Annual FODAC Run, Walk ‘n Roll May 2

FODAC_logoA team from St. Matthew’s will once again participate in the annual fundraiser for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC). The two-mile walk will take place on Saturday morning, May 2 in Stone Mountain Park. This is a great opportunity for you, your friends and family to enjoy a pleasant walk while doing some good.

FODAC is a Christian ministry that was founded in Stone Mountain to refurbish and donate durable medical goods to disabled needy people in our community. Since its inception in 1986, FODAC has given away over 29,000 “like new” wheelchairs as well as thousands of hospital beds, walkers and other items. In fact, the wheelchair that parishioners can use in our church was a gift from FODAC! If you have a piece of medical equipment that you no longer need, or just wish to learn more about this ministry, visit

Please consider joining us in this fundraising effort. If you are unable to attend, please support our team with gifts of treasure or prayers. Team members should be available to take your donation after each service in April. To join the team or ask questions, please contact Ted Sokal.


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Lenten Mission Project — Book Collection for SPCK

Q. What on earth is SPCK?

A. SPCK or the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge is a very old mission organization in the Anglican Communion. Begun in England, SPCK/USA has its headquarters at The School of Theology at The University of the South at Sewanee.

Q. What type of books are needed?
A. Bibles (any translation or language), Books of Common Prayer (any edition or language) and any other religious texts are welcomed.

Q. How are they used?
A. Books collected and donated to SPCK are redistributed, free of charge, to churches, schools, universities and individuals who request them. Many are sent to other countries and to parishes in the United States that are hungry for the GOOD NEWS.

Q. Where can I leave my books for SPCK?
A. During Lent, a bin will be in the old Narthex clearly marked for SPCK donations. Your donations will be taken to SPCK’s headquarters after Easter Sunday.

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SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry Starts A New Program

The “Give a Meal – Get a Meal” Program, Fondly Known As GAMGAM”

cannedfoodYou have the opportunity to bless a family by purchasing all the needed ingredients for the “Recipes of the Month”.You would purchase all nonperishable ingredients on the list, bagging a complete set of all the non-perishable ingredients together. You can purchase the perishable ingredients, bagging them separately, if you will be delivering directly to the co-op. If not, you can make a donation to St. Matt’s Outreach for the perishable items, and we will either purchase and deliver them or send the money to the co-op. The co-op will then offer these bagged ingredients, along with the recipe, to their clients. “This process is a great way to learn to cook economic and healthier meals.”
This program is being introduced via Sunny’s Kids and Youth Sunday School as a great Lenten family opportunity if they should choose to take it on. If you don’t have children/youth in the Sunday School program but find this interesting the current ingredients list can be found on the Outreach bulletin board.


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St. Matthew’s Team – Hunger Walk

Registrations and donations now accepted online. On Sunday, March 15, 2015, thousands of people will come together to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. A St. Matthew’s team will be there – and we need your support!

Last year, the St. Matthew’s Hunger Walk/Run team raised over $2,000 to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, our local food bank ministry. This year, with your help, we hope to double that amount with a goal of $4,000.

 Ways to participate:

Benefits of participating in the Walk/Run:

  • you raise awareness about the crisis of hunger in our community.
  • You help your neighbors in need through your registration fees and by collecting sponsorships.
  • It’s fun! Before the run/walk event you can enjoy live music, food trucks, checking out sponsor booths, or just enjoy some fellowship time with other walkers and runners.
  • You get a snazzy new t-shirt!

To join the St. Matthews team, or to sponsor the team or a team member with a donation, see Jennifer Papadatos or go to

Online registration is encouraged.





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Easter Baskets for Gwinnett Children — Outreach

Easter Baskets For Children Under Care of Gwinnett DFCS

easter_baskets_2014By popular demand the Outreach Committee will have Easter baskets available to pick up after the services beginning February 22nd to generously fill with your blessings, love and goodies.  They will include instructions, a cellophane bag, ribbon, tag & suggestions. There are always many baskets filled for younger children and teen girls so maybe this year you can consider filling a basket for a teen boy.

