A Message from a Parishioner:

One of my favorite children’s books is The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. The premise of the book is, “people who love one another are always connected by a very special string made of love”.

I felt that connection with the people of St. Andrews on Sunday, September 24th of last year. Right before we walked out the door for church that Sunday, we received a text message from Steve’s sister-in-law that his brother, Thad, was about to go into emergency surgery. Thad had been ill for several months with liver problems. All tests, procedures, and surgeries had been inconclusive. As you can imagine, Steve and I were very much preoccupied during the service.

Then, Reverend Jen called us up to acknowledge out 52nd Anniversary. As we were about to return to our seats, Steve shared with the congregation that his brother Thad was going through an operation and to keep him in their prayers. Reverend Jen instantly took our hands and asked the congregation to bow their heads in prayer for Thad. She also asked God to guide the hands of the surgeons. That connection between us, Reverend Jen, the St. Andrew’s congregation, was one of those moments in our life at St. Andrew’s I will never forget. I felt that string made of love going from person to person jumping over one pew to the next. I imagined the string floating out St. Andew’s front doors to Thad laying on the operating table, surrounded by his surgeons. The connection of love encircling us all.

Since that Sunday, Thad has been on St. Andrew’s prayer list. Good news. The prayers have been answered. The doctors have finally concluded that he does not have liver cancer. What he does have are damaged bile ducts. He’s going to have a long recovery as the ducts heal. Until that time, please keep Thad in your prayers. May the invisible string keep you connected to your loved ones, each other, and to God.

Kathy Jones

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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.

Trinity Sunday

In-Person Sunday Morning Worship Service, May 26, led by the 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 May 26.

The Latest Updates


Congratulations go out to Henry Cox, Clay Glessner, and Jubilee Majors on their graduations. Please join us for Coffee Hour this coming Sunday as we celebrate their milestones and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.


We will soon be changing the current usage of the flower/plant beds along the east side of the church proper into a new vision. If you’d like any of the plants in that area, please feel free to uproot and take them home with you. We’d like to have them removed within the next couple of weeks.


We will be selling remaining artwork to the congregation. What is left unsold will be donated to Rescued Treasures. Proceeds from the sale of any prints or photos will go towards the preservation of art. Please let Rev. Jen know within the next few weeks if there is anything you are interested in.


We are down to our last couple of parishioner penned News Notes. If you’d like to write a short reflection to be included in the Wednesday electronic newsletter, please let Renee know. The parishioner written articles are published on the 4th Wednesday of each month.


Rev. Jen offered a five week series which began Sunday, April 21 and will end Sunday, May 26. This series explores the foundations of our history, worship, and work in the world. The series is offered on Sundays after church from 11:45 – 12:30. Remaining date: Sunday, May 26.


Most weeks, the Tuesday Bible and Book group meet at 4:30 p.m. On May 28 we will begin the new book “Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings-Annotated and Explained” published by Skylight Illuminations. Please read the Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1.


Please add Adult Depends Sizes Large & XL, 4 and 5 year old Children’s Pull-Ups, and boxes of Laundry Sheets to your shopping list for the NFP for the month of May. The laundry sheets are more popular and desirable especially for the older folk as they are much easier to handle than the bottles of liquid. Meals and conversation in Hamilton Hall are going well. Patrons are now able to pick out items they most need. Your contributions help our budget go farther in helping meet the needs of those in Putnam County. The next Non-Food Pantry will be this Saturday, May 25 from noon – 2:00 p.m. The DePauw students will be unavailable at this distribution so please let us know if you are able to help out in any way.


Rev. Jen will be out of the office May 30 – June 3. If you should need anything during these times, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office or the Senior Warden, Karen Hirt Mannon.


Renee will be out of the office on vacation June 4 – June 11.


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. 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, May 25

• 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!

Top 3 Needed Items
  • Adult Depends Sizes Large & XL

  • 4 and 5 Year Old Children’s Pull-Ups

  • Laundry Detergent Sheets in boxes

Your prayers are asked for:

The family of Ben Anderson, friend of Joanne Haymaker
Haile Bane, grandson of Joanne Haymaker
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at St. Andrew’s
Amy Berry, friend of Pam Smith
Rae Boscoe, friend of Henrietta Schwartz
Vernon Bothwell, friend of Warren & Connie Macy
David Bryant, brother of Stephanie Gurnon
Marthe Chandler, friend of Martha Rainbolt

Clara Copeland, friend of Jen+
Anita Edenfield, friend of Skip Sutton
Bob Fatzinger, brother of Barbara Pare
Carole Greenawald
Sister Vickie Griner, friend of Trudy Selvia
Janet Jenks, friend to many at St. Andrew’s
Thad Jones, brother of Steve Jones
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob & Mimi Breese
The family of Bernie Knuth, uncle of Dennis Knuth
The family of Don Marple, brother of Martha Rainbolt
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+

Elizabeth & Natalie Sheffler, daughter & granddaughter of Page & Narda Cotton
The family of Gloria Smith
Skip Sutton
Karen Swalley, friend of Thom & Gwen Morris
Scout Whitten
Deb Wilder, sister of Connie Macy
Dwight Ziegler, uncle of Stephanie Gurnon
Kat and family, friend of Jen+
& Chris

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Trinity Church, Indianapolis: The Rev. Julia Whitworth, The Rev. Adam Pierce, The Rev. Rebecca Kirkpatrick.

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 the Province of Central Africa.

Birthdays: Jennifer Everett, May 27.

Anniversaries: John and Kate Berry, May 26; Mike and Renee Majors, May 29.

Special Events and Services

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