THANKSGIVING BAGS – Help support families in need in our local schools by participating in our Thanksgiving Bags project. Pick up a bag in the Commons any Sunday through Nov. 4. Fill the bag with the items on the shopping list, then return the filled bag to Outlook no later than Nov. 11.  We'll then add a turkey, a pie, and dinner rolls so that each family receives a full Thanksgiving meal. Monetary donations will also be accepted to offset the cost of the additional items provided by Outlook.

Bags will be delivered to local schools on November 16, then distributed directly by the schools to families in need. This is a great, simple way to give thanks for the many blessings God has provided us and to share those blessings and the love of Christ with others.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – You can bless a child living in poverty this Christmas through operation Christmas Child. Pick up a shoe box in the Commons beginning Oct. 28. Return the filled shoe box, along with $9 to cover the cost of shipping, by Nov. 18. We will deliver the filled shoe boxes to Samaritan’s Purse, who will distribute the shoeboxes to children in need around the world in time for Christmas. You can get great ideas for what to include (and NOT to include!) in your shoe boxes at Samaritan's Purse.  (NOTE:   due to tightening customs restrictions, toothpaste and candy can no longer be included in the shoeboxes). Our goal for this year is to bless 500 children with shoeboxes filled by Outlookers!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES AT IPS 105 – We have lots of opportunities to serve the students and staff at IPS 105, for every interest, skill, and availability: In Class Tutors, After School Tutors, Spanish Speaking Tutors, After School Program, Staff Sponsors, Staff Appreciation Events, Breakfast, Lunch, and Recess “Buddies”, and Prayer Warriors. Click here for more info on above opportunities.

These are great opportunities to serve on the “mission field” of one of Indianapolis’ most underserved neighborhoods less than 15 minutes from Outlook’s doors. Please prayerfully consider serving in one or more of these capacities. If you are interested or have questions, contact Mike Wilkins, mwilkins@outlookchurch.org

MT. VERNON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS COOPERATIVE CLOSET is a clothing bank that serves the needs of both high school students with disabilities and families struggling with poverty. Through this program, students in transition store, sort, wash, and fold donated clothing. In the process, these students learn skills they can use to be more independent and obtain employment in the future. Those clothes are then distributed to kids and families throughout the school system who can't afford clothing.

While the students do most of the work themselves, they require assistance with some tasks, such as tagging clothes, separating clothes by season, and helping track how the clothes are distributed. In order to help this program succeed, we would like to provide volunteers who would work in the morning at the administration building. Scheduling would be very flexible.

This is a great way to serve many different elements in our community, including students, families in need, and the school system itself. If you can help serve in this way, contact Andrea, aelstro@hotmail.com.

2018 CHRISTMAS STORE – Our Christmas Store brought so much joy to our neighbors in the Post and 42nd neighborhood that we have committed to stocking it ourselves next year. Start saving your toys, games, hats, gloves, underwear and socks now! Putting aside one item per month will result in a huge impact next Christmas.

SAFE FAMILIES  One of our local ministry partners is Safe Families for Children. Safe Families for Children creates extended family–like supports for families in need of temporary care and supervision of their children through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact. Read more and contact info.

​IPS 105 TUTORS & CLASSROOM SPONSORS – We're again offering opportunities to tutor at IPS 105 this school year. This is a great opportunity to support the teachers at the school and help students improve their academic skills, while strengthening our relationship with the Post and 42nd neighborhood. This year we're offering two different types of tutoring:

  • Classroom tutors – Classroom tutors are assigned to a specific teacher and will in the assist in the classroom as that teacher as the teacher directs. Classroom tutors volunteer during the school day, usually for an hour one day per week.
  • Individual tutors – Individual tutors will work directly with students to address specific academic needs by providing homework help and working on skills identified by the students’ teachers. Individual tutors work either one on one or in small groups after school (3:00), usually one or two days per week.
  • Classroom Sponsor – Classroom sponsors show Christ’s love to teachers at IPS 105 through prayer, small gifts, notes of encouragement, and even by providing classroom supplies or treats for the teacher’s students. Participation as a classroom sponsor can be as involved as you want, from just the occasional note to regular communications, gifts, etc. Good opportunity for life groups!

