St. Matthew’s Preschool Fall & Winter Consignment Sale

Our Fall & Winter Baby & Kid’s Consignment Sale is coming up!

September 23rd & September 24th.
We will have a lot a great finds for the babies and kids. Clothing, shoes, books, games, toys, strollers, bedding, and much more!

Friday, September 23rd, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 24th, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Would you like to become a seller?

Benefits in selling with St. Matthew’s Preschool:
No seller fee
No item limits
You keep up to 70% of the sales
You can use tags from another sale
Most of all, helping a great non-profit!
Contact Jennifer at 770-978-1323 or at stmatthewspreschoolsnellville@gmail.com



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Acolyte Festival

Acolyte Festival 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

at the Cathedral of St. Philip

Acolytes of all ages are invited to: Engage in workshops;  Participate in the Acolyte Olympics, Take selfies with the Bishops, Fellowship with Acolytes from around the diocese.
Sign-in is at 9:00 a.m., Festival is from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $20 per person, including lunch. Registration closes on September 3rd.
For more information and to register, click here.



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Spotlight on Ministry — Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St Andrew is a national and international ministry to Christian men. It was incorporated by an Act of the U.S. Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, on May 30, 1908. The Act states, “…. The sole object of said corporation shall be the spread of Christ’s Kingdom among men.” The national office is in Ambridge, PA.

The Brotherhood has been a ministry of St Matthew’s for over 20 years. The chapter is named for Oren Morris, one of the founding members of the St. Matthew’s chapter and a cornerstone of the organization in the parish. Bible study, service and prayer are the focus of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Meeting every other Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., men and youth of the parish enjoy fellowship, wonderful food and an informal Bible study. Conversation is likely, practical, personal and often hilarious! The Brotherhood enjoys fellowship gained through service projects within the parish, frequently centering on our well-deserved reputation for good cooking! If you are looking for close friendships, warm fellowship a wide-ranging discussion of the Bible and an opportunity to serve St. Matthew’s, come and be a part of the Brotherhood.

The next meetings of The Brotherhood will be Saturdays September 3rd and 17th at 8:00 a.m. in the parish hall.

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St. Matthew’s Car Show & Festival Photo Gallery

This year was a great year for our sixth annual St. Matthew’s Car Show and Festival. We had great weather sponsored by Mother Liz and we had almost 80 cars that were judged by Randy Gottlieb and his team of judges, a great vendor area that was pulled together by Steve McFarland, a great Kid’s Zone overseen by Amanda Livermont and her team of volunteers, and a great bake sale that was organized by Adrienne Donavon and all of those who donated baked goods.

We had a visit from Bishop Wright, who brought his vintage Porsche.  We had great auction items and great raffle prizes. It seemed that everyone that was there was able to get a prize.

I especially want to thank our committee: Ralph NeSmith, Mark and Nancy Allen, Bob and Anita Genung, Amanda Livermont, Steve McFarland, Steve Charron, Jay Gesner, Dick Ferrell, Gary Ellis, Jack Reynolds, Randy Gottlieb, Terri Hurst, and, my wife, Pam.

I also want to thank our great DJ, Eddie McFarlane from Fastsigns in Snellville. He kept the conversation and the music very lively.

The good news is that we think we may have raised over our goal of $10,000 thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants. We won’t know the exact figures until later this week or the first of next week, but that is great news!!!

Again, I want to thank our team, our volunteers and a special thanks to all of our generous sponsors. All of you made this the best show that St. Matthews has ever had!!

Jack Denton, Senior Warden

 

Check out some of the photos from this year’s annual event!

 



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Massive Louisiana Flooding — How You Can Help

You may have seen on the news that massive flooding has swept through Louisiana and the surrounding area-and the government has officially declared it a disaster zone.

Please make an emergency gift right now to help us aid in the relief efforts. (Click the link.)

Louisiana has already seen tremendous damage. Over two feet of rain have fallen… schools and churches are flooded… houses are completely underwater… and more than 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

Some of them have lost everything.

While many areas have been hit hard by this terrible storm, some of the poorest neighborhoods are seeing the most damage because they’re located in low-lying flood areas.

We are working around the clock with local clergy members, organizations and churches to distribute funds and gift cards to help families buy supplies, but more is needed.

Please make an urgent gift to Episcopal Relief & Development today. Your generosity will go directly toward our US Disaster Fund-and help people whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating flood. May the Lord be with them in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

Yours faithfully,

Robert W. Radtke
President
Episcopal Relief & Development

P.S. This is just the beginning of a long recovery. In addition to your prayers, we are asking for financial support to help families and communities recover. Please make an urgent gift to Episcopal Relief & Development today. You’ll help us provide food, basic supplies, emergency housing, building materials and more to the affected areas right away.



