A Message from a Vestry Member:
My mother passed away in January. Edna Bernice Crawley Emrick was a great mom. I’ve been thinking a lot about her life lately and her life outside of being my mom.
In her eulogy Jim and I talked about how she was an “everyday” saint. Her entire life, everyday, she spent thinking of others. She was the most selfless person I know.
From a very young age she took care of her younger siblings and her sick mother. Her Saturday routine began at 5:00 a.m. and lasted all day – doing the wash by building a fire, hauling buckets of water from a creek to fill the tub several times to wash, rinse, do the bleach load, rinse again. She used a crank wringer to wring the water out of the clothes before hanging it all on the line to dry. She did the household chores. She would always start dinner or cook it all if need be. When she was seventeen, she left school and began working full-time to bring in more money for the family’s needs. She saved enough to buy a house for all of them in Greencastle at the age of eighteen.
When I was younger I always knew she worked, sometimes more than one job or a part-time job while she was on one of her four maternity leaves. She never expected my dad to be the sole bread winner. They were a team. I had a much more comfortable upbringing than theirs. I know this was my parents’ plan, but I didn’t realize how much more comfortable until I was an adult and started asking questions. Mom never volunteered her struggles, disappointments, or responsibilities. When asked about it, she simply answered, I did what needed to be done.
This is what I think about. She did what needed to be done. Not what she had time to get done. Not what she wanted to get done. Not what would be fun to do. She did what needed to be done.
We have discussed many ideas in Bible study and on Sunday mornings at St. Andrew’s. The one I keep coming back to is from Micah 6:8: “…what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Or another version if you prefer: “…to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly…” Three things: 1) Do justice, 2) Love kindness, and 3) Walk humbly.
My mother never quoted Micah to me, but I know she knew this was the way to live. She told me by examples. Do justice, Karen, always do what is right. Treat others fairly. Love mercy or kindness, Karen. Show kindness to whomever you meet. And walk humbly. Do what is needed, Karen, but don’t toot your own horn. Just do what needs to be done. Help others always.
Now, especially during Lent, I am trying to follow the words of Micah and those same examples from my “saintly” mother. What a beautiful life she led. I only hope I am living up to her examples.
What a beautiful world it would be if we all could put aside our personal “stuff” and do what needs to be done. With the Lord’s help, I am trying.
Karen Hirt Mannon
Instructed Eucharist 2.0: Rich Tradition, Layered Meanings – Words of Penitence, Words of Awe
Through most of the church year, at the beginning of our Sunday service we begin with an acclamation (usually “Blessed be God, Father Son and Holy Spirit”) and then sing the Gloria, a hymn of praise to the Trinity. The words of the Gloria come from the song of the angels at Jesus’ birth from Luke 2:14. These words sung by angels became embedded in the liturgy by the 4th Century, and have been a part of Christian liturgies since. In our Episcopal tradition, the Gloria is a part of the entrance rite for Sunday Eucharists—except during Lent and Advent. During Lent and Advent we turn to the “Kyrie elieson” (Lord, have mercy) or the Trisagion (Holy God, Holy and Mighty…). “Kyrie elieson” is alternated with “Christe elieson” (Christ have mercy), and is sung three, six, or nine times, good numbers for our Trinitarian foundations. You will also hear the Kyrie in some of the Prayers of the People when the people’s response is “Lord, have mercy.”
“Trisagion” means “Three times holy,” and the words are an ancient hymn from the eastern church. Although the title is Greek, we usually sing the Trisagion in English: “Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us.” The Trisagion is also traditionally used at Reconciliation (Confession), a rite available to Episcopalians. It is traditionally chanted at each of the Stations of the Cross, a devotional practice especially observed during Holy Week. The Gloria, Kyrie, and Trisagion all remind us of our relationship to God which is framed by praise and prayers for mercy. These three in particular remind us of our Christian heritage from both the eastern church and the western church—Constantinople and Rome, Greek and Latin—“Gloria” is Latin and “Kyrie” and “Trisagion” are Greek.
Have you noticed that we sing different tunes to the same words of the Gloria, Kyrie, and Trisagion, as well as the Sanctus (Holy, holy, holy), Fraction (Christ our Passover), and Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God)? All of these words are embedded in the liturgy and are heard most if not every Sunday. Because the words are used so often, composers craft “settings,” that is, different music for the same words. Over the years, you will come to know many settings and have favorites that may be tied to certain seasons, or that you simply like the best.
Tuesday 4:30 p.m. In-Person & 6:30 p.m. Zoom Bible Studies & Lenten Readings
There are two Bible studies: one that meets at 4:30 in Hamilton Hall, the other meets by Zoom at 6:30. Click here for the Zoom link. You can also find the Zoom link on the bottom of the last page of the St. Andrew’s website. On March 28 the 4:30 group will discuss Chapter 2 of The Last Week, and the 6:30 group, Chapter 1 “Palm Sunday”.
It’s Pysanky Egg Time!
