Brookside Scholarship Recipients, Miles for Metro, Touch a Truck & More!
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August 11, 2021


Brookside Scholarship Recipients

When Brookside UMC closed in 2008, the church decided to memorialize their ministry by establishing a legacy endowment with United Methodist Foundation of Indiana. Metro Ministries was asked to administer the scholarship recipient selection process. 

Metro Ministries reaches out each year to church and ministry leaders in and near the Brookside neighborhood to identify potential candidates. This year, we are pleased to introduce you to this year's recipients, Alexis Foxworthy and Jayla Johnson.

Alexis Foxworthy



Alexis Foxworthy graduated from Hoosier Academy in June and is headed to Vincennes University next week to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

Alexis has been a part of East Tenth UM Children and Youth Center (the Center) since she was six weeks old, having gone through nursery care, preschool and then school age programming at the Center. She participated in the Center's Leaders in Training program and at age 15, qualified to be an assistant counselor for the summer program. Once she graduated this year, she was hired as an employee, and has been incredibly helpful and reliable during what has been a challenging summer. Alexis continued to work through last week and is taking a break this week before moving onto campus.

Alexis says her experience with the Center is what has motivated her to become a teacher. She is determined to make the world a better place by teaching children to be kind, safe and not to judge a book by its cover. She has also learned the importance of making learning fun so that children stay engaged and focused.

Alexis often experienced an unstable home environment while she was growing up, and she struggled in high school. She is incredibly grateful to the whole staff of the Center for encouraging her to persist and to be her best self. Jean Casmir-Hill, the Center's Executive Director stated "Alexis has overcome many obstacles during her 18 years, and I know she will be an amazing teacher because of her past experiences. We are so proud of her!"

Jayla Johnson



Jayla Johnson graduated from Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School this past June. Jayla has been accepted to Hampton University in Virginia, where she plans to pursue a pre-medical degree.

Jayla considers herself to be a hard worker and has always refused to quit when faced with life challenges. She has been interested in the medical field since she was a child, when she would often watch medical shows on TV. It was seeing her grandmother struggle with medical issues that firmed up her desire to become a doctor. She wanted to understand everything she could about her grandmother's illnesses and treatment plans, and after her grandmother passed, she often wondered if more could have been done. She has decided she wants to work in pediatrics, to work with kids who cannot speak up for themselves.

Jayla has been committed to learning since kindergarten, having consistently been an honor roll student. She is in the high school band, having achieved first chair in clarinet and has served as band president her senior year. Jayla is very involved with The Sanctuary Church, where she has been a part of dance team, children's choir and youth praise team.

Jayla's band teacher, Brandon Barnett, states that Jayla is a very driven student and a passionate person who knows how to keep herself focused on the task at hand. Brandon is "100% grateful for her", for stepping up in the past year, to make sure the band had a game plan for starting back up after COVID-19 restrictions. Jayla was the leader Brandon needed when he experienced family losses and was unable to completely focus on the band. Jayla did not let him down.

Metro thanks Jean Casmir Hill with East Tenth UM Children and Youth Center and Rev. Michael Gant with Miracles and Blessings UMC for connecting these young women with the Brookside Scholarship opportunity. Join us in congratulating Alexis and Jayla. We look forward to watching their futures unfold!


2021 Miles for Metro



Did you know that the distance around the outer boundaries of the Central District is approximately 200 miles? According to Google MapsTM, it would take 65 hours to walk all the way around. If this was the Miles for Metro Challenge, it would be a little over 8 miles per day if spread over 8 days.

Of course, we are not challenging anyone to walk that far or for that long. We are challenging everyone who is able in the Central District to walk, run, hike, bike, swim, or log miles on a treadmill, elliptical machine or stationary bike, for as far and as long as you want, between August 30 and September 6. 

Registration is $20/person, with children 12 and younger registering for free! Have a friendly competition amongst your family, your friends, your church members or your co-workers.

Click to sign up today and accept this challenge!

Note: if you have registered for a race or challenge using RaceSignup platform in the past, you can use your pre-existing account to sign up for this race.

