St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday


  • What's coming up
  • Fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist on April 30
  • Treasurer needed
  • Thinking about …
  • Thanks to …
  • In the Community
  • St. Matthew's activities


What's coming up at St. Matthew's

Thu. Apr. 25       - Bible study in the sanctuary, 12 noon

                           - No choir tonight, choir to rehearse Sunday at 9:30 am

Sun. Apr. 28       Worship service, 10:30 am

Tue. Apr. 30       - Fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist, 7 pm                      

                           - Last night for the Out of the Cold Shelter 


Fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist

St. Matthew's is the venue for a fundraising concert for Nigerian flute student Ogo-Oluwa Sobukola on Tue. Apr. 30 at 7 pm at St. Matthew’s. The Dalhousie University student is raising money for his hefty international tuition, plus living expenses, as he prepares for his third year of study with Patricia Creighton, Principal Flautist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Guest performers include Patricia; 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. The concert features music by CPE Bach, Doppler, Somers, and more – an evening of spectacular wind playing! Admission by donation at the door.

            If you would like to contribute to this cause but are unable to attend, leave a donation at the church office OR see Jill Rafuse (choir) or Wayne Rogers on Sun. Apr. 28. We will ensure that the donations get to Ogo-Oluwa.


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,


Thinking about …

  • The family of the late Christopher Salsman, whose funeral was held at St. Matthew's before Easter


Thanks to …

  • Hilary Wellard, who sponsored the Easter bulletin in memory of her father, Frank Wellard, who would have been 108 on April 22
  • The brass ensemble from Symphony Nova Scotia – Richard Simoneau and Curtis Dietz (trumpet), Eric Mathis (trombone) and Bob Nicholson (tuba) – for their glorious contribution to the music on Easter Sunday. The quartet provided prelude, postlude and Communion music as well as accompanying the choir for hymns, the anthem, and the singalong Hallelujah Chorus. Their appearance was made possible by memorial gifts to St. Matthew's.
  • Craig Reiner (timpani) and Jill Rafuse (piano) of our congregation who also shared their musical gifts on Easter Sunday.
  • Betsy Hogan (presider), Wayne Rogers and the choir for leading the contemplative Good Friday choral service, which was attended by about 50, including many guests.


In the Community

Spring Sing! Poetry and Music for the Spring and Easter seasons – Sat. Apr. 27 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, Halifax. Join members and friends of the Halifax Centre, Olga Milosevich (guest reader) and the Chebucto Community Singers for an evening of celebrating the glorious seasons of spring and Easter, as well as the life of Allen Wayte (former Director of Music at First Baptist Church and Director of the Chebucto Community Singers). The event will feature our own Wayne Rogers, Matthew Fraser and Craig Reiner (timpani), along with glorious choral music, congregational hymns, organ repertoire, seasonal poetry, and a sing-along Hallelujah Chorus. All are invited to join us for this evening of celebration. A freewill offering will be received. Pick-up choir rehearsal: 4-6 pm at First Baptist. All welcome.

 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. 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

 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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