The Weekly News - August 29, 2018


  • St. Christopher's Choirs
  • Common Grounds
  • The Daughters of the King
  • Bible and Book Study Groups
  • Welcoming Our Newest Members
  • Delegates for Diocesan Convention
  • Thank-you from Summer Lunch Families
  • Church Office to Observe Labor Day
  • Dates for Your Calendar
"To sing is to pray twice." - St. Augustine
St. Christopher's Choir offers parishioners an opportunity to provide musical leadership and enrichment in the liturgy. The Choir is a welcoming and supportive community. Do you enjoy singing? We welcome all singers. Rehearsals begin Thursday August 30, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

St. Christopher's Choristers for youth third grade and up, combines excellent musical training, leadership, teamwork, worship, and fellowship. Choristers learn musical skills and theory through singing and ringing handbells. The first rehearsal will be Sunday September 9, 11:30 am -12:30 pm. Join us now!

St. Christopher's Cherubs for children preschool through second grade. St. Christopher's Cherubs meet regularly after the 10:00 am service for a short time of music enrichment and education. Cherubs sing for worship several times during the year. Come and make music together in the Choir Room upstairs starting Sunday, September 9, 11:15-11:30 am.

For more information about any of these choirs, please contact Director of Music, Robert Richter: 
The Mary and Martha Chapter of the Daughters of the King meets on the second Saturday, at 10:00 am, from September to May, with the exception of January. All women of St. Christopher’s Church are invited to attend any of our meetings. At the September meeting we will have a presentation by our Interim Rector.

The Power of Persistent Prayer

A Presentation by The Reverend Dr. Stephen Applegate
Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am in the Bridal Parlor

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, “Even though I don't fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!"  Luke 18: 1-5
Common Grounds
An Adult Formation Forum
September 9, 9:00 - 9:45 am
in the Parish Hall

Childcare will be available!
And yes, of course, there'll be coffee.
Bible and Book Study Groups to Begin
Program Year During Second Week of September

Fellowship Bible Study
September 11, 3:30 pm
Meets Tuesdays in the Conference Room

We begin our fall Bible study with a twelve-week study, The Story of Scripture: The Unfolding Drama of the Bible.We welcome new members.

For additional information or to order the book, contact:
Nancy Barney | 317-255-2699 |
Wednesday Book Study
September 12, 10:30 am
Meets in the Andres Library

We invite you to join us as we start our next Book Study following the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist. We will read and discuss Phillip Keller’s The Shepherd
Trilogy: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23.

Please feel free to call or email for more information:
Claire Zmak | 317-844-2276 |
Deb Callahan | 317-844-2757 |
Please welcome our newest members

David and Jonni Steckler have recently joined St. Christopher’s. Both are enjoying retirement in Carmel. David retired after serving as an FBI Agent from 1969 to1996; Jonni retired after more than 30 years as a flight attendant for American Airlines. Jonni previously served for six years as a Deacon at Wilton Presbyterian Church in Wilton, Connecticut. They both enjoy cooking, golf, entertaining, Euchre, and fitness. The parents of adult children, a daughter and a son, the Stecklers attend the 10:00 am service.

D r. Michael Goupil is among the newcomers to St. Christopher's 7:45 am service. He moved to Carmel where he has family. A dentist with a specialty in Oral and Maxillofaciall Surgery, he served in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps and retired as a Colonel. Dr. Goupil comes to us from Connecticut where he was a member of the faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
Would you like to serve as a delegate to Diocesan Convention?

The 181st Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis will be held at the Monroe Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave. in Bloomington, on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. The Diocesan Convention is part business meeting, part “church family reunion,” and part prayerful celebration of our common life in Christ shared by Episcopal churches in central and southern Indiana.

Your Vestry is looking for five lay people who would like to represent St. Christopher’s at the Convention, which will begin at 10:00 am on Friday. The Convention will include a banquet and dance party on Friday evening. It will end following a celebration of Holy Eucharist beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday.  

The keynote address and the sermon at the convention eucharist will be by the Rev. Dwight J. Zscheile, Vice President of Innovation and Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zscheile is an Episcopal priest and a consultant with The Missional Network. He is author of The Agile Church: Spirit-Led Innovation in an Uncertain Age (Morehouse Publishing, 2014), People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identity (Morehouse Publishing, 2012) and The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (with Craig Van Gelder, Baker Academic 2011).

St. Christopher’s Vestry will elect convention delegates at its regularly scheduled meeting on September 19. If you would like to be considered, please submit your name to Father Stephen ( or Fred Winters ( by September 12. Expenses for delegates, which include overnight accommodations, and lunch and dinner on Friday, will be covered by St. Christopher’s.
The Summer Lunch Families Thank You

Our 19 Summer Lunch families have expressed gratitude for your generosity. They wrote notes of thanks in English, Spanish, and Arabic on a poster that was placed near the Parish Hall. Some of the notes are difficult to see because the writing is small and very light, so we've captured and enlarged bits of them for you to see.
Labor Day Observance

The church office will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of Labor Day. It will open on Tuesday morning, September 4, and return to regular business hours: 8:30 am to 12 Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm.

Please note: The deadline for announcements and articles for the September 5 issue of The Weekly News is Friday, August 31, 5:00 pm.

We wish you a safe, relaxing, and blessed Labor Day.
Photo credit, Lucas Sankey on Unsplash
What an amazing Ministry Fair!

It was wonderful to see all the ministries we're involved in represented in one place at the same time! Thank you to all the ministry representatives who pulled out all the stops to make the day so special with your displays. Truly, the Holy spirit is at work at St. Christopher's!

Thanks to Marty Torrance and Carolyn Parrott who captured pictures of the Fair. You'll find some of their photos in the Photo Gallery on our website. Look for the 2018 Gallery and the Ministry Fair.
Important Dates for Your Calendar

The  Save the Date page  of St. Christopher's website is updated weekly. Check this resource for new information. You also may want to review the insert in the Sunday bulletin, as it provides the schedule for the coming week. 

September 9, 9:00 am | Adult Forum: " Common Grounds
September 11, 3:30 pm | Friendship Bible Study
September 12, 10:30 am | Wednesday Book Study
September 16, 11:15 am | Acolyte Training (fourth grade and above)
September 26, 11:30 am | Young at Heart Luncheon
October 7, TBA | Hamilton County CROP Hunger Walk

Church summer office hours from June 1 to August 31
Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
Friday, 8:00 am to 12 Noon
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