St. Matthew's Messenger

September 18, 2022

Healing Service 

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.


The church office is open

10 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Monday through Thursday.

Closed Fridays


  • A Word from Mother Pat+
  • Outreach: Mending the Gap
  • Flagpole Project Update
  • Coming Events:
  • St. Matthew's Day Celebration Luncheon and Ministry Fair NEXT SUNDAY Sept 25
  • Blessing of the Animals - October 9 at 2:00 p.m. "Save the Date"
  • New Beginnings Oct 7-9 (Middle School) Registration Open
  • Happening Oct 14-16 (High School) Registration Open
  • Mark Your Calendars

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist

8:00 a.m.


10:30 a.m.**

Service Bulletin for both services

or attend the 10:30 a.m. service virtually

on Facebook Live

Includes Rite** of Passage Liturgy

Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m.

in the parish hall

Sunday School for all ages

resumes this Sunday

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

  • PreK 4's - 5th grade in the CE wing
  • 6th - 12th grades downstairs in the undercroft 
  • Adult Bible Study in the library
  • Adult Book Study in the meeting room next to the preschool office (moved from the parish hall)

Come Celebrate!

St. Matthew’s Day Luncheon Celebration & Ministries Fair 

Have you signed up yet?

Free Sit-Down Meal

Date: NEXT SUNDAY September 25, 2022 in the parish hall

Time: After the 10:30 a.m. service

Please Register on Realm: give the number in your party, and the number of Gluten Free meals needed. (Or you can also sign up on the bulletin board in the main hallway.)

Menu: Standard Meal: Parmesan Chicken w/Spaghetti, Salad Bar, Hawaiian Roll, Tea, Lemonade, Water

Menu: Gluten Free: Grilled Chicken, Chickpea Pasta, Salad Bar, Tea, Lemonade, Water

A wide variety of ministries will be represented at the Ministry Fair and will have desserts available at the ministry tables.

Use your spiritual gifts in one of the many ministries available at St. Matt's.  

A Word from Mother Pat+: A prayer for reflection

This week perhaps you can find a time to open and close your day with new prayers. These prayers may be familiar to you or new to you. I selected these prayers because they express our thoughts in a pattern of words which may free us from the need to excel or to achieve simply for the sake of completing the work. These prayers allow us to offer ourselves to God with hope and the assurance of God’s eternal presence with us; however, these prayers do not simply focus on our immediate needs. These prayers focus us on God and God’s presence with us.

If these prayers are useful, I invite you to print and save them, to use as you will. Both prayers come from the New Zealand Prayer Book pgs. 183 & 184.

Let us pray:

God our Creator, our center, our friend,

we thank you for our good life,

for those who are dear to us,

for our dead, and for all who have helped and influenced us.

We thank you for the freedom we have,

and the extent to which we control our lives;

and most of all we thank you for the faith that is in us,

for our awareness of you and our hope in you.

Keep us, we pray you, thankful and hopeful

and useful until our lives shall end. Amen.

Prayer for the night:

Lord, it is night.

The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let it be.

The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilites.

In your name we pray, Amen.

Prayer is essential to our Christian journey. May you find yourself ever mindful of God’s presence. Mother Pat+ Mo Pat+

Outreach at St. Matt's

September Donation Drive: Mending the Gap

This month we are once again collecting donations of paper products and cleaning supplies for Mending the Gap.

Mending the Gap Inc. provides seniors with one-on-one supportive services that will meet their basic needs and alleviate isolation, while creating healthy and fulfilling relationships.

Needed items are:

toilet paper, paper towels, dish and dishwasher soap, cleaning products, facial tissue, laundry detergent.

We ask that laundry detergent and other bottled items be smaller, easier to manage sizes for seniors (no "economy" sizes).

You can drop off your donations on Sundays or during the week during office hours (10am-1pm M-Thurs), or purchase items online and have them delivered directly to St. Matthew's Outreach, 1520 Oak Road, Snellville, GA 30078. Thank you for your generous support!

