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!
Thanks for all who helped with this year's festival in anyway...we couldn't have done it without year! We raised $7200 in profit, and received another $2200 in matching funds from Thrivent. This equals $9400 that will be re-invested in our community in the year to come! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You can view a summary video here.
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.
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.
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.
Seeking to feed those who hunger as we are fed by Christ, St. Stephen: