March 2017 Bulletins, Announcements, and Friday Emails

March 26, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 26, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

March 19, 2017 – The Third Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

March 19, 2017 – The Third Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 12, 2017 – The Second Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

March 12, 2017 – The Second Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 5, 2017 – The First Sunday in Lent 8 and 10.30 a.m.

March 5, 2017 – The First Sunday in Lent Announcements

March 1, 2017 – Ash Wednesday Service


March 19 2017 Weekly Email

March 12 2017 Weekly Email

March 5 2017 Weekly Email

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Ash Wednesday Services

Come begin a holy Lent.

7:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes.


For other Lenten programs at St. Matthew’s, please click here.

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Lenten Programs at St. Matthew’s Begin Sunday, March 5

1. Sunday Mornings Small Groups9:30-10:15 a.m., starting in the Parish Hall (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26) For Lent, we will be forming many intentional small groups for discussion and encouragement to live out Lenten faith practices. Each week, we will introduce a Lenten practice for the first 10 mins or so, and then participants will break out into small groups to discuss how it applies to our lives as Christians, and to care for one another and encourage each other. Topics of Lenten discipline will include service, study, fasting, and prayer practices like journaling, solitude, and confession. In order to intentionally create Christian community, participants will remain with their same small group throughout the 4-week Lenten program. To sign up to participate in a small group, please contact Sally Ulrey at .

2. Wednesday Evenings “Just Eating”6:15-7:00 p.m., Parish Hall (Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr 12) “Just Eating” is a program about how our faith inspires reflection and intentionality when it comes to food. “Just” can mean “only,” but it can also mean “right” or “fair.” The program explores how we can live out our faith through how we eat, including how food impacts our own bodies and our communities, both locally and globally. Each program will include a simple meal (Soup and Salad) that highlights the themes of justice around our food practices. Interested? Email Sally Ulrey at (this will help us know how many to prepare for).

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Food will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Before Lent begins, come enjoy tasty food (all-you-can-eat pancakes and breakfast food) and enthusiastic service as the youth of our parish wait on you.
A love offering will be taken and the proceeds will go to help support the youth’s work in raising money to aid the hungry!
Youth, please arrive at 5:30 to help set-up!
Burning of the Palms will follow the supper at 7:00 p.m. to prepare the ashes for Ash Wednesday services the next day.

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You Helped! St. Matt’s raises over $5,000 for SE Gwinnett CoOp

St. Matthews Episcopal Church for SE Gwinnett CoOp Hunger Walk Team

On Sunday afternoon, March 5, 2017, thousands of people came together to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. Our team was there!

Hunger Walk/Run is one of the most important hunger relief efforts of the year. The money raised feeds hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community.

You can still help!

  • Donate and spread the word! Even if you weren’t able to join the Walk/Run on you can still be an integral part of the fight against hunger in our community. Donate online at and then send the link to a few friends to do the same. Our team goal raised over  $5,000 for the Southeast Gwinnett CoOp!

Together, we can make sure that a child in our community doesn’t go to bed hungry tonight. We can offer a glimmer of hope to struggling parents desperately trying to make ends meet for their family. We can ensure another senior citizen isn’t forced to choose between paying for medicine or food.

Thank you, for your support!  

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Vestry Voice — Vestry Meeting January 2017

This month’s meeting was held on Monday night January 9th.  Most all Vestry members were present along with Sally Ulrey, Mother Liz and, our recording secretary, Susan Carson.
We opened the meeting at 7:04 with prayer. Mother Liz asked the Vestry to read Psalm 40 and a reflection on the Psalm followed.
Fellowship Committee members asked to come to the Vestry meeting and brought some of their concerns to the attention of the Vestry.
The first was their concern for the Sunday morning breakfast and the participation of the parish in signing up to serve. The sign ups have been fewer in number and there is some confusion about the expectation of those who volunteer. The discussion centered around the cost of breakfast, the procedures for kitchen prep and clean up, and the paper supplies.   The Vestry made suggestions to re-instate a kitchen guild and develop guidelines for serving breakfast and the use of the kitchen. It was further suggested that the committee has the power to design their own guidelines and develop a plan for breakfast sign ups that is workable.  Oscar said that he would try to determine which Sundays would be busier that others so that volunteers wouldn’t feel pressured to spend more than they could afford.
The question was asked if the coffee expense comes out of the Fellowship Budget.  Jack indicated he would check with the Treasurer to verify where the funds are pulled from so that it would not directly affect the budget.
The Global Mission Ministry has decided to postpone the 2017 Reading Camp in Grenada due to logistical and scheduling issues, and the absence of lead teachers available as trainers on the date chosen by Grenada.
The Long Range Planning Committee announced that they have over 150 completed surveys with the possibility of more coming in prior to the January 20th deadline. They will meet on the 24th to tabulate the results and determine the 6 priority areas that the parish identified as important to them for the coming year.  More on this to come at the annual meeting.
To date we have three nominees for the Vestry with the possibility of an additional 3 more.  We charged the nominating committee to develop a spread sheet of those who had been asked so that there would be no overlap. The spreadsheet also includes those who declined and those who have currently accepted.
Mother Liz indicated that the 5:00 service on Christmas Eve set a record with 220 in attendance.
Three versions of a draft 2017 budget were presented to the Vestry for discussion.  After much discussions of the pros and cons of the three budget versions and a desire to be good stewards of the pledges we have to date, and while still stepping out in faith to do what God is calling us to do, it was decided to postpone the approval of the budget until after the results of the surveys come through and we have the real input from the parish from those surveys.  We scheduled a follow up budget meeting for January 29th after the 10:30 service.
We adjourned the meeting at 9:23 PM.
Jack Denton
Sr. Warden

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#RiseUp to the Episcopal Challenge!

On Behalf Of Offices of the Bishop of Atlanta:

You’re invited to help the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta bring home the win from a challenge we’ve been issued by Episcopal Church bishops in New England.
Leading up to this Sunday’s Super Bowl game, they want to see who — Falcons’ fans or Patriots’ fans — can raise the most money for Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) by game time.

Show your team pride and click here to make a donation on behalf of Team Atlanta.

You’ll find the red “Donate” button on the left-hand side of the page.

You can also share the link with family and friends and encourage them to take the challenge as well.

Regardless of whether the Atlanta Falcons or New England Patriots come out on top in the big game or this challenge, the true winner will be Episcopal Relief & Development and those they assist. ERD provides disaster relief, public health, and economic development ministries in an effort to heal a hurting world.

Bishop Robert Wright invites everyone to participate: “Let’s harness our Atlanta pride to advance toward the goal of compassion and health for all God’s children!”

#RiseUp #EpiscopalShowdown

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February 2017 Bulletins, Announcements and Weekly Emails

February 26, 2017 – Last Sunday After the Epiphany 8 and 10.30 a.m.

February 26, 2017 -Last Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday After the Epiphany 8 am

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday After the Epiphany with EPIPHANY CHOIR

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

In the Spotlight Weekley Email February 19, 2017

February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday After the Epiphany Combined Service after Annual Mtg

February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

In the Spotlight Weekly Email February 12, 2017

February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday After the Epiphany 8 and 10.30 a.m.

February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

In the Spotlight Weekly Email February 5, 2017

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