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!:
Help us spread the word! Every other Saturday, St. Matthew is proud to serve families who are in need of food assistance by passing out non-perishable food boxes from 9 am to 12 pm. Each box is given on a first come, first serve basis and feeds a family of four for 3-4 days. Please share the program and invite people to come to our church campus every other Saturday to make use of our program. For questions, email email@example.com. Next distribution day is July 14th.
St Matthew will be supporting the Family Promise organization by hosting families in October 2018. Come out, help support and be blessed by this wonderful mission. Contact Bimal Dey for more information.
Wesley Community 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 build projects. If you can assist with bringing breakfast items or you have interest in helping with a build, contact Pat Reed at email@example.com.
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.
Dedication in July
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-Chandler Resources and Links
Summer 2018 Hydration Campaign Underway
Eagle Pathway is a 501c3/Arizona Nonprofit Corporation and is a sponsored project of the Technical Assistance Project of Arizona (TAPAZ). Please see the attached flyers for free events.
Resource Center for Single Moms and Teens: blue-resource-center-flyer.jpg
>Mesa CAN (Community Action Network) http://www.turnanewleaf.org/
This organization helps people get training and find jobs. See July Calendar below.
July DES Job Fair des-job-fair-flyer.pdf
DES Veterans Employment Services
>Adelante Health Care Recommended for people on AHCSS or Marketplace Insurance
See the current application flyer here: adelante-healthcare----application-flyer.pdf
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
>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
>Early Childhood Education Opportunities
Pinal County Opportunities
>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 United Methodist 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.