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This Week At St. Matthew's
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Last Sunday After the Epiphany

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist

9:00 a.m. World Mission Sunday Breakfast
hosted by the Global Mission Committee

9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Christian Education

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

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Burning of the Palms March 5:
A basket has been placed in the narthex to collect blessed palm branches and crosses. They will be burned Shrove Tuesday evening in a short service at 7:15 p.m. in the courtyard. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, which begins March 6. 

Baptism --The Sacrament of Baptism will be offered at the Easter Vigil on April 20. If you or your child desires to be baptized, please contact the church office, or fill out the form found here .

,   Adult Christian Education

My Island, My Community
During this final quarter of the 2018/2019 school year, we will be sharing our stories and God’s stories about being alone, homeless, isolated and the need for community. Each week, we will explore, based on your class style, ways that the phrase ‘My Island, My Community’ relates to ‘The Story I Tell’. We will have a special forum with the Church of the Common Ground and even visit one Sunday. Church of the Common Ground is an Episcopal church community on the streets of Atlanta living the Good News that we are all God’s beloved.

Class Styles
Scripture- Making sense of Scripture today
Clay Olbon & Jim Jung
Relevant Tradition- How is affects my life?
Mona Livermont, Crystal Furman, & Elizabeth McGhee
Ages and Stages- Raising children in the church.
Ward Furman and Mary Louise Richards

Check out other Spring Adult Christian Education Classes and Other Than Sunday Offerings --

Café Theology to Start New Series

Beginning March 9, Café Theology will begin study of the book, The Anglican Spirit, by former Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey. This book contains introductory lectures on Anglican theology that are informal and conversational in style and offer an overview of Anglican theology, spirituality, and history. The book is available in paperback and on both Kindle and BookNOOK (Barnes & Noble). The class meets from 10:00-11:30 in the parish library on the following dates: March 9, March 23, March 30, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, June 29 and July 23. Since the book is a compilation of lectures, you can miss classes and still be able to participate in any mornings class. Coffee is definitely served, along with a light continental breakfast. ALL are welcome to join us!

Around St. Matt's


Parish Potluck Global Breakfast
9:00 a.m.
THIS Sunday, March 3, 2019

Everyone is invited 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 other items to be displayed.
Please contact Gini or Reid Peterson for more information.

Where are you from? Come mark your country or state of origin on a world map this Sunday!

Global Mission has been an important aspect of St. Matthew's focus almost from the beginning. Gini and Reid Peterson have headed up several trips both in the states and to other countries, and their work in the mission field began long before they came to St. Matthew's. We asked Gini about her heart for mission work. You'll see some other familiar faces in the photos in this article, others who also have a heart for mission and service.

TRACING MY MISSION JOURNEY  World Mission Sunday March 3, 2019
In today’s world many people are tracing their family roots. I decided to go a different route and look at my mission journey- from its early beginnings to the present.

Now, don’t panic! I’ll hit the high spots. If you want to know more, please ask me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Food will be served from 6-7 pm
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 replenish the needs of the youth space!
Youth, please arrive at 5:30 to help set-up!”
LENT Starts This Coming Week-
In the name of the Church, I invite you to a Holy Lent…

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday service on March 6. St. Matthew’s will offer Ash Wednesday services at 7am, 12 noon and 7:30pm. There are other liturgical changes you will notice beginning on Sunday, March 10:
† The liturgical color for the season is purple.
† We will use Rite 1 along with Eucharistic Prayer 1 for services during Lent.
† We will also return to using the Book of Common Prayer, as we did during Advent.
† We will return to using wafers in place of bread for Holy Communion and the priest and verger will intinct the wafers rather than passing the chalice. 
† The liturgical music also changes – we use the Kyrie instead of the Song of Praise, and the settings for the Sanctus and the Agnes Dei will be different.
† We will chant the psalm at the 10:30 service. The psalm will continue to be recited at the 8am service.
You can find a list of all the activities scheduled for Lent on the Lenten Calendar, which may be found in the Narthex beginning this Sunday. It is our hope and prayer that the worship and the Lenten activities help you fully embrace this season of reflection, repentance and reconciliation as we move towards the glory of Easter. 
Mother Liz


Ash Wednesday Services -- 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. , 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, March 6.

Every Wednesday in Lent (beginning March 13) -- Fellowship --A simple soup supper will be served from 5:30 -6:45 p.m. Come and go as your schedule permits.

Every Friday in Lent — Church open for quiet reflection 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.; Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Friday, March 29 — Quiet Reflection 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross with Musical Meditations at 7:00 p.m.

A special Adult Christian Formation series, 'My Island, My Community', will take place on Sunday mornings during Lent. See details about this series in this newsletter, above.

St. Matt’s Outreach—we will be supporting The Church of the Common Ground during Lent this year. See more about this, and other outreach projects here.

