St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Feb. 9, 2020


  • What's coming up
  • Feb. 16: Communion, Benevolent Fund, and meetings
  • Thanks to …
  • PowerPoint People Awake!
  • Book Club meets Feb. 18
  • Subscribe to Broadview, just $25
  • In the Community



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

Thu. Feb. 13                            Bible study resumes, come to the Sanctuary doors at noon

Sun. Feb. 16                            Communion service with Benevolent Fund offering

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

Tue. Feb. 18                            Book Club, 2 pm *


Sun. Feb 16: Communion, Benevolent Fund, and meetings

The service on Sunday, Feb. 16 will be the January Communion service that wasn't! We usually observe Communion early in the year as part of a worldwide observance, but this year's service was cancelled because of snow. So – come Feb. 16 instead!

            As is our custom on Communion Sundays, an offering will be received for the Benevolent Fund. This provides discretionary money for the minister to use when people in need come to the office with urgent needs. A special envelope will be available in the Sunday bulletin.


Thanks to …

All who offered leadership during Betsy's study leave: Gayle Reiner, Wayne Rogers, Lunch Bunch Choir, Margaret Machum. Sara Bartel, John Wallace, Karla Bruce, Matthew Fraser. Betsy made good headway on her MA (History) thesis on Rev. E. Crossley Hunter's contribution to saving Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.


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.


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,


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In the Community

Organ Concert (Jazz, Classical and Contemporary Music)– Sat. Feb. 22 at 7 pm at St. Matthew's United Church. The pipe organ is often associated with Baroque music, like works by Bach. However, a much wider variety of music can be played on the organ! Hear many of those styles at a concert by Jean-Willy Kunz, Organist-in-residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Jean-Willy Kunz, on Feb. 22 at 7 pm at St. Matthew’s. The program consists of Saint-Saëns's humorous The Carnival of the Animals, a jazz improvisation in the style of Joey DeFrancesco, classical and contemporary works, and more. Tickets ($20) are available on



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

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Meeting Schedule 2020

Congregational Meeting       May 3, 2020 (budget)

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

Worship and Music               


Regular Activities

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am

Thursday Noon Bible Study – Thursdays at 12 noon, 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  -- TBA


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