St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin Sept. 15, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Please keep in your prayers …
  • Book Club meets today
  • Sermon series
  • Interfaith Gathering and Climate Rally Sept. 20
  • 13th annual Brunswick Street Mission fundraiser breakfast Oct. 9
  • Welcome back to Sunday School, on Sundays at 10:30 am
  • Looking ahead at St. Matthew's
  • Thinking about God's Green Earth


What's coming up at St. Matthew's

Tue. Sept. 17   Book Club, 2 pm (see notice)

Sun. Sept. 22  Worship service 10:30 am with Rev. Betsy Hogan

Wed. Oct. 9     Brunswick Street Mission breakfast, 7:30 am


Please keep in your prayers …

  • Helga Mills and her family, as Helga has entered palliative care at the VG
  • Glennis Farquhar, recovering in the rehabilitation wing of the Abbie Lane
  • The family of Marie MacInnes of our congregation, who died peacefully at the age of 98. Funeral services will be held at St. Matthew’s on Sat. Oct. 26 at 1 pm. Please note change of time.


Book Club meets today

The first fall meeting of St. Matthew’s Book Club will be on Tue. Sept. 17 at 2 pm, at 5662 Roberts St. We will be discussing “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamond, “... a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world. “ For more information, please contact Elaine Murray at or Janet Copeland, 902-445-5906.


Sermon series

Rev. Betsy Hogan has begun a 6-week sermon series looking at the specific ways in which Jesus – not just his words, but his actions toward those around him – matters as revealing what God is like and what God is passionate about. The series will consider what we learn from Jesus’ words and actions about such things as forgiveness, compassion, priorities, advocacy,  non-violence, strength, and more. The first of the series was delivered on Sept. 8 and copies are available in the sanctuary.

 Interfaith GatherIng and Climate Action Rally Sept. 20
On Fri. Sept. 20 at noon, on Halifax's Grand Parade, come out and show your solidarity with faith leaders and climate activists. Bring a sign or a flower and an open heart. This event kicks off a week of activities in Halifax culminating in a global climate strike on Fri. Sept. 27 to bring attention to the climate crisis and demand action NOW! For more information on the events in Halifax and around the world, visit

 13th Annual Mission Breakfast Oct. 9
The 13th annual Brunswick Street Mission breakfast will be held on Wed. Oct. 9 at Pier 21 at 7:30 am.  Tickets are $100 each or tables of 10 for $1,000. This year's special guest is Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire. Call 902-423-4506 or purchase online at   Generally a group from St. Matthew's attends this fundraiser, which is the primary support for an important downtown ministry affiliated with many United Churches on the peninsula.

Welcome back to Sunday School, on Sundays at 10:30 am

Our Sunday School (pre-Primary to Junior High) meets weekly, but is intentionally shaped for dropping in: we’re happy to see you when you’re here.

Led by parents and teens of the congregation, Sunday School introduces Bible teachings with a spirit of inquiry, with crafts, games, and activities. Also, there are cookies.


LOOKING AHEAD: Back to School, Back to Church

Here’s what goes on at St. Matt’s every week during the school year. If something interests you, just be in touch or turn up! You are very welcome.


But these are just the weekly activities. There’s also Potluck Church Suppers, Book Studies, other Learning Groups, the Earth-Spirit-Action Climate Group, Women’s Breakfasts… the list goes on. If you’d like to stay on top of what’s happening, just email and ask to be put on the “ebulletin list” – a once-a-week email with all the current info.

Sunday Choir: Thursday Rehearsals, 7:30-9 pm

Our Sunday Choir is conducted by Wayne Rogers, Minister of Music, and sings a wide variety of classic and contemporary SATB choral works.

AcabellA Handbell Choir: Thursday Rehearsals, 6:15-7:15 pm

Entranced by Handbells? Wayne Rogers harnesses the ringing of three octaves of beginner to experienced ringers. And we have chimes too!

For choirs, email Wayne Rogers at

Sunday Free Breakfast: Five Teams in Rotation, Sundays 7:30-9:30 am

For nearly thirty years, St. Matt’s has served a free breakfast on Sunday mornings to anyone who’s hungry. Volunteers are organized into teams on a five-week rotation. If you’d like to join a Breakfast Team, email Carol Smillie at

Lunchtime Bible Study: Weekly, day-of-choice TBA, Noon-1pm

Bring your bag lunch and muse over the meaning of a Bible Story, led by the minister with intentional openness to all questions, wonderings, and wrestlings with these ancient words meant to inform our spirituality and faith. Great collective wisdom and laughter too


Think about God's green earth this week

Members of the congregation are sharing information about the little things they do to help care for the planet and respond to the climate emergency. On Sundays there is a jar at the door of the sanctuary where we can leave slips of paper that record our climate actions. You do not need to include your name – just the action you took. 

Earth Spirit Action Team: Anne Fay, Anne Marie Dalton, Deborah Baker, Elaine Murray, Emma Toohey, Jocelyn Covert, Kathy Woods, Paul Bowlby, Sandra McCulloch, Stephen Mercer


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


Meeting Schedule 2019-20

Congregational Meeting      Nov. 3, 2019 (AGM); May 3, 2020 (budget)

Session, Stewards, Board    Oct. 27, 2019;  Jan. 12, Mar. 8, Apr. 26, 2020

Worship and Music               TBA


Regular Activities

Sunday Free Breakfast  – Sundays 8:30 am

Thursday Noon Bible Study – TBA

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

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



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