St, Matthew's Episcopal Church

 
Still Looking For Your Lenten Discipline? 
Check out everything St. Matt's has to offer in Lent.

Study:
1) Sunday morning Small Groups Discussions--see a full description here or further down in this email.
2) Wednesday evening Soup and Supper--"Just Eating", see a full description here or in this email.
3) "Lent Madness", 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, click here. Who will win the Golden Halo?
4) Lenten calendar of prayer and study. You can find it here, or pick up a copy in the church office. 

Spiritual Practice:
1) 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.
2) Wednesday Healing Eucharist -- 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. A quiet, intimate service in community with others.
3) 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.
4) Wednesday With the Word (WWW) -- Bible study beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the library. Currently the group is studying the Psalms.
5) Votive Candles--in the narthex. Light a candle for special prayer concerns throughout Lent.
6) 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.

    
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  DON'T FORGET!!

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.
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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:

Genesis 12:1-4a
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17
Psalm 121
 
 


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.  


EASTER FLOWERS

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.
 
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LENT AT ST. MATTHEW'S 



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:
March 5 th-An introduction to Lent and The Practice of Fasting
March 12 th-The Practice of Study: How to Read Scripture and get something out of it
March 19 th-The Practice of Service and Giving
March 26 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:
March 8 th-Food as Sacramental (Eucharist)
March 15 th-Food as Nutritional (Nurturing the Body)
March 22 nd-Food as Global (World Hunger)
March 29 th-Food as Environmental
April 5 th-No programs due to Spring Break
April 12 th-Food as Communal (Creating Community)
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MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY 

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 kiracoats@gmail.com  

(P.S. This would be a perfect ministry for grandparents, too!)
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St. Matthew's & The Cathedral Bookstore

Presents it's First Visit of 2017
This Sunday 
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
Music
Jewelry
Church Resources and more

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Tanner Family Portrait
Presents A
St. MattHEW'S Preschool Fundraise r
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!
Jennifer Schriver
Preschool Director  

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trivia - isolated word in vintage letterpress wood type

GUY'S NIGHT OUT - TRIVIA!

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.
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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 soupab@comcast.net  THANK YOU!    

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NEW FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY!!
St Matthews Restaurant Foyers

Meets Next On
March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
At
Poblano's
1319 Scenic HwyLawrencevilleGA 30045-6360 

 
So, what exactly is  Foyers ?
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 adult fellowship on the Third Friday of each month.
Please send Becky an email at  beckyolbon@yahoo.com     
 
 

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Delmar Gardens Singalong
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Saturday,March 25
4:00pm-5:00pm

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.

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-- 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! 
Online donations can be made through the end of March at http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stmatts #hungerwalk





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THANK YOU!!

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 
THANK YOU !
 
Stay Mission Minded!,
Your St. Matthew's Global Mission Committee
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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. 
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SERMON ON THE AMOUNT 3/12/2017

THIS WEEK AT ST. MATTHEW'S
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
Week of March 12, 2017



St. Matthew's  Episcopal Church
1520 Oak Rd.
Snellville, GA 30078
770-979-4210





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.
  
Southeast
Gwinnett Co-op News

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Current Food Pantry Needs

Perishable:
Eggs
Milk
Meat
 
Non-Perishable:
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
 
Non-Food:
Lotion
Feminine liners
Diapers sizes 4, 5, 6
Pull Ups all sizes

Looking for a way to reach out in service during Lent? Consider volunteering at the 
Co-op! 
For more information on this ministry, click here.

Thank you for your continued support of this critical source of help in our community. 

SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
55 Grayson Industrial Pkwy
Grayson, GA 30017
770-985-5229

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.

Prayer and Meditation Links:





Episcopal Church Links:

Connecting , and Bishop Wright's Weekly  For Faith