Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood Drive Sunday, April 17

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, April 17.

To sign up, click here.

Please consider donating blood in honor of Ms. Ellanor Young.  She’s the 6 year old niece of Levi and Amanda Livermont, best friend of cousin Hannah Livermont (in photo), and granddaughter of Jack (Sr. Warden) and Pam Denton.  Ellanor (Ella) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2014.  She has about 6 months remaining of treatment.  She’ll likely need blood products throughout her treatment beyond her past needs.  As the Red Cross is running low, NOW is the time to donate!!!

Ella Young2

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March 2016 Bulletins and Announcements

March 27, 2016 Easter Day Service 8 and 10.30 am

March 26, 2016 Vigil of Easter

March 25, 2016 Good Friday 7.30 PM with Faure Requiem

March 25, 2016 Good Friday 12 noon

March 24, 2016 – Maundy Thursday

March 22, 2016 Reconciliation and Healing Service 7.30pm

March 20, 2016 – Palm Sunday

March 13. 2016 -The 5th Sunday in Lent

March 6. 2016 -The 4th Sunday in Lent




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Hiking Club to Hike Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail Hike March 26th
Are you an experienced hiker who would enjoy the fellowship of fellow parishioners on the trail? If so, consider joining the St Matthew’s hiking group for a seven mile day hike on the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, March 26. Thousands of hikers from all over the world head north from Springer Mountain at this time of the year, determined to make it all the way to Maine. Our group will be handing out little bags of snacks to encourage these hardy folks. Please email to to find out more about our “Trail Magic” hike.

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Cafè Theology

Cafe Theology

Facilitator: Mother Liz
Location: York Room
Mother Liz invites you to join her  in a new program beginning this Lenten season.     
The first series of Café Theology continues on the following Saturdays, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.: March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 14 and May 21.  The book we are using for this class is “Did God Kill Jesus?”, by Tony Jones.  Information about this book can be found at the Barnes and Noble web site or the Amazon website. 

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Reading Camp 2016

Reading Camp




June 20-24

Reading Camp needs you!

To volunteer as a Learning Center facilitator, Senior or Shadow Counselor, Art Coordinator, Outdoor Activities Coordinator or Cabin Reader contact Cicely Simon or Gini Peterson or get an application from the Reading Camp bulletin board in the office hallway.
To volunteer to present an afternoon program, contact Samantha Renfro.
Some volunteers are available to volunteer for the entire week, but we gladly accept volunteers for a day or half a day.
We are sorry, Reading Camp in Snellville is full. No more camper applications can be accepted at this time.

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Health and Wellness–Zika Virus Info

During the past month the Zika virus infection has been a newsworthy item. We have been flooded by television news reports and online  images of newborn infants in Brazil with small malformed heads (microcephaly) and  enlarged images of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the Zika virus. This has instilled some warranted concern for certain populations e.g.(pregnant women),but there is a growing panacea of fear and anxiety .
Exactly what is the Zika Virus?
Zika is a virus that was discovered in 1947 in monkeys in the forest of Uganda. It was not known to be problematic for humans for many years until spreading to Micronesia and most recently Brazil. Zika is now in over 25 countries in South America and the Caribbean, and is spreading. It is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites and can be transmitted sexually to a female by an infected male partner. The virus has been isolated in the blood, semen,  and urine of infected individuals. There have been 48+ reported cases of Zika in the United States which were transported into the country by infected individuals.
Zika is suspected to cause birth defects, microcephaly, neurological defects, and visual abnormalities in newborns of women infected during pregnancy. Up to 80% of infected individuals may have no symptoms but 20% may have the symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There is no treatment for Zika virus at this time although there has been some progress towards genetic modification of the male mosquito and the development of a vaccine.
There is some very recent speculation, however, by a group of physicians and scientists in Argentina and Brazil that a pesticide, pyriproxyfen, which has been injected into the drinking water tanks in Brazil is the true cause of the microcephaly birth deformity and not the Zika virus.  At this time there is insufficient evidence to determine the true cause of the birth defects and other possible conditions associated with Zika.
What can we do to protect ourselves?
  1. Pregnant women should avoid travel to Zika infested areas and avoid unprotected sex if their male partner has recently traveled to a Zika infected area.
  2. Avoid mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent and covering as much of your skin as possible wearing long sleeves and long pants.
  3. Walk around your property and eliminate everything than can collect water (e.g. old tires, watering cans, pots) and breed mosquitoes
  4. Consider having a professional treat your property for mosquitoes.
  5. Stay informed and updated about Zika by checking the CDC website at
We will see more Zika infections in the USA in the coming warmer months, even here in Georgia.  Throughout biblical history and the current times, humanity has experienced pestilence of many varieties and we must remember and have faith as Christians that the Lord will see us through this.  Take reasonable precautions as outlined by the CDC and continue living with hope, confidence and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Flora D. Cox, M.D.

