Pentecost in the Park

Get ready to wear your red! Our annual Pentecost in the Park Celebration and Picnic will be Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Henderson Falls Park. Wear your red, bring a folding chair, and bring your favorite picnic dish to share. It’s always a wonderful time of fun and fellowship as we worship and play in the park. The 8 a.m. service will be held at St. Matthias’ as usual.

Women's Day

Location: Trinity CME Church.  241 W. Franklin Street, Toccoa, GA 30577. The guest speaker is Sis Grace Scott, First Lady Elect of Zion Hill  Baptist Church, Aikens, SC.  The theme: Hats, Healed, and Hurdles (Luke 13: 11-12).  Everyone is asked to wear your favorite and prettiest ‘Sunday Go to Church’ Hat. Mary+ will be attending and will be wearing her favorite hat and ladies, you can contact Mary+ if you have any questions. Dinner will be served after the program.

Outreach Ministry Update

Spotlight Ministry: The Boys and Girls Club. The Outreach Committee recently visited the Boys and Girls Club to make a donation and tour the facility. Mrs. Sheila Mance-Wright was a gracious and knowledgeable host. The Boys and Girls Club would like to add a Teen Center to their facility in the near future. The Outreach Committee will be working alongside of other churches in the area to see if we can help in making this a reality. Please contact Boys and Girls Club Board Chair Emeritus, Gary Donahue or Outreach Committee Liaison, Dee Defoor or Chair, Stephanie West if you would like to join in this ongoing effort. (see attached pictures)
The Outreach Committee recently made a donation to Northeast Georgia CASA. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children helps abused and neglected children heal and have their needs met. CASA volunteers make sure kids don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in foster care. CASA volunteers stay with children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.  For additional information, please contact CASA Board Member, Betty Plagens or Melissa Mitchell.
The Outreach Committee will be collecting broken or unwanted costume jewelry – particularly beads with holes in them for women inmates in the Faith and Character Program at Lee Arrendale State Prison in support of “From Prison to Hope” community service project making bracelets and necklaces from beads and “reclaimed” jewelry. All proceeds to go Northeast Georgia CASA. Please, no rings or any items that contain large amounts of glass! For additional information, please contact CASA Board Member, Betty Plagens or Melissa Mitchell.

Third Annual Parish Retreat at Camp Mikell

On August 12-14th we will return to Camp Mikell to take a much needed break with our Parish Family and CELEBRATE all that we have accomplished together in the past few years and all that we have to look forward to!  We will be led in Sunday worship by Rev. Gwin Hanahan and will have a special guest presenter, Brother Kenneth, to work with us on Contemplative Prayer and help us take a brief pause in our busy lives to contemplate what we have all done together and what great things we have in our future.  As always, there will be plenty of fun activities, time to relax, and time to just catch up!  If you are interested in assisting in any way, please see Matt Skilling.
Information on Brother Kenneth:
Br. Kenneth Hosley, O.P.C. is the founder and abbot of the Order of Saint Anthony the Great with chapters in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX.  In the Spring of 2015, he graduated from Candler School of Theology with a Certificate in Episcopal Studies and Religious Education in the Academy.  He has studied the history and practices of contemplative prayer for over 17 years and has been a guest lecturer at different colleges and parishes where he has discussed the history of monasticism within the development of the Church and western civilization. Following seminary, he joined with Teach for America to help serve underprivileged schools and is currently teaching High School English in the Clayton County Public School system. When not teaching, he is also a professional calligrapher, and iconographer.
Registration forms are available here and on the table in the Narthex.  Please return them to the Church office or place them in the offering plate.  If you would like to register for a cabin, dorm, or to commute each day please contact Matt Skilling or Betty Plagens.

Memorial Day Observance

The 2017 Memorial Day Observance will be held on Memorial Day,  May 29, 2017 at the Historic Stephens County Courthouse. The Observance will start at 11:00.   Rain location will be at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4346 located at 270 W. Savannah Street, Toccoa.
This year, names will be read of the Veterans of Stephens County County which are on the monuments on the ground of the Historic Courthouse and the memorial across the street at the annex building.
Someone from St. Matthias’ will lay a wreath at the ceremony, as we did last year.
At the conclusion of the Observance, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will have a Hot Dog Lunch at the Post.  The cost will be Donations only…
Please, let’s have a show of attendance at this very important ceremony.  Questions?  Ask Lynn Craig or email me
Hope to see you there,

Camp Toccoa at Currahee: 2016 D-Day Banquet

June 3, 2016
We now have 57 responses and the pledges for the 3-year base period plus the 4th and 5th year extended periods now total $195,559, which is oh-so-close to our stretch goal of $203,000.  We knew we could do it! On Friday, June 3, the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board invites you to an evening of fun and adventure in the original Camp Toccoa Officer’s Club, now located at the Links Golf Course .The reception begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, silent auction and music by David Fry. The prime rib buffet (or chicken, if you prefer) will be served at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker is Col. Ben Malcom (Ret.), a native of Monroe, Georgia. Malcom, a North Georgia College Distinguished Military Graduate, was sent to Korea in 1952, and was selected to work with a top secret unit conducting combat operations with North Korean partisans more than 125 miles behind enemy lines. By the time the war ended, Malcom and a handful of advisors had recruited and trained over 22,000 partisans who operated behind enemy lines in a variety of covert activities.

For more than 40 years, the operations involving North Korean partisans and their American advisors remained highly classified. In his book, White Tigers, Ben Malcom now tells the story of how soldiers such as he served as a link between the OSS of World War II and the creation of the Special Forces in 1952.

The public is invited to hear this very special story and enjoy the event whose proceeds go to the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project to restore the original facilities on Currahee Mountain. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Currahee Museum or from Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board Members. Call 706-244- 5990 or email for more information.

Spotlight Ministry: The Boys and Girls Club

The Outreach Committee will be assisting the Boy’s and Girl’s Club with “boots on the ground” anyway we can this year! If you would like to get involved, please talk to any of our Outreach Volunteers.

Spotlight Ministry: Rainbow Village

The rest of the congregation has been challenged by the youth of the parish to outfit a “welcome kit” for a Rainbow Village family. This kit includes items for every room of the house. The youth have adopted the kitchen and challenge other groups to adopt other rooms. There is a list of rooms and room needs by the youth room door. Sign up and get involved! There’s a family out there who needs to know the people of St. Matthias love them! All donations welcome. The Outreach Committee will be delivering them.

Camp Fire Toccoa Family Fit Fest

On May 15 Camp Fire Georgia is hosting a Family Fit Fest and ‘Seriously Fun Obstacle Run’. The event will be held at the Doyle Street Park and Pool from 2:00 to 6:00. The event is free, but there is a fee to register for the run.

The afternoon will include fun fitness challenges, a bounce house, family swim, games, the race and an information area where families can connect with people and organizations to learn about family resources. Resource tables are available for $10 (non-profit) and $25 (for profit).

You can HELP by becoming a sponsor at the $100 or $300 level. At the $100 level the sponsor will be recognized in the Toccoa Record after the event, listed on the t-shirt and on our website—-the $300 level also includes a sponsor sign displayed at the Family Fit Fest. THANK YOU for supporting Camp Fire Georgia!

Youth Sunday and Spring Activities Recognition

Join us Sunday, May 8, for Youth Sunday! Our children and youth will lead the service along with the Rev. Gwin Hanahan. It is also Spring Activities Sunday when our children and youth share with the congregation the many ways they have been involved in school and community activities since Christmas. Come and see what remarkable young disciples we have!