9 To 99 Sunday School Class “Expressions of Faith” Workshop

Many thanks to all who attended the 9 to 99 Sunday School, where parishioners ages 9 and up participated, learning ways to express their faith.  Special thanks to all who facilitated a workshop: Sylvia Campbell for Communion Bread, Nancy Piechowiak and the Knit, Crochet & ray group for “Crochet and Pray”, Beth DiGiovanni and Janis Williams for Altar Flower Arranging, Sally Ulrey for Praying in Color, and Diane Eberhart for Easter Stories!  Everyone had a great time, and it was a chance to get to know each other across generations!


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New Director of Music Announcement

Mr. Kyle Osborne is St. Matthew’s New Director of Music

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kyle Osborne as St. Matthew’s Director of Music, effective April 16, 2018.

Kyle comes to us from St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in McDonough, where he served as Director of Music and organist since 2016. He has over ten years’ experience in  Episcopal churches but has also served in Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist and Christian churches. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Stetson University in Florida and has done post-graduate work at the University of Tennessee and the University of Texas.

Kyle received enthusiastic approval from every member of the Music Search  Committee. David Chandler, chair of the Search Committee, described Kyle as a virtuoso organist who embraces a diversity of musical styles and cultures; who has  experience in working not only with adult choirs, but with children and youth, and who has the capability to build a music program.

Kyle will be on campus the week of April 16, and will play at the 8 a.m. service on April 22. Please join me in welcoming him to St. Matthew’s.

I would like to thank David Chandler and members of the Music Search Committee for a job well done, not only in finding excellent candidates for our next Director of Music, but also for creating a Vision for the music Program.

I would also like to thank Russell Meyer for a wonderful job as our interim organist and choir director over the past several months. Russell came on board in the aftermath of the flood with the music library in storage and no rehearsal hall. Yet he made it work and led the choir capably during this transitional time. Russell, we are grateful for your leadership and talent.

Peace, Liz+

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St. Matthew’s 1st Annual Family and Ministry Spring Fair

St. Matthew’s Fellowship Ministry invites you to the

1st Annual St. Matthew’s Family and Ministry Spring Fair.

A day of fun and fellowship outside while learning about the different ministries in our parish.

An event for the whole family taking place on

Saturday, April 21st from 10am to 3pm.

Find exciting ministry information, enjoy products and services from local vendors, music, bouncy houses and much more.

If you are interested in being a Vendor or volunteer please contact Oscar De Leon at 770-841-5902 or at mailto:odeleon86@hotmail.com

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St. Matthew’s Annual Easter Eggstravaganza



Saturday March 31st – 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

for children up to age 10

The event starts at 10 a.m. with the Easter story engaging all of the children. The hunt times are

Ages 4 and under at 10:15 a.m., followed by

Ages 5, 6 & 7 at 10:45, and ending with

Ages 8, 9 & 10 at 11:15 am.

The eggcitement will include:

Balloon clowns, bounce house, games, egg coloring and tattoos.

So bring your children, their basket, and your camera and join in a morning of fun for children up to age 10.

**Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed**

—Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed

To Help With This Morning of Fun For The Children.

Just to name a few….

Set Up * Decorating * Hunt * Snacks * Egg Coloring

Bounce House/Games * Clean Up

You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper February 13 at 6:00 p.m.


 Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.  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!


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Celebration of the Life and Ministry of Absalom Jones

You are invited to the

Celebration of the Life and Ministry of

Absalom Jones (first African-American priest of the Episcopal Church)

Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and Reconciliation

807 Fair Street, Atlanta, GA 

Sunday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m.

A reception will follow the worship service


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“Go” Summit Saturday, February 10 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If the old Diocesan Ministry Fair and the annual Global Mission Conference had a baby, it would be the Go Summit: Local and Global Mission in the Diocese of Atlanta. This conference will be held February 10 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
Collaborate with Bishop Robert C. Wright,  Toxic Charity author Robert Lupton, and those in our diocese working on innovations in both local and global ministries. Please encourage those in your ministry with big ideas, dreams, frustrations, and questions to register and attend.
Click here to learn more.

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St. Matt’s Team for the Hunger Walk — Sunday, February 25

Hunger Walk Registration is Open!
Join the St. Matts Team and walk or run for the SE Gwinnett Co-Op on Sunday, 2/25
at the Georgia State Stadium.
Last year the team raised over $2,100 and this year we’re setting our goal even higher at $3,000! 
Register or donate now at http://engage.acfb.org/goto/stmatts
For more information on St. Matthew’s Hunger Walk Team, contact
 Jennifer Papadatos at jenniday1229@yahoo.com

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