Crooked Creek Food Pantry, Children Matter Most, Project Transformation Volunteer Need, VBS & More
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WEDNESDAY WORDS

FROM METRO MINISTRIES, INC.

June 23, 2021

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Spotlight on Crooked Creek Food Pantry

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Crooked Creek Food Pantry has been serving families and individuals in Pike and Western Washington Townships since 2015. As with all food pantries across our communities, Crooked Creek had to change their operations on a dime last March and were able to do so without having to experiencing closure for a single day, rather were able to respond by serving more households than ever before. In 2019, 1,800 households were served on a monthly basis; in 2020 this number increased to 2,000 per month, and so far in 2021, the pantry is averaging 2,200 households per month.

Stephen Claffey, the pantry's president and CEO, had a vision for bringing in a high school student from the community for a paid internship during the summer. His vision would provide an experiential learning opportunity for a young person from the community while earning income to support this young person and, indirectly or directly, their family. Unfortunately, the pantry did not have the funds in the budget to do so because of many unexpected expenses due to the pandemic and the uptick in households served. 

St. Luke's UMC is a key partner of Crooked Creek Food Pantry, offering support through volunteers, food and financial contributions. St. Luke's responded this past April to Metro Ministries' request for Letters of Interest to receive funds from the anonymous Family Foundation, by asking for funds to directly support the pantry's high school student internship program. Funds were awarded, and Stephen moved forward with seeking the best candidate.

Last Thursday, I was able to tour the pantry and speak with Stephen. In what was certainly a God Moment, I just happened to be there when Stephen was interviewing a young lady for the intern position. He was so impressed with the candidate, that he offered the internship on the spot. I got to meet Caliyah, a fifteen year old student at George Washington High School who who accepted the offer and started on Monday. Caliyah is an A student and volleyball player who wants to pursue a career in medicine, focusing on oncology. 

Congratulations to Caliyah on this great summer opportunity! And thank you to Crooked Creek Food Pantry for your dedicated service to your community!

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CHILDREN MATTER MOST

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At the Annual Conference last week, updates were provided on the Children Matter Most initiative that was launched during last year's Annual Conference. Two resolutions were presented and passed regarding how the Conference and all IN UM churches can focus on caring for our children. Rev. Jennifer Huff, Chair of the the Children Matter Most Initiative, spoke of the four focus areas:
  • Non-violence
  • Food insecurity
  • Education
  • Mental health

In this VIDEO, Rev. Huff with Rev. Angelo Mante and Sara Daniels shared messages of hope as well as a call to action for all of us to do more to build a better world and future for all children.

The INUMC website contains  more details on the initiative and the team, as well as a SURVEY to express your interest in helping with the work of this initiative.

Stay tuned for future updates on the initiative and how Metro Ministries, Inc. is doing what we can to demonstrate to all children that "Jesus loves them and so do we."
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Volunteers Needed: Project Transformation

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This year's Project Transformation program at Cumberland UMC is in need of volunteers to read one-on-one with children during the remaining four weeks of the program. If you have a few hours available one or more days between now and July 21st, sign up HERE. 

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Help Wanted: Shalom Preschool at Roberts Park UMC

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In case you have not seen this in recent weeks' newsletters, Shalom Daycare at Roberts Park UMC continues to seek full and part-time childcare workers. This is an opportunity for someone who may not have background in childcare but is available as little as a few hours per week to assist full-time staff. 
 
They are seeking to fill three vacant full-time positions, and they would also greatly benefit from gaining part-time helpers, individuals willing to commit to as few as 10 hours a week, up to a few hours each day. Previous professional childcare experience is not required, only a commitment to provide quality care to children in Shalom's charge, following the center's training and protocols. Pay is based on experience but is well above current minimum wage. All new hires are required, prior to starting, to have completed a drug test (paid for by Shalom) and a background check (fees currently waived in Indiana). Additionally, new staff must complete 10 hours of online training, which is paid after completion and can be done at home or at Shalom.
 
Shalom Daycare provides children with trained caregivers in an environment where every child experiences numerous positive learning opportunities and healthy play for their physical, social and cognitive growth. Shalom Daycare leadership and staff seek to instill self-confidence, kindness and creativity in every child that comes through their doors. If you or someone you know feels led to help meet this need, please check out Shalom's webpage for more information and the application. Interested individuals with questions are encouraged to reach out to Lisa Ankney at 317-635-3397 or shalom.daycare@robertsparkumc.org.
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Mission u 2021

There's Far More Here

THAN MEETS THE EYE

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.

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Global Leadership Summit 2021
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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.

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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.
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FOOD RESOURCES 
 
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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 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 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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