Human Concerns

School-Kits-2013The Human Concerns Committee at SSM assesses and responds to the human needs of people both within the parish and within the greater Milwaukee area as well as the world. It promotes morally responsible legislative advocacy, and peacemaking.

We make every effort to provide those in need with some of the basic requirements for daily living. We are called to help those in need and we cheerfully do so in Christ’s name.

Bread for the World

We continue to support this ministry through a yearly, monetary donation and we encourage members to advocate congress to continue or increase programs providing food to the hungry.

Christmas Gift Giving

We collect gifts for children and seniors for the Bay View Community Center. We have a holiday sock and underwear drive, when we collect new socks and underwear for our partner Unity Church and Divine Intervention/Tippecanoe for the homeless. 

Divine Chocolate Candy Sales

This delicious fair trade chocolate is offered at St. Stephen several times a year around Sweetest Day and Valentine’s. The farmers of Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana, reap great benefits offering them a secure source of Fair Trade income.


Knit Wits!

Ladies of SSM who are handy with knitting and crochet needles get together monthly to make a variety of articles, some for our December Bake & Craft Sale, some for special needs like chemo caps for hospitals. This is a fun and productive group.

Lutheran World Relief School Bags & Kits

The whole congregation gets involved in this wonderful project in some way, donating school supplies, making and filling school bags, designed to be like backpacks, for needy children at home and around the world. These school kits are dedicated on Rally Day each year and the Sunday School children donate their high level of energy to fill the bags sometime toward the end of September.

May Care Baskets

Members of the Human Concerns Committee deliver baskets to members whose health prevents them from attending church services. It is a blessing for members to donate items for the baskets as well as their time to visit with the recipients.

Meru Partnership with Mbasseney Parish in Tanzania

The Human Concerns Committee sends a representative to the Greater Milwaukee Meru meeting each month.

Mt. Meru Coffee Project

This tantalizing high quality coffee is sold year round in our narthex and in so doing, we provide God’s love, hope, justice and fair prices for the farmers who grow this coffee. Their motto: “Doing justice never tasted so good” makes us realize that helping people can be a tasty and enjoyable experience!

Special Offering Envelopes

Each year special offerings are taken during Lent, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas services for important needs like the El Salvador Endowment Fund, Outreach for Hope, ELCA Missionaries, Repairers of the Breach, Meru Diocese, Hunger Task Force Milwaukee, LSS Refugee services, ELCA malaria campaign, the Heifer Project, Hope House and more.

Food Pantry Food Collection for Bay View Community Center and Central City Food Pantry

We do not have a stocked ‘food pantry,’ but we collect food to give to food pantries in our community such as the Bay View Community Center and Central City Food Pantry. Monetary donations are always welcome so we can help the pantries buy more food at bulk prices. We participated in the annual Milwaukee Crop Walk which takes place in October. Members outside of the committee deliver the food donations each month, and we are grateful for their participation. Thank you all who deliver this food for us!

Unity/SanteFe/Faith Partnership

The Human Concerns Committee has played an active role in the formation of a partnership with these churches. This partnership has expanded to members of St. Stephen serving dinner the fourth Wednesday monthly at Unity’s Soup Kitchen. We serve between 150 and 180 meals at these monthly dinners. The children of these churches gather with ours for VBS each summer.

Divine Intervention / Tippecanoe – Help For The Homeless

St. Stephen the Martyr collects blankets and sleeping bags, underwear, socks, warm clothing, snacks, and toiletries throughout the year. Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church delivers these supplies to the homeless. Human Concerns provides four evening meals for the homeless when the sleep inside Tippecanoe from December 1 through March 31. 

Our goals for the future:

  • Increase congregational participation in our partnerships with Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bay View and Faith/Santé Fe in Milwaukee.
  • Increase member interest and involvement in a partnership with the Mbaaseny Parish from the Meru Diocese in Tanzania.
  • Model Christ’s footsteps on earth by continuing established and new programs of giving to the poor and needy, while also caring for their souls.


Nancy Mineau,
Human Concerns Committee Chairperson

Service Times

Saturday, 5 p.m. Worship
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Worship
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. (Sept. thru May)


6101 S 51st St
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 421-3543
Fax: (414) 421-3543

Daily Bible Verse

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.