Day of Service 2020

Day of Service
Held in conjunction with the 1st Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Peter R. Blue Sr.
September 19-20, 2020

Looking Back While Reaching Forward: The Courage of Faithful Leadership (Proverbs 4:25-26)

 Our Pastor is passionate about supporting both our church family and the local community, so plans are underway for our second annual Day of Service to take place as a pre-anniversary event on September 19th, just prior to our 1st Anniversary Celebration on September 20th.  Our efforts will span beyond this one day with additional activities taking place on the evening of September 18th and on September 23rd.  See below for more informatin.  Supporting the community and those in need is always important, but even moreso in the age of COVID=19. 

Several volunteer opportunities are available for those wishing to help us with these worthy causes:

Sign up to Donate Blood on Wednesday, September 23rd 

Everyone needed!

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Chances are you know someone whose life may have been saved as a result of a blood donor. But the reality is that there aren’t enough people donating blood to help patients in need. 

In partnership with the American Red Cross, we urge healthy donors to make an appointment to give blood to support kids fighting cancer, patients with sickle cell disease and others facing serious illnesses. 

Appointment will be appropriately spaced to ensure adequate social distancing, and the Red Cross is taking all precautions as outined by the CDC when taking blood.

CLICK HERE to sign-up to donate blood.  And please help us spread the word. 

Volunteer to Work the Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 23rd 

9 Volunteers Needed!

The Blood Drive, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will take place from 1:00 - 7:00pm on Sept. 23.  

Nine (9) volunteers are needed to work a 2-hour shift in one of the followign capacities:

  • One person taking temperatures at the door with an infrared forehead thermometer.
  • One person at "Donor Check-in"
  • One person as Canteen Manager (making sure the donor has juice and cookies and waits the proper amount of time before leaving)

The shifts will be as follows:

  • 1:00 - 3:00pm
  • 3:00 - 5:00pm
  • 5:00 - 7:00pm

CLICK HERE to express your interest in volunteering!

Volunteer to Assit with Food Bag Prep and Distribtuion 

10-12 Volunteers Needed!

Thanks to the generosity of our St. Matthews family we will be distributing approximately 120 food bags on September 19th.

Volunteers in this category will be asked to assist Friday evening, September 18th, and/or Saturday, September 19th  On the 18th our focus will be on food bag prep and staging so that we are prepared to distribute food bags to those in need on the following day. On Saturday, September 19, volunteers will assist with distributing bags to cars.  Those in need will remain in cars and bags will be handed through windows or placed in trunks. 

CLICK HERE to express your interest in volunteering!



Volunteers with the gift to uplift and encourage needed!
We are also partnering with Promise Place,  an emergency youth shelter in District Heights that provides homeless, abandoned, abused, neglected and runaway youth a compassionate alternative to the dangers of the streets and/or unstable housing.  In speaking with the counselors at Promise Place they emphasized the following:  "We need notes and messages that include anything that lets our youth know that they are not forgotten; that they are seen and valued and thought of and remembered."  These youth are experiencing signficant challenges, and your note of encouragement could be just what they need to keep the faith.  CLICK HERE to volunteer.

In addition to the above, St. Matthews will be supporting the following additional organizations as part of our Day of Service.

  • Shepherd's Cove - Homeless Shelter for Women & Children

  • First Responder Appreciation - Gift Basket to Local Firehouse and Local Post Office.

And because mental health is such an important issue, especially in these trying times, we will be hosting a Mental Health Awareness Webinar and encourage all of our St. Matthews family to sign up. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER BY 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 18.

Pastor’s Anniversary/Day of Service Committee:
Sister Lisa Washington, Chair
Sister Portia Blue
Deaconess Gwendolyn Coleman
Deacon Shelford Gilliam
Trustee Emmaline Harris
Sister Pam Owens
Sister Erica Poe
Sister Lillian Simmons
Deaconess Deborah Williams