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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St. Matthew’s Gears Up for the Easter Eggstravaganza April 15

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday April 15th  – 10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include:

 Balloon clowns, bounce house, games, egg coloring and tattoos.

 Easter Egg hunts for the children, divided into three age groups. So bring your children, their basket, your camera and join in a morning of fun for children up to age 10.

 Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Morning of Fun For The Children.

Just to name a few….

Set Up  * Decorating  *  Hunt  *  Snacks  *  Egg Coloring 

Bounce House/Games   *  Clean Up

You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @

Ministry Opportunity–We are also looking for someone hearing the call to chair this event next year. If that is you please contact Cheryl so you can shadow her this year to be ready for next year.

Donations Needed To Fill Eggs

Donations of individually wrapped candy, stickers or small toys needed by Sunday April 9th to fill over 1200 eggs to be used for the hunt.

Look for a basket in the narthex for your donations.

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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

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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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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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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Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, August 7

A family service and Children’s Sermon on Sunday August 7 at 9:30 a.m. included the Blessing of the Backpacks as children and youth prepared to start another school year. Children of all ages brought their backpacks to church for a special blessing, and teachers and college students (adults, too!) took part, receiving a special blessing.

This event marked the end of the summer service schedule at St. Matt’s. On August 14, St. Matthew’s returned to two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. between services and Sunday School registration for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School classes resume Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. St. Matthew’s is a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming faith community. and we welcome all to come worship Jesus Christ in community with us.


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Vacation Bible School — Surf Shack!

Surf Shack was a blast! 

Every year, VBS is a clear reminder of God’s divine providence, and Surf Shack was no exception.  With almost 90 children, we needed a lot of youth and adult volunteers, and the Holy Spirit led just the right number to us at just the right times.  Over 60 adults and youth dedicated their week to sharing God’s love with the children of our community.  If you were able to witness the joyful energy, you know what a blessing it is to have such a vibrant program here at St. Matt’s.  If you missed it, be sure to check it out next summer!  You do NOT need to give your entire week – many of our volunteers were only able to spend one day at Surf Shack.

Many thanks to all the people who made Surf Shack a huge success.  And special thanks to the center area leads who spent time preparing for the week and then working tirelessly to create a full VBS experience for all the children.  Beth DiGiovanni, Amanda Livermont, Sharon Ferrell, Kira Coats, Jessie Hurst, Heidi Byron, Caroline Carter, Isaac Camden, Nancy Drury, Josh Hurst and Nate Olbon:  your leadership and commitment set the tone for the week.  And to our dedicated teachers who created and implemented our first ever Special Needs VBS (Abby Whatley, Althea Benton and Norma Dove): hopefully this year’s pilot will lead to a growing program next year.

Are you feeling unsure about helping out next year?  I encourage everyone to find a way to get involved in some capacity.  Leading VBS has been a true joy for me over the past 3 years, even though answering that call took me out of my comfort zone (aka the Craft room).  I am thankful that Sally Ulrey nudged me into my new role, and I can honestly say that it has enriched my life and reinforced my faith.  Please prayerfully consider how you might allow the Holy Spirit to work in you through VBS.

With profound gratitude,

Terri Hurst, VBS Director

With profound gratitude,

Terri Hurst, VBS Director

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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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