St. Matthew provides many opportunities to serve God, the church, and God’s people. The activities listed here are open to all people whether or not they are members of the church.
Reaching out to our community and to our world through missions is an important focus for St. Matthew. We actively sponsor and participate in many local mission programs. For some of them, we collect food, school supplies, or Christmas gifts; for others, we give our time, labor, and love to share God’s love with the community. To learn more about St. Matthew’s involvement, please click on one of the links below, call the church office at (480) 838-7309.
Sharing the Blessings Our New Mission Opportunity!:
St Matthew members distribute food boxes every other Saturday to the needy families in our neighborhood. We get the food in bulk quantities from Midwest food bank and from Salvation Army and repackage them into individual boxes that can support a family of four for 3-4 days. The leftover food is given to various school social workers to be distributed to needy families and children in those schools. Contact Bill Hedges for more information.
St Matthew will be supporting the Family Promise organization by hosting families from Feb 11th through Feb 18th in the B building. Over 25 St Matthew volunteers have signed up to help support and be blessed by this wonderful mission. Contact Bimal Dey for more information.
Wesley Center is a National Mission Institution of the United Methodist Church and a Primary Partner of the Valley of the Sun United Way. The Wesley Center in Phoenix has provided assistance to people in the community for over sixty years. The people of St. Matthew have served Wesley through volunteering, leading programs, collecting food and school supplies, and adopting families at Christmas. For more information contact Wesley Community & Health Center.
UMOM New Day Centers
UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Ministries) offers shelter and job training to homeless families and adults in Phoenix. For many years, individuals and groups from St. Matthew have prepared and served the Friday evening meal every week to the residents at UMOM, as well as sponsoring programs, and collecting supplies for the center. For more information, email the coordinator Ginny Smythe at email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity needs workers and meals at 2018 build projects. If you can assist with bringing breakfast items for January 27, lunch items for April 14 and May 12 or you can build on any of these days, contact Pat Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the Hedges at email@example.com for meal planning.
Habitat creates homes for low-income families. St. Matthew is part of a coalition of United Methodist churches that help build houses in the Phoenix area twice a year. Dedication of current build in July. More information is at Habitat for Humanity. Or, you can email the coordinator Pat Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justa Center is a resource center in Phoenix which specializes in helping homeless senior citizens find appropriate housing, employment, and other much-needed services. Members of St. Matthew collect items to aid in the Justa Center ministry. More information is at Justa Center.
Helen’s Hope Chest
Helen’s Hope Chest is a local organization that provides support to families of foster children. St. Matthew regularly collects items for distribution to these families. More information is at Helen's Hope Chest.
East Valley Men's Shelter
Thank you to all the volunteers who shop and purchase food items, bake cookies, make sandwiches, pack lunches and write notes of encouragement to put in the lunches. Thank you to all who provide donated items or monetary donations.
The EVMS lunch team is in need of donations. Donations of single serving back of chips, snacks, cookies, lunch sacks, ziploc sandwich bags, and large dinner napkins are appreciated. Monetary donations are always appreciated to purchase, meat, apples and other lunch items. Mark your check to St Matthew UMC and not for EVMS lunches.
We provide 96 lunches on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at the cost of about $2.25 for each lunch. Thank you for your support of this community outreach project.
The East Valley Men's Center (EVMC) is an emergency shelter for up to 76 homeless men who make the commitment to become self-sufficient and move back into the community. There are 18 transitional housing beds. Members of St Matthew UMC prepare and provide lunch to the East Valley Men's shelter located in Mesa, Arizona. For more information email Denise Allen at email@example.com.
Food, shelter and basic needs
Training and work assistance
Counseling and educational classes
Mesa Resources and Links
>Mesa CAN (Community Action Network) http://www.turnanewleaf.org/
This organization helps people get training and find jobs.
>Adelante Health Care Recommended for people on AHCSS or Marketplace insurance. http://adelantehealthcare.com/.
See the current application flyer here: adelante-healthcare----application-flyer.pdf
Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
You will find the Child and Parent Workshop Spotlight’s for East Mesa, Gilbert, & West Mesa for April/May attached. These are 2-sided English/Spanish. You will also find the Spring/Summer Regional Calendar which has all 3 sites on one side with explanations of the workshops on the other for March through June. One is English and the other is Spanish.
Phoenix Area Resources
2018 Directory of Community Resources serving individuals with disabilities
Direct Care Workforce Pilot Project
The Direct Care Workforce Pilot Project has the goal of connecting individuals who have disabilities (including individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities) into jobs in the direct care workforce. The DCW pilot project group includes many professionals from various direct care, education, and/or other sectors throughout Arizona.
The Training-to-Hire pilot project aims to recruit individuals with disabilities (I/DD included) to participate in a training program that will certify them as Direct Care Workers in AZ. Three Arizona in-home-care service providers are collaborating to provide this free training for individuals with disabilities who are interested in working in a direct care job. Please see the attached flyer – please distribute to anyone who might be interested.
If you know of anyone who is interested in this opportunity, please reach out to the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council at 602-542-8977.
Please contact me at the number below with any questions you may have.
