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St. Matthew’s United Church - eBulletin April 19, 2011




Holy Week at St. Matthew’s

Holy Thursday April 21, 5:30 pm – Celebration and Remembrance of the Last Supper with a potluck supper and communion around the table

Good Friday April 22, 7:30 pm – Choral service of music and readings

Easter Sunday April 24, 7 am – Sunrise Service, followed by a light breakfast

Easter Sunday April 24, 10:30 am – Easter Communion, featuring Symphony Brass and singalong Hallelujah Chorus


Other Holy Week Services

Ecumenical Prayer Services at 7:30 am, followed by continental breakfast 8 am

• Wednesday, April 20, St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica

• Thursday, April 21, First Baptist Church

Good Friday 10:30 am

• Joint service at St. Andrew’s United (First Baptist, St. David’s Presbyterian, St. John’s United)

• Fort Massey United

Good Friday Liturgy 12 noon

• Cathedral Church of All Saints

• St. Paul’s Anglican

Good Friday Mass 3 pm

• St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica

• St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church

• Canadian Martyrs Roman Catholic Church



Penny Finale We are wrapping up the Lenten penny collection on Easter Sunday. There is a collection jar at the entrance to the sanctuary for coin contributions, loose or rolled. Proceeds will go to the Benevolent Fund.


Baptism, Confirmation, Transfer of Membership May 1 — St. Matthew’s welcomes new members by baptism, confirmation, and membership transfer from other churches. If you are a member of another church and would like to formally join our congregation, please contact Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209.


Annual KAIROS Service — KAIROS Halifax will hold its annual service on Sunday, May 1 at 7 pm at St. Andrew's United Church, Halifax. The theme is “The Land, Our life: Indigenous Rights and our Common Future” with speaker Rev. Russ Daye, minister at St. Andrew’s and co-chair of the United Church’s Living into Right Relations National Task Group. Come to unite in worship and show your support for KAIROS. Refreshments and fellowship following worship.

Building on our recent workshop on UNDRIP (the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples), we look toward the October meeting of the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Halifax. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is the body established by government (an aspect of the compensation for the Residential Schools) so that Canadians may hear the stories of the residential schools, and be involved in the healing of our nation.


Interim Minister Search — St. Matthew's has begun its search for a transitional minister to help lead us through the next few years, living into our new Vision. The Search Committee includes two representatives from Halifax Presbytery (Rev. Helene Burns and Rev. Brad Ford) and four members of St. Matthew's (Joyce Anderson, Greg Bent, Tim Covert and Laura Stiles-Clarke). The committee has met and begun its work. We are committed to finding the best person for the job. We have received several applications for the position, and we would like to request input from the congregation. Do you know a minister who might be suitable for this position? If so, please contact one of the committee members, or email lstilesclarke@ns.sympatico.ca. Thank you for lifting up the work of this committee in your prayers.



St. Matthew’s Calendar

May 15 – Official Board regular quarterly meeting

June 12 – Congregational Meeting


Community Calendar


Composer Linnea Good – Tonight (April 19) at 7:30 pm, Port Wallis United, 263 Waverley Road, Dartmouth. Worship and prayer: How Deep the Peace. Freewill offering, reception.


Seton Cantata Choir Sunday, May 8, 3 pm at Bethany United Church, Halifax, and Saturday, May 7, 7:30 pm at St. John’s Anglican, Lunenburg. The choir, directed by Wayne Rogers, will present the world premiere of local composer David Langstroth’s “Phone Survey” with lyrics by poet Carole Glasser Langille; Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria” with soprano Julie Monette and mezzo-soprano Pamela Rogers; and “Figures de Danse” by Lionel Daunais with interpretive dancers Sarah Fallis and Janelle Warren. Tickets $15 at the door or by calling 443-0580.


Garden Tour – Saturday, May 14, 2–4 pm. Stewart and Shirley McInnes of St. Matthew’s are opening their spring gardens to the Rockingham Grannies. Light refreshments will be served. Garden tour proceeds support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Tickets $15, contact Jill Rafuse, 492-4523 or rafuse@ns.sympatico.ca


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Church office: stmatts@ns.sympatico.ca , 423-9209

Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, 423-9209

Sunday worship: 10:30 am

Thursday choir rehearsals: Handbells 6:15 pm, Senior Choir 7:30 pm


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