Community Connections

Opportunity to be in Mission

“Come Early” to the 2012 Annual Conference in Indianapolis for an opportunity to be in mission, Wednesday, June 6. There are many activities from which to choose from Habitat for Humanity house builds and home dedication to home repairs for the elderly to installing a playground to knitting hats for babies to serving a meal or writing notes of encouragement. Registration is $30 and includes a tee-shirt, transportation to and from the work sites, and lunch.

Aren’t able to come early? Help us make a big impact at annual conference by giving a tax deductible gift through Metro Ministries. Gifts of any size will have a positive impact on the lives of those in our community.

If you’re not attending annual conference as a member, you can register as a guest to avoid the conference fee and then register for missions: You’ll still need to pay $30.

  • Habitat for Humanity – Work one or two shifts participating in the 100th anniversary celebration of the Church Federation of Indianapolis building blitz in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. You’ll be getting a house ready for its June 7th dedication and working on three other Habitat homes. Work will include construction, cleaning, minor landscaping, and final touchups to the home.
    Need 100 volunteers (75 construction; 25 cleaning/landscaping). Tools provided; bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes.
  • Home Rehabs – Partner with the Central Indiana Council on Aging and the Martindale-Brightwood Community Development Corporation to provide needed repairs to homes for senior citizens. Work will include door and window repairs; steps, stairs, handrails; carpentry and masonry repair and construction; and drywall work. Some skills needed but volunteers willing to learn are also welcome. Please indicate specific skills when you register. Those with specific skills will be contacted by the team leader.
    Need ten teams of eight volunteers each (a total of 80). Bring work gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and bring tools you are asked to provide.
  • Brightwood Community Center Playground – Help install a new playground for the Brightwood Community Center at St. Paul-Brightwood UMC, 2410 Station Street. Skilled supervision provided. Bring work gloves and wear sturdy shoes.
    Need 20 volunteers.
  • Robert’s Park United Methodist Church, 401 N. Delaware Street –  A variety of opportunities will be available.
    • Paint tiles for a mural to be displayed at the Indianapolis Convention Center – all supplies provided. Unlimited number of volunteers can participate.
    • Knit hats for babies. Depending on the number made, hats will be distributed around the state. Bring your own knitting needles or crochet hook. Patterns and a limited supply of yarn will be available. Unlimited number of volunteers can participate.
    • Write notes of encouragement for Brightwood volunteers; people who participate in Robert’s Park outreach programs; and Habitat for Humanity homeowners.
      Unlimited number of volunteers can participate.
    • Pack lunches to hand out as part of the Robert’s Park feeding ministry.
      Unlimited number of volunteers can participate.
    • Serve a meal at the Robert’s Park Soup’s On feeding ministry. Food will be prepared so all you need to do is set up, serve, and clean up.
      Need 35 volunteers.

Open to all

June 6: Family Night at Brightwood Community Center, 2410 Station Street. Join the Brightwood community as they celebrate their Kid’s Club graduates kick off Summer Camp sign ups. There will be craft tables, a bounce house and a cookout of hot dogs and hamburgers. A free will offering will be taken to support the programs of Brightwood.

June 7: Celebrate the dedication of a Habitat for Humanity homeat 24th and Gale Streets in Indianapolis.

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Lucille Raines Residence tour

Take advantage of your time in Indianapolis by touring the Lucille Raines Residence at 947 N. Pennsylvania Street, on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Free shuttles will run from the north side of the Convention Center at the Maryland Street entrance on Wednesday afternoon leaving at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and again Thursday morning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. Lucille Raines Residence is a facility owned and operated by the United Methodist Women of Indiana. Many of the men and women, who are residents, are actively engaged in rebuilding their lives from substance abuse. They all share in learning to function independently and as whole people in life. Many are finding Christ to be the source of successful recovery.

5K Run, Walk, Stroll for Imagine No Malaria

The Indiana Conference Mission and Advocacy Team, the West District of the Indiana Conference and Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in Greencastle are sponsoring an Imagine NO Malaria “Change the World” 5K Run/Walk/Stroll on the Downtown Canal in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 7 from 7 to 11 a.m. All are welcome to join the 5K Run/Walk/Stroll being held immediately before the Indiana Annual Conference to benefit Imagine No Malaria. To register for this event, please download the 5K Run/Walk/Stroll registration form here and sponsor sheet here. Questions about this event can be directed to Ann Newton at For more information about the United Methodist Imagine NO Malaria campaign, visit Registration fee $10 includes water and tee-shirt.

Family Night at Monument Circle

Join us on Friday June 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. for FREE family fun! There'll be food, games and crafts, plus performances from The Celebration Puppeteers and local artists. This will take place on Monument Circle, a few blocks northeast of the convention center in the heart of downtown Indy at N. Meridian and Market Streets. LOCAL CONGREGATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SPONSOR A SPOT ON THE CIRCLE! Please contact Helene Foust at or 317-564-3253 for more information.

Indianapolis Indians baseball game

Saturday evening, 7:05 p.m., United Methodists will head to Victory Field, Indianapolis to cheer Bishop Mike as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch during the Indianapolis Indians game. A United Methodist choir will sing the National Anthem and UM youth will sing during the seventh-inning stretch. Tickets are $7 each and can be ordered through the Annual Conference online registration form.