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Social Concerns

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.  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.

(aka. Pastor's Discretionary Fund)

Please contribute via check, payable to St. Matthew (Note in the Memo) to help with immediate needs such as an  extra night in a motel, cash, food, etc. also..

Gift Cards Are Needed!
Walmart, Buehler's, Aldi, Giant Eagle or Gas Cards are needed for  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! 


If you would like to join our group of volunteers who periodically make or purchase meals (and deliver them) to parishioners at a time of need... please contact Sue Schwab at 330-242-1091 or send her an email.

We also participate in God's Work.  Our Hands. day of service.  This year we  packed 16,000 meals on September 11, 2022. See details.


We are pleased to report that the meals have been shipped in a container totaling  285,120 meals from the Pittsburgh Warehouse... shipped to World Hope International of Haiti.

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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

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