All ministries depend on local congregations, including projects that raise funds for books, e-books and other printed materials for use in worship and education at Episcopal institutions in our diocese and around the world.
If you can make only one gift to provide books for those who need them, please choose the DIOCESAN SEMINARIAN BOOK FUND.
Textbooks for seminarians cost about $600 per semester. Most seminarians pay most of the cost to attend seminary themselves. Our gift toward their books also lets them know that we support them during their studies.
To make a gift to the Diocesan Seminarian Book Fund, make your check out to ECW-EDUSC, put DSBF on the memo line and mail the check to Kathy Siegel, ECW Treasurer, 905 Lamp Light Drive, Greer SC 29650.
The CHURCH PERIODICAL CLUB has two funds that make grants. National Book Fund grants are given to adults and Miles of Pennies grants are given to children in grades K-12. Mail checks to Church Periodical Club, ATTN: Pamela Stewart, 815 Second Avenue, New York NY 10017.
Your contributions to the National Books Fund will help fund requests for hymnals in nursing homes, textbooks for seminarians around the world and books for church leaders and teachers in small congregations. Make your check out to Church Periodical Club and put National Books Fund on the memo line.
Your contributions to the Miles of Pennies Fund will help fund requests for books for children to take home from reading camp, textbooks for students in Episcopal schools around the world and books for Sunday school programs in small congregations. Make your check out to Church Periodical Club and put Miles of Pennies Fund on the memo line.
OTHER PROJECTS IN OUR DIOCESE
- A partnership with leaders in Cange, Haiti, “to develop and expand the community library’s materials and services to benefit personal enrichment, enjoyment and education.” The project will provide books in Kreyól and French for children and adults.
- Camp AIR (Adventures in Reading) at Gravatt Conference Center for 4th and 5th graders from three Aiken elementary schools It is designed to build confidence in the campers regarding their reading abilities while providing a camp experience, which most of the students have never had. Contributions will help purchase books for children to take home. For some the book will be the first new book they have ever owned.
- If your congregation participates in a “Snack Pack” ministry at a local school, add a book to the pack at Christmas and/or the end of school. Get a list of books from the school before purchasing any.
~ Cai Armstrong, CPC/DSBF Chair