Best Regards, Rebecca Peterson | RPeterson@azdes.gov
MSW Intern| Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
See Flyer here: dcw-pilot-project.docx
>Steward Healthcare Network
>>Guadalupe Free Health Fair hca_guadalupefamilyhealthfair_flyer_socialmedia.pdf
>IT Training Cohorts with ARIZONA@WORK
There is some very good advanced IT training available. For further information contact:
Hilary Fuller, Relationship Liaison
p: 602.396-7694 | f: 602.266.1555 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
2200 North Central Avenue Suite 400 | Phoenix, AZ 85004
>AZHWY Construction Pilot Program Informational Sessions
ABA/AGC, ADOT, ARIZONA @WORK Maricopa County/City of Phoenix are hosting six informational sessions throughout the valley for those individuals 18 years of age and older who are interested in a career pathway in construction. The sessions are being held to help in the recruitment of 30+ individuals for the next cohort to start June 4, 2018. Come hear from and meet with the industry experts.
All those interested must meet WIOA eligibility, be willing to complete the necessary drug and background screenings and pass the required screenings. Participants will need to have their own transportation.
For more information on enrollment and for general information feel free to contact:
>Tarver Learning Center FREE Computer Coding & 3D Modeling/Printing Classes
Please see the flyer attached. These are amazing (FREE) computer coding and 3D printing courses.
>Early Childhood Education Scholarship Opportunities
Please help to spread the word about these upcoming events! Flyers attached as well as links with more details and pre-registration!
04.18.2018 Career Development Workshop-Effective Communication Attendee Pre-Registration
05.05.2018 Community Career Fair Job Seeker Pre-Registration
Employer Registration for Community Career Fair
>Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council opportunity
An opportunity for youth and young adults is being offered at the Arizona Youth Leadership Forum 2018. Attached are the application materials (flyer, application in 2 formats) for Arizona Youth Leadership Forum (AZYLF) 2018!
Please note that this year, we will hold two AZYLF Conferences – one in Phoenix, and one in Flagstaff! Youth and young adults who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to be considered for selection to attend either Conference, or the one that best meets their needs.
Complete application packages (Application, Responses to 4 Essay Questions, 2 Letters of Recommendation) must be received by 11:59pm on 4/15/18. Online applications may be submitted from the Quick Links page at www.azylf.org.
Pinal County Opportunity
>Domestic Violence Training
We have the wonderful opportunity to attend a 40 hour training from ACESDV this July 23-28 at the old courthouse building in Florence. Please see the link below and feel free to register. There is a cost associated with this training but very well worth it. Please feel free to forward to anyone else who may be interested.
This is a 5 day, 40 hour, interactive, basic Domestic Violence training. This training will include topics such as: teen dating violence, safety planning, the effects of domestic violence on children, legal issues, dynamics of power and oppression, advocacy, empowerment, crisis intervention and self-care.
This training is designed for professionals working with people and communities impacted by domestic violence, including staff and advocates of domestic violence shelters, social workers, health care providers, faith-based leaders, sexual assault nurse examiners, child welfare providers, law enforcement, attorneys, officers of the court, offender treatment providers and others who interact with survivors, people who abuse or children exposed to domestic violence.
Thanks, Lindsey Wicks, MS, M.Ed, Program Manager
Pinal County Public Health Services District
PO Box 2945 | 971 N Jason Lopez, Bldg D | Florence, AZ 85132
T: 520-866-4557 | C: 520-709-9369 | F: 520-866-7253
Our Global Missions
St. Matthew United Methodist Church jointly with First Church-Tempe are sponsoring an African University student, Sinanduku Diba, with a Usahwira Scholarship.
Africa University is a Methodist-related university in Zimbabwe. Miss Diba is a 2nd year student in the Faculty of Management and Administration. She comes from the town of Lubumbashi in Democratic Republic of Congo. She believes that "the better I am educated, the better my community and family are developed". Contact Joel Huffman to learn more about this mission at email@example.com.
Refugee Family Resettlement Program:
St Matthew UMC members are co-sponsoring an Eritrean family with Lutheran Social Services. Our church members helped set up the apartment for the family along with providing for the family needs as they try to settle in their new country and new home. We are blessed to be a part of the Eritrean family settlement and have taken the family to church functions, family outings, and generally helped the family get integrated into the new environment. We co-ordinate all our activities with LSS (Lutheran Social Services).
Through our offerings, St. Matthew supports the global ministries and missions of the United Methodist Church. Individuals are also welcome to contribute directly to specific domestic and international projects coordinated by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UMCOR works to relieve suffering with both short-term and long-term programs in regions suffering from economic, agricultural, political, health, and natural disasters. More information is at UMCOR.
Imagine No Malaria
Another worldwide United Methodist initiative is Imagine No Malaria, which partners with other global organizations to distribute nets and medication, improve medical facilities, train medical workers, and educate the public in malaria-prone areas.
UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers In Mission) is a grassroots movement within the United Methodist church designed to provide an official channel whereby Christians, both lay and clergy, may offer their skills and talents for Christian service at home and around the world on short term assignments at their own expense. Their work includes construction and renewing of mission facilities, teaching, witnessing, conducting medical clinics, conducting bible study or Bible School for children, and serving in disaster relief efforts around the world. More information is at UMVIM.