St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin May 5, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Funeral Saturday for Donna Salter
  • Congratulations to …
  • Thanks to …
  • St. Matthew's Book Club
  • Successful fundraiser for Nigerian flute student
  • 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

Sat. May 11        - Funeral for Donna Salter, 10:30 am

Sun. May 12       - Worship service with AcabellA Handbells, 10:30 am

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        - Congregational meeting, after church


Funeral Saturday for Donna Salter

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Matthew's for the late Donna Salter, who died at the end of March after a prolonged illness. Donna was the sister of Dale MacLennan of our congregation, and daughter of the late Bill and Georgie MacLennan.

Congratulations to …

  • Matthew Fraser, winner of the trophy presented by the Halifax Chapter of the Royal Canadian College of Organists for organ performance in competition at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Matthew is taught by Wayne Rogers, and is our student organist. Matthew also is to be commended for being named Head Boy at Halifax Grammar School for 2019-20, his senior and final year.
  • Craig Wallace, who provides weekly tech support for our Sunday worship services, graduating from St. Mary's University next week with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 Thanks to …

  • All those who provide transportation, companionship, and other caregiving assistance to members of our congregation who need some special attention so that they can attend services.
  • All who made sandwiches for the Out of the Cold Shelter this past year. Your interest and cooperation was very much appreciated. We have provided Thursday sandwiches for 8 years and hopefully, under Jean Hattie's excellent coordination, we will be able to continue this outreach in the fall.


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,

 Successful fundraising concert for Nigerian flutist

Thanks to all who either attended and/or supported the fundraising concert for Nigerian flute student Ogo-Oluwa Sobukola at St. Matthew's. There was an appreciative audience of about 70, and about $3,000 was raised.

 Bluenose Marathon June 9 this year

Waiting for the annual 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.

 Dartmouth Choral Society – May 12 at 7:30 pm, Grace United Church, 70 King St., Dartmouth. "Planes, Train and Automobiles: A Journey in Song" with special guests the Halifax Regional Arts West Jazz Choir. Tickets $15 at the door.

 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 – Come to the Sanctuary doors at noon

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

Lunch Bunch community choir – Fridays at noon

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

Potluck Church  -- Fall


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



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      June 2

Session, Stewards, Board    May 26

Worship and Music               Fall


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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