A Message from the Rector

Our texts this week, Amos 7:7-17 and Luke 10:25-37 are looking at the same issue from opposite ends of the telescope. Amos’s fierce prophetic voice challenges us to see the ways in which we fail God and fail neighbor, and his sweeping condemnation of the practices and habits of his day (many of which match our own) remind us how we become part of a hurtful system that we can be reluctant to change. Jesus’ counter question to the lawyer—who was the neighbor—the priest, the Levite, or the Samaritan—challenges us to think about our every day interactions with the people we meet face to face. Both point to the many ways we sidestep being love.

I came across the excerpt from Christian Wiman. Wiman was raised in a fundamentalist community, and then left church and religion completely. His return to church and God (not the same thing!) has been reluctant but firm. He notes here how even devotion to God and cultivating spirituality can become an escape from the very difficult work of loving others. I’ve emphasized the line that convicted me…see what you think, and then think about what you do, and about how you do it. How we together might help each other see the “fatal complacency” that makes it so hard to match the neighborliness of the Good Samaritan?


P.S. I highly recommend Wiman’s interview with Krista Tippett, which you can access here. https://onbeing.org/programs/christian-wiman-how-does-one-remember-god-jan2018/

The unedited version is worth the extra 30 mins of conversation. I download all of these podcasts for my long drives, or ironing, or just listening…

One day when I had gone to a little chapel near my office at lunchtime and was once more praying while wondering how and why and to whom I prayed, a man came in and eased into the pew directly across the aisle from me. As we were the only two people there, his choice of where to sit seemed odd, and irritating. Within a couple of minutes, all thought of God was gone into the man’s constant movements and his elaborate sighs, and when I finally rose in exasperation, he stood immediately to face me. He had the sandblasted look of long poverty, the skeletal clarity of long addiction, and that vaguely aggressive abasement that truly tests the nature of one’s charity. Very cunning, I noted, failing the test even as I opened my wallet: to stake out this little chapel, to prey upon the praying! For days then it nagged at me – not him, but it, the situation – which, I finally realized, was precisely the problem: how easily a fatal complacency seeps into even those acts we undertake as disciplines, and how comfortable we become with our own intellectual and spiritual discomfort. Wondering how and why and to whom I prayed? I felt almost as if God had been telling me, as if Christ were telling me (in church no less): get off your mystified ass and do something.

-Christian Wiman
My Bright Abyss

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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. NOTE: Rev. Jen will be out of the office July 18 – July 31.

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, July 17 led by The 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 July 17.

The Latest Updates


Robert “Bob” Haymaker peacefully passed away after a short illness on July 3, 2022 at home in his beloved woods surrounded by family and cats. So closes a chapter on a life filled with joy, playfulness, curiosity, service, and a generous love for others and God’s creation.

For many years, Bob was especially active at St. Andrews where he served as an acolyte and eucharistic minister—and on Sundays enthusiastically rang the bell to start the service. He loved his church family and the hymns that lifted his spirits (and often inspired post-service whistling). You are all treasured in his heart.

A celebration of Bob’s life is planned at St. Andrews in the Parish Hall on Saturday, July 23 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. A short Military Honors Ceremony will occur here at 2:00 p.m.

To honor Bob’s legacy, plant a native tree or some wildflowers, read a book to a child, pick up some trash on the side of the road, and wonder at the beauty of God’s creation all around us. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name can be made to the the Oubache Land Conservancy, St. Andrew’s Church, or the Putnam County Library, all of which Bob was proud to contribute to throughout his life.


We will continue our Bible study on Tuesdays, reading and discussing the Gospel passage that is assigned for the following Sunday. The Gospel passage for Sunday, August 7 is Luke 12:32-40; it will be our text for the August 2 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! NOTE: There will be no bible studies on July 19 and July 26.

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, July 30

• 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 Bob and 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
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 Bob Haymaker
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 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
Skip Sutton
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Susan, friend of Jen+

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
St. Stephen’s Church, New Harmony: The Rev. Dr. Beth Macke, Rector.

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 Episcopal Church.

Birthdays: Silas Glessner, July 20; Amelia Majors, July 23

Anniversaries: Warren and Connie Macy, July 20

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 0ptional 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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