A Message from a Parishioner:

Marcus Borg wrote a book called Convictions a year before his death in 2015. The New York Times said of his book, (Marcus Borg) is “A leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars.” He laid out some of his autobiography revealing a background on how his new beliefs slowly formed.

While studying his book I was struck by what he was creating…new ways to consider meanings behind longtime beliefs. His descriptions opened a whole new world of belief. His descriptions opened a whole new world of beliefs in my life.

Later, the Mother Teresa quote popped and it too “spoke” to me. (A little late, I think, for me) about how to live one’s spiritual life in new ways. These ideas were woven, in simple ways, to Marcus Borg’s “Convictions.”

From Mother Teresa

“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that He will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do.

 I used to pray for the answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.”

Joanne Kissinger

Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage Update

The Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage has been coming together nicely. The plan is to go by car (not plane) and to see several other sites both en route and on the Civil Rights Trail. Travelling by car will give flexibility to take in more sites and to choose some options of specific interest to you.

The centerpiece is the Jonathan Daniels pilgrimage which takes place in Hayneville, Alabama, on August 12, 2023. Hayneville is a small town; the pilgrimage is profound but not long.

In the past weeks I’ve made connections in Selma and Montgomery, and we will have the possibility of meeting with people who were in the midst of all the action in 1965–what the guide calls “living primary documents” as well as going to several interpretive centers, monuments, and museums.

Final cost will be in the range of $600, plus travel cost and meals. We need to have numbers to book hotel accommodations. Please let me know if you are planning to come! Once we have numbers we can solidify costs and make it official. We already have four people from the diocese who would like to join us.

Best would be for me to know this week, by May 26–but we can keep the window open until June 7. Down payment is due June 10. Let me know if you have questions or concerns. The full promo info is attached; the sites and events part is pasted below.

Rev. Jen

Thursday 8/10/23: Indiana to Alabama via Cincinnati
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH

Drive to lodging in Selma, Alabama

Friday 8/11/23: Civil Rights Movement and Selma

  • Selma Interpretive Center, 2 Broad Street Selma, 36701, 334-872-0509
  • Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • St Paul’s Episcopal, Lowndesboro (Jonathan Daniels’ place of worship) and conversation with locals
  • Old Depot Museum: Indigenous peoples’s history to Civil War Room to Voting Rights

Special opportunities: places and people

o Lunch: Five and Dime; meet with Joyce O’Neal or Dianne Harris, teenager student marchers in 1965

o Tabernacle Baptist, site of secret meetings for civil rights from 1930s on; first public meeting 1963

Other possible events:

o By the River Center for Humanity actor/artist Afriye WeKandodis enslavement reenactment

o Jewish Temple and interaction with Selma congregants to hear about Jewish memories of 1960s and connections with St Paul’s

Saturday, 8/12/23, Hayneville, AL and Montgomery, AL

Saturday Morning Pre-pilgrimage breakfast and worship, hosted by Diocese of Alabama

  • 11.00 Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage, Hayneville
  • Lunch and panel discussion. For more details, click here.
  • Lowndes Interpretive Center, 7002 US-80, Hayneville, AL 36040, 334-724-6080

Saturday Afternoon

Note: depending on interest in Hayneville and energy levels, you may choose to go to these sites on Sunday rather than Saturday

Equal Justice Initiative, 122 Commerce St. Montgomery 36104, including

–Legacy Museum 400 N. Court Street, 36104, 334-386-9100

–National Memorial for Peace and Justice

  • First Baptist Church on Ripley Street, 347 North Ripley Street, Montgomery (334-264-6921)
  • Dexter Avenue Memorial Baptist Church, 454 Dexter Avenue, 36106, (334-263-3970),

Saturday Evening: Worship and Reflection at Grace Episcopal Church, Pike Road, AL

Sunday, 8/13/23: Return to Indiana or continue sightseeing in Montgomery and/or Birmingham

  • Montgomery: Rosa Parks Museum, 252 Montgomery Street (334-241-8615)
  • Birmingham: Civil Rights Institute
  • Birmingham: Kelly Ingram Park
  • Birmingham: 16thStreet Baptist Church

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 May 29 – June 30 so no drop-in hours May 31 or the entire month of June. If you are in need of Pastoral Care while Rev. Jen is away, please contact Senior Warden Brian Cox or Junior Warden Kate Berry.

The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Sunday Morning In-Person Worship Service, May 28, 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 5 minutes prior to the start of the service.

Click here for the service booklet for May 27 Carkeek funeral.

Click here for the service booklet for May 28.


The Latest Updates


Many thanks to parishioners Karen and Fred Vallowe, and Karen Hirt Mannon (also Chris and Tim from the Cathedral) for making 971 shortcake biscuits for IndyDio’s Strawberry Festival! Their baking brought in $2,000 in grant money for the Non-Food Pantry.

Many thanks also to Tim Jedele and McDonald’s who donated beautiful perennials for the Memorial Garden and mulch for the Ark playground!


Every week the St. Andrew’s newsletter has a reflection about life and faith. Most are observations about daily life and where we experience God in the midst of the “same old, same old.” We would love to feature your thoughts – – a few paragraphs that will help us all see more clearly how the Holy One touches us in our ordinary lives. Please let Renee or Jen+ know if you are interested.


We still 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.

On the Feast of St. Mary and St. Martha, July 29, 1974, eleven women were ordained priests in the Episcopal Church–the first females ordained priests in our church.
A film company has been putting together a documentary on the Philadelphia Eleven, and work has been halted for lack of funds. The makers are making an appeal for funding so that the film can be completed. For a gift of $500, the filmmakers will offer a viewing. Our friends at St. John’s, Crawfordsville would like to join with us and St. John’s, Lafayette ideally to get 10 donations of $50 to complete the film and so that our congregations can share a showing of the film.
Please let Renee know if you can donate, and we’ll hope to have a viewing later in the year!
Rev. Jen


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 taflinger@indiodio.org with questions. Register here.


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.


Once a month Sunday services have resumed at The Waters. The next service will be Sunday, June 4 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!


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, May 27

• 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. 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: There will be no distributions in June or July. Distributions will resume August 26 with new guidelines and will take place indoors.

Top 3 Needed Items
  • Menstrual Pads
  • Tampons

  • Incontinence (Poise) Underwear – all sizes

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
Bob Fatzinger, brother of Barbara Pare
David Grueber, stepson of Scott Kissinger
Don & Laurie Hamilton, friends of Dave & Sue Murray
Kimberley Heithaus, niece of Joe & Jenny Heithaus
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob & Mimi Breese
Mary Mountz
Tom Mullen, father of Patti Harmless
Emmanuel Myril, Karen Hirt Mannon’s son-in-law’s father
Pamela & Linda
Gordon Redden
Elizabeth & Natalie Sheffler, daughter & granddaughter of Page & Narda Cotton
Gloria Smith
Skip Sutton
Jerry Taylor, friend of Warren & Connie Macy
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John’s Church, Mt. Vernon: The Rev. Allen Rutherford, 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 Extra-Provincial Churches.

Birthdays: Brian Cox, June 2.

Anniversaries: Mike and Renee Majors, May 29.

Special Events and Services

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