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This Week At St. Matthew's
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Fifteenth 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

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Featured This Week:

Musings From Mother Liz:
This week’s newsletter has a lot of information around the restart of Christian formation and opportunities for both outreach activities and physical fitness with Father Tommy, and a wonderful article on the Canticles by Kyle, so I am ceding my space to Bishop Wright and Barbara Brown Taylor (see below). I’ll be back next week with thoughts around what “on-campus worship” will look like. Mother Liz+

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Sunday School / Christian Ed / Bible Study / Café Theology

Youth Group Zoom Info

Call For Sunday School Teachers

Outreach -- (New!) Mending the Gap Donation Drive
Night Without A Bed FINAL WEEKEND

September 14 Walking Group With Fr. Tommy

New! Coming Soon--Hiking Group

Tea and Conversation Thursday, September 17 (click for link to Zoom info)

And More!

The Fifteenth Sunday
After Pentecost

Morning Prayer

This Sunday, September 13

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)
or find the service on
Zoom Coffee Hour and SS/CE
Start Sunday School HERE!
Come join the fun every Sunday
at 9:00 a.m.! Reconnect with your friends and our St. Matthews Community and go on to your Sunday School or CE class from here in breakout sessions.

Meeting ID: 955 2587 5450
Passcode: StMatts20

Begins THIS Sunday,
September 13


We are offering Sunday School and Christian Education through Zoom this fall. We will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and our ability to meet face to face when it is safe for everyone. The level of break out rooms by grade level will be dependent on attendance and registration. We will closely monitor and make adjustments to best suit the needs of the children.
If you have problems registering, please email Crystal Furman, Debbie Stallings, or Fr. Tommy.

On Sunday morning, log into the Coffee Hour Zoom and break out into classes from that Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 955 2587 5450
Passcode: StMatts20

Adult Study on The Way of Love With Bishop Michael Curry
We will be studying Godly Love! The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.

HAVE YOU REGISTERED? (see above link!)
Christian Education Needs

We are getting ready to start Sunday School for the 2020-2021 school year. We will begin remote teaching on September 13th. Registration will determine how many grade level groups we will have and how many teachers we will need. You can sign up using this link: 20-21 Sunday School Teacher Sign-up  for the Sundays that will work for you.

We will be hosting a Zoom teachers training on September 29 at 10:00 a.m., which will include information about using the curriculum and on using the technology, with plenty of time for answering any question you may have. 
If you are interested please let one of the members of the Christian Education committee know as soon as possible.

Outreach At St. Matt's

The Outreach committee is collecting much needed supplies for Mending the Gap during the month of September. 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. 

Items Needed:
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toilet Paper
  • Canned Chicken

You can drop off donations at St. Matthew’s on Sundays in September between 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

If you would like to order and ship your donations directly, please send to:
Fay Josephs, Mending the Gap
15 Kentshire Pl
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Night Without a Bed

We’ve reached our goal of $500 for Family Promise! Jennifer won’t be sleeping on the floor (for which she is grateful to our generous supporters at St. Matthew’s) but unfortunately too many families in our community still don’t have a bed to sleep in at night. 
How can you help? 
Through September 12th, you can still donate to our team fundraiser online at
Your donation will help support the Family Promise mission to help local families in
a crisis.  
Even if you cannot donate at this time, you can still be an integral part of this
campaign by sharing our team page (above link) with friends and family through
emails and social media.
Check the St. Matthew’s Facebook page for updates on our progress and thank you for your support!
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 This Week
9/13 - 9/19/2020

Birthdays: Bret Hurst, Gail Kise, Roy Vore, Lori Bean, Dick Ferrell, Mike Fitzpatrick, Gabe Papadatos, Katherine Reynolds

Anniversaries: Heidi & John Byron
Zoom Link below

It is said that the most common phrase in our Bible is “be not afraid” or some variation of to “not fear.” If that is true, how often do we follow that encouragement? 

