The Weekly News - August 22, 2018

Greetings!

  • Ministry Fair
  • Search Committee News
  • Attention Youth Parents
  • Summer Lunch Program Thank-You
  • Are you Missing Waldo?
  • Delegates for Diocesan Convention
  • Bible and Book Study Groups
  • Your Family's Directory Listing
  • Parish Picnic
  • Dates for Your Calendar
Ministry Fair, Sunday, August 26
After 10:00 am Service
In the Parish Hall

Parishioners and Friends of St. Christopher’s are invited to take part in the Ministry Fair. The theme for the 2018
Ministry Fair is: “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds: Connecting and Serving at St. Christopher’s." The theme comes from the old hymn, reminding us of the ways we are connected to one another through all the ways we serve in Christ’s name.

Representatives from lots of different parish organizations will be on hand to share information about the feelings of joy, meaning, and satisfaction they receive from doing their ministries in and from the parish. Would you or your child like to know more about singing in the choirs? Who are the Daughters of the King? Or St. Christopher’s 4Cs. How can I be part of a small group like the Tuesday Friendship Bible Study, or the Men’s Prayer Group that meets on Saturday mornings for devotions followed by breakfast together? Can I help with the Altar Guild, or with St. Christopher’s Crops? How do I help extend a warm welcome to visitors and guests on Sunday mornings? There’s something for everyone in this church from counting the Sunday offering to keeping the grounds beautiful (The Field of Dreams Team!) There are opportunities available for children, youth, adults, and seniors.

With decorations, displays, and props, the 2018 Ministry Fair promises to be a colorful and informative event. You’ll be amazed at all that goes on and even more amazed by how easy it is to participate. Whether you decide to become a part of a parish ministry or not, you’ll learn a tremendous amount about the way the Holy Spirit is moving at St. Christopher’s!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday,
Father Stephen
Search Committee News

The rector search process has entered a new phase. The Search Committee is receiving resumes from interested priests. The Committee will accept resumes through September 24, at which time the interview process will begin. This marks a transition from preparing to call a candidate into a period of listening to who God has called for us.

With the transition comes change. As we enter a period of candidate evaluation with a need for confidentiality, the role of Recording Secretary will end. Teresa Walters has served in this capacity for the Search Committee from the first day the team met. We extend a sincere thank-you for her valuable service. We will miss her in our meetings. Please thank Teresa for her service when you see her.

If you have questions about the rector search, please direct them to Search Committee Chair, Drew Bender: dbenderest1869@gmail.com.
Attention Youth Parents

As we begin the 2018-2019 program year for Youth Formation and Youth Group, it's time to ensure that we have current contact information, permissions, releases, and commitments for all our youth in middle school and high school. Please sit down with your teens and go through the form - including the covenant. You and your youth will need to complete and sign the form online by August 26 using the link below.

For more information, please contact Youth Leader Jenna Parker: jparker@stchriscarmel.org
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. Please stop by the Ministry Fair table to learn more or sign up to participate. We welcome new members.

For additional information or to order the book, contact:
Nancy Barney | 317-255-2699 | nonnieb8341@gmail.com
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. This book will be featured at our Ministry
Fair table on Sunday, August 26. Stop by our Ministry Fair table for more information, to sign up, or to order the book.

Please feel free to call or email for more information:
Claire Zmak | 317-844-2276 | lvz2kuk@aol.com
Deb Callahan | 317-844-2757 | debster48@aol.com
Summer Lunch Program - Thank You!

We served 8,342 meals to our 51 children and their 19 families this summer due to your generosity! Your donations included $9,945, hundreds of pounds of food, and countless volunteer hours. We had enough money left to fund the "Meating the Need" program, which our families will benefit from in December and we have some seed money for next year. The clients and the Summer Lunch Committee are SO grateful! 

Look for information about how you can stay involved in feeding those in need when the Backpack or Weekend Snack Bag Program begins soon!
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 (sapplegate@stchriscarmel.org) or Fred Winters (fgwcarmel@gmail.com) by September 12.  Expenses for delegates, which include overnight accommodations, and lunch and dinner on Friday, will be covered by St. Christopher’s.
Are you missing Waldo?

Are there parishioners who, like the hard-to-find Waldo, haven’t been seen for awhile? Please let us know who is missing. Look for the white treasure chest and the picture of Waldo in the welcome center area of the narthex. Note paper is provided for you write the names of missing parishioners.
You and Your Family's Directory Listing in Realm

Are you part of a family that uses one email address for St. Christopher's? We ask that an adult member of your family log in to your profile and check the contact information and establish the privacy settings for EVERY MEMBER of your family. Currently we have a good number of you who have signed in. However, in many families, only ONE of you is showing in the online directory. Changing your personal privacy setting doesn't change the setting for your family members; you must change all of them. By default, children younger than 13, will not show unless you set the privacy settings to allow them.

Only clergy, staff, and members of our parish can see the profiles - and you choose the information that can be seen. By default, only the birth month and day show on the public facing profile, so please put in the correct year.

If you haven't logged on and established a password, now's the time! If you didn't receive an invitation or it vanished from your inbox, please contact our Parish Administrator, Anita Walker, who can provide an invitation and instructions.

awalker@stchriscarmel.org | 317-846-8716

If you need help to check the information in your profile and set your privacy settings, staff will be on hand at the Ministry Fair on Sunday.

A member logon button can be found in the footer of every page of St. Christopher's website: stchriscarmel.org.
And Finally!

What a wonderful day of fellowship and good food we enjoyed at the Parish Picnic! Thanks to Cindy Anderson-Clark and a kitchen crew of volunteers, St. Christopher's 4Cs for grilling, and all of you who brought food.

You will find pictures of the event in the photo gallery on our website. Many of them will look exactly alike but aren't. You may find one of your family that looks better than another. Download any picture you like to your computer or mobile device. Doing so is free although you will see a "buy" button. Thanks to Doug Vine who organized about 125 of us quickly, and to Eden Bruce, Brad Grabow, and Carolyn Parrott for capturing pictures.
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. 

August 31, 5:00 pm | Deadline for The Weekly News of September 5
September 3 | Church office closed in observance of Labor Day
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

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
The deadline for announcements, news, and articles for  The Weekly News  is Monday Noon each week. Email announcements to the church office at  awalker@stchriscarmel.org with a copy to carolyncparrott@gmail.com