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October 13, 2021


Unexpected Connections



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  ARTICLE about 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 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.



Missioner of the Year Nominations Deadline



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 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!

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. 


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.

10/16: Speedway Fall Craft Crawl 9am - 2pm (throughout Speedway community)

10/ 23: Shelbyville Trinity UMC Harvest Fest 5pm

10/24: West Newton UMC: Sweet Treat Trail 1 - 3pm

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

10/17: Center UMC, 5 - 7pm

10/23: New Palestine UMC, 5 - 6:30pm

10/23: Pittsboro UMC, 5 - 5:30pm

10/24: Old Bethel UMC, 3 - 5pm

10/24: Smith Valley UMC, 5 - 7pm

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

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

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

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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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