Reading Camp at Snellville

Sponsored by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

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.

The 2018 camp, whose theme is “Alone and Brave”, is an all day camp Monday to Friday, June 18th- 22nd. The morning focus will revolve around “The Island of the Blue Dolphins”. The afternoon programing will include a guest children’s author and book signing, gardening, crafts, soda straw rocket making, yoga, cabin reading and a program presented by the Gwinnett Co. Public Library.

Our campers come primarily from the greater metro area, including public, parochial, and home schools. Although the campers are English speakers, many languages are spoken in their homes including Korean, Chinese, Amharic, French, and Creole. Many qualify for free and reduced meal programs.

For the 2018 camp we have an adult volunteer staff of 30+ and 6 teen counselors, five of whom are former campers. We are fired up and ready to enjoy a fun week with our 20 campers!



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A Thank You Note From Mother Liz+

This last Sunday’s service of Pentecost was a great celebration – of the coming of the Spirit, of the reflection of the Holy Spirit as seen in baptism of three new children into the body of Christ, and in the welcome of new families to membership at St. Matthew’s at both the 8 and 10:30am services. AND we celebrated graduation of six high school seniors!

I would like to thank all of those who worked to make the Sunday so special: the altar guild, the flower guild, the great decorations, the choir, the children’s participation, Tammy Pearson’s altar flowers – there are so many more people I could list – it just goes to prove our motto – it REALLY is the people! Thank you! Mother Liz+



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Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Is Back!

ECW (Episcopal Church Women) is BACK! All women of the church are automatically members, and are invited to attend a Salad Social and Organizational Meeting on Sunday, June 10th at 12:15. Please bring any kind of salad to share with your fellow sisters. Drop your salad off before church and we will keep it in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve. We will hold a short organizational meeting to ask for volunteers to be on our board and we are looking for a treasurer and a scribe. Please call Rebecca Bowen 404-808-6408 or Nancy Drury 678-779-3482 with any questions.



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Police Appreciation Week

St. Matthew’s partnered with Snellville Police Department as part of the One Congregation One Precinct (1C1P) initiative started by Movement Forward. The program is designed to foster better communication and cooperation between law enforcement and local congregations. Part of the program is showing appreciation for the Snellville Police Department, but during Police Appreciation week (May 13-19), we decided we would honor two of our very own parishioners who are police officers! Dennis Doane is an officer with the Gwinnett County Police Department and John Hansen is an officer with Dekalb County Police Department. On Sunday, May 13, Mother Liz presented both of them with a police car box filled with a gift card, candy, St. Michael medal, and donuts!

On the same day Mother Liz blessed the thin blue line prayer blankets made by the Knit, Crochet and Pray ministry to be given to police officers who are injured or are sick.

St. Matthew’s showered the Snellville department with love throughout the week with Chick-fil-A biscuits on Tuesday morning, home cooked dinners on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, donations of donuts, chips, candy and police car treat boxes filled with all kinds of goodies! We were even able to donate treat bags to the Lilburn Police department on Wednesday because of your generosity.

While Police Appreciation week may be over you can still make our Snellville Police department feel the St Matthew’s love by making a homemade birthday treat for an officer’s birthday. If you would like more information about this wonderful outreach ministry, please contact Becky Olbon at beckyolbon@yahoo.com or by calling 770-923-9186. We so appreciate all our police do to keep our communities safe. God’s blessing on all who serve this or other communities.



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St. Matthew’s Big Summer Kick Off Pot Luck –Thank You!

The Fellowship Committee would like to thank everyone for bringing food to share for the Summer Kick-Off Potluck last week. Everything was   delicious! Congratulations to Kay MacAllen and Susan Larson for best summer outfit, and to Mona Livermont for her Cowboy Baked Beans. Debbie Lott won best casserole, and Gabe Papadatos won the children’s Candy Jar Guessing Game. Thank You also to all the people who helped with set-up and clean-up!  We were all finished by 2:00, quite a feat for feeding 126 hungry  parishioners!  Save the Date for July 1st for our God Bless  America  Family    Picnic right after church at 9:30. True Picnic food will be on the menu.

 

 



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Vacation Bible School & Special Needs VBS– Rolling River Rampage

Monday, July 9—Friday, July 13

9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Rising Pre-K — Fifth Grade (ages 4-10)

Cost: Before June 15 — $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!

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.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS VBS:

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.



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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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2017 Car Show Benefits A Place of Seven Springs

Over 100 vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles registered and competed for trophies and bragging rights in the Seventh Annual St. Matthew’s Car Show. Many thanks to all who helped make this such a successful event. Funds raised will benefit The Place of Seven Springs Ministries in Snellville.




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St. Matthew’s Talent Show September 17

  
Sunday, September 17 
5:30 p.m. 
Followed by 
ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
in the parish hall
$10/person, $25/family
All proceeds go to
Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry
St. Matthew’s, we’re calling you to come and show us all how much amazing talent this church has. We’re looking for performance and artistic talenfor this year’s talent show. If you have something that you want to showcase, please come and tell Liz Livermont by September 7th.
For the first time ever, we’re wanting to showcase art pieces. So, if you have a painting, drawing, sculpture, or pottery you want to display for this event, please let us borrow it for a time. All ages are encouraged to participate in any way. This is a wonderful event and it’s amazing to see how much talent we have in this church.
Whether or not you have a talent you want to share, we hope you will come and support everyone else on September 17th at 5:30.
Tickets will be on sale starting August 27th after the services. All proceeds go to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministries.
Let’s have a show to help support an incredible organization!
Liz Livermont, Director



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