Reading Camp 2016

Reading Camp




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 @
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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Blood Drive Scheduled for July 12

Red Cross Blood Drive

Sunday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

This blood drive is in honor of Ellanor Young, niece of Levi and Amanda Livermont and grand-daughter of Jack and Pam Denton, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August of 2014.  She is cancer free and has 2+ years of treatment, needing various blood products along the way.  Please consider this easy form of giving in her name.  Sign up will be available online soon.  Contact Amanda Livermont if you are interested at 678-491-7457.


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Countdown to Reading Camp At St. Matthew’s 2015

Reading Camp



JUNE 22- 26, 2015

8:30 AM- 4:30 PM


*Teen counselors for afternoon program- 15 years old and up
*Teachers for morning learning centers – certification not required
*Teams of 3-4 for food preparation can volunteer for one day which includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks.
Food and instructions will be provided. Willing hands to prepare it will be a blessing

*Chess players who can help campers learn basic moves and strategies

*Food donations- watch bulletin board in office hallway, bulletin and at coffee hour
*School supplies- for take home bags that are given to each camper on Friday
*Gift cards for groceries, books or school supplies
*Prayers that campers and staff will have a fruitful and safe week.

*Paper Bowls, plates and bags
*Storage bags, quart and sandwich
*Capri Sun drinks – assorted
*Individual assorted bags of chips
*Frosted flakes cerial
*Walmart and Kroger gift cards

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Reading Camp — Ministry Opportunity

Reading Camp



If you are feeling the call to help with Reading Camp, even for a day or two we can use your help. Help is needed in the areas of food preparation, youth counseling, teaching and supporting staff.

Volunteer forms are on the Global Mission bulletin board in the office hallway or you can contact Gini Peterson,

The camp is full, and the thrill of helping young people read is one you will cherish forever.


Paper bowls and plates

Paper lunch bags

Sandwich and quart storage bags

Capri Sun drinks- assorted

Individual bags of chips- assorted

Frosted Flakes cereal

Odor free markers

1 subject spiral notebooks

Assorted school supplies

Gift cards- Kroger, Publix, Walmart


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Labyrinth Plans Announced For Snellville

The Snellville Arts Commission has announced the building of a walking Labyrinth in the new Veterans’ Memorial Park and is working on funding. Although they have not come to St Matthew’s directly we have a unique opportunity; sponsors of $500 or more will get their name on the plaque at the site. Since St Matthew’s appreciates the use and meaning of a Labyrinth and since we are located in Snellville we thought it would be great to get our name on the plaque and in the community. If the Labyrinth in Snellville is of interest to you instead of sending funds directly to SAC consider making your donation through St Matthew’s Outreach; please put “Labyrinth” in the memo. We will be sending the donations collected to SAC by the end of May.
LabyrinthMore information can be found
on the Outreach bulletin board
or you can reach out to
Judy Leavell or Cheryl Wheeler.

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Summer Manna — Outreach Opportunity

Pop Tarts Summer MannaThis summer the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry will be providing “manna bags” to children who participate in the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program at school. When school is out they need our help to have those meals. Each bag contains a healthy and tasty lunch, plus breakfast items and snacks. Last year, over 7,000 bags were distributed to these children!

St. Matt’s will be collecting and donating one item for these bags, and that is Pop Tarts (toaster pastries, any brand or flavor accepted!).

Washcloths are also needed, as each child will receive a hygiene bag.

There will be a special collection bin located next to the regular bin near the parish hall for all of these items.

 Volunteers are needed:  Wednesday, May 27 and Friday, May 29. as distributors of the Manna bags to the children: shift is approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please contact Michael or Mindy Barringer with any questions, and please see Outreach bulletin board for more information, and sign up volunteer sheet.


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Family Promise Comes To St. Matt’s

Family Promise Logo

What is Family Promise? Family Promise is a program that brings shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. Each family goes through an application process to make sure that they and the program are the right fit for each other. Family Promise of Gwinnett is made up of 31 Host churches that rotate hosting the families.

Family Promise will be at St Matthews beginning on May 31st and leaving on June 14th Are you asking yourself “How can I help make our visiting families feel at home?” Some ways you can help out are to sign up to make dinner for the families, spend the night (sheets, blankets and beds are provided), serve as an evening or day hosts,or donate gift cards from Walmart, Target or Kroger.

How you can help; Here’s a description of the volunteer opportunities:

Overnight Host Job Description: Easiest job of all! Come up to church at 8:30 pm and spend the night. We will provide the alarm clocks, beds and sheets and even the late night snack! Your shift will be done by 7:30 am during the week and 9 am on the weekends.

Dinner Host Job Description: Prepare and serve dinner for guests at 6:30 pm each night.

Evening Host Job Description: Spend time with our guests from 7 pm until 8:30 pm playing games, watching TV, working puzzles, doing arts and crafts or
just hanging out with our families.
Set-Up Description: Be at church on the May 31st at 12:30 pm to help unload the truck with the families beds and bins.

Breakdown Description: Come up to church at 6:15 am on the last Sunday, June 14th to help load up the truck and reset up the preschool rooms.

Sign up sheets will be posted beginning on May 10th in the parish hall. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Olbon at 770-923-9186 or

Helping Hands

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Reading Camp

Reading Camp
In order to fully staff the camp we are in need of a few more teachers, support staff and youth counselors.
Teachers– Two are assigned to each morning learning center. The time commitment is 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This commitment includes teaching in a center, eating breakfast and lunch and one morning snack break with the campers plus attending an occasional teachers’ meeting. Teachers do not need to be currently certified and do not have to be professional educators.

 Support staff– Duties may include preparing breakfast lunch, and snacks, taking photos, sitting with an unhappy camper, reading to campers, and a multitude of other fun activities.

Counselors– Counselors traditionally arrive at 11:00 AM, eat lunch with the campers, supervise afternoon camper activities in tandem with the special events coordinators and special guests. Counselors should be 15 years old or more. The day ends at 4:30 PM when all the campers have been picked up.

Campers– The camp is full as of 5/22.

Safeguarding God’s Children is required for those working with campers. Training times to be announced.

For more information contact Gini Peterson at 777-879-0321 or

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Hiking Group Outing Planned For April 11

Hiking Club Photo 2015April is the traditional starting month for those hearty souls from around the world who are attempting to hike the entire Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mt Katahdin, Maine. On Saturday, April 11 the St Matt’s hiking group will walk along the trail handing out snacks to these “thru hikers.” Known as “trail magic” our little gifts serve to lift the spirits of these folks and are always much appreciated. While the “AT” can be fairly steep in spots, we will take our time and not go too far.

We will gather at the church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and form a little caravan. We will then drive about 1-1/2 hours to Tesnatee Gap, hike a bit, break to eat a bag lunch, hike back to the cars and then drive home, arriving at the church around by 5pm.

This will be a fun day for you and your family in a beautiful part of North Georgia and can be considered a quiet form of evangelism – “feeding the hungry” so please consider joining us. Just let Ted Sokal know if you have any questions and/or would like to join the group.

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