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: 

October 1, 15, 29

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."

Join the Food Box Crew

The Food Box crew could use a couple of volunteers to join our team on Thursday mornings every other week. We could use one or two people to help pack the food boxes from 8:00-10:30, and/or someone with a truck to pick up our order from the Midwest Food Bank at 8:20 and deliver it to St. Matthew.

If interested, please contact Virginia Hughes at

We’d love to have you be a part of our team!

Sunday Funday

EVERY Sunday, beginning September 4, 10:15 - 11:15 AM is Sunday Funday. 

Join us for this engaging intergenerational Sunday School experience. All are welcome!

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

Family Promise October 9 - 16, 2022

We are excited to be hosting Family Promise again in October. As you know we will need food, Sunday evening through Saturday evening, with breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, if you can help in any way it will be greatly appreciated.

If you cannot help with food, a donation would also be appreciated, as we buy food for the family’s breakfasts during the week. The most help needed is with overnight hosting. In February we had very little help so most of the hosting fell on just a few people. It is essential that we have more help in October

Thank you for considering helping in any of these areas, if you would like to contact me, to volunteer or get more information, my email address is:

God Bless, Rosemary Glithero & Carol Brand

Connect with our Dobson Ranch Community

Join the St. Matthew volunteer team at the Dobson Ranch Fall Festival event. 

This is a great opportunity to connect with our community and represent St. Matthew.

The event will be held on 10/14 from 5:00-7:30pm.

Connect with to join the team today.

Church Conference 2022

Our 2022 Church Conference will be held November 1, 2022 at 5:30 PM.

2540 W. Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ 85202

Reception for our New East District Superintendent

A welcome reception for our new East District Superintendent, the Rev. Melissa Rynders

will be held Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 1 - 3 pm at St. Matthew Church. 

Trunk or Treat October 22, 4-6 PM

Join us for Trunk or Treat on Octobers 22, 2022 from 4 - 6 pm. 

The Parade begins at 5 pm. There will be a costume contest, games and prizes!

Fall Family Camp October 14 - 16, 2022

Register now for Fall Family Camp at Mingus Mountain Camp and Retreat Center.

Fun for the entire family! Join us for bonfires, hayrides, and tons of hot chocolate!

Retreat Cabin 

Adult (18 yrs and up): $120

Children/Youth (4 - 17 yrs): $60

Rustic Cabin

Adult (18 yrs and up): $95

Children/Youth (4 - 17 yrs): $45

Day Visitor

Adult (18 yrs and up): $40

Children/Youth (4 - 17 yrs): $25

***Children under 4: free!

September Youth Events

Saturday, September 3, 6 PM - Sunday morning

Gilbert UMC Youth Lock in

Sunday, September 4

Pool Party with Robin Watson, 4 - 7 PM

Friday, September 30, 6 PM

Game Night in St. Matthew UMC Youth Room

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.