Healing Eucharist Wed 10:30 a.m.

followed by

Walking With the Word Bible Study

at 11:30 a.m.


Church office hours:

Monday - Thursday

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Closed Fridays

`In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams.

Acts 2:17

Seventh Sunday of Easter - May 19, 2024 - In This Issue:

  • This Sunday! Pentecost, the "birthday of the Church"
  • Rector's Corner: Happy Birthday to Us!
  • Summer Choir
  • Youth Group Info: Pool Party this Sunday!
  • VBS Registration is OPEN!
  • New Family Ministry: Fam Jam!
  • Flat St. Matt Returns!
  • Realm Sign Up is OPEN! -- St. Matt's Goes to the Ball Game
  • Outreach Needs & Co-Op Stock the Shelves June 29
  • Cure Childhood Cancer

Sunday, May 19, 2024

The Day of Pentecost

9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Sunday Sundaes!


10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II**

Or view the service on FB Live

Service Bulletin

**Nursery available for young children

Feature Photo of the Week:

Wear Red for Pentecost!

ONE SERVICE at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday

Come for continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m., then enjoy ice cream sundaes at 9:30 a.m. to mark the last day of Sunday School. After church, come have cake in the courtyard as we celebrate our graduates' accomplishments.

This Sunday is also Graduation Sunday. Come celebrate this milestone in the lives of our high school and college graduates, supporting them in their achievements as they look forward to what's next in their life in Christ. Check out their bios in the Youth section, below.

Rector's Corner: Happy Birthday to Us!

This Sunday, we celebrate the Day of Pentecost, a significant day in the church's calendar. It's often called the church's birthday, marking the coming of the Holy Spirit and the church's empowerment to carry out Jesus' mission. This Sunday is a major feast day, and we have a lot planned to make it feel like a joyous birthday party.

Our celebration will kick off with a single service at 10:00 am. Before the service, we'll gather in the parish hall for ice cream, a sweet way to mark the end of the school and program year. During the service, we'll bless and pray for our graduating high school seniors and college students as we celebrate their hard work and prepare for their next chapters. After the service, we'll continue the festivities with cake in the courtyard to honor our graduates. It's going to be a sugar-filled, joyful day! If you speak in tongues on Sunday, we'll know why!

We will administer the sacrament of baptism during the worship service. The Day of Pentecost is one of the prescribed days of the liturgical calendar for baptism. Our worship will be a joyful, commemorative occasion as we welcome a new member into the household of God and look forward to the Holy Spirit's movement in this person's new life in Christ. In addition to baptism, we will hear the Acts reading in non-English languages, demonstrating the universal nature of God's Word that spans time and history worldwide. Many thanks to every person who will read on Sunday morning!

This Sunday will be a party, indeed! We invite everyone to worship and participate in the celebrations, even if you join us online. I can't think of a better way for our community to celebrate the church's birthday than by coming together to appreciate the different ways we are the church, feel the Holy Spirit's presence, and work together to share the Gospel with the world. Please come and celebrate with St. Matthew's on Sunday!


Father Tim


Congratulations to Our Graduates!

These young people will be recognized this Sunday during the service:

Aidan Furman—Brookwood High School

Aidan Furman is a lover of music. This love began in elementary school when he started to play the piano. In the 5th grade, Aidan decided to learn how to play the Saxophone believing this is what he would play in middle school and high school. While Aidan has continued to play the Saxophone as part of the Brookwood Marching Band for the past 4 years, he was intrigued by the Oboe in Middle School. Aidan will be graduating from Brookwood High School and continuing his love of music at the University of Georgia, where he will continue to study the Oboe and English Horn, march the Saxophone, and maybe minor in piano. Aidan's goal is to become a music teacher. Aidan has played in Band, Full Orchestra, the GSYO Orchestra, and alongside the St. Matthew's choir from time to time.


Eva Mitchell—Brookwood High School

Eva-Sychell Mitchell will be graduating from Brookwood High School. She was born in MD and matriculated to Georgia at about six months old. She loves the Arts. She is very talented, has kept a GPA of above four points, won many awards and medals; to name a few: Presidential Awards, Academic Excellence, Arts Excellence Awards, Honor Stole and Cords and quite recently, Perfect Attendance Plaque. To God be all glory! She has Acceptance Letters for UGA, Mercer, GT, Clemson, Howard U, and lastly, but not least, UConn. Her decision is to pursue her Master's at HU within five years in the field of her choosing and talents: Architect and Design. With this monumental decision to be made, we ask for prayers from our church family. We ask for God's wisdom and divine direction in all of Eva's future undertakings as we wish her congratulations and God's discernment!!! We are very proud of Eva-Sychell.