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Spotlight on Ministry — Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

Beginning Tuesday, September 13, St. Matthew’s Centering Prayer group will be going “back to basics” as we read and discuss one of Fr. Thomas Keating’s books, Centering Prayer: Intimacy With God. We hope to renew and refresh our knowledge of the practice of Centering Prayer as well as introduce others to the concepts of CP and the ideas of this precious, learned man.

Centering Prayer is one form of an ancient meditation practice that is sometimes called “listening prayer”. This practice of listening for God’s voice and seeking God’s presence is found in all major religions in the world, and is expressed a little differently in each. In Christianity, the practice dates back to the earliest Christian communities and was widely practiced by monks and hermits as early as the second -fourth centuries. It has undergone a renewal in the modern Church through the instruction of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and others. Thomas Keating is often considered the father of this modern form of Centering Prayer.

If you have ever wondered what this listening prayer is all about and would like to learn more about it, this is an excellent time to do so. Centering Prayer meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. We begin a twenty minute “sit” (silent meditation time) at 6:10 with the reading of a psalm, and follow the sit with the book discussion. For questions please contact Susan Carson or Vicki Conway, or speak with any member of the group.

Please come try a new way to seek closeness to our Lord through this quiet meditation practice called Centering Prayer. Hope to see you there.



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Holy Eucharist Rite II, Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in July

++Summer Service Schedule:

9:30 a.m. One combined service Sundays in July: July 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 only.

Regular schedule resumes August 6

 

Regular Sunday service schedule (August through June):

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II

9:00 a.m. Breakfast in the parish hall

9:30 a.m. Sunday School (ends May 14)

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II **

**Nursery available for ages 6 mos. – 4 years

 



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August 2016 Bulletins and Announcements

August 28, 2016 – The 15th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

August 28, 2016 – The 15th Sunday after Pentecost 8.00am

August 21, 2016 – The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 8.00am

August 21, 2016 – The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

August 14, 2016 – The 13th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

August 14, 2016 – The 13th Sunday after Pentecost 8.00am

August 7, 2016 – The 12th Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am



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Christian Formation Opportunities

Christian Formation involves our Head, our Heart, and our Hands. It’s our Education within our Spiritual community, so that we can go out and love the world!

Registration for Sunday School is August 14th at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall!
Sunday School is offered weekly (except major holidays) for all levels (children through adults) from 9:30-10:15 am

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Sunny’s Kids–Preschool through 5th grade classes are designed to help children get to know God and His Word at their level. More info about Children’s Sunday School here. Info about other Children’s Programs, like Nursery, Junior Worship, and Cherub Choir here.

 

 

 

YOUTH PROGRAMS
Sunday School & Youth Group programs focus on discipleship and equipping young people for ministry and leadership in the church. More info here. Turn Around Youth Symbol White

 

 

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This Fall during the Education hour, classes will happen in 3 week blocks, interspersed with large group forums. Topics include Scripture Studies, Current Events, and Parenting. There will also be an Inquirers’ Class for all interested in being confirmed, received or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church, or anyone who wants a refresher on the Episcopal faith. More info on these Adult Sunday School Classes here.



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August, The Beginning of a New Adventure

The start of the school year brings such a sense of anticipation, doesn’t it?  I haven’t been in school for years, but STILL, every time things start gearing up for school, I can’t help but get excited.  It’s a new beginning, a blank canvas…like unmarked sand at the beach before anyone has walked upon it; we can make this year into whatever we want, start new habits, new traditions, have a new outlook, go in a totally new direction.  It’s a new adventure!

The Disciples’ Adventure

I sometimes wonder about what it would have been like when Jesus called his disciples.  Was there that sense of excitement at starting something new?  That sense of adventure?
Jesus’s purpose in calling the disciples was, indeed, to take them on a new adventure, the crazy awesome journey of learning to follow him and be more and more like him.  And that’s really our purpose this year with Christian Formation…figuring out how to follow Jesus in this day and age, and how to continue to be more and more like him…that certainly is an adventure!

Formation vs. Education

You’ll notice I say “Christian Formation,” not simply “Christian Education.” Education has to do with knowledge and intellect.  Formation has to do with so much more; it’s a person’s whole life: intellect, emotion, spiritual connection, actions.  It’s not just what we KNOW about God, but how we live it out in the world and in community.  It’s doing life together.  Education, the knowledge piece, is an important part of Formation, but it’s just one part.
When Jesus called his disciples, he definitely educated them. He taught them lots of things.  He sat around teaching them all kinds of parables and the Sermon on the Mount, among others.  But he didn’t stop there.  He did life with them.  He practiced living out those teachings in the real world.  Those disciples went everywhere with Jesus, watching him apply that knowledge and put it into action.
The Adventure of Our Formation
Formation was certainly an adventure for the disciples!  What a journey…retreating up to mountaintops, exploring God’s creation, meeting all kinds of people, witnessing miracles, and being part of God’s work in the world.  We hope that this year, our Formation into Christians who are more like Christ, will be that kind of an adventure for you, too!
And I hope you’ll join us on that adventure!



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