A Reflection on Rev. Jen’s Sermon

The gospel reading last Sunday made me think how often people in the Bible seem to get their priorities perfectly wrong. The leader of the synagogue is angry that a rule (yes, maybe an important, foundational rule) has been broken, rather than amazed or relieved that a long-suffering person’s burden was eased. To me, many of Christ’s interactions with people result over and over in the understanding that they… we have ordered our society and ourselves backwards: that we miss the point every time. It can feel like the answer to “What would Jesus do?” is, simply, the opposite of whatever the world teaches us; even, the opposite of what we think is important, or good, or right.

Sometimes, this makes me despair.

What is wrong with us?

Why are we like this?

Why after more than 2,000 years of the Good News are we still like this?

But, Rev. Jen’s answer Sunday made me feel better: Time. Every moment is another chance to practice the topsy-turvy Heaven logic that puts the first last and the last first; that tells us to emulate the birds of the air and lilies of the field; that warns us, even, from trying to save our own lives, lest we lose them. How frightening. How freeing.

Christ’s reasoning does not come easily to us. And even when we do understand what is asked of us, there are so many reasons, internal and external, that we resist doing it. But, thank God, we have a chance to try again tomorrow. The time is always now.

Kate Berry

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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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, August 28 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!

Click here for the service booklet for August 28.

The Latest Updates


Listen up, people! I don’t want to end up with four different versions of this!

Alas! They didn’t listen up! But there is help: on August 30 we will begin reading Garry Wills, What the Gospel Meant, for the next several weeks. This book explores each of the four Gospels and the particular intentions and concerns of each of the canonical Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.


A group is gathering to read and enjoy the poetry of Gerald Manley Hopkins. All are invited. Contact Rev. Jen if you are interested. We are setting the meeting time of the group this week.


Attention High Schoolers! There will be an Episcopal Youth Event—EYE—in 2023 from July 4-8 in College Park, MD. This brings in youth from around the church—22 nations or territories—and is inspiring and heart-lifting. If we have interested youth, I will certainly plan to go. Please pray about this and consider making your plans next summer to include EYE, which happens only once every three years.



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!


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. Please let Renee or Rev. Jen know if you are interested.


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.


You are invited to a parish brunch at the Oldstone-Moores’ after church September 11. We are across the street in the big white house, 601 East Seminary Street.

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
  • Menstrual Pads
  • Tampons

  • Toilet Paper

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
Bernice Emrick, mother of Karen Hirt Mannon
The family of Robert E. Fatzinger, Sr., father of Barbara
Nancy Ferriani and the family of Bob Ferriani, friends of Warren and Connie Macy
Katie Gleichman, relative of Jim Ensley
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:
Saint Christopher’s Church, Carmel; The Rev. Cara Spaccarelli, The Rev. Chana Tetzlaff.

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 Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.

Birthdays: Trudy Selvia, August 30; Daniel Gurnon, September 2

Anniversaries: None

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 Congregational Singing Choir Singing Communion Coffee Hour
Green (low) Masks optional Allowed Masked Both kinds provided Masks optional
Yellow (medium) Masks optional Allowed with mask Masked Both kinds provided Masks optional
Red (high) Masks required Only Choir Masked Bread only 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.


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,

Rev. Jen

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.

  1. From Living Church (an Episcopal magazine): Click here https://afkimel.wordpress.com/2020/02/29/germs-viruses-and-the-common-cup-is-intinction-safer/
  2. 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
  3. 1998 CDC statement Risk of infectious disease transmission from a common communion cup. Click here
  4. Anne LaGrange Loving, “Controlled Study on Intinction: a safer alternative”. Click here
  5. 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).


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