Evening of Remembrance Photo Gallery

During the Evening of Remembrance, our parish experienced a very meaningful time of meditation, reflection and fond memories.  Around 60 folks, young and old, came out on a beautiful evening to place flowers on the cross, add stones to the cairn, walk the Labyrinth, and find peaceful quiet in the Sanctuary. Music supplied a stirring background throughout the event.

 

Paying respect to those who have gone on before us, over 180 names were spoken aloud during the Memorial Service, each receiving a resonate toll from the bell. 

 



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Spotlight: Stephen Ministry Comes to St. Matthews

About Stephen Ministry

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 home-bound, convalescing, or rehabilitating
  • New parents
  • Single parents
  • Victims of disasters
  • Those in a spiritual crisis

The list goes on.

Everyone faces periods of crisis, transition or difficulty.  During these times a caring relationship with someone who will faithfully listen, empathize and pray with and for them, and encourage them with Christ’s love and care can be a tremendous benefit.

Stephen’s Ministry, a 40 year old program, was founded with just this mission in mind. Stephen Ministers are lay Christians selected, trained, and supervised by their congregation’s Stephen Leaders to provide effective, one-to-one care to others.

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.

Where Plans for Stephen Ministry Are at St. Matthew’s

There are several steps which need to be completed to officially launch this program.

  1. Enrollment (completed)
  2. Select and train leaders (completed–Susan Jung and Priscilla Trescott completed training in June.)
  3. Select and train Stephen Ministers (Our first trainee will  complete his in April. Another training class will begin in September 2017)
  4. Stephen Ministers will be available to St. Matthew’s in April.

For more information, please contact Susan Jung or Priscilla Trescott.



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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 stillpittman@yahoo.com

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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October 2016 Bulletins and Announcements

October 30, 2016 – The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 30, 2016 – The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

October 23, 2016 – The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am Ingathering & Epiphany Choir (One service only this day)

October 16, 2016 – The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 16, 2016 – The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

October 9, 2016 – The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 9, 2016 – The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

October 2, 2016 – The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 8 00am

October 2, 2016 – The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am



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Spotlight on Ministry — Outreach — Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry

Mission Statement:
“The mission of the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry is to honor and uphold the Lordship of Jesus Christ by reaching out, in His name, to our neighbors in need.  To the end that our clients will find encouragement, love, and hope and that the Kingdom of God will be manifest on Earth.”
This year alone (through June), the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry had distributed 239,538 food items to struggling families, along with countless hours of love and support.
From humble beginnings (two trailers and a couple of stand alone storage units), the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, fondly known as the Coop, now serves many communities, operating out of a 5,000 sq. ft. building in Grayson.  Throughout these years of growth, the Coop has remained true to its mission statement, and currently, under the charismatic leadership of Laura Drake, Lynn Rains, Ivy Hudson, and our own Becky Olbon, it has expanded into several key programs of service:  Christmas Light, Summer Manna, Seasoned With Love, and Birthday Bags.
More details on these vital ministries, and ways that you can help, may be found at:
The Coop has become the most focused upon organization for our parish outreach efforts.  With its broad range of community programs, the Coop offers many, many opportunities for our parish to step up and play an active role in spreading God’s love.  Aid to the Coop goes beyond donations of food and money.  An atmosphere of support and love provided to those in need is of great importance, and this sense of shared community is a vital role played by the Coop.
Here are some highlights of how our parish is already very involved with the Coop.  We send $375 each month to the Coop.  We have parishioners who help stock the shelves, put together birthday bags, and volunteer with the seasonal programs such as Christmas Light and Summer Manna.  Our Knit, Purl and Pray ministry makes lap blankets and baby blankets, and our PreK-5th grade Sunday School classes put together food bags (complete meals for families and treats for kids).  We do two major food drives each year, during the months of January and June, and ongoing throughout the year, we make regular deliveries from the collection barrels.
Continually, volunteers are needed to interview families who may receive aid, and also in great demand are volunteers to work in the food pantry.  All training for volunteers is provided at the Coop.  Whether contributing as individuals, or working together as groups from within our parish, the Coop offers an extraordinary opportunity for helping others in need, and experiencing the miracle of God’s presence in our lives.
As one of over 30 local, supporting churches to the Coop (we have this designation by providing annual financial support and volunteers, and conducting food drives), let’s rally as a parish, and expand upon our proud tradition of service.
More detailed information on ways to help day in and day out at the Coop may be found at:
Please contact Becky Olbon, Cheryl Wheeler, Michael Barringer, or any person in Outreach with any questions about the Coop.
Where:
We are located at 55 Grayson Industrial Parkway in Grayson just off of Loganville Highway (Highway 20), behind the Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 8.
We currently serve the following areas in our community:
Snellville: 30078, 30039, Grayson 30017
Loganville 30052 (Gwinnett county area)
Hours of Operation:
Client Services:
Monday          3pm to 7pm
Wednesday  10am to 2pm
Friday            10am to 2pm
Donation Drop Off:
Monday        10am to 12pm,  3pm to 7pm
Tuesday        10am to 12pm
Wednesday  10am to   2pm
Thursday      10am to 12pm
Friday            10am to   2pm



