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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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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SCPAAA Golf Tournament

The Snellville Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA), is again holding its annual golf tournament/fund raiser.  The SCPAAA is a 501(c)3  organization whose goal is to raise money to provide support to the Snellville Police Department.  As part of our One Congregation One Precinct program, St. Matthew’s is collaborating with SCPAAA to promote this gold tournament. The tournament will take place at Summit Chase Country Club on Monday, April 24, 2017.  Registration and practice starts at 8am; shotgun start is at 9am.  Individual entry fee is $85.00 and entry fee for a foursome plus tee sponsorship is $400. Let’s see if we can field a couple of foursomes to support this good cause.
Click the link below to print out a registration form for the event, or more information and entry forms will be on the bulletin board in the hallway and in the church office.  For more information, contact Mary Fergus at: mfergus@bellsouth.net or 770/985-1322.

 

SCPAAA Golf 2

 

 

 

 



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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 @ cherly756@yahoo.com

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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Holy Week and Easter Services Schedule

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – PALM SUNDAY 8:00 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M. blessing of the palms and outdoor procession led by the youth, and enactment of the Passion Story.  Incense at both services.
SERVICE OF RECONCILIATION & HEALING – Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m.
A quiet service of meditation and Taize music with prayers at the altar for reconciliation and healing.

HEALING EUCHARIST – Wednesday, April 12, at 10:00 a.m.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – April 13, at 7:30 p.m. – Hand & Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar followed by the Vigil at the Altar of Repose. The congregation is invited to sign up for one or more time slots on the Vigil poster in the narthex, to watch with Christ as the disciples did in the garden. Please note you do not have to be signed up to come and watch. All are invited to visit the Altar of Repose in the Coil Chapel as they are able.

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14th
Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m.
Good Friday Service with music at 12 noon
Stations of the Cross at 6:45 p.m.
Good Friday Service 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH – EASTER VIGIL AT 7:30 P.M. (with incense)
First Eucharist of Easter (with baptism). The congregation is invited to bring bells (small to medium sized) to ring at the Gloria as we celebrate the Resurrection at the first Eucharist of Easter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH – EASTER DAY 8:00 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M. (with incense both services)
The Sunday of the Resurrection.  Bring flowers from home or use those provided to flower the Cross during each service.



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