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We are proud to partner with our neighbors at the Northwood Food Pantry.

Ways To Engage

The mission of First Meridian Heights is to “Serve, love and grow in ever-widening circles of Christ’s grace.”

 

Food Pantry Helpers (year round)

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” –Matthew 25:35

On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, we work at Northwood Christian Church’s Food Pantry at 4550 Central Ave. to help serve our neighbors. Everyone from age 6 to 96 is invited to come help! We gather at the church at 8:45 a.m. to collect our donated food to take to Northwood. Interested in helping?  Contact Muuka Muyumba or call (317) 610-1809.

Canned goods and dry food items can be donated at any time to the food pantry. Please bring your items to the large grey bin outside the church office.

Our typical donation items each month for the food pantry consist of the following items:

  • • January: canned pasta w/ meat (e.g., Spaghetti-O’s)
  • • February: canned fruit
  • • March: toilet paper, bar soap, toiletry items (feminine products, etc), diapers
  • • April: spaghetti sauce (standard size cans preferred, no jars)
  • • May: canned fruit or toilet paper (standard sizes)
  • • June: canned fruit or toilet paper (standard sizes)
  • • July: chunk white chicken in water (5oz cans) and diapers (newborn thru size 6)
  • • August: mac & cheese, or canned beans of any variety
  • • September: dish soap (standard sizes),  paper towels (standard sizes/packs)
  • • October: mashed potato mix (no over-sized boxes)
  • • November: corn muffin mix
  • • December:  peanut butter  (regular or crunchy, 16 oz cans preferred, no jars)

Other donations gladly accepted: spaghetti (1 lb or 2 lb package/box), your choice #10 cans: corn, green beans, peas, mixed vegetables


Church Garden (summer/fall)

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” — John 15:8

Our community garden is a volunteer partnership between the church and members of the local community. The fruits (and vegetables) of our labor are donated to the Northwood Food Pantry, for which we also collect non-perishable goods. Our primary mission is to provide fellowship and generosity. Our garden relies on volunteers to help plant, water, weed and harvest.

Children four and older with an attentive adult are invited to come. We typically have more space than we have need for. Therefore, our local neighbors, Parkview, Independence Academy and CFI #70 families are invited to contact us if you would like a plot of your own. Garden planning begins in January. Contact the church office at (317) 283-1305 if you would like to participate, volunteer, or have your own plot in our garden.

Boy Scout Troop (bi-monthly)

Boy Scout Troop 512, serving boys ages 11-17, holds its regularly scheduled meetings at FMH on the first and third Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. This is an energized group of young men who enjoy service projects, often helping at the Northwood Food Pantry and other places in the community. Contact Ivan Holder, Scoutmaster, if you’re interested in joining or volunteering at (317) 217-0226.

Day of Caring (September)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Day of Caring on September 17. To read a summary of all the groups served and see photos, head to our News section for our October monthly newsletter.

Others

Center for Inquiry School 70 is an autonomous Magnet School. Its mission is to develop a community of respectful, lifelong learners, who use inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to be socially responsible contributors to a changing global society. They offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program with Mandarin and Spanish languages, inquiry-based teaching and learning, robust extra-curricular programming, and family friendly and responsive classrooms. Visit myips.org/cfi.

IMPD North District and IFD #31 (42nd and College) are longstanding partners with the neighborhood. Their commitment to improving the quality of life in our community serves us all. Thank you to these groups as well as all first responders who live and/or serve in our
community.


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