St, Matthew's Episcopal Church

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

New Year's DaySunday, January 1, 2017 

Feast of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  •  One service at 10:00 a.m.
  Note: The Nursery will be closed during these services, but children of all ages are welcome in church


This Sunday, January 1 please welcome Fr. Robert Rea as our supply Celebrant and Preacher.   Mother Liz will return next Sunday, January 8.

Congratulations to Dan Mitchell, our music director, on the birth of his first grandchild, Daniel Thomas Smith, Thursday, December 29! Mother Julie, dad, baby and grandad are all doing fine.

St. Matthew's Long Range Planning -- Vision and Mission  

The Long Range Planning Committee encourages everyone 14 years and older to completed the Vision Survey.  Click on this link ( ) or you can find a printed copy in the church office during the week.  On the weekends, it will be available in the Narthex.  Circle your calendar for the Annual Meeting on Feb 12, when we will develop action plans for our next steps.

Feeling Called to Vestry Service? 

Vestry elections will be held during the  Annual Parish Meeting on February 12, 2017. Nominations are now open for both Vestry and Diocesan  Council. Four vestry members are rolling off their three year term. If you are interested in learning more about vestry service, please contact Jack Denton, Sr. Warden, or any current vestry member. Nomination forms are available on the main bulletin board in the hallway. 
The requirements for vestry service are as follows:

"Any confirmed communicant of the Parish in good and regular standing who is not less than 18 years of age, a regular attendant upon the services in the year preceding the election, and known by the Treasurer to have made and fulfilled a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding the election." .    

2017 pledge envelopes have arrived and are on a table in the parish hall. If you use or have ordered envelopes for your yearly giving, please pick them up.
All pledge statements were mailed out at the end of last week. Please check them carefully for accuracy. If you did not receive a statement, please contact the church office next week.

ECW Chili Cook-off
Monday, January 23, 6:30 p.m.

Parish Hall

EVERYONE is invited  (Men & Women)

Bring YOUR favorite Chili

Everyone votes on the best chili--PRIZES for the winners, plus you get best-chili-bragging rights!

   SE Gwinnett Co-op News

Thank you for your generous support of this important project.

January Food Drive - January is the month in which St. Matthew's focuses on collecting specific items for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries. 
We will be collecting canned chicken and boxes of cereal (all kinds)
Beginning on Sunday, January 8th, the Outreach Committee will be handing out bags with attached food list after both services, so please fill bag and return to barrel outside of the Parish Hall.  All items will be promptly delivered to the Coop.

Please also note this message from the co-op: "The co-op will be closed until January 4th. We anticipate a busy day, with a full week of being closed and not being able to assist clients.
Our current needs are:
canned vegetables: beets, kale, turnip greens, mixed greens, potatoes, tomatoes, mixed vegetables
dry beans: mixed, lima, black-eyed pea
canned beans: lima, black-eyed pea, chili bean, refried beans
Misc. canned chicken, canned chili, pineapple, beef soup, seafood soup, side dish mixes seasoned pasta, rice, or potato, whole grain spaghetti and other types of whole grain pasta
shaving cream
adult incontinent items pads and diapers
baby diapers sizes 4-6
pull ups all sizes" 

Thank you for your continued support of this critical source of help in our community. For more information on this ministry, click here.

SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
55 Grayson Industrial Pkwy
Grayson, GA 30017

The office staff at St. Matthew's would like to wish everyone a joyful and blessed Christmas season and a happy New Year.

The parish office will be closed
through Monday, January 2
It will reopen on Tuesday, January 3
In case of emergency, please call 770-979-4210 and leave a message for Mother  Liz.

Calendar of Activities
week of 
January 1, 2017

Sunday, Jan 1:
10:00 am    Holy Eucharist      
Monday, Jan 2:   
   Parish Office Closed 
T uesday , Jan 3:
6:00  pm    Centering Prayer
    7:00  pm    Al-Anon
    7:30  pm    AA
Wednesday , Jan 4:
10:00 am  Morning Prayer
NO WWW Bible Study
5:30 pm Hand Bell Practice
7:00 pm  Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, Jan 5:
   10:00 am Knit Purl & Pray
     7:15 pm Stewardship Committee Meeting
Friday, Jan 6:
      7:00 pm   Al-Anon
      7:30 pm   AA
Saturday, Jan 7 
    8:00 am Brotherhood
     9:00 am    Altar Guild
   10:00 am   Flower Guild
Sunday, January 8 
    8:00 am Holy Eucharist
   9:00 am Breakfast
   9:30 am  Sunday School All                       Ages
    10:30 am  Holy Eucharist


Christian Ed Resumes all ages EfM Resumes  
Youth Group resumes THURS, JAN 12:  
12:00 pm Lunch Bunch 
WED, JAN 18 :
7:00 pm Guy's Night Out 
5:00 pm Youth Laser Tag MON, JAN 23:
 6:30 pm ECW Chili Cook-off SUN, FEB 12: 
9:30 am Annual Parish Meeting & Combined Single Service 
6:00 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Prayer and Meditation Links:

Episcopal Church Links:

Connecting , and Bishop Wright's Weekly  For Faith

St. Matthew's  Episcopal Church
1520 Oak Rd.
Snellville, GA 30078