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 July and August we will be supporting "Stopover" and "Good News Missions".
Stopover is a program serving 13-21 year old runaways, homeless and at-risk youth and their families. Services include a 24 hour crisis intervention line, emergency crisis shelter, homes for transitional living, counseling, life skills classes, education and employment services. Westview will be providing clothing, shoes, hygiene products, school notebooks, pencils/pens and other items.
Good News Missions combines four separate programs to serve the homeless and the poor. There is a shelter for men, a shelter for families, a youth center and the Good Samaritan Health Clinic. The men's shelter provides room and board, clothing, medical care, educational/vocational training, and counseling. The family shelter offers up to 24 months assistance in a furnished apartment, utilities, food, clothing, and free medical care while the parents learning skills to regain their independence. Children/youth are provided a safe and supportive place in the Youth Center. The Good Samaritan Health Clinic is available to the poor without insurance. Persons served in both shelters and the youth center are required to learn of the gospel of Jesus Christ through class attendance, chapel services, and group and individual Bible studies. Westview will be providing clothing, hygiene products, school supplies and small household items, i.e., dishes, toasters, lamps, etc.
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.
Three members walked the 2017 AIDS Walk. We collected $330 to support the ongoing work of the Gregory R. Powers Direct Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, to support those infected and affected with HIV AIDS. It was a hot walk this year, but the temperature dropped from 91 to 90 during the 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!