St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin June 30, 2019
What's coming up at St. Matthew's
Fri. July 5 Brass Band benefit concert at St. Matthew's, 7 pm
Sun. July 14 Jazz Festival Service
Sat. July 20 Pride Parade, 1 pm. If you would like to join other St. Matthew's folks
in parade-ing together as Affirming United Churches, please speak to Betsy
or Wayne Rogers
Sun. July 21 Pride Service
Special Brass Band Benefit Concert July 5
Come to St. Matthew’s on Friday, July 5 at 7 pm for a benefit concert with the North American Brass Band. Freewill offering, with all proceeds going to St. Matthew’s. The band is performing at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and is offering three additional concerts – including this one at St. Matthew's conducted by the guest conductor, Professor Nicholas Childs.
Summer Pick-up Choir meets Sundays at 9:45 am
If you are interested in singing with the sanctuary choir this summer, just turn up on Sunday morning at 9:45 am for a brief rehearsal. Over the years we have welcomed lots of guests to our Summer Pick-Up Choir – no gowns, nothing too difficult, and no pressure – so if you have always wanted to try out the choir, have visitors who like to sing, or just feel moved by the spirit to come early for church, you will be welcome.
Thanks to …
Gordon and Elaine Murray, who presided over last Sunday's worship service while Rev. Betsy Hogan is on vacation.
Church open for visitors
Summer Church Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8 am to noon.
Sanctuary open: Daily Tuesday-Saturday. St. Matthew’s welcomes tourists and visitors not only on Sunday mornings, but also daily Tuesdays to Saturdays, thanks to our Church Guide, Matthew Fraser, who is pleased to share the long history (270 years) of our congregation in Halifax. When not guiding, Matthew will be practising the organ so feel welcome to drop in and listen to him play.
Halifax Organ Festival – Changing Tides: July 7-11
The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) Halifax Chapter is hosting the national convention in Halifax this year with a busy schedule of competitions, recitals, and concerts. More details and a full listing of events is available on the tables in the church entrance and on the website (created by our Matthew Fraser) https://changingtides2019.ca/. Here are the highlight concerts that organ-lovers will want to attend:
Sun. July 7 at 4 pm – Concert in Memory of David MacDonald, at All Saints Cathedral
(This is likely to sell out, so be sure to buy tickets in advance)
Mon. July 8 at 8 pm – Denis Bédard in Concert, at St. Matthew's
(Wayne plays several works by Denis Bédard, who is a wonderful Canadian composer)
Tue. July 9 at 8 pm – Hymn Festival with Fred Graham " Changing Tides, Changing Hymns, 1919-2019", at First Baptist Church (Fred Graham is a hymn expert and a key figure in the creation of Voices United, our hymnal – this event is free)
Wed. July 10 at 8 pm – Organized Crime Duo (Sarah Svendsen & Rachel Mahon), at St. Matthew's (Another hot ticket concert – Sarah was a student of Wayne's before she went to University of Toronto; she and Rachel play duets on the organ)
Thu. July 11 at 8 pm – Rachel Laurin with Karen Rokos (harp), at All Saints Cathedral
Tickets for individual concerts are available in advance online at www.tickethalifax.com or from The Coast office at 2309 Maynard St., Mon-Fri, 9-5 pm. Tickets will also be available at the door, although the David MacDonald concert is likely to sell out.
Summer concerts at St. Matthew's begin July 16
St. Matthew's will be hosting lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays this summer. Concerts run 12:15 to 1 pm with admission by donation ($5 suggested).
July 16 Sandy Schwoebel, flute; Dean Bradshaw, piano
July 23 Triptych Ensemble, voice/cello/piano
July 30 Margaret, Rick, and Scott, mezzo/baritone/piano
Aug 6 Ann Bradley, soprano; Shawn Whynot, piano/organ
Aug 13 Margaret Fay, bassoon; Graham Mackenzie, oboe
Aug 20 Nicholas Higgs, baritone; Tara Scott, piano
Aug 27 Matthew Fraser, organ/piano
Sep 3 Thistle Scottish Country Dancers
Sep 10 Second Chances Jazz Showband
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
St. Matthew’s Activities
Sunday Free Breakfast – Sundays 8:30 am
Thursday Noon Bible Study – On hiatus for the summer
Choir Practices – Sanctuary choir and Handbell rehearsals resume in September
Lunch Bunch community choir – On holiday until September
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
Ushering – Click this link to open the sign-up page
Breakfast Teams – Interested in helping with Sunday breakfast? Contact Carol Smillie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Schedule 2019
Congregational Meeting November
Session, Stewards, Board Fall
Worship and Music Sept. 14, East Pennant
Church office: (902) 423-9209, email@example.com
Pastoral care: Rev. Betsy Hogan, (902) 423-9209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Worship: 10:30 am
Minister of Music: Wayne Rogers, (902) 429-1680, email@example.com
Student Organist: Matthew Fraser
On the web: www.stmatts.ns.ca
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