St. Stephen’s is a generous community.  Our core values form us to care for one another through acts of service with an eye to the future. While we are curious about others’ situations, we want to respect their privacy and beliefs. Stemming from these values, St. Stephen’s leaders have crafted a way for us to respond to the needs of our St. Stephen’s community and the region at large with love and respect.

Ryan Hawthorne, our School’s Interim Director of Spiritual Life, will be reaching out to every family in our faculty, staff, and student body which has been directly impacted by the storm whom we know of now. If you have not shared your experience with us, please contact either David Coe or stop by his office or contact Ryan or call her at the School. Lisa Hunt and Scott Painter will be reaching out to parishioners who have been affected as well. They want to honor your privacy and be here to listen. We care for you.

Our community wants to be generous with money as well. Our leaders have decided to direct our community’s financial gifts to the Hurricane Harvey Discretionary Fund and to the Diocese of Texas Hurricane Relief Fund to meet the needs of our St. Stephen’s community first, and then the broader region. The Discretionary Fund exists to be a nimble way to meet people’s needs with respect and no bureaucracy. All of the money, 100% will go directly to victims of this event; none will go to overhead or administrative costs. Your contributions will also be tax deductible. We have created a link here for you to give online. You may also write checks to the St. Stephen’s Discretionary Fund and in the memo line designate it Hurricane Harvey. Another option is text giving: Text CURIOUS to: 73256 +  the amount. (instructions can be found here)

We have created a means for you to offer help with your currencies of time, place, and wellness. You will hear more about those opportunities to serve on Thursday at the PTO meeting and on Sunday morning.

St. Stephen’s is a strong community and we help each other. Now is no different.

The Reverend Lisa Hunt