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The Center is a welcome haven of support for people who have a variety of obstacles in life that may include chronic mental illness, substance abuse recovery issues, homelessness or any combination of the above. The center has firm rules for participants, is only open during the day, and is a respite for local adults who could use a referral to support services, some socialization and conversation, a hot meal, or a caring and supportive person to talk to. Meager supplies such as candles, hygiene items, and snacks are provided, as well as access to the internet and TV, and a roof over their heads during inclement weather for the many homeless clients.

St. Matthew has taken on the task of providing periodic meals to the clients and helping with the donations of hygiene items as well as assisting with the once per year yard sale. Jeanette Lambert started and operates the center and very emphatically says: “The Lord says we should help the sick and feed the poor, and that includes EVERYONE.”

What can you do to help?

  1. Pray for the participants at the Center that they will become well, that they can function well in society and that they are kept safe, warm and well fed.
  2. Donate items such as batteries (all sizes), candles, toilet paper, and food, snack items.
  3. Sign up to help with the periodic meals that our church provides.
  4. Devote some time to visit and play cards, converse, and transport clients to showers, and other services as needed or, as the Lord directs to consider helping Jeanette and her fellow volunteers to keep the doors open with supervision and support.
  5. Other? Go visit, find a need and fill it!
  6. For questions, information or other comments, contact the Church Office.

International Missions

St. Matthew believes that international missions are essential in the practice of the Christian faith. With Bible verses listed below as a guide, members of St. Matthew have embarked on life changing adventures through international missions and hold dear the principles that these Bible verses put forward:

  • Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. Psalm 96:3 (NIV)
  • Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Psalm 96:10 (NIV)
  • Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Psalm 105:1 (NIV)
  • In that day you will say: "Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted." Isaiah 12:4 (NIV)
  • Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
  • He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Luke 10:2 (NIV)
  • Again, Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, so I am sending you." John 20:21 (NIV)

Several members of St. Matthew have followed the word of the Lord and sacrificed time and financial funds to take their talents elsewhere to spread the Gospel. Kim and Mike Orteiza and Jordan Sharpe have participated in opportunities provided through the Sending Place www.thesendingplace.com.

Sam St. John recently went to New Delhi to distribute Christian tracts and blankets to the poor through Life Tree Adventures https://www.group.com/category/mission-trips.do. According to Sam, "it was very eye opening and life changing and an overall great experience." Through funds raised through the church he was able to join a missions team which consisted of people from a variety of ages from around the US.

St. Matthew has also sponsored members from the Sending Place and is open to other mission activities which members pursue. Contact the church office for more information or assistance in pursuing other mission opportunities.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod also forwards international missions with a variety of efforts targeted to Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Eurasia and Latin America. It endorses and supports Chaplains and various efforts directed to international mission projects, Armed Forces Ministry, International Educator work, and offers opportunities for short term and long-term mission work. Check out and go to world missions. St. Matthew, along with congregations nationwide, has supported and continues to support mission work for the local area, the nation and worldwide.

Find out more on our Lutheran Hour Ministries Page.