St, Matthew's Episcopal Church

Snellville Police Department teams with local church in community engagement effort

  SNELLVILLE - The city's police department and leaders at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church are partnering in an effort to better relations between police and the community in the Metro Atlanta area.
The effort, called One Congregation One Precinct (1C1P), is an initiative of MovementForward, Inc., and works to meet objectives outlined by the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. It is designed to "prevent, combat and solve crimes" by combining the resources of local police departments and faith-based organizations. It also works to "proactively create a direct link between law enforcement executives and community leaders in an effort to avert violent and divisive public responses to police-involved incidents while also giving voice to growing public concerns relative to policing," according to 1C1P documents.
"It's a great opportunity to expand the partnership we enjoy with our community," Snellville Police Department Chief Roy Whitehead said.
"This innovative effort is purposed to stem mounting tensions between citizens and law enforcement officers by building partnerships and mutual understandings, as well as establishing a structured framework for the public to assist law enforcement efforts," 1C1P documents read.
The program has drawn praise from church leaders.
 The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Hendrick, rector of St. Matthew's said, "St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is honored to be one of the first 15 sites selected for the 1C1P program in the metro Atlanta area, whose goal is to 'build partnerships between cops and communities.' It is our hope and prayer that the collaborative partnership between the officers of Snellville Police Department and members of St. Matthew's will result in experiences we can share with the 1C1P coordinators, so that this program can expand beyond the initial 15 sites to every police department and faith congregation who wishes to participate."
Gregory Andrews, who is coordinating the effort at St. Matthew's said he hopes his church can provide a blueprint for other churches in the city - and world - to follow.


Thank you all for the sweet farewell from St. Matt's

After being so much a part of this community, it will be strange not to be as active!  We look forward to visiting churches in our travels, and also to returning to St. Matt's from time to time, and to see the tremendous growth that's happening. You are always in our hearts and prayers, and we pray we'll be in yours. If you'd like to follow our blog, it's .
With love and blessings - Judy Leavell & Ted Sokal

Please join us this Sunday, January 29, 2017 

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist 
9:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast 
9:30 a.m. - Sunday School Classes for all ages 
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist 


  Micah 6:1-8

Psalm 15

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 5:1-12

Click here for Sunday's readings. 

A new block of Adult Christian Education starts Jan 29th!  Classes listed below happen on   Sunday mornings at 9:30-10:15 a.m., and will run 4 weeks: Jan 29, Feb 5 (NOT Feb 12 due to   the Annual Meeting), Feb 19, Feb 26.

Scriptural Studies--Pastoral Letters  (Library): A small group study of Paul's pastoral letters (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus), written to encourage some of the first pastors of early Christian     congregations in their leadership.  What principles of leadership do they hold for us today?

Current Events  (Canterbury Room): Discussion of controversial world events and our response as Christians.
Parenting Group  (York Room): Support for parents of young children, as they seek to grow their own faith, as well as helping their children's spiritual growth. This group will be working through the book "Parenting Beyond Your Capacity" which is available as an e-book through Amazon.

NEWCOMERS CLASS :   ( final week, Jan 29th ) New to St. Matthew's? Or want to learn more about the church community here? Newcomer classes will meet from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in the Canterbury Room (the room next door to the parish hall) today, January 29. You'll get a chance to learn about the ministries of St. Matthew's, and meet some of the ministry leaders and parishioners here.

NEW MEMBERS: Those wishing to join St. Matthew's will be welcomed during both the 8:00 &10:30 services on Sunday, February 5 . If you are new to St. Matthew's and would like to be included in church next week, please contact Susan Carson at: by Tuesday, Jan 31. You do not need to have attended newcomer classes to be welcomed as a new member.

Called to Lead is a day of lay leadership development designed for parish vestries, wardens and treasurers. All lay leaders, including members of finance and stewardship committees, are invited to this workshop. Bishop Wright teaches the model of adaptive leadership and will focus on Purpose and Vision. Participants will also be equipped with tools for effective stewardship of people and other resources. Two opportunities for Called to lead. Saturday, February 11th at St. David's, Roswell from 9 am to 3 pm. Click  here to register. 

Bishop Wright will also teach at The Youth Leadership Retreat June 2-4 at the Lutheran Coastal Retreat Center in South Carolina, located on the Isle of Palms. The purpose of the retreat is to equip the next generation of young leaders to go out into the world and lead like Jesus. The deadline to apply for participation is March 12. Click  Steps to Lead for the application. For more information, contact Youth and Young Adult Missioner, Easton Davis

ECW Chili Cook-off
Thanks to all who participated and attended
Congratulations to:
1st place winner: Steven Charron
2nd place winner: Omolara Fyle Desamu-Thorpe
See you next year!


