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This week's Metro Easter video highlights Southport UMC's Feed a Need program and demonstrates how their faith and their actions led to a new partnership.          


Last Call for Expressions of Interest!

The Foundation has requested that Metro Ministries be the organization that oversees the distribution of these funds to United Methodist churches in the Central District, amounts will be between $2500 - $5,000 per church.

Other stipulations from the Foundation are that the funding go to churches that directly address one or more of these target areas created or exacerbated by COVID-19 19: 

  • Food banks
  • Housing
  • Employment problems 
  • Education needs

For example, housing encompasses emergency needs such as rent and utilities; employment would cover expenses like car repairs, insurance and licensing to enable transportation to work; and education needs would support children and families with expenses connected with e-learning and/or summer enrichment programs.

If your church is interested in being a recipient of the funding, an Expression of Interest is needed by April 16th. The EOI (Expression of Interest) should be sent via email to metrodirector1923@gmail.com and should contain three paragraphs, covering:

  1. The mission or intent of the program being funded
  2. The purpose of the request, confirming that an existing program addressing one or more of the categories mentioned above is being enhanced by this funding
  3. A description of the total budget for the project and how these funds will address the need.   

Keep in mind that the funding is limited, so your EOI may not result in a funding award.This is also a time-sensitive opportunity, as EOIs will only be accepted through April 16.

We have assembled this FAQ sheet about this opportunity. For clarification and other questions, please contact either Tina McAninch, Metro Ministries Executive Director at metrodirector1923@gmail.com or Jeanette Moody,  Chairman, Grant Committee at lflmoody48@sbcglobal.net.          



We Want to Hear from You!

Metro Ministries has begun planning an ongoing workshop series within the next couple of months. Several individuals have completed our survey, but we would like to hear from more folks on what topics would be helpful to our churches. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to complete this brief Survey. We will be announcing our first workshop within the next two weeks.



Faith & Action Spring Conference Is Tomorrow!



Registration is still open for tomorrow's Faith and Action Project Spring Conference. Click HERE for event information and to register.
Note: if you plan to apply for a 2021 Faith and Action grant, attendance at this conference is required.



Farmers Market Voluntee Gleaners Needed!

Society of St. Andrew Indiana is seeking church support in gleaning efforts at Indianapolis area farmers markets this year. They are seeking churches to commit to gleaning for one month. The months of June, August and October are currently available at:
  • Garfield Farmers Market, Saturdays 12-1pm
  • Downtown City Market, Wednesdays 1-2pm
Two volunteers are needed at each location. Contact Ann Radtke if your church can sponsor a month at one of the two locations, or both!, in-glean@endhunger.org or 317.607.004.              



Plug In at Camp!

Check out the 2021 Impact 2818 Camp Booklet! The booklet contains this year's schedule, information on fees, safety guidelines, registration information and more!             



The Central District Lay Servant Academy is offering Living our United Methodist Beliefs course in two successive Sunday afternoon Zoom sessions on April 18 and 25, 2021. For registration and more details, click HERE.              



Church Women United, Inc.

Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. This national organization is hosting weekly ZOOM sessions on various topics.  Here are the April and May flyers that include the topics and speakers for each week. The sessions are on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

Church Women United also invites you to join their Woman 2 Woman special online event on Saturday, April 24 at 1:00 pm. Click for Event Details, including registration information.                 




Take a moment to check out Metro's Resources Hub on our website, where we now broadly share resources in the categories of:

  • Food & Basic Needs
  • Children & Youth
  • COVID-19
  • Mental Health
  • Racial & Social Justice
  • Central District & Conference

If you know of other resources we should share, please let us know by emailing Tina McAninch at metrodirector1923@gmail.com.            




These Food Resources will continue to be shared weekly here and are now available on Metro's Resources Hub. Please note the information on these linked pages is subject to change frequently. For the most current information, use the links rather than printed documents.

For Food Pantries and Community Meal information in Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Morgan and Shelby counties, click HERE.

Farmers to Families distributions in Johnson County in April: 16th and 23rd, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Note: Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Morgan County remaining April pantry dates are April 19 and 30th, from 2-6 p.m.  

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