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St. Thomas aids Galveston church ravaged by hurricane

Perry & Perry Builders' (L-R) Lin Perry, Mark "Crash" Skrhak, Karl Johnson and Shane Patteson unload furniture donated by local Episcopal church at a Galveston church severely damaged by hurricane. Perry & Perry Builders' (L-R) Lin Perry, Mark "Crash" Skrhak, Karl Johnson and Shane Patteson unload furniture donated by local Episcopal church at a Galveston church severely damaged by hurricane. Church furniture is made to be used, and it has been a number of years since St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Rockdale had regular Sunday school classes for children.

Rev. Anne Matthews, priest-incharge, and the members voted to donate their child-size chairs, benches, altar, crib and small table to one of the Galveston churches hard-hit by Hurricane Ike—St. Augustine of Hippo.

The local church also had an extra set of purple and white altar hangings and vestments to contribute.

Janie Stevens, Missioner for Christian Formation with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, linked the two congregations in the spring. The donation trip did not take place until July 3.

St. Augustine had to rebuild a parish hall and all auxiliary buildings after Ike's devastation. And there were more gifts to come.

Rev. Matthews, a bi-vocational priest, had another donation coming from her "other" job as congregational administrator for Congregation Kol Halev, a Jewish congregation in Austin downsizing after the resignation of their rabbi, Kerry Baker. The Congregation was looking to donate an office full of furniture—desks, tables, chairs and bookshelves.

Rev. Chester Makowski of St. Augustine in Galveston and Rev. Anne Matthews of St. Thomas in Rockdale discuss project. Rev. Chester Makowski of St. Augustine in Galveston and Rev. Anne Matthews of St. Thomas in Rockdale discuss project. Rev. Chester Makowski, vicar of St. Augustine, was only too happy to give this additional furniture a home in the newly reconstructed parish hall.

Volunteers

Perry & Perry Builders of Rockdale provided the labor, trucks and trailers to transport the office and Sunday school furniture. Tonya Rodgers of Country Estate Auctions, who works for Perry & Perry, brought her trailer to Austin and it was loaded with the Congregation Kol Halev furniture. "Tonya and three men from the congregation loaded everything. It was her trailer we took to Galveston, along with the one that had the St. Thomas furniture," Rev. Matthews said.

Rev. Makoski expressed gratitude on behalf of his congregation, the Bishop's Committee and the clergy of St. Augustine:

"Thank you and the good people of St. Thomas for their generosity in our rebuilding efforts. Not only did you give us a beautiful set of purple and white altar hangings, furniture for the little ones, and an altar, but your bringing together our congregation with Congregation Kol Halev was a blessing."


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