St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Feb. 2, 2020



  • What's coming up
  • Thanks to …
  • 2020 offering envelopes ready
  • Book Club meets Feb. 18
  • Subscribe to Broadview, just $25
  • Camp Kidston registration
  • In the Community


What's coming up at St. Matthew's  (* see below for more information)

Sun. Feb. 9                              Worship and Music Committee, after church

Sun. Feb. 16                            - Communion service with Benevolent Fund offering

                                                - Quarterly meetings (Stewards, Kirk Session, Official Board)

Tue. Feb. 18                            Book Club, 2 pm *


Thanks to …

Sara Bartel, who preached on Sunday while Rev. Betsy Hogan is on study leave, and to John Wallace, presider. 

For pastoral care, contact the church office (902) 423-9209.


2020 offering envelopes available

If you use numbered church envelopes for weekly contributions, the 2020 envelopes are available in the front of the sanctuary.

Many of us contribute through pre-authorized remittance (PAR), which is an automatic debit transaction. Anyone who would like more information about using PAR should contact Dora in the church office for assistance, or (902) 423-9209.


Book Club meets Feb. 18

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Tue. Feb. 18 at 2 pm at 5662 Roberts Street to  discuss If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. "In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.... As they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions: affection, despair, and hope." For more information, contact Elaine Murray,


Subscribe to Broadview, the publication of the United Church of Canada

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Camp Kidston registration and staffing

Camp Kidston is now accepting applicants for paid summer staff and volunteers. We offer a range of jobs, suited to various levels of skill, training, and experience. In addition to counselling and program staff, we are looking for kitchen staff (including a Lead Cook), First Aider, Community Outreach Liaison, Administrative Support, and Environmental Education Lead. Government regulations and accreditation standards typically require that paid staff be at least 16 years of age. Youth aged 14-17 years who want to build their leadership skills and employment resume are encouraged to consider the Counsellor-in-Training program. Interviews will start in a few weeks and will continue until positions are filled.  More information is available at


In the Community

2020 United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week  Feb. 1-9 – This is a public declaration of interfaith peace and friendship – something we can all use in these times. The full schedule of information is available online at and for more information about the Interfaith Harmony Engagement Program, contact  There will be an Interfaith Harmony Celebration Sun. Feb. 9 from 2-4 pm at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library.


RCCO Halifax Centre concert – Sat. Feb. 22 at 7 pm at St. Matthew's. Jean-Willy Kunz, contemporary and jazz organist, in recital.



Administrative Stuff

Church office: (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

On the web:


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


EarthSpiritAction Resources for Thinking About God's Green Earth:


Meeting Schedule 2019-20

Congregational Meeting       May 3, 2020 (budget)

Session, Stewards, Board       Feb. 16, Mar. 8, Apr. 26

Worship and Music                Feb. 9


Regular Activities

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am

Thursday Noon Bible Study – Resumes in February

Choir Practices – Thursdays – Handbells 6:15 pm, Sanctuary choir 7:30 pm

Lunch Bunch community choir – Fridays at 12:15 pm

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday

Melville Heights Service – Third Sunday at 2 pm at Melville Heights retirement lodge

Potluck Church  -- TBA


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