A Message from the Junior Warden:

John, Otto, and I have just returned from a wonderful month in Barreiro, Portugal. But, like every time we come back from a long trip, I am filled with anxiety when I see the changes that have occurred in our house while we’ve been away. Thanks to excellent neighbors, our grass and dogs are well cared for, but the house I thought I left in pristine condition is covered in dust, mountains of dog hair, and often worse. As soon as we get home, I scrub, sweep, and vacuum as quickly as possible, all the time feeling guilty that I neglected a place I’m supposed to care for.

This latest time, as I was fretting and cleaning sludge from the sink, it dawned on me that my perceived neglect of the house is much less important than the birthdays I’d missed, phone calls and emails I hadn’t returned, and the disruption of my regular social rhythm of things like visits with friends and Sundays at church. I may not be able to see the cobwebs accumulating on those things, but they are there all the same.

I am incredibly lucky that my family gets to take long trips to interesting places – I enjoy these trips, try not to take them for granted, and am not interested in fully giving them up –, but there is a cost to taking a break from your life and I have been calculating it wrong. I have felt a sense of crushing responsibility to my carpet, fridge, and toilet, but have thought less about my responsibility to my community and the people who make up my life. So, as a sort of half-way to New Year’s resolution, I plan to tend to my social bonds and try to let the other stuff matter less to me. (Anyone who drives by our yard will see how well I’m learning this lesson; the ragweed is taller than I am!) I intend to tie myself tighter to the people around me and make up for the time I’ve missed with them. I am so looking forward to seeing you all again.

With love,

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. You are always invited to make an appointment for a time convenient for you. Mondays are her Sabbath day. NOTE: Rev. Jen will be out of the office Friday, August 25.

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost  

Sunday Morning In-Person Morning Worship Service, August 13, led by The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore, 10:15 a.m.

You can stream the service via St. Andrew’s Facebook Page. Click on this link to view the Live Stream. We will start the Live Stream 5 minutes prior to the start of the service.

Click here for the service booklet for August 13.

The Latest Updates


Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and return it to Renee at the St. Andrew’s office. We are looking forward to a new program year and would like your input. You can X, put a checkmark, bold, or whatever to indicate the options of interest to you. Thank you! Please click here for the link. Additional hard copies can be found in your pews this Sunday also.


Our church is committed to the well-being and safety of all, especially for the vulnerable. To provide a safe environment, we have two adults present in the youth Sunday school classrooms. Please consider being a volunteer as the second adult in the Elementary Youth Sunday School. This is an occasional commitment for the first half of the Sunday service (you would come back to the sanctuary at the Peace). Our Youth Director, Macie Barker, will teach the class. Volunteers are certified for Safe Church through an on-line course similar to many that businesses and schools require. Please consider being a volunteer!


There are still several inside and outside projects that need doing to maintain our church and grounds and keep them beautiful. Kate Berry, Junior Warden, has compiled a list that can be accessed in the electronic newsletter. Please sign up to do a chore or two, if you are able. Click here for sign-up sheet. Thanks in advance!


Please add spray cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner to your shopping list for the NFP. Every little bit helps our budget go farther in helping meet the needs of folks in Putnam County. The Pantry returns on Saturday, August 26. There is a sign-up sheet posted in Hamilton Hall for folks to help with a product pick-up and/or as well as for help on August 26 at the monthly distribution. FYI: Baskets at church are now dedicated for the NFP and not the food pantry.


Every week the Wednesday St. Andrew’s newsletter has a reflection about life and faith. Most are observations about daily life and where we experience God in the midst of the “same old, same old.” We would love to feature your thoughts – – a few paragraphs that will help us all see more clearly how the Holy One touches us in our ordinary lives. Please let Renee or Jen+ know if you are interested.


We have some large print Day by Day daily devotionals in the sanctuary that you are free to take home for your personal devotions–and if we know that people would like copies, we can order the right amount. Many of you may also appreciate the on-line version of Day to Day. Click here.


The Diocese is offering training for people to become Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV). This training licenses you to take the blessed sacrament to those who cannot come to church, including residents of The Waters. It is a wonderful way to be church! The next training is on September 7. Please consider being a LEV! Contact the Rev. Mary Taflinger at taflinger@indiodio.org with questions. Register here.


The new link can be found on the St. Andrew’s website at the bottom of the last page. Click on the Zoom icon to join as an attendee for Bible studies and meetings.


Once a month Sunday services are continuing at The Waters. The next service will be Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. If you’d like to help with this ministry in any way, please contact Rev. Jen or Renee. All are welcome to attend!


We continue to respond to both our county’s current CDC designation and to the current variant. Masking is optional. Those who serve bread and wine will mask so that anyone who comes to the altar can feel secure. Decisions on COVID policy have moved from the Reconvening Committee to Rev. Jen and the Wardens.

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 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 26

• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a distribution in Hamilton Hall and light lunches will be served inside. We are grateful for all those who have worked so hard to obtain supplies for the Non-Food Pantry. Items are having to be purchased from a variety of sources making it much more expensive. Donations to help offset this extra cost will be gratefully accepted! NOTE: Distributions will resume August 26 with new guidelines and will take place indoors. Participants must provide proof that they live within Putnam County.

Top 3 Needed Items
  • Spray Cleaner

  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Toilet Paper

Your prayers are asked for:

Haile Bane, grandson of Joanne Haymaker
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Douglas Butler, brother-in-law of Claudia Butler
Richard A. Butler, father-in-law of Claudia Butler
Adam Cohen, friend of St. Andrew’s
Anita Edenfield, friend of Skip Sutton
Bob Fatzinger, brother of Barbara Pare
David Grueber, stepson of Scott Kissinger
Kimberley Heithaus, niece of Joe & Jenny Heithaus
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob & Mimi Breese
Mary Mountz
Tom Mullen, father of Patti Harmless
Emmanuel Myril, Karen Hirt Mannon’s son-in-law’s father
Marilyn & Leo Nelson, sister & brother-in-law of Joanne Haymaker
The family of Michael Oldstone, especially his wife Elizabeth, father of Jen+
Gordon Redden
Elizabeth & Natalie Sheffler, daughter & granddaughter of Page & Narda Cotton
Gloria Smith
Skip Sutton
The family of Jerry Taylor, friend of Warren & Connie Macy
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Dwight Ziegler, brother of Stephanie Gurnon

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Clergy and students of diocesan campus ministries: The Rev. Robert Abner, Episcopal & Lutheran Campus Ministries at Ball State University; The Rev. Samuel Vaught, Grace Unlimited at Butler & 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, Terry Haute (serving Indiana State University, Rose-Holman 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 Anglican Church of Chile.

Birthdays: Dana Glessner, August 17.

Anniversaries: None.

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