Church News & Announcements

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

Food Box Program

Next 7:30 am distribution dates: 

November 25, December 9, 23

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

All Church Conference

All Church Conference

Saturday, November 18, at 2:00pm with pie to follow. Please bring your favorite home made pie to share. SPRC will meet with our District Superintendent, Rev. Melissa Rynders at 1:00pm.

Turkey Trot Pies Needed

November begins the season of celebrations and traditions. Booker T. Washington Elementary has their Turkey Trot tradition on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and St. Matthew UMC traditionally donates 40 pies for the event. We will be collecting store bought Thanksgiving pies to deliver to the school on Monday afternoon, Nov. 20th. Please bring a pie to either the All Church Conference on Saturday, Nov. 18th or to the service on Sunday, Nov. 19th. Last minute donations can be dropped off at the church office on Monday morning before noon. Thank you! Gobble gobble.

Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir Christmas Concert

You're Invited!

You're invited to the Hands of Joy Sign Language Choir Christmas concert on Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Bring a friend and enjoy the sounds and signs of some of your favorite songs plus others that tell the Christmas story. See the pictures the signs paint while your soul soars with the inspiration of the beautiful music. All are welcome to come and join us as we celebrate the Reason for the Season!

Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Scout Project - bikes for the needy

Do you have a bicycle at your house, Maybe it has sat unused for a long time now, maybe a little rusty, a flat tire, broken chain or even minus a saddle. My grandson is doing his Eagle project collecting and repairing bikes to distribute to those in need. Child or adult sized, any condition as they will be refurbished then distributed. Bikes that are in good condition will be sold to raise the money for the parts needed for repairs. 

If he can help you clear a space by helping him achieve his goal please call and let me know. He lives in the north valley so I will be collecting them at my house and he will collect them from there.

My contact information is 480-258-3616

~Thank you, on his behalf, Carol Brand

A New Leaf East Valley Men's Center

A New Leaf's East Valley Men's Center is a safe haven for men facing homelessness as they re-integrate in the community.

EVMC accepts homeless men 18 years of age and older, providing up to 120 days in emergency shelter, during which time they work with case managers to find permanent housing options. Residents are required to pursue employment and to save a majority of their income.

We provide 96 sack lunches about 20 times per year. We make lunches on Sunday mornings after worship and deliver. Each lunch contains 2 ham sandwiches, chips, Rice Krispie treat, an apple and a bottled water. The cost per lunch is about $2.00.

We do have some donations from our volunteer team to defray cost. We have been doing this for over 10 years. Donations are greatly appreciated. Checks can be made to St. Matthew UMC and marked for EVM lunch program. Thank you so much for your support.

50 Years of Celebration

St. Matthew is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Pastor Joel is collecting everyone’s input on what has been special to you in your experience of St. Matthew. Whether you began as a charter member or just recently started attending, your voice is needed. Your responses will also be shared with the leadership teams as we consider what God is calling us to do and be in the next 50 years. 

Please name and share significant events, major transitions, new ministries, and community influences that have impacted our congregation over the years. Also, because we are on a journey, include achievements and failures, gains and losses, traumas and healings. These events are very important as well because they show how God has helped us through the difficult times. If possible, please give approximate dates of the events that you list. For those who have been at St. Matthew from the beginning, you may want to name a highlight from each decade. Please send your responses to the church office or you can email them to Pastor Joel.

May this exercise be a rewarding experience as you name what God has done through the people of St. Matthew and may our celebration of 50 years of ministry inspire us to discern how God is calling us to serve in the next 50 years.

St. Matthew Music Ministry

Adult Choir- Ben Shafer- ben@stmatthewmesa.orgBell Choir Director- Anne Anderson Kelley-

Children's Choir Director- Robin Watson-

Youth Sign Language- Rosemary Glithero-

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule

Monday 6-7:15pm – Hands of Praise Youth Sign Language Choir  Tuesday 4pm – 6:45pm – Tetra Chamber Music Institute

Wednesday 6pm - Children’s Choir  

Wednesday 7pm – 8:30pm – Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

Thursday 6:30pm – 7:30pm – Bells of Joy Handbell Choir

Saturday 10am – Hands of Joy Adult Sign Language Choir

Sunday 8:30 – Choir Rehearsal for worship service

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.

Celebrating Black History Month

The Racial Justice committee has added a few items to our Racial Justice library, located in the chapel in the sanctuary. The items include:

  • Southern Poverty Law Center's 2023 calendar, "Vision for a Just Future" which notes events as interest to those who are interested in racial justice topics
  • A copy of Learning for Justice magazine
  • SPLC's publications "The Year in Hate" and "Hate and Extremism in 2022"

Why not go to the chapel and check out all the offerings in honor of Black History Month? They are in the large cabinet, behind the glass doors.

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