Still Looking For Your Lenten Discipline?
Check out everything St. Matt's has to offer in Lent.
Sunday morning Small Groups Discussions
--see a full description
or further down in this email.
Wednesday evening Soup and Supper
--"Just Eating", see a full description
or in this email.
, for the sports-minded. A take-off on the March Madness bracket fun, this is a unique way to learn about the lives of the saints as you go through Lent. For more information and to join in the fun,
. Who will win the Golden Halo?
Lenten calendar of prayer and study
. You can
find it here
, or pick up a copy in the church office.
Centering Prayer meets every Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. This small group begins with a twenty minute "sit" at 6:10, followed by a book study. The group is currently reading excerpts from
The Joy of Full Surrender
, a translation of the work by Jean Pierre de Caussade. New members are always welcome. If you can't stay for the study portion of the evening, you are welcome to stay just for the sit.
Wednesday Healing Eucharist -- 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. A quiet, intimate service in community with others.
Prayer stations --p
arishioners are invited to write their prayers on the provided scraps of paper, without a signature, fold them and put them in a box. Then
Let It Go, and Give It to God.
You may take a piece of paper home to prayerfully consider what to pray for, and bring it back. There is a box in the narthex and one in the parish hall. These prayers will be burned after the Service for Healing and Reconciliation which will be Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday With the Word (WWW) -- Bible study beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the library. Currently the group is studying the Psalms.
Votive Candles--in the narthex. Light a candle for special prayer concerns throughout Lent.
Prayers For the People--take home a copy of the weekly Long Term Prayer List, located in the rack on the wall next to the main sanctuary doors, and include these parish family members and others listed there in your daily prayers.
It's that time again--Time To Spring Forward!! Set your clocks AHEAD ONE HOUR this Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, March 12.
Please join us this Sunday, March 12, 2017
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Christian Education, all ages
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
THE READINGS FOR THIS SUNDAY ARE:
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
A very warm welcome to The Reverend Dr. Harold Lockett our Celebrant and Preacher this Sunday
. We are delighted to have Fr. Harold back with us. while Mother Liz is away this weekend.
Flowers for decorating St. Matthew's for Easter services are made possible by your generous donations. If you wish to donate toward our Easter flowers, a form will be available in your Sunday bulletin beginning this Sunday. Complete the form and return it to the church office to ensure proper recognition and celebration in our Easter bulletins. You may leave the form in the Parish Office or simply drop it in the offering plate.
Please make checks payable to St. Matthew's for $12.00 per plant and mark it for Easter Flowers. Be sure to include your member number in the check detail.
ADULT LENTEN PROGRAMS
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:
th-An introduction to Lent and The Practice of Fasting
th-The Practice of Study: How to Read Scripture and get something out of it
th-The Practice of Service and Giving
th-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 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:
th-Food as Sacramental (Eucharist)
th-Food as Nutritional (Nurturing the Body)
nd-Food as Global (World Hunger)
th-Food as Environmental
th-No programs due to Spring Break
th-Food as Communal (Creating Community)
Do you love children?
Do you believe in sharing God's love with our youngest members? Would you be willing to support parents as they worship? Maybe God is calling you to work in our nursery ministry!
This is a vital ministry that shares God's love with our smallest children, creating a safe, nurturing atmosphere that is foundational in their Christian formation experience throughout their lives. This is a low-commitment, no prep ministry. Volunteers just need to come and love children about once a month, and we will train you! We have had a wonderful group of nursery volunteers, but times are changing and their kids are getting older, so we need help! If you want to help share God's love with children in the nursery, please contact Kira Coats at
(P.S. This would be a perfect ministry for grandparents, too!)
St. Matthew's & The Cathedral Bookstore
Presents it's First Visit of 2017
March 12, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In The Parish Hall
Great gifts for family and friends for The Easter Season
Come Shop for:
Books for Adults and Children
Church Resources and more
Tanner Family Portrait
St. MattHEW'S Preschool Fundraise
saturday, March 25th and Sunday, March 26th
The cost is $25 per family. Tanner will donate the sitting fee, and each family will receive an 11 x 14" family portrait, to be chosen by Tanner Photography. Multiple shots will be taken, and each family will have the opportunity to purchase more Images. You can sign up for your session by following the Family Portrait Fundraiser link via the preschool's Facebook page.
www.facebook.com/stmattspreschool. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to receive a family portrait and help the preschool, and is open to anyone.
Sign up today!
Thank you for your support!
GUY'S NIGHT OUT
Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.
All men of the parish are invited to attend this fun evening.
This group meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at McCray's Tavern, 100 North Perry Street, Lawrenceville, GA for fellowship and trivia. Please contact Levi Livermont for more information.
