How can YOU make a difference?
Participate in any of these local missions, where your efforts can make an immediate difference in the Bowie Community!
Recently, the members of St. Matthew’s participated in several work projects to aid with Superstorm Sandy relief. For instance,
Cards and Candy Bags – 200 made by our Merry Methodists (M&Ms). 100 will go to Crisfield, Maryland this Friday and 100 to Staten Island, New York.
Health Kits – 102 made by Jen and the youth from our HUB stock. They are on the truck bound for Crisfield this Friday.
Huge upply of Blankets donated and washed by our Knit Wits. They are on the truck to Crisfield.
Baby hats and booties donated by Beverly Landymore and her Knit Wits. Beverly assembled baby quilts with hats and booties.
Mold Treatment Solution: 5 gallons purchased and shipped directly to Bethel UMC in Staten Island, New York.
Medical Kits: 100 assembled that will accompany the VIM Team to New York (band-aids, antibacterial creme, alcohol wipes, nail files, & lip balm)
Purchased $1500 in supplies to assemble Cleaning Buckets and Health Kits.
160 School Kits and 40 Layette Kits verified and boxed for shipment accomplished by our M&Ms
Walk or sponsor a walker in the Bowie CROP Walk, hosted by St. Matthew’s! CROP is a program of Church World Service, a ministry of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the relief, development and refugee assistance arm of 35 Protestant and Orthodox communities.
Volunteer your time or donate to the Bowie Interfaith Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund! Non-perishable food items are collected on an ongoing basis; however, items which are especially needed are posted for the designated collection on the third Sunday of the month. While food donations are the primary means that St. Matthew’s supports the pantry, monetary gifts are welcome and volunteers are always needed. Read the Food Pantry newsletter Feb 2014.
Spend a Saturday morning volunteering with Christmas In April, a nationwide social outreach project to assist low-income families with major refurbishing of their home and property. St. Matthew’s sends two teams of volunteers each year, on the fourth Saturday in April, to homes in Prince George’s County. Read the Christmas In April Fact Sheet for PG County
Stuff a stocking, buy a sweatshirt, make a meal for warm nights or otherwise participate in one of our Advent Projects! The Christmas Stocking Project is a program in support of Prison Ministries. Our congregation makes stockings and stuffs them with personal care items and toys for inmates to give their children at Christmas. Over 300 stockings are prepared and distributed each year. The Christmas Sweatshirt Project is a program that supports local schools in the area in need of warm clothing for children without means to stay warm during winter months. The congregation purchases, wraps and distributes over 200 sweatshirts to the schools each year. Warm Nights is a Prince George’s County program managed by Community Crisis Services, Inc. (CSSI). An emergency shelter is rotated at various churches for a seven day period. The program runs from mid-November through mid-April. Each night, the host church shelters, feeds, and offers emotional support for the homeless. St. Matthew’s normally hosts during Christmas week. Our youth provide our guests with Christmas gifts of hats, scarves, mittens, etc.
Volunteer with FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) of Greater Bowie! FISH is an organization of Bowie volunteers providing assistance to their neighbors in an emergency. This includes limited transportation, referral service, emergency meals, grocery shopping, and visits to the elderly. FISH is always in need of volunteers, who work when they are available, and donations to help keep this organization running.
Join the Knit Wits! Knit Wits gather together weekly for an afternoon of fellowship and creating items such as afghans, hats & booties for high-risk infants, colorful lap throws for nursing centers, patriotic lap throws and limb warmers for the wounded troops, hats and gloves for a Title One school, and much more. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, but would like to learn, they will help you through the process.
Help prepare or serve a meal at the Prince George’s House Men’s Shelter! St. Matthew’s volunteers prepare and serve this meal on the third Sunday of each month.
Volunteer with Help By Phone! This is a community non-profit organization that provides such services as transportation to medical appointments for those in need. The ability to listen with care and understanding is rewarded as interesting life stories accompany meeting the needs of the elderly.
We support the following mission projects through our tithes and offerings:
Missionaries witness and serve in different locales and cultures and and engage in a range of professions and activities. Missionaries are a tangible connection between the church and mission. St. Matthew’s supports the following missionaries spiritually and financially:
Princess Jusu – Serving At: Women’s Leadership Training Center, Location: Liberia, Africa, Home Country: Liberia, Africa
Miguel Mairena – Serving At: Women and Community Association (W&C), Location: Nicaragua, Home Country: Nicaragua
Nan McCurdy – Serving At: Women and Community Association (W&C), Location: Nicaragua, Home Country: USA
Helen Roberts-Evans – Serving At: Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, Location: Liberia, Africa, Home Country: USA
St. Matthew’s Family Shelter is a short-term, in-church shelter for a homeless family referred to us by local agencies, with limited rehabilitative counseling and daily “host” family contact.
St. Matthew’s Housing Corporation is a non-profit, independent project providing rent-supported housing to low-to-moderate income families. The corporation presently operates and oversees one house in Bowie.