St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin July 22, 2019
What's coming up at St. Matthew's
Tuesdays SummerSounds@Barrington concert, 12:15 pm (see schedule below)
Sun. July 28 Worship service 10:30 am, Rev. Margaret Sagar presiding
Last Saturday – on the hottest day of summer 2019 to date, and during the Pride Parade – not only did a large group of United Church (largest ever!) folk gather to march, but St. Matthew's doors were open to more than 100 people and 22 dogs for glasses/bowls of cold water to stay hydrated. We are now known not just as "the church whose steeple fell down".
Facebook users can search for St. Matthew's United Church to see some great photos of the parade and our pride in being an affirming and welcoming congregation. Remember to LIKE us to follow church activities, photos, and other posts all year long.
Summer Pick-up Choir meets Sundays at 9:45 am
If you are interested in singing with the sanctuary choir this summer, just turn up on Sunday morning at 9:45 am for a brief rehearsal. Over the years we have welcomed lots of guests to our Summer Pick-Up Choir – no gowns, nothing too difficult, and no pressure – so if you have always wanted to try out the choir, have visitors who like to sing, or just feel moved by the spirit to come early for church, you will be welcome.
Thanks to …
Molly Austen and Amber Gareau for preaching and presiding this morning, John Wallace for reading and Stephen Mercer for leading the Prayers of the People, as well as this morning's ushers, fellowship hosts, counters, and breakfast servers.
Ushering help welcome
There are still some spots left for volunteer ushers during July and August. If you know you will be in church on a particular Sunday and can help out, just click this link to open the sign-up page : https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17186169
Summer hours at St. Matthew's
Summer Church Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8 am to noon.
Sanctuary open: Daily Tuesday-Saturday. St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays, thanks to our Church Guide, Matthew Fraser, who is pleased to share the long history (270 years) of our congregation in Halifax. When not guiding, Matthew will be practising the organ so feel welcome to drop in and listen to him play.
Pastoral Care: Rev. Betsy Hogan is on holiday and study leave until August 5. In case of pastoral emergencies, please call the church office at (902) 423-9209.
Summer concerts at St. Matthew's
St. Matthew's hosts lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays in the summer. Concerts run 12:15 to 1 pm with admission by donation ($5 suggested).
July 16 Sandy Schwoebel, flute; Dean Bradshaw, piano
July 23 Triptych Ensemble, voice/cello/piano
July 30 Margaret, Rick, and Scott, mezzo/baritone/piano
Aug 6 Ann Bradley, soprano; Shawn Whynot, piano/organ
Aug 13 Margaret Fay, bassoon; Graham Mackenzie, oboe
Aug 20 Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Tara Scott, piano
Aug 27 Matthew Fraser, organ/piano
Sep 3 Thistle Scottish Country Dancers
Sep 10 Second Chances Jazz Showband
Think about God's green earth this week
Members of the congregation are sharing information about the little things they do to help care for the planet and respond to the climate emergency. On Sundays there is a jar at the door of the sanctuary where we can leave slips of paper that record our climate actions. You do not need to include your name – just the action you took.
Earth Spirit Action Team: Anne Fay, Anne Marie Dalton, Deborah Baker, Elaine Murray, Emma Toohey, Jocelyn Covert, Kathy Woods, Paul Bowlby, Sandra McCulloch, Stephen Mercer
St. Matthew’s Activities
Sunday Free Breakfast – Sundays 8:30 am
Thursday Noon Bible Study – On hiatus for the summer
Choir Practices – Sanctuary choir and Handbell rehearsals resume in September
Lunch Bunch community choir – On holiday until September
St. Matthew’s Book Club – Third Tuesday
Caritas Service – Second Sunday at 2:30 pm for Victoria Hall Residence for Senior Women, now at the Caritas Building, Mount St. Vincent
Melville Heights Service – Second Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge
Potluck Church -- Fall
Ushering – Click this link to open the sign-up page
Breakfast Teams – Interested in helping with Sunday breakfast? Contact Carol Smillie, email@example.com
Meeting Schedule 2019
Congregational Meeting November
Session, Stewards, Board Fall
Worship and Music Sept. 14, East Pennant
Church office: (902) 423-9209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, email@example.com
Sunday Worship: 10:30 am
Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Organist: Matthew Fraser
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca
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