St. Matthias View on Missions
The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches, like St. Matthias, provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.
- Our Mission show details Our missions are a grace-filled response to the Reign of God in the world announced by Jesus Christ. Our Church seeks to maintain a clear sense of mission so that God may use us to save persons, heal relationships, transform social structures and spread scriptural holiness. We embrace Jesus’ mandate to love God and to love our neighbors to make disciples of all people.St. Matthias uses a variety of local, regional, national, and worldwide mission outreaches to demonstrate the presence of the living God among us and to build up our members and others in their faith and its outward expression of mission service to others. The diversity of our mission projects seek to enable each individual to apply his or her gifts for service throughout the year. We are always seeking to sustain our ongoing missions and also continuing to grow in our faith and service by offering new mission opportunities. This booklet is an attempt to consolidate the missions in which we participate. However, the list of missions is ever-changing as God continues to call us.May God bless the men, women, and children of St. Matthias who hear the call to give their presence, prayers, gifts, service, and witness among the least of these. We welcome you to join us in the mission field.
- Biblical Foundation show details
Matthew 5:16 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and of people.Proverbs 3:3-4 Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 10:42 And whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple-truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.
Matthew 18:14 So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.
Matthew 22:37,39 He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but not works?
1 John 3:18 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
1 Peter 4:10 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
St. Matthias UMC continues to be an active member of the local community in reaching out to our closest neighbors with genuine Christian love and service. Click each mission to show it’s highlights.
- Thurman Brisben Center show details The Thurman Brisben Center is the Fredericksburg area’s only year-round shelter facility. In addition to short-term housing, they also provide counseling and support services to the community and those in need of housing and employment. St. Matthias has supported Thurman Brisben for several years primarily through the donation of money, food, supplies, and also meal service. Every other month a small group of volunteers from the church plans, prepares, and serves a hot dinner meal to the approximately 70 residents at the center. The meal service requires about six volunteers who meet around 4:00 pm to prepare and then serve the evening meal. A sign-up sheet is posted on the main bulletin board. A complete list of needs and more information about the center and its programs are available at: http://www.brisbencenter.org. (EVERY 2 OR 3 MONTHS)
- Angel Tree Project show details The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program provides new clothing and/or toys for children in the local area. Numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age, gender, sizes, and desires of a child who will receive the gift are posted on the Mission’s bulletin board each November. Contributors remove one or more angels from the board and purchase appropriate gifts to be brought back to the church, picked up by the Salvation Army, and distributed to the child/children for Christmas Day. (ANNUALLY)
- Assisted Living Home Ministry show details Services are held on Sundays at the Hughes Home on Caroline St. in Fredericksburg. People bring family members, young and old, to share in the experience and to bless the elderly. Larry and Betsy Mosley show tremendous dedication and genuine love to the aged and their families through this special mission. (ONGOING)
- Bountiful Blessing Food Pantry show details St. Matthias has established a food pantry to serve those in need of food and personal hygiene items for low-income residents within the church and community. Individuals are screened and approved prior to distribution. Items are also collected, sorted, inspected, and delivered to other organizations including Salvation Army and Hope House on a monthly basis. Donations can be put in the collection box in the mission hallway. (ONGOING)
- Children’s Missions show details Children participating in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Kid’s Club, and Scouting ministries are challenged to be generous by participating in funding special projects, making items for shut-ins, collecting food, visiting, and other opportunities to reach out with Christ’s love. (ONGOING)
