MLK Day of Service Impact

On January 15, 2024, more than 700 Hoosier United Methodists joined with Americorps to live out Dr. King’s dream of building beloved community. 

The Indiana Conference offered nine church host sites where people could serve. Additionally, there were two educational opportunities and three other opportunities where people could serve remotely.

Groups large and small all served in their unique ways in their communities. St. Luke’s UMC (Indianapolis) had 80 people participate in a variety of ways—from setting up exercise equipment at a local ministry, to packing meals, bundling diapers and writing notes for foster families.

Meanwhile, a couple from Shiloh UMC (Kokomo) took it upon themselves to create meals for elderly people who are unable to cook for themselves. 

Methodists young and old all participated. Roanoke Seminary UMC had five adults, 2 youth, and 3 children serve to organize and restock the community food pantry. Twelve Purdue students at the Wesley Foundation wrote letters to shut-ins from area churches to be delivered by students at a later date. 

First UMC (Bloomington) made blankets, wrote notes, and packed hygiene kits for people who are unhoused in their community. They also hosted a social justice fair with representatives from community agencies. 

Elkhart Trinity hosed an interdenominational worship service put on by the NAACP to celebrate the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In the North District, three churches (Evangel Heights, First UMC in South Bend, and Lydick UMC) came together to collectively serve meals at First UMC’s soup kitchen. 

Scott UMC (Indy) wrapped cutlery, prepared food, and served meals at Wheeler Mission. 

Clinton First UMC offered a free laundry day at a local laundromat. 

It is impossible to capture all of the ways Hoosier United Methodists served on this MLK Day of Service, but the Diversity, Missions, and Justice Team (DMJ) at INUMC is pleased with the outcome.

“Our communities need us and Dr. King believed that it was important for the church to play an active role in the uplifting of the community. So what a blessing to honor his legacy by seeing United Methodists serving all across this great state on the anniversary of his birth,” said Lan Davis Wilson, Associate Director of Diversity, Missions, and Justice. 

DMJ looks forward to providing more opportunities for people to get involved during the MLK Day of Service next year.