Gratitude Message, Upcoming Events
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November 24, 2021


My Gratitude Tree



A printing vendor sent Metro a kit to transform a plastic tree, a tiny string of lights, punch-out shapes and clips into a seasonal tree. So I t thought I'd share it with you today. This is my Gratitude tree.

You probably can't read all of my leaves from this picture. On this Thanksgiving Eve, these are the things that first came to mind: my husband, my dogs, having ENOUGH, prayer, my pastors, relationships, God's mercy,  our uniqueness, our similarities, and HOPE.

There are many more things for which I'm so thankful, but I was only given ten leaves.  You can probably tell that I made a personal Gratitude tree with my ten leaves.

If I were to make a Gratitude tree on behalf of Metro Ministries, many of the same leaves would be on it. One that is missing is YOU. I am grateful for each and every one of you who opens our weekly email, each of you who reaches out to me with something to include in the newsletter, each of you who shares your stories, your time, your talents, your treasures with Metro Ministries. I am so grateful for YOU!

What are you grateful for today? What things first come to your mind? I pray that you are able to name at least ten, and I pray that you have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

Peace & Blessings,





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.






Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day:  Meal at Jamestown UMC, Call the church to register, 765-676-6221

Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Meals to Go, Barnes UMC at 12:00 pm




Dec. 4: Mt. Comfort UMC Holiday Bazaar, 9am – 3pm

Dec. 4:  Bartlett Chapel UMC Breakfast with Santa, 8am

Dec. 11: Greenwood UMC Christmas Organ Concert 4pm

Dec. 25: Christmas Dinner at Grace UMC


Are there upcoming events at your church or in your community you'd like published? Email Tina McAninch at!



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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