We encourage you to also become a fundraiser and invite your personal network to join in the challenge and/or make a donation on your behalf. You will have the ability to create your own personal fundraiser link to share with folks in your circle to raise funds for Miles for Metro. If accumulating miles is not for you, you can still become a fundraiser without registering for the event.

You can also  make a direct donation towards our goal. You can choose to make your donation anonymously, in support of an individual fundraiser, on behalf of yourself, or in honor or memory of someone special to you.

What is our goal? We envision repeating this challenge every year and hope to raise $100,000 by 2023, Metro’s 100th Anniversary.  In order to reach this ultimate goal, we are targeting to raise $33,000 through this year's challenge. So we need your help! Register, fundraise and/or donate! Get started today!

Top fundraisers and those recording the most miles by age categories will be recognized at the conclusion of the challenge.

All funds will go directly to growing Metro’s Grants programs. Imagine how we might, together, impact children and youth and their families across Central Indiana. Will you accept this challenge?


Summer Sighting at Mt. Auburn Church



The TOUCH-a-TRUCK event at Mt. Auburn UMC this past Saturday was a huge success! Over 2,000 children and adults from the community stopped by to check out the trucks, helicopters, police vehicles, fire engines, tractors and more that were onsite. Everyone enjoyed the vehicles, games, food, and community fellowship.

Over 80 members of the Mt. Auburn UMC family came together to make the day happen. Here are a few snapshots from the day. These photos and more are available on Mt. Auburn UMC's Facebook page.



Scott UMC G2G Conference



Scott UMC is hosting the 13th annual Generation to Generation Conference August 27 - August 29. The Conference was a vision of Rev. James C. Anyike's as a means to bridge a growing generational divide.

With the theme "Rebuilding the Village II", this year's schedule includes workshops on Empowering Strong Black Women, About Your Money, Understanding Technology, Basic Gardening, and Mental Health. Bishop Julius Trimble will offer an opening message on Friday at 6:00 pm.

Brightwood Community Center will be onsite Saturday, hosting teen and youth workshops. There will be a follow-up report from last year's local black political leaders forum, a session on anti-violence entitled "Stop Killing in the Name of Love, a symposium on Building Bridges and more. There will be musical performances throughout the three-day event, which will conclude on Sunday with a gospel concert, followed by an appreciation dinner for all of the volunteers working to bring this event to the community.

Everyone is invited to attend all or portions of the conference, please pre-register

To register children for one or more sessions on Saturday, click HERE.

For more information, contact Eunice Trotter at (3174)926-1997.



Also check out these upcoming community events:




Next month is National Suicide Prevention Month, and suicide prevention workshops will be scheduled during the month. One workshop has been scheduled so far, at Christ UMC on the south side of Indianapolis. QPR for Suicide Prevention will be held Thursday, September 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and is a simple, evidenced-based model to equip anyone to help prevent suicide.

This is a FREE workshop, but  registration is required. For more details, check out this Facebook event.

Dates and times for additional workshops will be announced soon.


Volunteer Opportunities



Community Resource Day at Barnes UMC volunteers are needed the day of the event, sign up is HERE.

Society of St. Andrew Indiana needs volunteers to glean corn Friday, August 13 in Fairland from 8 - 10 am. Sign for this or other gleaning opportunities HERE.

Fletcher Place CC's Community Garden needs volunteers Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon throughout garden season. Jobs include harvesting, pulling weeds, and manning the vegetable stand. Contact Beth Opell at to sign up for part or all of an upcoming Saturday.

NeighborLink Indianapolis has opportunities to help low income individuals with disabilities and senior homeowners in Marion County with household repair and maintenance. Painting, yard cleanup and handy projects are available. Details and volunteer registration can be found HERE.

Scott UMC is seeking volunteers for 2021 G2G Conference August 27 - 29. Volunteers are needed to assist with youth programming. Sign up HERE. To volunteer in other ways during the three-day event, contact the church office at (317) 925-1997.



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 is a very valuable tool but does not currently include all food pantries beyond 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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