Many members of the congregation are involved as volunteers in the wider community tutoring at an elementary school, assisting small businesses, working with scouts and a variety of other non-profits and social service organizations. Parishioners are encouraged to bring the food item of the month when they come to church on Sunday. These contributions are given to the food pantries at the Damien Center and to The Sharing Place.
We participate the annual Crop Walk, community walk sponsored by Church World Service that raises funds for hunger relief, locally and beyond.
Recently the Church of Nativity placed in the Narthex a bin for pull tabs. Pull tabs with their high quality aluminum are collected all over the city and county for the Ronald McDonald House. This facility located adjacent to the Riley Hospital for Children provides a place for families to stay when one of their children is a patient there. Riley Hospital treats children from all over Indiana and beyond and it is a real blessing the family has a place to stay so close to their sick child. The Ronald McDonald Foundation built the house but the community must maintain it. Last year over $30,000 was raised from literally truckloads of pull tabs. But don’t wait until next year; start a program today. Get a can or box and place it in your kitchen or garage where you throw your cans away. As you do so, pull off the tabs and save them. Then every month or so dump them in the bin at church. Along with the food pantry, let’s make this Nativity outreach project a success. Oh yes, the tabs from large soup cans and other products are good too.
We organize an Annual Rummage Sale in August for our members and the community. Leftover items are donated to: the Julian Center, Thrifty Threads, AMVETS, and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Some items are listed on eBay and Craig’s List as well.
We are always open to ideas for new outreach programs, either one-time events or ongoing. If you have any ideas please let us know.