RENEWAL SUMMER SPORTS – Impact the lives of kids in the Post/42nd neighborhood by serving as a kickball or flag football coach or volunteering in other ways. Minimal time commitment with maximum impact!  CLICK HERE for all the opportunities.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES – Outlook has a heart for the families in the neighborhood near Post and 42nd Streets. This is one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Indianapolis and has been designated by the city as one of six “targeted” neighborhoods because of high rates of poverty, crime, and numerous other factors. Despite those circumstances, the neighborhood is less than 15 minutes from Outlook and many Outlookers live closer to Post and 42nd than they do to Outlook itself.

Since we have felt called to serve in the neighborhood, Outlook has created several ministry opportunities, many of these in conjunction with our partner church, Crossroads Bible Church. Some of these programs have included tutoring in Charles Fairbanks School 105, a flag football league, and a summer reading program. We provide regular support to the teachers at staff at School 105 and have included the school in our One Day to Go (1D2G) projects.

Our commitment to the Post and 42nd neighborhood gives Outlookers many opportunities to serve. All of these opportunities are designed to allow us to continue to building relationships in the neighborhood so that we can share the love of Christ with those who are truly in need. Some of these service opportunities are ongoing, some are temporary. We're constantly receiving new and different opportunities to minister in the neighborhood so check here regularly to see if God is calling you to serve at Post and 42nd.

GLEANERS MOBILE FOOD PANTRY – Gleaners serves the Fortville area on the 4th Saturday of each month from April through November (3rd Saturday of the month if the 4th Saturday is on a holiday weekend). The mobile food pantry is located in the parking lot of Erlewein Mortuary, 124 E. Staat Street in Fortville (off Main Street) and is open from 9:30am to 12:00pm. 

Volunteers are needed to supervise the distribution of food & help load recipients’ vehicles. If you have questions or would like to sign up to volunteer, contact Chris Ball.


PUT YOUR LAPTOP TO WORK   We are looking for used laptops to use at Renewal Mentoring, our after school mentoring program for students at IPS 105. Many of these students need additional help mastering basic math and reading skills and preparing for standardized testing. Donated laptops will be used to access online resources that we believe will be both helpful and fun for our students.

Laptops need to be in good working order, free from any viruses, and have wireless access. We would prefer laptops that will continue to support current operating systems (i.e. Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS X). All personal information should be removed from the laptops, along with all programs other than the basic operating system and a program for internet access (preferably Google Chrome, but any similar program will work as well), and all passwords. The laptops do NOT need working batteries (as long as an AC power cord is provided) or any additional accessories.

ANGEL CONNECTION is a faith-based mission and food pantry serving all residents of Hancock County to better lives and offer physical and spiritual support. Angel Connection has a constant need for non-perishable food but occasionally has more immediate needs for specific items. Donations can be placed in the bin under the Missions and Outreach Tables in the Commons.  Here are the donations needed:

  • boxes of cereal
  • canned meats (chicken,tuna, spam, etc..)
  • Hamburger Helper (any kind)
  • juice boxes
  • pudding cups
  • crackers
  • apple juice.
  • NOTE: No need at this time for canned soups or canned vegetables

HANCOCK HOPE HOUSE, our local ministry partner in Greenfield, needs donations to help area homeless get a new start. Drop off donations directly to Hancock Hope House.

The following items are needed:

  • 39 gallon size trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper products
  • Laundry detergent
  • Spiral notebooks

Volunteers are also needed to help as cashiers, sorting donations, and stocking sales floor at Hancock Hope House’s thrift store, which is located at 35 E. Pierson St. in Greenfield. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-2pm. The thrift store provides 55% of HHH’s annual budget. If you're interested in volunteering, an application is available at hancockhopehouse.org.  You can also contact them directly at 317-467-4991.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Mike Wilkins, Missions and Outreach Minister, at mwilkins@outlookchurch.org.