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Congregational Care

We are family here at OPPC, and we are here to extend Christ's love to you and your family. If you are need, don't hesitate to contact us!

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry that provides one-on-one care for those experiencing a hard time such as job loss, relocation, death or illness of a loved one, divorce or other life challenge. A Stephen Minister will be there with you, listen to you, walk with you, and provide Christian care. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.
 
To request a Stephen Minister, contact the church office at 317-844-1107. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact Stephen Leader Marty Rugh. With additional questions regarding the Stephen Ministry program at OPPC, you also may contact Stephen Leader Nancy McDonald.
 
 

Resources

Angel Tree

Project Angel Tree is a ministry of Prison Fellowship and helps to make Christmas a little bit brighter for children whose parent(s) are incarcerated. OPPC collects gifts and delivers them to the children to let them know they haven’t been overlooked. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to show Christ’s love and share the joy of Christmas with children.

If you would like more information on Angel Tree, or know someone who could benefit from this program, please visit their website.

Back-to-School Supplies for Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Each year OPPC receives a list of much needed classroom supplies from the underfunded teachers at the ISBVI.  Through donations from the congregation and funding from the yearly mission budget many of these items are delivered to support the teachers and students, please visit their website.

If you are in need of supplies please visit their website!

 

Beepball

Beepball is a sport that is loosely based on softball and allows those who are blind and visually impaired to continue competing in competitive sports despite losing their vision.  All players must wear a blindfold and there are only 2 bases.  One at first, and one at third.  There are six players in the outfield along with two sighted “spotters”.  The pitcher, catcher, and batter are on the same team.  When the batter hits the ball (which is beeping), one of the two bases will start to buzz.  Once the ball is hit, if the batter can tag the base before one of the outfielders gets the ball, a run is scored.  If the outfield gets the ball, it is an out. 

 The Beepball World Series takes place in late July or early August of every year and consists of teams from all over the United States and the world, including Taiwan, Canada and the Dominican Republic.  Volunteers are always needed to assist practices, driving to tournaments, and at games.  Individuals interested in volunteering should contact Liaa Michaels at (317) 437-7345 or Liaafc91@yahoo.com.

 If you're interested in joining the to team you can get more information about the sport at www.nbba.org

 Xtreme Beepball
OPPC is one of the sponsors for an Indianapolis beep baseball club.  Beepball is an adaptive sport for those who are blind and visually impaired, and they have competed with teams across the United States, please visit their website.

Bring Back a Sack

Bring Back a Sack mission project is OPPC’s annual food drive. Empty grocery sacks, with shopping lists of needed items attached, are distributed to church members following Sunday services. The grocery sacks are returned to church the following Sunday filled with food to share. Volunteers assist by handing out grocery sacks, collecting the filled sacks, and delivering the food to local food pantries.

In the past few years the collected food items have been distributed to Harvest Christian Fellowship Church (Indianapolis) and Third Phase (Noblesville) for needy families in our community. This has been an excellent small group mission project.

In addition, OPPC has ongoing food collection programs that are supported by church members, families, youth projects and small groups. These food collections are distributed to the Third Phase food pantry in Noblesville, Ind.

If you are in need of food, here are some great resources to contact:

Good Samaritan Network

Carmel Friends

Merciful H.E.L.P Ministries

Stilt's Spirit

Clothesline Ministries

This mission project was initiated at the end of 2015 and is now fully underway.  Orchard Park Presbyterian Church members, or friends and family members of our congregation, may donate excess clothing, household items, furniture or anything else of value, to any local Goodwill Store. These donated items may be used to earn vouchers, that can be used to purchase things of need, from any Goodwill Store to help support this mission.

Additionally, clothing – appropriately sized for children of elementary school ages – may be brought to the Church and dropped off in the collection bin, labeled “Clothesline Ministries”. This program is designed to serve the needs of families that do not have the resources or money to purchase clothing for their own families.  Many elementary students at Orchard Park Elementary School, in our own neighborhood, are in need of clothing, and this program is designed to fulfill their needs. 

If you would like to donate or if you are in need , please contact Lynne Davis or by calling the church office at 317-844-1107.

Good News Mission

Good News Mission is a support center for the homeless located on Indianapolis’ eastside. We support their efforts by contributing funds to the organization each year.

If you are in need, know someone in need or if you'd like more information on Good News Mission, please visit their website at: www.goodnewsministries.com

Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Indianapolis Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) operates under the umbrella of Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis and is a ministry of hope for homeless families in the Indianapolis area. IHN coordinates overnight emergency shelter in hosting congregations throughout the Indianapolis area and operates a day center in the downtown area of Indianapolis.

OPPC hosts the familities on a rotational basis a week at a time four times a year.  We provide overnight shelter, dinner and breakfast each day, and Christian fellowship. A team of volunteers  from OPPC coordinates the week o f activities for the guests, including transporting the guests to and from the day center, cooking and servings meals, engaging in evening activities with the guests, and chaperoning the guests during their overnight stays.

If you would like more information, know someone needing these services or are wanting to volunteer with IHN at OPPC, please call Emily Browning (317-847-9827) or Bob Browning (317-250-0308).

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