3RD QUARTER CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
Contribution statements have been mailed to households that are tracking behind in their annual pledge as we close out the year. If households are up to date or tracking well, we will not send statements in order to save postage and printing cost. If you would like to receive a statement and did not, please reach out to the church office and we can either email or mail your household statement. Year end annual statements will be mailed in January, 2024 for tax record purposes.
2024 PLEDGE DRIVE – ROOTED IN ABUNDANCE
Annual Stewardship Campaign letters will be available for pick up after this Sunday’s service. If you can’t make it Sunday, your pledge packet will be mailed to you. Please prayerfully consider your pledge and also serving on a ministry group. Please return forms to the church office, collection basket, or by mail by Sunday, November 26. Thanks in advance!
REV. JEN OUT OF OFFICE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
Rev. Jen will be away at CREDO from October 24 – 30, then in California for her father’s memorial through Friday, November 3. NOTE: There will be no drop-in hours or book studies during this time.
DIOCESAN YOUTH MINISTRY VISION SUMMIT, OCTOBER 27, 4-8 P.M. EST, ST. CHRISTOPHER’S, CARMEL
We are relaunching Diocesan Youth Ministry for the first time since 2019, and we’d love your voice as we build it! Diocesan Youth Ministry has traditionally consisted of diocesan youth retreats, youth leadership programs, and parish support. We are eager to build a youth ministry program designed by teenagers for teenagers. To sign up, go to https://indydio.org/youth/ or email Heather Kenison, Diocesan Youth Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
BISHOP’S VISITATION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 10:15 AM
Bishop Jennifer will be visiting St. Andrew’s on November 5. She will be joining us for the All Saints’ celebration and for our brunch in honor of Albrecht. She will also hold a Q & A right after the service as the brunch is being set out. Please bring your questions and comments – and your party hats! Following the brunch, she’ll be meeting with Vestry members.
ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 10:15 AM
On All Saints’ Sunday we will read the names of those we remember who are no longer with us – those who died in the previous year, and also those who are on our heart. Please send Renee the names you would like read out loud at the All Saints’ service. If you would like to make a votive candle for a loved one, please bring a photo or computer picture to be printed.
BIBLE AND BOOK GROUP TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 4:30 PM
Our Bible study/books group(s) started up again. We are reading Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sundays, a book about “loving, leaving, and finding the church.” The next gathering will be Tuesday, November 7.
SACRED JOURNEYS: LOURDES VIDEO SHOWING THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
In honor of Veterans’ Day, we will have a viewing of this video that covers the annual International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes that is an opportunity for healing, camaraderie, and spiritual renewal for those who have served in the military, many of whom have suffered traumatic injuries. The stories and experiences of the pilgrims is extremely moving. This will be at 6:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, a light dinner of soup and bread will be offered.
DIOCESAN YOUTH GATHERING, NOVEMBER 11, 9-5 P.M. EST, ST. PAUL’S, INDIANAPOLIS
We are holding a gathering for youth at Diocesan Convention, open to grades 6-12 throughout the diocese. This free gathering will have activities that include fun games, activities, a mental health first aid workshop, and puppy play. This is one of the first opportunities youth have to connect with other youth throughout the diocese as we relaunch Diocesan Youth Ministry. Parents do not need to attend Convention for youth to participate. To sign up, go to https://indydio.org/diocesan-convention/ or email Heather Kenison, Diocesan Youth Director, email@example.com
You can also click on each event name to download flyers: Diocesan Youth Ministry Vision Summit and Diocesan Youth Gathering.
THIS WEEK’S SHOPPING LIST FOR NON-FOOD PANTRY
Please add body wash, bleach, Laundry Detergent, and adult incontinence pads/underwear to your shopping list for the NFP. Every little bit helps our budget go farther in helping meet the needs of folks in Putnam County. The next Non-Food Pantry will be Saturday, October 28. There is a sign-up sheet posted in Hamilton Hall for folks to help with a product pick-up and/or as well as for help on October 28 at the monthly distribution. FYI: Baskets at church are now dedicated for the NFP and not the food pantry.
SAVE THE DATE FOR FEBRUARY 2024
The Philadelphia Eleven documentary will be shown at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Korb Classroom in the Wabash College Fine Arts Building. After the screening Bishop Jennifer will participate in a panel discussion.
FREE DAILY DEVOTIONAL
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.
COMMUNION AT THE WATERS
Once a month Sunday services are continuing at The Waters. The next service will be Sunday, November 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.