You Helped! St. Matt’s raises over $5,000 for SE Gwinnett CoOp

St. Matthews Episcopal Church for SE Gwinnett CoOp Hunger Walk Team

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 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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“Messiah’ 2016 Photo Gallery

Friday, December 16, 2016 St. Matthew’s Sanctuary Choir and String Ensemble presented the Advent and Christmas portion of Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Check out the photos from this annual event in celebration of Christ’s birth.

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One Church, One Precinct (1C1P) Program Underway at St. Matthew’s

“Building Partnerships Between Cops and Communities”


One Congregation One Precinct (1C1P), an initiative of MovementForward, Inc., has several interwoven objectives that incorporate the six pillars outlined by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The first objective is to improve public safety through collaboration and information sharing to prevent, combat and solve crimes by utilizing the varied resources of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other faith based organizations. Second, 1C1P aims to increase community engagement with patrol-level law enforcement professionals, via congregations, resulting in decreased bias and increased familiarity, respect and trust. Finally, 1C1P is designed to proactively create a direct link between law enforcement executives and community leaders in an effort to avert violent and divisive public responses to police-involved incidents while also giving voice to growing public concerns relative to policing. In the wake of numerous police-involved controversies, law enforcement executives, community organizers, civic activists and faith leaders are mutually invested in deterring destructive exchanges between cops and citizens. These sectors are therefore joining forces to launch an unprecedented program. This innovative effort is purposed to stem mounting tensions between citizens and law enforcement officers by building partnerships and mutual understandings, as well as establishing a structured framework for the public to assist law enforcement efforts.
In light of contentious and potentially dangerous friction currently felt between many civilians and law enforcement professionals, leaders in every relevant sector must work to improve and strengthen relationships between officers and citizens BEFORE an explosive scenario occurs. Local leaders must not wait for a riotous scenario to explode as was the case in Charlotte, NC; Baton Rouge, LA; Ferguson, MO; Baltimore, MD and elsewhere before they begin to prepare a response. Law enforcement officials, civil rights advocates, civic activists and faith leaders must work cooperatively around common public safety goals. Failure to take this kind of innovative approach to community policing could have dire consequences for officers and citizens alike.
Given its’ rich history of bringing people together to address problems around race and justice, Atlanta has a unique opportunity to set a positive example for the nation. 1C1P is therefore being piloted in the metro area with great potential for rapid duplication and expansion nationally.

History and Background:
The One Congregation One Precinct initiative was originally conceptualized in 2009 following a rash of high-profile violent crimes in metro Atlanta as “One Church One Precinct”, a short-term project aimed at engaging faith leaders in solving those specific crimes. The tragic and horrifying crisis of violence witnessed almost daily in Atlanta had nearly reached epidemic proportions and could not be adequately addressed by law enforcement alone. Faith community leaders saw a need to coalesce and act in unison with police. On Friday, September 4, 2009, every police chief from the county departments immediately bordering the city of Atlanta gathered at Atlanta Police headquarters for an emergency meeting with prominent clergy from throughout the metropolitan area in response to the murder of a Spelman College student and numerous other widely publicized crimes that preceded.
Six years later, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in downtown Atlanta, hundreds of law enforcement officers and citizens of every age, race and ideology again stood in solidarity to promote and foster a protracting culture of concern, cooperation and reciprocal respect. A Town Hall meeting was held in the historic Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. In addition to law enforcement and community leaders, the televised discussion featured families of both fallen officers and citizens killed by officers in an effort to create an atmosphere of peace, unity and reconciliation. The rebirth, rebranding and permanent repurposing of 1C1P is the programmatic continuation of that pivotal dialogue. The initiative was formally launched on July 7th at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Partnering Organizations:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia, as well as, sheriffs’ offices and police departments throughout Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties in Georgia are targeted as initial partners. More than 90% of the police departments in the Metro Atlanta Region have signed-on to participate in 1C1P. The following organizations joined with MovementForward, Inc. to host the aforementioned town hall meeting from which the 1C1P program emerged and are expected to also serve as partners in various 1C1P activities: – Fraternal Order of Police – State Lodge of Georgia – Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police – Georgia Sheriffs’ Association – IBPO – International Brotherhood of Police Officers – National Office – LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens – Atlanta Chapter – NAACP – Atlanta, Cobb, DeKalb and Henry County branches – National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives – Radio One of Atlanta (Praise 102.5, Hot 107.9, Majic 107.5, and Boom 97.5/102.9) – Urban League of Greater Atlanta – WVEE V-103 and WAOK AM Radio (Atlanta Division of CBS Radio)

Regional and National Expansion:
The One Congregation One Precinct initiative debuted in metro Atlanta in July 2016. In January 2017, the program will begin expanding into three (3) additional southern metropolises. Subsequently, 1C1P is expected to expand to eight (8) additional cities around the country beginning in September 2017.

