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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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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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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Christmas Light Program 2016

Christmas Light 2016

December 8th and 10th, 9am to 3pm, both days, Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry

The primary focus of this program is to restore pride and integrity into the parents.  200 children will participate this year.  Each family spends its own money, with a $20 total limit, and a limit of three gifts per child.  Each gift will cost the parents $2.  Each family will receive a Christmas Dinner Box, a cookie making kit, along with socks, underwear, toothpaste and books.

DONATIONS: You may help by providing gifts or cash donations. All donations are needed by NOVEMBER 30! This program prefers a quality gift or two over many less quality, “dollar store” type gifts. Individuals from the parish may team up and buy one quality gift. Suggested price range is $25 to $100 per gift.

A gift tag board will be in the Narthex.  Please return gifts to the old narthex (parish hall vestibule), and they will be promptly delivered.  Gift cards should be placed in the collection container in the church office, or given to Becky Olbon, Cheryl Wheeler, and Michael or Mindy Barringer.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:   Many volunteer are needed for this program.  Please go to https://secoop.ivolunteer.com/ to see opportunities and to sign up.  Sign up will be available Nov. 14.  If assistance is needed, please contact Becky Olbon.

NOTE: You must be 14 or older to volunteer and attend the store. No children under this age allowed.

Contact:  Michael or Mindy Barringer



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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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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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