St. Matthew’s Annual Car Show

October 13, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rain or Shine

A judged show for all CARS, TRUCKS AND MOTORCYCLES

to be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Proceeds benefit Place of Seven Springs Ministries, Snellville, GA

Door Prizes All Day — 50/50 Raffle — KidsZone! — Concessions — Vendors

To Register A Vehicle –$15 before Oct  7, 2018 — $20 after Oct 7, 2018

For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Jack Denton




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Choirs Gear Up For Fall

Sanctuary Choir

Join the Sanctuary Choir! Practice begins Wednesday evening, August 29th, from 7:20 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.. in the choir room, located in the Christian Education wing. Contact Kyle Osborne for more details.

Hand Bells

Hand bells resume practice Wednesday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the in the choir room, located in the Christian Education wing. If you are interested in playing hand bells please contact Sharon Ferrell.

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir has begun practice on Sunday mornings from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. in the Christian Education wing. All children ages three through second grade are encouraged to join this energetic group. Cherubs sing approximately once per month at the 10:30 service. Contact Laura Starratt for more information.

NEW! Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir will meet for the first time on Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. in the choir room. All children from third through sixth grade are encouraged to take part in this new music ministry at St. Matthew’s. Come make a joyful noise for the Lord! Contact Kyle Osborne or Sharon Ferrell for more information.

Instrumental (Any Age)

Calling all instrumentalists! If you play an instrument and would like to share your talents in worship please contact Kyle Osborne .  All ages are invited to participate,

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Parish Spotlight – John Madajewski

Our own John Madajewski, a member of St. Matthew’s since 2016, has  exhibited his work here at St. Matthew’s talent show, car shows, and other St. Matthew’s events. Read about his craft here, and the hours and attention to detail that go into his work, in the article below, which appeared in on August 7, 2018.

Last year John reclaimed cypress wood from trees removed on the St. Matthew’s grounds, and has turned that wood into beautiful bowls and platters.

To read the article about John, click here.


This is the first in a series of occasional articles on parishioners at St. Matthew’s.  Watch for more spotlight articles in the coming months.

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Other Than Sunday — Christian Education Options


One Parish, One Precinct events to learn more about relevant topics.
September 22nd at 10am- Gun Safety
November 3rd at 10am- Identity Theft

With a focus on Anglican theology, we will read and discuss the book, Dancing with God, by Jay Emerson Johnson.
Every other Saturday at 10:30am
9/8, 22: 10/6, 13 (off-site): 11/3, 17: 12/1, 15
Mother Liz Hendrick ~ 770-979-4210

We will begin the year with a study of the first book of the bible, Genesis.  During Advent, we will be reading and discussing The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Starting September 5th
WED at 11am  after Healing Eucharist at 10am
Mother Liz Hendrick ~ 770-979-4210

Book study with focus on centering prayer.
TUE at 6:00-7:30pm
Vicki Conway ~ 678-215-9179

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Adult Christian Formation Fall 2018


August 26th ~Guest Presenters

Class locations tbd based on attendance.
9/ 9, 16, 23, 30: 10/7, 14

Song by Micah Tyler will be explored.

SCRIPTURE–  Unpacking Bible Stories and Making Sense of Scripture Today
Susan Larson and Clay Olbon

TRADITION– ‘Our’ church history and secular points of view
Sharon Ferrell and guest facilitator

How does the story affect my life?
Althea Benton and Carol Podeszwa

Ward Furman and guest facilitator

NEWCOMERS- Learn, Meet, Engage
September 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Priscilla Trescott

ADULT CONFIRMATION– begins at 9am in York Room

10/7, 14, 28: 11/ 4, 11, 18: 12/2, 9, 16

more information to follow…
10/ 28: 11/ 4, 11: 12/ 2, 9

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Fall Youth Retreat August 10-12, 2018

Why     Reconnect with friends after summer  vacation, grow in your relationship with God, start off the new school year on the right foot, have LOTS OF FUN!!!!!

What:      There will be team building, food, small groups, food, activities, scripture, games, s’mores, singing, (did I say food?) and tons of excitement!!

Who:       St. Matt’s Youth Group members (6-12       graders)

When:     August 10-12, 2018

Meet at the church at 5:30 pm on Friday; return approx. 3:00 pm on Sunday

Eat dinner before you are dropped off!

WhereCamp Tugalo in Toccoa

Cost: $40 (some scholarships are available)

Please let Holly Bond know ASAP if you plan to go, and she’ll get you the necessary paperwork (a Release Form for 2018-2019 and a Permission Form)!

St Matts Release Form 17–release only pdf        St Matts Release Form 18

Please note: Priority will be given to those who turn in their permission slips promptly! The sooner you get your permission forms in, the better!

The deadline to sign up is August 6th


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Photos From Worship and Celebration in Honor of Sally Ulrey’s Ministry

Check out photos of Sunday’s Celebration of Sally’s Ministry!


After 15 years of serving St. Matthew’s, Sally Ulrey’s last day was July 31.  We worshiped together Sunday using a liturgy that was composed in part by alumni of Sally’s youth program. Youth participatde by serving as acolytes, greeters, ushers, lectors, communion ministers and musicians. The worship music was that used during services at youth gatherings.  A reception for Sally and her family followed in the Parish Hall. We will miss Sally, and wish her Godspeed in her ministry. She was a blessing to all of us here at St. Matthew’s.

Our youth with our visitors from St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, preparing to head to the Church of the Common Ground

Youth Service Retreat “Seek & Serve”


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Education for Ministry Classes This Fall

Members of the church are invited to participate in the EFM program which is offered here at St. Matt’s: each Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  commencing on the first Sunday after Labor day.

The cost is $375, which covers cost for all text books; provided by The University of the South, School of Theology. Seminars are interactive, and will begin on Sunday September 9th. 2018.

You may contact Gini Peterson or Val Biggs for further information.


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Sunday School and Christian Education Registration August 12

  9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Sunday, August 12

For all ages, Nursery through Adult

Tables will be set up around the perimeter of the parish hall for the class sign-up. Sign up for Nursery, Cherub Choir, Junior Worship, Parenting Group, Inquirer’s Class and other classes and activities.

To register your child  ONLINE for Sunday School, click here.

To register your youth ONLINE for Sunday School or activities, click here.


OR You can print one out and bring the completed form with you:

To print out a Youth Permission Form/Release, St Matts Release Form 18    St Matts Release Form 17–release only pdf

To print out a children’s Release Form (Fifth Grade and Under) St Matts Children Release Form 18.

Registration forms will also be available Sunday in the parish hall.


Sunday School classes for all ages will begin Sunday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m.


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Youth are Selling T-Shirts!!

The Youth are selling T-Shirts to raise funds to make the undercroft a more welcoming and inviting space for youth following a flood in which they lost most of their stuff.

Through the month of July, half of what you spend on T-shirts will go to the Youth Funds! AND you get a T-shirt!! After July, you can still get the T-shirts, but the fundraiser will be over, so hurry and pick your favorite!!

ORDER T-SHIRTS HERE!!! There are 10 styles to choose from!! Each design is custom made, so you can choose your garment and color!!  Below are a few!



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