Anthem                        I Give to You a New Commandment – Peter Nardone Organ                          Aria in F – Robert Lau Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Joseph Utterback Thanks to Carol Smillie, Paul Bowlby, Laura Stiles-Clarke, and Hilary Wellard for their leadership in worship as Betsy attended the annual meeting of Maritime Conference. Report of the 91st annual meeting of Maritime Conference Maritime Conference of the United Church held its annual meeting May 26–29 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, gathering together all the clergy, lay representatives from all congregations, and about 200 youth from the three Maritime Provinces, the Synod of Bermuda, and Gaspésie. The meeting was presided over by Matthew Fillier, president, and David Hewitt, executive secretary. Much of the weekend unfolded using Open Space Technology. Delegates identified key issues and passions around which discussion groups formed, and were then free to move from... read more

eBulletin — Sun. May 22, 2016

May 22, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Pentecost season Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … Prayers and Help for Fort Mac If  you missed Sunday … An “All My Relations” garden at St. Matthew’s In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar May 26–20      – Maritime Conference of the United Church, Sackville, NB Sun. June 5      – Sunday School teachers meeting, after church Sat. June 11     – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s on Martello Street, 8:30 am Sun. June 12    – Quarterly meetings  of Official Board, Stewards, Session, after church Sun. June 19    – Dedication of the All My Relations Garden (see below) – Congregational meeting, after church Thinking about … All grieving and dislocated due to continued fires in Alberta, including the parents of Sarah Svendson (our once-Church-Guide and organ student) and the nephew and family of Linda Campbell of our congregation All who are recovering from surgery, in hospital and at home. Jennifer Waller, seeking help through gofundme to regain visitation rights with her son James Students writing final papers and exams, and their teachers Prayers and Help for Fort Mac The federal government is matching all donations to the Canadian Red Cross for Fort McMurray Emergency Assistance. If you prefer to donate through the United Church of Canada, Alberta&NorthWest Conference is also coordinating local relief efforts: http://www.united-church.ca/fort-mcmurray If you missed Sunday … Reading                       John 21: 15-17 Sermon                        Feed My Sheep, Tend My Lambs Anthem                       Prayer to the Trinity (Michael Bedford) Organ                          Liturgical Improvisation No. 1            (George Oldroyd) Humoresque “L’organo primitive” (Pietro A. Yon)   An “All My Relations” Garden at St.... read more

eBulletin — Sun. May 15, 2016

Pentecost Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … If  you missed Sunday … An “All My Relations” garden at St. Matthew’s Voting on Remits to the Basis of Union Berwick Camp In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sat. May 21     – Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s, 8:30 am May 26–20      – Maritime Conference of the United Church, Sackville, NB Sun. June 5      – Sunday School teachers meeting, after church Sun. June 12    – Quarterly meetings  of Official Board, Stewards, Session, after church Sun. June 19    – Dedication of the All My Relations Garden (see below) – Congregational meeting, after church Thinking about … Students preparing for final exams and papers, and their teachers All grieving and dislocated due to the fires in Alberta, including the parents of Sarah Svendsen, a former church guide and organ student at St. Matthew’s, and the nephew and family of Linda Campbell of our congregation. Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, recovering in hospital from surgery If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Acts 2: 1–6, 12–17 Sermon                        Words, Words, Words Anthem                       How Can I Keep from Singing (Robert S. Lowry/Geoff Wilcken) Organ                          Epigrammes (Zoltan Kodaly) Fanfare (C.S. Lang) An “All My Relations” Garden at St. Matthew’s The Board of Stewards would like to make our property more beautiful and welcoming to pollinators. The Mohawk United Church motto is “All My Relations”, reminding us that we with all God’s creatures are one family. In that spirit, from Mother’s Day and throughout May, you are invited to honour or celebrate your Mother, Father, or someone special and important to you by... read more

