ST. MATTHEW’S READING CAMP
READ ACROSS AMERICA
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.
*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
READING CAMP JUNE 22-26, 2015
ST. MATTHEW’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
NOW IS THE TIME!
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, email@example.com.
The camp is full, and the thrill of helping young people read is one you will cherish forever.
READING CAMP DONATIONS NEEDED
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
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.
More information can be found
on the Outreach bulletin board
or you can reach out to
Judy Leavell or Cheryl Wheeler.
This 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com
April 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.
At St. Matthew’s, our MISSION is to continue the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, by serving the greater community through loving its children, caring for the unfortunate and witnessing to the healing power of God’s love.