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 This Week At St. Matthew's
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Summer Weekday Service Schedule Click here .
Mondays - 6:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays & Thursdays - 8:00 a.m. 
Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. – Healing Service
Fridays - 6:00 p.m. - Compline

Please note that Mother Liz will be on vacation from July 21-31.
Please contact Fr. Tommy or Becky Olbon with any emergency needs .

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Virtual Coffee Hour Continues --This Sunday 9:15 - 9:50 a.m.

Production Help Wanted

Birthdays and Anniversaries This Week

Monday Morning Walking Group With Fr. Tommy

Tubing the Chattahoochee! Friday, August 7

The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Including Spiritual Communion**

This Sunday, July 26

10:00 a.m.

Online Video Service 
Filmed in the Sanctuary

Click This Link to go to the Sunday Online service:
Sunday Worship Live Stream - St. Matthews Episcopal Church
Please note: Last week's service will be available until the next Sunday's service begins.

**During this time of pandemic, we are not able to come together as a community to share the body and blood of our Lord. You are invited to receive the sacrament spiritually. A spiritual communion is a personal devotional that anyone can pray at any time to express their desire to receive Holy Communion at that moment, but in which circumstances impede them from actually receiving Holy Communion.

Come join the fun every Sunday at 9:15 a.m.! Reconnect with your friends
and our St. Matthews Community!
Coffee and donuts welcome!

Here's How:
1. If you do not have Zoom , follow the instructions in the video below on how to download:

2. If you have Zoom , or once you have Zoom downloaded, 
  • a. Click “JOIN”
  • b. Type Meeting ID: 5572242746
  • c. Meeting Host is Liz Hendrick
  • d. Type Password: StMatts
  • e. You’ll be in a waiting room until you are admitted by an admin. 
  • f. You might have to give permission to zoom to access your video and audio.
  • g. Zoom works on computers and cell phones!

Any questions? Give Mother Liz (770-820-9448) or Amanda Livermont (678-491-7457) a call.

I’m really looking forward to “seeing” everyone on Sunday.

Mother Liz+
Mother Liz+

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)
help wanted
Help Wanted!
Production for online worship is continuing for the foreseeable future. If you have any training or experience and can commit a few hours a week, your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Amanda Livermont, Steve McFarland or Jim Stallings.

There is also a need for technical support for some of our members who are unable to attend online worship on a consistent basis because of technical challenges. If you would be willing to commit 1 to 2 hours a week assisting people with getting connected, please let Tina Staples know.

If you are having any trouble getting connected to Facebook or YouTube, please send us an email and someone will call you to assist. Contact
Birthdays and Anniversaries This Week
7/26 - 08/01/2020

Birthdays: Isaac Camden, Kira Coats, Tim Richards, Lindsay Wheeler, Elliot Griffiths, Ruel Morrison, Diane Eberhart, Nick Faircloth, Jimmy Piechowiak, Nadira Desamu-Thorpe, Neema Desamu-Thorpe, Liam Fitzpatrick, Dennis Doane, Shona Morris, Carol Podeszwa

Anniversaries : Ashley & Brett Pierson, Amanda & Levi Livermont, Dick & Sheila Ferrell
Monday Morning Walking Group

The Monday Morning Walking Group will be meeting at Rabbit Hill Park:
400 Rabbit Hill Rd, Dacula, GA 30019; on Monday, July 27th at 7:30 a.m.  

Wanting exercise and some conversation? Join us every Monday morning at various parks around the Gwinnett County area. 

If you are interested please contact
Fr. Tommy for more information.
Tubing Outing

Tired of the Heat?  Ready for some relief? Join us for a lazy and refreshing plunge into a nice cool river. On Friday, August 7th , Debby and I are planning on tubing down the Chattahoochee River.  

Would you and your family like to join us? If so, we will be using Helen Water Park for tube rental. The rental cost is $10 per individual. Here is the link;

Our plan is to arrive at the Lower Tubing location, located at 685 Brucken St. Helen GA. 30545, by 10 a.m. to rent our tubes and begin our tubing adventure. The ride on the river lasts about 2 hours.  

