Saint Matthew United Methodist Church hosted a free community dinner on Saturday, Jan. 28. The dinner was ham and beans, with refreshments and desserts.
Saint Matthew holds their free dinner once monthly, on the fourth Saturday every month, at 4 p.m.
The free dinner began 10 months ago and so far the church has had a different menu each month, except for doing spaghetti twice.
The dinners began in April of 2016 as a way to give back to the community.
“This is an entire church event, the largest dinner we had was 92 individuals, but we average around 60 to 70,” said parishioner Michael Mick.
Pastor Tim Conrad said that the church is a missional church and is very community oriented.
Saint Matthew Church’s community projects have ranged anywhere from donating to Lewis County Food Pantry to donating and volunteering in the flooded areas in southern West Virginia.
The church has adopted angel’s during Christmas, made food boxes and created a Pillowcase Ministry.
The pillowcase ministry are pillowcases that are donated to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital for oncology patients. The pillowcases are made of extremely soft material.
Saint Matthew participates in the backpack programs at Roanoke Elementary and Leading Creek Elementary. This project gives children, who come from low-income families, a pack full of food for the weekend.
The Sunday School Classes are also very active in the community. One class even built a handicapped ramp for someone in need.
Saint Matthew Church, recently started a van ministry that picks up church goers for services, that do not have a way to church.
“We have members of the church, that don’t just volunteer in church related activities, but community organizations too,” said Conrad.
Conrad said that his church members volunteer at Sharpe Hospital, SJMH, the school system and so many others.
“They love to help people in need and love to contribute back to the community,” said Conrad.
Conrad’s wife, Dorcas is the Associate Pastor of the church. Saint Matthew was her home church and she has been a pastor since 1979.
“She has never not been in church,” said Conrad.
Another important part of Saint Matthew Church is the music program and praise band. Many of the members of the music program, also are involved in music in the community as well.
There are two services on Sundays at Saint Matthew, the 8:30 a.m. service is a traditional service, whilst the 10:45 a.m. service is contemporary.