eBulletin — Sun. May 8, 2016

Last Sunday of the Easter Season Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … If  you missed Sunday … Congratulations to … An “All My Relations” garden at St. Matthew’s Voting on Remits to the Basis of Union Berwick Camp Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. May. 15   – Fun with Remits: Part Two, after church (see below)                         – Executive of Official Board, after church May 26–20      – Maritime Conference of the United Church, Sackville, NB Thinking about … Molly Austen, being released this week from the Abbie Lane rehabilitation wing Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, recovering in hospital from surgery Gail Jay and family, mourning the loss of her mother, Carole Students preparing for final exams and papers, and their teachers Evacuees of the Fort McMurray fire. At least one family who lost a home has a St. Matthew’s connection. Sara Svendsen was a former summer tour guide and an organ recitalist who helped raise money for the purchase of our grand piano. Sara now lives in Barrie, Ont., but her parents, Shane and Sandy, moved to Fort McMurray a few years ago where Shane worked with Suncor. The Svendsens lost their home in last week’s wildfire. If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Acts 16: 16–34 Sermon                        Release of the Captives Anthem                       Be Merciful Unto Me, O God (Mark Murphy, ed. John Haberlen) Organ                          Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach) Nun Danket Alle Gott/Now Thank We All Our God (J.S. Bach/C.H. Trevor) Congratulations to … Rev. Betsy Hogan, who graduated with her Master of Arts degree... read more

eBulletin — Sun. May 1, 2016

Easter Season – Battle of the Atlantic Sunday Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Development Update Thinking about … If  you missed Sunday … Thanks to … Gardening alert! Voting on Remits to the Basis of Union Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner and Convocation Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar Tue. May 3      – Church office resumes regular schedule, Tue.-Fri. until 12:30 pm Sat. May 7       – Convocation, Atlantic School of Theology, 11 am, All Saints Cathedral Sun. May. 15   – Fun with Remits: Part Two, after church (see below)                         – Executive of Official Board, after church May 26–20      – Maritime Conference of the United Church, Sackville, NB   Development Update Earlier this year the city declared a moratorium on development in the lower Barrington and Hollis neighborhoods in anticipation of a second heritage district being established. As this stalled our proposal, Commissionaires Nova Scotia (CNS) decided to pursue another direction and withdrew from the St. Matthew’s –CNS joint initiative. Last week CNS revealed that they have sold Black Binney House, which housed their offices on Hollis Street, to a developer. While this effectively kills our Plan A, it does not end St. Matthew’s pursuit of a development plan that ensures our long-term future. The Development Team (Rev. Betsy Hogan, Tim Matthews, Greg Bent and Ken Moors) plan to meet with the developer who purchased the Hollis Street property, and explore other options. The congregation will be informed about alternative possibilities at the June 19 congregational meeting.   Thinking about … Molly Austen, now in the Abbie Lane geriatric rehabilitation... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Apr. 24, 2016

April  24, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Easter Season   Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … Church office closure If  you missed Sunday … Thanks to … Gardening alert! Voting on Remits to the Basis of Union Petition available for signature Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner and Convocation Responding to Pastoral Care needs Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar Sat. May 7       – Convocation, Atlantic School of Theology, 11 am, All Saints Cathedral Sun. May. 15   – Fun with Remits: Part Two, after church (see below)                         – Executive of Official Board, after church May 26–20      – Maritime Conference of the United Church, Sackville, NB   Thinking about … – Molly Austen, now in the Abbie Lane geriatric rehabilitation wing. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask at reception for Marion Austen. – Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, recovering at home – Students writing final papers and exams, and their teachers – Gail Jay and family, mourning the loss of her mother, Carole   Church Office closure The church office will be closed until May 3. However, phone messages are checked daily.   If you missed Sunday … Opening Prayer           From the Prince song “Let’s Go Crazy” Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life. Electric word, life. It means forever and that’s a mighty long time. But I’m here to tell you: There’s something else. The after world. A world of never ending happiness. You can always see the sun, day or night…. Reading          ... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Apr. 17, 2016

April  17, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Easter Season   Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … Church office closure If  you missed Sunday … Thanks to … Voting on Remits to the Basis of Union Petition available for signature Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner and Convocation Responding to Pastoral Care needs Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. Apr. 24     Worship and Music Committee, after church (postponed from Apr. 10) Sat. May 7       Convocation, Atlantic School of Theology, 11 am, All Saints Cathedral Sun. May. 15   Remits: Part Two, after church (see below)   Thinking about … – Gail Jay and family, mourning the loss of her mother, Carole – Molly Austen, now in the Abbie Lane geriatric rehabilitation wing. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask at reception for Marion Austen. – Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, recovering at home – Students writing final papers and exams, and their teachers   Church Office closure The church office will be closed April 12 to May 3. Phone messages will be checked daily during this period.   If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Acts 9: 36–43 Sermon                        The Gift of This Life Anthem                       Namaste (Mark Hayes) Organ                          Choral from Suite de Concert (Denis Bédard) Trumpet Tune for Spring (Chellan Hoffman) Bulletin Sponsorship   In loving memory of Frank Wellard, who would have been 106 on April 22, by his daughter Hilary   Thanks to … All who helped with the Spring Clean-up  on the weekend. There have been noticeable improvements... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Apr. 10, 2016

