Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes, Inc.
2203 Rhonda Dr., West Plains, MO 65775-1615
Phone: (417) 255-1103 * http://match-inc.org

Dear Homeschool Exhibitor,

We had a wonderful time working with different ones of you over the past year for the different events that we had. We are seeing new doors opening for us this year. For those that are new, please let me introduce myself and our organization. My husband & I are the directors of the Missouri Association of Teaching Christian Homes, Inc. (MATCH). This is the only state wide Christian organization in Missouri. We have three children a son 29, daughter 18 (she is currently in Israel on a 3 month mission trip) and our youngest 14. We usually send out this mailing in January. But in August I found out that I was losing my eye sight in my right eye. I lost it totally in October. I have struggled to know what God wants me to do. We are currently working with a wonderful specialist and there is a chance, with the help of special contacts, that I may be able to see again. So, I have been a little slower doing some of the regular jobs.

We would love to work with your group in whatever way possible. We offer to do FREE product reviews for vendors. The way this works is, you send us whatever you would like for us to review and after reviewing it, we will put the review in our state wide membership newsletter (online); on our members only site on the web; on our blogs (3 different ones); and on Facebook (we do not return or resell items sent for review). If you want us to review a book or even a series, please send us the physical books or ebooks. If you are sending ebooks we accept ebooks for the Nook or Kindle, as well as common non-DRM formats. Please note that we get a lot of reviews and we try to get them done ASAP but as a homeschool mom, my children come first. If you don't hear from us or see your review out there, please email me and I will check into it.

Fireside Helps is sent out to MATCH members throughout the state, monthly on our members only site. We put all sorts of articles in the newsletter to help homeschoolers, events that are coming up, and fun things from time to time for the kids. If you would like to submit articles and upcoming events for our members to see, this is FREE. Please have them to me by the following dates:

  • February 22

  • March 21

  • April 25

  • May 23

  • June 20

  • July 25

  • August 22

  • September 19

  • October 24

  • November 21

  • December 19

  • January 23

Are you interested in doing or do you do a homeschool event? Are you interested in offering MATCH members a special discount? We would love to promote your events. Please send us the information about each event(s) for 2018 and if you are interested in getting started with a homeschool day, feel free to let us know. Each event is put on our calendars, on our main website, on our Facebook and in the newsletters.

We were saddened when SHEM decided to close their doors. We loved working with them and their homeschool convention. We are currently working on redoing our online homeschool convention. We are excited about the new upgrades that we will have and we will be contacting you as soon as it is up and running. It will be like in the past we will have a minimal fee for those that want to be a vendor and those that offer a discount and/or are a speaker on the convention site.

The second event will be at our 3rd annual Homeschool Day at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson, MO. The event will be held October 5th. We are looking forward to a BIG event. What we are looking for is coupons/gift cards that can be used as door prizes for those attending. Last year we had some great restaurants that gave coupons for door prizes. We would like to include some from you, too.

Our third and largest event is our annual Homeschool Day at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. The event that will be held October 6-7 at the Silver Dollar City Homeschool Day. This is our 20th annual Homeschool Day. Each year we increase with the numbers that attend. We like to hand out little things to the children as they come in for the big day. You may choose whatever type of object for us to put in their bags and have your name on it. The kids love to have pencils, pens, little notepads, wrist bands, etc. We need to have bags donated for the event. We welcome you to put your name, logo, advertisement on the outside of them. They do need to be heavy plastic ones or cloth ones so that they don't rip easy. We also need to have buttons or lanyards for name tags that can be used to make our homeschool families to stand out. We want this to not only be something for the kids but a way for you to be able to advertise, too. The bags are handed out as they come into the city with their packets for the day and many don't want to carry a really heavy bag around all day. We want to get the magazines into their hands so please send us a card for them to send to you for a free sample of the magazine. We will be putting together 300 bags. We need all the items to be in by September 15, 2018. Putting them in the bags is done for FREE. The last several years we have done door prizes and people love this! So if you would like to do door prizes, we would love it.

Our fourth and final event for the year will be our 2nd Christmas in Branson, which is still in the planning stages.

Please take a few minutes to update your information with us so that we keep in contact with the right person. We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 417-255-1103 or by email.

God bless you,
Michael & Orilla Crider
MATCH Directors

If mailing or sending anything to our office please mail it to:

Orilla Crider, Director
2203 Rhonda Dr.
West Plains, MO 65775

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