Veteran's Day, Anniversary Celebration Highlights, Missioners of the Year & More!
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November 10, 2021




Metro Ministries wishes all Veteran's a Happy Veteran's Day!


Anniversary Celebration Highlights


I hope you were able to join us last Thursday evening, as we celebrated via Livestream, Metro Ministries, Inc.'s 98th anniversary. We celebrated Walking in the Light Together for over 90 minutes by: enjoying beautiful prelude music by Pastor Sunil Kotian and sharing stories of impact from several 2021 grant recipients.

We imagined ourselves as pilgrims walking alongside Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs, enjoyed moments of prayer from Rev. Michael Gant and Rev. Dr. Jenothy Irvine and smiled at and laughed with children from All God's Children Preschool and Pittsboro UMC Preschool.

We heard words of appreciation for all of Metro's board members, particularly for Tom Shryock, Metro's outgoing Board President, and we listened to Tom's words on what Metro has meant to him for the past 11 years.

We watched a slideshow of the year's grant recipients as we listened to "This Is Our Call" by Rev. Joe Johnson. We heard words of gratitude from Amy Sell for our hosts at Grace United Methodist Church, for our event sponsors and for all of our donors. We shared the names of those honored and remembered through generous tribute gifts to Metro, and we heard from Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright the big announcements of this year's Missioners of the Year (see next article).

While we were not together in person, it is my hope that everyone who watched from home felt connected through the various elements of the program.  We are so grateful for everyone who joined us. If you were not able to join us last week, I invite you to watch the recording when you have a chance. You can access HERE anytime.

As we now turn to wrapping up these last weeks of 2021, we are also looking forward to making new connections and building new relationships in 2022. We hope you will continue to walk alongside us, as we close out Metro's first century next year. 


Metro's 2021 Missioners of the Year

Several weeks ago, we asked you all for nominations of individuals, churches and organizations, that you felt met the criteria for Missioners of the Year. You responded with great nominations, making our job of choosing recipients a difficult one. We are sure though, these folks are very much worthy of this recognition.

Sandy and Todd Frauhiger


Sandy and Todd Frauhiger are faithful members of Bethel UMC, where they are active Commissions members and Youth Group leaders. Sandy and Tood were instrumental in launching a new outreach ministry this year, Bethel's Sweet Cheeks Diaper Pantry. They envisioned this as an outreach opportunity to the Pike community and a way to enhance ministry activity with Bethel Early Childhood Academy (BECA).

Sandy and Todd sought to partner with Indiana Diaper Bank and were approved to receive monthly allotments of diapers. They also applied for and received a grant from the Indiana Conference Diversity, Mission and Justice Ministries and responded to Metro's callout for Expressions of Interest earlier this year, receiving funding from the anonymous Family Foundation who partnered with Metro this year.

Sandy and Todd's contributions to the pantry have not let up for a minute since the program launched, as one or both of them can be seen unloading diapers from Indiana Diaper Bank each month and then again at each pantry giveaway. Their focus on this new initiative has not diverted them from continuing to work tirelessly keeping Bethel's food pantry stocked, nor has it interrupted their service to Children's Moments, Giving Sunday sermons and leadership and participation in Bible studies. Sandy and Todd Frauhiger are shining examples of God's servants.

Shared Blessings Community Food Pantry


Shared Blessings Food Pantry has been in operation out of Danville UMC for 15 years. What began as a small pantry out of a closet serving two to three families a week, has grown to serving over 4,600 families in 2020. No longer operating out of a closet, rather the pantry has spacious and open area in Danville UMC's lower level.

The pantry is a collaboration with several churches, businesses and individuals in Hendricks county and serves anyone in the county in need of food. The pantry is a member of the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition, an organization that works to maximize the positive impact of all of the food pantries in the county.

Diane DeMontelle is the pantry director who recruits and oversees upwards of 100 volunteers in any given month. Volunteers come from across the community and beyond, including DePauw University campus where Diane’s daughter attends. While operations had to change in 2020 from a shopping experience to a drive-through model due to the pandemic, Diane and her army of volunteers pivoted without missing a beat.