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Spotlight on Ministry — Flower Guild

The St. Matthew’s Flower Guild Ministry has been happily adding life, beauty, and a deeper meaning to our worship at the altar each week for about 2 1/2 years. The use of flowers in the church is our expression of joy and love for the Lord. We arrange in accordance with the Church calendar, coordinating with Mother Liz and getting input from the Worship committee to better comprehend the Liturgy and the direction of the Seasons. After Sunday services, the flower arrangements are disassembled to take on Eucharistic visits, to share with the weekly donors of the flowers, and to beautify the church spaces for weekly activities. Also, we have occasional demonstrations by guest speakers that are open to interested members of the Parish. These thoughts from Flower Guild member Tammy Pearson:

“Participation in the Flower Guild has been a gift to me in so many ways. Not only have I felt able to make a contribution to our worship service, it has enabled fellowship with many wonderful members of the parish I may not have gotten to know otherwise. The Flower Guild is such a positive and uplifting group. I encourage anyone who is interested to check it out. We all have different styles and gifts; this is a ministry that is very inclusive and only requires a willing spirit!”



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September 2016 Bulletins and Announcements

September 18, 2016 – The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 8.00am

September 18, 2016 – The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

September 11, 2016 – The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 8.00am

September 11, 2016 – The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am

September 4, 2016 – The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 8.00am

September 4, 2016 – The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am



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Spotlight on Ministry — Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St Andrew is a national and international ministry to Christian men. It was incorporated by an Act of the U.S. Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, on May 30, 1908. The Act states, “…. The sole object of said corporation shall be the spread of Christ’s Kingdom among men.” The national office is in Ambridge, PA.

The Brotherhood has been a ministry of St Matthew’s for over 20 years. The chapter is named for Oren Morris, one of the founding members of the St. Matthew’s chapter and a cornerstone of the organization in the parish. Bible study, service and prayer are the focus of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Meeting every other Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., men and youth of the parish enjoy fellowship, wonderful food and an informal Bible study. Conversation is likely, practical, personal and often hilarious! The Brotherhood enjoys fellowship gained through service projects within the parish, frequently centering on our well-deserved reputation for good cooking! If you are looking for close friendships, warm fellowship a wide-ranging discussion of the Bible and an opportunity to serve St. Matthew’s, come and be a part of the Brotherhood.

The next meetings of The Brotherhood will be Saturdays September 3rd and 17th at 8:00 a.m. in the parish hall.

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Massive Louisiana Flooding — How You Can Help

You may have seen on the news that massive flooding has swept through Louisiana and the surrounding area-and the government has officially declared it a disaster zone.

Please make an emergency gift right now to help us aid in the relief efforts. (Click the link.)

Louisiana has already seen tremendous damage. Over two feet of rain have fallen… schools and churches are flooded… houses are completely underwater… and more than 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

Some of them have lost everything.

While many areas have been hit hard by this terrible storm, some of the poorest neighborhoods are seeing the most damage because they’re located in low-lying flood areas.

We are working around the clock with local clergy members, organizations and churches to distribute funds and gift cards to help families buy supplies, but more is needed.

Please make an urgent gift to Episcopal Relief & Development today. Your generosity will go directly toward our US Disaster Fund-and help people whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating flood. May the Lord be with them in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

Yours faithfully,

Robert W. Radtke
President
Episcopal Relief & Development

P.S. This is just the beginning of a long recovery. In addition to your prayers, we are asking for financial support to help families and communities recover. Please make an urgent gift to Episcopal Relief & Development today. You’ll help us provide food, basic supplies, emergency housing, building materials and more to the affected areas right away.



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