Jo Anne Lingle
Sarah Burksholder (past Chair) Don Mink (Chair-Elect)
What Is “Faith In Action?” The Peace and Justice + the Mission & Service Committees have combined forces to be “Faith in Action or FIA.” This should be everyone’s goal. Come join the “new” committee and live your faith! Contact Donna Haines for more information. (09.14)
The two committees joined together and developed the following joint committee mission statement:
Below outlines our continuing efforts to make a difference.
“Fight for ($)15” swells into largest protest by low-wage workers in US history
- $$ MONEY IS AVAILABLE: Faith In Action budget has monies budgeted for requests by individuals for Faith in Action activities. Examples include supplies needed for your mission trip, a volunteer service entrance fee, air fare for your SOOP volunteer trip, gas expense for your MDS activity, or a conference fee for a workshop that will assist your faith into action. If interested, see the Chair Donna Haines for details.
- Checkout our Bulletin Board: Stop by the newly redesigned faith in action bulletin board located by the welcoming center. It highlights 2014 faith in action recipients of funds as well as some individuals putting their faith into action!
- Faith In Action Email distribution: You can still join the 30+ families who have signed up to receive local and Mennonite updates that call us to prayer and action. Send email request to join
- Peace Ambassadors: January 10th – In collaboration with the Peace Learning Center nine First Mennonites were trained to be Peace Ambassadors.
SAVE THESE DATES:
- MARCH 21, 2015 – FMC Morning of Service on March 21st at Gleaners Food Bank. Sign-up sheet is on the Kiosk along with Volunteer Guidelines, Release form and Map. Ages 9 years old and up are invited to participate in this church wide event. Feel free to invite others too. No training needed. Must be able to stand and use both arms. Volunteers will be asked to sort and box packaged food and household items. Sometimes we make bags of school lunches for children. Others may be asked to work in the meat locker sorting meat. Go to https://www.gleaners.org/ to learn more
- MAY 31 – JUNE 7 – SAVE THE DATE for IHN (Family Promise)! Our next hosting at FMC is May 31 – June 7th. Start talking with your friends/small group about how you can be part of this important ministry.
Several FMCers attended “Uncharted,” a 98-minute film about homeless issues in Indianapolis on Wednesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Emmaus Center of St. Monica Catholic Church, 6131 N. Michigan Road. Indianapolis is one of the few cities its size or larger that does not have a centralized city government-supported homeless agency program – right now, the homeless are only looked after by non-related non-profits scattered throughout the city. to learn more, visit http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/uncharted-a-new-doc-on-homelessness-in-indy/Content?oid=2909639 . (01.04.15)
FMC donated funds to the Peace Learning Center and IHN as end of the year gifts.
FMC adopted families at St Mary’s Pre-School for Christmas.
FMC collected $2,000 during Advent and Christmastide and donated $1,000 to Dayspring Center and $1,000 to Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Missouri.
FMC donated 42 bags of clothing to the Family Promise fall clothing drive. That’s 16 more bags than our last drive!! At $5 voucher per bag, Family Promise will be receiving $210 of Goodwill vouchers. Their case managers gave these vouchers to the shelter guests and Aftercare families so they could shop with dignity for the clothing they needed for themselves and their children. Thanks First Mennonite!! (11.09.14)
FMC made Thanksgiving baskets/dinner for the families who are in Family Promise’s after care program.
FMC gave money to Morning Star Mennonite Church’s Thanksgiving baskets for the poor.
FMC participated in Crop Walk to raised money for hunger.
FMC hosted IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network). For one week the church provided housing and food for 4 families.
FMC members (7pp) started the academic year (2014-2015) volunteering with School on Wheels, a program that tutors children in homeless shelters.