St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

April 28, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist on April 30
  • Still looking for a treasurer
  • Thinking about …
  • Thanks to …
  • St. Matthew's Book Club
  • In the Community
  • St. Matthew's activities

 What's coming up at St. Matthew's

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

                           - Last night for the Out of the Cold Shelter 

Thu. May 2         - Bible study in the sanctuary, 12 noon

Sun. May 5         - Worship service, 10:30 am

                           - Worship and Music Committee, after church

Sun. May 12       - Worship service with AcabellA Handbell choir, 10:30 am


Fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist Tuesday at 7 pm

St. Matthew's is the venue for a fundraising concert for Nigerian flute student Ogo-Oluwa Sobukola on Tue. Apr. 30 at 7 pm. 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 of Symphony Nova Scotia. In addition to Ogo-Oluwa and Patricia, guest performers include Sibylle Marquardt, renowned German flautist, performer and teacher; Gabe Azzie, Symphony Nova Scotia’s new Principal Bassoonist: 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.

Still looking for a treasurer

St. Matthew's needs a 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 Simply Accounting, a basic and easy-to-learn accounting software program. The treasurer should be comfortable with numbers, but the task is not so complicated as to require a certified accountant – we just need someone who pays attention to detail. While membership at St. Matthew's would be ideal, the task might appeal to a friend of the congregation who is looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity. 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 …

  • Marg Arklie, who continues to make progress as she recovers from a lengthy illness
  • Staff and guests of the Out of the Cold Shelter, which closes this week

 Thanks to …

  • William Austin, baritone, who provided the anthem on Sunday morning (Lord God of Abraham from Elijah). William, whose family are active members of Pictou United Church, is a voice student of Wayne Rogers. He will be performing in the music festival this week.
  • Leonard Preyra, Ken Moors, and all whose work on our behalf makes it possible for the Out of the Cold Shelter and Extreme Weather Warming Centre to operate in our building
  • Jean Hattie, for coordinating the provision of Thursday sandwiches throughout the Shelter's fall and winter season

 St. Matthew's Book Club

The Book Club meets next on Tue. May 22 at 2 pm at 5662 Roberts St. The book topic is "The Summer Before the War" by Helen Simonson. Goodreads calls it "… a breathtaking novel of love and war that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set." For more information contact Elaine Murray,

 In the Community

Contemporary Art Society’s 46th Annual Juried Show and Sale – May 2-15, Nova Scotia Public Archives, 6016 University Ave. The grand opening reception – with refreshments, entertainment and a draw for a painting – will be on Fri. May 3 from 7-9 pm. The show is open weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; extended hours on Wednesdays, from 8:30 am to 9 pm; Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm; and closed Sundays. For more details visit the website www.contemporaryart/  or contact Terry Hurrell (902) 457-0920.

 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 – Come to the Sanctuary doors at noon

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  


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

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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