We almost met our goal last year to deliver 100 baskets so we have set our goal for 100 again and will distribute enough baskets with bags and tags to meet this goal. Of course we can exceed our goal if you still have a basket from last year or want to add one of your own.

Please bring the baskets you so generously fill back to the entrance to Parish Hall by Sunday March 8th for delivery.

If you want to get started earlier than the 22nd and need suggestions or you just want more information you can check the Outreach bulletin board or contact Cheryl Wheeler

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Birthday Bags for Seniors — February Outreach

SE_COOP_LOGOIn February, the Outreach committee will be collecting items for the Senior Birthday bags for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. The birthday bags are for clients over the age of 65 who have a birthday during the current month. Please place your items in the Birthday bin in the Old Narthex (vestibule to the parish hall). If you have any questions, please contact Becky Olbon or Diane Eberhart.

Ideas of items that could go in Senior Birthday Bags:

  • New Fleece Blankets or throws
  • New Lap blankets/quilts
  • Blank note card sets
  • Postage stamps
  • Toiletries
  • Flash light
  • Manicure kits
  • Small bags of ground Coffee
  • Small boxes Tea bags
  • Hard candies
  • Small boxes of chocolates
  • Crosswords or Word searches- Large print
  • Nice pens
  • $10.00 gift cards
  • Kleenex tissue (individual size)
  • Playing cards
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion-Men and Women
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Bibles or Devotional books- Large print
  • Seasonal items

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Rosebud Warmth Notes of Thanks

October 13, 2014
Dearest St. Matthew’s Family,

I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of your generosity to provide warmth for the children of the Rosebud Reservation. I remember vividly the blazing hot July afternoon that Judy Leavell and I started brainstorming her vision; we were not sure how it would evolve. God is faithful and provides. He has spoken to your hearts and you responded with yarn, knitting skills, money, and internet savvy, which resulted in cases of new winter hats, scarves, and gloves. I know many of these children, and know they will be excited and will feel your love. We have heard that the first shipments have arrived before the first threat of snow!

I am humbled and grateful for your creativity, prayers, and ongoing support. I would especially like to thank Judy Leavell for seeing a need, and then recruiting the people and resources to create a relationship between St. Matthew’s and the Rosebud Reservation. They are a people who loved and cared for me, while I was so far away from you.

Yours in Christ,
Nancee Cekuta

October 10, 2014

Dear People of St. Matthew’s:

Through Judy Leavell, we have begun receiving hats, scarves, and gloves to give to our children here on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It has been a great delight to receive the two shipments thus far, and I know that more are coming. Your desire to help keep our children warm is especially necessary this year, when we believe we will be facing an extremely cold winter. The caterpillars are the fuzziest we’ve ever seen them, meaning we could spend a lot of time shivering in the coldest months. Your gifts will make such a difference!

Blessings and thanks,

The Rev. Lauren R. Stanley
Priest-in-Charge, Rosebud Mission
Rosebud Reservation

Rosebud thank you


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11th Annual Talent Show and Ice Cream Social

talent_show_2014_2St. Matthew’s will hold it’s 11th Annual Talent Show to benefit Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity on Sunday evening, September 21 at 6:30pm.
If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a story, or have some other gift, please consider sharing your God-given talent with your church.
To ask questions or to sign up, just send an email to Brian Jones or speak with Brian at church before the deadline, which is Sunday, September 14.

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Rosebud Warmth

Outreach; Knit, Purl Pray; and Global Missions are working with Nancee Cekuta to collect SETS of hats, scarves, and mittens for the elementary school children of Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. We’d love to have handmade items, but store bought are just as welcome.  These do not have to be wool, but Mother Lauren does request that they be a tight knit or weave to keep the children as warm as possible.  We’d like to present entire sets, so if you only are able to turn in one part, please also leave enough yarn to complete the set.  Please pin each set together with a note telling what size (5 – 7, 8 – 10, 10 – 12) and leave in the box in the old narthex by Oct. 26.  As a point of interest, tribal colors are red, black, white, & yellow.  Any questions?  Call or email Judy Leavell, 770-363-3919,  Donations of money are also welcome!  Thanks for caring for God’s Children!

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