Rosebud Warmth

In the past two years the Knit Purl & Pray, Outreach, and Global Missions committee sponsored Rosebud Warmth, a ministry to send hats, mittens, and scarves to the children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. There is a container in the parish hall foyer for your donations. If you have any questions or would like more information about this ministry, please contact Beth Still at stillpittman@yahoo.com

What is Needed:

Hat, scarf and mitten sets for elementary aged children K-6th grade, with tight weave for warmth. They do not need to be wool; any yarn material, color or style, handmade or purchased, are welcome.

Please pin together with a piece of paper indicating what size (age 4-6, 8-10, etc) and put in the container in the parish hall foyer.

Point of interest: tribal colors are red, black, white and yellow.

Thank you for caring for these children!

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October 2016 Bulletins and Announcements

October 30, 2016 – The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 30, 2016 – The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

October 23, 2016 – The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am Ingathering & Epiphany Choir (One service only this day)

October 16, 2016 – The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 16, 2016 – The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

October 9, 2016 – The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 9, 2016 – The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

October 2, 2016 – The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 2, 2016 – The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am



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Spotlight on Ministry — Outreach — Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry

Mission Statement:
“The mission of the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry is to honor and uphold the Lordship of Jesus Christ by reaching out, in His name, to our neighbors in need.  To the end that our clients will find encouragement, love, and hope and that the Kingdom of God will be manifest on Earth.”
This year alone (through June), the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry had distributed 239,538 food items to struggling families, along with countless hours of love and support.
From humble beginnings (two trailers and a couple of stand alone storage units), the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, fondly known as the Coop, now serves many communities, operating out of a 5,000 sq. ft. building in Grayson.  Throughout these years of growth, the Coop has remained true to its mission statement, and currently, under the charismatic leadership of Laura Drake, Lynn Rains, Ivy Hudson, and our own Becky Olbon, it has expanded into several key programs of service:  Christmas Light, Summer Manna, Seasoned With Love, and Birthday Bags.
More details on these vital ministries, and ways that you can help, may be found at:
The Coop has become the most focused upon organization for our parish outreach efforts.  With its broad range of community programs, the Coop offers many, many opportunities for our parish to step up and play an active role in spreading God’s love.  Aid to the Coop goes beyond donations of food and money.  An atmosphere of support and love provided to those in need is of great importance, and this sense of shared community is a vital role played by the Coop.
Here are some highlights of how our parish is already very involved with the Coop.  We send $375 each month to the Coop.  We have parishioners who help stock the shelves, put together birthday bags, and volunteer with the seasonal programs such as Christmas Light and Summer Manna.  Our Knit, Purl and Pray ministry makes lap blankets and baby blankets, and our PreK-5th grade Sunday School classes put together food bags (complete meals for families and treats for kids).  We do two major food drives each year, during the months of January and June, and ongoing throughout the year, we make regular deliveries from the collection barrels.
Continually, volunteers are needed to interview families who may receive aid, and also in great demand are volunteers to work in the food pantry.  All training for volunteers is provided at the Coop.  Whether contributing as individuals, or working together as groups from within our parish, the Coop offers an extraordinary opportunity for helping others in need, and experiencing the miracle of God’s presence in our lives.
As one of over 30 local, supporting churches to the Coop (we have this designation by providing annual financial support and volunteers, and conducting food drives), let’s rally as a parish, and expand upon our proud tradition of service.
More detailed information on ways to help day in and day out at the Coop may be found at:
Please contact Becky Olbon, Cheryl Wheeler, Michael Barringer, or any person in Outreach with any questions about the Coop.
Where:
We are located at 55 Grayson Industrial Parkway in Grayson just off of Loganville Highway (Highway 20), behind the Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 8.
We currently serve the following areas in our community:
Snellville: 30078, 30039, Grayson 30017
Loganville 30052 (Gwinnett county area)
Hours of Operation:
Client Services:
Monday          3pm to 7pm
Wednesday  10am to 2pm
Friday            10am to 2pm
Donation Drop Off:
Monday        10am to 12pm,  3pm to 7pm
Tuesday        10am to 12pm
Wednesday  10am to   2pm
Thursday      10am to 12pm
Friday            10am to   2pm



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Evening of Remembrance on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

St. Matthew’s will celebrate the lives of our family and friends who have gone on before us with a special evening service incorporating some of the traditions used by cultures around the world. At 7:30, a brief memorial service will be held in the sanctuary during which the names of those we have lost will be read.

If you have friends and family you would like commemorated during this service, PLEASE USE THE RED SIGN-UP BOOK IN THE PASS-THROUGH BETWEEN THE MAIN HALLWAY AND THE NARTHEX. All names should be submitted by Wednesday, November 2nd.

There will be quiet time beginning at 6:30 for various kinds of contemplation. The sanctuary and the Coil Chapel will be reserved for silent prayer. The labyrinth will be set up in the parish hall for prayer walks. Mother Liz and Sally Ulrey will be available for those who just want to talk to someone. We hope that you will join us to light a candle, place a flower on the cross, place a stone on the cairn, or simply say a prayer as you search for your own peace and understanding of that most mystifying aspect of life: death.

 



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Spotlight on Ministry — Flower Guild

The St. Matthew’s Flower Guild Ministry has been happily adding life, beauty, and a deeper meaning to our worship at the altar each week for about 2 1/2 years. The use of flowers in the church is our expression of joy and love for the Lord. We arrange in accordance with the Church calendar, coordinating with Mother Liz and getting input from the Worship committee to better comprehend the Liturgy and the direction of the Seasons. After Sunday services, the flower arrangements are disassembled to take on Eucharistic visits, to share with the weekly donors of the flowers, and to beautify the church spaces for weekly activities. Also, we have occasional demonstrations by guest speakers that are open to interested members of the Parish. These thoughts from Flower Guild member Tammy Pearson:

“Participation in the Flower Guild has been a gift to me in so many ways. Not only have I felt able to make a contribution to our worship service, it has enabled fellowship with many wonderful members of the parish I may not have gotten to know otherwise. The Flower Guild is such a positive and uplifting group. I encourage anyone who is interested to check it out. We all have different styles and gifts; this is a ministry that is very inclusive and only requires a willing spirit!”



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