INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 people from throughout Central Indiana gathered Sunday, Nov. 20, for the United Methodist Metro Ministries Annual Celebration at Christ UMC on the south-side of Indianapolis.

The Missioner of the Year, a tradition to honor a person or group making a difference within a community, honored the Bright Kids Literacy Center Team. The team of individuals from many churches was recognized for mentoring and tutoring youth and children at Brightwood Community Center. Mollette Hall, a member of Barnes UMC, accepted the award on behalf of the team.

The “rest of the story” was shared by Lisa Morris and Jean Casmir-Hill on how Metro Ministries summer youth grant offered East Tenth UM Children and Youth the opportunity to give scholarships to youth that may not have had the opportunity to attend their summer youth program.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of Metro Ministries’ 2011 Summer Youth Program video celebrating 18 summer youth programs. It can be viewed on You

More than 40 Honor, Service and Memorial Awards were presented. Outgoing Metro Board members Amy Zent and Jim Petrow received plaques in appreciation for their service on the Metro Board of Directors. A special citation was given to Mark Eutsler, the out-going Metro Ministries Board of Director’s President in deep appreciation for his service.

Bob Kizer, senior vice-president of Walker Info and member of Emmanuel UMC, received a Metro Board President Citation award for serving as a catalyst to the board of directors in guiding the organization to reach a fuller potential. The award for Kitty Radcliff, vice-president of Walker Info, was accepted on her behalf.

Displays from 25 United Methodist churches, community ministries and United Methodist-related agencies offered participants to collect stamps for their passport to ministries. Youth Gabe McDonald of East Tenth UMC and Benjamin Doliverira of Wesley UMC led the celebration in a devotional litany. Music was provided by Mina Keohane, children’s music director of Carmel UMC.

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Metro Ministries Executive Director Lisa Morris expresses appreciation to (from left), retiring Metro Ministries board president Mark Eutsler, the Rev. David V.W. Owen, executive assistant to Bishop Coyner and the Rev. Bert Kite, superintendent of the Central District.