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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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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Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood Drive Sunday, April 17

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, April 17.

To sign up, click here.

Please consider donating blood in honor of Ms. Ellanor Young.  She’s the 6 year old niece of Levi and Amanda Livermont, best friend of cousin Hannah Livermont (in photo), and granddaughter of Jack (Sr. Warden) and Pam Denton.  Ellanor (Ella) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2014.  She has about 6 months remaining of treatment.  She’ll likely need blood products throughout her treatment beyond her past needs.  As the Red Cross is running low, NOW is the time to donate!!!

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Hiking Club to Hike Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail Hike March 26th
Are you an experienced hiker who would enjoy the fellowship of fellow parishioners on the trail? If so, consider joining the St Matthew’s hiking group for a seven mile day hike on the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, March 26. Thousands of hikers from all over the world head north from Springer Mountain at this time of the year, determined to make it all the way to Maine. Our group will be handing out little bags of snacks to encourage these hardy folks. Please email TedSokal@gmail.com to to find out more about our “Trail Magic” hike.



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Reading Camp 2016

Reading Camp

ST. MATTHEW’S READING CAMP

READ ACROSS AMERICA 

 

June 20-24

Reading Camp needs you!

To volunteer as a Learning Center facilitator, Senior or Shadow Counselor, Art Coordinator, Outdoor Activities Coordinator or Cabin Reader contact Cicely Simon or Gini Peterson or get an application from the Reading Camp bulletin board in the office hallway.
To volunteer to present an afternoon program, contact Samantha Renfro.
Some volunteers are available to volunteer for the entire week, but we gladly accept volunteers for a day or half a day.
 
We are sorry, Reading Camp in Snellville is full. No more camper applications can be accepted at this time.



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Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, March 26

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday March 26th

10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include the Easter Bunny, Balloon Clown, games, crafts, face painting
and egg coloring. Of course there will be Easter Egg hunts for the children, splitting them into three age groups.
This morning of fun is for all children up to age 10.  So bring your children, their baskets, and your camera and join in a morning of fun!

Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Fun Day For The Children.
Just to name a few….
Set Up   *   Decorating   *   Hunt    *   Snacks   *   Crafts   *   Games   *  Clean Up
Really need help setting up the Parish Hall Friday afternoon too.
You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @ cherly756@yahoo.com
We also need donations of individually wrapped candy
by Wednesday March 16th

to fill over 1200 eggs that will be used for the hunt.
Look for a basket in the Narthex for your donations.



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