THE SOCIETY OF ST. STEPHEN
Society of St. Stephen is an ecumenical outreach ministry that is grounded in First United Methodist Church Lindale and is associated with the St. Stephen Society of the Texas Annual Conference. There are currently 12 area churches actively involved in this ministry - in the leadership (the oversight board), the workers (more than 120 volunteers) and the funding.
WHO WAS ST. STEPHEN?
The artwork that inspired the Society of St. Stephen logo is called a "crown of martyrdom." Stephen's name in the original Greek of the Acts of the Apostles is given as Stephanos, meaning "crown." The palm branch symbolizes the victory of the martyrs.
St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is first mentioned in Acts of the Apostles (Acts 6:1-8) as one of seven deacons appointed by the Apostles to distribute food and charitable aid to poorer members of the community in the early church. He also shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who would listen. The Society of St. Stephen of Lindale, Texas continues the task of taking care of those in need within our community as well as spreading the love of Christ.
If you are interested in becoming involved with the Society of St. Stephen, or have a desire to volunteer, please contact Larry Wilson at email@example.com.
The board meets monthly (2nd Monday of the month at 6:00pm in the Wesley Center of First UMC Lindale) and coordinates the activities and support of the David Powell Community Food Pantry, We Care Thrift Store - Lindale, Bethesda Health Clinic - Lindale, WIC Lindale, and the Matthew 25:35 Fund.
The Society of St. Stephen is made up of the following churches who coordinate the activities and support of the David Powell Community Food Pantry, We Care Thrift Store - Lindale, Bethesda Health Clinic - Lindale, WIC Lindale, and the Matthew 25:35 Fund. We welcome any church who may wish to participate in this ministry.