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Summer Reflections and Anticipating September

Today is my last day in the office before heading out on vacation. I’m in process of getting a few things tidied up, I realize how much I am looking forward to September. There’s a lot in the life of the congregation, and some new things happening that I’m really starting to get excited for even this far out. So here’s a short list of some of the things coming up:

Choir – First Rehearsal

Labour Day is very late this year, which means the first choir rehearsal is on Thursday, September 10th, with the Choir returning to the chancel on Sunday, September 13th.

Fall Fair – October 3rd

Learning from last year’s experience, this year’s Fall Fair will take on a slightly different flavour, focusing on a bake sale, selling jewelry, crafts and refreshments. We are also trying to secure a bouncy house rental to provide some fun and excitement for the children. The fair will run from 9am – 1pm on Saturday, October 3rd.

Fall Studies

This year, we are going to be offering not one, but two special studies at St. Matthew’s that will also make use of this website to help participants in the learning process. Wayne Valleau and myself will be offering two different studies/seminars, with each of us playing to our respective strengths. In addition, these courses will also have an online component, allowing people to do some additional learning, as well as providing a space for people to participate even if they cannot make it out to the in-person seminars!

Reclaiming Revelation –Starts September 28th

My offering this fall is a look at the Book of Revelation, which is often quoted but badly misunderstood by both fire-and-brimstone preachers as well as the public at large. I call it “Reclaiming Revelation” because this examination looks at what this literary (not literal) masterpiece has to offer. The seminars will take place over seven session, starting on the evening of Monday, September 28th. Watch for more information to come.


To quote Wayne, “For most students, Grade 12 is the last time they will read Shakespeare in a class setting. Those who miss out on Hamlet miss out on one of the greatest dramatic experiences that life offers.” His enthusiasm for Shakespeare is infectious, and his ability to engage people with these topics helps us gain a deeper understanding of the Bard’s insight into life. Wayne will be offering Hamlet on Wednesday mornings, although as of this post, we are still determining a start date.


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