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Thanksgiving Grocery Bags

We're helping families from some of the most impoverished areas of the surrounding communities celebrate Thanksgiving by providing the food for their Thanksgiving meal. 

  • Beginning Oct. 15, pick up a grocery bag and shopping list from the table in the Commons
  • Fill it with the items on the list
  • Return it NO LATER THAN Nov. 12. We’ll add a turkey and a pie and deliver all of the fixings for a wonderful meal to local schools to be delivered to families they have selected based on need. 
  • You can also help by contributing money to offset the cost of the turkeys and pies. 

It's a tangible way for all of us to show our thankfulness for the many ways God has blessed us.

Any questions, contact Mike.

Veterans Needs

We’ll be collecting items to donate to hospitalized and homeless veterans throughout October.  Questions? Contact Dan or Wanda at dannymax56@yahoo.com .

October at Lambswear Inc is SOCK-TOBER!! 

The entire month, we collect NEW packaged socks to help in our effort of clothing children in our community. 

Want to help?

  • Purchase NEW packaged socks (any size)/donate funds
  • Have a 'Sock Drive' in your community/group/school/church
  • Bring socks to the Commons through the month of October
  • Our goal for 2017 is 10,000 pairs

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 October 29. Return the filled shoe box, along with $9 to cover the cost of shipping, by November 19. 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 by clicking here.  Our goal for this year is to bless 500 children with shoeboxes filled by Outlookers! 

NOTE:  Due to tightening customs restrictions, toothpaste and candy can no longer be included in the shoeboxes. 

​IPS 105 Tutors and 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!

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 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.

Angel Connection

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

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 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

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.

Hancock Hope House

Donations are needed for Hancock Hope House, our local ministry partner in Greenfield. Your donations can 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 through Friday 11-7 and Saturday 11-2. The thrift store provides 55% of HHH’s annual budget.  

If you are 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.


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