A Lenten calendar of St. Matt's activities will be available beginning Sunday, March 3. Pick one up to stay in the loop!

Lenten Meditation booklets provided by Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) will be available at the beginning of Lent. Our thanks to the Global Mission committee for providing these booklets.

Watch for other Lenten activities and programs during this season of repentance and renewal.

Vicar Monica Mainwaring To Visit St. Matthew's
The Very Reverend Monica Mainwaring, Vicar of Church of the Common Ground, will preach at both services next Sunday, March 10, as guest preacher. Church of the Common Ground is a church community on the streets of Atlanta living the Good News that we are all God’s beloved. Read more about our outreach project with the CCG below.  

Church of the Common Ground
For our Lenten Outreach project this year we will be supporting the Church of the Common Ground (CCG). CCG is a worshiping community of the diocese of Atlanta. You can find more details below.
We will be collecting 4 lb bags of sugar for the CCG. In a typical week, they go through 8 lbs of sugar a week during their programs. Our goal is to collect 416 lbs of sugar (104 bags)! There will be bins set up in the narthex March 6 through April 18. 
On March 31, we have been invited to worship with CCG 1:00-3:00 pm. Unfortunately there is only space for 15 parishioners to attend, so we will have a sign up sheet on the Outreach board beginning March 10. Read more.. .

Mending the Gap
Spring Cleaning -- We are collecting specific cleaning supplies : disinfecting wipes, 1 gallon trash bags, and liquid or pods laundry detergent to be shared with seniors served by this organization-- There is a bin in the old narthex (parish hall entry way) during March. Read more about Mending the Gap's work at .


A photographer will be in the Parish Hall during breakfast on Sundays through March 31 to take photos of you, your family, your children, or any combination in between.       
No appointment necessary, just stop by!
Hunger Walk Registration is Open! Join the St. Matt's Team and walk or run for the SE Gwinnett Co-Op on Sunday, 4/28. Last year the team raised over $5,000 and this year we're setting our goal even higher at $6,000! Register or donate now at

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 5 , for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! Middle and high school youth serve this traditional meal that marks the ending of the season of Epiphany and readies signals the beginning of Lent on March 6, Ash Wednesday. Youth, please plan to be at the church at 5:30 p.m. to help set up and serve. A love offering will be accepted, and funds raised will go towards the replenishing of the classrooms and youth areas in the undercroft.

Also, the registration is open for New Beginnings until March 9th . It will be held March 22-24, 2019.  

Atlanta Food Bank Applications for Youth Programs Open
Applications are now available for summer youth programs! This year, there are THREE different programs to choose from for your rising 8th - 12th graders – a Youth Leadership Summit, a Youth Service Summit and a Youth Learn and Serve day. Learn more and apply today!
YOUTH GROUP meets Sundays at 6:00 p.m . in the Undercroft. ALL youth of the parish 6th - 12th grades are invited to be a part of this exciting year. Bring a friend! For more information, contact Holly Bond or Amanda Livermont.

DIVE BIBLE STUDY FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH meets Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Mother Liz's office. For more information on this dynamic Bible study please contact Mother Liz or Amanda Livermont ..

Here's a calendar of Youth happenings for the remainder of the 2019 school year.


St. Matthews’ Stephen Ministers Attend Annual Retreat at First United Methodist Church Lawrenceville Jan. 11-12, 2019

This past month the St. Matthew’s Stephen Ministers attended the retreat provided by the Stephen Ministers at First United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville. The purpose of the retreat is to participate in fellowship, supervision, and obtain regular continuing education that will enable us to be better care givers in our ministry.
On Friday evening, we separated into groups and received a booklet with life questions. The purpose of this exercise was to help us understand and be ready to answer any question that might arise with our care receiver.
On Saturday a representative from UGA Extension Service presented a session on good nutrition (see below).
Good food, fun, and spiritual connection was enjoyed by all.

For more information on Stephen Ministry,

"Other Than Sunday" Offerings During the Week

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Wednesdays With the Word
Snellville Police Officers
March Birthdays:

Admin Assistant Jerrie Armour, March 14
Lt. John Tainter, March 15
Officer Bucky Bullock, March 29
Lt. Robert Pendleton, March 29

  Prayer for Police Officers

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women in law enforcement in our neighborhoods, cities, and on our highways. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; protect their families; strengthen them in their trials; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Adapted, BCP p.823)


Are YOU logged into Realm yet? We have migrated all our parish member records to the newer ACS cloud-based records system called REALM. By now you should have received an email invitation from St. Matthew’s to join REALM, and it is important for you to follow the instructions in the email to set yourself up in Realm . You can view your family's records in the new system (including your record of giving), look up contact information for other church members, and stay in touch with your ministry and group activities. You will be able to change your address and  contact information and upload a photo to the directory, among other things.

If you have any problems logging into REALM, or have not received an invitation to REALM from St. Matthew's, please speak with Susan Carson or contact her at

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