Lenten Programs At St. Matthew’s

Sunday Small Groups—9:30-10:15 a.m., starting in the Parish Hall (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26)

For Lent, we will be forming many intentional small groups for discussion and encouragement to live out Lenten faith practices.  Each week, we will introduce a Lenten practice for the first 10 mins or so, and then participants will break out into small groups to discuss how it applies to our lives as Christians, and to care for one another and encourage each other.  Topics include:

March 5th—An introduction to Lent and The Practice of Fasting

March 12th—The Practice of Study: How to Read Scripture and get something out of it

March 19th—The Practice of Service and Giving

March 26th—The Practice of Prayer and Journaling

If you missed last week, not to worry!  You can still jump right into a small group, and we’d love to have you!

 

Wednesday “Just Eating”—6:00-7:00 p.m., Parish Hall (Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr 12)

“Just Eating” is a program about how our faith inspires reflection and intentionality when it comes to food.  “Just” can mean “only,” but it can also mean “right” or “fair.”  The     program explores how we can live out our faith through how we eat, including how food impacts our own bodies and our communities, both locally and globally. Each program will include a simple meal (Soup and Salad) that highlights the themes of justice around our food practices. Topics are below:

March 8th—Food as Sacramental (Eucharist)

March 15th—Food as Nutritional (Nurturing the Body)

March 22nd—Food as Global (World Hunger)

March 29th—Food as Environmental

April 5th—No programs due to Spring Break

April 12th—Food as Communal (Creating Community)

 



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Lenten Programs at St. Matthew’s Begin Sunday, March 5

1. Sunday Mornings Small Groups9:30-10:15 a.m., starting in the Parish Hall (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26) For Lent, we will be forming many intentional small groups for discussion and encouragement to live out Lenten faith practices. Each week, we will introduce a Lenten practice for the first 10 mins or so, and then participants will break out into small groups to discuss how it applies to our lives as Christians, and to care for one another and encourage each other. Topics of Lenten discipline will include service, study, fasting, and prayer practices like journaling, solitude, and confession. In order to intentionally create Christian community, participants will remain with their same small group throughout the 4-week Lenten program. To sign up to participate in a small group, please contact Sally Ulrey at stmattsyouth@bellsouth.net .

2. Wednesday Evenings “Just Eating”6:15-7:00 p.m., Parish Hall (Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr 12) “Just Eating” is a program about how our faith inspires reflection and intentionality when it comes to food. “Just” can mean “only,” but it can also mean “right” or “fair.” The program explores how we can live out our faith through how we eat, including how food impacts our own bodies and our communities, both locally and globally. Each program will include a simple meal (Soup and Salad) that highlights the themes of justice around our food practices. Interested? Email Sally Ulrey at stmattsyouth@bellsouth.net (this will help us know how many to prepare for).



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

St. Matthews Episcopal Church for SE Gwinnett CoOp Hunger Walk Team http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stmatts

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 http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stmatts 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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Vestry Voice — Vestry Meeting January 2017

This month’s meeting was held on Monday night January 9th.  Most all Vestry members were present along with Sally Ulrey, Mother Liz and, our recording secretary, Susan Carson.
We opened the meeting at 7:04 with prayer. Mother Liz asked the Vestry to read Psalm 40 and a reflection on the Psalm followed.
Fellowship Committee members asked to come to the Vestry meeting and brought some of their concerns to the attention of the Vestry.
The first was their concern for the Sunday morning breakfast and the participation of the parish in signing up to serve. The sign ups have been fewer in number and there is some confusion about the expectation of those who volunteer. The discussion centered around the cost of breakfast, the procedures for kitchen prep and clean up, and the paper supplies.   The Vestry made suggestions to re-instate a kitchen guild and develop guidelines for serving breakfast and the use of the kitchen. It was further suggested that the committee has the power to design their own guidelines and develop a plan for breakfast sign ups that is workable.  Oscar said that he would try to determine which Sundays would be busier that others so that volunteers wouldn’t feel pressured to spend more than they could afford.
The question was asked if the coffee expense comes out of the Fellowship Budget.  Jack indicated he would check with the Treasurer to verify where the funds are pulled from so that it would not directly affect the budget.
The Global Mission Ministry has decided to postpone the 2017 Reading Camp in Grenada due to logistical and scheduling issues, and the absence of lead teachers available as trainers on the date chosen by Grenada.
The Long Range Planning Committee announced that they have over 150 completed surveys with the possibility of more coming in prior to the January 20th deadline. They will meet on the 24th to tabulate the results and determine the 6 priority areas that the parish identified as important to them for the coming year.  More on this to come at the annual meeting.
To date we have three nominees for the Vestry with the possibility of an additional 3 more.  We charged the nominating committee to develop a spread sheet of those who had been asked so that there would be no overlap. The spreadsheet also includes those who declined and those who have currently accepted.
Mother Liz indicated that the 5:00 service on Christmas Eve set a record with 220 in attendance.
Three versions of a draft 2017 budget were presented to the Vestry for discussion.  After much discussions of the pros and cons of the three budget versions and a desire to be good stewards of the pledges we have to date, and while still stepping out in faith to do what God is calling us to do, it was decided to postpone the approval of the budget until after the results of the surveys come through and we have the real input from the parish from those surveys.  We scheduled a follow up budget meeting for January 29th after the 10:30 service.
We adjourned the meeting at 9:23 PM.
Jack Denton
Sr. Warden



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February 2017 Bulletins, Announcements and Weekly Emails

February 26, 2017 – Last Sunday After the Epiphany 8 and 10.30 a.m.

February 26, 2017 -Last Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday After the Epiphany 8 am

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday After the Epiphany with EPIPHANY CHOIR

February 19, 2017 – 7th Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

In the Spotlight Weekley Email February 19, 2017

February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday After the Epiphany Combined Service after Annual Mtg

February 12, 2017 – 6th Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

In the Spotlight Weekly Email February 12, 2017

February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday After the Epiphany 8 and 10.30 a.m.

February 5, 2017 – 5th Sunday After Epiphany Announcements

In the Spotlight Weekly Email February 5, 2017



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

“Building Partnerships Between Cops and Communities”

Overview:

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 stmatts@bellsouth.net 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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January 2017 Bulletins Announcements and Weekly Emails

In the Spotlight January 29, 2017 Weekly Email

January 29, 2017 – 4th Sunday After the Epiphany 8 and 10.30 a.m.

January 22, 2017 – 3rd Sunday After the Epiphany with EPIPHANY CHOIR

January 22, 2017 – 3rd Sunday After the Epiphany 8 a.m.

In the Spotlight January 22, 2017 Weekly Email

January 15 2017 – 2nd Sunday After the Epiphany

In the Spotlight January 15 2017 Weekly Email

January 8, 2017 – 1st Sunday After Epiphany with Baptisms

January 1, 2017 – 1st Sunday After Christmas

In the Spotlight January 1 2017 Weekly email



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