Rosebud Warmth

In the past two years the Knit Purl & Pray, Outreach, and Global Missions committee sponsored Rosebud Warmth, a ministry to send hats, mittens, and scarves to the children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. There is a container in the parish hall foyer for your donations. If you have any questions or would like more information about this ministry, please contact Beth Still at

What is Needed:

Hat, scarf and mitten sets for elementary aged children K-6th grade, with tight weave for warmth. They do not need to be wool; any yarn material, color or style, handmade or purchased, are welcome.

Please pin together with a piece of paper indicating what size (age 4-6, 8-10, etc) and put in the container in the parish hall foyer.

Point of interest: tribal colors are red, black, white and yellow.

Thank you for caring for these children!

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Massive Louisiana Flooding — How You Can Help

You may have seen on the news that massive flooding has swept through Louisiana and the surrounding area-and the government has officially declared it a disaster zone.

Please make an emergency gift right now to help us aid in the relief efforts. (Click the link.)

Louisiana has already seen tremendous damage. Over two feet of rain have fallen… schools and churches are flooded… houses are completely underwater… and more than 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

Some of them have lost everything.

While many areas have been hit hard by this terrible storm, some of the poorest neighborhoods are seeing the most damage because they’re located in low-lying flood areas.

We are working around the clock with local clergy members, organizations and churches to distribute funds and gift cards to help families buy supplies, but more is needed.

Please make an urgent gift to Episcopal Relief & Development today. Your generosity will go directly toward our US Disaster Fund-and help people whose lives have been turned upside down by this devastating flood. May the Lord be with them in their time of need.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

Yours faithfully,

Robert W. Radtke
Episcopal Relief & Development

P.S. This is just the beginning of a long recovery. In addition to your prayers, we are asking for financial support to help families and communities recover. Please make an urgent gift to Episcopal Relief & Development today. You’ll help us provide food, basic supplies, emergency housing, building materials and more to the affected areas right away.

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Reading Camp 2016

Reading Camp




June 20-24

Reading Camp needs you!

To volunteer as a Learning Center facilitator, Senior or Shadow Counselor, Art Coordinator, Outdoor Activities Coordinator or Cabin Reader contact Cicely Simon or Gini Peterson or get an application from the Reading Camp bulletin board in the office hallway.
To volunteer to present an afternoon program, contact Samantha Renfro.
Some volunteers are available to volunteer for the entire week, but we gladly accept volunteers for a day or half a day.
We are sorry, Reading Camp in Snellville is full. No more camper applications can be accepted at this time.

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Annual Global Mission Dinner Saturday, August 29

Social 6:00 p.m.        Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Tickets available Sundays after each service and during the breakfast hour.

Adult $10, Couple $18
Family of 4 $25
Children (under 5 years) $4

Proceeds help support 2016 Reading Camp at Snellville 

A reflection on volunteering at Reading Camp

 Reading Camp

Volunteering at Reading Camp is one of those unique lifetime experiences. It gives YOU as much enjoyment as those you are there to serve. The children warm up to you almost instantly. They seem to enjoy reading to you as much as you to to them. It fills your heart knowing that they feel your interest and desire for them to succeed. The kids crave the attention and you are rewarded with their respect and desire to learn. It is amazing how much energy can be channeled to the positive!

Bob Griner, Volunteer in Pleasure Reading

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Countdown to Reading Camp At St. Matthew’s 2015

Reading Camp



JUNE 22- 26, 2015

8:30 AM- 4:30 PM


*Teen counselors for afternoon program- 15 years old and up
*Teachers for morning learning centers – certification not required
*Teams of 3-4 for food preparation can volunteer for one day which includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks.
Food and instructions will be provided. Willing hands to prepare it will be a blessing

*Chess players who can help campers learn basic moves and strategies

*Food donations- watch bulletin board in office hallway, bulletin and at coffee hour
*School supplies- for take home bags that are given to each camper on Friday
*Gift cards for groceries, books or school supplies
*Prayers that campers and staff will have a fruitful and safe week.

*Paper Bowls, plates and bags
*Storage bags, quart and sandwich
*Capri Sun drinks – assorted
*Individual assorted bags of chips
*Frosted flakes cerial
*Walmart and Kroger gift cards

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Reading Camp — Ministry Opportunity

Reading Camp



If you are feeling the call to help with Reading Camp, even for a day or two we can use your help. Help is needed in the areas of food preparation, youth counseling, teaching and supporting staff.

Volunteer forms are on the Global Mission bulletin board in the office hallway or you can contact Gini Peterson,

The camp is full, and the thrill of helping young people read is one you will cherish forever.


Paper bowls and plates

Paper lunch bags

Sandwich and quart storage bags

Capri Sun drinks- assorted

Individual bags of chips- assorted

Frosted Flakes cereal

Odor free markers

1 subject spiral notebooks

Assorted school supplies

Gift cards- Kroger, Publix, Walmart


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Reading Camp

Reading Camp
In order to fully staff the camp we are in need of a few more teachers, support staff and youth counselors.
Teachers– Two are assigned to each morning learning center. The time commitment is 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This commitment includes teaching in a center, eating breakfast and lunch and one morning snack break with the campers plus attending an occasional teachers’ meeting. Teachers do not need to be currently certified and do not have to be professional educators.

 Support staff– Duties may include preparing breakfast lunch, and snacks, taking photos, sitting with an unhappy camper, reading to campers, and a multitude of other fun activities.

Counselors– Counselors traditionally arrive at 11:00 AM, eat lunch with the campers, supervise afternoon camper activities in tandem with the special events coordinators and special guests. Counselors should be 15 years old or more. The day ends at 4:30 PM when all the campers have been picked up.

Campers– The camp is full as of 5/22.

Safeguarding God’s Children is required for those working with campers. Training times to be announced.

For more information contact Gini Peterson at 777-879-0321 or

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Lenten Mission Project — Book Collection for SPCK

Q. What on earth is SPCK?

A. SPCK or the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge is a very old mission organization in the Anglican Communion. Begun in England, SPCK/USA has its headquarters at The School of Theology at The University of the South at Sewanee.

Q. What type of books are needed?
A. Bibles (any translation or language), Books of Common Prayer (any edition or language) and any other religious texts are welcomed.

Q. How are they used?
A. Books collected and donated to SPCK are redistributed, free of charge, to churches, schools, universities and individuals who request them. Many are sent to other countries and to parishes in the United States that are hungry for the GOOD NEWS.

Q. Where can I leave my books for SPCK?
A. During Lent, a bin will be in the old Narthex clearly marked for SPCK donations. Your donations will be taken to SPCK’s headquarters after Easter Sunday.

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