St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin May 12, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Please keep in your prayers …
  • Congratulations to …
  • St. Matthew's Book Club
  • Thanks to …
  • In the Community
  • St. Matthew's activities


What's coming up at St. Matthew's

Thu. May 9         - Bible study in the sanctuary, 12 noon

Sun. May 19       - No Sunday School due to Victoria Day holiday

Tue. May 22       - Book Club, 2 pm (see notice)

Sun. May 26       - Stewards, Kirk Session, Official Board, after church

Sun. June 2        - Communion service, followed by potluck congregational meeting

Sun. June 9         - Bluenose Marathon Sunday, no Sunday School


Please keep in your prayers ….

  • The family of the late Donna Marie MacLennan-Salter, sister of Susan Dale MacLennan and

daughter of the late Bill and Georgie MacLennan, whose funeral was on Saturday at St. Matthew's.

  • Marg Arklie, continuing to recover in hospital and making plans for a move to a retirement home.


Congratulations to

  • Craig Wallace, who provides weekly tech support for our Sunday worship services, graduating from St. Mary's University May 17 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Bob Mills, who celebrated the 65th anniversary of his graduation from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, in the company of wife, Helga, and friends from the Class of 1954.


St. Matthew's Book Club

The Book Club meets on Tue. May 22 at 2 pm at 5662 Roberts St. The book topic is "The Summer Before the War" by Helen Simonson. Goodreads calls it "… a breathtaking novel of love and war that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set." For more information contact Elaine Murray,


Thanks to

  • AcabellA Handbell Choir, who provided music leadership on Sunday. This concludes their season of handbell ringing
  • A message from Nigerian flute player Ogo-Oluwa Sodukola: "I want to extend my sincere gratitude for your donations to my fundraising concert, Reaching for the Sky. Your attendance and support have played an important role in the fundraiser's success and helped me get one step closer to my goal. Thank You. An update on my story was published in the City Voice community paper last week. I have the link here for you to read and share:


Bluenose Marathon June 9 this year

Waiting for the usual warning about needing extra time to get to the church during Bluenose Marathon weekend?  In past years the Marathon has coincided with the Victoria Day long weekend, but not this year! The Marathon is scheduled for Sunday June 9 – and there will be church, but no Sunday school that day.


In the Community

Contemporary Art Society’s 46th Annual Juried Show and Sale – May 2-15, Nova Scotia Public Archives, 6016 University Ave. The show is open weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; extended hours on Wednesdays, from 8:30 am to 9 pm; Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm; and closed Sundays. For more details visit the website www.contemporaryart/  or contact Terry Hurrell (902) 457-0920.


Bereavement Support – Contact the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax at (902) 446-0929.


St. Matthew’s Activities

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am

Thursday Noon Bible Study – Come to the Sanctuary doors at noon

Choir Practices – Sanctuary choir Thursday at 7:30 pm; Handbells ON VACATION

Lunch Bunch community choir – Fridays at noon

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – Third Tuesday each month

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

Potluck Church  -- Fall


Ushering – Click this link to open the sign-up page


Breakfast Teams – Interested in helping with Sunday breakfast? Contact Carol Smillie,


Meeting Schedule 2019

Congregational Meeting      June 2

Session, Stewards, Board    May 26

Worship and Music               Fall


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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