Church News & Announcements

You are invited to join us for these upcoming events and to participate in these ongoing ministries.

Update from Food Box Program

Next 7:30 am distribution dates: May 28,

June 11, 25

St. Matthew is proud to serve families who are in need of food assistance by giving out non-perishable food boxes from 7:30 a.m. every other Saturday. Each box is given on a first come, first serve basis and feeds a family of four for 3-4 days. Most of the food is picked up from the Midwest Food Bank through a partnership with them.

We have all felt the effects of our current inflation. Unfortunately it has also impacted the donations we receive for the food box program and we have some empty shelves that could use your help.  How can you help: Canned vegetables or fruit, canned tuna or chicken, and small jars of peanut butter.  Midwest food bank rarely provides us with these items. They can be dropped off at church in the shopping cart in front of the church, or between 5-6pm on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the East side pull through. Please help if you can, one or two of the listed items per person will make an impact. If you would like additional information please contact Steve Childs, Virginia Hughes or Rosemary Glithero."

Annual Conference Special Offering

Our annual conference missions offering this year will go to scholarships for DACA students in partnership with The Long Journey Fund, as well as to ongoing relief efforts in Tonga following a volcanic eruption and tsunami earlier this year. For more information on these efforts, please see You can designate gifts through St. Matthew by indicating they are for Annual Conference Missions.

Upcoming Events

UMOM Annual Walk to End Homelessness

This year's walk will be held on May 14th at 7:00am at the Phoenix Zoo. Sign up for early bird pricing through April 30th. Join or donate to the St. Matthew team here:

Peace Pole Gathering
There will be a gathering immediately following the May 22nd service at the Peace Pole. Come, take a moment, to pray for Peace. We will especially lift up the Ukraine and all of the displaced people in this time of war. Please bring your coffee and pause before you move on to other meetings, bible studies, and classes to be in a moment of prayer for peace in times of trouble in our land and throughout the world.

. Sign up for early bird pricing through April 30th. Join or donate to the St. Matthew team here:

Music Appreciation Concert-Now at 2:00pm on May 22
May 22nd at 2:00pm join us in the sanctuary for our Music Appreciation concert "We Sing" where all of the music groups from St. Matthew will be performing to celebrate the end of the season. We have experienced quite a challenging time over the last few years and this will be our first Music Appreciation concert in several years. Please join us after the concert for refreshments. Please be sure to invite your friends and family. The concert will include several uplifting songs that are sure to remind you why "We Sing"!

Missions and Outreach

Thank you to all of you who continue making donations to our various outreach programs. We continue to receive towels, wash cloths and new socks for the asylum seekers, food for our food box program, and diapers, new bottles of toiletries, and school supplies for UMOM and Helen’s Hope Chest. You all do an amazing service to these outreach programs! Thank you!!

Men's Bible Study New Location

The men’s Bible study meets at 6:45 am Thursdays in the patio rooms (C6-7). The group is studying the book of Acts. Coffee, juice and pastries are provided. Information: Greg Beihl, 480.839.1269

Update & Invitation from SPRC

Do you have a one, two, three hours to spare?  

We are in need of Office Volunteers!

Volunteers will be asked to bring in the mail, receive packages from delivery drivers, answer the phone, take messages, and greet visitors. Women and men are welcome to volunteer.  

Church Office Hours will be: Monday thru Thursday 9am to 12pm.

We currently have volunteers scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays.

We are in need of volunteers for Tuesdays.  

We are in need of a volunteer for every other Thursday morning from 9-10:30.

Please email or call the church office at 480-838-7309 and Leave a message if you would like to help out during this time. 

Capital Campaign Committee Update

Thank you to everyone who has continued to support our 3-year campaign. We have received donations more quickly in the first year of the campaign than we originally anticipated based on pledged commitments. Since our last update in January, we have made considerable progress in planning for 3 projects in 2022.


The organ subcommittee has finished its research, listened to vendor presentations, and visited several churches to hear how the organs sound. The subcommittee requested a quote on a new Rodgers Imagine series organ, which the Committee and Trustees are reviewing.We expect a final decision soon.


The Committee and the Trustees have approved the roofing and paving projects,based on quotes received. A deposit check was provided to the Glendale Roofing to lock in the pricing on the materials. The project is scheduled to begin in mid-April. It will include re-shingling the Sanctuary and Music building, and redoing of the flat roof over the Activity Center kitchen. Additionally, Sunland Asphalt is tentatively scheduled to begin a slurry-seal of the parking lots in May, after the roofing project is complete. If the parking lot work cannot be completed by May 31, it will be rescheduled for the fall when temperatures cool back down.


Projected costs for these 3 ongoing projects are:

Organ          $81,500

Roofing        $60,700

Parking lots  $38,300

Total          $180,500


Currently, we have $166,000 on hand in the Capital Campaign Account and we know that generous donations are being received each week. There is sufficient balance in the Trustee Reserve Fund to temporarily cover the remaining cost for the above projects if needed until we receive additional donations.


We will plan for the remaining projects to replace the Sanctuary Lutron lighting system, replace the outside electronic messaging sign components, and paint the exterior trim on buildings as we receive pledged donations over the next 2 years.