We had so much fun making Ukrainian Easter eggs at St. Andrew’s last year, and our Easter Egg tree on Easter Sunday was beautiful. All are invited to St. Andrew’s second season of making pysanky eggs: the dye pots are ready, the kistka wax holders, candles, and beeswax are in good shape, we have plenty of paper towels, and there are table cloths protecting the tables. We have also added some German dye pots that make plaid eggs (and don’t use any wax) if the Ukrainian style doesn’t suit you. Sign up for any of these times—and we can add more. Just get in touch with Rev. Jen and we’ll add more. Thursday, March 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 26 from 12:15-2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 29 from 4:00-6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 30 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 2 from 12:00-1:45 p.m. 8 people is a good number, although there there is wiggle room. It is probably best to allow 2 hours for a leisurely creation. For other hours, contact Rev. Jen at: priest@firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at (937) 631-1563.
Needed for this year’s pysanky creations:
Spring shrub blossoms
Do you have any shrubs that are early bloomers like prunus, forsythia, witch hazel or pussy willow? We need boughs to force for at-home Easter egg trees, and for an Easter egg tree in the sanctuary.
Are you egg-eaters? We need the empty shells!
If you prepare quiche, egg casseroles, scrambled eggs, omelets, I can lend you an egg blower so that you can save the shells for dying. The blowers are easy to use, and you can use the eggs for many dishes. Let me know and I’ll get them to you. Quiche is the name of our game during this season…
Summer Enrichment Program
For over three decades, the Summer Enrichment Program in Putnam County has provided a safe haven for children with identified risk factors. SEP is a 5-week summer day camp for approximately 60 children in grades 1-5. They take swimming lessons, experience music and the arts, go to the library and the Nature Park, go on field trips, play indoor and outdoor games, and learn important social and emotional skills. The children also have nutritious meals and are given take home weekend food packages. E-Mail Address: email@example.com
If you would like to sponsor a child, you may wish to send a donation to:
Summer Enrichment Program
P.O. Box 66
Greencastle, IN 46135
Family Support Services
Family Support Services of West Central Indiana has started a new Supportive Housing Program that will serve Clay, Parke and Putnam counties. They have rented apartments to offer victims of domestic violence a safe and secure housing option.
They are in need of donations of furniture and household items to furnish those apartments. Furniture; plastic plates and bowls; cooking utensils; and small kitchen and household appliances are being sought. If you have donations, please contact the Program Supervisor, Sarah Cofer, at 765-653-4820 Ext. 104.
Connect With Us
Sunday Worship Online Streaming
We have upgraded our Sunday worship online streaming option.
You will find our worship service being streamed from our Facebook Page or continue to go to St. Andrew’s website and be redirected from the link on the front page.
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 Wednesday, March 22 so no drop-in hours that day.
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, March 26, led by 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 at 10:10 a.m.
Click here for the service booklet for March 26.
The Latest Updates
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY – 4:30 P.M. IN HAMILTON HALL & 6:30 P.M. VIA ZOOM
On March 14 we began discussing Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week. This book details Jesus’ life from his triumphal ride into Jerusalem to the cross, and will be excellent preparation for the events of Holy Week. On March 28 the 4:30 group will discuss Chapter 2. The 6:30 group will start in Chapter 1 (Palm Sunday). The Zoom link can be found on the St. Andrew’s website at the very bottom of the last page.
EASTER FLOWER FORMS
Easter flower remembrance forms are due back by Tuesday, March 28 for publication in the Easter Sunday service sheet.
We ask that you review those names listed on the Ongoing Prayer List and let us know of any additions, deletions, or updates. We will be reviewing this quarterly moving forward.
LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS
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! Trainings are on June 17 and September 7. Please consider being a LEV! Contact the Rev. Mary Taflinger at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Register here.
Forward Movement Day by Day devotionals are available in the Narthex. They are an easy way to take on a Lenten practice, reading a reflection and a prayer each day.
NEW ZOOM LINK
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.
COMMUNION AT THE WATERS
Once a month Sunday services have resumed at The Waters. The next service will be Easter Sunday, April 9 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!
ON-GOING COVID PROTOCOL
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, March 25
• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution 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:
Haile Bane, grandson of Joanne Haymaker
The family of Gary Barcus, friend 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
Family & friends of Michael Condra
Norm Crampton, former member
The family of Mark Einwich, friend of Joanne Haymaker
The family of Bernice Emrick, mother of Karen Hirt Mannon
Bob Fatzinger, brother of Barbara Pare
Nancy Ferriani, friend of Warren & Connie Macy
Katie Gleichman, relative of Jim Ensley
Alan & Vickie Good, father of Tim Good
David Grueber, stepson of Scott Kissinger
Kimberly Heithaus, niece of Joe & Jenny Heithaus
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob & Mimi Breese
The families of those killed in the Monterey Park shooting, Sara Nimori & Ross Whitten
Tom Mullen, father of Patti Harmless
Emmanuel Myril, Karen Hirt Mannon’s son-in-law’s father
Sarah Oldstone, sister-in-law of Jen+
Pamela & Linda
Elizabeth & Natalie Sheffler, daughter & granddaughter of Page & Narda Cotton
Jerry Taylor, friend of Warren & Connie Macy
Beth Thoenen, friend of Jen+
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Good Samaritan Church, Brownsburg: The Rev. James Said, Vicar In Charge.
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 South America.
Birthdays: Rev. Jen Oldstone-Moore, March 27; Thom Morris, March 28; Carrie Klaus, March 29.