St. Matthew’s United Church eBulletin

Sunday, July 22, 2018




  Thanks to  ...

  Thinking about ...

  Memorial service for Doug Kirby

  Summer at St. Matthew's

  Can you assist our Refugee Family?

  General Council July 21-27, Oshawa

  In the Community



Sunday schedule              Breakfast 8:30 am, Choir gathers 9:45 am; Worship service 10:30 am

Every Tuesday                   12:15 pm, lunchtime SummerSounds@Barrington concerts

Sun. July 29                         10:30 am, Worship service led by Keith Wiseman


Thanks to ...

  Keith Wiseman, who was the presider/preacher on Sunday for the Pride Service. Rev. Betsy Hogan is on vacation.

  All who participated in the Pride Parade, either with the St. Matthew’s contingent or other groups.

 Thinking about ...

  Terry Hurrell, recovering from a bacterial infection, and his primary caregiver, Stephanie Hurrell. Their daughter, Catherine, will soon be visiting from England, which will bring much sunshine to the Hurrell home.

 Congratulations to ...

Matthew Fraser, for a terrific organ recital at St. Mary’s Basilica last week. An appreciative audience of more than 100, including many supporters from St. Matthew’s, were on hand to hear and cheer his eclectic program. Proud music teachers Wayne Rogers (organ) and Fayette Taylor (piano), and even prouder parents Betsy Hogan and David Fraser were all smiles.


Memorial service for W. Douglas Kirby

There will be a memorial service for the late Doug Kirby on Aug. 7, 2018 at 2 pm at St. Matthew’s.  Doug, who died in December 2017, was a media libraran/archivist with CBC. The Kirby family has a long affiliation with St. Matthew’s and Doug was a member of the family team that volunteers for the Sunday breakfast program. Please keep Doug’s brothers, Jeff and Lee, and their families in your prayers.


Summer at St. Matthew's

Summer Office Hours – The church office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 am to noon.

Pastoral Emergency – Call the church office at (902) 423-9209. Phone messages are checked regularly.

Sanctuary open Tuesdays-Saturdays – In July and August the church will be open for visitors from 9 am-4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The tour guide, Matthew Fraser, is also our student organist and he might be practising a bit this summer – so bring your guests to see historic St. Matthew's and enjoy some music.

Summer pick-up choir – Anyone who would like to join the sanctuary choir on Sundays is welcome to attend the rehearsal at 9:45 am. Just show up!

SummerSounds@Barrington concert series – Lunchtime concerts are on Tuesdays from 12:15-1 pm at St. Matthew's, sponsored by the church and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission. Bring your lunch and enjoy the performances.

July 24                   Lorna MacDonald, voice; Lynette Wahlstrom, piano

July 31                   Brogue Saxophone Quartet

Aug. 07 Shawn Whynot, organ

Aug. 14 Karen Myatt, voice; Scott Taylor, piano

Aug. 21 Nicholas Higgs, voice; Tara Scott, piano

Aug. 28 Second Chances Show Band with Matthew Snow and Perla Isabel Canales


Can you assist our Refugee Family?

Now that the Al Saghrji family have begun to settle in, and they have acquired considerable English skills, father Saeed is eager to find meaningful work so he may earn a living in Nova Scotia and make a real contribution to their adopted country. He has many years of Middle Eastern work experience in both Syria and Lebanon as a full-cycle accountant. Even if you have no employment opportunities at your own business, you may know of a position coming up elsewhere.  If you would like to consider his resume, or share it with business contacts, please email Saeed at . Blessings for your continued support of “our” New Canadians!


General Council 43 meeting: July 21-27 in Oshawa, Ont.

This is likely to be the final meeting of the General Council of the United Church of Canada, as the restructuring remits that passed will presumably be ratified, and it will become the National Council. Approximately 450 clergy, lay and youth representatives from across Canada will gather for the week to shape and direct out church's mission. The worship and plenary sessions of General Council are on live feed throughout – at – including a live chat for people watching across the country and in Bermuda. Updates on the proposals that will be debated can also be found on the web page.


In the Community

St. Mary’s Basilica Organ Recital Series – On select Tuesdays at 7 pm at St. Mary's Basilica, corner Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, there will be 30-minute organ recitals. Admission is by freewill donation (suggested $5) and free parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot off Grafton Street. July 31 – Kim Tan MacNeill; Aug. 7 – Robert Summerby Murray; and Aug. 28 – Patrick Salah.

Bereavement Support – Bereavement counselling is offered every Saturday from 10–11:30 a.m. at the temporary offices of Halifax Hospice, 1471 Carlton Street at Spring Garden Road. It operates on a drop-in basis; there is no need to sign up. Sessions are peer-led, with counsellors who guide discussion as desired. For bereavement support at times other than Saturday mornings, call 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

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

Choir Practices – On holiday for the summer

Daytime Bible Study  – On holiday for the summer

St. Matthew’s Book Club  – On holiday for the summer

Lunch Bunch Choir – On holiday for the summer

Potluck Church – TBA


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,

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