Evening of Remembrance on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

St. Matthew’s will celebrate the lives of our family and friends who have gone on before us with a special evening service incorporating some of the traditions used by cultures around the world. At 7:30, a brief memorial service will be held in the sanctuary during which the names of those we have lost will be read.

If you have friends and family you would like commemorated during this service, PLEASE USE THE RED SIGN-UP BOOK IN THE PASS-THROUGH BETWEEN THE MAIN HALLWAY AND THE NARTHEX. All names should be submitted by Wednesday, November 2nd.

There will be quiet time beginning at 6:30 for various kinds of contemplation. The sanctuary and the Coil Chapel will be reserved for silent prayer. The labyrinth will be set up in the parish hall for prayer walks. Mother Liz and Sally Ulrey will be available for those who just want to talk to someone. We hope that you will join us to light a candle, place a flower on the cross, place a stone on the cairn, or simply say a prayer as you search for your own peace and understanding of that most mystifying aspect of life: death.


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Spotlight on Ministry — Brotherhood of St. Andrew

The Brotherhood of St Andrew is a national and international ministry to Christian men. It was incorporated by an Act of the U.S. Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, on May 30, 1908. The Act states, “…. The sole object of said corporation shall be the spread of Christ’s Kingdom among men.” The national office is in Ambridge, PA.

The Brotherhood has been a ministry of St Matthew’s for over 20 years. The chapter is named for Oren Morris, one of the founding members of the St. Matthew’s chapter and a cornerstone of the organization in the parish. Bible study, service and prayer are the focus of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Meeting every other Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m., men and youth of the parish enjoy fellowship, wonderful food and an informal Bible study. Conversation is likely, practical, personal and often hilarious! The Brotherhood enjoys fellowship gained through service projects within the parish, frequently centering on our well-deserved reputation for good cooking! If you are looking for close friendships, warm fellowship a wide-ranging discussion of the Bible and an opportunity to serve St. Matthew’s, come and be a part of the Brotherhood.

The next meetings of The Brotherhood will be Saturdays September 3rd and 17th at 8:00 a.m. in the parish hall.

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St. Matthew’s Car Show & Festival Photo Gallery

This year was a great year for our sixth annual St. Matthew’s Car Show and Festival. We had great weather sponsored by Mother Liz and we had almost 80 cars that were judged by Randy Gottlieb and his team of judges, a great vendor area that was pulled together by Steve McFarland, a great Kid’s Zone overseen by Amanda Livermont and her team of volunteers, and a great bake sale that was organized by Adrienne Donavon and all of those who donated baked goods.

We had a visit from Bishop Wright, who brought his vintage Porsche.  We had great auction items and great raffle prizes. It seemed that everyone that was there was able to get a prize.

I especially want to thank our committee: Ralph NeSmith, Mark and Nancy Allen, Bob and Anita Genung, Amanda Livermont, Steve McFarland, Steve Charron, Jay Gesner, Dick Ferrell, Gary Ellis, Jack Reynolds, Randy Gottlieb, Terri Hurst, and, my wife, Pam.

I also want to thank our great DJ, Eddie McFarlane from Fastsigns in Snellville. He kept the conversation and the music very lively.

The good news is that we think we may have raised over our goal of $10,000 thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants. We won’t know the exact figures until later this week or the first of next week, but that is great news!!!

Again, I want to thank our team, our volunteers and a special thanks to all of our generous sponsors. All of you made this the best show that St. Matthews has ever had!!

Jack Denton, Senior Warden


Check out some of the photos from this year’s annual event!


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Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, August 7

A family service and Children’s Sermon on Sunday August 7 at 9:30 a.m. included the Blessing of the Backpacks as children and youth prepared to start another school year. Children of all ages brought their backpacks to church for a special blessing, and teachers and college students (adults, too!) took part, receiving a special blessing.

This event marked the end of the summer service schedule at St. Matt’s. On August 14, St. Matthew’s returned to two services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with breakfast at 9:00 a.m. between services and Sunday School registration for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School classes resume Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. St. Matthew’s is a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming faith community. and we welcome all to come worship Jesus Christ in community with us.