If you are interested in joining us please understand that due to Covid-19 restrictions you will have to provide your own transportation to and from the river. Please let me know if you will be meeting us there!

If you have any questions please contact Fr. Tommy .  

This year’s Virtual VBS invited the whole family to participate. VBS consisted of exploring “Godly Joy in Worship,” by creating and enriching a family’s Home Altar Space. Families enhanced their Home Altar Space through the ministries of Altar Guild, Flower Guild, Music, and Bread Guild and learned how to incorporate nature in their Sacred Space. Thank you to all who worked to put this VBS together. To view these videos, check out our StMattsSnellville YouTube videos from the week's activities.

If you were not able to attend or would like to create or enrich your Home Altar Space we have posted all the videos on our website . We also have additional Activity Bags for those interested. Please contact Fr. Tommy to coordinate.
Prayers Requested

Please pray
  • For all those individuals willing to participate in Covid-19 vaccine trials
  • For an end to the pandemic: that the virus will abate in our country and the world
  • For those working to find answers through treatments and vaccines.
  • For those who have died in the pandemic, and for their families
  • For local, state, and federal officials as they make decisions about the current health and economic crisis.
  • For caregivers in hospitals and nursing homes, and healing for those who are sick
  • For our shut-ins and infirm, and all those isolated from loved ones during this pandemic.
  • For an end to the violence and division in our country, and for God's healing hand on our nation.
  • For safety for those protesting injustice, for police and first responders, and for those whose lives and livelihood have been disrupted by violence
  • That God will turn the hearts of mankind to reflect God's love in all they say and do
  • For farmers and all who grow, raise, process and distribute food for our tables, and for food pantries helping to provide for those most in need
  • For migrant farmworkers, among the most vulnerable of the vulnerable, front line heroes who continue to supply our tables.
  • For the homeless, and all those experiencing food or shelter insecurity.

If you have prayer requests you would like included in next week's Messenger, please send them to with the heading For the E-Letter .

Prayer requests can also always be sent to the DOK by contacting Peggy Isaacs or Lynne Kiker , or any DOK member. Prayer requests sent to the DOK are confidential and will not be shared outside the DOK membership without your permission.

St. Matthew's has had several instances of scam emails coming to members recently. This problem seems to be increasing in this confusing time of pandemic and uncertainty. You are urged to always verify any email you receive asking for funds or other support that seems out of the norm, by talking directly to the person who is supposedly contacting you via email.
Do not click on any links in the email directly.

Scammers trick you into giving them your money or your personal information. The scammers may appear to be legitimate and may even pose as a person or organization you are familiar with. Sometimes email addresses mimic the sender's address closely, making it difficult to distinguish its validity. Please exercise extreme caution with these emails. 

If you have recently received an unusual email from a parish leader requesting gift cards or money it could be part of a scam. 

If you think you may have received a scam email , we recommend the following:
  • Carefully check the sender’s name and email address
  • Look out for misspelled words and incorrect grammar 
  • Do not click on any suspicious links or attachments
  • Report the email as spam

Reporting A Scam
If you would like to report a scam the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main agency that collects scam reports. Report your scam via email or by phone:
1-877-382-4357 (9:00 AM - 8:00 PM, ET)
File a report to the FTC at

For Information on the Corona Virus,
COVID-19, go to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) website:

Gwinnett County Information can be found here:

The county information is here (scroll down):

The day-by-day information is here (scroll down to "Situation report" - there is one "here" for the past day and one "here" for historic information; there are .pdfs):


FEMA, GEMA and the State of Georgia DBHDD have created the State of Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line (available 24/7). When you call, there will be a caring professional available to listen and they will have resources available if needed.

State of Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line (available 24/7);
(866) 399-8938

Parish Financial Update June 30 2020
From Our Treasurer

This is an update on St. Matthew’s financial standing after six months in 2020. The majority of this time was spent with the building being closed and with virtual services. Although we are behind our budget with a $21,606 deficit, our giving has been consistent to cover all bills without having to use our reserve accounts. Thanks to all parishioners for giving during this time so that the church can continue function, and we ask that you continue giving as we go forward.

Chuck Marsh
Financial Giving in REALM

It's easy! Go to the church website, . 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.
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