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This Week At St. Matthew's
January 10, 2021

First Sunday After the Epiphany

All services are ONLINE only. Go to:

Weekday worship:
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 a.m.,
Wednesday (healing service) at 10:00 a.m.

This Sunday, January 10
TWO SERVICES


8:00 a.m.

Zoom Holy Eucharist: ++

Join Early Sunday a.m. Zoom Service:

and

10:45 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

Livestreamed From the Sanctuary
ONLINE ONLY
(no registration necessary)
To go to the Sunday 10:45 a.m. Online service:++
Sunday Worship Live Stream (best option)
or find the service on


for both services

SUNDAY QUICK LINKS

The adult CE Class class will be using the study of the Gospel of Mark for Epiphany.

YOUTH GROUP
will meet IN-PERSON and OUTSIDE
this Sunday at 5:00 p.m

All youth of the parish ages 6th through 12th grades are encouraged to attend, this fun fellowship event. For more information, please contact Fr. Tommy .
PLEASE NOTE:

Drive through Holy Communion will be distributed
after the 10:45 a.m. service ONLY
for thirty minutes after the end of the service
from the covered area at the back entrance to the church

Outreach -- Reverse Advent Calendar 
Drop-off Schedule

How is your Matthew's Crate coming along? There is still plenty of time to assemble a box for a family in need.

Boxes will be shared with families in the community through the SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries when completed:

Matthew's Crate Reverse Advent Calendar Donation Drop Off
and January Food Drive Drop Off @ St. Matthew's

Saturday, January 9th 9-11am
Saturday, January 16th 9-11am
Saturday, January 23rd 9-11am
Saturday, January 30th 9-11am

January Special Food Drive 

In addition to collecting our usual items of dried beans, peanut butter, and shampoo, the coop is asking for donations of feminine products and toilet paper. These items are not covered by food stamps and therefore are in constant need.
Help St. Matt’s Knit, Crochet, Pray Ministry With January Giving

We would like to invite you to help the children on Rosebud and our local homeless at the Church of the Common Ground to stay warm this winter. During the month of January we are asking for contributions of clean used sweaters and/or fleece and/or warm yarn. These items may be dropped off at church in the plastic bin (with a KCP sign on it) in the back of the church by the bench. The KCP members will make mittens from the sweaters and fleece and hats/scarves from the yarn. The KCP has made the work for Rosebud one of its continuous projects.

For the full article, please click here. See below for a note from Rosebud Mission!

Thank you so much for helping those in need.
Knit, Crochet & Pray Items Received at Rosebud Episcopal Mission

To: Beth DiGiovanni <bethdigiovanni@comcast.net>
Date: 12/30/2020 8:09 PM

Subject: All of the knitted items have gone out and we had a blast giving them out!!!

Oh, Beth, this has been SOOOO fun this year. We put the hats, scarves and gloves in the stockings that we gave out via the GLORY program, and then gave more to the White Buffalo Calf Woman’s Society (the domestic violence and sexual abuse shelter for women and their families). And everyone was overjoyed!!!!
 
WIth COVID, we haven’t been able to gather our children ... so we went to them instead and delivered to parents and grandparents, so the kids could open the gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas. 

I’m attaching one photo ... because it’s just so darned cute! Little one wore it all night, and all the next day!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! All y’all really helped make Christmas in a really weird year seem so much more normal for our children!

Blessings and peace,

Lauren

The Rev. Dr. Lauren R. Stanley
Superintending Presbyter, Rosebud Episcopal Mission (West)
Musings, Epiphany 2021

Last night, as I write this, was the final service of Christmastide, the Feast of the Epiphany. Since January 6 landed on a Wednesday this year, we were able to celebrate the occasion at the Healing Service yesterday morning. And as I lit the candles on my wreath for the last time, until Advent 2021, it got me to thinking about the events that started in Washington, DC, earlier in the day. The story we read at yesterday’s healing service was from Matthew, and it was about the wise men from the east following a star that would lead them to the King of the Jews. They left their homeland and followed the star, because they wanted to pay this child homage – the homage due him, as we all know. They stopped off in Jerusalem, perhaps because they figured if anyone would know, it would be Herod; after all, the coming of the King of the Jews had been foretold in the Jewish scriptures. Herod didn’t know, but his priests did. “Bethlehem”, they said. The wise men then turned their faces towards the star, which did NOT stop over Jerusalem, because, unfortunately for Herod, the King of the Jews was not in Jerusalem. The wise men traveled to Bethlehem and stopped where the star stopped – over a small house where they found the babe and his parents. An unlikely place, but the wise men knew they were at the right place, because they trusted the star.

