Westview Christian Church is known as a congregation with hearts and hands involved in mission. We are committed to giving 8% of the offering received in worship each week to support our denominational Disciples Mission Fund, which supports overseas mission projects, Indiana youth summer camp programs, materials for Christian education in local congregations, disaster relief in the United States and around the world, seminary and college scholarships, and various other mission and outreach projects nationally and internationally. In addition, .8% of our weekly offerings are set aside for local outreach programs like Habitat for Humanity, the Sweet Dreams project, Family Promise, and RecycleForce. We also have outreach projects we support with tangible items each month of 2018.
During the months of September and October we will be supporting "Family Promise" and "Department of Children's Service" (DCS).
Family Promise is a faith run community project serving homeless families. Support is given to the parents helping them develop work skills and achieve permanent housing. Neighborhood churches provide food and housing for a week on a rotation basis. Westview provides three meals a day for a week four times a year. Items we collect and donate are (but not limited to), blankets, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, paper cups, clothing, shoes, sheets, pillow cases, coloring books and crayons.
For The Department of Children's Services we will be collecting diapers in all sizes. When children are taken out of their homes on a temporary basis, the person who receives the child/children is only provided with a limited supply of diapers. Helping with additional diapers helps ease the stress of the caregiver.
We give ongoing support to the Storehouse, a food pantry at St. John's Episcopal Church. Each Sunday we collect food in the Gathering Area. It is delivered every other week.
The six members of the 2017 Westview Hunger Walk Team. We hope to note the total raised in the next week or so. Money is still being collected.
The members of our 2018 AIDS Walk Team collected $415 to support the ongoing work of the Gregory R. Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, to support those infected and affected with HIV AIDS. This year's walk along the canal was lovely and warm, cooler than last year's 90 degree walk, so we were happy for the cool down.
Every two weeks our Mission and Outreach Ministry gathers the food collected each Sunday in the Gathering Area and delivers it to the Storehouse food pantry at St. John's Episcopal Church. We collect quite a trunk-full each time!