Outreach

The Book of Acts is all about living together in community. It has 28 chapters. Many of the ministries below are part of our Acts 29 group, referencing our desire to build on those efforts in current times. St. Stephen believes in putting our faith into action, as Jesus instructs us to do. That's why the congregation is engaged in causes and community, to make a caring impact on lives both locally and globally. 

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Dinner With Friends

St. Stephen opens its doors to the community for this monthly meal known simply as Dinner with Friends, which offers plentiful food and fellowship. Held on the third Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Community
Assistance
Ministry

When Pastor Best and church members learned of a growing homeless population living in their vehicles at local truck stops, this ministry launched. Several times a month (pre-pandemic), St. Stephen went to an area truck stop to share faith, fellowship, access to laundry facilities, hot showers, and a hot meal. We now offer take-out meals on the first and third Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Prayers & Stitches

A group of dedicated St. Stephen members makes hand-made blankets and shawls for the hospitalized, homebound, and homeless. A prayer card is attached to each hand-knitted item to let each recipient know they are receiving prayers with each blanket or shawl.

El Salvador Task Force

St. Stephen has a long-standing relationship with several congregations, communities, and pastors in El Salvador. St. Stephen members regularly travel to visit and assist these ministry partners. 

Support Groups

St. Stephen regularly hosts and welcomes support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, a Homeschooling Support Group and a Children of Divorce Support Group. Contact the church office for more information.

Help Ministry

When the church’s Help Ministry Team learns of needs within the community, they try to help! A wide variety of St. Stephen projects, in addition to many listed on this page, also includes an emergency food pantry, casserole meals for shut-ins and the homeless, an angel tree providing Christmas gifts to families in need, and more.

Community Partners

Bethesda Mission, Big Spring United Lutheran Church, Boy Scout Troop 180, Main Street Laundry, CV School District, DaVinci's Restaurant, New Digs, Community Aid, Community Cares, ELCA- World Hunger, missionaries, Emmaus Village, Feeser's Food Distributers, Giant, His Hands Auto Repair, LAMPA, Lower Susquehanna Synod, Lutheran Camping Corporation, New Hope Ministries, Project Lamp Light, Project Share, Sadler Health, Safe Harbor Shelter, St. Paul Lutheran (Carlisle), Trinity UMC (New Kingstown), United Lutheran Seminary, Sam's Club, Wegman's Grocery Store. 

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." 

Matthew 25:35