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The ministries at Second happen in a large part because of one thing ... volunteers. When you use your gifts and passions to serve others, it honors God and allows our church to thrive. 

 

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Because Every Child Deserves a Home
April 14-21

Interfaith Hospitality Network

Because Every Child Deserves a Home

HOSTING WEEK: APRIL 14-21
(SUNDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY MORNING)
 
PLEASE NOTE: Due to remodeling on the 3rd floor at Second, all IHN activities in February will take place at THE INDIANAPOLIS HEBREW CONGREGATION (6501 N. Meridian Street.)
 

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Along with Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis, we are committed to helping homeless families in our community. During hosting week, we provide a safe and comfortable space for families of two (2) to eight (8), including breakfast, dinner, activities and recreation, and transportation to and from the Day Center where adults receive case management services to be able to secure meaningful employment and safe permanent housing.

Volunteers are needed to spend the night, drive the van, and play with kids. You can make a difference in transforming families lives. Stop by McFarland Hall or email SecondIHN@gmail.com.


Future Hosting Weeks in 2019 will be:

  • July 21-28
  • October 13-20

 


Northside Food Pantry
Volunteers and Donations

Northside Food Pantry

Volunteers and Donations

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The Northside Food Pantry at Second serves more than 550 families each month! Did you know... As many as ten people are needed to serve each shift the pantry is open? And... There are four shifts each week, plus more opportunities behind the scenes.

Could you serve with your friends at one of those 40 shifts?

Volunteer Hours:
Tuesday: 12 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:30 - 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
PW Days at the Food Pantry:
Join us the first and third Wednesday of every month from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Northside Food Pantry.

 


Current Donation Needs

  • Cereals
  • Sliced Bread
  • Deodorant
Please place donations in the shopping carts located at the back of the Atrium. Thank You!

Volunteer with Children
Opportunities to work with all age levels, nursery to 5th grade.

Volunteer to work with children at Second

We are currently seeking folks to play a part in the following areas of Children’s ministry. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Dennis. Thank you for your prayerful consideration of these opportunities.


Family Opportunities

Element Bearers – Carry in Bread and Cup during the Worship Procession at 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Greeters – Help to welcome families to Sunday School and Worship. (9:20-9:40 or 10:30–11)

Wintermission/Intermission Host Families – Engage families in this mission/fellowship time and help with clean up. (10:30– 11 a.m.)


Grown-Up/Teen Opportunities

Nursery and Toddler Caregivers – Assist paid staff in our infant or toddler nurseries from 9:10–10:40 a.m. or 10:40–12:15 p.m.

2018 Summer Sunday School – Volunteers must be 18 or over and have completed Sunday School Volunteer Process

2018-19 Sunday School Teachers and Shepherds – Nurture children in faith from August to May, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Minimum commitment is two (2) Sundays per month. See details below.

VBS Volunteer – Opportunities range from classroom leader to snack assistant, craft assistant to greeter. Be a child at VBS again!


Sunday School Volunteer Recruitment 
Opportunities exist in church school classes during the 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00 services. We are currently recruiting volunteers for all age-levels - from nursery to 5th grade!

Volunteer Process

Job Descriptions
Anchors

  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • commits to volunteering 2 Sundays each month
  • created a team environment by recruiting church school teachers and shepherds for the year; shows appreciation for volunteers
  • assists in coordination of volunteer scheduling
  • attends the semi-annual training events in August and January

Teacher

  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • commits to volunteering 2 Sundays each month
  • loves God's Word
  • welcomes children & shares the story
  • attends the semi-annual training events in August and January

Shepherd

  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • commits to volunteering 2 Sundays each month
  • knows each child, engages parents
  • prays for children
  • assists the classroom teacher
  • attends the semi-annual training events in August and January

Family Greeter

  • commits to one year of service (August - July)
  • greets and assists families at the check-in kiosks
  • welcomes visitors and assists with introductions to teachers and classrooms
 

To find out how you might share your gifts and live into your baptismal promise, please contact Rev. Caroline Dennis.


Hospitality Team
Hosts, Greeters, Receptionists, Ushers & Drivers

Hospitality Team

If you would like to joint the hospitality team in any of the below roles or one of our many other opportunities please contact: Jim Riley


Hospitality Host

Before and after our morning worship services, Hospitality Hosts warmly greet people and help new folks to find their way in our large facility. If you are interested in serving as a Hospitality Host, contact Dr. Jim Riley at (317) 253-6461 or jriley@secondchurch.org.


