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: 

May 25, June 8, 22

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

Food Box Program News

The St Matthew UMC food box program has been blessed with a one year food grant from "The Bishop's Storehouse". This will help fill gaps in our food box program due to cutbacks by Midwest food bank. The Bishop's Storehouse is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. St Matthew's association with the neighborhood LDS church, specifically the "Interfaith Day of Service" held in September for the last several years, has helped build connections with the LDS church and we are grateful for their assistance with our food box ministry.

On a different note, several of our food box volunteers have plans for the summer and will not be available to help with the food boxes. If you would like to volunteer for a few months during the summer we would welcome your help. It would be once or twice every other week. Our biggest need is helping receive the order from Waste Not on Friday's between 9-12 noon. The other need is helping to pack the food boxes on Thursday mornings between 8-10am. If you're interested please contact Virginia Hughes or Steve Childs for additional information.

Food insecurity in Arizona is at 11%, and with a population of about 7.3 million that means approximately 800,000 people who have to make a decision between paying for rent, gas, medical bills, or putting food on the table. St Matthew’s food box ministry is one of the important ways we can help make a difference in the lives of those who receive food here every two weeks.

~Thank you, from the Food Box Crew.

If you're looking for ideas of what non-perishable items we can use, we still need small jars of peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, and canned pasta sauce.

Note from Pastor Joel

Dear St. Matthew Family,

This has been an epic week of change for the United Methodist Church because the Holy Spirit has been at work. For the past two weeks, delegates from around the world joined together for General Conference to discern and decide spiritual, theological, and financial decisions for the church. Three major changes that have happened include the following:

Removal of the harmful language towards the LGBTQIA+ community that has been in the Book of Discipline for over 50 years.

Regionalization-Each region (USA will be it's own region) will determine it’s own Book of Discipline for contextual and cultural purposes. 

Revised Social Principles These principles help guide the work of the church. In addition, so many more changes have been adopted as well. To see more of the work of the General Conference go to

One thing that was highlighted constantly at General Conference was the importance of the local church because this is where the heart and ministry of our work is done as a denomination. As we discern the missional future of St. Matthew, let us prayerfully consider how God is calling us to be the church in our neighborhood, in the Valley and in our world.

You are loved and appreciated,

Pastor Joel

Peace with Justice Sunday

Special Offering May 26th, 2024

Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six church-wide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Offering envelopes will be available in the narthex on Sunday, May 26th

Joint Worship Service with AZ Korean Fellowship

Mark your calendars to worship with the Korean Congregation on Sunday June 2nd, 2024 at 11:00am followed by a sweet treat reception provided by the Korean Congregation.

Worship will be led by Pastor Sang Jae and Pastor Joel will be preaching. 

Pastor's Bible Study

Join us every Thursday at 9:30 AM in Patio Rooms.

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.

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

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

New directions for Livestreaming at St. Matthew UMC

Our Vimeo/Livestream will change to a new look on January 7, 2024. The CLICK HERE FOR WORSHIP

LIVESTREAM link on our website homepage ( will take you to the new site.

Also, the WORSHIP LIVESTREAM PAGE link on our Weekly Announcements email will direct you there.

To hear sound, you may need to click or tap either the speaker icon on the play bar or an unmute

prompt in the player, as most browsers mute autoplay videos by default.

If you prefer not to chat, you are ready to watch services.

If you want to chat during the service, go to prior to January 7 to

register. You will need to complete five steps:

1) At the Vimeo site click JOIN. Note – on some devices you will click on the button to find JOIN.

2) Enter your name and email address.

3) Choose and enter a password.


5) They will send you an email. Click the VERIFY button in that email.

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.