It's Not Too Late to Join -  New Book begins tomorrow, January 28

Looking to explore your faith with like-minded individuals over breakfast on Saturdays? If so, Cafe Theology may be for you. Cafe Theology is a group book study on alternating Saturday mornings from 10-11:30. We explore our faith and our view(s) of God together through books. On January 14, we finish our current book study, "Surprised by Hope", by N.T. Wright.

The next topic for Cafe Theology is early church history.  
  • Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? 
  • Who were the very first followers of Jesus? 
  • Was Peter the leader of the early church or was it James, the Lord's brother? 
  • What was the conflict between James and Paul? 
 The book that will guide us in finding answers is "From Jesus to the Church", by Craig A. Evans. The book covers the 40 year period from Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to the destruction of the temple in AD70. This book may be purchase from Barnes & Noble or on amazon. It is available in hardback and on kindle. This book study will started on January 28. Come and be part of the discussion! 

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!

DOK (Daughters of the King)
The next DOK meeting is scheduled for February 5th in The Undercroft immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service.  For further information please contact Val Biggs via email:

                                                    FEBRUARY 11, 2017
7:00 - 10:00 P.M.
 in the Parish Hall

  This will be a Family Friendly Event
Heavy hors d'oevures will be served
Tickets are $1.00
 (Plus a donation of a pair of adult socks per person)

                                                                Casual attire suggested

                               Bring Your Dancing Shoes


Mark your calendars now for the Annual Parish meeting on February 12!  We will be electing new vestry members and reviewing the budget for 2017, but we will also be hearing from our Long-Range Planning Committee about the results of the recent survey.  At last count, there had been 211 surveys completed.  Come hear how your rankings compared with others in the parish! 

We will begin with:
Voting registration with coffee at 9:00 AM
Parish meeting begins at 9:30 A.M. followed by a combined service
Followed by the Annual Fish Fry hosted by The Brotherhood
NOTE: Childcare will be provided

Leaders and Vestry liaisons of each Committee and Ministry are being asked to submit their 2016 annual report to the Parish Office by Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  February 12, 2017
An installation of new acolytes will take place during the service on February 12.  Congratulations to Krista Byron, Anna Couch, Lily Couch, Emelia Furman, Liam Furman and Ellie Jones, who will be installed on that day.



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." .    

St. Matthew's Preschool 2017/2018 Registration now open!

The following classes are available for the upcoming school year:
    • T/Th Toddlers ($170/month)
    • T/Th Twos ($170/month)
    • MWF Twos ($190/month)
    • MWF Threes ($190/month)
    • M-F Threes ($240/Month)
    • T-F Fours ($210/month)
    • M-F Fours ($240/month)
    • Kindergarten ($285/month)
  Registration fee: 2 & 3 days, $170;   4 & 5 days, $210
School Tours are available Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Contact Jennifer at 770-978-1323 to schedule a tour!

Calendar of Activities
week of 
January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 29:
  8:00 am  Holy Eucharist 
  9:00 am  Breakfast
  9:30 am  Christian Education
10:30 am  Holy Eucharist 
12:00 pm  Sunny's Kids Leaders Mtg.
12:30 pm  EfM Class in the Library
  6:00  pm  Youth Group
Monday, January 30:
  4:00 pm  Coop Dinner (off-site)
  7:00 pm Boy Scout Troop 553
Tuesday, January 31:
6:00 pm Centering Prayer
6:00 pm Girl Scouts Mtg
   7:00 pm Al-Anon
   7:30 p.m. AA
Wednesday, February 1:
9:45 am Children's  Chapel
10:00 am Healing Service
11:00 am WWW Bible Study
3:30 pm Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Handbell Rehearsal
   6:00 pm DIVE Bible Study
    6:30 pm  Cherub Choir Practice
   7:00 pm  Sanctuary Choir
Thursday, February 2:
10:00 am  Knit, Purl & Pray
   7:15 pm  Finance Committee Meeting
Friday, February 3:
   New Beginnings Weekend (off-site)
   7:00 pm Al-Anon  
   7:30 pm  AA
Saturday, February 4:
  8:00 am Brotherhood of St. Andrew
  9:00   am Altar Guild
10:00 am Flower Guild
St. Matthew's  Episcopal Church
1520 Oak Rd.
Snellville, GA 30078

South East
Gwinnett Co-op News

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.
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


SUN, FEB 5: 
12:00 noon DOK Meeting in the Undercroft

SUN, FEB 12: 
7:00 pm Sweetheart Dance - Parish Hall - Tickets: $1.00 per person

SUN, FEB 12: 
9:30 am Annual Parish Meeting & Combined Single Service followed by The Annual Fish Fry, hosted by The Brotherhood. Meals will be $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for families. All funds collected will go into the Brotherhood account which provides service to the church.

6:00 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Prayer and Meditation Links:

Episcopal Church Links:

Connecting , and Bishop Wright's Weekly  For Faith