Golf Cart Driver

Volunteers drive golf carts on Sunday morning to assist visitors and members in getting to the church building.

Contact Karen Reynard at kreynard@secondchurch.org


After Hours Greeter

Join our team at the Front Desk. It's a wonderful time of meeting new friends and greeting old ones. Volunteers are needed to sit at the front desk during the evenings and direct people to all of the various activities from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

You only need to commit to one shift a month. Please contact Karen Reynard at kreynard@secondchurch.org for more information.


Weekend Receptionist

We need volunteers to sit at the front desk and answer phones on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Or, if Sunday mornings fit your schedule better, we have two shifts: 9:15 to 10:45 or 10:45 to 12:15 p.m. You only need to commit to one shift per month.
 
Please contact Sherri McMonigle at smcmonigle@secondchurch.org for more information.


Ushers
All Services

Ushers Needed

Usher responsibilities typically include greeting attendees, passing out bulletins, collecting the offering, and otherwise assisting the congregation in case of emergency. People of all ages who are willing and able to usher during worship service are encouraged to volunteer.

Morning Service Ushers
contact Brad Yarger, (317) 251-5216 or

 


Hospitality Hosts
Before and After Morning Worship

Join the Hospitality Ministry
Be a Hospitality Host

Be a part of our congregation’s endeavor to be a “Welcoming Community of Faith.”  
 
Before and after our morning worship services, Hospitality Hosts warmly greet people and help new folks to find their way in our large facility. If you are interested in serving as a Hospitality Host, contact Dr. Jim Riley at (317) 253-6461 or jriley@secondchurch.org.


Element Bearers
9:30 & 11:00 a.m. Worship

Element Bearers

11:00 a.m. Worship
Families are encouraged to volunteer at the 11:00 a.m. service. Please contact Connie Price with any questions.

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9:30 a.m. Worship
Please contact Gretchen Brown with questions about volunteering at the 9:30 a.m. service.

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PW Monday Mission Sorters
Mondays 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Mission Suite

PW Monday Mission Sorters

Purpose: Sort clothing and other donations for Fall and Summer Sales, as well as other churchwide mission projects

Meets: Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Mission Suite (unfinished room)

Contact: Gretchen Hall at (317) 578-4046 or Amy Johnston at (317) 334-9636.


Winter Clothing Drive
Donations Being Accepted Now

Winter Clothing Drive

Christmas Benevolence

DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW
 

Warmer weather is on its way! As we transition our wardrobes from Winter to Spring, now is a great time to clear your closets of winter coats, gloves, hats, and clothing that no longer fits your family, both in size and in style. Help us get a head start for next winter as we prepare for the 2018 Christmas Benevolence campaign. Bring your gently used, outgrown items to the Donation Collection Center located at the back of the church, under the awning. Donations can be left any time the church building is open.

Thank you in advance for your donations as we prepare to serve our neighbors in need.


Make a Difference
While You Shop

Make a Difference While You Shop

WHEN YOU GET GROCERIES
 
Did you know that many grocery stores, such as Kroger, offer some type of community rewards program? These programs donate a percentage of each of your purchases to your favorite local organization. It’s usually just a matter of logging in to your online account and choosing the organization you would like to support. Several organizations that are affiliated with our church participate in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program, including Greenbriar Elementary School and Westminster Neighborhood Services.
 
Sign up today and help ensure that your shopping dollars help support not only your family, but our wider community.

Northside Mission Ministries
Food Pantry, Community Garden, Utilities and Rent Assistance and Partnership with Greenbriar Elementary School

Northside Mission Ministries

Northside Mission Ministry envisions holistic enduring change that liberates individuals, rebuilds families, and revitalizes the community in order to break the cycle of poverty in Washington Township. By following Christ’s example, Northside Mission Ministry seeks to care for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships with them to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.

This mission and vision is carried out by four main initiatives that are housed under the Northside umbrella. These programs have experienced incredible growth in recent years: growth in needs, growth in relationships, growth in compassion, and growth in impact!
 
The Northside Food Pantry is located on the northeast end of the church building. From inside, walk down the hallway past the library. The hallway will dead end into the food pantry. From outside, enter the building through the covered entrance on the northeast corner. Once inside, turn right through the double doors.
 
The Northside Food Pantry began with the vision of a small group of church members. It has evolved throughout the years from a closet that handed out a few food staples to the current grocery store-like environment that it is today. Not only has the pantry expanded and grown, it has streamlined its policies and procedures and drastically reduced the cost of providing food for each household. An average of 532 households visited the pantry each month in 2016.
 
