Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 26

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday March 26th

10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include the Easter Bunny, Balloon Clown, games, crafts, face painting
and egg coloring. Of course there will be Easter Egg hunts for the children, splitting them into three age groups.
This morning of fun is for all children up to age 10.  So bring your children, their baskets, and your camera and join in a morning of fun!

Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Fun Day For The Children.
Just to name a few….
Set Up   *   Decorating   *   Hunt    *   Snacks   *   Crafts   *   Games   *  Clean Up
Really need help setting up the Parish Hall Friday afternoon too.
You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @
We also need donations of individually wrapped candy
by Wednesday March 16th

to fill over 1200 eggs that will be used for the hunt.
Look for a basket in the Narthex for your donations.

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This Sunday is SS Registration Sunday

9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

For all ages, Nursery through Adult

Tables will be set up around the perimeter of the parish hall for the class sign-up. Sign up for Nursery, Cherub Choir, Junior Worship, Parenting Group, Inquirer’s Class and other classes and activities.
Registration forms will be available Sunday, or you can print one out and bring the completed form with you.  click here for 5th grade and below,   click here for 6th – 12th grade.
Sunday School classes will begin NEXT Sunday, August 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Christian Education brochures can be found here:


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Blessing of Backpacks, Students, and Teachers Mark Family Services August 9

Blessing of Back Packs, Sunday August 9

Mother Liz asked students from pre-school to college to join her in front of the altar to bless their backpacks as they prepare to start a new school year Monday. In her blessing, Mother Liz hoped the school year offers a place of enlightenment and learning for all students. Children brought about twenty backpacks to the front of the church for a blessing. Teachers also received a blessing.

Mother Liz tailored her children’s sermon to the first day of school for the children and talked to them about fresh starts. As the children move on to the next grade and meet new teachers, Mother Liz asked them to consider how baptism provides a fresh start for each of us. As the water cleans us on the outside, the Holy Spirit cleans us on the inside.

The children marked the start of this first day of school by first facing west (towards the nave). Mother Liz explained that we praise God by how we act towards one another, and asked the children to give up sins to make room for the good things. The children called out one-by-one, “stealing”, “saying bad things”, and “being unkind.” Mother Liz then asked the children to face east (toward the altar), and promise to offer good things in the coming year: “sharing”, “forgiveness”, “saying nice things to make people feel better”, “tell the truth”, and “offer love.”

In closing, Mother Liz asked the children to walk past the baptismal font as they returned to their seats. She then blessed the children with the blessed water from the font on their heads as they walked by.

-Jay Jones

For more photos, click here.

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Countdown to Reading Camp At St. Matthew’s 2015

Reading Camp



JUNE 22- 26, 2015

8:30 AM- 4:30 PM


*Teen counselors for afternoon program- 15 years old and up
*Teachers for morning learning centers – certification not required
*Teams of 3-4 for food preparation can volunteer for one day which includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks.
Food and instructions will be provided. Willing hands to prepare it will be a blessing

*Chess players who can help campers learn basic moves and strategies

*Food donations- watch bulletin board in office hallway, bulletin and at coffee hour
*School supplies- for take home bags that are given to each camper on Friday
*Gift cards for groceries, books or school supplies
*Prayers that campers and staff will have a fruitful and safe week.

*Paper Bowls, plates and bags
*Storage bags, quart and sandwich
*Capri Sun drinks – assorted
*Individual assorted bags of chips
*Frosted flakes cerial
*Walmart and Kroger gift cards

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Reading Camp

Reading Camp
In order to fully staff the camp we are in need of a few more teachers, support staff and youth counselors.
Teachers– Two are assigned to each morning learning center. The time commitment is 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This commitment includes teaching in a center, eating breakfast and lunch and one morning snack break with the campers plus attending an occasional teachers’ meeting. Teachers do not need to be currently certified and do not have to be professional educators.

 Support staff– Duties may include preparing breakfast lunch, and snacks, taking photos, sitting with an unhappy camper, reading to campers, and a multitude of other fun activities.

Counselors– Counselors traditionally arrive at 11:00 AM, eat lunch with the campers, supervise afternoon camper activities in tandem with the special events coordinators and special guests. Counselors should be 15 years old or more. The day ends at 4:30 PM when all the campers have been picked up.

Campers– The camp is full as of 5/22.

Safeguarding God’s Children is required for those working with campers. Training times to be announced.

For more information contact Gini Peterson at 777-879-0321 or

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Volunteers Needed for Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 4

Easter BasketVolunteers and Candy Needed For Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 4
Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help with this fun day for the children.

Just to name a few areas for volunteers….

Set Up * Decorating * Hunt * Snacks * Crafts * Games * Music * Clean Up
This event can’t happen without volunteers, so if you can be part of this event, please sign up on the bulletin board in front of the office or contact Cheryl Wheeler.

We also need individually wrapped candy donations to fill over 1200 eggs that will be hidden for the hunt. Look for a basket in the Narthex for your donations.

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St. Matthew’s Preschool Openings 2015-2016 School Year

preschool logoThe Preschool & Kindergarten registration is already underway. We have filled both of our Twos classes.  We have opened up another T/Th twos class, and we are excited for this new growth! 

The following classes still have openings:

W/F Toddlers   (5 spots left)

MWF Twos       (Full)
T/Th Twos       (Full)

T/Th Twos       (10 spots left)

MWF Threes    (8 spots left)
M/T-F Threes   (1 spot left)
T-F Fours        (5 spots left)
M-F Fours       (4 spots left)
Kindergarten   (2 spots left)

A $170 registration fee is required to hold your child’s spot. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Jeanne or Jennifer at 770-978-1323, or at

Jennifer Schriver                      Jeanne McLarty
Director                                     Asst. Director

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