The Weekly News - October 31, 2018

Greetings!

In this issue of The Weekly News:

  • Prepare the way . . . for Children and Youth
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends & Day of Change
  • Common Grounds
  • All Saints' Observance
  • Training for Lectors and Chalice Bearers
  • Final Call for Sock-it-to Hunger Socks
  • An Invitation from The Daughters of the King
  • Notes from the Search Committee
  • Christmas Outreach Project
  • Backpack Ministry
  • A Note of Thanks
  • Update: "Meating" the Need
  • Fall Into Fun Follow-up
  • How to Pledge Online
  • Dates for Your Calendar
The theme of the 2019 Stewardship Drive
"Prepare the Way! . . ."

Prepare the way for God's coming . . . make the road smooth and straight! Mark 1:3

Each week between now and November 18, we will focus on an area of "preparing the way" that will help us achieve what we believe God is calling us to do to fulfill his dream for St. Christopher's. The following is about the fourth area of focus.
Prepare the way . . . for Children and Youth

Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Teach them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

St. Christopher’s is blessed to have many families with children and youth
as active members. Cathy Scott, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries, and
Jenna Parker, Youth Leader, support programs that provide our children and
youth in grades K-12 with a robust and exciting opportunity in Christian
formation. Pledges to the Stewardship Drive will provide our programs with
resources that will encourage and engage our young people in their faith
journey.

Additional funding would make possible:

  • Annual mission trips that help youth gain a broader perspective on the needs of others
  • A St. Christopher’s youth retreat weekend hosted at Waycross or another conference center
  • A pilgrimage for high schoolers to Washington D.C to give meaningful experiences to students preparing to leave for college
  • Funds to support outreach projects initiated by St. Christopher’s youth
  • An informational “newsletter” to our families; sharing book suggestions, parenting information, how to grow faith at home, ways to discuss scripture lessons at home
  • Intergenerational activities to strengthen each child’s connection and sense of belonging at St. Christopher’s
  • Provide discussion groups and events for adults to help them understand current child/youth related challenges and issues

Each new or increased dollar pledged for 2019 earns a dollar for debt elimination. A matching grant gives everyone the opportunity to help with debt elimination.
Daylight Saving Time Ends | Day of Change

Be sure to set your clocks BACK one hour on Saturday evening, November 3. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. As is our custom, this will be a Day of Change when we collect loose change in a giant soup pot as we enter the Sanctuary. The money donated will be given to the Episcopal Fund for Human Need.
Common Grounds
An Adult Formation Forum
November 4, 9:00 - 9:45 am
In the Parish Hall

Sunday's Topic:
Holy Women, Holy Men -
Celebrating the Saints
On this All Saints Sunday, we’ll look at a few of the “saints of God”—women and men whose manner of life helped others see God more clearly. Like the pieces of a stained-glass window, each saint refracted God’s light in their own unique way. We know some of them well, like St. Francis. Others are less well-known. Not a few of them were downright odd! So, for example, what does the life of Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, the Bishop of Shanghai who died in 1906, have to say to us? Or that of Dame Julian of Norwich who became a recluse, an anchoress, at Norwich, living in a small dwelling attached to the Church of St. Julian?

Father Stephen will lead this Common Grounds forum.
All Saints' / All Souls' Observance

On Sunday, November 4, we will once again celebrate All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. Please bring a photograph of those you are remembering. These will be displayed along the sides of the sanctuary during our services. Tags will be available so you can tell us who they are and how they have been part of your life. 

We will read the names of those who have died since last All Saints' Day. We will pray for them and for the Saints of God who have been part of your life.
Training for Lectors and Chalice Bearers
Sunday, November 4, after 10:00 am Service
Father Stephen will provide training for Lectors and Chalice Bearers in the sanctuary on the first Sunday of November. We welcome any parishioners who are curious about, or interested in, this important and rewarding ministry. 

