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God has a mission for your life.  Could it be to volunteer at Society of St. Stephens? Life can get tough, and when that happens, Jesus uses others to serve His children in need on His behalf. For 35 years Society of St. Stephens volunteers have been meeting the needs of individuals in our area with love, compassion and grace.   What are you waiting for?  Join us.

Life. Life happens. Life gets busy and crazy. We can feel we are not understood. We can feel we are not appreciated. We try to please others. We compare ourselves to others. We get discouraged and frustrated. And to be honest . . . some days I just have a terrible attitude. It is on those very days that I need a reminder. When I take my eyes off Jesus, they are put onto those around me. When that happens, I am more concerned that I am appreciated or understood. I am more concerned if I am doing as much as someone else. I need His word to lovingly put me in my place.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” {Colossians 3:23-24}

This puts it all into perspective. Right here, in the middle of my ordinary life, I am working for Him. It is about so much more than me. It is about Him. We are doing work that matters. When we may be doing the same thing day after day, we might lose the importance of it.We forget we are working for Him and to bring glory to Him. Whether we are serving our spouse, our children, our parents. Whether we are ministering in our church. Whether we are serving as a missionary in another country. We are all doing His work. And He deserves the best from us. Whether we are folding laundry or speaking to a crowd of thousands. We are all doing His good work. And He deserves the best from us. Your role in the kingdom of God is no less important than the most glorified ministry role you could imagine. God has entrusted you with a purpose. He has a mission for you that is important and that matters. When we remember Who we are working for, we can get through those rough moments. It keeps us from just giving up. We are serving Christ. And when we work with a spirit of love and generosity, it is not for praise or competition, it is for Him. He is the One we serve when we love others. “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” {1 Corinthians 10:31}

When you are frustrated or discouraged, ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing and Who you are working for. When we keep our focus on that, our perspective and attitude will be grace-filled. Do all things for Him, with all your heart and just bring Him glory. 

God has entrusted you with a purpose. He has a mission for you that is important and that matters.

by Jennifer Studio


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.


Society of St. Stephen is the oldest social service agency in the area - 35 years this November - and we are completely run by community volunteers.


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • 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.


For more information, contact us!

Lynn Harper, Director SOSS
1799 Woodland Hills Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Email:  Lynn Harper.




SOSS Charity Tennis Tournament
S.O.S.S. (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Monday, October 24, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S. (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.
S.O.S.S. (Kingwood United Methodist Church)
When: Friday, October 28, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Where: Society of St. Stephen

Food pantry, clothes closet.