A Message from the Past Senior Warden:
On February 26th, we “packed the house.” Well, not literally, but without too much arm twisting or locking the doors, we had a robust quorum to conduct the yearly business of the parish. Many thanks to all who stayed.
The only “required” work for the congregation on that day is to elect new members to the Vestry and two representatives to represent St. Andrew’s at the fall Diocesan Convention. Here at St. Andrew’s, we seem to do a lot more. We heard from each of our ministry chairs: Dana Glessner, Children’s Ministry; Kate Berry, Outreach; Justin Glessner, Fun and Fellowship; Jim Mannon, Pastoral Care; and Dave Murray, Property. What we all learned is that with much joy, much is being done; and as a community of faith there is much to do, much to be celebrated, and an ever-growing thankfulness for each and everyone in our “flock”. (We also have interest sheets available that afford everyone a chance to learn more about and possibly get involved in new ways here at St. Andrew’s.)
Our newly elected Vestry persons are Karen Hirt-Mannon, Jim Ensley and Tim Jedele. They join Brian Cox, the new Senior Warden, Kate Berry, Carrie Klaus, Harriet Moore, Pam Smith and Fred Vallowe. These are the people to take any questions and concerns you have about the work of the parish to. Kate Berry and Jim Mannon will be representing us in the fall. We are grateful to all of you for your service.
Most important to note, from our meeting, was the deep appreciation we all have for the incredible music we are blessed to have on Sunday mornings, from Albrecht von Gaudecker and the choir; the office support from Renee Hood; and our most gifted and special new Rector, Jennifer Oldstone-Moore. St. Andrew’s is indeed blessed.
Moving forward, we do have financial challenges, and we will all be needed to creatively work to solve them. St. Andrew’s, our time together, and the good we can and do accomplish are important parts of each of our lives and the greater Greencastle community. We have something very special happening here, we are glad you are a part of it. Thank you.
Instructed Eucharist 2.0: Rich Tradition, Layered Meanings – Standing, Kneeling, and Sitting
Did you know that comedian Robin Williams was Episcopalian? He had a Top-Ten List of Reasons to be Episcopalian:
- No snake handling.
- You can believe in dinosaurs.
- Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them.
- You don’t have to check your brains at the door.
- Pew aerobics.
- Church year is color-coded.
- Free wine on Sunday.
- All of the pageantry – none of the guilt.
- You don’t have to know how to swim to get baptized.
And the Number One reason to be an Episcopalian:
- No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.
We explored Reason #5 two weeks ago; we will cover Reason #4 soon, and I hope that Reasons #7-9 have been touched in sermons you’ve heard and the conversations and Bible study that marks our tradition. [As for Reason #10, there were snake handling churches where we lived in Ohio, and there well may be in Putnam County. Our reason for not snake handling is connected to Reasons #7-9 and the fact that the ending of the Gospel of Mark, chapter 16 verses 9-20 was added later—but I digress. We can chat about this some other time.]
As for Reason #6—well, the reason is not about keeping the people of God aerobically fit but a mixture of tradition and layered meaning.
In the early church, everyone stood for the entire service. There were no pews for sitting or kneeling, and the very earliest communities were house churches. This tradition has continued in many Eastern Orthodox churches today.
Kneeling became an important symbol of piety and humility in the Middle Ages, and reflected the relationships between lord and vassal that marked the social hierarchy and practices of that time.
Through the centuries, as Christianity became first legal and then a dominating power, churches were built and furnished in ways that reflected the theology of the time. Pews that face a pulpit reflect the growing specialization of clergy and emphasis on theology compared to the centrality of the Love Feast (aka the Eucharist, but with more food) of the early church.
The Episcopal Church has kept the sitting, the standing, the kneeling, and the movement in the sanctuary (Reason #1?) with all that history and meaning, as well as personal preference and piety. Today we may stand through the prayers and liturgy—and even the confession to indicate that through Jesus’ offering on the cross we are all worthy to stand before God. Kneeling continues to show humility and reverence, “making ourselves small” before God. The celebrant is so designated by costume and seating in the front, but the work of worship and prayer belongs to all of us; movement through the sanctuary underscores the meaning of “liturgy”—which means “the work of the people.”
The Book of Common Prayer indicates that we can stand or kneel as suits our piety, our custom, and the state of our knees, including when receiving communion. Sitting is always an option when it meets individual need. It is customary, however, to kneel during the Confession, Eucharistic Prayer, while receiving Communion, and for the post-Communion Prayer during the seasons of penitence, Advent and Lent, and to stand during the fifty days of Easter from Easter Sunday to Pentecost.
See you Sunday!
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 very last page of the St. Andrew’s website. NOTE: No 6:30 p.m. Bible Study on Tuesday, March 14 due to evening Vestry meeting.
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
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 Third Sunday in Lent
Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, March 12, 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 12.
The Latest Updates
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY – 4:30 P.M. IN HAMILTON HALL & 6:30 P.M. VIA ZOOM
On March 14 we will begin Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The Last Week, Chapters 1 and 2 (Palm Sunday and Monday). 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. The Zoom link can be found on the St. Andrew’s website at the very bottom of the last page. NOTE: No 6:30 p.m. Zoom Bible Study on Tuesday, March 14 because we’ll have the Vestry Meeting and neither study will be held on Tuesday, March 21 as Rev. Jen will be away at a conference.
EASTER FLOWER FORMS
Easter flower remembrance forms have gone out. Please return to the church office or drop in the collection basket by Tuesday, March 28 for publication in the Easter Sunday service sheet.
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! Training is on March 15 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. There will be additional trainings 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.
Congratulations to the three new Vestry members elected at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 26: Karen Hirt Mannon, Tim Jedele, and Jim Ensley. Many thanks also to our representatives for Diocesan convention, Kate Berry and Jim Mannon. And a thousand thanks to outgoing Vestry members for their service: Justin Glessner, Jim Mannon, and Sue Murray. Our next Annual Meeting will be in February, 2024. Please start thinking about becoming a Vestry member in the future!
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, ORGAN RECITAL, 4:00 P.M.
Please join us for an organ recital at 4:00 p.m. on March 19 here at St. Andrew’s! Albrecht von Gaudecker will present organ works by Samuel Scheidt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jeanne Demessieux, Louis Verne and others. A free will offering will be collected to benefit the Non-Food Pantry.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, POTLUCK, FUN, & FELLOWSHIP, 5:30 P.M.
Come to Albrecht’s organ recital – and then stay for food, fellowship, and fun! Please bring a covered dish to share and be ready for good eats, good friends, and good times. Our friends from St. John’s, Crawfordsville have been invited to join us.
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 very 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 this Sunday, March 12 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
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
Shandol Hoover, friend of Dave & Sue Murray
Terumi Imai, friend of Jen+
Kaylee, Ryan, and baby
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
Michael Oldstone, father of Jen+
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: St.Paul’s, Jeffersonville: Mr. Ben Sapp, Senior Warden.
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 Church of South India (United).
Birthdays: Anna von Gaudecker, March 16; Justin Glessner, March 18; Karen Vallowe, March 18.