Serving with in Saint Matthew
To serve in the Children’s Ministry contact Lindsay Vollmar, Director of Children’s Ministry at email@example.com
If you have an interest in running sound, running operating a camera, or your just curious how we reach the world through live streaming, Contact Brian Caringer, firstname.lastname@example.org
To serve with our young adults contact Amanda Caringer, email@example.com
To serve in the 9 a.m. blended service in the choir or orchestra contact Hank Oplinger, Minister Of Music, at 618-397-5994.
To serve in the 11 a.m. contemporary service worship band contact Matt Vollmar, Contemporary Worship Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
To serve with our Junior and Senior High Students contact Matt Vollmar, Director of Youth Ministry, email@example.com
Community Interfaith Food Pantry
The Food Pantry seeks to aid local families by supplying them with a healthy variety of food on a regular basis in their time of need. The Food Pantry also supplies food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter so that these families may experience the love and generosity of God through His people. For more information on this local mission please go to feedbelleville.org, call (618) 355-9199 or visit their location 1218 W Main St, Belleville, IL 62220.
“Redeemed Again” Thrift Shop
The Saint Matthew Thrift Store seeks to help serve the material needs of the surrounding community. It is a place for people to buy low-cost clothing and other merchandise for their families. The Thrift Store is completely run by volunteers and the goods they sell are donated by church members and other families around the community.
Thrift Store Hours / Drop-off Times: Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm
Kids For Christ – Summer Sack Lunch Program
This program, that provides lunches for some of the most needy children in the community, will begin again on Monday, June 5 and continue each Monday through August 7. We prepare and deliver approximately 250 sack lunches each Monday. Our congregation has been most generous with their financial support, bringing provisions for the bin, volunteering time on Monday mornings to prepare lunches, and needed prayer. How we thank you all! The most needed items are as follows: individually wrapped bars or snack pkgs., fruit cups, pudding cups, salty snacks (these come in boxes with 12, 36, 48 all the way up to 100), cheese slices that are not individually wrapped and white sandwich bread (dropped off Sat. or Sun. to be fresh for Monday). Because of unknown allergies, we cannot accept items containing peanuts.
Those who have volunteered over the years are always welcome and those who want to volunteer to help may call the numbers provided. Questions? Call Diane Patton, 618-233-8575 or Craig and Susan Anderson 618-520-5101.
One More Child
One More Child is a ministry to supply food for vulnerable school children each weekend of the school year. For 2023 the ministry will begin February 3, and continue until school closes for the summer. It will then resume in August when classes begin and continue until the Christmas break.
Our heartfelt thank you to everyone for your prayers and financial support. Continuing financial support is paramount. We believe this will be an ongoing ministry in this community. Prayer support is essential.
$6.00 covers the cost of food for one child each weekend. You may want to sponsor one child for one month, or you may want to sponsor a child for each weekend of the school year, or you may want to make a one time contribution. If you chose to write a check, please make it payable to “St. Matthew Church” and write One More Child in the “memo” line. You will find forms, with instructions, and envelopes for giving at the Connection Center. Drop boxes are avaiable around the church or you can bring your contribution into the church office and give it to the receptionist during business hours.
If you have any questions about One More Child please contact Diane Patton (618-604-1620), Shari Wall (618-806-9197), Craig & Susan Anderson (618-520-5101) or Gina Swickard (217-622-9968). Thank you!
Other Local Missions We Support
Since 1998, St. Matthew has been involved in mission work in Paraguay. Medical teams and construction teams travel to the South American country each year to help the Methodist Church of Paraguay reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Throughout the entire country, you will find church buildings, parsonages, and camps that were built by people from St. Matthew. There are people in that nation whose very lives were saved by medical treatment from St. Matthew’s medical team. There are many today who know Jesus Christ because of the missionaries and mission work that the church supports.
Every year the people of St. Matthew send a team of medical professionals loaded with supplies to care for the local population in one of the poorest locations in Paraguay. Every person who receives medical treatment also has a chance to be prayed over and to receive Jesus. Our team not only shares the gospel but provides bibles to everyone who comes.
These capable doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, optometrists, and chiropractors need your prayers. There are so many hurting people both physically and spiritually, and they want to reach as many people as possible for the Lord!
Operation Christmas Child
Saint Matthew is a local collection site for Operation Christmas Child and each year our children and youth ministries sponsor a shoebox packing drive. National Collection is the second week November. Help us fill the church gym with shoe boxes to send around the world. Look for more information and shoe boxes for you to fill towards the end of October and the beginning of November each year.
For more on how Samaritan’s Purse uses and distributes the shoe boxes visit their website here.