I am writing you today as we gather from visits with friends and families and to reconnect as a church family. First, let me say… I have missed you. Summers are indeed a wonderful time in our small city and we all find ourselves busy with many things, but in thinking about the joys “within,” I am drawn to thoughts of you.
Last fall, one of our visiting priests shared a quote from Henri Frederic Amiel that said “Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts that travel with us. So, be swift to love. Make haste to be kind.” Many of us have experienced loss and profound hurt these past months, but our small St. Andrew’s family has risen together with support, unconditional love and a spirit of being of service to each other and the outside world.
We are a blessed community. I am blessed to be a part of it and we all share the burden of God’s challenge to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Blessings be upon you and yours,
Connect With Us
Rector’s Office Drop-In Time
Rev. Jen has set her office drop-in day as Wednesday of each week from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. for anyone who would like to stop in and visit. Also, she has chosen Mondays as her Sabbath.
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, August 14 led by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.
You can connect to the service via Zoom. Click on this link to connect. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom, go ahead and do that. When you enter the meeting you should be able to see and hear others and others can see and hear you. If you come in a little late, please listen for a moment before speaking. In order to see everyone, go to Gallery view (upper right on PCs and upper left for Macintosh). When we get started everyone except the speaker will be muted. If you are reading or playing music, please be sure to unmute yourself.
If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 858 0497 0006 and press #, then enter the password: pray and press # again. NOTE: This is a new ID number as of April 4, 2022 so be sure to enter the new information!
On Tuesdays we will be reading and discussing the Gospel passage that is assigned for the following Sunday. The Gospel passage for Sunday, August 21 is Luke 13:10-17; it will be our text for the August 16 Bible study. You can always find the week’s Bible readings at lectionarypage.net/YearC_RCL. For the Season Pentecost 2022, we are in Year C, and we will use Track One readings. Hope to see you there!
NEW PHOTOS NEEDED
We are in need of updated photos for the St. Andrew’s website so please remember to take pictures of any events or happenings and send them into the church office. Thank you!
CALLING ALL ACOLYTES!
We will have acolyte teams serving beginning in September. Acolytes help with worship, from lighting candles and ringing bells to carrying the Gospel and leading with the cross and many other things, too. We will meet Sunday right after church August 14th to find albs (the white robes) and to have an introduction to acolyte work. You will be able to use the materials and see what it feels like to move with them in the sanctuary. If you would like to be an acolyte and cannot be there Sunday, we will find another time. Please also be ready to sign up for anyone is welcome to join an acolyte team at any time during the year–just let Renee or Rev Jen know.
AD HOC GROUP: Poetry of Gerald Manley Hopkins
We are in the process of organizing a second group in addition to the Bible Study group that meets on Tuesdays at 4.30. This group will look at the poetry of Gerald Manley Hopkins, a 19th century poet and English Jesuit whose distinctive poems are full of unusual rhythms and gorgeous imagery and words. Hopkins was working out his own experiences, feelings and commitments to the Holy in his poetry, and the poems are evocative and beautiful.
If you would like to be a part of this group, let Rev. Jen know. Once we know who is interested we will find a time to meet.
One of Hopkins’ poems, in case you’re not familiar with his style:
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies catch flame As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies dráw fláme; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying Whát I do is me: for that I came.
Í say móre: the just man justices; Kéeps gráce: thát keeps all his goings graces; Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is— Chríst—for Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men’s faces.
COVID PROTOCOL UPDATE
Given the recent rise in COVID rates, we will send an email each Friday to alert you to the protocol of the coming Sunday. Please be prepared to be masked; masks will be provided at the doors for your convenience. We pray that this current variant pass soon, and that those who are infected are quickly restored to health.
SAVE THE DATE-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
We will have an all parish event (brunch, lunch, lupper–you can call it what you will) right after church on Sunday, September 11. Stay tuned for details!
