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June 2, 2021


This time of year in the United Methodist Church is a time of new journeys for many pastors in the Central District, across the Indiana Conference and throughout our denomination.
Many clergy are packing up for a new appointment, and for some it's a first appointment,  likely experiencing a mix of excitement and trepidation. For others it is a time to leave one church family to go meet, learn, love and lead another church family. For others, they are packing up books, certificates, gifts and other items they've held dear for many years, as they begin their retirement chapter (or book). Others are heading into a time of sabbatical or spiritual renewal. To all clergy, clergy spouses and clergy families embarking on one of these journeys, we at Metro Ministries are praying for you.
We also pray for the clergy who are continuing in their current appointments, yet on a new journey of re-acquainting with your church spaces and re-engaging physically together with your church members. We pray for discernment for you as you walk towards and amidst your post-pandemic church and community. We pray for energy and hope for your missional priorities, and we pray for comfort and healing over programs that may not return. 
Pastors, we are praying for you and yours. How else can Metro Ministries serve you during these times of change? Let us know!


Mission u 2021

There's Far More Here


Mission u will be virtual this year, held Saturdays July 10, 17, 24 and 31, beginning at 10:00 am each day. This year United Methodist Women of Indiana will gather and examine anxiety, the culture of violence that impacts girls in public schools, and how we as God's people can deepen our moral witness and respond faithfully.

Download and print this brochure for details and registration information. The cost is $50. Children uner 18 can register for free and receive a Mission u Activity Kit.




Volunteers Needed!

Society of St. Andrew Indiana is seeking eight individuals to volunteer to help bag and distribute apples this Saturday, June 5  from 10AM until Noon in Danville. They are looking for 8 volunteers to help a local orchard clean apples out of their cooler by bagging them up into 10 pound bags and distributing them to local food pantries. 

Click to learn more and sign up on the volunteer calendar.

Note you must sign up by 5:00 pm the day before the event. Precise instructions are sent upon sign up



Check out Metro's Resources Hub, where we have added some additional resource from last week's Community Resources workshop.
If you know of other resources we should share, please let us know by emailing Tina McAninch at metrodirector1923@gmail.com.

 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.


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