April  10, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Easter Season Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Potluck Church on Tuesday at 5:30 pm Thinking about … Church office closure If  you missed Sunday … Thanks to … Refugee update Voting on Remits to the Basis of Union Petition available for signature Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner and Convocation Responding to Pastoral Care needs Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community   St. Matthew’s Calendar Tue. Apr. 12    Potluck Church in the sanctuary, 5:30 pm Sun. Apr. 17     Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Apr. 17     Remits: Part One, after church (see below) Sun. Apr. 24     Worship and Music Committee, after church (postponed from Apr. 10)   Potluck Church on Tuesday at 5:30 pm Potluck Church is church the way it might have been celebrated in Jesus’ day – with friends and good food. The theme is “Spring and New Beginnings”– When you awake in the morning and move through your day, where do you find hope? Bring something to share and join others in the sanctuary for a potluck.   Thinking about … Gail Jay of our congregation and handbell choir, whose mother died last week. A funeral will be held at St. Theresa’s Church this week. Molly Austen, now in the Abbie Lane geriatric rehabilitation wing. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask at reception for Marion Austen.   Church Office closure The church office will be closed April 12 to May 3. Phone messages will be checked daily during this period.   If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Acts 5:... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Apr. 3, 2016

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Spring clean-up April 9 – PLEASE HELP! Thinking about … Congratulations to …. If  you missed Sunday … Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner and Convocation Petition available for signature Responding to Pastoral Care needs Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sat. Apr. 9       Spring clean-up at the church, please help! Sun. Apr. 10    Worship and Music Committee, after church Tue. Apr. 12    Potluck Church in the sanctuary, 5:30 pm Sun. Apr. 17     Executive of Official Board, after church Spring Clean-up Sat. Apr. 9 Volunteers are needed for a spring clean-up of St. Matthew’s on Saturday, Apr. 9. There is noticeable clutter building up in some areas of the building – paint is chipped and some “deep cleaning” is needed in the sanctuary – the outdoor grounds could be neater … you get the drift. If you can spare a few hours to do a little light spring cleaning, all hands will be appreciated. Contact Greg Bent, fgbadv@gmail.com . Useful things to bring: Rubber gloves, buckets, cleaning rags, small paint brushes for touch-up areas, dusters/Swiffers,  telescopic pole that will attach to a broom for hard-to-reach places, brooms, dustpans, whisks, Murphy oil for wood. The church will provide cleaning supplies, paper towels, vacuum, etc. Thinking about … Fred Black, resting at home after a minor medical episode, and his wife Anne Ted and Donna Luther and family, mourning the loss of Ted’s mother and Donna’s sister Molly Austen, now in the Abbie Lane geriatric rehabilitation wing. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask at reception for Marion... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Mar. 27, 2016, Easter Sunday

Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … Spring clean-up April 9 If  you missed Sunday … If you missed the Good Friday choral service … Financial update from the Stewards Report from the Refugee Group Atlantic School of Theology Gala Dinner and Convocation Responding to Pastoral Care needs Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Thu. Mar. 31   Bible study cancelled this week Sun. Apr. 3       Sunday worship with AcabellA Handbells, 10:30 am Sat. Apr. 9       Spring clean-up at the church, all welcome to help! Sun. Apr. 10     Worship and Music Committee, after church Tue. Apr. 12    Potluck Church in the sanctuary, 5:30 pm Thinking about … Bev Miller, recovering from a fall Ted and Donna Luther and family, mourning the loss of Ted’s mother Molly Austen, recovering at the Halifax Infirmary. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask reception for Marion (Molly) Austen. Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, at Montreal Neurological Institute following surgery for Bruce Donna (MacLennan) Salter, recovering in rehab in New Brunswick, and her father Bill and sister Dale Spring Clean-up Sat. Apr. 9 Volunteers are needed for a spring clean-up of St. Matthew’s on Saturday, Apr. 9. There is noticeable clutter building up in some areas of the building – paint is chipped and some “deep cleaning” is needed in the sanctuary – the outdoor grounds could be neater … you get the drift. If you can spare a few hours to do a little light spring cleaning, all hands will be appreciated. Contact Greg Bent, fgbadv@gmail.com .    If you missed Sunday …... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Mar. 20, 2016, Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday ~ The Sixth Sunday of Lent: Faithfulness Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar & Easter Services Thinking about … If  you missed Sunday Financial update from the Stewards Report from the Refugee Group Responding to Pastoral Care needs Goods still needed for Out of the Cold Shelter Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Holy Week morning services at 7:30 am, with breakfast following Monday           Cathedral Church of All Saints, Martello Street Tuesday           First Baptist Church, Oxford Street Wednesday     St. Mary’s Basilica, Barrington/SGR Thursday         St. Andrew’s United, Coburg/Robie Services at St. Matthew’s Thu. Mar. 24 Maundy Thursday Taizé communion service, 7:30-8 pm             A short and contemplative communion service reminding us of the Last Supper Fri. Mar. 25   Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm             A choral service sung a cappella by our choir from the balcony Sun. Mar. 27      Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 7 am             Informal gathering on the south lawn of the church; light breakfast follows Sun. Mar. 27   Easter Communion Service, 10:30 am            Joyful service with Symphony Brass and the singalong Hallelujah Chorus Sun. Apr. 3 – Sunday worship with AcabellA Handbells, 10:30 am Thinking about … Ted and Donna Luther and family, mourning the loss of Ted’s mother Molly Austen, recovering in hospital. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask reception for Marion (Molly) Austen. Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, at Montreal Neurological Institute following surgery for Bruce Donna (MacLennan) Salter, recovering in rehab in New Brunswick, and her father Bill and... read more

eBulletin — Sunday, Mar. 13, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Forgiveness Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar & Easter Services Thinking about … Do you have a spare sofa?. If  you missed Sunday Responding to Pastoral Care needs Goods still needed for Out of the Cold Shelter Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. Mar. 20            Palm Sunday worship with palm procession, 10:30 am Thu. Mar. 24            Maundy Thursday communion service, 7:30 pm Fri. Mar. 25              Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm Sun. Mar. 27            Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 7 am (breakfast follows) Sun. Mar. 27            Easter Communion Service, 10:30 am, with Symphony Brass Join in the famous St. Matthew’s singalong Hallelujah Chorus! Thinking about … … Molly Austen, recovering at the Infirmary. She enjoys folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. Ask reception for Marion (Molly) Austen. … Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, at Montreal Neurological Institute following surgery for Bruce … Donna (MacLennan) Salter, recovering in rehab in New Brunswick, and her father Bill and sister Dale … Lily and Sam Russell and Sang Tran, praying in fellowship with Karen Russell and Matt MacDermid Do you have a spare sofa? We would like to replace the old sofa in the parlour, which is LONG past its best-before date. Do you have a sofa you would like to donate to this cause? If so please contact Gayle Reiner. If you missed Sunday … Reading                       John 12: 1-8 Anthem                       Thy Kingdom Come (Mark Sirett) Sermon                       ... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Mar. 6, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Repentance Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar & Easter Services Easter at St. Matthew’s Thinking about … Thanks to … If  you missed Sunday AST Grad Project Schedule Goods still needed for Out of the Cold Shelter Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule In the Community Subscribe to the United Church Observer St. Matthew’s Calendar Sat. Mar. 12    Book study (Chapter 5), 10–11 am – rescheduled because of snow! Sun. Mar. 13   Meetings of Official Board, Stewards, Session after church Easter Services Sun. Mar. 20 –            Palm Sunday worship with palm procession, 10:30 am Thu. Mar. 24 –            Maundy Thursday communion service, 7:30 pm Fri. Mar. 25   –            Good Friday Choral Service, 7:30 pm Sun. Mar. 27 –            Easter Sunday Sunrise Service, 7 am (light breakfast follows) Sun. Mar. 27 –            Easter Communion Service, 10:30 am, with Symphony Brass Join in the famous St. Matthew’s singalong Hallelujah Chorus! Thinking about … Molly Austen, recovering at the Infirmary. She is greatly enjoying folks dropping in to bring her good wishes. If you want to visit, ask reception for Marion (Molly) Austen. Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, at Montreal Neurological Institute preparing for surgery for Bruce Donna (MacLennan) Salter, recovering in rehab in New Brunswick, and her father Bill and sister Dale Lily and Sam Russell and Sang Tran, praying in fellowship with Karen Russell and Matt MacDermid Thanks to … Karla Bruce, who arranged the worship services of the past two weeks, to all who offered leadership, and to Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson, minister at Fort Massey United Church, who was our emergency contact during Betsy’s study... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Feb. 28, 2016

