St, Matthew's Episcopal Church




ST. MATTHEW'S 
ANNUAL PARISH WORK DAY -- WE NEED YOU!
Saturday, April 2
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

It's that time again! All are invited to help spruce up the St. Matthew's campus for Holy Week and Easter.  Come for an hour or stay for the day - any time you can contribute is appreciated! 

Projects large and small--make it a family day! There are jobs appropriate for all ages and every skill or activity level.  
We can use your enthusiasm and talent for outside projects like planting flowers, spreading mulch and painting, or for inside projects, like cleaning areas of the kitchen, re-organizing cabinets and closets, or washing windows. 
 
Lunch will be provided, and plenty of water, tea and soda will be on hand. 
 
Sign up sheets can be found on the bulletin board in the hallway, or add your name to the sign up list via email here.    
 St. Matthew's needs you! Come be part of the fun!

2016 Work Day
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Please join us this Sunday, March 19, 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:

Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
Psalm 95
 
 




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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 is available in your Sunday bulletin. 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.
 

The  Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be offered at the Easter Vigil on April 15.  If you or your children desire to be baptized, please contact Mother Liz or Susan Carson no later than  Wednesday, April 5th. Baptism forms can be found in the church office.  

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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 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 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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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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preschool preschool
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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ST MATTHEW'S ANNUAL EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Saturday April 15th - 10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include:
Balloon clowns, bounce house, games, egg coloring and tattoos.
Of course there will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children, splitting them into three age groups. So bring your children, their basket, your camera and join in a morning of fun for children up to age 10.

Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Morning of Fun For The Children.

Just to name a few....
Set Up * Decorating * Hunt * Snacks * Egg Coloring
Bounce House/Games * Clean Up
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 are also looking for someone hearing the call to chair this event next year.
If that is you please contact Cheryl so you can shadow her this year to be ready for next year.

Donations Needed To Fill Eggs

Donations of individually wrapped candy, stickers or small toys needed by Wednesday, April 9th to fill over 1200 eggs to be used for the hunt.

Look for a basket in the narthex for your donations.

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For the full Holy Week and Easter Service Schedule, Click Here.
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Lenten Quiet Day at St. Michael's, Stone Mountain
Lenten Quiet Day for All
(Women and Men)
Saturday, March 25th
"The Gaze of Love"
Presented by The Rev. Laura Bryant
Sponsored by St. Michael's Episcopal Church DOK Chapter
6780 James B Rivers Drive
Stone Mountain, Ga. 30087
770-469-8551

The Gaze of Love
Prayer is as simple as letting ourselves be seen by the loving gaze of God.
Lent begins with the Spirit leading Jesus into the wilderness. He has just heard words of love spoken over him at his baptism: "You are my Beloved...in you I take great delight." But before he can begin his mission, Jesus spends 40 days absorbing the truth and reality of this love and resisting the temptation to deny it.
So it is for us. Lent is a time to absorb the reality of God's love, and the truth of these words that are spoken over us as well, in ways that shape our lives and ministries.
What are some ways that we can practice and experience this? Through Scripture, art, silence and shared conversation, we will gather under the loving gaze of God for a time of quiet and reflection.
 
RSVP to Muriel in the Parish Office
by Wednesday, March 22nd
Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.
10:00 a.m Eucharist in the church
10:30  a.m. Program in the Parish Hall
12:30 p.m. Lunch
Lenten Quiet Day at St. Patrick's, Dunwoody

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How do you know that Spring is coming? 
Golf Tournaments!
 
The Snellville Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA), is again holding its annual golf tournament/fund raiser.  The SCPAAA is a 501(c)3      organization whose goal is to raise money to provide support to the Snellville Police Department.  As part of our One Congregation One Precinct program, St. Matthew's is collaborating with SCPAAA to promote this gold tournament. The tournament will take place at Summit Chase Country Club on Monday, April 24, 2017.  Registration and practice starts at 8am; shotgun start is at 9am.  Individual entry fee is $85.00 and entry fee for a foursome plus tee sponsorship is $400. Let's see if we can field a couple of foursomes to support this good cause.  More information and entry forms will be on the       bulletin board in the hallway and in the church office, or download the entry form here.  For more information, contact Mary Fergus at: mfergus@bellsouth.net or 770/985-1322. 

For an entry form, click here.

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EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
ST. MATTHEW'S MEDITATION PATH


From Josh:
 
Thanks to everyone who has supported my Eagle Project!  I appreciate all the donations.  We had our first workday last Saturday and the Meditation Path is defined by borders.  This weekend we will set the benches and if weather allows, we will dig the holes and install the signs.  If necessary, we will complete it next Sunday afternoon (March 26).  I am in the process of etching scripture verses and prayers onto granite tiles for the signs, which will be mounted onto wood posts. 
 
We are on schedule to complete the project before Palm Sunday, so I hope you will visit the Meditation Path during Holy Week. 
 
I am still accepting donations to help fund the project.  Any leftover funds will be donated to St. Matthew's and designated for upkeep and beautification of the Meditation Path.


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SERMON ON THE AMOUNT THROUGH FEBRUARY

THIS WEEK AT ST. MATTHEW'S
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
Week of March 19, 2017



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

Outreach--Wed 3/22 @  6:00 p.m.
Communications--Wed 3/22 @ 7:00 p.m.
Stewardship--Thurs 3/23 @ 7:00 p.m.

All committee meetings are open to everyone.

Want to become more involved? Come to a meeting!


A meeting for persons interested in forming a social justice  committee   will be held on Sunday, April 2, after the 10:30 service in the York Room.   For more information, please contact Cathy Chapman at  404-391-2801 or Morgan Hood at 404-381-7520.
 Please note that the 
ECW Game Night previously scheduled 
for Monday, March 27 in the parish hall 
has been cancelled.
New Cleaning Service
 
 
 
 
Beginning March 15th Coverall Cleaning Service began cleaning the church campus. 
They replaced Andrew Meredith who was our Sexton. Their current cleaning schedule will be Wednesday nights and Sunday nights.
PLEASE NOTE -- Changes in Kitchen Access
 
 
 
 
Due to an incident that happened recently regarding the kitchen, 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.  
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.  
Please note that 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.  Many thanks for your help with this. 
  
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


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Episcopal Church Links:

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