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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. We will post your project.
Central District Community Outreach opportunities are available. Watch for more sites as they are made available.
- NeighborLink Indianapolis – 317-286-2740 – Dave Withey – email@example.com
- Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity – Needs are always changing – 317-921-2121 – Ted Mosey – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Brightwood Community Center – Izera McAfee-Day – 317-546-8200 – email@example.com
- Old Bethel UMC, 317-359-9651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Urban Garden Project - see related article below.