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Christmas Store at Post and 42nd

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One of the ways we are blessing others this Christmas is through operating a “Christmas Store” for selected families in the Post and 42nd Street neighborhood, where we have been serving now for a little over a year.  For $5, parents can shop at the store and select a hat, gloves, two toys, and miscellaneous small presents for their kids.  We will then wrap the gifts and the parents will take them home and present them to their kids as gifts from the parents, not from the church or some agency. 

By allowing parents to shop for their children rather than simply giving away gifts, the Christmas Store concept not only ensures that these children will get to experience the joy of receiving presents at Christmas, it also allows parents to select the gifts their children will receive and to have the joy of being the ones who actually give the gifts to their children.  This is an incredible opportunity for us to serve those in need in a way that honors them and respects their dignity.  It is also a great opportunity to develop relationships with the parents in the neighborhood, rather than just with the kids, where we have focused most of our ministry efforts so far. 

All of the gifts are being provided by a generous donation from one of our ministry partners and other donations.  Our role is simply to make the store a welcoming, positive example of what Christ’s love looks like when it is put into action.  You can help make this a wonderful experience for the families we serve by volunteering to help set up the store on December 21 or by being helping operate the store on December 22, including by serving as a stocker, a “personal shopper” or “gift wrapper.”  To sign up to volunteer, click here

Questions?  Contact Mike at mwilkins@outlookchurch.org.

​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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