Prayers and Reflections for This Week
We have heard that the daily reflections and scripture readings provided during Lent were appreciated. The meditations are written by persons from Saint Andrew’s, Gobin UMC and Beech Grove UMC. They will be in the newsletter each week and go from Wednesday to Tuesday, except for Sunday. Whether you enjoy these every day or as the Spirit moves you, may this resource continue to bring you spiritual food for the journey. Blessings!
Click here to view the readings and accompanying links.
Non Food Pantry Latest
Saturday, August 27
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution coordinated by Alex Roehrkasse and sack lunches will be served. We are very grateful to Kate Berry, Martha Rainbolt, Carl Huffman, Karen Hirt Mannon, and Christiane Wisehart who have worked very hard to obtain supplies for the Non-Food Pantry. Kroger is not able to acquire enough products for us so the items are being purchased from a variety of sources. This is much more expensive. Donations to help offset this extra cost will be gratefully accepted!
Top 3 Needed Items
Your prayers are asked for:
The family of Jack Angleton, brother of Peggy Angleton
Haile Bane, grandson of Joanne Haymaker Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Lee Bird, nephew of Lucy Wieland
Douglas Butler, brother-in-law of Claudia Butler
Richard A. Butler, father-in-law of Claudia Butler
The family of Mark and Karen Cummings, friends of Jen+
Bernice Emrick, mother of Karen Hirt Mannon
The family of Robert E. Fatzinger, Sr., father of Barbara Paré Nancy Ferriani and the family of Bob Ferriani, friends of Warren and Connie Macy Katie Gleichman, relative of Jim Ensley
The family of Cyndamarie Gunn, friend of Jen+ Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel and Stephanie Gurnon
The family of Roxanne Harrison, friend of Jen+
The family of Bob Haymaker
Shandol Hoover, friend of Dave and Sue Murray
Terumi Imai, friend of Jen+ Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
Judy Lepper, aunt of Trudy Selvia Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Mike Majors Sr., father-in-law of Renee Majors Mary Mountz
Bryan Murray and the Murray family Lucas Murray, grandson of Dave and Sue Murray Gordon Redden
The family of Margaret Sammons, friend and colleague of Jen+ The family of Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
Mike Schmidt, brother of Renee Hood Elizabeth and Natalie Sheffler, daughter and granddaughter of Page and Narda Cotton Gloria Smith
The family of Susan Stewart, friend of Jen+ Skip Sutton Karen Swalley, friend of Joanne Haymaker Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Clergy and students of diocesan campus ministries: The Rev. Robert Abner, Episcopal and Lutheran Campus Ministries at Ball State University; The Rev. Samuel Vaught, Grace Unlimited at Butler and IUPUI; The Rev. Dr. Hilary Cooke, Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Purdue University; The Rev. Ed Bird, Episcopal Campus Ministry at Indiana University; The Rev. Dawn Black, United Campus Ministries, Terre Haute (serving Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College); the campus ministries of DePauw University; Hanover College; Wabash College, and the University of Southern Indiana.
Our companion dioceses: The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil: The Most Rev. Mauricio Jose Araujo De Andrade, Primate of Brazil and Bishop of Brasilia. The people and Diocese of Haiti and Saint Andre’s in Mithon.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Extra-Provincial Churches.
Birthdays: Dana Glessner, August 18
Worship COVID policy
The volatile nature of COVID makes it necessary to revise policy for gathering. Beginning immediately, so long as Putnam Country COVID rates are designated as low (green) or medium (yellow) by the CDC, we will be mask optional, except for the choir which is in close quarters.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church COVID policy, revised by Regathering Committee and approved by Vestry, May 17, 2022. This policy is subject to revision as COVID continues to evolve. We welcome your feedback on these policies.
Putnam County COVID rates
Worship in person
Both kinds provided
Allowed with mask
Both kinds provided
Coffee hour suspended
Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.
People may choose to mask at any time.
People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
Masks are recommended in indoor public transportation settings and may be required in other places by local or state authorities.
Masks are always provided and mask wearing always acceptable.
