The Weekly News - May 16, 2018


  • The Day of Pentecost
  • Blessing and Planting Day in the Garden
  • Young at Heart Luncheon
  • "Pack the Cruiser" Food Drive
  • Strawberry Festival
  • Presiding Bishop to Preach at the Royal Wedding
  • Dates for Your Calendar
Come, Holy Spirit!

This Sunday, May 20, is the Day of Pentecost – the fiftieth day of the Great Fifty Days of Easter. The church celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples gathered in Jerusalem when, according to the Acts of the Apostles, “suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where the disciples were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”  

Often recognized as “the birthday of the Church,” Pentecost is also known in the English church as Whitsunday – a name that comes from the fact that those being baptized were clothed in white robes (hence “White” Sunday.) Pentecost was traditionally a time for baptisms. At St. Christopher’s, we’ll continue the tradition with eight persons being baptized at the 10:00 a.m. service.

Also this Sunday, we’ll recognize our two departing senior acolytes, Sarah Jacobs and Erin Waite, thank the choir for the beautiful music they have offered throughout this past program year, and plant the St. Christopher’s Crops garden following the 10:00 a.m. service.  

A fun tradition is for members of the congregation to wear red – the color of the vestments and hangings used at Pentecost – all representing the “tongues of fire” that set the early church ablaze with God’s love.
St. Christopher's Crops Garden
Blessing and Planting This Sunday

This Sunday immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service, we will gather to bless the garden and plant it. If you plan to work in the garden, we suggest you wear comfortable attire (or bring some to change into), your work gloves, and garden-worthy shoes. We also suggest you bring a snack.

If we have rain or conditions that are too soggy for planting on Sunday, we have an alternate date: Monday, May 21, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Would you like to help in the garden but can't do so on planting day? Work days are scheduled on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. Use the Garden Crew Signup Genius form to choose your work times from Saturday, May 19, to Wednesday, August 29.
Young at Heart Luncheon
Wednesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m.

Are you 55 or over? Join the staff and fellow parishioners and guests in the parish hall for a light meal, conversation, and good fellowship. The Daughters of the King provide the meals for these luncheons which are held the fourth Wednesday of the month (February through October) and the third Wednesday of the month (November and December). If you have not attended and would like to do so, please contact Nancy Barney to get your name on the call list. | 317-255-2699
Pack the Cruiser to Benefit Summer Lunch Program
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Food Insecurity for children here in Carmel is not something that we want to think about, but it is a fact of life. There are over 1000 children in Carmel Clay Schools who depend on free breakfasts and lunches five days a week at school. Many also receive weekend food assistance during the school year; however, these children may go hungry when they are out of school for the summer. The Carmel community is coming together to address this problem through the Carmel Summer Lunch Program. The program provides a sack of nutritious ingredients to make each child five healthy breakfasts and lunches each of the eleven weeks of summer break.

St. Christopher's will be a host site for the Summer Lunch Program beginning Sunday, June 3. We will provide the meals for 48 children between now and the beginning of school in mid-August. You can help us have the food we need for these children by participating in the "Pack the Cruiser" food drive at two Carmel Kroger locations: 1217 South Rangeline Road or 106th and Michigan Road.

Stop by the police cruiser on June 2 during the designated hours to pick up a list of items to purchase. The donation of Kroger gift cards will also be accepted.
Three Weeks and Counting!

Saturday, June 9 - the date of St. Christopher's Annual Strawberry Fest - is a little over three weeks from now.

We know many of you will be away for the Memorial Day weekend, so we are encouraging you to sign up now to help. We have not yet filled the shifts between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Experience has shown they can be quite busy! We need volunteers who can serve ice cream, cut shortcakes, or clean tables. Please consider volunteering for a couple of hours to help make our annual community outreach event a success. Please stop by the Strawberry Fest table in the narthex on Sunday to choose a shift or use the Signup Genius link below.
Purchase Strawberry Fest Tickets

Tickets ($5 per serving) will be available in the narthex this Sunday. Purchase your tickets and invite neighbors and friends. The Strawberry Fest is a great way to introduce them to St. Christopher's.

St. Christopher's 13th Annual Strawberry Fest
Saturday, June 9, 12 Noon to 8:00 p.m.
1 North Rangeline Road
in the Carmel Arts & Design District
Calling All Graduates

We would love to recognize all in our community who are graduating from high school or college this Spring. Please contact Jenna Parker with your name, the institution from which you are graduating, and where you are headed. Please send this information by the end of May for publication in The Weekly News in June.
Presiding Bishop to Preach at Saturday’s Royal Wedding

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, has been invited to preach the sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this coming Saturday in St. George’s Chapel. Kensington Palace announced this news in a tweet this past Saturday that Bishop Curry will be part of the nuptials at Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's choice of an American preacher is a break from royal custom. Traditionally, addresses at royal weddings are given by senior clergy from the Church of England.

The selection of Bishop Curry, the first African-American Presiding Bishop, to deliver the sermon is just the latest bit of America brought to the House of Windsor. Many in the United Kingdom have seen Ms. Markle, a biracial American actress, as an opportunity for the royal family to better reflect modern Britain.

“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness,” Bishop Curry said in a statement. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, said he was thrilled the couple selected Curry to give the address. He wrote, “Bishop Curry is a brilliant pastor, stunning preacher and someone with a great gift for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Bishop Curry was last in the Diocese of Indianapolis in April of 2017 for the ordination and consecration of Bishop Jennifer, the first African-American woman elected to be a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.
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. 

May 25, 5:00 p.m. | Deadline for announcements for The Weekly News of May 30
May 28 (Memorial Day) | Church Office closed
June 3 | Summer Lunch Program begins
July 16 - 19, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Vacation Bible School

Church office hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
The deadline for announcements, news, and articles for  The Weekly News  is Monday Noon each week (except as noted above). Email announcements to the church office at with a copy to