A Message from the Senior Warden

Non-Food Pantry Continues to Serve

For many years the St. Andrew’s congregation has lead the effort to provide home cleaning supplies, paper goods, hygiene products and diapers to our low income neighbors in Putnam County. These are items not covered with SNAP assistance, but definitely needed to run a household and promote health and wellness. Over these years we added a lunch to those attending the pick-up. Now known as the Putnam County Non-Food Pantry it is still led by St. Andrew’s parishioners, but it works in orchestration with the several food pantries located within the county. We have been blessed with many volunteers and much financial support, especially during this pandemic. But it is the pandemic that has provided the greatest challenge in continuing this ministry.

Now to our “heroes,” Kate Berry and Christiane Wisehart. Before vaccines were approved and available many of us were sheltering at home, doing what we could to keep ourselves healthy. (You see the majority of our volunteers were considered “older adults” and as a result were the most vulnerable to infection.) The Non-Food Pantry ceased operation for a while. The need was definitely still there, actually greater, but how were we going to be able to continue our efforts? This is where Kate and Christiane came to the rescue. They transitioned our monthly distribution from one that included a social lunch and “grocery store” like pick-up to a pre-packaged drive-through event. They recruited student volunteers, gathered product and packed bags. They spent days preparing for the 4th Saturday of the month and were at the church bright and early that morning to set-up and get ready for the 12:00-3:00 event that has people waiting in line some two hours earlier. For those who haven’t seen a typical distribution day, that means collecting some 450-500 rolls of toilet paper and bars of soap, 300 rolls of paper towels, a thousand trash bags, 300 bottles of dish soap, hygiene products and diapers. Special items like shampoo, laundry detergent, bleach, tooth brushes and paste are also given out depending on donations in a particular month. We have again started offering a sack lunch, but those too are prepackaged and handed out through the car line. Many of our volunteers are now vaccinated and taking on more responsibilities each month. Karen and Jim Mannon and Martha Rainbolt and Carl Huffman are back to helping secure product and organize the food distribution which helps so much, but it is thanks to Kate and Christiane that our efforts were only derailed for a short time.

Last Saturday was Kate’s last distribution for a while. She is going to be taking on the even more important role as a mother in the beginning of November. Christiane and Alex Roehrkasse will be taking responsibility for the Saturday distributions. Our sincere and continuing thanks to these three wonderful people and all who are involved in our Non-Food Pantry effort. It truly does take a village.

If you are interested in volunteering, please leave your name with Renee in the church office (653-3921) and she will pass it along to one of our leaders. We are always accepting monetary or product donations and those too can be sent or left at Advent House.

Sue Murray


As we gather in person for Sunday worship, please remember we still need to be protective of each other as the Delta Variant of the Covid virus continues to spread. The Delta Variant is many times more contagious and believed to be more dangerous, particularly to those who are not yet vaccinated, than earlier strains. Even those who are vaccinated may become infected and transmit the virus. It is projected that this outbreak will peak in late August, early September. To protect our communities until this subsides, the Diocese has suggested that you wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status and take a congregational singing hiatus. During this time only one cantor and one singer will be allowed, and no choir for awhile. We also ask that you maintain social distancing. Please only sit in pews with prayer books and hymnals. Hopefully, one day soon, we will all be able to lift our voices in song. Many thanks to everyone for your patience.

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Prayers and Reflections for this week

We have heard that the daily reflections and scripture readings provided during Lent were appreciated. Those of us writing them have also found it an enriching experience and have decided to continue. The meditations are written by persons from Saint Andrew’s, Gobin UMC and Beach Grove UMC. The daily meditations 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!

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday In-Person Morning Prayer, October 3 led by Sue Murray

You can connect to the service via Zoom. Click on this link to connect. If you have not used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download Zoom, go ahead and do that. When you enter the meeting you should be able to see and hear others and others can see and hear you. If you come in a little late, please listen for a moment before speaking. In order to see everyone, go to Gallery view (upper right on PCs and upper left for Macintosh). When we get started everyone except the speaker will be muted. If you are reading or playing music, please be sure to unmute yourself.

