July 2017 Bulletins and Announcements

July 23 2017 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

July 23 2017 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost 9.30am with Epiphany Choir

July 16, 2017 – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Announcements.pub

July 16, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am

July 2, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am

July 2, 2017 – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Announcements



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Youth Service Retreat–“Seek and Serve”

June 15-18 was our youth service retreat, fulfilling our Baptismal vows to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our (local) neighbors as ourselves”. We sought to see Christ in all people from all different walks of life. We responded to three major issues: hunger, refugees, and homelessness.

Youth Service Retreat “Seek & Serve”

HUNGER

The first day, we learned about hunger, both globally and in our local area, then responded by serving at the Southeast Gwinnett Food Cooperative ministry. Some of our youth served in the pantry, filling orders and loading up clients’ cars. Some of our youth played outside with the children of clients while they got their food. Our youth experienced so much joy playing there!

REFUGEES

Next, we focused on refugees. We headed down to Clarkston to learn about several ministries with refugees, including Intertwined Candles, which provides jobs to mothers who need to work from home so they can also care for their children. We attended a rally at Refuge Coffee Company (which helps provide job skills to refugees by training them as servers and baristas). The rally was in celebration of World Refugee Day, where many different nations were represented. We heard the stories of resettlement of two refugees, one from Syria and one from Congo. Our youth were inspired with ideas for how we can serve the needs of refugees in our own area.

HOMELESSNESS

Finally, we learned about the issue of homelessness. On Sunday, we were joined by another youth group from St. Mark’s in Jacksonville (their youth minister is a childhood friend of our youth minister). Together, our youth groups packed lunches for the Church of the Common Ground, an Episcopal community which worships in Woodruff Park, largely attended by the homeless in that area. Thanks to the generosity of St. Matthew’s, we were also able to provide them with TONS of socks for their foot care clinic.

SEEKING & SERVING CHRIST IN ALL PERSONS

Each day, we reflected on how we had seen Christ in each person. The youth saw Christ in so many ways…in the delight of the children playing with bubbles or hula hoops, in the delight of their parents watching them play, in the creativity of a street performer at the Refugee Day rally, in the bright blue eyes of a soft-spoken man we met on the street, who attended church with us, in all our brothers and sisters in Christ that we met for the first time, and when we passed the peace, and the barriers seemed to come down. It was an incredible and amazing experience! If you get a chance, ask one of the youth to tell you what was meaningful to them! They will have so much to say, and they’d be happy to share!

 



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June 2017 Bulletins and Announcements

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am with Epiphany Choir

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m.

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

June 18, 2017 – Second Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

June 18, 2017 – Second Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m. and 10.30am

June 11, 2017 – First Sunday after Pentecost Trinity Sunday 8 a.m. and 10.30am.pub

June 11, 2017 – First Sunday After Pentecost Trinity Sunday Announcements

June 4, 2017 – The day of Pentecost 8 a.m. and 10.30am

June 4, 2017 – Day of Pentecost Announcements

 



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Vacation Bible School July 10-14

VBS – Hero Central — Discover Your Strength In God

 

VBS Camper Registration Online can be found here.    If you’d prefer, you can pick up registration forms in the Narthex or in the church office — just drop your completed form into the VBS box!

VBS 2017 will be held July 10-14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
All children ages 4-10 (rising Pre-K through rising 5th grade) are invited to attend.
Cost is $15 per child until June 15, then the price becomes $20 per child.  (Payment is due on the first day of camp, or pay by check at the time of registration).
 VBS is a nut-free environment!

 

SPECIAL NEEDS VBS

Rising Pre-K through Rising 5th Grade (ages 4-10)
Tuesday & Thursday, July 11 & 13, 2017 — 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

COST:$10/child before June 15; $15/child after June 15

For the second year in a row, we are please to announce a Special Needs Vacation Bible School, for part of the week during VBS.  It will happen concurrently with the VBS described above, but in a different space and with an abbreviated time and modified schedule. If you have experience with children on the Autism Spectrum or with physical handicaps and would like to help, please contact Amanda Livermont at 678-491-7457 or  alivermont81@gmail.com.

Special Needs Camper Registration can be found here.

 

Many volunteers are needed to make VBS happen for 80-100 children!  Helping with VBS is a fun way to spread God’s love, bless others and make new friends!  Youth, please contact Sally Ulrey at stmattsyouth@bellsouth.net and adults, please contact Kira Coats at kiracoats@gmail.com.  If you would like to work with the Special Needs group on Tuesday and Thursday, please contact Amanda Livermont at alivermont81@gmail.com, or sign up to volunteer here.

 



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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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2017 Youth Sunday!

Youth Sunday was April 23, 2017.  The Youth led all parts of the service, including helping to give the sermon, which was on Doubt from the story of Doubting Thomas.  Youth used personal stories to illustrate times when doubt served to strengthen their faith.

Read the text of the sermon here. If you’d like to listen to the sermon, click here and scroll down to Sermons.

Thanks be to God for all our wonderfully vibrant young leaders!

 

Youth (and soon-to-be Youth) on Youth Sunday 2017

 



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Walking the Path — Musings by Mother Liz

Musing from Mother Liz

If you take a walk towards the pine trees that line Oak Road, you will notice some recent changes.  There is a path through the trees, lined by wood planks.  On a sunny day, one end of the path will be in the sun; the other in shadow.  Depending on your spiritual mood, you can choose to enter in sunshine and finish in shadow, or enter in shadow and move into the light.  Slight breezes cause a murmur in the pines above, and oddly, you don’t notice the traffic that passes on Oak Road. Bible verses on plaques that line the path invite you to slow down; to read affirmations of God’s love, and faithfulness and never-ending support.  You find that you want to take your time as you walk.   The verses speak words of encouragement and the pace allows you to notice your surroundings.  Benches scattered along the path tempt you to slow down even more; to sit and rest, or maybe just breathe.  You are in sacred space, and somehow, your spirit knows that.  It is a gift, offered in hopes that its use would connect us more deeply to God.

Holy Week is also a path – a path that starts in celebration and moves to darkness; from sunshine to shadow.  Holy Week is a time that asks each of us to walk the path with Jesus, from Palm Sunday, through Good Friday, and on to the promise of Easter.  I invite you this week to walk with us, through the various services we will have: Tuesday’s service of Reconciliation and Healing, Wednesday’s Healing Eucharist; Maundy Thursday, with washing of hands and feet and stripping of the altar, the Thursday Night Watch, Good Friday services, the Vigil of Easter on Saturday, and Easter services on Sunday.  I also encourage you to take time to walk this Meditation Path, and allow it to give quiet space for reflection and prayer.

The Meditation Path is a creation of Josh Hurst, done as part of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program in America.  I read that only 4% of boy scouts are granted this rank, and the process is a long one.  I am thankful that Josh thought of St. Matthew’s when he defined his project.  He has given us a profound space in which to reconnect with God, not only during this most holy week, but for always.  Thank you, Josh Hurst.

In Peace, Mother Liz+



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