Sharing God's Love in our Local Community

We believe that we are blessed in order to be a blessing. In response to God's love, mercy, and generosity, we seek to extend Christian compassion and helpfulness to all who hunger, in mind, body or spirit. We do this by providing emergency relief when we can, hosting monthly community meals, and supporting community organizations whose mission is to care for those experiencing need. Our Social Ministries Team keeps the congregation apprised of urgent needs, and helps us organize to meet the need. Our Social Ministry projects are funded by our annual Apple Festival, Giant gift card proceeds, Thrivent Choice Dollars, and giving to Benevolence. As part of our Lower Susquehanna Synod, we seek to be a place where the hungry are fed, as we are fed by Christ, and we THANK YOU for your help in this endeavor!

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             Stocking the Freezer for Families in Need                          Cans Collected for SOUPER Bowl Sunday               Packing Meals to Fight Local and Global Hunger

St. Stephen's Annual Harvest Festival

Thanks for all who helped with this year's festival in anyway...we couldn't have done it without you! 


Community Organizations We Support

Project SHARE in Carlisle provides food to our neighbors in the Carlisle area. We support Project SHARE with over $100/monthly designated for baby food (this is collected in a special offering on the last Sunday of every month) We also provide school supplies in the fall, and financial assistance around the holidays and in response to specific needs.


(Serving at Project SHARE's annual holiday meal)

New Hope Ministries in Mechanicsburg  provides food and financial counseling services to our neighbors in the Mechanicsburg/West Shore area. We support New Hope Ministries with non-perishable foods (This is collected year round in the little white house in the narthex area), gifts for their Christmas Blessings Express, and financial assistance around the holidays. 


(Christmas gifts collected for New Hope's Christmas Blessings Express)

New Digs Ministry in Mechanicsburg offers furniture and household goods free of charge to families and individuals starting over in a new housing arrangement. We support New Digs with occasional financial gifts, and by trying to connect people with goods to share to this important ministry. 


Services We Offer:

Seeking to feed those who hunger as we are fed by Christ, St. Stephen:

  • hosts a monthly community meal called Dinner with Friends 
  • distributes emergency food from our own food pantry
  • prepares and freezes casserole meals to be shared with those in need: members, friends, and strangers
  • arranges meals for members and friends who are experiencing a challenging time