St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin  April 14, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Book Club meets Tuesday
  • Funeral Wednesday for Christopher Salsman
  • Maundy Thursday Potluck Seder and Communion Apr. 18
  • Treasurer needed
  • Congratulations to …
  • Condolences to …
  • How you can help the Out of the Cold Shelter
  • In the Community
  • St. Matthew's activities


What's coming up at St. Matthew's

Tue. Apr. 16       Book Club at 2 pm, 1470 Summer Street

Thu. Apr. 18       No Bible study this week

Thu. Apr. 18       Maundy Thursday Potluck Supper and all-ages Seder/Communion, 5:30 pm

Fri. Apr. 19         Choral service, quiet and contemplative, with art and drama, at 7:30 pm

Sun. Apr. 21       - Sunrise Service on the South Lawn, light breakfast to follow, at 7 am

                            - Easter Communion, Brass Ensemble, Singalong Hallelujah Chorus at 10:30 am


Ecumenical Holy Week Services

Morning Services                   7:30 am, light breakfast following

Everyone is welcome to ecumenical services during Holy Week hosted by different South End churches. All services begin at 7:30 am followed by a continental breakfast at 8 am.

Mon. Apr. 15               All Saints Cathedral, 1330 Cathedral Lane

Tue. Apr. 16                First Baptist Church, 1300 Oxford St.

Wed. Apr. 17               St. Mary's Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Rd.

Media reports of a Thursday morning service at St. Matthew's were incorrect


Book Club meets Tuesday

The Book Club will meet on Tue. Apr. 16 at 2 pm at 1470 Summer St. to discuss If This is Freedom by Gloria Ann Wesley. This text was the One Book Nova Scotia selection for 2017, and continues the story of Black Loyalist settlers in Nova Scotia after the American Revolutionary War. The book illuminates an often-overlooked chapter in Canadian history. Contact Elaine Murray for more information,


Funeral Wednesday for Christopher Salsman

A funeral service and reception will be held at St. Matthew's on Wed. Apr. 17 at 3 pm for Christopher St. Clair Salsman, who died in an accident last week at Marshy Hope, NS. Chris was a much-loved son, brother, uncle and friend in Nova Scotia, and an activist for causes at home and around the world. He is survived by his mother Bonnie (Dickson) Salsman, sister Katherine Salsman, brother-in-law Martin Noël, nephew Theodore (Théo) Noël, grandmother Katherine (MacDermid) Dickson, and loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Rick Salsman, grandparents Dean and Evelyn (Jones) Salsman and James (Buddy) Dickson. Cremation has taken place. Visitation is at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, Windsor Street, on Tue. Apr. 16 from 4-7 pm. Interment will be at Camp Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Phoenix House.


Maundy Thursday Potluck Seder and Communion Apr. 18

Come to our sanctuary at 5:30 pm to enjoy food and good conversation around our table. Just bring something to share, whether home-made or produced by your favorite grocer. Potluck Church is a great way to get to know one another better in an informal atmosphere.

The Maundy Thursday Seder Meal and Potluck is an all-ages event that concludes Lent and propels us into the Easter season.


Treasurer needed

St. Matthew's needs someone to take over the duties of treasurer – either on a trial, or interim basis until year-end (June 30, 2019), or for a longer term. Because of health concerns, treasurer Marg Arklie must relinquish this volunteer position after 10 years of dedicated service. Dora McGrath and members of the Board of Stewards have been maintaining records since Marg's illness, but this is far from ideal.

Being treasurer requires a few hours each week and computer skills to use a simple and basic accounting software program. The treasurer should be comfortable with numbers, but the task is not so complicated as to require a certified accountant – just someone who pays attention to detail. Ken Moors and Greg Bent are happy to field questions about the position and requirements, and a job description is available.

If you are interested, or know someone who might consider this rewarding and valuable volunteer contribution to a downtown church ministry, please contact Greg Bent at or the church office,


Congratulations to …

Matthew Fraser, who was the only organ competitor at the recent Kiwanis Music Festival. His performances were adjudicated, and he earned commendable marks of 89, 90, 92 and 92 in the four classes in which he performed. Matthew will receive the RCCO Trophy from the Halifax Chapter.


Condolences to …

  • The family of Dr. Allan Myrden, whose burial service was held on Sat. Apr. 13. Please keep his daughter, Judy, and his family in your thoughts.


Out of the Cold Shelter season nears its end

The Out of the Cold Shelter is open nightly until April 30 in the Sunday school area of St. Matthew's. The Shelter offers 15 beds for those who need a place to stay, and provides hot meals, sandwiches, and some necessities to guests and others who drop by.


Financial Support to St. Matthew's – St. Matthew`s provides space, heat, lights, washroom facilities, etc. for guests. Your donations help cover the operating costs that allow the shelter to stay open all winter long.


OTCS lists current requirements on its website and on its Facebook page. Donations can be dropped off on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the lower level of the church between 8:30 am and 5 pm. OTCS is a peanut-free zone and cannot accept donations of mouthwash, aftershave, or hand sanitizer.


In the Community

United Church Music Matters 2019 – April 26-28, presented by Music United, at St. Andrew's United Church, Coburg Road. The learning event on Fri. Apr. 26 and Sat. Apr. 27 includes eight interactive workshops with topics for Voice, Music in Worship, a three-part stream of Hymn Composition & Copyright, Working with Children, Spirituality, Anthem Reading sessions (participants receive a package of anthems they can keep), and more. Worship and the AGM are held Sun. Apr. 28, open for all participants – join the choir during worship and include your voice in the AGM. Online registration is $120 for the event or $70 per day (Friday includes supper; Saturday includes lunch).  Cost at the door is $140.

Register at


Fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist – Tue. Apr. 30 at 7 pm at St. Matthew’s. Dalhousie University student Ogo-Oluwa Sobukola is raising money for his international tuition as he prepares for his third year of flute study with Patricia Creighton, Principal Flautist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Guest artists for this concert are Sibylle Marquardt, renowned German flautist, performer and teacher; Gabe Azzie, Symphony Nova Scotia’s new Principal Bassonist: and Danbee Ko, collaborative pianist for the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie. The concert features music by CPE Bach, Doppler, Somers, and more – an evening of spectacular wind playing! Admission by donation at the door.


Bereavement Support – Contact the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax at 902-446-0929.


St. Matthew’s Activities


Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am (If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, please email Carol Smillie at

Thursday Noon Bible Study CANCELLED THIS WEEK

Choir Practices – AcabellA handbells Thursday 6:15 pm; Sanctuary choir Thursday at 7:30 pm

Lunch Bunch community choir – Fridays at noon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday each month

Potluck Church  Thu. Apr. 18 (Seder)


Ushering – Click this link to open the sign-up page



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



Congregational Meeting      June 2

Session, Stewards, Board    May 26

Executive                                 Apr. 28

Worship and Music               May 5


Administrative Stuff

Church office: or  (902) 423-9209

Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209,

Sunday Worship: 10:30 am

Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680,

Student Organist: Matthew Fraser

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