The Calling of Mother Liz: Adult Forum 9:30 am Nov 23rd

Learn more about Mother Liz and why the Search Committee and Vestry called her to be our next Rector.  Hear their stories about God’s leading throughout this process and why they think she’ll be a great fit for our parish.  And you’ll get a chance to ask questions, too!

See you in the Parish Hall at 9:30 on November 23rd!

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Bracing Against the (Shh!) Holiday Blues

Have any of the following thoughts crossed your mind?

“Do I have to go to one more family gathering?”
“Oh no, why did I eat (or drink) so much?”
“This is my first (fill in the blank) and I’m nervous. My whole family will be here.”
“I have __presents to buy and no money. What will I do?”

If you have had these thoughts or considerations, you may be setting yourself up for “holiday blues.” According to the website WebMD, there are 10 triggers that can produce anxiety and stress as we get closer to the Thanksgiving and winter holiday season. Added to those stress producing scenarios are the usual seasonal ones such as shorter days and lack of sunlight. One of the ways that we can combat a variety of these triggers is to know ahead what they are. Be proactive. Plan ahead.

Here are some suggestions:

Keep your same schedule. Exercise and eat well.
Set a budget for shopping and stick to it. Make a charitable donation in place of gift buying.
Choose to cook the turkey, don’t feel obligated.
More invitations than you can reasonably handle, settle on the ones you really want to attend.
Know your limits on food and drink. Plan ahead.
Keep your prayer and meditation life full. Observe the upcoming Advent season as a way to keep yourself focused on what is really important in your life.
Check the parish calendar for upcoming Advent programming, prayer, and spiritual growth opportunities.

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Evening of Remembrance

On All Saints Sunday, November 2, St. Matthew’s again celebrated the lives of family and friends who have gone on before us with a special evening service incorporating some of the traditions used by cultures around the world. Those attending could light a candle, place a flower on the cross or a stone on the altar, or simply sit quietly in prayer as they remembered their loved ones.
Brief memorial services were held in the courtyard during which the names of those we have lost in years past were read. The labyrinth was set up in the parish hall for those who wished to walk its path in prayer and contemplation. Quiet music was provided by Mindy Barringer and Chuck Marsh on guitar.  Mother Debbie and Sally Ulrey were available for those who just wanted to talk to someone.

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Annual Advent Wreath Making

On November 16th, St. Matthew’s Adult, Youth, and Children’s Sunday School classes came together again this year to make Advent wreaths during the Sunday School period. Over 70 wreaths were made as gifts for the preschool families, providing an opportunity to share the message and meaning of Advent with them. The Advent wreaths will be given to preschoolers to take home after their Annual Thanksgiving Feast during the week of November 17 – 21. The First Sunday in Advent is November 30.

Get some ideas on Pinterest!


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A Word From the Senior Warden


I ride an Emory shuttle from North DeKalb Mall to main campus each day, and in September I heard a woman sitting across from another mention that the woman’s shoelace was untied. With her lap full of school books she looked down sadly, knowing that there was no way to get to that shoe. The first woman quietly leaned across the bus and tied it for her. Welcome to a new day.

Then early in October at the 8:00 a.m. service I was privileged to watch young Andrew Byron as he walked a new acolyte, Gabi Paulding, through the paces of serving at St. Matthew’s. The Paulding family are newcomers at St. Matthew’s and along with a reusable tote, bread, pen and some printed materials, Andrew demonstrated another wonderful way to extend a welcome.

Last summer Mara DiGiovanni was sitting near someone new not simply to St. Matthew’s but also to an Episcopal liturgy. The visitor was having a heck of a time keeping up, and I watched Mara quietly open to the correct page in the right book and ease it into the visitor’s hand.

I dropped in to youth group one Sunday evening recently – how great to see some of our youth inviting their friends to young fellowship at St. Matthew’s. It’s so exciting to plan to welcome our new rector, and to think through all the treasures of our church and our community that we have to share. Mother Debbie has commended our parish several times about how warmly we welcomed her, and she’s been a faithful leader showing multiple ways for us to welcome newcomers.

So look around you, find that loose shoelace, and let’s make this a season of welcome.

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Hiking Club Plans A Walk In the Woods

Take a walk in the woods on November 16

The St Matts hiking group invites parishioners of all ages to enjoy the beauty of fall while strolling along a trail in Harbins Park on Sunday, November 16.
Located at 2995 Luke Edwards Rd in Dacula, this peaceful space is just 25 minutes from St Matthew’s. There are picnic facilities, restrooms and a children’s playground but the main attraction is the forest. You can quickly and easily immerse yourself in silence with the paved one mile loop or the full 4.5 mile natural trail.
Car poolers can meet in the St Matt’s parking lot at 12:30 pm, or meet us at the park at 1:00 pm. Bring a sack lunch and plenty of water. Bikes, dogs on leashes and children are all welcome. Everyone can plan to be back at church or home no later than 4:30pm.
Come and experience the quiet joy that only a forest can bring.

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Walking the Way

2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The stewardship ministry team has set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our worshiping community.  We will be in intentional prayer that all will remain open to letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in a faithful response. Even if you are unable to provide a gift at this time, we ask that you still turn in your pledge card so the stewardship team has heard your response.

Beginning on Sunday, October 5 and continuing through Sunday, November 9, you will find reflections, by clicking below, written by Episcopal stewardship leaders across the country, covering stewardship and faithful giving in connection with the Gospel reading of the day in your worship bulletin.  These readings will be emailed out each week as a reminder of the commitment we are making.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

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St. Matts Annual Car Show

September 27, 2014 9am-3pm

This is a judged show for all cars, trucks, and motorcycles and will be held on the church grounds. All proceeds go to benefit local ministries of the church such as Youth, Christian Education, & Outreach.

Door prizes all day, 50/50 raffle, KidsZone, Concessions, and Vendors will make this a fun day for all the family, so SAVE THE DATE!
For more information visit our website at  Questions at 770-238-9281

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