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April 28, 2021 


This is the final week for our Lenten and Easter video moments. I hope you you will take a few minutes for this week's VIDEO recorded by First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble, as she shares about West Newton UMC's connections to the children in their community. 
First Lady also prays for all children, that not one of them be left behind.




Metro's First Workshop!

We are excited to ask you to SAVE THE DATE of May 27, 2021 when Metro Ministries will be hosting "Connecting Others to Community Resources". We are working to confirm on time and will have at least four panelists to offer their perspectives and experiences in providing helpful community resource information to the folks they serve.
Details will be flushed out, panelists will be announced and event registration will be available in next week's newsletter. Stay tuned!





Anonymous Foundation Awards

Metro Ministries, Inc. has been blessed with a financial gift from a Family Foundation who wishes to remain anonymous. We were asked to disburse the funds to United Methodist Churches in the Central District who have active programs that directly serve individuals in their communities.
Metro announced our request for Expressions of Interest a few weeks ago, based on the Foundation's request. The Foundation wanted to ensure their funds went to churches that were addressing needs that either arose from or were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


We are so excited to announce the following churches as the recipients of this generous gift:

  • Bethel UMC
  • Chapel Hill UMC
  • Christ Indy UMC
  • Franklin Grace UMC
  • Greenwood UMC
  • Irvington UMC
  • North Salem UMC
  • Old Bethel UMC
  • St. Luke's UMC

Congratulations to all of these churches and thank you for the ways in which you serve your neighbors!

And to the Family Foundation, it is an honor to be able to work with you!.



Tomorrow: United Methodist Women

Faith Talks on Gun Violence

This month's UMW Faith Talks webinar is on gun violence and ways to prevent it. While this topic had been planned for some time, it is unfortunaly even more relevant to us here in Indianapolis than it was before last Thursday's mass shooting at the west side Fed-Ex ground facility.
Jennifer R. Farmer will host and interview three women leaders from across the country who are working in their communities and nationally, advocating for public policy to end gun violence in the U.S.
The webinar will be held tomorrow, April 29 at 2:00 pm. REGISTER to join.


Farmers Markets Gleaning Volunteers 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!             



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 is the May flyer that includes the topics and speakers for each week. The sessions are on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.




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 continues April 30, May 7 and May 21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Metro Ministries, Inc.   2560 Villa Avenue   Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
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