Metro's Anniversary Celebration Tomorrow, NeighborLink Indy Spotlight, Upcoming Workshops...
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November 3, 2021


Tomorrow We Celebrate!


Are you ready to celebrate with us tomorrow evening? A musical prelude will begin at 6:45 pm, and the program will begin promptly at 7:00.

We have requested folks register so that we can thank everyone individually for joining us. You can still REGISTER HERE. If you don't wish to register but would still like to view the event, the event will appear HERE tomorrow evening prior to start time on Grace UMC's livestream channel. Look for "Metro's 98th Anniversary Celebration", and simply click on it to view.

You may also make a donation to Metro Ministries from the Registration page. All donations will go toward Metro's 2022 Grants programs. Tribute donations in honor or in memory are still welcome, and certificates will be mailed per donor instructions.

We do hope you'll join us!


Spotlight on: NeighborLink Indy BOO! Event



NeighborLink Indy's leaders envisioned an outreach effort to bring together repeat volunteers with first-time volunteers and tackle as many outdoor projects as possible in one day. The vision became the inaugural "BOO! Event", to wrap up the 2021 project season, to be held the day before Halloween. NeighborLink staff  coordinated with homeowners of 11 homes spread throughout the city, unsure if enough volunteers would show up to cover that many projects, but they took a chance.

Their chance paid off! This past Saturday, 50 volunteers (myself included) gathered at New Circle Church in the Mapleton Fall Creek neighborhood to find out which of 12 different projects we would be assigned to for the morning. While the weather had been rainy, dreary and chilly, the rain held off while we made our way to our respective projects and went  right to work. Some teams had painting jobs, while others had garage and yard clean-up, while others had gutter cleanout jobs.

Sunil Kotian had recruited some folks from North UMC, and I was able to tag along with him, Dan Archibald and Eric Oehler, along with several others we did not know. Our project was yard and fence-row cleanup at the Brightwood Martindale home of an 89 year old retired nurse, who had lived there for 43 years and had not been able to keep up with the overgrowth in her fence lines. Our group spent the morning with loppers, a couple of hedge trimmers and a couple of saws. By 12:30, we had completely filled a trailer with brush and had literally transformed the back yard. We were dirty, tired and sore, but it was worth it to see what we had been able to accomplish together for this homeowner in need. And to think, similar results happened at 10 more homes on Saturday!

NeighborLink Indy has a single mission: to help individuals with disabilities and senior homeowners in need, be able to age in place safely and with dignity. They do so by recruiting groups from churches and businesses, along with neighborhood residents who want to help their neighbors. Metro Ministries is proud to have supported NeighborLink this year through our Ministry Grant program, and we look forward to uplifting more exciting volunteer opportunities in 2022. 


Planned Giving Seminar



Metro Ministries and the Central District are sponsoring a virtual workshop on non-cash and legacy giving. All are welcome to attend!

Manet Shettle, president of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana will be sharing about the multiple ways that individuals can give, besides through their checkbooks and debit cards. This is a great opportunity to learn ways we may not have thought of to support our churches and organizations like Metro Ministries.

Registration is required for this virtual workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




Do not forget - Metro's Grant workshop sessions are coming up next week! 

We encourage all who are interested in applying for Metro's Spring Grants, to download and review  the Request for Proposals and sign up for one of the two grant workshop sessions.

All details are available on Metro's website,

The sessions are scheduled on Thursday, November 11 at 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 am. The workshops sessions will be via Zoom, and pre-registration is required. The same material will be covered in both sessions. Upon completion of a workshop session, participants will be provided access to begin working on draft proposal submissions.

NOTE: if you are interested in submitting a proposal for this grant cycle but are unable to make either of these workshop sessions, please contact Tina McAninch at or (317) 452-4786.

Please share this announcement with folks who may be interested in applying for a ministry grant from Metro Ministries.




Mark your calendars now for February 19, 2022!

Children Matter Most – All In! is an opportunity for all who care about children to come together to learn, be inspired, and go back to their community with action steps to help children thrive.

The INUMC Children Matter Most team has been focusing on nonviolence, food insecurity, and partnering with schools. You will learn more about each of these focus areas and many other ways you can nurture children in your context. Everyone is invited-those who work closely with children already and those who are seeking to learn how to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

This all-day event  at Grace UMC in Franklin, IN will include worship, multiple breakout sessions and an opportunity to create action plans for how we will individually and collectively declare we are All In to put children first in 2022.

Learn More and Get Registered Here

Updates on breakout session topics will be shared as the details come together. 


INUMC Job Posting Board



Did you know the Indiana Conference website has a job posting board of open church staff positions and beyond?

Did you know that churches can post staff job opportunities on the INUMC Conference Job Board?

View current openings HERE, and scroll down to the "Post a Job" button to add your church's open positions.


November events and details of free community meals across the Central District will be published in next week's new newsletter, so stay tuned!


Did you miss last week's newsletter? You can access past issues at! 



Check out Metro's Resources Hub!
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 automatically 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 very valuable tool now works in the donut counties as well as 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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