Programmatic Philosophy:

1C1P believes violent crime as well as the terse exchanges between cops and citizens manifested daily cannot be addressed by law enforcement officers alone – the Faith Community has a moral obligation and sacred responsibility to act collectively to address our dual cultures of violence and distrust. We believe our efforts will result in an overall increase in public safety and in innovative, structured collaboration between communities and police. We believe all congregations – regardless of size, affiliation, denomination, racial or social composition, or geography – have a role to play in building mutual respect, combating bias and making society safer overall.

Why Congregations? Faith based institutions are places of hope, consciousness, refuge, support, comfort, mass gathering and collective social action, are an untapped resource and provide law enforcement efforts ideal entry into communities and neighborhoods.

How Will It Work??? 1C1P will unite the various assets of faith-based organizations with those of law enforcement agencies to improve public safety by “Creating a Culture of Consciousness, Concern and Cooperation.” Each police and/or sheriff department beat or precinct and each congregation will be partnered, based upon exact location, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Google Maps, COMPuter STATistics (CompStat) and other technological tools.

The central mission of 1C1P is to join the resources of local faith-based organizations with those of law enforcement entities to improve public safety and community relations. Participating congregations will ‘adopt’ police and sheriff departments, at the beat or precinct level (depending on size), to create specialized and targeted crime fighting, crime prevention and crime solving activities based on the specific needs and demographics of each particular area. While respecting the need for uniqueness in each individual partnership, the 1C1P staff and coordinating body will provide each participating institution with a basic structure, common objectives and a set of best practices.

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Annual Parish Meeting and Single Combined Service February 12

Election of four vestry members and two diocesan council members, discussion of 2017 parish events. Written ministry and committee reports for 2016 will be available.

Registration and sign-in begins at 9:00 a.m. during the Coffee Hour. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.  and will be followed immediately by a single combined Eucharist in the sanctuary (ONE service only this day).

Don’t miss this important event in the life of St. Matthew’s. Your voice is important!

NOTE: Committee and ministry annual reports should be submitted to no later than January 30, 2017.

The meeting and service will be followed by our own Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s Annual Fish Fry. Don’t miss it!

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Spotlight on Ministry — Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The Nativity Display sponsored by the ECW was this past Sunday, December 11, in the parish hall. A wide variety of nativity displays from all parts of the world as well as well-loved family displays were featured.  This annual event is a favorite at St. Matthew’s.


About the ECW:

The purpose of the ECW is to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ’s work of
reconciliation in the world and to take their place as leaders in the life, governance and worship of the church.

ALL women of St. Matthew’s are invited to participate in this dynamic group.

ECW benefits monies from the bi-annual Cathedral Book store visit to St. Matthew’s. The Vera Bradley sales at St. Matthew’s is another activity of this self-supporting organization. ECW has sponsored education & clothing costs for Daysy Caceres, in ‘Our Little Roses” orphanage for the past 12 years. The ECW provides for the Episcopal Church by the United Thank Offering (UTO).

ECW is represented at the Diocesan Annual ECW meeting, ECW Retreat. Meetings include the Annual Chili Cook-off, Salad Social, ECW Retreat at Camp Mikell, Halloween Bingo, Christmas Gathering and Display of Nativities.

Watch the bulletin board for other upcoming ECW events. Contact the church office for further information.

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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.


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Evening of Remembrance Photo Gallery

During the Evening of Remembrance, our parish experienced a very meaningful time of meditation, reflection and fond memories.  Around 60 folks, young and old, came out on a beautiful evening to place flowers on the cross, add stones to the cairn, walk the Labyrinth, and find peaceful quiet in the Sanctuary. Music supplied a stirring background throughout the event.


Paying respect to those who have gone on before us, over 180 names were spoken aloud during the Memorial Service, each receiving a resonate toll from the bell. 


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