If you’ve been a Market Square member or friend for a year or more, you probably know that about this time of year, we start gearing up for an early December fundraising event known as The Market Square Bistro. This ‘year unlike any other’ presents a certain challenge to doing a large festive fundraising lunch/dinner in the church’s Fellowship Hall and we are not going to be able to do Bistro as usual.  BUT, this great fundraising event to benefit Christian Churches United’s Help Ministries WILL GO ON in 2020 – it’ll just be a little bit different.  


The date is Sunday, December 6, the date on which the usual Bistro would have been held.  All the other parts are different.  


Bistro, as many of you know, is typically a soup, bread, and dessert lunch or dinner, served by smiling volunteers with lovely festive music playing in the background in Fellowship Hall.  This year’s event will still feature delicious food and great entertainment.  We will just access it differently.  


Orders for pints of four different and delicious soups are now available for purchase on the church’s website.  You may place your soup order anytime between now and November 30, and then pick it up in a convenient drive-by on Sunday, December 6 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 pm. All soups are $8.00/pint. Bread and dessert are included with your soup order.


Some of you might recall that in the past we have had Table Sponsors for actual tables in fellowship hall.  This year, we will thank Soup Sponsors, those who wish to contribute $130.00 (or more) to CCU.  Each "virtual" table sponsor will be entitled to receive one serving of each of the four Bistro soups.


Not only will you be able to order soup(s) but you will also have the option of purchasing the latest and greatest holiday music offering, Joy To The Burg 2020, at the same time you order your soup. Joy To The Burg is a Christmas CD—a collection of Harrisburg area musicians performing Christmas classics and originals on one CD. All proceeds benefit the homelessness programs of Christian Churches United: HELP Ministries and Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven. Those who order Joy to the Burg 2020 CD, along with Bistro soup, will be given a link to an exclusive Market Square Bistro entertainment event at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6.  


The end result on Sunday, December 6, will be that Bistro/Joy to the Burg 2020 donors will have the opportunity to pick up their soup, perhaps some great holiday music, and take their stash home where they may heat their soup and then, at 6:00 p.m., ‘communally’ watch/enjoy this year’s Joy to the Burg 2020 video concert on their preferred device, knowing that we are all watching together!


***No soup orders will be taken after November 30, 2020.***  



Each year in early December, Market Square members cook homemade soup, bake bread, and make delicious desserts to raise money for HELP Ministries of Christian Churches United. Over the past 30 years, Market Square Bistro has raised more than $172,000.00 for CCU’s Help Ministries, providing funds to assist those with emergent needs in our community.

This is a completely volunteer effort with 100% of the money raised goes toward HELP Ministries of Christian Churches United.


Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

(717) 257-1270

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