St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Feb. 23, 2020


  • What's coming up
  • Think happy thoughts for …
  • Give it up to the Earth for Lent
  • Potluck Church March 3
  • Birthday greetings for a veteran
  • Two small ways to make a difference for others
  • Pen recycling opportunity
  • Official Board meeting March 14
  • St. Matthew's Book Club March 17
  • Thanks to …
  • PowerPoint People, Awake!
  • In the Community


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

Tue. Feb. 25                            Shrove Tuesday

Thu. Feb. 27                            Bible study, 1 pm, come to sanctuary doors

Sun. Mar. 1                             First Sunday of Lent

Tue. Mar. 3                             Potluck Church, 5:30 pm


Think happy thoughts for

  • Dale MacLennan, recovering from hip replacement at the Berkeley on Green Street.
  • Matthew Fraser, as he auditions at the University of Toronto this week


Give it up for the Earth for Lent

Do you typically fast, pray, or perform special acts of compassion during Lent? In the 21st century's climate crisis, perhaps you would like to consider how your Lenten practice can be beneficial to the environment while being spiritually meaningful to you.

Here is one resource you might want to use while observing Lent this year. It is a calendar that provides ideas for reducing our carbon footprint and cherishing the earth that God made. If some suggestions are not applicable to us, we can substitute our own ideas on those days.

 The Earth Spirit Action Team will be posting other opportunities for observing Lent on our website.

 Potluck Church March 3

Potluck Church, back by popular demand. Please join us in a relaxing evening of good fellowship, food, and a bit of church on Tue. Mar. 3 in the sanctuary at 5:30 pm. Bring something to share and a good appetite. Our thoughts will be on food, of course, but on Spring too.


Birthday greetings for a veteran

Stephen Mercer of our congregation saw a posting about this gentleman, whose son is organizing a special birthday celebration for his father, and he wanted to share it with all of us. As it happens, Mr. Arsenault served alongside the grandfather of David Fraser of our congregation, both in Italy and in the Netherlands.

"Hello: My name is Fred Arsenault. I am a WW2 veteran about to turn 100 years old on March 6th, 2020, and would like to receive 100 Birthday Cards. Please mail to 9 Kenmore Ave., Toronto ON, M1K 1B3


Two small ways to make a difference for others

  1. Ushering This involves arriving at about 10 am to greet people as they arrive, give them a bulletin, and assist them in finding a seat as needed. If you would be able to do this on a Sunday, here is the link to sign up:

 2. Fellowship Time This involves set-up and clean-up of the coffee, tea, etc. that many enjoy after church. It’s a social time enjoyed by all ages, but especially appreciated by our older members, so it’s a real ministry of care. Linda Campbell has a team of folks who "know the ropes" and are looking for partners. If you could do a Sunday, please speak to her or email


Pen recycling

The EarthSpiritAction Committee plans to collect used pens, which can be recycled through a program at Staples. A box will be available at the back of the sanctuary for your used pens.


Official Board meeting March 14

The Official Board is tentatively scheduled to meet on Sat. Mar. 14 at 10:30 am to have a fulsome discussion of the recommendations of the Property Assessment Report.


St. Matthew’s Book Club March 17

The St. Matthew's Book Club will meet Tue. Mar. 17 at 2 pm at 1470 Summer Street. We will be discussing The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  It is “...a mesmerizing story of family turmoil, young love, and coming-of-age set against an upending of life as we know it.” For more information, contact Elaine Murray at


Thanks to …

  • Matthew Fraser for playing the prelude, hymns, and postlude Sunday morning. His playing was video-recorded for an RCCO scholarship for which he has applied. On Tue. Feb. 25 Matthew will play his audition for the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, at St. Basil’s Roman Catholic Church, Toronto. The prelude and postlude are two of the pieces he will play at the audition.
  • St. Matthew's has the best custom ever: The Sunday-Before-Shrove-Tuesday Pancake Lunch, prepared by members of the Board of Stewards and friends. Thanks to all who prepared this delicious lunch on Sunday, also to those who made donations to cover costs.


PowerPoint People awake!

We need people with PowerPoint skills at St. Matthew's. If you are interested in making PowerPoint additions for the display screens for Sunday services when Betsy is away, please see Matthew Fraser or Gayle Reiner. Having visuals, texts, and other material on the screens visible to the entire congregation has added much to Sunday services, but we will be losing our "Power Point Guy" to university after this summer.


In the Community

Organ Concert (Jazz, Classical and Contemporary Music)– Sat. Mar. 27 at 7 pm at First Baptist Church, Halifax. This RCCO concert is in memory of the late Allen Wayte, who was director of music at First Baptist until his untimely death in 2008 at the age of 56. Featured performers are Alcée Chriss, organ, and Thomas Leslie, tenor.



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 2020

Congregational Meeting       May 3, 2020 (budget)

Session, Stewards                   Apr. 26

Official Board                         Mar. 14

Worship and Music                Apr. 19


Regular Activities

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am

Thursday Afternoon Bible Study – Thursdays at 1 pm, come to the sanctuary doors

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  -- Tue. Mar. 3 at 5:30 pm, theme "Spring"


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