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GRASSROOTS – 2022 HOLIDAY GIVING - Our church has for many years provided a Giving Tree to support Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center (/ in their Holiday Wish campaign. It traditionally provides gifts for about 125 families.   This year they are again having a GIFT CARD ONLY HOLIDAY GIVING DRIVE.   Please consider helping those struggling with financial and food challenges this holiday season by donating gift cards.Gift cards in  $25 and $50 amounts to Walmart, Target and Amazon (physical cards only) will allow individuals to select toys, clothing and accessories for their families. Gift cards of $25 or $50 from Giant Food, Safeway, Aldi or Lidl would help purchase food or prescription medication. We will be delivering our gift card donations on Monday, December 5, 2022. You may purchase and put donations in church collection basket at church with Attn: Holiday Giving Drive on the envelope OR give them to Cynthia Pappas.  

The Howard County Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center:

  • Is a multi-service center in Howard County providing 24-hour crisis intervention
  • Is a walk-in counseling program and is the first point of contact for homeless services
  • Operates a 33-bed emergency family shelter, an 18-bed men’s shelter and can house up to five families short-term in a motel shelter
  • Serves three meals daily for up to 50 shelter residents

For more information on Grassroots, visit their website.

The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew has been supporting Grassroots in various capacities for many years:

  • Items needed for donation are announced at Liturgy and in the Sunday Bulletin
  • Grassroots compiles a Holiday Wish List every fall, and the parish decorates a “Giving Tree” with gifts from the list

For more information on St Matthew's effort to support Grassroots, please contact

“I was naked and you clothed Me…” Matthew 25:36
Mailing Address
Orthodox Church of Saint Matthew
P.O. Box 2003
Columbia, MD 21045
7271 Eden Brook Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Email and Phone
240-755-0324 (Phone)
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    5:00 Great Vespers
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    9:15 3rd Hour
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    5:00 Great Vespers

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