St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Jan. 26, 2020


  • What's coming up
  • Thanks to …
  • 2020 offering envelopes ready
  • Canadian Church calendars
  • You might be interested in …
  • 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. 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)


Thanks to …

Margaret Machum, who preached on Sunday while Rev. Betsy Hogan is on study leave. Next week's speaker will be Sara Bartel (Feb. 2). The weekly Bible study will resume in February.

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


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.


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


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

Building on the strong journalistic traditions of The Observer, the magazine Broadview has a broad mandate to provide stories of ethical living, spirituality, faith and justice. It also keeps members and friends of the United Church of Canada aware of activities in the church regionally, nationally, and globally. It is published 11 times a year and delivered to your home or office. It consistently wins awards for its high-quality writing, layout and photography. To control costs everyone is asked to complete the following and return it to the church office.


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Camp Kidston registration

Camp Kidston provides a safe and happy summer camping experience to kids aged 6-15 years, and leadership training to you aged 15-17 years. Owned and operated by the United Church of Canada, we provide an opportunity to disconnect from technology and connect to new friends, outdoor adventures, and faith exploration. The camp is located on more than 500 acres of pristine woods and waters in the northeastern corner of HRM. Registration starts Feb 1 at For further information, contact


 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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