St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Jan. 19, 2020



  • What's coming up
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Book Club meets Jan. 21
  • Keep in your prayers …
  • 2020 offering envelopes ready
  • Thanks to …
  • Singing at Lewis Hall
  • Canadian Church calendars
  • You might be interested in …
  • In the Community


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

Jan. 20-24                               Week of Prayer for Christian Unity services *

Tue. Jan. 21                             Book Club, 2 pm *

Sun. Jan. 26                             Worship service, 10:30 am

Sun. Feb. 2                              Worship service, 10:30 am

Sun. Feb. 9                              Worship and Music Committee, after church (* note new date)

Sun. Feb. 16                            - Communion service

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



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Join Christians of all denominations worldwide to celebrate our diversity and unity through prayer. South-end Halifax churches will gather for short mid-day services throughout the week beginning at 12:15 pm. Theme: "They showed us unusual kindness."

All are welcome. Note that Thursday's service begins at 11:45, followed by a provided lunch.


Mon. Jan. 20 – St. Thomas Aquinas, Oxford St

Tue. Jan. 21 – First Baptist Church, Oxford St

Wed. Jan. 22 – Cathedral Church of All Saints

Thu. Jan. 23 – Atlantic School of Theology, Francklyn St (at 11:45 am)

Fri. Jan. 24 – St. Matthew's United

For more information on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity sponsored by the Canadian Council of Churches and World Council of Churches, visit:


Book Club meets Jan. 21

The Book Club meets Tue. Jan. 21 at 2 pm at 1470 Summer St. The book is The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi. The author wrote: "My nephew, Alan Kurdi, was a young refugee. He washed up dead on a Turkish beach in 2015… with this story I will plant in your heart the hope for a better world." For more information contact Elaine Murray at


Keep in your prayers

  • Karen Pearce, recovering from hip surgery at Shannex's Parkland at the Lakes


2020 offering envelopes available

For those who use numbered church envelopes for weekly contributions, the 2020 envelopes are available in the front of the sanctuary.

Many members of St. Matthew's 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.


Thanks to …

Rev. Betsy Hogan is on study leave. Guest preachers include Margaret Machum (Jan. 26) and Sara Bartel (Feb. 2). The weekly Bible study will be rescheduled for February.

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


Singing at Lewis Hall Jan. 28

Members of the choir and friends will be visiting Parkland's Lewis Hall, Baker Drive, on Tues. Jan. 28 at 2 pm for a one-hour singalong of old favorites. Karen Pearce of our congregation, who is resident there, will be our host. This is weather-dependent! But if you would like to join the choir, or need a ride, contact Jill Rafuse, (902) 492-4523.


Canadian Church Calendars

2020 Church Calendars can be purchased ($6) from our Minister of Music, Wayne Rogers.


You might be interested in

Sunday School meets at 10:30 am Sundays. The children gather in church until the Children's Time, then have lessons downstairs. All the children are invited to Sunday School, as they wish, but are also welcome to stay in church with their adults if they’d prefer. Each week is its own lesson. We’re glad to see our children whenever they are able to attend.

 Sunday Free Breakfast begins at 8:30 am each week. If you are interested in joining a Breakfast Team, preparing and serving breakfast to neighbours living rough, sheltered, or struggling to make ends meet, email Breakfast teams serve on a 5-week rotation.

 Choirs meet on Thursdays – AcabellA Handbell Choir 6:15 pm, Sunday choir 7:30 pm – and on Friday at noon (Lunch Bunch community choir). If you are interested in any of our choirs, contact Wayne Rogers at


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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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