St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin May 19, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Welcome of new members June 16
  • Congratulations to …
  • St. Matthew's Book Club
  • Bluenose Marathon June 9
  • In the Community
  • St. Matthew's activities


What's coming up at St. Matthew's

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

Thu. May 24       Bible study in the sanctuary, 12 noon

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

Sun. June 16      Welcome of new members


Welcome of new members Sun. June 16

If you have been attending St. Matthew's and you would like to transfer your membership from a past congregation, please email Betsy ( and include the name and location of your former congregation (it does not have to be a United Church congregation). We will welcome new members by transfer during the June 16 service.

If you have been attending St. Matthew's as part of a new exploration of faith – either with no past congregation, or none since baptism in infancy – and you would like to talk about being baptized or reaffirming your baptism as an adult, please email Betsy and we can begin this conversation.

The United Church of Canada recognizes very little difference between "members" and "adherents" (those who are not official members on paper). The St. Matthew's congregation includes many adherents who are active in the life and work of our church. However, only official members can be elders or vote for a new minister. In all other ways, adherents and members are the same.


Congratulations to …

  • Margo MacDonald of our choir and Brian MacDonald on their recent engagement


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,


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.


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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