Reading Camp — Ministry Opportunity

Reading Camp



If you are feeling the call to help with Reading Camp, even for a day or two we can use your help. Help is needed in the areas of food preparation, youth counseling, teaching and supporting staff.

Volunteer forms are on the Global Mission bulletin board in the office hallway or you can contact Gini Peterson,

The camp is full, and the thrill of helping young people read is one you will cherish forever.


Paper bowls and plates

Paper lunch bags

Sandwich and quart storage bags

Capri Sun drinks- assorted

Individual bags of chips- assorted

Frosted Flakes cereal

Odor free markers

1 subject spiral notebooks

Assorted school supplies

Gift cards- Kroger, Publix, Walmart


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Labyrinth Plans Announced For Snellville

The Snellville Arts Commission has announced the building of a walking Labyrinth in the new Veterans’ Memorial Park and is working on funding. Although they have not come to St Matthew’s directly we have a unique opportunity; sponsors of $500 or more will get their name on the plaque at the site. Since St Matthew’s appreciates the use and meaning of a Labyrinth and since we are located in Snellville we thought it would be great to get our name on the plaque and in the community. If the Labyrinth in Snellville is of interest to you instead of sending funds directly to SAC consider making your donation through St Matthew’s Outreach; please put “Labyrinth” in the memo. We will be sending the donations collected to SAC by the end of May.
LabyrinthMore information can be found
on the Outreach bulletin board
or you can reach out to
Judy Leavell or Cheryl Wheeler.

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Summer Manna — Outreach Opportunity

Pop Tarts Summer MannaThis summer the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry will be providing “manna bags” to children who participate in the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program at school. When school is out they need our help to have those meals. Each bag contains a healthy and tasty lunch, plus breakfast items and snacks. Last year, over 7,000 bags were distributed to these children!

St. Matt’s will be collecting and donating one item for these bags, and that is Pop Tarts (toaster pastries, any brand or flavor accepted!).

Washcloths are also needed, as each child will receive a hygiene bag.

There will be a special collection bin located next to the regular bin near the parish hall for all of these items.

 Volunteers are needed:  Wednesday, May 27 and Friday, May 29. as distributors of the Manna bags to the children: shift is approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please contact Michael or Mindy Barringer with any questions, and please see Outreach bulletin board for more information, and sign up volunteer sheet.


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Guys Night Out — Trivia

Guys Night Out TriviaGuys Night Out
Adult Men’s Fellowship

All St. Matthew’s guys are invited to come hang out with us and play Trivia on the third Wednesday of each month at McCray’s Tavern in Lawrenceville beginning at 7:00 p.m. Our next night will be May 20. Please email Levi Livermont or text 678-491-1864 no later than noon on Wednesday to let him know that you are coming.

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Family Promise Comes To St. Matt’s

Family Promise Logo

What is Family Promise? Family Promise is a program that brings shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. Each family goes through an application process to make sure that they and the program are the right fit for each other. Family Promise of Gwinnett is made up of 31 Host churches that rotate hosting the families.

Family Promise will be at St Matthews beginning on May 31st and leaving on June 14th Are you asking yourself “How can I help make our visiting families feel at home?” Some ways you can help out are to sign up to make dinner for the families, spend the night (sheets, blankets and beds are provided), serve as an evening or day hosts,or donate gift cards from Walmart, Target or Kroger.

How you can help; Here’s a description of the volunteer opportunities:

Overnight Host Job Description: Easiest job of all! Come up to church at 8:30 pm and spend the night. We will provide the alarm clocks, beds and sheets and even the late night snack! Your shift will be done by 7:30 am during the week and 9 am on the weekends.

Dinner Host Job Description: Prepare and serve dinner for guests at 6:30 pm each night.

Evening Host Job Description: Spend time with our guests from 7 pm until 8:30 pm playing games, watching TV, working puzzles, doing arts and crafts or
just hanging out with our families.
Set-Up Description: Be at church on the May 31st at 12:30 pm to help unload the truck with the families beds and bins.

Breakdown Description: Come up to church at 6:15 am on the last Sunday, June 14th to help load up the truck and reset up the preschool rooms.

Sign up sheets will be posted beginning on May 10th in the parish hall. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Olbon at 770-923-9186 or

Helping Hands

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One Sunday Service Begins June 7, Through July 26

One Sunday Service
June 7–July 26
9:30 a.m.

Due to the positive response from last summer, starting June 7 through the end of July, we will celebrate Eucharist together with one service at 9:30 a.m.
This one service will give you an opportunity to meet other people in your church family. Not only will you make new friends, but you will be good stewards of our electric resources.

Regular service schedule (two services) will resume in August.

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From the Rector

Mother Liz & PJTo the amazing community of St. Matthew’s:

It is almost impossible to find words to thank you for the celebration that occurred on April 22. It can only be described as an all-out parish-wide effort to celebrate not only my new ministry here, but the new opportunities in store for ministries at St. Matthew’s. There were so many groups involved, it is hard to identify any groups who WEREN’T engaged – even the director of the Pre-School was involved!

The Flower Guild and the Altar Guild worked to make not just the church, but the entire campus beautiful. The nave gleamed, and flowers and ferns were everywhere – it looked like spring throughout the building! The music from all of the groups – the Cherubs, Epiphany, hand bells and the St. Matthew’s Sanctuary choir – was fantastic. Led by our capable vergers, all of those involved in the service – acolytes, Eucharistic minsters, greeters, lectors, oblationers, ushers, and wardens, were wonderfully prepared and I was deeply grateful for the quality and beauty of the worship. And the entire service was audio-recorded by Steve McFarland and video-recorded by Bill Monk from the Diocesan office.

However, the glow of the evening did not end with the service but became brighter at the reception. A big thank you to Nancy Drury and her incredible team for a terrific party with a theme. In case the parish hall was too packed with partiers to note the theme, the decorations revolved around the places I had served – first in Santa Barbara, California, then in Paris, France and then the best place of all – Snellville, Georgia. The thoughtfulness to detail in the decorations and in the food offered (fromage and baguette, anyone?) were perfect. And the costumes of the servers, including scarves and berets – were fantastic. (BY the way, I put my beret down and it disappeared – if anyone has found it, please let me know).

And finally, the hospitality so characteristic of the St. Matthew’s community was enthusiastically present – from the greeting of guest clergy to the warm welcome extended to my family and to Father Tobin and his wife Jan.

I do not think the evening could have been more perfect, and I am so grateful to all of you for making this night of celebration shine: shine with vibrancy and warmth; shine with excellent music and worship; shine with warm fellowship and celebration; shine with excitement for the future that God is preparing for us.
It is a blessing and honor to serve as your rector, and to be part of this wonderful family.

With deep affection,
Mother Liz+

Click here to see the photos.

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