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: 

December 10, 24

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 hugvirginia@gmail.comWe’d love to have you be a part of our team!

Thanks again for your continued support of this important mission.

Steve Childs

Food Box Coordinator

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!

Coat and Jacket Drive

The weather is cooling down, so there is a great need for warm clothing. We will be collecting coats, jackets, and other outerwear such as sweaters and sweat shirts. Items can be new or used.

We will donate new clothing to Helen’s Hope Chest, which offers foster care children and their families the opportunity to “shop” for clothing at their facility.

Used items will be donated to the Justa Center, for elderly homeless adults, and for the asylum seekers who will be traveling to family in colder parts of the country.

Donated items can be dropped off in the bins in the narthex of the church throughout November and December.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

November Youth News

Youth Group November 13

Join us right after the 9am service for a fun-filled faith experience, designed specifically for  Jr. High and High School students.

Youth 2023 Planning Meeting November 16, 7pm via Zoom

Bowling November 20

We'll take the fun to AMF Mesa from 3 - 5pm. RSVP to Tonia by 11/13. Cost: $10. Scholarships available.

Wrap Party November 27 and December 4

This is the first fundraiser for the Youth 2023. All youth are welcome to wrap gifts for donations to the program. Immediately following service until noon.

Questions? Email or call Tonia at 480-359-5049 or

Hands of Joy Christmas Concert

You are cordially invited to The Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir's Christmas concert on Dec 18 at 3 pm in the Worship Center. Come experience the story of Christmas as seen through beautiful sign language and heard in  wonderful Christmas songs. Bring a friend and share the Spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Memorial/Honorary Gift

The Worship Committee is providing an opportunity for you to honor or remember a loved one by completing a card provided in the Narthex on each of the four Sundays of December.

On the card tables there will be one card of "In Memory of"; the second card will be for "In Honor of".

When you fill the card(s) out, tape the card onto the Narthex window using the double-sided tape provided.

Donations will go towards the July youth trip to the Quadrennial Meeting 2023 in Daytona, Florida. The approximate cost is $1400 per person.

Note on your check: Christmas memorial/honorary gift

Upper Room

Upper Room booklets have arrived for November/ December. We have other booklets from throughout the year. If you'd like us to mail you one, contact the church office at (480) 838-7309 or email us at

Food Box Reverse Advent Calendar

Advent season will soon be upon us. Many of you have enjoyed putting together these Advent Food Boxes in the past. It really helps a family out receiving a completed box.

With the cost of food these days, though, you might consider dividing the list with a friend to ease the burden. The list of food items below will be available on the tables in the narthex throughout Advent.

Those of us on the food box crew thank you all for the contributions you have made to this program throughout the year.

We wish you all a joyous Advent and a Merry Christmas.

Each day add an item to a box. On Christmas Eve donate the contents to a food bank.

December 1 - box of cereal

December 2 - peanut butter

December 3 - stuffing mix

December 4 - boxed potatoes

December 5 - macaroni and cheese

December 6 - canned fruit

December 7 - canned tomatoes

December 8 - canned tuna

December 9 - dessert mix

December 10 - jar of applesauce

December 11 - canned sweet potatoes

December 12 - cranberry sauce

December 13 - canned beans

December 14 - box of crackers

December 15 - package of rice

December 16 - package of oatmeal

December 17 - package pasta

December 18 - spaghetti sauce

December 19 - chicken noodle soup

December 20 - tomato soup

December 21 - can of corn

December 22 - can of mixed vegetables

December 23 - can of carrots

December 24 - can of green beans

Habitat for Humanity

It is that time of year that we need to raise funds for our Habitat build in January 2023. St. Matthew is part of the Mighty Methodist Coalition, which builds one house a year for a family less fortunate than us. Some of the opportunities to donate are: The Arizona Tax Credit opportunity, which is $400 for a single and $800 for a couple and you get a full refund come Arizona tax time! Or, an Advent Habitat house bank during Advent season (these are really fun to see what we have in our homes), or a donation of your choice by a check. Come to the Habitat table at the end of the service, Sundays November 20th & 27th . I will have the form that guides you how to give to Habitat directly online at the table, or a copy will be in the Communicator. Thank you ahead of time for your donations! I will be asking for help to build in the beginning of January when we know what dates we are building. See you there!

Pat Reed

Racial Justice Library

The Racial Justice committee has installed a small library in the cabinet in the chapel (sanctuary). We have included publications that we thought would interest our congregation:

  • Several excellent publications from the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Book: River of Fire by Sister Helen Prejean
  • Book: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • DVD: Just Mercy (2019)
  • DVD: Slavery by Another Name (PBS – 2011)

Please stop in to see if there is material you’d like to check out!

Just sign your name, publication title and phone number on the form next to the publications.

Men's Bible Study

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 Update

Thank you!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made Family Promise a success this month. The food was awesome, and greatly appreciated.  A special thank you to the overnight hosts. We cannot be successful without all the volunteers behind the scenes. 

Tuesday evening we were entertained with two quartets from Tetra String Quartet; the group also practices at St. Matthew. Jenna graciously arranged for two groups to entertain Family Promise. 

Thank you again & God Bless

Rosemary Glithero & Carol Brand

Capital Campaign Committee Update

Thank you to everyone who has continued to generously support our 3-year campaign. We have received donations more quickly in the first 18 months of the campaign than we originally anticipated based on pledged commitments. As of the end of September, we have already received 78% of the $365,000 we estimated would be needed to complete the 7 projects.


We have completed 4 projects: replaced the Sanctuary and Youth room air conditioning units, replaced the shingle roofing on the Sanctuary and Music buildings, slurry-sealed the parking lots, and replaced the organ at a total cost of $245,549. It has been wonderful to enjoy the cool air, know we have solid roofs overhead, leave our vehicles in nicely paved lots, and enjoy hearing the incredible sounds of the new organ.


The 3 remaining projects are to replace the Lutron lighting system in the Sanctuary, replace the outside electronic message board components, and to paint the exterior trim on the buildings. We estimate the cost of these 3 remaining projects at $90,000. Additionally, the asphalt company that slurry-sealed our parking lots recommends that we seal the parking lots in 12-18 months to substantially extend their life. We are hopeful that we will have sufficient remaining monies to also seal the parking lots.


Currently, we have $41,380 on hand in the Capital Campaign Account and we know that generous donations are still being received each week.  We will plan for the remaining projects as donations are received over the next 18 months.


Donations may be made electronically to the Capital Campaign through our Website or by check. Remember to note Capital Campaign in the memo line of  checks. If you have questions about your donations or amounts pledged to the capital campaign, please contact the church office or send an email to If you would like to revise your pledge, you may click below to access the fillable capital campaign pledge form.