If you are connecting via telephone dial 301-715-8592 and when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 847 8600 1703 and press #, then enter the password: pray and press # again.

Click here for the service booklet for October 3

Baby Shower for Kate and John Berry

Please join us for a baby shower for the Berry’s hosted by Christiane Wisehart and Dana Glessner here at the St. Andrew’s Memorial Garden today, October 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Christiane at (215) 850-4842 or Dana at (765) 655-3450. A book of words of wisdom is being compiled for the parents-to-be. Please contribute your words on what the essence of parenting is to you and what really matters most in parenting. These can be texted to Dana or e-mailed to her at theglessners@hotmail.com. If you would like to wait and design a page at the shower, you are welcome to do that instead. If you’d like to contribute to the group gift of a Mockingbird baby stroller, you can VENMO @ Dana-Glessner, drop your contribution into the Glessner mailbox at 639 E. Seminary St., or bring to the shower and your name will be included on the gift tag. Thank you!

Non-Food Pantry Thank You!

Dear Volunteers,

Saturday, September 26th was a very successful Non-Food Pantry. We had lots of help from DePauw volunteers and the beautiful weather was a huge relief! We gave out 282 bags of goods this past Saturday, as well as big bags of lunches. We also had extra product to give out this month donated by United Way and Timmy Global Health.

On a side note, this will probably be the last NFP update from me for a while (don’t worry though, e-mails will still be coming your way)! The next distribution falls a couple of days before my due date and I am taking a step back for now. If you have questions about volunteering, distribution days, or donations, please reach out to Alex Roehrkasse or Christiane Wisehart. Questions about volunteering for lunch packing and other NFP leadership questions should go to Martha Rainbolt or Karen Hirt Mannon.

Thank you, everyone, for all you do to support the NFP!

Be well,


Non Food Pantry Latest

Saturday, October 30

• Noon to 3:00 p.m.
There will be a drive through distribution coordinated by Alex Roehrkasse and sack lunches will be given out. 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
  • Menstrual Pads
  • Tampons

  • Toilet Paper

Your prayers are asked for:

Russell Ball, husband of Jennifer Ball
Beth Benedix, friend to many of us at Saint Andrew’s
The family of Margaret Anne Ervin, sister of Bob Haymaker
The family of Eric Fladeland, friend of Tim and Caroline Good
The family of Tom Gibson, brother of Gwen Morris
Jim and Susan Grivas, friends of St. Andrew’s
Mary Ellen Gurnon, aunt of Daniel and Stephanie Gurnon
Keith Keysor, friend of Andy Cullison
Lisa Breese Kincaid, daughter of Bob and Mimi Breese
The family of Dr. John Lovett, father of Nancy Lovett
Grayson Lyons, great nephew of Peggy Angleton
Art Mannon, brother of Jim Mannon
Stanley Morris
Mary Mountz
Marilyn Mourouzis
The family of Nafhat Nasr, friend of Dave and Sue Murray
Helen Noble, mother of Terry Noble
The family of Bruce Ploshay, friend of Page and Narda Cotton and former member of Saint Andrew’s
Gordon Redden
Jim & Susan Grivas, friends of the Haymaker’s
Jordan Sanders, sister of Jim Ensley
The family of Jeff Sheffler, son-in-law of Page and Narda Cotton
Gloria Smith
Skip Sutton
Sydnor Thompson, brother of Harriet Moore
The family of Florence Virtanen, mother of Sue Murray

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:
Saint Francis-in-the-Fields Church, Zionsville: The Rev. C. Davies Reed, The Rev. Allan Wallace.

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 in Wales.

Birthdays: Pam Smith, October 3 . Larry Sutton, October 4 . Charlie Good, October 8

Anniversaries: Skip and Larry Sutton, October 5


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