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May 26, 2021



The Passing of Pastor Ford Bond


We at Metro Ministries extend our deepest sympathies to the congregation of Amity UMC and to Pastor Jan Bond, senior pastor of Fountaintown and Liberty UMC in Shelby County. Pastor Ford Bond passed away on Monday, May 24th. Pastor Ford has been serving with Amity since 2016 and has served as a full-time local pastor in numerous churches across the Indiana Conference since 1997.

We pray for comfort for Pastor Jan, the Bond family the folks at Amity, Fountaintown and Liberty UMCs, and all the lives Pastor Ford has touched throughout his many years of faithful service.


Shout Out: Christian Family Credit Union

We at Metro Ministries are so excited that Christian Family Credit Union has chosen our organization as part of their Change for Good initiative!
The financial institution made the decision this year to partner with a non-profit organization in Indiana, as well as one in each of their office locations in Ohio, as their way of giving back to the communities they serve. They chose Metro Ministries as the Indiana organization to support! With each new personal account opened in Indiana, they will make a $50 donation to our Grants programs. They will also make a $10 donation for every $10,000 in new loans made.
For more than 80 years Christian Family Credit Union, formerly known as United Methodist Financial Credit Union, has been providing banking and financial services to local churches, clergy, members and employees of local churches, as well as Conference staff and affiliated organizations in the Indiana Conference.
The organization continues under their new brand to meet financial services needs for these same folks, with Jason Fishburn continuing his work as Member Experience Officer. If you, a family member or your church is in need of banking or financial services, I encourage you to contact Jason at (317) 677-2191.
A huge Thank You! to Jason and everyone at Christian Family Credit Union! We appreciate your support of Metro's work in Central Indiana!

Community Resources Workshop - Last Chance to Register!



The Communtiy Resources Workshop is tomorrow, 5/27/2021, 2:00 - 3:30 pm. Regisration will close at midnight tonight. Register HERE, with webinar information to follow in a subsequent email.

Panelists will include:

  • Alicia Baker, Community Engagement Manager with Aunt Bertha
  • Allen Southerland, Pipeline & Partnerships, Shepherd Community Center
  • Joni Hurst, Coordinator, Volunteer & Food Services, Mary Rigg Community Center
  • Rosie Butler, Program Director, Irvington Community Advocacy Network (ICAN)

This FREE virtual workshop is intended for church leaders, staff and members throughout the Central District who want to learn more about tapping into community resources, for the benefit of folks in their communities. County-specific resources will be shared during and after the workshop.


 Jodi Pfarr Bridges Out of Poverty Training



Metro Ministries is pleased to support Bridges Alliance of Johnson County's training opportunity through our Spring 2021 grant.

We hope you will consider attending one of these in-person sessions led by Jodi Pfarr. Jodi is a nationally recognized speaker whose misison is to bring understanding, heightened awareness and intentional action towards fighting poverty. The three hour workshop addresses practical strategies and tools around the mental models of poverty, middle class and wealth and provides a powerful look at political, individual and institututional systems that must be addressed in order to build bridges out of poverty.

The workshop is designed for community members, employers, community organization leaders and staff, law enforcement, and health care and social service providers.

Two IN PERSON sessions will be held on June 23, 6 - 9 PM and June 24, 9 - noon. The sessions will be held at the Artcraft Theater in Franklin. Click HERE to register for one of these sessions.


Build Learn and Grow Scholarship Fund

Indiana families with one or more persons employed in an essential worker field may be eligible for scholarships to assist with child care costs for children 0 - 12, including summer programming, camps and before/after school programs.
Scholarhip amounts are based on a family's gross monthly income. The scholarships are accepted by participating early care and education, summer learning and out-of-school time programs.
Indiana's Build, Learn and Grow program is sponsored by the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, in parttnership with Early Learning Indiana, the Indiana Afterschool Network and SPARK Learning Lab.
This state-wide program runs May 2021 - October 2021. For full details, including eligibility requirements, application information and participating programs, click HERE.
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.




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 received a couple of updates to the listing we published last week. 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.



Take a moment to check out Metro's Resources Hub on our website. 
If you know of other resources we should share, please let us know by emailing Tina McAninch at metrodirector1923@gmail.com.
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