Jacob Michael Patrick Chapman—Kennesaw State University, BA in Business Administration

I’m graduating from Kennesaw State University over the summer with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. My future plans include marrying my beautiful fiancée in October, starting a family, and enjoying life with our newly adopted rescue dog, Chance. I'm also looking forward to landing a job (possibly in banking) and finally enjoying good health insurance again!


Jessica Delaney Hurst (Jessie) - Wesleyan College, BA in Psychology

 At Wesleyan, Jessie was quite possibly the most involved student on campus. She served as Class President, and was President of Wesleyan Theatre Company, Campus Activities Board, Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship, Reframing Club and Hyperion (Color Guard). As Executive STUNT Chair, she was responsible for reviving the most beloved Wesleyan tradition/event post-pandemic. She worked for Res Life as an ITA (tech support in the dorms), and was on the Equestrian team for a year. She was recently awarded 2024 Student of the Year.

Jessie’s passion has always been counseling/mentoring youth. She student-taught in a special-ed program at a local elementary school, and served as Youth Ministry Intern here at St Matt’s for the past 2 years. She also assisted with the youth at Christ Church in Macon until they hired a new YM.

Jessie’s plan has always been to pursue a Master’s in Counseling and to become a Christian Counselor specializing in youth and adolescents. After much prayer, and a chance encounter with a recruiter (thank you, Holy Spirit!), she is planning to follow that path to Austin, TX. She is still discerning her precise calling, but she will attend seminary - either Seminary of the Southwest for a Master’s in Mental Health or Austin Theological Seminary for a Master’s in Youth Ministry. She is very excited after visiting in April because the schools partner together so she can attend both.

Jessie will take this next year to prepare for grad school, and hopes to gain experience in the mental health field, while also working in youth ministry in some capacity.

She appreciates all the love and support from her St. Matthew’s family throughout her life, and welcomes your prayers and encouragement as she continues to discern where (and how) God is calling her to serve. 


Around St. Matt's

Summer choir – Join us starting about 9:30 on Sundays if you’d like to sing in the choir that day! To sing on Sunday, there’s no requirement to come on Wednesday. If you decide to sing every Sunday or even to dip your toes in just once or twice, you’re always welcome to join us!

Make Your Plans -- St. Matt's Goes to a Gwinnett Striper Game June 28

Register on Realm here.

St. Matthew’s is going to the ball game on Friday, June 28th! Come watch the Gwinnett Stripers take on the Memphis Redbirds from the first base deck—Enjoy a catered meal and open covered seating in the deck, where you can freely move around and socialize while you cheer on our Stripers. Subsidized cost per ticket is $42.00. A minimum of 40 tickets is required for the Deck reservation. This was so much fun last year—don’t miss it! Game time 7:05 p.m. (gates open at 6:05). Contact: Warren Drury or Clay Olbon.

VBS! Time to Register!

This year VBS theme is Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness. Join us as we explore ways to live with compassion through some favorite stories in the Old and New Testaments.

Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12,

from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Cost is $25/camper with a $50/family max. For scholarship information, please contact Terri Hurst.


Register as a VOLUNTEER HERE through Realm or by returning a registration form to the office.

Register your CHILD HERE. If your child is rising Pre-K to 5th grade, we would love for them to join us!

OR Pick up Registration forms on the main bulletin board or in the narthex, and return them to the church office.


Adult and youth volunteers needed - serve all week, or one or more days.


For more information, contact the church office, Terri Hurst or Sarah Koriath .

Youth volunteers who will be in 6th-12th grades, please contact Jessie Hurst .


We can’t wait!

Youth Group at St. Matt's (6th - 12th Greades)

End of Year Pool Party This Sunday, May 19


at the Livermonts - 2571 Bexley Ct, Snellville

Donations accepted for Pizza and to go towards the cost of the lifeguard. Suggested $5pp.

Please see Amanda Livermont if you have any questions.

Welcome & Belong (previously Church Growth) committee is proud to announce the naming of the new ministry for young families! Check out their bulletin board by the York Room: Fam Jam!

To learn more about Fam Jam, or to connect your family to this new ministry, contact Heather Roca or Trisha Voiles.

Men's Trivia 1st & 3rd Wednesdays each month @ 7:00 p.m.

Next dates: June 5 & 19 at 7:00 p.m.

