St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin August 11, 2019


  • What's coming up
  • Summer pick-up Choir meets Sundays at 9:45 am
  • Thinking about …
  • Thanks to …
  • Summer hours at St. Matthew's
  • Summer concerts on Tuesdays at noon
  • In the Community
  • Thinking about God's Green Earth
  • St. Matthew's activities


What's coming up at St. Matthew's

Tuesdays             SummerSounds@Barrington concert, 12:15 pm (see schedule below)

Sun. Aug. 18       Worship service 10:30 am with Rev. Betsy Hogan


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 many 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.


Thinking about …

Helga and Bob Mills and their family, as they both recover in the Infirmary

 Thanks to …

This morning's reader, Terry Hurrell, as well as the ushers, counters, choir, and fellowship hosts. Also to Wayne Rogers, who kindly prepared two works by Canadian composer Dénis Bedard's "Cat Suite" as Sunday's prelude (Prrelude and Reflection) and postlude (Toc-cat-a) in honour of International Cat Day, Aug. 8.

 Summer hours at St. Matthew's

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.

Pastoral Care: Rev. Betsy Hogan. In case of pastoral emergencies, please call the church office at (902) 423-9209.


Summer concerts at St. Matthew's

St. Matthew's hosts lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays in the summer. Concerts run 12:15 to 1 pm with admission by donation ($5 suggested).

 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


In the Community

Free Public Lecture: Dr. Christy Sutherland – Wed. Aug. 14 at 7 pm at Halifax North Public Library. Safe injection sites & overdose prevention sites: scientific evidence and community experiences. Betsy will be attending this lecture, and will be pleased to have company from the congregation. If you'd like to meet for supper nearby beforehand at 5:30 pm, please email

 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.


"I bought a packet of stainless steel straws at Canadian Tire. Inexpensive and terrific!"


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,


Meeting Schedule 2019

Congregational Meeting      November

Session, Stewards, Board    Fall

Worship and Music               Sept. 14, East Pennant


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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