Last winter on a Saturday, temperatures were very low and there was a heavy snow. Several regular shoppers called that day, concerned the pantry would be closed. Instead, volunteers brought in portable space heaters that heated up the outdoor area, and extension lights were placed to light up the entire parking area. Nearly eighty families came through the pantry line that evening, while sixty volunteers braved the weather to make sure the families got what they needed. So many volunteers showed up, not in spite of the weather conditions, rather because of the severe weather conditions. They knew the pantry’s services were needed more than ever.


Metro Ministries is pleased to congratulate Sandy and Todd Frauhiger as this year's Individual Missioners of the Year and Shared Blessings Community Food Pantry as this year's Missioner of the Year organization. 


Metro Grants Workshop: Last Chance to Register


The grant workshop sessions for Metro's  2022 Spring Grant Cycle are this week, Thursday 11/11 at 6:00 pm and Saturday 11/13 at 10:00 am. Attendance at ONE workshop session is a pre-requisite for applying for this grant cycle. Workshop registration is still open HERE.

All details are available on Metro's website,

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for this grant cycle but are unable to make either of these workshop sessions, please contact Tina McAninch at or (317) 452-4786 by November 15.


Legacy & Non-Cash Giving


Did you know that  Metro Ministries, churches and non-profit organizations are able to receive non-cash gifts, such as publicly traded securities, life insurance, real estate and more? Did you know that your church and/or organizations such as Metro Ministries can be beneficiaries in your will?

Metro Ministries and the Central District are sponsoring a virtual workshop on non-cash and legacy giving. All are welcome to attend!

Manet Shettle, president of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana will be sharing about the multiple ways that individuals can give, besides through their checkbooks and debit cards. This is a great opportunity to learn ways we may not have thought of to support our churches and organizations like Metro Ministries.

Registration is required for this virtual workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Society of St. Andrew Winter Gleaning Opportunities


Society of St. Andrew is seeking congregations and individuals able to help them glean the Indy Winter Market on Saturdays, from now through March. This season, Indy Winter Market is located at the AMP, 1220 Waterway Blvd, Indianapolis, 46202.

Volunteers are needed each Saturday beginning at noon for just over an hour. This gleaning opportunity involves volunteers handing out bags to all of the Indy Winter Market vendors at 12:00 pm, then beginning at 12:30 collecting the bags filled with vendors' leftover products. Volunteers then deliver the filled bags to Wheeler Mission at 520 E. Market Street downtown.

This is a great opportunity for a church group or congregation to sign up for one or more Saturdays. Volunteers can sign up by creating a volunteer profile at:

Once a profile is created, volunteers can sign up for one or more available shifts. Once signed up, volunteers receive an email from the program coordinator, Ann Radtke, with all the information and instructions needed.


Church Women United World Community Day


All are invited to Church Women United's World Community Day on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 9:45 am. This will be a virtual event via ZOOM. World Community Day has emphasized peace since it began in 1943. The scope has since broadened to include justice, a vital partner of peace. This year's theme is "New Places, New Faces at the Table."

A flyer containing ZOOM link and details can be downloaded HERE. 





November 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm: The HOLIDAY and HOLIDAY exhibit at Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library

November 12, 5 - 7pm: Turkey Noodle Dinner at Mt. Comfort UMC (Drive-thru), $10 meal, funds go to Hope Center Indy

November 13, 4 - 7pm: Fish and Tenderloin Dinner at Grace UMC (Drive-thru), Adult meal $12, Children's meal $6, funds go to December Potato Drop

November 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm: HeavenEarth Church's Recovery Church Thanksgiving, free meal and fun for anyone seeking recovery from addiction, as well as their friends and family members



Church Resources for Bishop's Christmas Offering

Children's messages, social media graphics, bulletin inserts and a message from Bishop Trimble - all are available to use during Advent and Christmas Eve - promoting and supporting the Bishop's Christmas Offering. Resources are available for download from the HERE.




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. 


INUMC Job Posting Board



Did you know the Indiana Conference website has a job posting board of open church staff positions and beyond?

Did you know that churches can post staff job opportunities on the INUMC Conference Job Board?

View current openings HERE, and scroll down to the "Post a Job" button to add your church's open positions.


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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