Week of July 8, 2018


Our mission is to continue the Incarnation of our  Lord Jesus Christ by serving the
greater community through
loving its children, caring for the unfortunate, 

and witnessing to the healing power of God's love. 

In This Issue
      THIS WEEK               

Vestry -- Sun, July 8 @ 1:00 p.m.
Stephen Ministry -- Mon, July 9 1:00 pm
Worship -- Tues July 10 7:00 pm
Stewardship -- Thurs July 12 
7:00 pm
Christian Ed Planning -- 10 am. -- 2:00 pm

All committee meetings are open to everyone. Want to know more about what's happening at St. Matt's? Come to a committee meeting!

Regular Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 9 am - 5 pm
Fri: 9 am - 1 pm

There is no 10:00 a.m. service on Wednesday,  July 11 
due to VBS. 
Wednesday services will resume with Morning Prayer on July 18, 25 or August 1. Holy Eucharist resumes on August 8.
Summer Choir 
Come and make a joyful noise with the Summer Choir during June and July. Adults, Youth and Children are welcome. Make it a family affair! We will be singing easy and familiar selections with a brief warm up/practice in the choir loft at 9:00 prior to the 9:30 service in July. Contact Kyle for more information - maestrokyle75@gmail.com.

Many thanks to those who donated 
blood to the Red Cross in our recent Blood Drive. Members of St. Matthew's donated  twenty-one pints of blood  to this important cause!
Please join us this Sunday
July 8 , 2018
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

 8:3 0 a.m.  Breakfast
9:30 a.m. 
 Holy Eucharist  

Rev. Canon Liz Hendrick, Celebrant

Nursery provided in the Christian Education wing


2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13
See serving schedule at the end of this publication, or click here.

Vacation Bible School
(for Special Needs VBS see below)

Starts Monday!!
Monday, July 9-Friday, July 13
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ages 4-10 (rising pre-K - rising Fifth Grade)

Cost: $25.00 per child
(payable on the first day of camp)

Online Registration is open for campers!
(Or pick up a form at church)

LAST CHANCE To register a camper,  click here.

Rising Pre-K through Rising 5th Grade (ages 4-10)
Tuesday & Thursday, July 10 & 12, 2018 
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
COST: $15/child 
LAST CHANCE To register a special needs camper, click here.

There will be an Important parish forum after church service next Sunday, July 15. This forum will provide an opportunity to discuss staff changes at St. Matthew's, announced in a letter sent out last week and effective August 1. Please plan to attend. The letter is attached here.

All VBS volunteers are needed to help set up, and any others who can stay would be most appreciated. Safeguarding training will be held for those who need it (new or a refresher).

We will order pizza from Mellow Mushroom. We'll work while the training is going on and then those folks will join us. It's all hands on deck!  VBS starts MONDAY! 


Celebration of Sally Ulrey's 15 years of ministry at St. Matthew's

Following the 9:30 a.m. service in the Parish Hall
Please mark your calendars.  More info to follow.


As you enter and exit St Matthew's campus, take a few moments to observe the setting. We have seven acres, and are working hard to beautify and maintain the landscape. The gardens have been expanded and are looking beautiful. Our landscape company does a nice job of keeping our grass cut, edging and trimming shrubbery. Most of the planting, watering, and weeding, however, is being done by just three Gardening Angels: Beth DiGiovanni, Heidi Byron, and Janis Williams. With a nice amount of rainfall lately, the plants AND weeds are loving it! It requires almost constant attention, and 
we need your help.

A lot can be accomplished in just an hour or two. If you would like to help us, please call me at 770-367-4930 to meet and I will be happy to tutor you in what is a weed, and what isn't, and how we do it. OK? You can make a big difference in a short amount of time.  Any amount of time weeding would be a great help in keeping the campus beautiful.

If you are not available for physical labor, we can also use donations for pine straw and hardwood mulch. We do not have enough!

Thanks so much,


School Supplies Drive - Mid-June through July 22nd we will be collecting school supplies for the clients of Seven Springs. You will find a list of supplies on the Outreach bulletin board and You can find a wish list on Amazon here. Amazon purchases can be sent directly to the church.   On Sunday, 7/22, after the service we will fill backpacks with the school supplies. Everyone is invited to help with this, so plan to attend!