The Northside Community Garden has transformed from six raised beds to the cultivation of a large tilled portion of land. The garden’s growth has been the direct result of a small group of committed volunteers, as well as guidance from groups like the Indy Urban Acres Farm. For a period of time, the garden did not have a locally available water source. When there was little rainfall, volunteers would water the plants with water they physically carried to the garden in gallon jugs! The garden has come a long way from raised beds without a water source. Wood structures including the garden shed were built by two SAWs volunteers. Production has gone up from 300 pounds of produce in 2014 to around 1000 pounds in 2015 to nearly 1,100 pounds in 2016. The garden is not only productive – it is beautiful, featuring flower beds, a seating area, and a prayer garden. The garden is currently managed by Jeff Reese.
 
Northside’s partnership with Greenbriar Elementary School began about five years ago and has been largely organized by Jan Millholland. In the years since, Northside’s relationship with Greenbriar has been a process of learning what the needs are and how we can best offer support. Northside works collaboratively with Presbyterian Women and other friends of Greenbriar to provide volunteer support for classrooms and school events, snacks for afterschool tutoring, Teacher Appreciation events, and the donation of school supplies and other specially requested items.
 
Greenbriar students need school supplies throughout the year. Download the supply list and bring donations to Second in a bag marked "Greenbriar."
 
The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) is currently the only dedicated assistance program of its kind in Washington Township. Since its inception, URAP has sought to have a positive impact on families by offering financial intervention in a moment of need. In these ‘gap’ situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. As URAP has evolved, we have increasingly partnered with the Washington Township Trustee and the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township in order to work with integrity and efficiency.
 
Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and supporters of Northside Mission Ministry.
Thousands of our Washington Township neighbors have benefited from these programs because
of you!

Art Exhibit Volunteers
Install New Exhibits

Art Exhibit Volunteers

The fine arts team needs help taking down art and installing new exhibits. Volunteers may need to climb a step ladder. Otherwise, an hour or two of your time is all we need. Please sign up for times when you would be able to help.

Please contact Jennifer Shivers at (317) 797-1200 with questions.

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Northside Mission Food Pantry
Volunteers & Delivery Drivers

Northside Mission

Volunteers & Delivery Drivers

Volunteers

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Delivery Drivers

We have two different deliveries that we need to go pick up:

  • On the second and fourth Wednesday of the month
  • On the first and third Thursday of the month

Sign up below and Zach Fawbush will be in touch with further information. Someone will accompany you on your first drive.

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Intermission/Wintermission Hosts
Sundays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Be a Host for Intermission/Wintermission

SUNDAYS, 10:30 AM

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Staff sets up materials for Intermission (end of April – beginning of October on the Playground) and for Wintermission (mid-October to mid-April in McFarland Hall).

Host family welcomes children and families, acts as resource to children and families in understanding family life at Second Church, connects children and families to one another, offers directions for activities provided, and gathers materials on cart and returns the cart to the Children’s Ministries office at the end of each Sunday session.

If you and your family are interested in serving as hosts, contact Rev. Caroline Dennis at (317) 253-6461 or cdennis@secondchurch.org.


Greenbriar Elementary
School Partnership

Greenbriar Elementary School Partnership

Our volunteers mentor and tutor students, provide support for teachers, and help the PTO with events. For more information, contact Jan Millholland, Greenbriar liaison.

An Inspirational Story: An anonymous person, who grew up in a family in need, had decided to give back to the community at Nora Elementary School. It felt so right to them, they have decided to do the same thing at Greenbriar Elementary!

Here are some links from the Nora Elementary Giveaway. You helped make an inspiriational story happen, and we can't thank you enough.  RTV6 | WishTV | Indystar


How to use SignUpGenius

How to use SignUpGenius

Please set up an account on SignUpGenius to participate in serving opportunities. Here's how:

1. Visit SignUpGenius.com and select “Login/Join.”  

2. Enter your name, email address and password. Then select “Register Now.”  

3. The next screen shows Sign Ups you have joined, been invited to or created.  

4. If your Sign Up is not on the list, follow the link from an e-mail or the Second website.  

5. The Sign Up includes a description of the service opportunity.  

6. Scroll down to the list of opportunities and select “Sign Up” for the one you want.  

7. Enter your name and contact information. Select “Sign Up Now.”  

8. That’s it! You can easily add this event to your calendar.  

9. Next time you login, this Sign Up will appear in the list on your account screen.  

10. Click on the Sign Up if you need to edit, swap or delete your commitment.​

Find opportunities here.