Missioner of the Year Nominations; Metro's Annual Celebration; Seeking Board Members...
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WEDNESDAY WORDS

FROM METRO MINISTRIES, INC.

September 29, 2021

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Call Out: Missioner of the Year Nominations

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Metro Ministries has a long-standing tradition of recognizing individuals, organizations, churches and church groups (eg: UMW of Church ABC) that have demonstrated outstanding missional work in the current year. If you recall last year, we recognized EVERYONE across the Central District for everyone’s perseverance and dedication to being the hands and feet of Jesus, in whatever ways that individually and collectively played out in 2020.

While we do appreciate and recognize the work that you all are doing in your church communities today, this year we want to pay special recognition to individuals and churches/church groups that are going above and beyond the local missional call. We are seeking your nominations for both individuals and organizations/churches/groups that you feel are deserving of this special recognition.

The criteria for Missioner of the Year are as follows:

* Goes beyond the church walls to join WITH people where they are.

* Builds relationships based on love, empathy and respect.

* Steps outside one’s comfort zone to walk alongside individuals and/or communities that may look, sound, live or believe differently.

* Engages in risk-taking mission and service, without consideration for whether or not individuals served will enter one’s own church doors or any church doors.

* Continually bears the light of Christ, through words and actions.

We are asking for nominations to be submitted by completing this ONLINE FORM.  If you prefer, you can complete this  PDF FORM and send to Metro Ministries (via email at metrodirector1923@gmail.com or print and mail to 2560 Villa Avenue, Indianapolis IN, 46203). All nominations must be received by October 17. Individual and church/group Missioner of the Year awards will be determined by Metro’s Community Connections team based on the nominations received and will be announced during Metro’s Annual Celebration on November 4.

Who do you know that exemplifies the above criteria? Who embodies the Central District mission of “Christ-Centered, Community-Connected and Missionally-Centric”? Please share the nomination form and link with others, and let’s see those nominations!

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Metro Ministries, Inc.'s Annual Celebration 2021 will be a livestream event, streamed from Grace United Methodist Church. Stay tuned for all the details coming soon!

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Seeking Board Members!

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Metro Ministries is seeking individuals interested in serving on our Board of Directors. We are blessed to have a dedicated group of folks who believe in our mission of Connecting Resources to Ministries, and we are seeking to extend a capacity with a few more folks.

Some of the skills we most need to reinforce are financial, social media updates, general communication skills and legal/governance skills. 

We plan to hold a Meet and Greet event in October with folks who would like to learn more about serving with Metro Ministries. Please reach out to Tina McAninch at metrodirector1923@gmail.com or (317) 452-4786 if you are interested in learning more.

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Fletcher Fun Friday

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Tickets are on sale for Fletcher Fun Friday, a night of FUNdraising for Fletcher Place Community Center. This Harry Potter-themed event will include a trivia contest, a costume contest, live animals courtesy of Silly Safaris and more!

The event will be both in-person and virtual and will be held Friday, October 8, 2021, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, in person at Hotel Tango Distillery or virtial. Registration is required for either format, as there will be limited in-person seats.

In-person tickets are $25/person and $50/person if attending virtually. Sign up to register HERE.

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NeighborLink Indy BOO Event!

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NeighborLink Indianapolis is proving  that home repair doesn't have to be scary! On Saturday, October 30 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm, they will host at least 50 volunteers to tackle multiple projects for homeowners in need across Indianapolis. Folks can sign up as small groups or as individuals and then split into groups the morning of the event, to head out to projects to be completed that day. For details and to sign up, click HERE. No specific skills are required. Come join me and other volunteers!

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Mondays in October: "What's Justice Got to Do With It?" 4-week Bible study by INUMC Diversity, Mission and Justice Ministries, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Registration is required.

Oct. 2: St. Luke's UMC's Truck Town, 3 - 5 pm

Oct. 8: Fletcher Place Community Center's Fletcher Fun Friday, 7- 9 pm.  Details and registration information are available HERE.

Watch for Trunk or Treat events that are scheduled!

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Did you know that you can access previous weekly issues of Wednesday Words from our website? We have recently updated our Communications page to include short summaries in each week's link. All articles that have been published in 2021 are accessible here. We will continue to make archived newsletters available, at indymetroumc.org/communications

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Check out Metro's Resources Hub!
 
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 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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