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Vacation Bible School — Surf Shack!

Surf Shack was a blast! 

Every year, VBS is a clear reminder of God’s divine providence, and Surf Shack was no exception.  With almost 90 children, we needed a lot of youth and adult volunteers, and the Holy Spirit led just the right number to us at just the right times.  Over 60 adults and youth dedicated their week to sharing God’s love with the children of our community.  If you were able to witness the joyful energy, you know what a blessing it is to have such a vibrant program here at St. Matt’s.  If you missed it, be sure to check it out next summer!  You do NOT need to give your entire week – many of our volunteers were only able to spend one day at Surf Shack.

Many thanks to all the people who made Surf Shack a huge success.  And special thanks to the center area leads who spent time preparing for the week and then working tirelessly to create a full VBS experience for all the children.  Beth DiGiovanni, Amanda Livermont, Sharon Ferrell, Kira Coats, Jessie Hurst, Heidi Byron, Caroline Carter, Isaac Camden, Nancy Drury, Josh Hurst and Nate Olbon:  your leadership and commitment set the tone for the week.  And to our dedicated teachers who created and implemented our first ever Special Needs VBS (Abby Whatley, Althea Benton and Norma Dove): hopefully this year’s pilot will lead to a growing program next year.

Are you feeling unsure about helping out next year?  I encourage everyone to find a way to get involved in some capacity.  Leading VBS has been a true joy for me over the past 3 years, even though answering that call took me out of my comfort zone (aka the Craft room).  I am thankful that Sally Ulrey nudged me into my new role, and I can honestly say that it has enriched my life and reinforced my faith.  Please prayerfully consider how you might allow the Holy Spirit to work in you through VBS.

With profound gratitude,

Terri Hurst, VBS Director

With profound gratitude,

Terri Hurst, VBS Director

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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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Holy Week and Easter Day Services

Holy Week

Tuesday March 22

7:30 p.m. Service of Reconciliation & Healing
A quiet service of meditation and Taize music with prayers at the altar for reconciliation and healing.

Wednesday March 23 

10:00 a.m. Healing Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, March 24

7:30 p.m. Hand & Foot-Washing and Stripping of the Altar
following the service (9:00 p.m. approx.)

Vigil at the Altar of Repose

The congregation is invited to sign up for one or more time slots on the Vigil poster in the narthex, to watch with Christ as the disciples did in the garden. Please note you do not have to be signed up to come and watch. All are invited to visit the Altar of Repose as they are able.

Good Friday, March 25

11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross

12:00 noon Good Friday service with music

6:45 p.m. Stations of the Cross

7:30 p.m. Service with Fauré Requiem

The congregation is invited to bring family and friends to this special Good Friday service and musical presentation offered by the St. Matthew’s Sanctuary Choir and String Ensemble

Easter Vigil, Saturday March 26

7:30 p.m.  First Eucharist of Easter with baptisms
(with incense)

The congregation is invited to bring bells (small to medium sized) to ring at the Gloria as we celebrate the Resurrection at the first Eucharist of Easter.

Easter Sunday, March 27

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 8:00 a.m.

Festive Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. (with incense)

Flowering of the Cross at Both Services

Children of all ages are invited to bring flowers to place on the Cross. Flowers will also be available during the service for those who wish to use them for that purpose.

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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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The Bishop is Coming Palm Sunday!

Phot Bishop Don WmberlyWe are pleased to announce that Bishop Don A. Wimberly will be with us on March 20, Palm Sunday.  He will preside and preach at both the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services and lead a forum at 9:30 a.m. Please note that the bishop encourages children and youth to attend this forum

Breakfast will be at 9:00 a.m., hosted by Daughters of the King.  At the 10:30 a.m. service, we will also have the Palm Sunday procession around the church campus led by our youth (weather permitting), music from the Cherub Choir and the dramatization of the Passion narrative by our youth.

This will be a festive day for all of us, and we encourage you to come to this special service, a great start to Holy Week!

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