Social Concerns

Leaders: Bob & Carla Maas

The Social Concerns Ministry Team is responsible for coordinating and promoting the social ministry of St. Matthew which includes celebrating diversity, supporting our neighbors locally and globally, promoting social justice and being good stewards of God’s creation.

We Are Still Collecting Gift Cards!  Walmart, Buehler's, Aldi, Giant Eagle or Gas Cards are needed for Transitional Housing residents and local residents in need. Cash or checks may also be donated for the purchase of gift cards. Please make checks payable to St. Matthew, indicating that it is for gift cards.  Thank you for your generosity!

We also participate in God's Work.  Our Hands. day of service.

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Our congregation's Transitional Housing Ministry has been featured in the annual report of the ELCA's Mission Investment Fund.  Watch the video in the link below, that shows the story of how we live God's love through this ministry. If you are in need of housing, or more information, contact Jim Frame, Director of Transitional Housing at 330-416-5807.


Operation HOMES is a program that provides services to the homeless in Medina County.  It is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the homeless of Medina County, Ohio. By rotational partnering with local churches for shelter, food and the administration of life skill programs, Operation HOMES provides the opportunity for individuals to be independent, both personally and financially.  Partner churches are:

  • Granger United Methodist Church

  • Key Church, Wadsworth

  • Medina Community Church

  • Our Lady Help of Christians-Litchfield

  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Medina

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Wadsworth

  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Medina

  • St. Martin of Tours, Valley City

  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Medina

  • Wadsworth United Methodist Church

  • Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Valley City

Resources and Links

1-21-21 Resource Link
The Social Concerns Ministry team has created a resource list of books, videos, websites and podcasts that relate to topics of social concern and justice. (ie racism, African American history, the environment, LGBTQ).  This resource list will be an ongoing project with new material added periodically.  We welcome suggestions that could be added to the list. 
See Resource List.


1-20-21  Martin Luther King Panel Presentation
Mary Dunham shared with Carla Maas this presentation/panel discussion sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University and given on MLK Jr Day.  She found the panel of speakers to be very good and offered personal experiences as well as suggestions and ideas for continuing the good fight against racism and inequity.  Note that the presentation is about 90 minutes long, but well worth the time.  Facebook Link   YouTube Link

Fall, 2020

Social Concerns Ministry sponsored an Antiracism Discussion, via Zoom.


Social Concerns



GOAL 1) Continue to support people in need locally and globally.


PLANS: 1. Noisy Offerings  2. Continue gift card collection for Transitional Housing guests and community.  3. Gods Work. Our Hands event in the fall.


GOAL 2) Provide meals for Operation HOMES during St Matthew’s assigned weeks (approximately every 7 weeks).


PLANS: Provide sign up genius and announcement of need through Shout Out, bulletin and visual slide rotation before worship services.


GOAL 3) Continue to discern the future of Transitional Housing for after Jim Frame’s retirement.


PLANS: Meetings of the Transitional Housing Vision team, congregational input.


GOAL 4) Continue to promote awareness of justice, equity, and diversity issues.


PLANS: 1.  Possibly provide a book/Bible study and discussion.  2. Continue to foster a relationship with Second Baptist Medina.   3.  Update the resource list as needed on the St Matthew website Social Concerns page.

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