Christmas with our Northside Neighbors
Thank you for bringing light to our neighbors at Christmas!
So many factors influence our health and wellbeing on a daily basis. We support and encourage each other as we seek to extend the love of Christ into our community and beyond. If you would like to learn more about how to become involved in our service opportunities, please contact Lisa Enright, Interim Director of Mission.
Christmas with our Northside Neighbors
Thank you for bringing light to our neighbors at Christmas! Each Advent season we bring the light of Christ to more than 125 families with food, gifts, clothing, and more!
In addition to Christmas with our Northside Neighbors, Deacons are working closely with Northside Mission Ministries to support our local families throughout the year. For example, the Winter Warmth coat drive in the fall brings warm outerwear to children and adults as the weather begins to cool.
Traditionally known as Christmas Benevolence, this ministry has been a vital mission of our church for decades and continues to focus on extending kindness to members of our local community -- reflective of the Matthew 25 initiative.
Second's outreach this year will serve to foster deeper engagement with our neighbors who visit the Northside Food Pantry. We will focus on pantry clients this Christmas and continue to serve between 120 and 150 families in the area. You are welcome to donate funds to support this vital ministry.
Now through October 22
Share some warmth with our neighbors in need!
Are you cleaning out your closets and have coats that no longer fit? Consider donating any gently used coats of any size to Second’s Winter Warmth Coat Drive.
Each fall Second collects coats to share with our neighbors in need. This fall, donate your gently used and new coats in the atrium red bins or on the second floor outside the Children's Circle Preschool offices. Larger sizes are especially appreciated!
Our Deacons will sort the coats and offer them to Washington Township families in early November.
Emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits
In the fall, our church parking lot serves as a collection site for area churches and families to drop off emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits. Church World Service distributes these much-needed supplies to those affected by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance(an organization within our denomination) partners with Church World Service to collect, store, and distribute relief kits.
The Church World Service website has details about the emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits, including printable shopping lists and videos showing how to pack the kits.
For five years, our church has been a collection depot for Church World Service, facilitating the gathering and storage of emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits. We are united in our mission to serve those in most need.
Who is Presbyterian Disaster Assistance?
Here are some quick facts from 2021:
- $3.1 million granted in 30 states and 15 countries
- 60 National Response Team members deployed to 19 presbyteries.
- 112 Presbyterian Women trained in Disaster Preparedness
- 400 work team volunteers served in CA, NC, NE and NJ
- Developed a new grant opportunity supporting refugee and asylum advocacy programs
- Hosted more than 500 people in 41 Emotional & Spiritual programs
- In partnership with Church World Service, assisted in the collection and distribution of 191,182 Gift of the Heart kits and blankets
THANK YOU for helping your church help those in need!
Ministering to our community includes providing the resources needed during a time of crisis for hope and healing. Donating blood is a powerful way to show compassion and contribute to the well-being of patients in our city. We partner with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to supply much-needed blood to area hospitals.
If you are unable to participate in the upcoming blood drive at Second, you can visit a local blood center at your convenience. All donors are required to register and wear personal masks or face coverings.
IU Health Congregational Care Network
This program connects people in our community who have been discharged recently from the hospital with a trained “connector” from our congregation who will speak with their neighbor by phone once a week for six weeks to provide support and connect the neighbor to assistance they might need. Second Presbyterian and St. Luke’s Methodist recently joined the growing group of congregations in Indianapolis participating in this program.
If you would like to learn more or volunteer, please contact Shadreck Kamwendo. There is training from IUH for everyone who participates in this program.
We invite you to enjoy these guided meditations at any time. Guided imagery programs engage your mind, body, and spirit to help you: reduce stress, focus on healthy changes, and promote healing. Please listen at your convenience as often as you prefer.
If you have any questions, please contact CenterPoint Counseling at 317-252-5518.
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The Creation Care Ministry Team endeavors to encourage, equip, and sustain individuals and groups within the congregation, who feel called to utilize their own unique talents, skillsets, and interests to experience the benefits of creation care for our health and for the wellbeing of all of God’s creation.