A Message from a Parishioner:

My journey to St. Andrew’s… Chapters One and Two– I am not a lifelong Episcopalian, starting in the safe confines of the Methodist Church in Norman, OK where I experienced great music, strong Sunday school activities, and meaningful relationships with worship and faith. (To that point– My grandfather was an evangelical, then Methodist minister, plucked from his farmer cornfield in Kansas by an act of God to enter the ministry in Wichita. There is a story there, I assure you!) My parents, both musicians on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma, found a place in their busy schedules to be dedicated to McFarlin Memorial Methodist in Norman, my mother as the organist, my father as vocal soloist and holding down the baritone section of the large choir. My sister (six years older) and I went to church with them, dutifully. Fast forward to my DePauw beginnings, I visited Church of the Advent in Boston on a Sunday when finishing up a convention there in the mid seventies and was completely entranced by the entire service. Soon after that…Chapter Three– I was invited by Art and Maureen Carkeek to attend St. Andrew’s and I have been here ever since. During that time, I met Pam (Maureen’s doing??) and wrote daily poetry to Pam, and on Saturday evenings, when not with her, I put my energy into writing Anthems for the St. Andrew’s choir to read the next morning… When married, we together attended St. Andrew’s, and had our daughter Ashley baptized here and… then watched her grow as she and Kullan Edberg did Christmas pageants, and Ashley then served as an acolyte. (Bob Haymaker was keen to keep her on that track.) St. Andrew’s has been our suborbital trajectory outside of DePauw and is a blessed combination of academic review, emotional landmarks, and considerations and positions of faith, which…

…are complex things. To get to this note’s summary sooner than later– Being steadfast, feeling a sense of belonging, commitment to aspirational aspects of outreach, and following the word, all place the journey squarely in front of you, as those filters and pieces line up, come what may. Though there are always rough patches on any road, the good people and inspired leadership of St. Andrew’s have helped me find the next steps in my journey wherever it started and has traveled.

As I write this, I know that there are others who do have and have told unique stories about their connections to St. Andrew’s and their faith. I look forward to their chapters as I send along my thanks for reading mine!

Orcenith Smith
“on the road”

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. 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 January 2 – January 8, 2024.

The First Sunday After Christmas

Sunday Morning In-Person Lessons and Music, Sunday, December 31, 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 December 31, 10:15 a.m.

The Latest Updates


Both the Altar Guild and Beyond Homeless Shepherds are in need of persons to help out monthly. If you are able to help out a month or two a year or just want more information, please contact Renee in the church office. We are also in need of Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Chalice Bearers, Coffee Hour hosts, Youth Acolytes, 2nd persons in Sunday School room, and The Waters Communion Service helpers.


The bell is up and running again! We are in need of older youth and adults who would like to serve as bell ringers. Please let Renee or Rev. Jen know if you are interested and we’ll see to it that you get the proper training!


Please add body moisturizers (including hand lotions), Fabuloso, Comet, Pine Sol, and shampoo 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 next Non-Food Pantry will be Saturday, January 27 from noon – 2:00 p.m. 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 January 27 at the monthly distribution. FYI: Baskets at church are now dedicated for the NFP and not the food pantry.


Most weeks, the Tuesday Bible and Book group meet at 4:30 p.m. On these Tuesdays, there is a service of Evening Prayer beginning at 4:00 p.m. Don’t be afraid to join in even if you come late.


Our Bible study/books group(s) started up again. We are reading “Belonging” by Karoline Lewis. NOTE: This group will not meet January 2.


Once a month Sunday services are continuing at The Waters. The next service will be Sunday, January 14 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!


The Vestry will meet for it’s monthly meeting in Hamilton Hall.


The Philadelphia Eleven documentary will be shown at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Korb Classroom in the Wabash College Fine Arts Building. After the screening Bishop Jennifer will participate in a panel discussion.


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.


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, January 27

• Noon to 2:00 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: For January we can use Body Moisturizers (including hand lotions), Fabuloso, Comet, Pine Sol, and Shampoo.

Top 3 Needed Items
  • Body Moisturizer (Including Hand Lotion)

  • Fabuloso

  • Comet

Your prayers are asked for:

Peggy Angleton
The family of Gabrielle Antonidias, friend of Jen+
Haile Bane, grandson of Joanne Haymaker
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
Sharon Bone, friend of Emily Knuth
The family of Richard A. Butler, father-in-law of Claudia Butler
Adam Cohen, friend of St. Andrew’s
Mary Ann Crampton, friend of Steve & Kathy Jones
Anita Edenfield, friend of Skip Sutton
Nathan Elson, friend of Michael Knuth
Bob Fatzinger, brother of Barbara Pare
The family of Alan Good, father of Tim Good
Mae Haymaker, granddaughter of Joanne Haymaker
Kimberley Heithaus, niece of Joe & Jenny Heithaus
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob & Mimi Breese
Thad Jones, brother of Steve Jones
Mary Mountz
Tom Mullen, father of Patti Harmless
Marilyn & Leo Nelson, sister & brother-in-law of Joanne Haymaker
Sarah Oldstone, sister-in-law of Jen+
The family of Brian Pohlar, friend of Trudy Selvia and many at St. Andrew’s

Elizabeth & Natalie Sheffler, daughter & granddaughter of Page & Narda Cotton
Gloria Smith
The family of Heidi Stecher, friend of Jen+
Skip Sutton
Karen Swalley, friend of Thom & Gwen Morris
The family of Jerry Taylor, friend of Warren & Connie Macy
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Deb Wilder, sister of Connie Macy
The family of Bill Yeazell, friend of Chris Oldstone-Moore
Dwight Ziegler, brother of Stephanie Gurnon

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Nativity: The Rev. Ben Wyatt, The Rev. Yuri Rodriguez.

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 Rwanda.

Birthdays: Connie Macy, January 4; David Crout, January 6.

Anniversaries: None.

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