Financial Literacy for Children, Metro Meet & Greet, Annual Celebration ...
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FROM METRO MINISTRIES, INC.
October 13, 2021
You may recall from earlier this year, Christian Family Credit Union recognized Metro Ministries as their Change for Good partner for 2021 While were very excited and grateful for this partnership, it was even better when a new and unexpected partnership emerged.
Prior to this year's Annual Conference, I was asked to participate in a short video interview with Jason Fishburn, Member Experience Officer with Christian Family Credit Union about Change for Good, with the video to be shown during Annual Conference.
We decided to film the video at Barnes UMC. Minister Lydia Davis, Ministry Teams Leader at Barnes and founder and CEO of You Feed Them Missional Food Pantry, graciously allowed us to film in her office, which doubles as the food pantry.
I introduced Min. Lydia and Jason, and they immediately began talking about their respective roles and work. And just like that, the glory sighting began unfolding. Read this ARTICLEabout the Children Financial Literacy program that was born from this introduction. Sometimes the unexpected connections are the best!
Meet & Greet
with Metro's Board!
Have you considered joining Metro's Board of Directors? Perhaps you aren't ready to make a board commitment but you would like to be more involved in our work. If either is true, you are cordially invited to join us at one of two Meet and Greet gatherings.
Join us either October 21 or October 28, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm at St. Andrew UMC for an opportunity to meet current members of the board and folks in our Friends of Metro network.
This will be an informal gathering to learn more about what serving on Metro's board involves as well as other ways to help us with our work.
If you would like to join us, please register HERE. Registration will close on October 20, so register soon. Please contact Tina McAninch if you are interested but unavailable both of these dates, at email@example.com or (317) 946-0251.
Walking in the Light Together
You are cordially invited to join us via Livestream on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 pm for "Walking in the Light Together", as we celebrate 98 years of connecting ministries to resources in the Central District!
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 from Metro's grant recipients. We will also announce the winners of this year's Missioner of the Year awards.
There is no cost to attend this virtual event, but we do ask that you register.
Metro Ministries has a long-standing tradition of recognizing individuals, organizations, churches and church groups (eg: UMW of Church ABC) that have demonstrated outstanding missional work in the current year. If you recall last year, we recognized EVERYONE across the Central District for everyone’s perseverance and dedication to being the hands and feet of Jesus, in whatever ways that individually and collectively played out in 2020.
While we do appreciate and recognize the work that you all are doing in your church communities today, this year we want to pay special recognition to individuals and churches/church groups that are going above and beyond the local missional call. We are seeking your nominations for both individuals and organizations/churches/groups that you feel are deserving of this special recognition.
The criteria for Missioner of the Year are as follows:
* Goes beyond the church walls to join WITH people where they are.
* Builds relationships based on love, empathy and respect.
* Steps outside one’s comfort zone to walk alongside individuals and/or communities that may look, sound, live or believe differently.
* Engages in risk-taking mission and service, without consideration for whether or not individuals served will enter one’s own church doors or any church doors.
* Continually bears the light of Christ, through words and actions.
We are asking for nominations to be submitted by completing this ONLINE FORM. If you prefer, you can complete this PDF FORM and send to Metro Ministries (via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or print and mail to 2560 Villa Avenue, Indianapolis IN, 46203). All nominations must be received by October 17. Individual and church/group Missioner of the Year awards will be determined by Metro’s Community Connections team based on the nominations received and will be announced during Metro’s Annual Celebration on November 4.
Who do you know that exemplifies the above criteria? Who embodies the Central District mission of “Christ-Centered, Community-Connected and Missionally-Centric”? Please share the nomination form and link with others, and let’s see those nominations!
Coming in February!
Mark your calendars now for February 19, 2022!
Updates on breakout session topics will be shared as the details come together.
Volunteer Opportunity with NeighborLink Indy
NeighborLink Indianapolis is proving that home repair doesn'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!
Fish Fry & Worship at Miracles and Blessings UMC
Check out the happenings at Miracles & Blessings this weekend!
10/15 & 10/16: Fish Fry 10 am - 5 pm (while supplies last)
10/15 at 6 pm: Pastor Antonio Lipscomb, Community Church Indy
10/16 at 6 pm: Rev. James Anyike, Scott UMC
10/17 AT 12:30 pm: Pastor John Russell, University UMC
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.
If you know of other resources we should share, please let us know by emailing Tina McAninch at email@example.com.
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 listingHERE 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.