FHL Week is about a week of faith-based outreaches in the Indianapolis area. But that doesn’t stop volunteers from outside Indianapolis from coming to help and being blessed by God for so doing.
This past week a group of young volunteers from Evangelical Community Church in Bloomington , IN came in their van with their youth pastor, Rob Girvin to help out with the FHL Warehouse stocking shelves, lifting refrigeration units and doing general clean up both inside and out. Before coming down to Indianapolis, the group stopped by the home of a local disabled woman who works from home and blessed her with some groceries that the children had donated.
Listen as Merlin talks with this youth group about how volunteering with FHL to help others has blessed them
Merlin spoke with one of the winners of the FHL $50 Challenge at the 25th Street Baptist Church on 525 W. 25th. during FHL Week 2016: a group of clients from a soup kitchen.
The 25th Street Food Ministry serves a group of very appreciative clients with a community soup kitchen (what is called a “reverse soup kitchen”) and they in turn wanted to give back to the volunteers who serve them. So they put together a meal prepared by a working chef who volunteered his time.
Listen as Merlin interviews the clients of a very special soup kitchen in Indianapolis, 46208
The residents of Hope Indianapolis at Hawthorne Place Apartments got together and decided to make a change for their community and address the food insecurity some were experiencing. As a result, Hope Indianapolis Food Pantry opened for the apartment residents during FHL Week 2016 providing hope to those who are in need. Hawthorne Place had been operating a food pantry for some time with Faith, Hope and Love as a sponsor.
Merlin spoke with some of the potential clients and the women running this new food pantry about what they think this food pantry will mean for their community.
It was an exciting step forward for this community as its members worked together to make it happen and FHL was there to support them. Merlin also spoke with a volunteer from the original Hawthorne Place food pantry to get her perspective on the changes they have experienced.
On July 19th, FHL conducted a Missional food pantry training at Northside New Era Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN ·
After the Missional Food Pantry training, the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry was prepared to introduce a Prayer Team the following week as part of their outreach. They will also continue to work on intentional discipleship.
“It’s about loving God and loving others.” – Merlin Gonzales, President FHL Community
The First Winner of the FHL Week 2016 Community Engagement Challenge: “You Matter, Too!”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE!
Our first entry happened July 13. The leader of the feeding ministry of Barnes UMC celebrated her birthday by celebrating every clients’ birthday today, no matter when their birthday may be. She decorated the dining room with balloons and special table cloth. Many volunteers provided delicious food, keepsakes and a large birthday cake for everyone!
Thrivent Financial Associates is really getting into the spirit of FHL Week 2016 and is reaching out to support the Indianapolis community with volunteers, seed money and an advertising plan for an outreach.
If you are a business (or organization) in the Indianapolis area, won’t you consider joining Thrivent Financial and create your own outreach? All it takes is:
Do you already have an active food pantry in 46208?
To celebrate the 12th Annual FHL Week, Faith Hope and Love Community is giving away $50 each to 5 food pantries in the 46208 zip code area and the surrounding neighborhoods as seed money to improve their pantry site, serve the clients better, food drive, etc. you name it! Only 5 will be selected based on the creativeness of the project. Simple fill out the Project Proposal Form. It’s designed to help you to think creatively and specifically about what kind of outreach you will start with $50 of seed money.
Each participant will fill out a form to provide detailed information on your creative pantry project.
The deadline to submit the completed form is July 18th
MLK Community Center (care of FHL Community) 40 W. 40th St. Indianapolis, IN., 46208
The key to this fun-filled project is collaboration, partnership and engagement of the community. Please call Merlin at 317-572-5793 for any questions or for any assistance in putting your project together.
In the past, FHL strives to bring the different denominations to work together. This year, FHL will focus on bringing the 4 contiguous neighborhoods in Indy – Meridian-Kessler, Butler-Tarkington, Crown Hill and the United Northwest neighborhoods.
There will be outreaches, projects and services all around these neighborhoods for this year’s FHL Week which will be from July 24th-30th.
There are already several projects in the planning stage and more will come. You are invited to join and witness the convergence of 4 neighborhoods in Indy. Contact Merlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.