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

St. Matthews Episcopal Church for SE Gwinnett CoOp Hunger Walk Team http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stmatts

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 http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stmatts 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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