Community Ministries

Tabernacle Presbyterian Church first came to 34th and Central as an act of service.

Then a downtown church with a heart for mission, in the early 20th century Tab felt called to provide the children in the community around 34th and Central with a Sunday School. Just a few years later, Tab followed its outreach with its physical presence, moving to the Mapleton-Fall Creek area and building the iconic building that stands there today.

This mission-driven legacy survives in Tab’s many programs that serve the neighborhood around 34th and Central, providing a wide range of opportunities to members of Tab and other area churches who feel God’s call to serve the city’s heart.

If you’re feeling God’s call, Tab can provide opportunities for you to serve and support God’s people.

* Hineni: A Hebrew word meaning, “Here I am,” it’s the way great people of faith such as Abraham, Moses, Isaiah and Mary answered when God called.

Tab Community Ministries Mission Statement

Eighty years after God called Tab to 34th and Central, He still has a mission for Tab there: To demonstrate His love, mercy and justice through acts of service to those who live outside its walls. By humbly serving His people in His name, we strive to make this community more like His kingdom so that others may feel and desire His love.

Our geography is no accident, and the decision 40 years ago to remain at 34th and Central was inspired by God to make this church a beacon of hope, serving the heart of the city. By being faithful to this call we show our love for Christ, in keeping with Matthew 25: 40, as inscribed on our communion table, “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

Hands-on Opportunities

Tab offers members a number of opportunities to provide personal and immediate demonstrations of God’s love. If you are interested in exploring possibilities for service in any of these ministries, contact Paula Daum, Coordinator of Lay Ministries, 923-5458, ext 104,

Tab’s Open Door Ministry

Tab serves meals to our neighbors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. More than 800 people come through our doors each month for a hot lunch, food to take home to families, fellowship and spiritual care.

Tab Community Care

Tab provides emergency assistance (food, clothing, utilities assistance) and direct support to family in Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood, while also referring individuals with additional needs to partners in ministry and appropriate agencies for substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS support, housing and other longer-term services.

Tab Tutoring

Tab Tutoring Ministry for children from IPS School 48 and The Oaks Academy  begins again in September from 3:45 pm until 5:15 pm.  This ministry meets every Thursday and follows the IPS school calendar,

How can you help?

Join the Tab Tutoring team by becoming a weekly or a bi-weekly volunteer (tutoring and non-tutoring positions available), donate weekly food snacks and/or basic school supplies, make a monetary donation for learning materials, and by praying for this ministry. Please consider joining Tab’s team of volunteers making a difference in the lives of the children in our neighborhood.

Contact: Carolee Berry, (317) 989-9064 or

Recreation Ministry

One of Tab’s most-storied programs, the Rec Ministry always needs volunteers for a range of needs. For more information, go to:

Habitat for Humanity

A number of TAB members participated in Habitat for Humanity projects this year, initiating what we expect to be a long-term relationship.

Fresh Stop Produce

Fresh Stop is a ministry of Tab to bring locally-grown fresh produce and now grass-fed beef to people of all income levels. Our sliding-scale pricing makes fresh, organic produce affordable at half the price. If you are higher income, you help to make produce more affordable for low-income families. For more information, a brochure is located in the rack by the front office or contact Sally John at


Recognizing that we can’t meet all the needs in the community, Tab provides financial support and volunteer assistance to and networks with several community ministries and agencies, including:

The Unleavened Bread Café

Julian Center’s Circles of Support

Mid-North Church Council

Mapleton-Fall Creek Community Development Corporation

Grace Place (Prison Ministries and Re-entry)

Mid-North Food Pantry

Mid-North Shepherd Center

Bethlehem House

IPS School #48

Christian Neighborhood Legal Clinic

Raphael Health Center

The Free-Wheelin’ Bicycle Cooperative

Habitat for Humanity

Community Events

Tab Community Ministries also sponsors or participates in the following special community events:

The Mozel Sanders Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

More than 100 Tab volunteers help us participate in this annual citywide outreach.

Mapleton-Fall Creek Community Worship Service

For this annual Sunday morning service, the congregations of Tab and Phillips Temple worship together in a tradition honoring God’s love and racial reconciliation.

Get Involved


Surrender yourself to God’s call by choosing to volunteer for one of our ministries. Review the information on this site and contact Paula Daum, 923-5458, ext 104,, for more information.


Tab’s programs can always use good leaders, to serve on organizing teams or oversight committees. If you feel this is your gift, contact Paula Daum, 923-5458, ext 104, for more information.


Tab’s people are generous, but there is always more than can be done if more resources are available. To contribute to Tab’s Community Ministries, write a check to Tab with the words “Community Ministries” in the memo line and place it in the offering plate or mail it to Tab; use the gold envelopes in the pews; or pledging members may use the dedicated “Tab Community Ministries” envelope in your offering envelope packet (included with the envelopes for the month of February).

Support these ministries for 2015-2016:

Katy’s Kids, Neighborhood Ministries, Phoenix, AZ (watch their video)

Indy Grace Place re-entry from prison for men

Tab Tutoring

Tab Recreation

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Mid North Food Pantry

Unleavened Bread Cafe


Contact: Paula Means,, (317) 923-5458, ext. 130.