- Cub Scout Pack 213 show details St. Matthias supports the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) by chartering Cub Scout Pack 213 through the United Methodist Men (UMM). The Cub Scout program provides a weekly family- and den-based program for boys entering the 1st through 5th grades. The Pack is run entirely by volunteers and is made up of adult leaders and boys from the church and its surrounding neighborhoods. The Pack is open to boys from any faith, church, school, or neighborhood. Membership in the Pack is in accordance with the policies of BSA. Cub Pack 213 offers year-round activities including week-long summer day camp and week-long summer resident camping experiences under the auspices of the National Capital Area Council, BSA. The Pack meets on Monday nights from 7:00-8:30pm throughout most of the year. (ONGOING)
- Dove Project show details Dove gifts are for designated mentally handicapped and elderly individuals within the community. The gifts are specific to the individual and are collected in early December. Numbered paper doves, with the gender, sizes, and list of desires, are posted on the Mission’s bulletin board each November. Contributors remove one or more doves from the board, purchase appropriate gifts for the person described, and return the gifts to the church. (ANNUALLY)
- Fred Camp show details High school age students and adults along with others from the area spend a week during the summer renovating homes of low-income, disabled, or elderly individuals here in the local area. During the evenings, the students and adults participate in Christian-based programs and fellowship. Financial sponsorship is needed to help defray costs of participation and to help support purchasing materials. There is also a need for preparation and delivery of lunches to the work teams throughout the week. Fred Camp also requires volunteer adult leadeshow detailsrs to chaperone for the entire week. (ANNUALLY)
- Girl Scout Troop 5059 show details The St. Matthias United Methodist Women (UMW) sponsors Girl Scout Troop 5059 for girls ages 5-10. The troop is composed of school grade subdivisions of Daisy (K-1), Brownie (2-3), and Junior (4-5) scouts. The troop shares in some of the mission activities of the church on an ongoing basis. Our church also provides meeting space for planning and training activities for the community Girl Scout programs. (ONGOING)
- God & Country Program show details St. Matthias sponsors the God & Country program when there is a need. There are four different programs based on grade level. These programs are open to all and run from four weeks to several months based on the participants’ level. These programs meet the religious award program requirements of youth serving civic agencies such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire, and 4-H, although membership in those organizations is not required to participate. (AS NEEDED)
- Hat/Glove Tree show details During Christmas time, hats, gloves, and scarves are accumulated and given to Hope House. (ANNUALLY)
- Hope House show details Rappahannock Refuge, Incorporated, better known as Hope House, was established in 1987 to serve homeless women and their children from the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, and King George. It is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3, transitional facility where families can stay up to two years. After successfully completing the program, six months of case management follow-up is available for families who move to permanent housing. St. Matthias collects food and materials for Hope House year-round. Donations can be put in the collection box in the mission hallway. For additional donations, contact the Hope House in advance. For more information see: http://www.hopehouseva.org/ (ONGOING)
- Interfaith Community Council show details Fredericksburg Interfaith Community Council is a consortium of 30 local religious and benevolent groups that attend to various needs of the local community. St. Matthias provides financial support to this group annually. (ANNUALLY)
- Micah Cold Weather Shelter show details From November to March, the Micah Ecumenical Program opens a cold weather shelter for the homeless at night. We provide a couple of teams twice a month who are on call to make up beds and in-process the homeless at the shelter. We also provide snacks and a pair of clean white socks for each resident. (ANNUALLY)
- Military Ministry show details As a way to honor, support, and pray for our men and women in the military, St. Matthias provides an up-to-date bulletin board with names and addresses of our service members who serve both the church and community. Cards, letters, Bibles, and care packages are sent through the generosity of church members. (ONGOING)
- Remembering CollegeStudents show details Goody packages, letters, cards and prayers are sent to St. Matthias college students. (ONGOING)
- Remembering Shut-Ins show details During holidays, baskets of treats are delivered to friends and family who are in assisted living facilities or are shut-ins and can no longer get out. (ONGOING)
- Salvation Army Bicycles show details Every fall donations are collected to purchase new bicycles and helmets to be given at Christmas time to disadvantaged children. The bicycles are picked up directly by the Salvation Army for distribution in our local area. (ANNUALLY)
