Mission Update - March 2020
As Christians, we believe that we are called to love and serve our neighbors. And while this is always true, it's especially true when we find ourselves living in times of challenge and grief. The Mission Team has been working hard behind the scenes with our partners and beneficiaries to explore what is possible now and how we can help them in the midst of these difficult circumstances. It is a privilege to be able to support our neighbors and our community during this time. Many thanks to all of our parishioners for their support of St. Matthew's so that we can continue to give to these partners in need. What follows is an update on where our some of our in-person projects stand and how we've found ways to help so far.
We are very proud to announce we sent the partnership grant of $9,000 and additional $2,000 for a much-needed commercial ice machine for their kitchen! This use of our Mission fund money that will greatly enhance their ability to serve their clients for all 3 meals/day. They are so grateful! And we are glad to have been able to help in this way.
Our April 5th Open Doors Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled, but we are working with their staff to reschedule the event later in the spring.
Circle of Care
We also released our Mission funds this week for Circle of Care, as many Circle of Care families are facing unprecedented financial struggles on top of health struggles in the midst of this uncertain health climate. In support of our partnership with Circle of Care, and in gratitude for the good work they do in the community, we are glad to be able to give them $9,000 towards their financial assistance funds.
We have sadly had to postpone our redo of Maddie's Art from the Heart room, with a reschedule of that weekend as soon as it is safe. We are still really looking forward to this project and we'll get back to it as soon as we can.
Wilton Social Services
Wilton Social Services is also facing a dramatic shortage in food and personal supplies to offer to those Wilton residents in need. Among the challenges of this time, many Wilton residence are facing job complications and health-related issues that are causing them to have difficulty paying their bills. St. Matt's is a community church; which means that we care deeply about the people who live and work around us in our neighborhood. And so, given the great need at this time, we are glad to be able to send $3,000 to their aid.
HomeFront has decided to postpone their May 2 HomeFront Day, and is in the process of deciding when that date will be rescheduled. We will keep you updated on any decisions on that front. We will also be postponing any Hammer Ready smaller projects, but they will be rescheduled when it is safe to convene in groups again. Stay tuned!