Week of June 17, 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
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Matthew's
8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Please join us next Sunday,
June 24th, when the Epiphany Choir plays at the 10:30 a.m. service.           
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 9:50  prior to the 10:30 service in June and 9:00 prior to the 9:30 service in July. Contact Kyle for more information - maestrokyle75@gmail.com.

Sundays in June 
there will be the regular 
8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

 Sundays in JULY 
(July 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29)
there will be
One Service Only  
at 9:30 a.m.

This will give us the opportunity to worship together as one body on those Sundays, and to meet and fellowship with those we may not see often during the rest of the church year.

A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., and the Summer Family Choir will practice briefly at 9:00 a.m. also. 

Two services will resume August 5.

Lifetouch Photos

for a pictorial directory

Coming Soon!

August 23-27

Save the dates!

Please join us this Sunday
June 17, 2018
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Father's Day

8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
  9:00 a.m. 
Father's Day Breakfast 
10:30 a.m. 
 Holy Eucharist  
Rev. Canon Liz Hendrick, Celebrant

Nursery provided in the Christian Education wing
at 10:30 service

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Psalm 20
2 Corinthians 5:6-10,[11-13],14-17
Mark 4:26-34

See serving schedule at the end of this publication, or click here.
You Are Invited!
THIS Sunday  June 17th, noon- 2:00 PM
in the Christian Education Wing.
Come see what Reading Camp Learning Centers look like and meet some of the Reading Camp Team. We look forward to seeing you.
 There are still ways you can help with Reading Camp by donating needed items:
Kroger, Walmart, and Costco gift cards
Potholder loops (3 bags)
Food items: Corn Flakes or Frosted Flakes cereal
                       Fruit Cups in natural juices (3 boxes)
                       Ham sandwich meat
                       Nature's Own White Bread
                       Fruit Gummies/Gummy Bears
                       1 dozen eggs
                       Cherry tomatoes
                       String cheese
                       Cream cheese
                       Lemonade mix
If you can help with any of these items, please bring them to the church no later than Sunday morning. Thank you!   
Reading Camp At Snellville         

Reading Camp at Snellville, held annually since 2013, will be up and running again this year from June 18-22. It is modeled after the Reading Camp program begun by the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky.

A non- religious, no-fee camp, the camp focuses on campers who are rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and who demonstrate a deficit in reading skills. Campers participate in morning learning centers and afternoon traditional camping experiences. Nutritious meals- breakfast, lunch and two snacks are provided.

For the full article about Reading Camp at Snellville, click here.




Vacation Bible School
(for Special Needs VBS see below)

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

Cost: Before Friday, June 15 (TODAY!) - $20.00 per child
After June 15 - $25.00 per child
(payable on the first day of camp)

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

To register a camper,  click here.

Can you help? Many adult and youth volunteers will be needed
for this fun and meaningful week.

To register to volunteer, 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:$10/child before June 15; $15/child after June 15
To register a special needs camper, click here.
For the third  year in a row, we are pleased to announce a Special Needs Vacation Bible School, for part of the week during VBS.  It will happen concurrently with the VBS described above, but in a different space and with an abbreviated time and modified schedule. If you have experience with children on the Autism Spectrum or with physical handicaps and would like to help, please contact Abby Whatley at mailto: abbyd@uga.edu.

trivia - isolated word in vintage letterpress wood type

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m.
McCray's Tavern, 100 N. Perry St., Lawrenceville
All men are invited to come hang out and play Trivia on the third Wednesday of each month at
McCray's Tavern, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Bring a friend!
Email Levi at llivermont311@gmail.com or
send a text message to 678-491-1864 to let him know you'll be there.    
Mark Your Calendars!
St. Matthew's Annual
God Bless America 

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

Immediately following the 9:30 a.m. Service
(One Service only  during July)

Tickets on sale soon. Watch for more info.




June is the month in which St. Matthew's focuses on collecting additional items for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries. 
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.

The Outreach Committee will be handing out bags with attached food list after both services, so please fill bag and return to barrel outside of the Parish Hall.  All items will be promptly delivered to the Coop.

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!


Thank you to everyone who made our Pilgrimage possible, and thank you for praying for us this week!! God definitely answered your prayers! He was at work in the hearts of the Pilgrims, and this experience made an incredible difference in all our lives! 

Click here to see what the Pilgrims had to say about how this experience affected their lives.

Sally and the Pilgrims would also especially like to thank the other chaperones, Mara DiGiovanni, Ed Witek, and Shelley Witek, who sacrificed so much, including their time, to make this trip possible! 

Stephen Ministry Looks a Gift Horse In the Mouth

Using a little horse sense, Stephen Ministers from First United Methodist Church (Lawrenceville) and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (Snellville) came to Winning Strides for a unique continuing education experience.
For the full article, click here.









Preschool Happenings

There are two camps 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.

Star Spangled Camp - June 25-29
Space Camp - July 16-20

Time: 9:30 a. m. - 1:30 p m
Cost: $100 per session
A $25 discount will be given on additional camps.
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 help do that soon!
Sittings for individuals and families (pets too!) will be available
August 23 - 27
to be gathered into a parish pictorial directory
 More information on reserving your photo session coming soon!
Lifetouch will donate one photo per family to the church for our  photo directory.
No purchase necessary.

 Sermon on the Amount -- Through May 2018




Please keep the following Snellville Police Officers 
in your prayers this month:

Sgt. Zach Spahr, June 1
Records Clerk Maureen Lee, June 9
Officer Igor Bondaruk, June 11
Officer Aaron Berry, June 12
Detective Corporal Christopher Alford, June 13
Officer KaShawn Lenahrd, June 13
Officer Kevin Seay, June 14
Communications Officer Jasminia Hodzic, June 14
Lt. Raymond Gunter, June 20

If you would like to provide a homemade or store bought treat for the officers for the birthdays please contact Becky Olbon at beckyolbon@yahoo.com or by calling 770-923-9186.

- Members Connect - 

Parish Directory & Church Life Phone App

Question: How can I access the parish directory online?
You can view our online up-to-date member directory and view or print your current statement of giving through the St. Matthew's website at 
Please note: Only confirmed/baptized members of St. Matthew's have access to these confidential records. Members can be assured that no one else in the congregation can view or edit your personal information. 
  CLICK HERE  to log in.
Click  "Need a log in? Click here."
Enter  the  email address, as it is listed in our church records
Follow the instructions.
Question: What if I can't remember my password? 

If you've forgotten your password,   follow the instructions for "Need a log in?" and a temporary password will be automatically generated for you. You may then change your password.
Please contact our church office (770-979-4210) or  stmatts@bellsouth.net if you have any questions.
Question: How can I put the directory on my smart phone?

Have a smart phone? You can  download the  Church Life app  to your phone from the same Log In page (click the GoMobile button on that page), and have access to the directory and calendar on the go! Easy!


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