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Northview Church and Habitat for Humanity need YOU

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012


If the sound of power tools makes you want to run out and build something, we have the perfect service opportunity for you. Even if the sound of power tools makes you want to hide in the nearest closet, believe it or not, this same project is the perfect opportunity for you, too!

Northview Church’s Carmel campus committed to building a house with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County (HFHHC) for the mission portion of the re.IMAGINE campaign.

Northview Church is joining forces with a group of Hamilton County United Methodist churches for the first-ever duplex to be built by Habitat for Humanity in Indiana. No skills or building experience is needed to volunteer on the build site. Many jobs are not difficult, yet they do take numerous sets of hands.

If you are willing to be hands-on for a day and follow instructions, then you are qualified. If you like to swing a hammer and work power tools, you are definitely qualified. If you like to get outside and enjoy fellowship with others while serving the community and getting a little sun, then you guessed it: you are qualified. The time is now. Ground is broken. The opportunity for you to step out to help the community is now.

Let’s build!

Every Friday and Saturday from now through July 28, Northview Church will help build on East 104th Street in HomePlace. There is space for 20 people to work each morning shift from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 20 people to work each afternoon shift from noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers can sign up for one or both shifts. During the overlap of shifts at noon, all people on-site will share lunch. To volunteer for the build, go to

Let’s serve the builders!

Volunteers must be 16 or older to participate on the work site, yet Northview has a special opportunity for families, young children and those not able to do physical labor to get involved. Each Saturday, two groups can sign up to provide lunch for those helping on the construction site. This is perfect for families who would like to serve together, as even small children can decorate lunch bags with stickers or draw pictures. Older children can make sandwiches and other lunch foods, put food in bags, and write encouraging notes for the workers…the sky is the limit! Also, children can help deliver the lunches; they are just not able to do actual work on the site. To volunteer for lunches simply go to and pick a date to sign up. Note: if the register button does not appear, that date is already taken.

Let’s make it happen!

Monica Polkow, local outreach coordinator at Northview’s Carmel campus, and Gretta Troyer, family services & volunteer coordinator for HFHHC, are working hard to coordinate this effort, and they are looking for many volunteers each weekend.

“We are excited to see re.IMAGINE in action and can’t wait to see how the Lord works in people’s hearts through this project,” Polkow said. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Habitat for Humanity in helping create a place someone can call home. This is a great way to serve as an individual, family or life group and experience what it is to be a Good Neighbor.”

Please help us be a catalyst for change in the life of a local family. Help a family gain a stable environment to raise their children. What are you waiting for? Check your calendar. Sign up. Make a difference. You will be glad you did!

For more information and to get involved feel free to contact Monica Polkow, local outreach coordinator at Northview Church at or call 317.846.2884. You may also contact Gretta Troyer, family services & volunteer coordinator, HFHHC at or call 317.896.9423 ext. 5.

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Mall Mayhem proves teens can be fashionable and modest

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012


Who has the hottest outfit? How much neon is too much? Should I buy the TOMS or the Top-Siders to complete the look? Fashion is an area for teen girls where following the crowd is easy, especially when provocative choices are even pushed by retailers today, and several ongoing trends are not exactly modest.

Since the Mother-Daughter Mall Mayhem event hit Northview Church’s Carmel campus in March, chances are good that 101 young ladies and their mothers now look at shopping and fashion differently. These seventh- to 12th-grade girls and their mothers converged on North Beach to have a fashionable afternoon of mother-daughter bonding and retail therapy – just in time for spring break shopping.

Sometimes meaningful conversations between parents and their teens are difficult, so when the fun began with a game and photo booth, those in attendance were able to let loose and get a little silly. Mothers and daughters enjoyed lunch together, complete with questions on their placemats to ask one another to open lines of communication. Each table had a team name, and after lunch, those six to eight people joined forces at the mall on a scavenger hunt of epic fashionable proportions.

While at the mall, there were several tasks to quickly complete. Amid plenty of laughter, daughters chose outfits for their mothers and mothers chose outfits for their daughters. They found cute (but appropriate) swimwear and hunted hastily for locations in the mall shown to them by photos. The team that accomplished the most of the scavenger hunt was the winner, and that was Dream Team No. 1.

This first-time event was a smashing success, as was the fabulous speaker and special guest for the event, Brenda Sharman. Sharman is the founding national director for the international faith-based organization called Pure Fashion. She has modeled for 20 years and competed successfully in numerous pageants, including winning the title of Miss Georgia USA. She is passionate about promoting change in our culture with the “Modesty Movement.”

Sharman spoke about dressing fashionably without sacrificing modesty and stressed that it is possible to be pretty without being provocative. Sharman asked the girls a question that resonated with many in attendance. “Do you want to be considered a toy or a treasure?” A toy is disposable; something or someone to throw away when the next best thing comes along, and a treasure is of high value, to be treated with respect.

“As a mother, I enjoyed spending time with my daughter Emily, seeing the smiles on her face and building relationships with other daughters and mothers,” said Liz Jewell, the high school associate for Northview Students. “We had fun being silly together. As a staff person, it was nice to see it all come together. Mothers and daughters were able to leave with a better understanding of one another.”

Mothers and daughters gathered at North Beach for lunch and to listen to guest speaker Brenda Sharman discuss dressing modestly.

Amanda Degler, Northview Students junior high associate, said she was also pleased with the event.

“Mall Mayhem was a great opportunity for mothers and daughters to spend quality time together to talk about how modesty affects how people perceive them,” she said. “We are looking forward to another mother-daughter event next year.”

The hope is that following Mall Mayhem, the girls who attended will remember some great nuggets of information to share with their friends next time they go shopping, and maybe they’ll have an extra dose of self -confidence as well.

For more information about Pure Fashion or Brenda Sharman, visit

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