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The Conference Board of Laity, in partnership with the Cabinet, is encouraging local churches to engage in Mission Indiana 2015: Share Your Story as missional experience to impact communities across the Hoosier state. Churches are asked to plan local mission activities during the week leading up to AC2015, Saturday May 23 through Saturday, May 30. To share the mission opportunities, churches are asked to provide information to district lay leaders and assistants for others to participate. A special showing of the statewide movement will be planned during the conference. More information will be available on the conference website soon.

Central District Summer’s Garden in Ministry of Southport UMC

Near the time of the Annual Conference Session, each District is encouraging everyone to participate in a local mission project.  One opportunity to serve within the Central District is through Sumner's Garden.

Sumner's Garden is a ministry of Southport United Methodist Church that shares God's love by providing fresh produce to those in need.  The garden is located at 649 Holly Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46221 (~1.5 miles from the Indiana Convention Center). The majority of the garden's produce is given to local food pantries including the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and Hunger, Inc.  Last year, the garden donated nearly 1,400 pounds of produce.  Please visit Sumner's Garden on Facebook to find out more.

On May 28th and 29th, we will be planting, weeding, and preparing the garden for this season.  On May 30th, we will be building a Harvest Table for the garden, so the neighborhood can have produce without disturbing the plants.  We will also be putting up a fence and laying mulch paths between the beds.

If you are interested in serving as part of Sumner's Garden or have questions about the project, please write to If you are coordinating a local mission project near the time of the Annual Conference Session, please let us know by contacting Lisa Morris, 317-452-4786.

Central District Community Outreach opportunities are available. Watch for more sites as they are made available.

  • NeighborLink Indianapolis – 317-286-2740 – Dave Withey –
  • Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity – Needs are always changing – 317-921-2121 – Ted Mosey –
  • Brightwood Community Center – Izera McAfee-Day – 317-546-8200 –


Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the website info, Connect and Volunteer today

Brightwood Community Center is looking for a Midwest Distribution pick up driver, tutor volunteers after school and persons to paint a wall.  Contact Izera McAfee-Day at 317-546-8200 or

Fletcher Place Community Center's "how you can help" list.

Vida Nueva Ministries 

Roberts Park Soups On - Wish List

East Tenth Children & Youth Fundraising Events includes going out to eat and at the same time raising funds for this ministry.

Complete list of Central District Advance Specials


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Pictured below (second from the right) is Elizabeth Harmon, Southport United Methodist Church, at Vida Nueva Ministries summer 2014. Elizabeth is a gift to the Vida Nueva community by answering a call when transportation was needed for Vida Nueva's summer youth program. The past several years Elizabeth has traveled with the youth visiting the Indianapolis sites like the Indianapolis Zoo, Beef & Boards Theater, Children's Museum and eating at restaurants at the Tea Room at the Indiana State Museum, Conner Prairie and China Buffet. The youth have made a great connection and have been blessed by her. 

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Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of 

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East Tenth Dinner 2014

East Tenth UM Children & Youth Fundraiser Metro Ministries Table