“Welcoming Strangers: Afghan Refugee Resettlement” Webinars -
If you missed the live webinars regarding ways to help refugees in Northeast Ohio, you may watch the recorded sessions by clicking the links below. These information webinars were sponsored in part by the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the ELCA. These webinars are very informative regarding the refugee process in the US, and agencies that are coordinating efforts to help relocate refugees in Northeast Ohio and ways individuals and groups can help.
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.
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.
Afghan Allies Fund - Monetary donations are being accepted to assist Afghanistan refugees through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. Your gift will provide food, housing assistance, clothing, and other basic needs while they await official services available to them. See website. See Video.
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. This year we packed 16,000 meals on September 19. See details.
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.
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
See also "Community Commitment"
ST. MATTHEW 5-STAR MINISTRY GOALS and PLANS, 2021
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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