Outreach

To help move IC Parish forward in its mission, we must extend our services and activities beyond the church building and liturgical celebrations. Many opportunities exist through which we can offer our time to “reach out” to the community and at the same time enhance our own parish social relationships.

Bingo Workers

Stewardship opportunity: Assist the parish in raising funds through twice weekly nights of bingo.
Talent/Gifts to offer: Open to all adults of the parish who are called to be part of a team.
Time commitment: Bingo volunteers are assigned to a crew that works once every two months approximately. Volunteers sign up for either Sunday or Tuesday night or both.
Treasure/Blessing received: Great opportunity to meet new friends and help raise much needed funds for the Church.

Parish Festival

Stewardship opportunity: To organize and support an annual festival that is used to raise funds for the parish and its school. A great way to unite with our church family, meet new faces and break the unknown barrier for new parish members.
Talent/Gifts to offer: The size and scope of the festival are such that all gifts are welcomed. There are many, many volunteer opportunities before and during the festival, and all hands are needed and welcomed.
Time commitment: Many parishioners volunteer for shifts in the various festival booths. Others head up committees or help set up or tear down the festival.
Treasure/Blessing received: To foster and grow the social life of the parish through this lively and successful festival; to raise funds that will help further God’s work.

Sewing Circle

Stewardship opportunity: To work with others in finishing quilts, in an atmosphere of acceptance and fellowship.
Talent/Gifts to offer: Knowledge of sewing is helpful, but new volunteers with no experience will be welcomed and taught to quilt.
Time commitment: The Sewing Circle meets twice weekly, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during the school year at IC School. Members attend as their own schedule permits.
Treasure/Blessing received: To see the work of your hands become a one-of-a-kind completed project. To visit with others in the parish family in an atmosphere of warmth and peace.

Church Tour Guide

Stewardship opportunity: To share with others the beauty and history of the Immaculate Conception Church building and furnishings.
Talent/Gifts to offer: An interest in history, architecture and religious art. An ability to remember facts and relate them to an audience in an engaging way.
Time commitment: Tours of the church are offered to groups and individuals as needed. The time commitment to this ministry varies depending on requests for tours.
Treasure/Blessing received: To personally gain and share with others a respect for the commitment of our ancestors by learning and telling about the church they built.

Transportation

Stewardship opportunity: To provide parishioners and others unable to drive with safe transportation to church or other important locations.
Talent/Gifts to offer:  Care and concern for others, dependability and safe driving skills.
Time commitment: Some volunteers provide weekly transportation to Sunday Mass. Others provide transportation as needed, once every three or four months.
Treasure/Blessing received:  To be a caring presence that helps others participate in the Eucharist, fulfill important medical appointments or provide for basic needs.

Parish Mailings/Phone Call Helper

Stewardship opportunity: To assist the Parish Office prepare large mailings by stuffing envelopes and/or making phone calls.
Talent/Gifts to offer:  Time, basic organizational skills and enjoying the company of others.
Time commitment: Two to three hours during a weekday approximately four or five times a year.
Treasure/Blessing received:  To help the Parish communicate important matters to parishioners on a timely basis and save the parish money.

C.A.L.L. Volunteers

Stewardship opportunity:  IC Call for the CALL seeks to channel IC parishioners support for the mission of Community Action Life Line (CALL). The CALL operates a food pantry, a clothing closet, and the CALL Café, a once a week evening meal for needy families within our community. Other activities sponsored by the CALL are a garden project to grow produce and client work program to earn donated furnishings. For additional information: IC Call for the CALL Ministry.
Talent/Gifts to offer:  All talents are welcomed as we are creating an environment where every IC volunteer can find a level of participation they can fulfill and follow Pope Francis’ call to help the poor and feel a touch of unconditional love of Christ in our wider community.
Time commitment:  IC volunteers can work a varying amount of time in multiple components of the CALL. In the CALL’s clothes closet help is needed in receiving, sorting, and organizing the display of clothing. In the food pantry assistance is needed in stocking the warehouse and stocking the grocery shelves. Help is also needed picking up donated materials and with a gardening project. IC parishioners organize and present six of the Tuesday night meals during a year which makes visible IC’s commitment to our community by being one of 10 other faith communities doing Tuesday evening meals.
Treasure/Blessing received:  Grow your faith, develop new friends and work with old friends in following Christ in His special ministering to the poor. Feel the energy emanating from Pope Francis as he calls us to Christ in the service to the poor. Find your connection in the IC family.