There is an immediate need for safe drinking water in Columbia. Several of the swift water rescues have taken place. Pipes have burst, and the water supply is contaminated. Bottled water is needed.

The Church of the Advent's Parish and Community Life Center will serve as a Convocation water drop-off site from 12:15pm (after Children's Center pickup) to 7pm Tuesday and Wednesday. Deacon Fergie Horvath said that cases of water and gallon jugs would be appreciated. Transport is expected to take place Thursday before noon. An e-blast will be sent tomorrow morning. ‪#‎EDUSC‬ ‪#‎SCFlood‬ ‪#‎cleanwater‬

Thank you,
Becky Pittman, Director of Communications

Book Discussion - A Path Appears

The world is full of crises and troubles. Reports on the evening news remind us daily of human suffering. God calls Christians to reach out and help those in need, but how? The problems are overwhelming. What can one person or one parish do? Join us as we look at what people just like us have done to be a light in the darkness of this world. We'll learn about what others have done to make a difference. Join us Sunday morning at 10:15 in the church office, October 4 - November 22.

What's Your Story?

Your Story Matters:

It matters to you, to those who know you, and to those who can laugh or learn from your experiences. Our memories connect us to one another and our faith experience.

The purpose of the series is to discover and tell the stories only you can tell in a supportive environment that encourages beginning writers. Classes consist of a series of distinct three-hour sessions in which participants experience how memoirs are snapshots in a language of unique moments and circumstances. We will:

  • Mine memories and explore how to develop a memoir focus that resonates with the reader
  • Look at oneself as a narrator of stories
  • Discuss dialogue, research, interviewing, and revision
  • Take time for brainstorming and writing
  • Discover that memoirs can be emotionally releasing, fun to play around with, rewarding—and most importantly, all about self-exploration and discovery and sharing.

WHERE: Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church (across from Barnes & Noble on Highway 29, Spartanburg)  

101 St. Matthew’s Lane, Spartanburg, SC 29301, 864-576-0424

WHEN: Wednesdays, October 14, 21 and 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION:  $ 35 for all classes (Includes lunch) Class size is limited, so reserve your place now. Contact Rosemary Moore, Director of Christian Formation at or 864-384-4873, or register here online.

"Your Story" Instructor: Jenifer Steller

With a background in English and Secondary Education, instructor Jenifer Steller will offer composition tools and literary techniques to help participants explore the significance of people, places and events in their lives. Using readings, prompts, and writing assignments, she will help participants draw stories from memory, organize them into a narrative, and polish them through revision.

Steller is a longtime Spartanburg resident who has taught in public and private schools, worked as a DHEC Health Educator and Director of Public Relations at the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. Her nonfiction writing includes The Spartan Spirit is Strong (a 100+ year history of the YMCAs in Spartanburg) and DUCK Walking (an elementary school walking manual that integrates health, fitness, and classroom studies). She enjoys family, travel, photography, gardening, writing, and photojournalism.

Learn more from Steller at the "What's Your Story?" series by registering here.

Pumpkins Are Here!

Please sign-up to volunteer and find the mission that calls you to work the Pumpkin Patch. The "sign-up" chart will be available every Sunday, after the 9 and 11:15am service, and almost every other day as well for your convenience.  Please see the Pumpkin Patch online calendar to see what times are available.

The Patch will be open beginning at 1pm on Saturday, September 26.  It then will be open Monday-Saturday 11am through 7pm, and Sundays 12:30-7 pm.  The working times are in 2 hour shifts.  

Please support this wonderful ministry by signing up as a volunteer to sell pumpkins!

Singing Rooster Coffee Available

Our latest Singing Rooster Coffee has been delivered and if you ordered coffee it is available to pick up this Sunday after each service. Your package will be marked and is also available in the church office.

Singing Rooster supports free trade in Haiti and $3 from each bag sold goes directly to the Bon Saveor School that our diocese supports.  You can order on the order form in the foyer at St. Matthew's. We must have your purchase amount before we can place the order.

Contact Bob or Peggy Ewing with any questions at