Vacation Bible School July 10-14

A special thank you to the church and all the lovely volunteers for their help during this summer’s Hero Central VBS. We had around 100 kids on campus and they had a blast! From Charmaine helping me with the color printer to ensure the perfect name tags to Oscar, Sylvia and the youth moving the Fellowship Hall dividers to the sanctuary to create our “cityscape”, VBS has truly been a work of love. Through this week, I’ve watched the volunteers holding hands and comfort crying kids as well as helping them create art and explore what it means to be a true hero in God. For me, it was easy to see what a hero was because any group of people who give up time–our most important non-renewable resource–to help foster God’s love in our youth are heroes in the truest sense of the word. A heartfelt thank you to all of you, especially the center leads who spent many hours preparing their center – VBS would be nothing without you. You are all heroes!

Kira Coats

VBS Director

 

 



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Stephen Ministry Comes to St. Matthew’s

On May 7th, Ted Sawyer, a long-time member of St. Matthew’s, was commissioned as a Stephen Minister at a ceremony at First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. This is no small feat. To achieve this highly responsible position, Ted had to successfully complete 50 hours of intense training over a course of 8 months. Ted is now prepared to offer the care-giving services of a Stephen Minister to his fellow parishioners.
At that same ceremony, Susan Jung and Priscilla Trescott were officially named leaders of the new program. To become Stephen Leaders, Susan and Priscilla had to successfully complete a rigorous 50-hour specialized training for leaders. This training qualifies Susan and Priscilla to oversee the program (along with Mother Liz) and to train other Stephen Ministers. Both Susan and Priscilla have also completed the 50 hour Stephen Ministry program twice and have served as Stephen Ministers at other Episcopal churches.
This ceremony also officially launches the Stephen Ministry program at St. Matt’s. Ted, Susan, and Priscilla are now available to offer the distinctively Christian care giving they have learned to the members of St. Matthew’s.
What is Stephen Ministry all about? Who does it apply to?
We live in a fast-paced and fragmented world.  People suffer crises and tragedies, but they often don’t have caregivers they can count on. Family members and friends may be scattered across the continent-or even the world.  Neighborhoods rarely offer the support they once did.  So when a crisis or challenge hits, many people have no one to turn to and end up facing it alone.
Congregations today are overwhelmed with needs for care-the needs of their own members and the needs of people in the surrounding community.
  • People who are hospitalized
  • Those who are grieving
  • Those suffering loneliness or discouragement
  • People who are divorced or separated
  • Those who are dying-and their families and friends
  • Unemployed persons
  • People fighting cancer or another debilitating illness
  • People providing long-term care to a loved one
  • Those dealing with the losses and challenges of relocating
  • Parents whose children have left home
  • Those who are homebound, convalescing, or rehabilitating
  • New parents
  • Single parents
  • Victims of disasters
  • Those in a spiritual crisis
 The list goes on. Our wonderful and caring Mother Liz cannot attend to everyone without assistance.
Each of us faces periods of crisis, transition or difficulty.  During these times, a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize, pray with and for them, and encourage them with Christ’s love and care can be a tremendous benefit. The Stephen Minister will meet with the hurting person once a week for about an hour. During this time, the Stephen Minister listens to the care receiver without judgement or a “fix it” mentality. Ours is a process-oriented form of care and support. We walk alongside you as you move through tough times. We take a vow to God to keep the relationship and anything said completely confidential. All Stephen Ministers are paired with care receivers of the same gender. Our services are available only to those 18 or over.
Should you be interested or if you know of someone who may benefit from having a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.
For more information about Stephen Ministry at St. Matthew’s, and a link to the application to become a Stephen Minister, click here.
Stephen Ministries also has a great website:  www.stephenministries.org where you can hear testimonies about the life changing effect Stephen Ministers provide to those who are hurting and in need of care.



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May 2017 Bulletins, Announcements, and Friday Emails

May 28, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter Announcements

May 28, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter 8 a.m and 10.30 a.m. – Memorial Day

May 21, 2017 – Sixth Sunday of Easter 8 a.m and 10.30 a.m. Graduation Sunday

May 14, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Easter Announcements

May 14, 2017 – Fifth Sunday of Easter 8 a.m and 10.30 a.m.

May 7, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter Announcements

May 7, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter 8 a.m

May 7, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter 10.30 a.m with Epiphany Choir



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April 2017 Bulletins, Announcements, and Friday Emails

April 2, 2017 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent Announcements

April 2, 2017 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday Announcements

April 11, 2017 Healing and Reconciliation Service 7.30pm

April 13, 2017 – Maundy Thursday Service 7.30 p.m.

April 14, 2017 – Good Friday Service 12 noon. and 7.30 p.m.

April 15, 2017 – Vigil of Easter 7.30

April 16, 2017 Easter Day Service 8 and 10.30 am

April 23. 2017 – Second Sunday of Easter 8AM

April 23, 2017 – Second Sunday of Easter 10.30 a.m.

April 30, 2017 – Third Sunday of Easter 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m.

April 30, 2017 – Third Sunday of Easter Announcements

 

 



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