Third Sunday of Lent: Trust Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … In case of pastoral emergency If  you missed Sunday Thanks to … Subscribe to the United Church Observer AST Grad Project Schedule Fruit, sandwiches needed for OTCS In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Thu. Mar. 3     Book study (Chapter 5), 12 noon to 1 pm Sat. Mar. 5      Book study (Chapter 5), 10–11 am Sat. Mar. 5      Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s (Martello/Spring Garden), 8:30 am Sun. Mar. 13   Meetings of Official Board, Stewards, Session after church Thursdays – AcabellA Handbells 6:15, Choir 7:30 pm Fridays – Lunch Bunch Choir, 12:15 pm Thinking about …   Molly Austen, recovering at home   Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, returning to Montreal Neurological Institute for treatment for Bruce In case of pastoral emergency Rev. Trent Cleveland-Thompson, minister at Fort Massey United Church, is available in case of pastoral emergency:  902-423-4294 (office) weekday mornings; 902-425-3810 (manse). Betsy is on study leave until March 1, finalizing her MA thesis “The United Church in Canadian Literature” for defence in April. If you missed Sunday … Reading                       Isaiah 55: 6-11 Anthem                       O Holy Jesus (Jonathan Willcocks) Reflection                    Thinking God’s Thoughts (Speaker Anne Marie Dalton) Candle lighting            Six candles of invitation during Lent adapted from a resource of Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, http://rev-o-lution.org: Resistance, Responsibility, Trust, Repentance, Forgiveness, Faithfulness Thanks to … * Anne Marie Dalton, Sunday’s guest speaker * Paul Bowlby, presider during Sunday’s worship service in Betsy’s absence. * Matthew Fraser, organ, for playing the final hymn and postlude on Sunday Subscribe to the... read more

eBulletin — Sunday Feb. 21, 2016

Second Sunday of Lent: Responsibility Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Thinking about … In case you missed last Sunday Thanks to … AST Grad Project Schedule Fruit, sandwiches needed for OTCS In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Thu. Feb. 25    Book study (Chapter 4), 12 noon to 1 pm Sat. Feb. 27     Book study (Chapter 4), 10–11 am Sat. Mar. 5      Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s (Martello/Spring Garden), 8:30 am Sun. Mar. 13   Meetings of Official Board, Stewards, Session after church Thursdays – AcabellA Handbells 6:15, Choir 7:30 pm Fridays – Lunch Bunch Choir, 12:15 pm Thinking about … Ÿ Molly Austen, recovering in hospital after a medical emergency Ÿ Karla Bruce and her husband, Bruce Rickett, returning to Montreal Neurological Institute for treatment   If you missed last Sunday … Reading                       Isaiah 58: 6-12 Anthem                       O Jesus, Every Moment (Philip W. Stopford) Reflection                    Caring through activism: Lessons Learned Bulletin sponsorship    In loving memory of parents Hazel (d. 02/25/96) and Milton (d. 02/13/80) by daughter Janice Worthen Candle lighting            Six candles of invitation during Lent adapted from a resource of Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell, http://rev-o-lution.org: Resistance, Responsibility, Trust, Repentance, Forgiveness, Faithfulness   Thanks to … * Kevin Kindred, Sunday’s guest speaker.  Kevin is a well-known community activist, promoter of social justice, and leader at our Out of the Cold Shelter. * Karla Bruce, who presided during Sunday’s worship service in Betsy’s absence. Betsy is on study leave until March 1, finalizing her MA thesis “The United Church in Canadian Literature” for defense in April. * Jocelyn Covert, who presented the children’s moment on Sunday.... read more

