Annual Conference Summary, Children Matter Most, Christian Family Credit Union & More!
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June 16, 2021


Indiana Annual Conference 2021

Here are a few highlights from this year's Annual Conference held last Friday and Saturday, including links to videos:
  • Conference Overview is available HERE.
  • In his episcopal address, Bishop Trimble reminded us that "the world is watching the church to see how we reflect Jesus in our lives as we deal with our disagreements, face our challenges and shape our community life together."
  • Rev. Annettra Jones Stephens encouraged members of the Indiana Conference to join the campaign to be IN Against Racism by reading and signing the INUMC Covenant to Dismantle Racism.
  • Celebration of Ministry highlights included:
    • 2 children baptized
    • 30 retirees were honored for their 737 years of combined service, several having served in the Central District currently and in the past.
    • 6 persons where commissioned as provisional members.
    • 3 persons were commissioned for the work of elder.
    • 2 new Conference Superintendents were appointed, one of whom is Rev. In Suk Peebles, formerly the senior pastor of Greenwood UMC, now appointed to the Southeast District
    • Order of Deacons celebrated their 25th anniversary
  • Celebration of Life honored 38 clergy and 40 spouses who have now joined the Church Triumphant.
  • Over 800 voting members participated in plenary sessions, approving three of the four petitions presented (with approved amendments), as well approving the 2022 budget, nominations and trustee's reports and other administrative motions.
  • 22 churches that closed in the last year were acknowledged for their many years of changing lives and serving their communities. Two of these are in the Central District: Amo UMC in Hendricks County and Morris Street UMC in Indianapolis.
  • Bishop Trimble and the Conference staff said goodbye to Ian Hall after 20 years of service to INUMC and wished him and his family well in their next chapter.
  • Heidi Harding was overwhelmingly approved as the new Conference Treasurer.
  • Next year's Annual Conference will be June 9 - June 11, 2022.


We announced a few weeks ago that Christian Family Credit Union had chosen Metro Ministries as the Indiana organization to partner with during their Change for Good initiative. During this initiative, CFCU will donate to Metro for every new checking account opened.
The initiative was shared during Annual Conference's Friday plenary session through  THIS VIDEO, and already one family has opened up a new checking account after viewing the video! How great is that?
Thank you, Christian Family Credit Union! If you or someone you know is seeking financial services, contact Jason Fishburn at (317) 677-2191.

Glory Sighting at Miracles and Blessings UMC

Pastor Michael Gant shared this glory sighting moment with me yesterday. Last Wednesday, Brightwood Community Center partnered with Miracles and Blessings UMC to distribute 100 food baskets from the church parking lot. Ten volunteers from the church and BCC gathered to distribute food that was provided by Midwest Food Bank. Two middle-school students from the neighborhood showed up to volunteer and came back to church worship on Sunday. One led the service welcome, and the other offered the benediction. 

If you are not aware, Brightwood Community Center relocated late last year. They now reside in the Annex of Scott UMC at 2140 N. Arsenal Avenue. Donations and correspondence should be sent to P.O. Box 18743, Indianapolis, IN 46218.

Help Wanted: Shalom Preschool at Roberts Park UMC

The leadership of Shalom Daycare at Roberts Park UMC is seeking individuals who have in their hearts a passion to serve children. 
They are seeking to fill three vacant full-time positions, and they would also greatly benefit from gaining part-time helpers, individuals willing to commit to as few as 10 hours a week, up to a few hours each day. Previous professional childcare experience is not required, only a commitment to provide quality care to children in Shalom's charge, following the center's training and protocols. Pay is based on experience but is well above current minimum wage. All new hires are required, prior to starting, to have completed a drug test (paid for by Shalom) and a background check (fees currently waived in Indiana). Additionally, new staff must complete 10 hours of online training, which is paid after completion and can be done at home or at Shalom.
Shalom Daycare provides children with trained caregivers in an environment where every child experiences numerous positive learning opportunities and healthy play for their physical, social and cognitive growth. Shalom Daycare leadership and staff seek to instill self-confidence, kindness and creativity in every child that comes through their doors. If you or someone you know feels led to help meet this need, please check out Shalom's webpage for more information and the application. Interested individuals with questions are encouraged to reach out to Lisa Ankney at 317-635-3397 or


Mission u 2021

There's Far More Here


Mission u will be virtual this year, held Saturdays July 10, 17, 24 and 31, beginning at 10:00 am each day. This year United Methodist Women of Indiana will gather and examine anxiety, the culture of violence that impacts girls in public schools, and how we as God's people can deepen our moral witness and respond faithfully.

Download and print this brochure for details and registration information. The cost is $50. Children uner 18 can register for free and receive a Mission u Activity Kit.


Global Leadership Summit 2021

This year's two-day Global Leadership Summit has two United Methodist host sites in the Central district, Franklin Grace UMC and St. Luke's UMC. Check out the summit speakers and details HERE.

Join hundreds of thousands of curious, growth-minded, and change-driven people like you who want to understand more about leadership in today's world: learn more about the Global Leadership Summit, hosted by Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin on August 5 & 6, and begin to register. Whether you attend in-person at a station like Grace or online, you will experience two days of rich, high-impact, inspiring sessions from folks who will share their wisdom and practical perspective to support you in your leadership program. 

The summit is August 5 - 6, 2021. You can reserve either in-person or online at either Grace UMC or St. Luke's UMC.



Check out Metro's Resources Hub, where we have added some additional resource from last week's Community Resources workshop.
If you know of other resources we should share, please let us know by emailing Tina McAninch at


Community Compass

Community Compass is a tool created by Indy Hunger Network and has two key ways to connect individuals with food resources near them. The first is an app for smart phones that automically provides food resources based on where the individual is. The second is the ability to text for food resources if an individual does not have a smart phone. Check out details of Community Compass. This is a very valuable tool but does not currently include all food pantries beyond Marion County.

Listing of Central Indiana Food Pantries

We have updated the format of the food pantry list, making it easier to view when printed. You can download the updated listing HERE or from Metro's website's Resources Hub.Please let us know if you have food resources to add or update. We will make updates to this list on a quarterly basis.
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