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February 24, 2021

Metro Lenten Moment

This week's Metro Lenten Moment is brought to you by Amy Sell, Metro's Fundraising Chair. Today Amy shares about her passion for working with kids and how Project Transformation Indiana has made a difference in the lives of children in Indianapolis. Amy's message of devotion is around gratitude. Click to view today's Metro Lenten Moment.

Watch for next week's devotion and sharing about another 2020 Metro Grant Recipient. We will continue to share a short video each week through the end of April.

Getting Back to Lent Campaign

Metro Ministries says Thank You! to everyone who joined our Lenten Season Kickoff last Saturday. And thank you to everyone who has already given towards Metro's Getting Back to Lent campaign.

We are hoping to raise at least $4,000 towards our 2021 Grants program by asking folks to set aside at least $1/day during this season of Lent and make that a donation to Metro Ministries. You can click on the image below to make a donation now, or you may mail a check to Metro's office at 2560 Villa Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203. 

Will you help us reach our $4,000 goal?

Camping is back in 2021! Impact 2818, a ministry of the United Methodist Churches of Indiana, was unable to offer camps in 2020 due to COVID-19, but the folks at Impact 2818 and throughout the Indiana Conference are excited to announce this year's Camp Schedule.

For full details of each campsite and improvements made during the 2020 downtime, view this Conference Announcement.

The Camp Scholarship program is currently open, click to Apply for Scholarships.

Project Transformation Hosts Connection & Conviction Virtual Series

Project Transformation National will host a conversation on young adult vocational discernment with Dr. Patrick Reyes, on Thursday, February 25 at 12:30pm ET. Dr. Reyes, a Chicano practical theologian, educator and institutional strategist, will discuss what vocational discernment looked like for him, a young person growing up in one of America's most under-resourced communists.  Click HERE for registration information and more details on this free virtual event. Click for a downloadable flyer.

Project Transformation exists to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults and churches in purposeful relationships. Through a national network of affiliated chapters, including Project Transformation Indiana, the organization provides leadership development and ministry exploration experiences for young adults, who in turn, implement holistic programs for children. Project Transformation engages with United Methodist churches to host these programs, often creating a bridge between a local church and its community.

Application Window for Ministry With the Poor Grants Opens March 1

The Mission and Justice Ministries Team is making Ministry With the Poor Matching Grants available for Indiana Conference churches. The 2021 application window is March 1 - April 30, 2021. 

For criteria and more details visit THIS PAGE on INUMC's website.

World Day of Prayer March 5, 2021

Friday, March 5 is World Prayer Day this year. World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen's initiative that is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday. The Christian Women United organization is inviting all that are able to join one of two virtual sessions this March 5. 

You can join the 2:00pm Zoom meeting by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87864707538?pwd=MERKMlhlRzBkdFloaTlVOWluQThpQT09

or the 7:00pm Zoom meeting by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81815440678?pwd=TEFDK1huR0N4Umlkdi9kWDc0cnZjZz09. The links will take you to the Zoom session at the scheduled time.

Food Box Drive-Thru Distribution in Johnson County

This Friday is the last Friday for this round of Food Box Distribution in Johnson County. Food boxes are being distributed at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin from 11am - 1pm. The distribution is part of the USDA's Farmers to Families program, initiated in April 2020. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The distribution will be drive-thru only with face masks and social distancing required. 

Black History Month

Check out this web portal of resources, a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Central District Book Study

February 28 is the last session around  the book Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation. The session will be via ZOOM from 6:00 - 7:30 pm . The ZOOM link is here or you may dial in via phone 888 788 0099 US Toll-free, Meeting ID: 937 710 6582.

Other Central District News and Events

Lay Leader Training

The 2021 Central and West District Lay Leader Training will be held via ZOOM and presented by the District Lay Leaders. This training session is for those who serve as local church lay leaders (the Book of Discipline position). An effective lay leader functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation.
Saturday, March 6    
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
ZOOM Link here or dial by your location, 888 788 0099 US Toll-free, Meeting ID: 937 710 6582




Central District Conference

Please mark your calendars for the Central District Conference. It will be held on ZOOM Saturday, March 13 at 10:00 AM ET. Click here for more information about District Conference. 

Children and Youth resources shared in prior weeks:

Please let us know if you have resources to share!

These Food Resources will continue to be shared weekly here and will also soon be available on Metro's website. 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.

Note: Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Morgan County March pantry dates are March 3, 15 and 26, from 2-6 p.m.


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