St, Matthew's Episcopal Church

Youth News

The youth spent some time getting to know each other and working on camaraderie and team work at LaserQuest on January 15th. A great time was had by all, and it was good to get to know some of our newer participants and friends!  

Coming up for youth:

The Youth Group program will be focusing on compassion for the rest of the school year--learning about others who have experiences different than our own, and serving our community. 

In February, the youth are planning to participate in The Compassion Experience, an eye-opening event where participants get to walk through scenes of the lives of different people all over the world. In March, the youth will participate with our church and our Diocese in the Hunger Walk, which benefits our local food coop. 

The youth are also planning a local mission weekend over the summer to "seek and serve Christ" in the community around us. For more info on participating in the youth programs or to be added to the Youth E-Newsletter, please contact Sally Ulrey at

Please join us this Sunday, February 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 with the Epiphany Choir


Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
Matthew 5:38-48

Thank you to our guest organist, Susan MeEwen, who has filled in for Dan while he's been away last week and this week.

A new block of Adult Christian Education  Classes listed below continues  this Sunday, Feb 19 and Feb 26. from 9:30-10:15 a.m.

  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?

NOTE: Current Events (Due to overwhelming response this class will now meet in the Undercroft): 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.  

The Atlanta Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians will celebrate the annual Feast of Absalom Jones Service on Sunday, February 19, 2017, 4:00 p.m., at St Luke's Episcopal Church.
The guest speaker will be Judge Clinton E. Deveaux, who is a retired Atlanta municipal court judge, and a longtime member of the Chapel at Emmaus House.
The choral music will be provided by the Trey Clegg Singers of Atlanta. For more information about this Absalom Jones Feast Service, please contact: .

Congratulations to our newest Vestry Members: Cindi Bateman, Althea Benton, Mark Franke and Samantha (Sam) Renfro.

Congratulations also to our Council Delegates and Alternates: Amanda Livermont, Greg Andrews, and Jay Jones (Delegates), Terri Hurst, Janis Williams and Eric Prichard (Alternates).

And speaking of last weekend--

Thank you for a job well done! Last weekend was full of church activities and we would like to thank Nancy Drury and the Fellowship Committee who planned our Sweetheart Dance on Saturday. A great time was had by all! Please note we are still collecting socks for the homeless.

We would also like to thank everyone who participated in the table discussions at the Annual Meeting, as well as those involved in the Leadership Participation, the Finance Committee, Mark DiGiovanni and Chuck Marsh, and the Long Range Planning Committee. Also thanks to the Brotherhood of St. Andrews for providing the fish fry. 

The Episcopal Church's World Mission Sunday
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Potluck Global Breakfast- between services

You are invited and encouraged to bring a dish to share from your home culture,
a culture you have visited or your "wannabe" culture.
You are also invited to dress in your global attire and
bring a flag or others to be displayed.
For more information or to volunteer please contact
Gini or Reid Peterson

A basket is in the Narthex for your Palms.  They will be burned on Shrove Tuesday      following our Pancake Dinner to make ashes to the used on Ash Wednesday.  Any questions, please contact Joan Kengla

Tuesday, February 28
Food will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Before Lent begins, come enjoy tasty food (all-you-can-eat pancakes and breakfast food) and enthusiastic service as the youth of our parish wait on you.
A love offering will be taken and the proceeds will go to help support the youth's work in raising money to aid the hungry! 

Youth, please arrive at 5:30 to help set-up



MARCH 1, 2017 at
7:00 a.m.   **   12:15 p.m.  **   and 7:00 p.m.

Please note there will be no 10:00 a.m. Healing Service on Ash Wednesday, but Wednesday With the Word Bible Study will be held as usual at 11:00 a.m., followed by the 12;15 p.m. service and Imposition of Ashes.

1. 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).

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!


Check out the article in the Diocese of Atlanta's e-magazine, Connecting regarding St. Matthew's OneCongregation, OnePrecinct!  You can find the article here.

If you're currently not receiving Connecting and would like to subscribe, click here.

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! 


The Communications Committee is proud to introduce the new St. Matthew's Car Magnet, featuring our lovely stained glass window.  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 and after the annual meeting Sunday. They will also be available in the church office.

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

Contact  Jennifer Papadatos for more information.

St. Matthew's Preschool & Kindergarten
will be hosting a Family Fun Night!
When:  Saturday, February 25 th     
Where:  Parish Hall & Preschool
Time:  5pm-7pm
  Come join us for a night full of games, prizes, crafts, pizza & Fun!
Admission is $5/person or $20/family
Includes pizza, a drink, and 6 game tickets.
You may request your tickets by filling out a form in the Preschool Lobby.

Snellville Citizen's Patrol Academy Starts March 2
As part of our One Congregation One Precinct Program, we are encouraging those interested in knowing more about law enforcement and the Snellville Police Department to sign up for the next Citizen's Patrol Academy.  The application may be found on-line at:

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


In Celebration of Valentine's Day: 
"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

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 
St. Matthew's Foyers
Meets Next On
March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
1319 Scenic Hwy LawrencevilleGA 30045-6360  


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  

Calendar of Activities
Week of 
February 19, 2017

Sunday, February 19:
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am  Sunday School and Christian Education
10:30 am Holy Eucharsit Rite II with the Epiphany Choir
12:30 pm  EfM Class in the Library
 6:00  pm  Youth Group
Monday, February 20:
7:00 pm Boy Scout Troop 553
Tuesday, February 21:
6:00 pm Centering Prayer
6:00 pm Girl Scout Troop Meeting
7:00 pm Al-Anon
7:30 p.m. AA
Wednesday, February 22:
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 23:
10:00 am Knit, Purl & Pray 
7:00 pm  Stewardship Meeting

Friday, February 24:
7:00 pm NAMI Meeting
7:00 pm Al-Anon  
7:30 pm  AA
Saturday, February 25:
 9:00   am Altar Guild
10:00 am Flower Guild
 5:00 pm Preschool Family Fun Night

St. Matthew's  Episcopal Church
1520 Oak Rd.
Snellville, GA 30078
South East
Gwinnett Co-op News

February Food Drive continues with  focus 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

Prayer and Meditation Links:

Episcopal Church Links:

Connecting , and Bishop Wright's Weekly  For Faith