Metro Annual Celebration, Announcing 2022 Spring Grant Cycle, Grant Workshop Registration...
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October 27, 2021


One More Week Until We Celebrate!


We are so excited at Metro Ministries! Just eight days until we celebrate on November 4, walking in the light together. Final preparations are in the works for an evening of reflecting, uplifting and celebrating.

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs will be providing a keynote address, and we will be recognizing our Board President Tom Shryock, as he is concluding his term on Metro's Board. We will share in music, fellowship and stories of impact about Metro's grant recipients. We will honor and remember those folks lifted up by your tribute gifts to Metro. And.... we will announce the winners of this year's Missioner of Year awards.

There is no cost to attend this virtual event, but we do ask that you register. Registration is open through next Wednesday, November 3.

Please note that in order for individuals to be recognized in the Honor and Memorial portions of the ceremony, we must receive them by Tuesday November 2.

Sign up if you have not already done so. You can celebrate with us from the comfort of your home!




We are pleased to announce the launch of Metro's 2022 Spring Grant Cycle, when we invite local non-profit organizations and United Methodist Churches in the Central District to consider how Metro Ministries might be able to support your ministries and programs.

All details are available on Metro's website,

We encourage all who are interested to download and review  the Request for Proposals and sign up for one of the two grant workshop sessions.

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.

Please share this announcement with folks who may be interested.


BOO! Event with NeighborLink Indy



There is still time to sign up to volunteer with NeighborLink Indy's BOO Event!  Here is an opportunity to learn that home repairs don't have to be scary. On Saturday, October 30 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, they will host at least 50 volunteers to tackle multiple projects for homeowners in need across Indianapolis.
Folks can sign up as small groups or as individuals and then split into groups the morning of the event, to head out to projects to be completed that day. For details and to sign up, click HERE. No specific skills are required. Come join me and other volunteers!
You are encouraged to share this event with your church and community! Click HERE for a shareable flyer with QR code for registration.


Does your church host a weekly or monthly community meal? If so, please let us know! We would like to add a listing of community meals to Metro's Resources Hub. Please email Tina McAninch at, with the following:

- Church Name

- When Is Meal?

- How Is Meal Served (drive-thru, in-person, delivery option, etc.).

Thanks in advance for helping create this community resource!


  Coming in February!



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. 




Mondays in October: "What's Justice Got to Do With It?" 4-week Bible study by INUMC Diversity, Mission and Justice Ministries, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Registration is required.

10/31: The Branches Not So Spooky Sunday, begins at 10am with worship, followed by costume parade and trick or treating

Trunk or Treat Events

10/29: Avon UMC, 6 - 7:30pm

10/29: Mt. Comfort Church @ Philadelphia Campus, 6 - 7:30pm

10/30: Greenfield Trunk or Treat @ Bradley UMC, 2 - 4pm

10/31: Chapel Hill UMC, 2 - 4pm

10/31: Gateway Community Church at Fortville, 5 - 7pm

10/31: Meridian St. UMC, 3 - 5pm

10/31: North UMC, 2 - 3:30pm

10/31: Plainfield UMC, 5 - 7pm

November events and Thanksgiving meals will be published beginning next week.

Have a fall event you would like published? Email us at!


University Heights UMC Seeking Director of Children's & Youth Ministry



If you have a passion for working with children and youth and are available an average of 12 hours/week, check out this part-time opportunity with University Heights UMC. University Heights UMC is located on the campus of University of Indianapolis, at 4002 Otterbein Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

Job posting is available HERE.


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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