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Harvard University Offers Free Online Classes on World Religions

Harvard University to Offer Free On-Line class to Promote Religious Literacy

Although sales of the Islamic holy book, the Quran has skyrocketed since 9/11, surveys have found that increased sales have not helped people understand the faith of Islam. In fact, with the recent attacks in Paris and California, there is growing fear and prejudice toward Islam both in the United States and abroad.

To try and improve knowledge of other religions, Harvard University has started a free on-line series of classes on world religions. The classes will be taught by professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College. The courses are being offered via an on-line learning platform called edX, which Harvard University launched along with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The series includes six classes on different subjects that will each run for four weeks. Specific faiths that will be covered include Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. The classes are free, but if you want a non-audit certificate, that does cost $50 per class. For more information and to sign up, use the link below:


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Holy Week and Easter Day Services

Holy Week

Tuesday March 22

7:30 p.m. Service of Reconciliation & Healing
A quiet service of meditation and Taize music with prayers at the altar for reconciliation and healing.

Wednesday March 23 

10:00 a.m. Healing Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, March 24

7:30 p.m. Hand & Foot-Washing and Stripping of the Altar
following the service (9:00 p.m. approx.)

Vigil at the Altar of Repose

The congregation is invited to sign up for one or more time slots on the Vigil poster in the narthex, to watch with Christ as the disciples did in the garden. Please note you do not have to be signed up to come and watch. All are invited to visit the Altar of Repose as they are able.

Good Friday, March 25

11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross

12:00 noon Good Friday service with music

6:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross

7:30 p.m. Service with Fauré Requiem

The congregation is invited to bring family and friends to this special Good Friday service and musical presentation offered by the St. Matthew’s Sanctuary Choir and String Ensemble

Easter Vigil, Saturday March 26

7:30 p.m.  First Eucharist of Easter with baptisms
(with incense)

The congregation is invited to bring bells (small to medium sized) to ring at the Gloria as we celebrate the Resurrection at the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, March 27

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 8:00 a.m.

Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. (with incense)

Flowering of the Cross at Both Services

Children of all ages are invited to bring flowers to place on the Cross. Flowers will also be available during the service for those who wish to use them for that purpose.

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Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 26

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday March 26th

10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include the Easter Bunny, Balloon Clown, games, crafts, face painting
and egg coloring. Of course there will be Easter Egg hunts for the children, splitting them into three age groups.
This morning of fun is for all children up to age 10.  So bring your children, their baskets, and your camera and join in a morning of fun!

Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Fun Day For The Children.
Just to name a few….
Set Up   *   Decorating   *   Hunt    *   Snacks   *   Crafts   *   Games   *  Clean Up
Really need help setting up the Parish Hall Friday afternoon too.
You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @
We also need donations of individually wrapped candy
by Wednesday March 16th

to fill over 1200 eggs that will be used for the hunt.
Look for a basket in the Narthex for your donations.

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The Bishop is Coming Palm Sunday!

Phot Bishop Don WmberlyWe are pleased to announce that Bishop Don A. Wimberly will be with us on March 20, Palm Sunday.  He will preside and preach at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services and lead a forum at 9:30 a.m. Please note that the bishop encourages children and youth to attend this forum

Breakfast will be at 9:00 a.m., hosted by Daughters of the King.  At the 10:30 a.m. service, we will also have the Palm Sunday procession around the church campus led by our youth (weather permitting), music from the Cherub Choir and the dramatization of the Passion narrative by our youth.

This will be a festive day for all of us, and we encourage you to come to this special service, a great start to Holy Week!

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