Beyond St. Peter s

Serving friends next door and around the world

     

    American Cancer Society – Carmel Relay for Life  Relay For Life is a 24-hour, family-friendly fund raising event. Don’t let the 24 hours discourage you, participants don’t have to be there the whole time. It’s a wonderful opportunity for fellowship while raising money for a great organization that does amazing work! Please contact the church office if you have questions or are interested in joining the St. Peter’s team.

    Blood Mobile  Did you know you can give the gift of life for three people with just one blood donation? At regular intervals throughout the year, the blood mobile comes to the St Peter’s parking lot. Please go to www.indianablood.org to register. Blood Mobile dates will be printed in the Epistle Newsletter, weekly bulletin and church calendar. Thanks for prayerfully considering being a part of this truly lifesaving ministries. Questions?  Contact Judy Joutras at or 224-3279.

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    Cincinnati – Washington United Church of Christ  One of St. Peter’s most popular service missions, Washington UCC is an urban church in Cincinnati Ohio.  It was founded in 1873, and in the past 40 years the church has been designated a "mission church" to serve the small, generally poor, and predominately Appalachian neighborhood of Camp Washington in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    St. Peter’s youth (ages 7th grade through high school seniors) visit Washington UCC at least twice a year – for a week of service in the summer, and again at Christmastime to assist with  holiday preparations. There are also school supply drives (click here to learn more about our current donation opportunities) and opportunities for adult service trips. Contact the Missions Team for more information. 

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    Damien Center Food Pantry  There are many challenges for people affected by HIV/AIDS. The Damien Center serves our community by providing non-perishable food items, toiletries, and paper goods to those living with HIV/AIDS. Specific items that are needed include: cereal, canned meat, canned fruit & fruit juice, toothbrushes and razors. Please bring donations to the church.

     East 10th Street Meal Serving Project  An amazing initiative started in 2011 is the serving project at East 10th Street United Methodist Church. The response has been well received on both sides and the need continues to exist and other serving opportunities have been planned. If you’d like to donate food or money, or serve/cook, please contact the Missions Team to get on their email list.

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    Giving Tree  Each year, we decorate our Christmas tree at the church entrance with a variety of ornaments to select. The ornaments help individuals at  Rural Health, kids at Washington UCC in Cincinnati, families in Interfaith Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI), and Exodus Refugee Resettlement.   For more information, contact the Missions Team.

    Prevail and Pack Away Hunger  St. Peter's donates time and financial gifts to Pack Away Hunger and Prevail. Kids against Hunger feeds hungry children in Indianapolis and around the world with nutritious meals. Prevail provides support programs in Indiana for victims of abuse.  For more information, contact the Missions Team.

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    Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI)  FPGI is really a service passion at St. Peter’s. Four times a year (rotating with other area congregations), St. Peter’s hosts a group of families facing homelessness. Our goal is to keep families together during this challenging time, so they don't have to split up among different locations. During weeks that we host families, about fifty St. Peter’s folk volunteer for a variety of service tasks: setting up bedrooms, preparing breakfast and dinner, driving to and from the day center, coordinating activities for the children, staying overnight as a host to the families, and laundering the bedding at the end of the week. IHN is a great ministry opportunity for all ages! For more information, contact the Missions Team.

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    Mental Health – Rural Health Center  Rural Health Center (named for its location – Rural St.), is a healthcare facility in Indianapolis for people with disabilities. Several times per year members of St. Peter’s and Rural Health residents share in events and parties. If you’d like to participate or want more information, please contact the Missions Team. 

    One Great Hour of Sharing  Last year St. Peter’s members donated financial gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, which were used to provide clean water, food and medicines in Haiti and Chile following the  earthquakes. OGHS gifts are also used to provide education for children in Laos, equip community health facilitators in Chile, India, East Timor and Haiti and enable women in Egypt, Zimbabwe, Bosnia and Ecuador to  start small businesses and provide for their families.

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    Peace Garden  We had land. We had gardeners. We put them together and now we have produce to give to hungry families! Working in the St. Peter’s Peace Garden is a great way to roll up your sleeves (literally and figuratively) to help solve the problem of the availability of fresh produce. We grow food in our gardens here and deliver them to two Hamilton County pantries. Please note that we're allowing our ground to be fallow in 2015 so we can be sure that we continue to produce healthy crops for local food pantries. 

    Refugee Resettlement Ministry  St. Peter’s partners with Exodus by providing help and donations of all kinds of household goods. Exodus works toward the resettlement of refugees from all over the world representing many faiths, cultures and languages. In 2011 Exodus is projected to welcome 720 persons from countries including Burma, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia, Iran and others. If you’d like more information or have something to donate, please contact the Missions Team.

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