For more information, please contact:
Vicki Cutter | 317-902-5676 | auntievicki56@gmail.com
Final Call!

We're looking for all the sock-it-to-hunger socks, filled with loose change and checks, to be returned to church no later than All Saints' Day.
An Invitation from The Daughters of the King
Logo, Daughters of the King
All women of the church are invited to attend the November meeting of The Daughters of the King.

Evangelism with Integrity
A Presentation by The Reverend Dr. Larry Walters
Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 in the Bridal Parlor
Notes from the Search Committee

Fellow members of St. Christopher's, the Search Committee is thrilled to announce that we have completed our resume review and discernment process from the candidate information received. We are very pleased with both the number of candidate applications and the quality of the candidates. We have used a structured review process, discussed as a group the match of the candidates with our parish needs, and prayed that God will help in our selections. From the resumes we developed a shorter list and have begun official interviews with these candidates.

While we have a way to go, we can pass along that we are filled with joy about the potential rectors we are interviewing. We are still targeting Lent for any official announcements.

If you have questions, please direct them to our committee chair, Drew Bender at dbenderest1969@gmail.com
A Note of Thanks

I want to thank each of you for the support shown to me and my family during the illness and passing of my husband, Dan. We greatly appreciate the prayers offered on our behalf - and were very thankful for them. Thank you, too, for all of the cards and phone calls that expressed your caring and concern. Pat Enney and family
St. Christopher’s Christmas Outreach Project

The holidays are quickly approaching and plans are to help the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center bring joy to families living on the Southwest side of Indianapolis. One hundred totes will be available on Sunday, November 11, for you to take home and fill with suggested food items for a special Christmas dinner for families participating in the MRNC program. Last year the Center distributed over 600 totes of food to families in need. The joy felt and support given were God’s love in action. Please join our mission to help bring Christmas cheer to the MRNC families.
Backpack Ministry

In advance of our next delivery date in December, we are asking for donations of individual mac & cheese cups, canned pasta, and individual cereals. Please consider adding these items to your grocery list and purchase them as you shop for your household. Then bring your donations to church on Sundays. You will find baskets marked "Backpack Ministry" in the narthex.

Please note the next packing dates on your calendar: December 9 and 16.
An Update: "Meating" the Need

Members of the Summer Lunch Program Team acknowledge with gratitude the generous donations made last spring and summer that allowed us to purchase meat from 4H projects in August. We gathered at Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank on October 28 to pick up the meat and deliver it to our Summer Lunch Families! We included a bag of groceries from St. Christopher's as well.

Use the Photo Gallery link at the bottom of this email to view pictures taken at HCHFB in the Summer Lunch Program Album.
Fall Into Fun Was Fun!

Thanks to the Social Committee for arranging last Sunday's Fall Into Fun event. Three generations of parishioners, including 15 children, gathered around tables to decorate mini pumpkins. Megan Shore organized the crafts and Charlotte Hadley brought the refreshments. Leigh Omer kept the kitchen going during coffee hour and managed work assignments and communications before the event.

Use the Photo Gallery link at the bottom of this email to view pictures in the Fall Into Fun Album.
How to Make Your Pledge Online

Please consider making your 2019 pledge to St. Christopher's online in Realm, the church's administrative system. There are several benefits to doing so:

  • You can manage payment options in your personal account and change them at any time
  • You can check your giving history/statement from your computer or mobile device
  • Pledging online creates less work for the administrative staff who must otherwise enter the information from printed pledge cards

You will find "Tips for Making a Pledge Online" on the round table in the narthex. Or view or download them for printing using the link below.
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. 

November 11 | Veterans Day observance at both services
November 11, 11:30 am | Anti-Racism Meeting
November 11 | Pick up Holiday Totes for Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
November 12 | St. Christopher's 4Cs
November 14, 11:30 am | Young at Heart Luncheon (note earlier than usual date)

Church Office hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
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