eBulletin — Feb. 14, 2016

First Sunday of Lent: Resistance Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Fruit, sandwiches needed for OTCS Congratulations to … Winter Book Study Refugee update In case you missed last Sunday In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar No Book Study this week due to High School Improv Games Sun. Feb. 21    Executive of Official Board, after church Thu. Feb. 25    Book study, 12 noon to 1 pm (details below) Sat. Feb. 27     Book study, 10–11 am Sat. Mar. 5      Women’s Breakfast at Smitty’s (Martello/Spring Garden), 8:30 am Thursdays – AcabellA Handbells 6:15, Choir 7:30 pm Fridays – Lunch Bunch Choir, 12:15 pm Fruit, sandwiches needed for the Out of the Cold Shelter Members of our congregation make sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter, an initiative coordinated by Jean Hattie. Volunteers are needed for Thursdays in February and March, plus some Mondays. If you can help, please see Jean on Sunday during coffee hour. Remember to cut sandwiches in half before wrapping them! Fresh fruit is also especially needed by the Shelter. If you would like to provide some, bring it to church on Sunday morning (or any morning of the week) and let Danielle know it is for the OTCS guests. Congratulations to … Ken and Kim Moors, newly-minted grandparents! Their daughter, Jillian, who grew up in the St. Matthew’s family, gave birth to Leo Alexander on Feb. 13. Jillian and her family live in the UK. Winter Book Study: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Week Three of our five-week book study will focus on Chapter Three: Life Together – but not until Feb.... read more

eBulletin — Jan. 31, 2016

Jan. 31, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Season of Epiphany Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Winter Book Study: “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer More sandwiches needed for the shelter Refugee update In case you missed last Sunday In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Thu. Feb. 4      Book study, 12 noon to 1 pm (details below) Sat. Feb. 6       Book study, 10–11 am Sun. Feb. 7       Celebration of Baptism, 10:30 am Worship and Music Committee, after church Sun. Feb. 14     Shrove Sunday with pancake lunch Thursdays – Acabella Handbells 6:15, Choir 7:30 pm Fridays – Lunch Bunch Choir, 12:15 pm Winter Book Study: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Week Two of our five-week book study will focus on Chapter Two: The Day Together. Sessions are Thursdays noon-1 pm, and Saturdays 10-11 am. If you are interested but not able to attend each week, feel free to attend when you can. Bonhoeffer wrote this book for the underground seminary he oversaw in Finkenwald in the early 1940s, in defiance of Nazi oppression of the Confessing (Reformed Protestant) Church. He reflects on how faith can be deepened BY and FOR an engaged Christian life in community and in the world. More sandwiches needed for the Out of the Cold Shelter Members of our congregation make sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter, an initiative coordinated by Jean Hattie. More volunteers are needed for Thursdays in February and March, and some Mondays as well. If you can help, please see Jean on Sunday during coffee hour. Remember to cut sandwiches in half before wrapping them!... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Jan. 24, 2016

Jan. 24, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Season of Epiphany Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Winter Book Study: “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Congregational notes … Great news about the refugee fundraising In case you missed last Sunday In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Thu. Jan. 28     Book study, 12 noon to 1 pm (details below) Sat. Jan. 30      Book study, 10–11 am Sun. Feb. 7       Worship and Music Committee, after church Sun. Feb. 14     Shrove Sunday with pancake lunch Thursday evenings – Acabella Handbells 6:15, Choir 7:30 pm Lunch Bunch Choir resumes Jan. 15 Winter Book Study: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Our five-week book study begins this week – Thursdays noon-1 pm, and Saturdays 10-11 am. If you are interested but not able to attend each week, feel free to attend when you can. Bonhoeffer wrote this book for the underground seminary he oversaw in Finkenwald in the early 1940s, in defiance of Nazi oppression of the Confessing (Reformed Protestant) Church. In it he reflects on how faith can be deepened BY and FOR an engaged Christian life in community and in the world. Betsy has the copies that were ordered from BookMark and will get them to as many participants as possible before Thursday. Cost with taxes/shipping app. $20. Congregational notes … Have you noticed that the white granite plaque listing the names of former (and current) ministers has been updated? The plaque at the front of the sanctuary now includes the names of former minister Rev. Dr. Ross Bartlett and current minister Rev. Betsy Hogan. Many will remember... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Jan. 17, 2016

