St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Jan. 21, 2019

  • Potluck Church Wednesday at 5:30 pm
  • Please hold in your prayers ...
  • Quarterly meetings rescheduled for Sunday Jan. 27
  • St. Matthew's Book Club
  • How you can help the Out of the Cold Shelter
  • In the Community
  • St. Matthew's activities

 January Calendar

Wed. Jan. 23      Potluck Church, 5:30 in the sanctuary

Fri. Jan. 25          Choir rehearsal rescheduled to Friday this week

Sun. Jan. 27        Quarterly meetings of Stewards, Session, Official Board, after church

Potluck Church Wednesday at 5:30 pm

Potluck Church is a mid-week opportunity for everyone to share a casual meal, conversation, and friendship in the sanctuary. The first Potluck Church of 2019 is tomorrow (Wed. Jan. 23) at 5:30 pm on the theme "Epiphany:  Wonder and Praise – Words, Song and Food". This is a child- and family-friendly gathering to celebrate our blessings. Enjoy hymns, prayers, fellowship, and really good food. Bring yourself, family, friends and something to share.

 Please hold in your prayers ...

Jean Morgan, unwell in hospital, and her family with her: daughter Brenda Wallace and son-in-law John, grandchildren Craig and Elizabeth, and daughter-in-law Carolyn Nicholson

Marg Arklie, continuing to recover at Abbie Lane Rehabilitation Centre

Jinty Milne, husband Bob and family, as they prepare for Jinty’s release from hospital

Helga Mills, healing a foot fracture at home

Dale MacLennan, welcoming sister Donna home to extended care at Shannex in Clayton Park

 Quarterly meetings rescheduled for Sun. Jan. 27

Due to inclement weather, the quarterly meetings of Session, Stewards and official Board DID NOT HAPPEN last Sunday. They have been rescheduled to Sun. Jan. 27 after church.

 St. Matthew's Book Club

St. Matthews’ Book Club will meet on Tue. Feb. 19 at 2 pm at 1470 Summer Street, Apt. 703. Our book is The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. The author “gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future”. For more information, contact Elaine Murray,

 How you can help the Out of the Cold Shelter

The Out of the Cold Shelter is open nightly in the Sunday school area of St. Matthew's. The Shelter offers 15 beds for those who need a place to stay, and provides hot meals, sandwiches, and some necessities to guests and others who drop by.

 Here's how you can help

Financial Support to St. Matthew's – St. Matthew`s provides space, heat, lights, washroom facilities, etc. for guests. Your donations help cover the operating costs that allow the shelter to stay open all winter long.

Sandwiches – Members of our congregation make sandwiches every Thursday for the Shelter. Jean Hattie, who coordinates the schedule, is available after church on Sundays to provide more information. Please consider whether you can assist with this initiative. Information about casseroles and other ways to support the Shelter will be forthcoming.

Requested items – OTCS lists current requirements on its website and on its Facebook page. Donations can be dropped off on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the lower level of the church between 8:30 am and 5 pm. OTCS is a peanut-free zone and cannot accept donations of mouthwash, aftershave, or hand sanitizer.

In the Community

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 in the Parlour (enter by glass doors) – ON HIATUS in January

Choir Practices – AcabellA handbells Thursday 6:15 pm; Sanctuary choir FRIDAY THIS WEEK at 7:30 pm

Lunch Bunch community choir – Fridays at noon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Tue. Feb. 19

Potluck Church  Jan. 23, Mar. 5, Apr. 16 (Seder)


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      May 26

Session, Stewards, Board    Jan. 27, May 12

Executive                                 Dec. 16, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, Apr. 28

Worship and Music               Feb. 24


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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