St. Matthew’s Talent Show September 17

  
Sunday, September 17 
5:30 p.m. 
Followed by 
ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
in the parish hall
$10/person, $25/family
All proceeds go to
Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
St. Matthew’s, we’re calling you to come and show us all how much amazing talent this church has. We’re looking for performance and artistic talenfor this year’s talent show. If you have something that you want to showcase, please come and tell Liz Livermont by September 7th.
For the first time ever, we’re wanting to showcase art pieces. So, if you have a painting, drawing, sculpture, or pottery you want to display for this event, please let us borrow it for a time. All ages are encouraged to participate in any way. This is a wonderful event and it’s amazing to see how much talent we have in this church.
Whether or not you have a talent you want to share, we hope you will come and support everyone else on September 17th at 5:30.
Tickets will be on sale starting August 27th after the services. All proceeds go to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries.
Let’s have a show to help support an incredible organization!
Liz Livermont, Director



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Hurricane and Flood Relief for Texas

The recent hurricane in Texas and subsequent flooding in Houston has been devastating. Our own Jack and Pam Denton (Senior Warden) experienced it first hand. It’s going to take the folks in Texas years to recover. Imagine having to leave your home and everything in it to be destroyed by floods.

We can help! There is a need for clothing, food, cleaning supplies, and yes, money. Please donate any of these items to these people who have been left with just the clothes on their back.

We are collecting water, non perishable food, clothes of any size and gender, cleaning supplies, personal items like tooth paste, brushes, deodorant, soap, or other items you think may help.

Please bring them to the parish hall any time starting this Sunday. There will be a box in the narthex. Monetary donations should be made out to St. Matthew’s and tagged for Houston Relief Fund.

All of these items will be accumulated and delivery will be coordinated with the Episcopal Relief of the Diocese of St. Phillip to reach those in need.

Jack and Pam are okay and we will hear more of the situation first hand when Jack is back in town. In the meantime, help is needed now. What’s the old saying? “If I have a dollar, I have enough to share.” Please step up.

For questions please contact John Eberhart 770-560-8888.

To donate to Hurricane Harvey relief through Episcopal Relief and Development,  click here.



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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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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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Parish Thanksgiving Pot Luck Sunday, November 20

Ham, Turkey, Lemonade and Tea will be provided.

Please bring a vegetable, side dish, fruit, bread or dessert to share.

A sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the main hallway to give us an idea of attendance, however everyone is invited to share in God’s bounty.

 

Before, during and after the feast, the Taco Soup Bags will be assembled as an outreach program for the Southeast Gwinnett Coop. Please see the related post here for more information on how you can help.



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Thanksgiving Parish Wide Outreach Project Nov 20th

We will be putting together Taco Soup bags at the Thanksgiving luncheon for delivery to the SE Gwinnett co-op. Each bag will contain the non-perishable ingredients and a gift card for ground beef to make a delicious pot of Taco Soup on a chilly fall or winter evening.

You can bring all the items to complete as many bags as you wish or you can donate specific items. The ingredients listing can be found on the Outreach bulletin board. Please place donations in container found in the Old Narthex.

Outreach will be providing the bags and the recipe card with a spot for you to write a special note.

Please contact Cheryl Wheeler for more information. cherly756@yahoo.com.

 



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