Social Ministry Opportunities

Dear Friends of St. Matthew,

Pastor Karl has been receiving many inquiries during these past few months from our members who, though sheltering in place, want to reach out and help others who are experiencing difficult times.  If you so desire, here are some ways you can help others in our community.

The Silver Springs-Martin Luther School, recently renamed Gemma, is closed for drop off donations, however, they have a wish-list of items needed for the children.  These can be purchased through Amazon and sent directly to the school.  If you purchase any items as a “gift”, on the gift receipt, along with your name, you can also indicate that you are a member of St. Matthew.  The address of the school is:  512 West Township Line Rd., Plymouth Meeting, Pa.  19462-1001.   Items requested include:  Legos, Sidewalk chalk, Pool towels, Pool toys (dive sticks, rings, etc.), swim goggles, bubbles, arts and crafts kits (origami is a favorite), Crayola art sets, basketballs, footballs, kickballs, playground balls.  Of course, they are always willing to accept monetary gifts in any amount to support their most pressing needs.  Nancy Regan and Jenna Cirillo have been sewing masks for Silver Springs as well. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Nancy.

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 2220 S. Sproul Rd., Broomall, Pa. 19008, is the designated food pantry for Springfield.  They also serve Marple, Haverford, Newtown and Radnor townships. Their food pantry accepts donations 24/7.  Donations of food can be dropped off INSIDE the church’s boiler room (gray door with signs at the rear of the church at the far end of the building). The door is never locked. Their biggest requests are for:  rice, just add water pancake mix, egg noodles, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, grape jelly, shelf stable milk, canned fruit, soup, stew, chili, vegetables, vegetarian beans, apple juice, 1 ply toilet paper, dishwashing liquid, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent, bar soap, feminine hygiene products, and incontinence products.  Monetary donations can be sent to the church MADE OUT TO:  St. Mark’s Food Center at the above address.

Social Ministry would also like to provide school supplies for the children of Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Landsdowne as we have been doing for the past several years. If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, you can send a check to St. Matthew, but PLEASE INDICATE ON THE MEMO LINE that it is it is for school supplies for Faith Immanuel. I will then use the funds to purchase appropriate supplies and deliver them to Faith Immanuel.

Loaves and Fishes also continues to accept monetary donations. Checks can be sent directly to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 703 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park, PA 19076.

Members of our congregation have also offered to help other members of St. Matthew. Rob O’Brien has offered lawn care service. Matt and Katie McGlaughlin have a club membership and are willing to purchase items in the larger quantities for members who need supplies.  They also have a lead on PPE gear if needed. Other members have offered to do shopping for bulk items or make gifts of food.

St. Matthew has the Peterson-Eastman Fund that was established many years ago by long time members who have passed away. The intent of this fund is to provide assistance to members of St. Matthew in time of hardship or need. Donations can be made to this fund, or if someone needs financial assistance, they can confidentially contact Pastor Karl concerning their specific need. Some of our members have also offered anonymously to support others in need financially. Again, please contact Pastor Karl.

Thank you all for your continued support of these organizations.

The greatest exercise for the human heart is to bend down and lift someone else up.

Cheryl Morrell, chairperson, Social Ministry Committee

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