- Salvation Army Food Bags show details St. Matthias assists the Salvation Army with sorting and bagging food donated by the local community right before Christmas. Canned goods are collected at St. Matthias on the fifth Sundays during the year to help supplement the community giving. (ONGOING/ANNUALLY)
- School Dressing Days show details In August, before the schools in the area begin, the Fredericksburg Interfaith Community Council sponsors School Dressing Days. The program has been in existence for years and has become increasingly popular for less fortunate families with school-age children. Our church donates new clothing items, money, and volunteers on days needed to sort clothing and school items and to escort families around to “shop” for clothing. (ANNUALLY)
- Scouting for Food show details Every November, in partnership with Cub Pack 213, the church supports BSA’s Annual Scouting Good Turn for Food. On the first Saturday in November the Scouts distribute food collection bags to neighborhoods within the community. The following Saturday they collect the donations and provide them to the St. Matthias mission’s committee for distribution to nonprofit service agencies in the local area. (ANNUALLY)
- Thanksgiving Turkey Dinners show details At Thanksgiving time, individuals can sponsor a complete turkey dinner for a family. A list of what to buy for the box is provided. The turkeys are donated by the UMM. Boxed dinners are brought back to the church and are distributed prior to Thanksgiving. Families are vetted through the front office, but they are typically people we have helped throughout the year from our discretionary fund. (ANNUALLY)
- Used Eyeglasses show details We have a collection box in the mission hallway for used and unwanted eyeglasses. When the box is full, the accumulated eyeglasses and cases are taken to a local Lion’s Club donation location for them to distribute and use accordingly. (ONGOING)
The members of St. Matthias UMC recognize that we are not alone in our mission needs here in the local area. We seek to reachout to our neighbors within our region. Click each activity to show a regional activity highlight.
- All God’s Children Camp (AGCC) show details i AGCC is an initiative of the Virginia United Methodist Conference to allow children (ages 6-12) of incarcerated mothers to enjoy a free week of camping experience in a safe and fun-filled environment at Westview on the James Camp in Goochland, Virginia. Recognized as a “church for all God’s children,” St. Matthias supports this mission with financial donations, donated materials, and volunteer mentors. More information on AGCC is available at: www.vaumc.org (ANNUALLY)
- Red Bird Mission and School show details Red Bird Mission, a nonprofit agency under the Red Bird Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church is located in Beverly, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains. Red Bird empowers individuals and advocates justice by providing educational, health, and community outreach ministries to area low-income residents. The Red Bird Conference provides education to the local area through the Red Bird School (K-12), medical and dental clinics, vocational and employment opportunities, and attends to the spiritual needs of the community through local churches. Two ways we support Red Bird Mission are:Campbell’s Product Labels – Campbell’s product labels are collected year-round and are used to purchase equipment and vehicles to support the Redbird Mission. Labels may be brought in at any time and dropped in the collection box in the Mission hallway. (ONGOING)School Book Bags – The Red Bird Missionary Conference provides a wide multitude of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups year-round. We provide regular support to Red Bird that includes financial donations and an annual School Book Bag project every spring. From late February through April, we collect materials to assemble school bags for the graduates of the early childhood development program as graduation gifts for the children as they move up to Kindergarten in the fall. (ANNUALLY)
- Remembering Our Veterans show details Used books, lap quilts, walker bags, etc., are collected for the veterans who are patients at the McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Donations can be put in the box designated for the veterans in the Mission hallway. (ONGOING)
- Society of Saint Andrew (SOSA) show details We distribute small coin boxes to collect pocket change to support SOSA headquartered in Big Island, Virginia. SOSA provides volunteer labor and transportation to glean (collect unharvested/discarded produce) agricultural plots nationwide and here in our region. Our donations are used to provide fuel for the trucks to deliver the food. Volunteer opportunities also exist during harvest times for teams to go and pick/harvest crops here in the area. For more information about SOSA see: www.endhunger.org (ANNUALLY)
St. Matthias stands along side our neighbors across the nation to support those in need with our prayers, presence, gifts and service. Click each mission to show its activity highlights.
