Pop Up and Emerging Needs
Current, short-term opportunities to help First Presbyterian with outreach include:
Winter Coat Drive (Jan. 22-Feb. 3)
It may seem rather late in the season for this, but Wheeler Mission in Bloomington is still in great need of winter coats for both men and women, and Exodus Refugee in Indianapolis is in need of coats for children. The Outreach Committee encourages you to contribute used, clean coats in good condition or new ones. Please bring them to church in plastic bags that are closed and labeled as to whether the coats are for adults or children. The MCUM box has been placed in the entry off of the parking lot for your donations. Please use the hand sanitizer by the box both when you arrive and when you leave. Please do not take coats to the office. We will deliver the coats weekly, so do donate as soon as possible. Thank you!
Looking for a way to help our community?
The Outreach Committee needs volunteers to work the Saturday morning breakfasts at Shalom. This would be a 1 1/2 - 2 hour shift once a month.
Shalom is careful to protect everyone who enters the building by requiring masks and social distancing. If interested in this rewarding opportunity,
please email Ann Gilbert at or call her
Sack Meals for Wheeler Mission Guests
Several in the congregation have commented that they miss the opportunities to work together for a good cause that were provided by the Saturday morning breakfast groups and the Interfaith Winter Shelter. The Outreach Committee has received a request for assistance from the Wheeler Mission Center for Men that could provide a chance to rebuild some of the focused team efforts that we have had in the past.
We are seeking 12 families or individuals in the congregation who will volunteer to purchase supplies and prepare 10 sack lunches once a month, starting in mid-May. Items in the sack meals could include a sandwich (PB+J, Lunch meat, etc.), apple or orange, chips or cookies, granola bar, fruit snack or candy, and a drink (water or Gatorade).
The Outreach Committee will coordinate collecting all 120 sack meals and delivering them to Wheeler. Later, when social distancing procedures change, we may decide that doing this as a group at the church might be preferable.
Please let us know if you are interested in this, or have questions, please contact Dan Watts,