More likely, our default posture is to live “in fear,” or “anxiety,” or “dread,” or “worry.” So, how can we move towards a life that is oriented towards “faith” and “trust?”  
Well, that will be our theme or subject for this year; How to “be not afraid” in the midst of life’s fears.
Youth Ministries at St. Matt’s invites us to “Turn Around,” or make a “U” Turn, “from fear towards faith.” 

Children/Youth in grades 6 - 12th grade are encouraged to be a part of the St. Matthew’s Youth Group. This group goes beyond Christian Formation to nurture the needs of the youth of the church. Youth members are encouraged to take an active leadership role while participating and growing in their faith. 

So please join us Sundays on Zoom beginning Sunday, September 13th at 4 p.m. for the voyage.

Here's the ZOOM link info:

Topic: Youth Group
Time: Sep 13, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
       Sep 13, 2020 04:00 PM
       Sep 20, 2020 04:00 PM
       Sep 27, 2020 04:00 PM
       Oct 4, 2020 04:00 PM
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Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 927 9585 6469
Passcode: 311504
Café Theology Returns on September 19, 2020 via Zoom!

We are going into our fifth year of offering Café Theology, a book study and conversation group for those who want to go deeper into theological discussion or for those who cannot make weekday bible studies. 

Café Theology meets on alternate Saturdays, from 10am-11:30am. We normally share coffee and breakfast, but that will have to be offered virtually this year. We will be meeting via Zoom until more access is available at the church. 

Our first book for this year is Almost Everything: Note on Hope, by Anne Lamott. This book is available on Amazon, on the Barnes and Noble website, through used book dealers, in electronic format and there are copies available through Gwinnett library. All are welcome to join for coffee and conversation. 

Meeting dates for 2020 are September 19, October 3, October 17, October 31, November 7, November 21, December 5 and December 19. 

Wednesday with the Word is changing to: Thursday with the Text!!

In this time of COVID challenge, the study of scripture and looking to God for encouragement in his Holy Word is needed more than ever! So, since we are unable to guarantee access to the campus for our usual Wednesday morning study, and to allow those who work during the week but would love a bible study at night, we are moving WWW to Thursday evenings, from 7-8 p.m. This year, we will begin our studies by looking at the good advice James gives his community about how to give thanks and thrive when times are tough (sound familiar???). All you will need to bring is a Bible, as we begin the study of the Letter of James (there are also on-line bibles where you can print out the study section for the week). Class begins on October 1 and we will continue our scripture study through December 10.
Monday Morning Walking Group Sept 14 at 7:30 a.m.

The Monday Morning Walking Group will meet at Tribble Mill Park, 2125 Tribble Mill Pkwy, Grayson 30017..
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.
NEW! Hiking Group Coming in October

Are you looking to enjoy nature and spend some time hiking on our beautiful trails? But don’t want to hike alone? Well, here is your chance. I will be starting up the Hiking Group beginning in October. 

The plan is to meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month. The idea is to hike some trails which are close by and will only take up half the day.
Our first hike will take place on Wednesday, October 7th at Harbins Park in Dacula. The hike is under 6 miles long and will take under 3 hours.
If you are not able to make October’s hike make sure that you put November 4th on your calendar. 
If you are interested in joining please contact Fr. Tommy.

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees”― Henry David Thoreau

Centering Prayer meets online every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in trying this ancient form of prayer, please contact Vicki Conway for more information.

Tea and Conversation Group

Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. All are invited to bring their tea (or beverage) and join Mother Liz for a zoom conversation group about how we are managing our lives during this time of creative challenge. 

Come, connect and converse.

Liz Hendrick is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Sep 17, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
       Every week on Thu, until Dec 17, 2020, 16 occurrence(s)
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Meeting ID: 938 4883 1217
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Online Training Class

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dismantling Racism Training classes are now ONLINE* for the remainder of 2020. All classes will be held on Zoom until in-person classes are allowed to reconvene sometime next year.

This class is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members. Click the link below for the online training class schedule.  

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

Financial Giving in REALM or
Text Stmattsnell to 73256

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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