Season of Epiphany Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Potluck Church on Wednesday at 5:30 pm RESCHEDULED from last week Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Winter Book Study: “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Great news about the refugee fundraising Apartment needed (March) In case you missed last Sunday In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Tue. Jan. 19     Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Matthew’s, 12:15 pm (details below) Wed. Jan. 20   5:30 pm, Potluck Church in the sanctuary (details below) Thu. Jan. 21     Choir Rehearsal cancelled this week Sun. Jan. 24     Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Feb. 7       Worship and Music Committee, after church Thursdays at noon – Bible study, in the parlour Thursday evenings – Acabella Handbells 6:15, Choir 7:30 pm Lunch Bunch Choir resumes Jan. 15   Potluck Church on Wednesday at 5:30 pm Delayed by poor weather last week, our first Potluck Church of 2016 was rescheduled to Wed. Jan. 20 at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Potluck Church is like church with food (or perhaps food with church). If you have a favorite casserole or salad and would like to share, this is the perfect event. Any contribution is welcome. The menu always works out and the food is delicious. The theme is most appropriate for the beginning of a new year: “I am blessed …” Think about your blessings, come, and enjoy a relaxed and rejuvenating (not to mention tasty) gathering. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity These ecumenical services are open to members of all Christian faiths. All services will be held from 12:15-12:45 pm.... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Jan. 10, 2016

Jan. 10, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Epiphany Communion Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Potluck Church on Wednesday at 5:30 pm Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Winter Book Study: “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer Update on the Refugee fundraising In case you missed last Sunday In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Wed. Jan. 13   5:30 pm, Potluck Church in the sanctuary (details below) Sun. Jan. 17     Worship service at 10:30 am Tue. Jan. 19     Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Matthew’s, 12:15 pm (details below) Sun. Jan. 24     Executive of Official Board, after church Sun. Feb. 7       Worship and Music Committee, after church Thursdays at noon – Bible study, in the parlour NEW DAY Thursday music rehearsals resume this week Lunch Bunch Choir resumes Jan. 15 Potluck Church Wed. Jan. 13 Our first Potluck Church of 2016 will be held on Wed. Jan. 13 at 5:30 pm in our sanctuary. Potluck Church is like church with food (or perhaps food with church). If you have a favorite casserole or salad and would like to share, this is the perfect event. Any contribution is welcome. The menu always works out and the food is delicious. The theme is most appropriate for the beginning of a new year: “I am blessed …” Do think about your blessings, and be prepared for some fun. This will be a relaxed and rejuvenating (not to mention tasty) gathering that is open to all. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity These ecumenical services are open to members of all Christian faiths. All services will be held... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Jan. 3, 2016

Jan. 3, 2016 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Epiphany Sunday and Happy New Year! Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Update on the Refugee fundraising Thank you for Christmas at St. Matthew’s ICYMI last Sunday In the Community Winter and Spring Meeting Schedule St. Matthew’s Calendar Sun. Jan. 10     10:30 am, Communion Service with Benevolent Fund offering After church, Meeting of Refugee Team 2 pm, Service at Melville Heights Residence Wed. Jan. 13   5:30 pm, Potluck Church in the sanctuary Sun. Jan. 24     After church, Executive of Official Board Sun. Feb. 7       After church, Worship and Music Committee Thursdays at noon – Bible study, in the parlour Thursday music rehearsals resume Jan. 14 Lunch Bunch Choir resumes Jan. 15 Update on the Refugee Fundraising According to Helga Mills and Barbara Bickle, co-chairs of fundraising for refugee sponsorship, we are more than halfway to the $30,000 goal that St. Matthew’s set for our congregation. As of Sunday Jan. 3, more than $17,500 had been received. Many people gave to the refugee fund during December in lieu of gifts to friends and family, which gave a great boost to the effort. The refugee sponsorship initiative is a joint venture with St. Matthew’s, Fort Massey and St. David’s Presbyterian (and friends). On Sun. Jan. 10 the refugee team will meet after church to confirm settlement plans, to share information from the three congregations, and to determine individual expertise and interest in specific tasks. Although the government requires sponsors to have $30,000 to support a family for a year, the three congregations hope to raise more than the minimum. It is hoped that support... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Dec. 20, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Revelation Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Bethlehem@Barrington Thursday at 6:30 pm Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s Please keep in your prayers … In Memoriam Rev. Hanns Skoutajan Many thanks to … ICYMI last Sunday For sale … Atlantic School of Theology grad student needs assistance Refugee Sponsorship – We’re in Business In the Community Many poinsettias placed in loving memory St. Matthew’s Calendar Christmas Eve                6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington live nativity service Christmas Eve                10 pm, Candlelight Communion, a quiet and traditional Christmas Eve service Christmas Day                10:30 am, Christmas Carol Service Sun. Dec. 27       10:30 am, Christmas Sunday Service Sun. Jan. 3          10:30 am, Epiphany Service Sun. Jan. 10        10:30 am, Communion Service Bethlehem@Barrington Tia Maria, our beautiful donkey, looks forward to greeting the arrival of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem@Barrington, Christmas Eve at 6:30 pm. This is a lively and spirit-filled celebration of the Nativity for all ages, with the traditional story acted and sung to contemporary hit tunes, with a band, a live donkey, and the Samba Nova drummers. 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 on the mantelpiece at the back of the sanctuary. Gifts will be delivered after Christmas. Knitting and Crocheting – Consider knitting or crocheting scarves, hats, mitts or socks for the Advent Knitting Tree and help keep someone warm this winter. Please keep in your prayers … Cheryl Fraser, mourning the sudden death of her nephew Scott.... read more

