Special Collection for Mother Emanuel AME

7/1/2015 Update:

Thanks to the generosity of its members, St. Matthew’s was privileged to send approximately $1,500 to Mother Emanuel AME church this week.  If you missed this special collection but would still like to help, please click here. Please continue to pray for the Emanuel AME community of faith, and all those affected by this tragic event.


6/21/2015 A message from Mother Liz –

On Wednesday night, during a bible study and prayer meeting at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, a lone white gunman opened fire on the 12 black parishioners and pastors gathered there.  Nine were killed; one was deliberately left alive to tell the story of what happened and 2 survived by pretending they were dead.  The nine people who died left behind husbands and wives, at least 10 children and at least 4 grandchildren.  I have been in touch with Bishop Charles von Rosenberg of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina to see what we might do to help.  He told me that the city of Charleston has set up a site for donations to Mother Emanuel church to help with funeral and burial expenses plus other needs that the church might have.  I will ask for a special collection for this fund on Sunday, June 21 during the church service.  If you would prefer to send a donation to St. Matthews, we will keep the collection open until next Friday, June 26. Please make checks out to St. Matthews and indicate that it is for the special collection or for Emanuel AME church.


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Flip Flops Sunday, June 14th.

What a fun and great idea to wiggle some toes in the pews and have some ice cream before lunch!  Check out these great shots taken by Mindy and see the spectacular spread by Nancy Drury’s team!

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Countdown to Reading Camp At St. Matthew’s 2015

Reading Camp



JUNE 22- 26, 2015

8:30 AM- 4:30 PM


*Teen counselors for afternoon program- 15 years old and up
*Teachers for morning learning centers – certification not required
*Teams of 3-4 for food preparation can volunteer for one day which includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks.
Food and instructions will be provided. Willing hands to prepare it will be a blessing

*Chess players who can help campers learn basic moves and strategies

*Food donations- watch bulletin board in office hallway, bulletin and at coffee hour
*School supplies- for take home bags that are given to each camper on Friday
*Gift cards for groceries, books or school supplies
*Prayers that campers and staff will have a fruitful and safe week.

*Paper Bowls, plates and bags
*Storage bags, quart and sandwich
*Capri Sun drinks – assorted
*Individual assorted bags of chips
*Frosted flakes cerial
*Walmart and Kroger gift cards

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June is Food Drive Month

FOOD_DRIVE_logoJune is the month in which St. Matthew’s focuses on collecting specific items for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries.

We will be collecting canned meats (NO TUNA PLEASE!), and diapers in all sizes (1-6).

The Outreach Committee will be handing out bags with attached food list after the service, so please fill bag and return to barrels outside of the Parish Hall.  All items will be promptly delivered to the Coop.

Thank you for supporting this vital ministry!

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From the Rector

Mother Liz & PJSummer 2015: A Time of Transition–And Opportunities

I don’t know about all of you, but I am amazed, grateful, and energized by all of the recent celebrations that have taken place at St. Matthew’s. Our most recent celebration, the liturgy and sermon offered by our graduating seniors, was an opportunity for them to share their witness with us. The graduates not only designed the service, selected the lessons and wrote major portions of the liturgy, they also served as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and sang the Offertory at the 10:30 service. A big shout of thanks to Rachel, Grayce, Nelson and Sybill, who served as lectors, Vivie who served as intercessor, Ashley, Libby and Caroline, who served as Eucharistic Ministers and to Libby and Jake for singing the Offertory at the 10:30 service. My deep appreciation to Libby and Caroline, who preached the sermon at both the 8 and 10:30 service! In all honesty, I could not have preached a better sermon than the one they offered.

So we celebrate with our seniors, while at the same time realizing that many will be moving away to attend college or for work opportunities. We also say farewell to our Parish Administrator of 12 years, Bonnie Klinect, who has received a wonderful opportunity to work part time for an Episcopal church close to her home in Lakemont. We are currently in a search for a new Parish Administrator, realizing at the same time that no one will be able to take Bonnie’s place. I am so grateful to Bonnie for the support, guidance, patience and love she showed me as I made my own transition from France to Georgia. I will miss her deeply, but wish her Godspeed.

With the office staffed this summer primarily by volunteers, we are making some adjustments to how we work. The church office will move to summer office hours, beginning June 1. The office hours will be 9am – 1pm, Monday through Thursday and the office will be closed on Friday. This is consistent with the practice of many Episcopal churches.

There will also be one change for the summer with respect to Sunday worship. One of the changes will impact Sunday worship. For the months of June and July, we are going to try an experiment with the Sunday bulletin, by creating a service booklet that is reusable. Here’s how this will happen: the basic service – the opening sentences, the collects, some of the service music and the Eucharistic Prayer – in other words, those parts of the service that do not change from week to week – will be in a Sunday bulletin that looks like the one we use now. The hymns for Sunday will be on the hymn boards at the front of the church. The readings and announcements – in other words, those parts of the service that do change each week – will be provided in a separate hand out. The idea is to return the bulletin to baskets at the back of the church so that they can be reused the next Sunday, and to take the page with the announcements home.

Why are we trying this change? There are two reasons: (1) crafting the bulletin each week takes quite a bit of time – to create the document and then proof-read it, print it and fold it into bulletins. If we can reuse the service bulletins, and only create new pages with the lessons and the announcements, it will simplify the work, which will be very helpful while we are short on office staff; (2) the second reason, which was enthusiastically embraced by the worship committee, is that we will save paper, which offers ecological benefits as well as saves us money! Again, this is an experiment, so I would invite you to call me or send me comments via email. I want to hear your thoughts!

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Independence Day Parish Picnic Sunday July 5

4th_of_julyEnjoy great food, fun, and fellowship at the Fourth on the Fifth Parish Picnic after church on Sunday, July 5.  Bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks will be provided.

Please sign up on the main bulletin board in the hallway outside the parish office, or click here, so we can get a head count of those attending.

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