- Samaritan Shoeboxe show details Samaritan Shoeboxes is a program started by Franklin Graham and provides a shoebox full of items for children along with a gospel message. At Christmas time, the UMW pre-wraps the shoeboxes with paper and provides a list of items needed. Individuals may take as many as they want, buy the supplies, and return them to the church. (ANNUALLY)
- United Methodist Conference Disaster Relief show details Various Conference Disaster Response Centers exist to aid in natural disaster recovery efforts through the healing of hearts and homes. With the gift of labor from volunteers from around the country and donations from countless others we are able to help qualifying people move from temporary housing to safe, sanitary, and secure homes. St. Matthias has sponsored and sent teams for six years to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to rebuild lives and hope through the Mississippi Conference in the Van Cleave and Gulfport areas. In 2012, a team went to North Carolina to assist in the hurricane and tornado relief along the Atlantic coastline. We are committed to continuing to send a mission team to disaster locations in the United States. (ANNUALLY)
The members of St. Matthias recognize that Jesus calls us to reach out to those in need world wide. Click each mission to show how St. Matthias uses the mission to affect life-transforming world change.
- Annual Conference Support show details Each year prior to Annual Conference in June, the UMW put together supplies for flood relief buckets, layette packets, health kits, canned goods, and school kits to be taken to Annual Conference by our pastor or Annual Conference Delegate. These items are then distributed where needed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). (ANNUALLY)
- United Methodist Committee On Relief show detailsUMCOR is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide.UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR partners with local partner organizations and survivors to rebuild their livelihoods, health and homes. In times of acute crisis we mobilize emergency supplies, fresh water, and temporary shelter to stricken areas, and then stay as long as it takes to implement long-term recovery. Our workers are known all over the globe for their compassion, leadership, expertise and guidance in recovery efforts.UMCOR works through programs that address hunger, poverty, sustainable agriculture, international and domestic emergencies, refugee and immigrant concerns, global health issues, and transitional development. United Methodist hearts and hands are part of every program implemented; school kit, seed, health kit, fresh water and tool distributed in the US and throughout the world; and every new house, well, clinic and school rebuilt after catastrophes of conflict or nature.Most importantly, UMCOR connects us in a global network of generous donors and equally generous beneficiaries. For more information see: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/About-Us You may make a designated offering for UMCOR at any time by writing the advance number on the memo line of your check and placing it in the offering plate. (ANNUALLY)
- 30 Hour Famine show details Our United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) supports World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, World Vision serves alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. The 30 Hour Famine is an international youth movement to fight hunger. It will bring your group closer together and to God, feed hungry children, and change our world forever. Students fast for 30 hours and raise funds to help feed and care for children around the world. By sacrificing and serving others, they are learning to think outside themselves and see the world as Christ sees it. For more information see www.30hourfamine.org. (ANNUALLY)
Primary support for mission activities at St. Matthias comes from the generous giving of money, time and materials from our members and friends. Click each mission to show the highlights of an activity that St. Matthias conducts throughtout the year to generate funds for our missions.
- Annual Budget show details The missions committee within the church is provided an annual budget to apply towards various mission activities year-round. These funds are allocated to various projects and their disbursement is approved through the monthly Finance Committee meeting. (ANNUALLY)
- Donations from Church Groups show details Various groups within the church including the United Methodist Men and UMW, Youth, and Vacation Bible School participants provide donations to support church missions. (ONGOING)
- Newspaper Recycling show details A newspaper recycling bin is located on the side of the parking lot. The proceeds from recycling are given to support the Hughes Home Ministry by helping to pay for medicines for those who need it but cannot afford it. (ONGOING)
- Pastor’s Discretionary Fund show detailsBaskets are set on each side of the altar on Communion Sunday for anyone lead to donate to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. This fund is used for those who contact the church for help with rent, gas, food, utility bills, etc. The people in need are vetted and the fund is closely monitored and distribution records kept. (ONGOING) i
- Spaghetti Dinners show details The church conducts dinner events throughout the year to generate funds for missions. This is one means by which we support our annual trips for disaster relief. In 2012, a spaghetti dinner to help send one of our young adults on a conference mission trip to the Bahamas was well-supported. (AS NEEDED)
- UMW Craft Shows show details The UMW host a spring and fall craft show each showhideyear. The proceeds from the sales go to missions designated by the UMW. (TWICE A YEAR)
- Used printer cartridges show details Used printer cartridges are collected and recycled for money to help our youth with their missions. Used printer cartridges can be put in the boxes found in the Mission hallway. (ONGOING) i