McCray’s Tavern, 100 N. Perry St. L’ville

All men of the parish are invited. Contact: Levi Livermont, Jay Jones

Lunch Bunch 3rd Thursday each month at 12 noon, at different area restaurants

Next date: June 20 at 12 noon

1912 Public House, 107 Main Street, Lilburn, GA 30047

Everyone invited! Let Joan Kengla know if you will attend to get a head count.

Restaurant Foyers Once a month on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at different area restaurants

Next date: June 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Copper Pot Tapas Grill

4230 Lawrenceville Highway NW, Lilburn, GA 30047

Individuals/couples, watch for a Realm signup coming in June, or let Warren Drury or Rebecca Bowen know you will attend.


Mark Your Calendars

Mending the Gap Annual 5K & 1K - Saturday, June 8

Lilburn City Park

"Superheroes for Seniors 8:00 a.m. / 8:30 a.m.

-Come join us on 6/8 in your best superheroes costume and support a worthy cause. There are some complimentary registrations available on a first come basis for the 5K Run/1K Walk on 6/8. If you are interested, please see an Outreach committee member.

Be a Superhero! Lace-up and go the distance to help support struggling seniors in our community!

Info and Register here.

Continuous Food Donation Opportunity - Items requested for May

For the month of April, the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op Ministry would like St Matthew’s to concentrate on donating Canned Tuna and Canned Chicken to the food bank. Other items are always welcome as well.

June is St Matthew's semiannual food drive month. Watch for the wish list items requested by the co-op coming at the end of this month.

Save the Date: 6/29: Stock the Shelves at the SE Gwinnett Co-op. We will take the items collected in our June semi-annual food drive to the co-op and stock the shelves. Great opportunity to see the co-op.

 You can place items in the barrels in the hallway outside the parish hall. If you make cash donations via check or through Realm, please notate Outreach/Co-Op on the detail line, or choose Outreach from the drop-down menu.

Thank you for your support in helping the Co-op feed those in need.

From Carol Podeszwa:



Did you know?

·        Every year, more than 17,000 children in the United States and more than 300,000 worldwide are diagnosed with cancer.


·        CURE dollars are used for: Precision Medicine (a new game changer focused on genetic testing of a child’s tumor), Family Emergency Assistance, Counseling, Early Outreach Program and many more programs.


To Donate:  Visit Climb to CURE 2024 : Carol Podeszwa (engagingnetworks.app)  

Walking With the Word (WWW)

Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.

This bible study group has completed its study of the Acts of the Apostles. Beginning Wednesday, May 1, they will embark on a new journey into the Gospel of Mark. This exploration will delve into its profound themes of discipleship, Jesus as the Suffering Servant, and the cross, offering us a deeper understanding of our faith. All are welcome to join in this study and the lively discussion.

Cafe Theology will be meeting for the following dates:

May 4th, May 18th, June 1, June 15th

As of June 15th we will be finished with the book, What is the Bible , and will be taking the Month of July off.

We will be back to start a new book in mid-August. Come and join us as Father Tim leads us through another interesting book about our Faith.

The Daughters of the King National Study meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (in the first meeting room on the right in the Christian Ed hallway). All women who are interested in finding out more about the mission of the Daughters of the King at St. Matthew’s are invited to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Isaacs, Cecilia Billingsley or Gail Sawyer.

Birthdays and Anniversaries May 19-25

Birthdays: Tina Whatley, Kenley Fitzpatrick, Cooper Stuckey, Jessie Hurst, Jamie Atkinson, Ronald Cobb, Alyson Neilson, Muriel Ohlin, Evan Palmieri, Flip Porter


Anniversaries:Julie & Mark Franke, Larry & Leigh Bottomley, Bobbi & Doug Mendrala, Whitney and Tim Meyers.


Sunday Breakfast Host Sign Up –

Thank you for all who have signed up!

Breakfast this Sunday: Trisha Voiles, & ice cream sundaes provided by the Christian Formation Committee.


Did you know there are 3 ways you can sign up to use your time and talents to help with Sunday Breakfast?

You can contact Trisha Voiles, you can Sign up on the list in the office hallway bulletin board, or you can click on the below links for sign up genius. 


Get a couple of friends and join in the Sunday fellowship in June! Sign up HERE.

Or, pick a date in July! Sign up for July HERE.

Hello there,

remember me?

I'll be back this Sunday!

Did you keep me from last year?

Stay tuned!


To request a Commitment Form,

please click here.

If you experience any problems accessing any links in the newsletter, please contact the church office.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church | Website
Financial Giving in REALM
Text Stmattsnell to 73256