A quick update from the Athens Church of Christ

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Don’t know what to get your kids for Christmas…

International Holidays @the Swamp

DEC 28 – 30, 2020

Ages 11-18


Theme: From Chaos to Order


Once again COVID strikes as the in-person camps in Brazil and Southern Africa have been canceled this December and January. HOWEVER, in an effort to offer a camp experience for the hundreds of children in these parts of the world and thanks to the sponsorship of the Africa Missions Association and the Columbia Church of Christ, Camp Swamp is going to host the first-ever Virtual International H@TS!

Campers from Africa, Brazil and the United States will unite for three days of fun and connection.

Join us today and plan to make an international friend for life.

$3US for African Campers
$15US for Brazilian Campers
$45 for American Campers

(times in Eastern U.S.)
Monday, December 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 30, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm.



Hi Friends,

My name is Matt Tinnell and I am the Assistant Band director at Jackson County Comprehensive High School (JCCHS) in Jefferson, Georgia.  As we all know, budget cuts have hit education hard, so my students do not have all of the instruments we need to perform pieces of music.  Donors Choose is a website that provides a way to help teachers equip their classroom for their students without it coming out of their personal accounts.  My project is called “Conga, Conga’ CONGA!”  To say we are in dire need of new Conga drums and bongos is an understatement.  The heads cannot be replaced on the drums because they do make those sizes anymore (they were purchased almost 30 years ago – the original band director gave me that information!).  

I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose classroom request.

Conga, Conga, CONGA!

Tuesday, Decemeber 1st is Giving Tuesday!  Every donation will be doubled that day.  So if you give $25, it will be matched and turn into $50.  It is also a tax write off (you can check a box at ‘checkout’ to receive it).  
Your support would mean so much to my students. In return, you’ll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks.

Thank you so much,

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my students, please pass this along!  



Each year Family Promise of Athens (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) collects Walmart, Kroger, Target, and Visa gift cards (of any amounts) to distribute to our guests and recent alumni so they can shop for Christmas presents for their children. Please help us to get the word out to folks who might be looking for ways to make a difference this holiday season. We would like any cards donated to be in our offices as soon as possible to allow ample time to distribute the cards to our families. They can be mailed to the address below.
As always, please call with questions.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Nathan C. Byrd, III, PhD
Assistant Director
Family Promise of Athens (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
Cell: 706-340-3649

Office and Day Center:
Physical Address: 
First Baptist Church; 355 Pulaski Street; Athens, GA 30601
Mailing Address:
Family Promise of Athens; POB 581; Athens, GA 30603




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