How Saint Matthew’s made a difference in 2016

Thank You to St. Matthew’s

Here is a summary of St. Matthew’s giving to care for people beyond our congregation in the year 2016.

In 2016, you, the generous people of St. Matthew’s,contributed over $26,000 to 21 worthwhile causes.  Four of these are organizations with which we maintain “covenant relationships,” that is we promise to support them each year.  These are our dental missionary in Nicaragua, Belinda Forbes, Boston Share Network, Bread for the World, and Hagar’s Sisters.  In addition, (mostly through the Festival of Sharing), we supported

  • Acton Community Supper
  • Concord Prison Outreach
  • A Friend in Need
  • Heifer International
  • Household Goods
  • Red Bird Mission
  • SERRV
  • Tree of Lives (Slum Child Foundation)
  • UMCOR
  • Wesesha Kupaa

In addition, we collected four special offerings (Human Relations Sunday, One Great Hour of Sharing, Peace with Justice, and Worldwide Communion), and we paid Mission Shares to the conference totaling over $50,000.

Of course, money is not the only way we help.  There are countless hours that not just MOA but all the teams and individuals in St. Matthew’s contribute to make sure we’re doing our part to help people in need in our community and the wider world.  Highlights of 2016 included these:

  • With help from Pam Follett and an enthusiastic team including many of you, we launched our new Festival of Sharing.
  • We studied criminal justice and sent or delivered nearly 700 letters asking our state and federal lawmakers to reform ineffective and unjust practices.
  • We continued our monthly outreach program at the Walden Health and Rehabilitation Center, with faithful leaders Lynne Osborn and Carol Storrs.
  • Every three years, Belinda Forbes travels back to the US from Nicaragua; we hosted a pot luck dinner for her.
  • We continued First Sunday is Food Sunday, our monthly delivery of groceries to three local food pantries; we thank those who have contributed food items, helped sort, and delivered each month.

Thanks, and let me know if you have any questions.

— Betsy Comstock, Chair of St. Matthew’s Mission, Outreach, and Advocacy Team (MOA).