The red, yellow, and green designations of incidence of COVID are taken from the CDC COVID website, https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/ Scroll down and choose “Indiana” and then “Putnam County” to get this week’s numbers.
St. Andrew’s COVID policy is based on both CDC recommendations and directives from the Diocese of Indianapolis.
THE COMMON CUP, INTINCTION, AND FULL COMMUNION
I would like to discuss our returning to communion by wine via the common cup.
Background: The Diocese of Indianapolis has stated that we may return to full communion (both bread and wine), but that receiving the wine can be by common cup only. Several parishioners have had questions about this. Here’s what I’d like you to know at this point.
The Vestry voted and approved our new COVID guidelines recommended by the Regathering Committee.
We might use the words “full communion” to indicate that we are finally back to both bread and wine, but it has ALWAYS been true that taking either one is a complete communion. You do not need both to fully commune.
The choice is yours, Eucharist by Eucharist. You can decide to let the cup pass because you have a cold; if you are worried about others you can pass; you can wait until we return to intinction. Just cross your arms over your chest—or just shake your head and quietly demur.
Yours in health, restoration, liturgical engagement, and literature review,
Most research has shown that the common cup transmits fewer microorganisms than intinction. Counter-intuitive perhaps; the problem with intinction is that some fingers make contact with the chalice and/or wine and the possibility of fecal-oral transmission. I’ve collated several articles for those of you who’d like to read up on this.
From Living Church (an Episcopal magazine): Click here https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2020/02/29/germs-viruses-and-the-common-cup-is-intinction-safer/
The 1943 article by W. Burrows and ES Hemmens about use of silver chalice as safe for communion. It is on JSOTR; I can get the full article if you want it. Click here
1998 CDC statement Risk of infectious disease transmission from a common communion cup. Click here
Anne LaGrange Loving, “Controlled Study on Intinction: a safer alternative”. Click here
1995 controlled study concludes that intinction appears to be less likely to transmit disease (but also notes that this depends on the microbes on the hands of parishioners and priest). Click here https://www.jstor.org/stable/44536847 (another JSTOR article if you’d like me to access it for you).
Special Events and Services
Please feel free to mail your monthly pledges into the office if you’d like. The address is 520 East Seminary Street, Greencastle, Indiana 46135. You can also use this link to make a donation or pay your pledge online. It’s a service of the Diocese, who will forward the monies to Saint Andrew’s.
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service
Sunday, August 14 • In-Person Morning Worship Service, led by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study
Tuesday, August 16 • Hamilton Hall, led by The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 • In-Person Monthly Vestry Meeting, Hamilton Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service
Sunday, August 21 • In-Person Sunday Morning Worship Service, led by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.
Beyond Homeless Distribution
Sunday, August 21 • Harriet Moore is the shepherd for the month of August. Please drop off your items to Hamilton Hall before this date!
August Non-Food Pantry
Saturday, August 27 • Noon to 3:00 p.m. There will be a drive through distribution with sack lunches served.
All Parish Event (Lunch, Brunch, Lupper)
Sunday, September 11 • Immediately following Morning Worship Stay tuned for details.
Beyond Homeless Ministry
The need for supplies goes on at our local shelter for homeless women and children. To sign up, click here for a list of items needed in the next few months.
Beyond Homeless operates a thrift store in the former Monon Restaurant building. To learn more about the mission and services at Beyond Homeless, check out their web page.
Donate Any Time – Drop off your items at the office Monday through Thursday mornings or at Beyond Homeless (309 East Franklin Street, Greencastle). Claudia Butler is the shepherd for the month of July with a drop off date of July 17, 2022.
IndyDio Virtual Abbey
Morning Prayer (except for Sunday morning) and Compline are available LIVE at the IndyDio Virtual Abbey. Morning Prayer is at 8:00 a.m. and Compline (prayer at the end of the day) is at 8:00 p.m. Go to the IndyDio Virtual Abbey Facebook page to join in!