I thought a lot about this story last night. We, too, are called to follow the star. The good news about hearing this story every January 6 is that it reminds us, right at the beginning of the new year, who we are called to make Lord over our lives. Each year, like a new year’s resolution, scripture reminds us to faithfully follow the star. And, like the wise men, when we find ourselves unsure, we wait and see where the star takes us. When we get to where the star stops, THAT is where we find our savior. If we trust the star, we find that the star does not stop over St. Matthew’s, nor does it stop over Atlanta. The star doesn’t stop over Washington, DC. The star only stops over Bethlehem, a small, relatively unimportant town in Judea, where God’s miracle took place. Beloved, the star leads us to the one we are to follow, and the Holy One over whom that star hangs is who we are called to worship.  

With much love, Mother Liz+   
Christmas Eve Bonfire Photos

It was a close thing weather-wise, and very very cold, but on Christmas Eve for the first time, St. Matthew's held a Christmas Bonfire service with Holy Eucharist on the lawn outside the undercroft. Those attending gathered around the light of the fire to celebrate the coming of the Light, the baby Jesus. Our thanks to the Crying Room Singers: Mindy Barringer, Bill Long, and Ron Hilburn, for their lovely music.
Fourth season of The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry podcast continues with guest Bryan Stevenson

Season 4 of The Episcopal Church’s podcast The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. In this episode, Bishop Curry talks with Bryan Stevenson – author, lawyer, and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama – about what it means to remember, reorient, and renew an active faith in Jesus and his Way of Love.


Please don't hesitate to contact either Mother Liz or Fr. Tommy
if you or your family have need of assistance or counsel.

Around St. Matt's
Prayer For The Parish
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP, p. 817)

Birthdays and Anniversaries
1/10 - 1/16

Birthdays: Olawale Fakorede, Sandra Hildebrant, Anthony Heaps, Linda Pearson, Graydon Ferrell-Mixon, Sam Harrison, Sylvia George, Addie Heaps, Sheila Ferrell, Thomas Jones, Faith Ozumba, Ike Ozumba, Bruce Bowen, Anna Burdett, Hunter Sanders

Anniversaries::Nancy & Steve Charron, Gail & Ted Sawyer
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St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

A N N U A L P A R I S H M E E T I N G

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

12 NOON

More details coming soon

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT
ONLINE MEETING
Vestry Nominations Still Open

Those interested in serving on Vestry at St. Matthew’s please contact John Byron, Amanda Livermont, Tina Staples, Bret Hurst or Mother Liz. Vestry is a 3-year commitment and meets once a month with a retreat in February. Vestry members serve in a leadership role with a ministry within the parish.

Vestry qualifications are: any confirmed communicant in good standing of the parish not less than 18 years of age, a regular attendant of church services the preceding year before election, and known by the treasurer to have made and fulfilled a stated financial commitment for church support throughout the preceding year before election.
St. Matthew's Financial Update
Financial Giving in REALM

stmatthewssnellville.org/give or
Text Stmattsnell to 73256

Or, give through your Realm account by logging into Realm and choose Giving.

Or, go to the church website, www.itsthepeople.org. Click on the blue Give Online button near the center of the page, and follow the prompts to choose the desired fund designation from the drop-down menu.

If you have trouble logging into Realm, please contact Susan Carson.

Please mail donations made by check to St. Matthew's, 1520 Oak Rd. Snellville, GA, 30078. DO NOT MAIL CASH.
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