LAST CALL FOR THE
"Love Your Neighbor" Clothing Drive
ENDS March 15, 2017
Crossroads Community Ministries
is in need of business type clothing for men and women. These professional garments will enable homeless men and women to be properly dressed for job interviews and, hopefully, for their new jobs!
A clothing rack has been set up in the Old Narthex for your gently used items.
Please make sure that all items are clean, do not require mending, are ready to be used (no missing buttons, no torn seams, no totally worn out garments) and are appropriate as business wear.
To help ensure these items are ready to wear when they get to Crossroads, please hang all items on the clothing rack. Additional hangers will be available for your use.
Crossroads currently assists over 4,200 homeless men, women and children. These lovingly donated items well help those seeking work to gain employment and
hopefully break their homeless cycle.
If you have any questions, please contact Sylvia Campbell at either 770-972-3130 or at
NEW FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY!!
St Matthews Restaurant Foyers
Meets Next On
March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
1319 Scenic Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30045-6360
So, what exactly is
Foyers is a fun and easy way for parishioners to gather together
on a monthly basis for purely promoting fellowship among members. The objective is to enjoy the company of other parishioners and to meet new members.
Foyers is also a means to develop new friendships and deepen old ones. New to St. Matthew's? This is a great way to get to know others in the St. Matt's community!
There's no agenda - just casual fellowship and a meal.
Come on out for some
on the Third Friday of each month.
Delmar Gardens Singalong
Delmar Gardens Nursing Home
(3100 Club Drive, Lawrenceville, GA)
Come entertain the residents of Delmar Gardens Retirement Home in Lawrenceville for this bi-monthly event. Join musicians and sing some fun old time hymns! Everyone is welcome - the more folks we have, the louder we will be! Children are especially welcome.
-- HUNGER WALK UPDATE--
THANK YOU, ST. MATTHEW'S TEAM!
Thank you team, and thank you to everyone who donated! You raised
$2,270 for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry!
Many thanks to all of you who made our World Mission Sunday Global Breakfast such a success and so much fun.
To those who set up, brought delicious food, cleaned up and attended, a hearty
Stay Mission Minded!,
Your St. Matthew's Global Mission Committee
PLEASE NOTE -- Changes in Kitchen Access
Last Thursday, there was an issue in the kitchen that could have been a significant problem if left unchecked. We were able to manage it, but it caused us to review our policies for kitchen access.
We have installed a key pad style lock on the kitchen door, in order to control unnecessary traffic and ensure safety. We want to keep the door closed when the kitchen is not in use. We are not trying to prevent utilization of the kitchen, but the campus is used by a lot of groups, and we want to be intentional about access. If you or your group need access to the kitchen, please contact either Charmaine or Susan. You can also contact Mother Liz or Steve Charron. Many thanks for your help with this.
SERMON ON THE AMOUNT 3/12/2017
THIS WEEK AT ST. MATTHEW'S
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
Week of March 12, 2017
1520 Oak Rd.
Snellville, GA 30078
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
ST. MATTHEW'S MEDITATION PATH
My name is Josh Hurst. For my Eagle project, I will be constructing a meditation path for the church. It will be in the small wooded area by the road; that's what all the orange tape is. It will be a path through the area with 4-6 benches/prayer stations. It will be a rustic path bordered with wood.
Our first work day will be Saturday, March 11,
from 10:0o a.m.- 2:00 p.m., and I am hoping to finish by Easter. My project will be fully funded by donations. if you would like to make a contribution, there is a collection box in the parish office. Thank you for your support!
New Cleaning Service
Beginning March 15th Coverall Cleaning Service will be on campus twice a week to clean the church campus.
They will replace Andrew Meredith who was our Sexton. Their current cleaning schedule will be Wednesday nights and Sunday nights.
Current Food Pantry Needs
Canned Vegetables: carrots, collard greens, kale, turnip greens, mixed greens, mixed vegetables
Canned Fruit: pineapple
Grains: whole grain spaghetti or other pasta
Dry Beans: garbanzo, black-eyed pea
Diapers sizes 4, 5, 6
Pull Ups all sizes
Looking for a way to reach out in service during Lent? Consider volunteering at the
For more information on this ministry,
Thank you for your continued support of this critical source of help in our community.
SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
55 Grayson Industrial Pkwy
|From Ted Sokal and Judy Leavell in New Zealand!
"Greetings from Te Anau! Had tea and cake after Sunday Service with the parishioners and Bishop Kelvin. The people here are as warm as the country is beautiful. The hiking is outstanding.
Love you all."
Judy and Ted
You can find the card on the bulletin board in the main hallway.