Sing-along / Birthday Nursing Home Ministry At Delmar Gardens
4-5pm Saturday 7/28
Come join musicians from St Matthew's to sing Christian songs or help serve cake, ice cream and punch and mingle with the clients at the nursing home in Lawrenceville. For more information please contact Heather Pratt, Mindy Barringer or Chuck Marsh.
Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
Food Preparation for Monday Night Dinner
After the service on 7/29 we will prepare sandwiches, cut and package watermelon, and package cookies that will be served at the co-op on Monday evening, 7/30.

In addition to collecting our usual items of
dried beans, jelly, and shampoo, the coop is asking for donations of
canned pineapple. The pineapple is always in high demand and just seems to fly off the shelves.

Thank you for supporting this vital ministry!

The Southeast Gwinnett Co-op has a critical need for volunteers. For more information on how 
you can help,  
Looking for a way to make a difference?
Volunteer at the Co-op!
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING Snellville Police Officers i
n your prayers this month:
July Birthdays:
Detective Austin Saunders, July 3
Reginald Hubbard, July 8
Officer Terry Carpenter, July 12
Officer Phillip Poole, July 13
Communications Officer Clara Lara, July 31
Thank you to Mitch Michaels who baked some wonderful birthday treats for the  officers. If you would like to provide a homemade or store-bought treat for the officers for their birthdays, please contact Becky Olbon at beckyolbon@yahoo.com or call  770-923-9186
    Youth--T-Shirt Fundraiser

The Youth are Raising Funds to make the Undercroft a more warm and inviting space for Youth!

Please consider buying a shirt for yourself or as gifts for others to support the youth!  The T-Shirt fundraiser will run through July 31st, and half of everything you spend will go toward the undercroft!


10 Designs to choose from!

Also selling shirts at church Sundays in July!

Please bring checks or cash with you on Sunday (we apologize that we cannot take credit cards or online money at this time).  Give money to Sally Ulrey!

With the funds, the youth will create a seating/hang out/reception area, purchase recreational games like ping pong or fooseball table, and some decorations to make it feel more like a youth space, following the flood where they lost many of their items.  

  Fellowship --S ave The Date!

Stone Mountain Park
October 19th, 20th & 21st
Fall 2018 Weekend Parish Retreat

Please be aware that on the weekend of October 19 st through the 21 st we will be celebrating a weekend of
"Fun, Food and Fellowship" at Stone Mountain Park. This parish-wide event is for the entire family. We are planning a weekend full of activities to allow for our church family to build community, have fun and grow spiritually. Activities are in the works that include parishioners of all ages and all our ministries at St. Matthew's.
Please plan to attend the activities for the weekend. We have secured the "J" camping trail at Stone Mountain. for this event. All parishioners that want to camp will be able to do it. The park also has two hotels on-site and for those who prefer to go in for the day, they will be able to do that as well. We will have the Holy Eucharist at the park on Sunday October 21 st .

Details of cost and activities schedule will be provided soon. Stay tuned!!!

Peace be with you!
Your Fellowship Committee







Preschool Happenings

There is just one camp remaining this summer.
Our camps will be available to rising 2 year olds-rising 1st graders.
(Children who have not turned two years of age, by the onset of any given camp, may only attend 2 days.)
The Preschool will provide a snack and children will bring a lunch each day.

Space Camp - July 16-20

Time: 9:30 a. m. - 1:30 p m
Cost: $100 per session
You can register on our website:


2018 - 2019 Preschool Registration Update!
M-F Fours - 1 opening
T-F Fours - 7 openings
M-F Threes - 4 openings
T/Th Toddlers - 7 openings
W/F Toddlers - 6 openings

For full information on fees, registration and classes, check out the St. Matt's Preschool website,

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Coming In August
Lifetouch Photo Shoot

Do you wish you could put a face with a name? You will have the opportunity to do that soon!
Sittings for individuals and families (pets too!) will be available
August 23 - 27
to be gathered into a parish pictorial directory.

Sittings for friends and neighbors welcome also. Photo packages available .

 To r eserve your portrait session online    click here .
Lifetouch will donate one photo per family to the church for our  photo directory.
No purchase necessary.

July 8, 2018 


Be at peace.

Do not fear the changes of life, rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them. He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in His arms. Do not be afraid of what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

-St. Francis de Sales