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 have distributed 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 Community & Health Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Contact the Hedges at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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
East Valley Mens Shelter (EVMS) Thanks You
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food, shelter and basic needs
Training and work assistance
Counseling and educational classes
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.