St. Matthew Parish Community Update
Meals for the Shelter
Put together a team of family or friends and make a plan to cook for the guests at St. John’s! This year St. Matthew is committing to provide meals for the guests at St. John the Evangelist Shelter. Over the last several years we have committed to providing volunteers for Sunday evenings at the shelter, but for many of our members volunteering in these COVID times is a health risk.
We are hoping that providing meals may provide us an option to support the shelter as a faith community. We have committed to provide 2 Sunday night meals per month, but strongly encourage people to do other dates as well. We will begin by cooking for 60 guests, though that number will rise as the winter settles in and more people seek shelter. Meals must be delivered hot and ready to serve at 5:15 on the evening you are providing the meal. To sign up to cook for any of these nights on behalf of the parish, please contact Mike Westenberg, [email protected] or 435-6811.
Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH)
EPH is in great need of volunteers and is currently in the process of changing and streamlining the way a home is readied for new residents. St. Matthew parish will still be responsible for Ruth House as in the past, but in the new method we will be able to help other churches with their process and they will be able to help us. This will provide an opportunity for more involvement if you so desire.
EPH staff will be organizing teams for various tasks including cleaning, painting restocking, inventorying and exterior maintenance. You will be receiving an email from Wendy, the office manager and volunteer coordinator asking for your participation and your preferred area(s) of interest. Please prayerfully consider continuing to serve our EPH families. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the parish office 920-435-6811. Also, if you have any friends, relatives or neighbors interested in helping, we welcome their help as well! Thank you!
Effective December 28th, 2020 The parish office will be open Monday thru Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Closed on Fridays.
Father Allouez Catholic School News
One by one. Brick by brick. Working together in times of prosperity and times of great challenge is how our community, businesses, families, and organizations like Father Allouez Catholic School have been built.
FACS continues to move forward through the pandemic but many of our annual obligations remain, including the need to raise $100,000 to support our school’s operational needs for the academic year. Our original plan to meet this funding need—the reopening of the FACS Wolf Lodge Supper Club Auction Experience—needs to be delayed. We will instead build a virtual FACS Wolf Lodge Supper Club—brick-by-brick—with donations from businesses, families, parishioners and individuals. Fr. Bob is getting us started and has laid the first, foundational brick. (Thank you!)
As we build the Lodge, your generosity will be recognized with an online brick and in our weekly communications to school families. We will also ask students, teachers, parents and parishioners to pray for the safety and resilience of you, your families, your business and your employees as we navigate the pandemic. For more information and to donate, visit fatherallouezschool.org.