St, Matthew's Episcopal Church

Vestry Voice 
This month's meeting was held on Sunday February 12 th   immediately following the Annual Meeting. New Vestry members were all present along with the current Vestry, Mother Liz, and Jay jones who was sitting in for Susan Carson as recording secretary.  Out-going vestry members Todd Camden, John Eberhart, Peggy Haring and Terri Hurst were thanked by the vestry for their service.

We opened the meeting at 1:05pm with prayer.  

We invited Steven Donovan, who has on-the-job experience in these areas, to discuss with the Vestry our intention to go forward with a review of our financial processes and to inevitably establish the groundwork for an internal auditor.  In 2016 we had asked Canon Lang Lowery, who is the Canon for Christian Enterprise to come to St. Matthews and review our Financial Processes and make suggestions for any improvements that we can make in the future. One of his recommendations was to establish an Internal Auditor position in the parish.  This Internal Auditor would check to make sure that the established accounting procedures are being followed that involve all financial information aspects in the church.  This Auditor would review the weekly counting procedures done by the Vestry, the recording of information in ACS accounting systems, the responsibilities of the financial secretary and the Treasurer, and the protection of personal information on pledge cards. 

Steven will work with those involved in these processes to gather information and suggestions, then compile a report for Vestry, along with a job description and guidelines for the Internal Auditor.

It was moved and seconded to allow Steven to proceed with his auditing of the Financial procedures that include software, personnel responsibilities, and internal financial procedures. The motion was approved.

The counting procedures, the Vestry Person of the Day responsibilities sheets, and general information given to new Vestry members was discussed.

Each member of the vestry was asked to send three preferred ministries for their work as Vestry Ministry Liaisons. Mother Liz and the Senior Warden will review the lists and determine the Liaison responsibility.

The election of the Junior Warden position done by the vestry. Three candidates were nominated.  Becky Olbon was elected as our new Junior Warden.

The annual Vestry Retreat was announced to take place at Christ Church, Norcross on February 25th.   The retreat will be facilitated by The Reverend Roger Tobin, a retired Episcopal priest and retreat leader, who was the mentor for Mother Liz down in Florida.

Mother Liz closed our meeting at 2:13 with Prayer. 


Please join us this Sunday, March 5, 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 


Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11
Psalm 32

Rector's Discretionary Fund Collection
Please be reminded that the loose plate offering on the first Sunday of every month is designated to Mother Liz's discretionary fund. Please give generously. Thank you!
Next Sunday we'll welcome The Reverend Dr. Harold Lockett as Celebrant and Preacher  at both services during Mother Liz's absence on Sunday March 12.


Sunday Mornings 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 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 

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 (this will help us know how many to prepare for). 

If you can help provide soup or side items/drinks for the meals, please sign up here. 

Wednesday with the Word

Join us on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. immediately following the healing Eucharist, for fellowship and Bible study.  The group is currently exploring the psalms and each class looks at a particular group of psalms then invites reflection on one or more psalms.  There is always room for one more!
From Bishop Rob:

March 1, 2017

Dust comes from lack of use or dust can come from construction. You will have to decide this ASH Wednesday what the dust on your forehead means. The dust that accumulates from lack of use is a symbol of a sentimental or vintage faith. It's a memorial to tradition and not to the God it seeks to venerate. Construction dust is present when you consent to God's work on you and through you. Construction dust is a consequence of a faithful struggle - of new square footage being added. Like most construction projects, the timeline will be what it is. But one thing is for sure, this Contractor is trustworthy!

If you'd like to receive Bishop Rob's weekly emails, you can sign up here.


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!)

Come join the St. Matthew's Hunger Walk team! 

Contact  Jennifer Papadatos for more information.

lunch bunch

March Lunch Bunch
Thursday March 9, 2017
1910 Public House
Old Town Lilburn
107 Main St NW, Lilburn, GA 30047

All adults are invited to gather for good food and great conversation.
This is a really good way to become better acquainted with St. Matthew's
No reservations are required. Bring your beautiful smile and a good appetite!
Contact person:  Gini Peterson
St. Matthew's & The Cathedral Bookstore

Presents it's First Visit of 2017
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
Church Resources and more

trivia - isolated word in vintage letterpress wood type


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.

"Love Your Neighbor" Clothing Drive
February 14 - 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  THANK YOU!  

St Matthews Restaurant Foyers

Meets Next On
March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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     

Delmar Gardens Singalong
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.

The response to the new St. Matthew's car magnet sales has been tremendous! Do you have yours yet? 

For only $5.00 each you can purchase a colorful magnet to adorn your car or refrigerator at home, (or both!), and advertise your church home. All proceeds will help fund needed technology improvements throughout the parish. 
The magnets will be available in the parish hall during breakfast this Sunday. They will also be available in the church office during the week.

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.
Thank you for your support!
Jennifer Schriver
Preschool Director  


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. We will begin construction in mid-March, 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! 
Week of March 5, 2017

 Sunday, March 5:
  8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
 9:00 am  Breakfast
 9:30 am Sunday School and Adult Lenten Forums
10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
12:30 pm  EfM Class in the library
2:00 pm  Hunger Walk 
6:oo pm Youth Group

 Monday, March 6:
    7:00 pm  Boy Scout Troop 553

    T uesday , March 7:
    1:30 pm Clericus - Library
      6:00 pm Centering Prayer
      6:00 pm Girl Scout Troop Meeting
      7:00 pm  Al-Anon
      7:30 p.m. AA

     Wednesday , March 8:
        9:45  am Children's  Chapel
         10:00 am Healing Eucharist
         11:00 am WWW Bible Study
         5:30  pm Handbell Rehearsal
         6:00 pm  Lenten Soup & Salad Supper
         6:30 pm  DIVE Bible Study
         6:30 pm Cherub Choir Practice
         7:00 pm  Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal
         7:00 pm  Communications Cmt. meeting
       Thursday, March 9:
         2:00 pm Lunch Bunch
       7:15 pm  Long Range Planning meeting

        Friday, March 10:
    7:00   pm   Al-Anon  
    7:00   pm   NAMI
    7:30 pm  AA
        8:00 pm  Girl Scout Troup meeting

    Saturday, March 11:
        9:00 am Altar Guild
        10:00 am  Flower Guild  
St. Matthew's  Episcopal Church
1520 Oak Rd.
Snellville, GA 30078

Dear Friends - Thank you very much for all your prayers, lovely cards and nice notes.
They have all been very much appreciated during my long spell of bronchitis and now a very painful bout of bursitis in my right hip.
Thank you again for your warm show of love.
Yours in Christ,
Bernice Wilson
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.
South East
Gwinnett Co-op News

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
Feminine liners
Diapers sizes 4, 5, 6
Pull Ups all sizes
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There are two ways to help the co-op raise funds through Hunger Walk teams:


The Hunger Walk is Sunday, March 5. See St. Matt's team info in this e-letter.
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Looking for a way to reach out in service during Lent? Consider volunteering at the 
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

Prayer and Meditation Links:

Episcopal Church Links:

Connecting , and Bishop Wright's Weekly  For Faith