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 29 years, Market Square Bistro has raised more than $165,000.00 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.

December 1 is a whammy of a day this year.

1) It’s the 30th Annual MSPC Bistro fundraiser in Fellowship Hall.

2) It’s the 1st Sunday in Advent.

3) It’s the culmination of a grand Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

How to stymie that Thanksgiving feasting stupor? Eat soup on Bistro Sunday!

There are so many great ways to participate in the Bistro, a festive meal with live musical entertainment and all the soup, bread, and desserts you can eat. Knowing that all the proceeds raised in conjunction with the Bistro go to Help Ministries of Christian Churches United gives the Bistro event its mission and purpose.

If you are new to Market Square, Bistro is a great way to get involved in a fun activity with lots of fellow members and friends. While we do raise a good amount of funds for CCU’s Help Ministries, there’s also a good bit of friendraising that goes on. There are a lot of jobs to be done in order to make the day work. If you can bake, please make us some of your best bread, cookies, rolls, or muffins. If cooking and making new recipes is your thing, sign up to make one of our five soup choices (recipes and containers provided). If you’d like to work with a team of servers or have the kitchen camaraderie, we need you. If clean up is your thing, we REALLY need you! See how to sign up for these jobs below.....

Lunchtime seating (12-2) will feature musical entertainment by of father and son duo, Tom and Greg Strohman, performing on a variety of woodwind instrument and trombone, respectively.  The evening (5-7) dinner entertainment will be presented by  jazz pianist, Ralph Diekemper and Native American flute and percussionist, Sterling Greene, Jr.  Bistro tickets are $15.00 per adult; $7.50 for children under 12.


There’s a really great way to be a super Bistro supporter: You may ‘sponsor’ a Bistro Table. $130.00 gets you a Bistro table sponsorship that includes two tickets to Bistro and your name or the name of someone you’d like to honor or remember on a decorative table sign.

If you’d like to help at this year’s 30th Annual Bistro, please click on the link to access the sign up sheet: ttsu.me/ZE8

Or, if you'd rather, you may sign up using one of the red colored sheets that will appear in the church bulletin starting Sundays in November. 


Soup menu for 2019

Five distinctive homemade soups, prepared by local area soup makers, will be presented with aplomb.  


This season’s soup offerings include:  Pistou (Provencal Vegetable); George Washington’s Colonial Peanut & Chestnut; Turkey Noodle; Korean Beef, Tofu, and Bean Paste Stew; and Pumpkin, Saffron & Orange.  


Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

(717) 257-1270

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