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Youth Events

New Beginnings! New Beginnings is a diocesan middle school spiritual formation retreat. It's an opportunity for youth to learn about themselves, God and each other.

October 7-9, 2022 at Camp Mikell

$150 fee- St. Matthews has full and partial scholarships available- requests made to Jay or Holly or Amanda

Team Applications- extended deadline to 9/9/22 at midnight. 

Participant Applications-

Adult Applications- we'll need at least 1 male and 1 female Sponsor to go with our group!


Happening! Happening is a diocesan high school spiritual formation retreat. It's an     opportunity for youth to learn about themselves, God and each other.

October 14-16, 2022 at Camp Mikell

$150 fee- St. Matthews has full and partial scholarships available- requests made to Jay or Holly or Amanda

Candidate Application (grade 9-12)-


  • Sunday, Sept 25 at 6:00 p.m. -- Youth Bowling Night
  • Sunday, Oct 16 -- Youth Group Movie Night
  • Sundays Oct 23 & 30 -- Youth Group 5-7 p.m.


Around St. Matt's

Flag Pole Project Update Thank you to those who have donated towards this project. We are at about the halfway point raising the funds for the planned flagpole on the grounds of St. Matthew's.  A long-standing desire of Nancy Drury, the project as approved by the vestry will be funded by donations only. When complete it will include a plaque at the base that will read “For those we have loved and lost.” Several locations on the grounds are being explored for the flag, on a site visible from the street but not interfering with activities at the church. The estimated cost for the project will be $3500. To donate towards this fund, please make your check to St. Matthew’s and mark it “Flag Pole Fund”. For more information, please see John Eberhart or Trisha Voiles

Save the Date!

Blessing of the Animals 

Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m.

in the St. Matt's gardens

More information coming soon

Mark Your Calendars (so you don't miss anything)

  • Saturday, Sept 17 — St. Matt’s goes to the Gwinnett Stripers game! We have 40 people going!
  • Wednesday, Sept 21-- Feast of St. Matthew. Eucharist at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept 25 -- Rite of Passage (8th grade Youth) at 10:30 a.m. service
  • Sunday, Sept 25 — St. Matthew’s Day Luncheon Celebration & Ministries Fair in the parish hall after the 10:30 service. See Realm Sign Up, above
  • Sunday, Sept 25 at 6:00 p.m. -- Youth Bowling Night
  • Friday, Oct 7 at 7:00 p.m. -- Restaurant Foyers at Fratelli's New York Style Pizza & Restaurant, Grayson Realm Sign Up coming soon
  • Sunday, Oct 9 -- Blessing of the Animals at 2:00 p.m. - Watch for info
  • Fri -Sun, Oct. 7-9 New Beginnings (Middle School Youth)
  • Fri - Sun, Oct 14-16 Happening (High School Youth)
  • Sunday, Oct 16 -- Parish Sing Along after the 10:30 service. More info coming soon
  • Sunday, Oct 16 -- Youth Group Movie Night
  • Thurs, Oct 20 at 12 noon -- Lunch Bunch at El Jinete Mexican Restaurant, Centerville
  • Sundays Oct 23 & 30 -- Youth Group 5-7 p.m.


Thanks to those who served breakfast last week: Jim Jung, Gary Ellis, & Jack Reynolds

Breakfast hosts this Sunday, September 18: Open 

Which Sunday would you or your group like to help serve breakfast? This Sunday, September 18 is open and available to host. October dates will be posted soon. 

Funds are available to assist with costs. Ministry groups, committees, and individuals are invited to sign up for any open Sunday in September.

To sign up, click here.

For more information on this ministry or to volunteer, contact Trisha Voiles.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

9/18 -9/24

Birthdays: Dick Ferrell, Mike Fitzpatrick, Gabriel Papadatos, Katherine Reynolds, Bobbi Mendrala, Ashley Taylor, N'Shylah Rivera, Leigh Bottomley, Carol Walsh, Jake Chapman, BC Thomas


Anniversaries: Phyllis & Wayne Lowery, Sharon Ferrell & Buddy Mixon 



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