eBulletin — Sunday Dec. 13, 2015

Dec. 11, 2015 – St. Matthew’s United Church e-Bulletin Third Sunday of Advent: Anticipation Contents St. Matthew’s Calendar Bethlehem@Barrington volunteering Christmas Breakfast for guests Sun. Dec. 20 – How you can help Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s Atlantic School of Theology grad student needs assistance Refugee Sponsorship – We’re in Business Please keep in your prayers … For sale … ICYMI last Sunday Winter-Spring 2016 Meeting Schedule In the Community   Mondays at noon – Bible study, in the parlour Thursday music rehearsals – Acabella Handbells, 6:30 pm, St. Matt’s Choir, 7:30 pm Fridays at noon – Lunch Bunch choir Sun. Dec. 20     Advent IV – 10:30 am Christmas Music Service with Choir, AcabellA Handbells Christmas Eve              6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington live nativity service 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Christmas Day              10:30 am, Christmas Carol Service   Bethlehem@Barrington Tia Maria, our beautiful donkey, looks forward to greeting the arrival of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem@Barrington, Christmas Eve at 6:30 pm. She hopes there will be ushers, hot cocoa, and, of course, SINGERS when she arrives. If you enjoy singing pop tunes in your car or shower and would like to do so with great joy and reverence in public on Christmas Eve — or if you would be willing to help usher or make/serve hot cocoa, please email Betsy at  stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca Christmas Breakfast for guests Sun. Dec. 20 – How you can help Gifts – Contribute a gift for guests of the Sunday breakfast, whose special Christmas breakfast is next Sunday. Suitable gifts include sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, underwear, warm gloves or hats, coupons for restaurants like Tim... read more

eBulletin — Sun. Dec. 6, 2015

Second Sunday of Advent: Preparation St. Matthew’s Calendar Bring White Gifts for Sunday Breakfast on Sunday Dec. 12 Sharing the Christmas Spirit at St. Matthew’s Refugee Sponsorship – We’re in Business Please keep in your prayers … For sale … ICYMI last Sunday Out of the Cold Shelter Winter-Spring 2016 Meeting Schedule In the Community St. Matthew’s Calendar Mondays at noon – Bible study, in the parlour Thursday music rehearsals – Acabella Handbells, 6:30 pm, St. Matt’s Choir, 7:30 pm Fridays at noon – Lunch Bunch choir Previously scheduled Dec. 9 Taize Service postponed to January Sun. Dec. 13     Advent III, Sunday School Service and presentation of White Gifts for the Sunday Breakfast guests Sun. Dec. 20    Special Christmas breakfast for our Sunday guests –  Advent IV, Choral Christmas Service with Choir and AcabellA Handbells Christmas Eve   6:30 pm, Bethlehem@Barrington live nativity service – 10 pm, Candlelight Communion Christmas Day   10:30 am, Christmas Carol Service Bethlehem@Barrington – Interested in singing, ushering, or serving hot chocolate at this year’s outdoor Christmas Eve service (6:30 pm)? Contact Betsy, stmatts.betsy@ns.sympatico.ca White Gifts for Sunday Breakfast – Bring your gifts this week (Sunday Dec. 12) Sun. Dec. 12 is White Gift Sunday. Everyone is encouraged to contribute a gift for the guests of the Sunday breakfast, whose special Christmas breakfast is the following week. Suitable gifts include sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, underwear, warm gloves or hats, coupons for restaurants like Tim Hortons, etc. There is no need to wrap the gifts ‒ but if you do, please label each for gender and size. If you can’t bring your gift on Sunday,... read more