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How and where is God calling you to serve this summer and in what capacity ? Maybe doing something, somewhere you never thought about. At Society of St. Stephen, with Feed My Lambs, on a mission trip or somewhere else ? Pray and listen carefully. He will speak to your heart.       

Being Mistaken as a Servant
by Jon Walker
 
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17–19 NIV)


Jesus didn’t care if someone mistook him for a servant, and that’s why he was comfortable grabbing the towel instead of the spotlight. 

Can you see how much trust Jesus had in the Father, that he would lay down all of his privileges in order to pick up the towel and bowl of a servant? 

What we see in Jesus is what God wants in us: someone who fully grasps the magnitude of God’s love, allowing the length, width, depth and height of his love to seep into our deepest parts. His love scrubs away our insecurities, and it gives us that fresh-scented energy and grace to serve others with the same passion that Jesus has to serve us (Ephesians 3:18–19).

The more you become like Jesus, the more you will passionately serve others. And that means they may mistake you for the “help.” Don’t let that bother you, because if you get down on your knees, say, to clean up a spill, you’ll find Jesus is already there with a wink, a smile and a towel. 

You’ll find him pleased that you are as passionate to serve others as he is to serve you. By passionately serving others, God will ignite the power in you to grasp the width, length, height and depth of his love for you and for those you serve.
Ask God to show you specific ways you can serve others, starting today.

 

Society of St. Stephen
Society of St. Stephen is a 501c3 community outreach assistance ministry serving persons living in the Humble, New Caney, and Splendora school districts. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., families are given help with food, clothing and limited financial assistance.

WHO ARE WE?

Society of St. Stephen is the oldest social service agency in the area - 33 years this November - and we are completely run by community volunteers.

WHAT DO WE DO?

  • Society of St. Stephen is a community outreach agency serving people living in the Humble, New Caney and Splendora school district boundaries.
  • We are 100% volunteer - we have no paid employees or positions
  • We are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or until we have served the first 36 clients. We are usually closed for school holidays, but are open in the summer.
  • At no cost to our clients, we provide an average of 400 individuals each week with food and clothing, and an average of 25 families a week with limited financial assistance (primarily utilities or medication assistance).
  • Clients may visit SOSS once every 30 days for food, once every 60 days for clothing, and once every 12 months for financial assistance. A typical grocery allotment includes canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meat, rice, beans or pasta, bread, half gallon of milk, and cheese. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and personal products are given when available. We also supply diapers (as needed), laundry soap, toilet paper, and bath soap to all families.
  • We have three special projects a year. Our Back to School Drive supplies over 1,000 children each year with school supplies, a $15 shoe voucher for one pair of new shoes, and new backpacks every year. For Thanksgiving and Christmas we provide over 500 food baskets for a family holiday dinner and gifts for over 1,000 children, ages 1-14.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

  • We receive donations and monetary gifts from individuals, philanthropic groups, churches, schools, businesses, corporation volunteer grants, and our major fundraiser - the SOSS women’s tennis tournament - held in the spring.
  • Our 150+ regular volunteers give an average of 15 hours per month of their valuable time to SOSS.
  • In recent months, our disbursements for utilities and medical assistance have averaged $1,300 a week. Our food costs have averaged $678 a week which we supplement with large discounts form the Houston Food Bank and local food drives and/ or donations. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • DONATE! We always need gently used clothing, linens, and small household items (PLEASE - No furniture or large appliances).  Please use your Kroger share card and Randall’s Good Neighbor cards designated for Society of St. Stephens.  
  • VOLUNTEER! We have a wide variety of places to help, working with clients or working behind the scenes, on a regular basis or on seasonal projects, and flexible scheduling from a couple of hours a month to more.
  • GIVE! Financial contributions can be mailed directly to us, or designated to SOSS and dropped in the collection plate at Kingwood United Methodist Church. Society of St. Stephen is a 501c3 agency.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information, contact us!

Lynn Harper, Director SOSS
1799 Woodland Hills Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77339
281-358-7722
Website:  www.kingwoodumc.org/soss
Email:  Lynn Harper.

 

 

 

SOSS Charity Tennis Tournament
S.O.S.S.
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Monday, June 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S.
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S.
webmaster@kingwoodumc.org (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Friday, July 01, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.