In 1990 the Foundation was established as an endowment fund, with income earned from the Fund's assets used to support worthy projects endorsed by the congregation. 

Funds are received in the form or memorials, bequests, life insurance and other personal contributions. Those who make these gifts - now or in the future - are recognized as Celebrants.

These gifts are a way to leave a legacy for future generations and serve to strengthen Saint Matthew's ability to make a difference in the community and globally. All gifts are welcome!

You can read more about the foundation in our brochure.

You can view Foundation Financial Reports Here:

Foundation Financials - 2019

Foundation Financials - January-April 2020

Deborah Adey, Scholarship (2020)

Dave Perkins (2020)

Renate Schoenberg, Treasurer (2021)

Nancy Schott, Chair (2021)

Jim Kohl, III, Secretary (2022)

Celeste Seibert (2022)

Tami Gomez, Non-Voting Staff Liasion

Gwen Ross, Non-Voting Advisor

*Parentheses indicate term end date


In recent years, many churches have installed a columbarium as a meaningful way to honor and respect the remains of those who have been born into eternal life.

Saint Matthew has a tranquil Columbarium and Memorial Garden adjacent to the Sanctuary. It can be entered from the Sanctuary or from outside the building via the North Entrance parking lot.

A granite plaque has been placed in the Memorial Garden where the names of family and friends interred here or buried elsewhere can be added as a commemoration of their lives. If you are interested in having a name or names added to the plaque, now is the time to let us know as we will be ordering a second plaque soon. Forms for making a request are available at the Welcome Center.

Columbarium Pricing

Please contact Gwen Ross or Tami Gomez for additional information.



2020 Barrett Scholarship

Now Accepting Applications!

The Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Foundation Committee is pleased to announce an upcoming scholarship opportunity for college students who are or have been affiliated with Saint Matthew. 

To be eligible for the 2020 Barrett Scholarship a student:

  • Must be classified as at least a junior by the beginning of the fall term in 2020 when the scholarship is awarded.
  • Must be or have been associated with Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek.
  • Must be continuing their faith journey while attending college.
  • Must fully complete the application and references.

Please share this information with the students in your family or others that you know who would qualify as described above. If you have immediate questions, please contact the Foundation Committee by emailing scholarship. Applications (including two letters of recommendations) are due by Friday, July 24, 2020. Along with a completed Barrett Scholarship Application, you will need to submit two Letters of Recommendation, one from each of the following categories:   

  • A member of the staff or adult mentor/leader with whom you have served at Saint Matthew or in your current church home.
  • A professor, teacher, counselor, employer or family friend (not your parent or other family member)

You may start reaching out to request these letters immediately. Letters of Recommendation (300 word maximum per letter) should be emailed to no later than July 24, 2020.

Scholarship will be awarded in August 2020.

Apply Here!