The Weekly News - February 27, 2019

 Greetings!

  • Common Grounds Lenten Series
  • Shrove Pancake "Throwdown" Breakfast
  • Ash Wednesday Services
  • Walking the Camino de Santiago
  • Indianapolis Brass Choir Concert
  • Pansy Sale
  • Spring Break Snack Packs for Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
  • Observing a Holy Lent
  • The Ministry of Pastoral Care
  • United Thank Offering
  • Important Dates for Your Calendar
Common Grounds: Adult Formation Forum
Lenten Study: Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent
March 3 - April 7, 9:00 - 9:45 am

NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE FOR MARCH 3 - ROOM 202
Common Grounds will feature a six-week Lenten study entitled Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent beginning on Sunday, March 3. Designed and created by The Episcopal Church, this Adult Forum is an invitation to walk with Jesus in his way of love during Lent.

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group to find love and support for living into these commitments. The Way of Love is a connection to be more like Jesus and to share his redeeming love in the world.
 
Each lesson weaves prayer, scripture and teaching into discussion and reflection that will guide your practice and your understanding of what it means to share your journey with Jesus. 
 
All adults are invited to attend any or all of the Lenten sessions. Coffee will be served. Topics and locations are as follows:
 
March 3 - Turn (Room 202)
March 10 - Pray and Learn (Parish Hall)
March 17 - Bless (Parish Hall)
March 24 - Rest (Parish Hall)
March 31 – Worship (Parish Hall)
April 7 - Go (Parish Hall)
Shrove Pancake "Throwdown" Breakfast
Sunday March 3, 2019
Two Seatings: 8:50 am & 11:20 am

St. Christopher's Youth are hosting a pancake "throwdown" breakfast. Come to the parish hall after the early service or the later one for hot pancakes and good-natured fun. Team Mother Kathy will be competing against Team Father Larry. Binge watch your favorite Food Network shows to sharpen your food judging vocabulary. Then come prepared to pick your favorite pancake and vote with cash to select the winner. The money will go to youth mission programs.

Tickets are on sale at the breakfast: $5 per person or $20 per family.
Ash Wednesday, March 6
Three services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes will be offered on Ash Wednesday: 6:30 am, 10:00 am, and 7:00 pm. The 6:30 am service will be in the Chapel. The 10:00 am and 7:00 pm services will be in the Nave.
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am in the Parish Hall

The Martha and Mary Chapter of the Daughters of the King are proud to present: "Walking the Camino de Santiago." The Reverend Virginia B. Hall presents her 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain in words and pictures. Everyone is invited to attend this special program and guests are welcome.
I ndianapolis Brass Choir Concert
Sunday, March 10, 4:00 pm

The Indianapolis Brass Choir is a large brass ensemble of musicians who volunteer their time and effort, without pay, to provide music for area churches and to aid local charities. Founded by Delbert Dale in 1986, the choir has a membership of professional musicians and serious amateurs who meet for weekly rehearsals and perform 10 to 12 concerts each year.

The Choir's concert program at St. Christopher's will include music from Star Trek, Star Wars, ET, and Superman. A freewill offering will be collected and given to Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank on our behalf. The public is invited to enjoy the music of this amazing group of musicians. Please join us and invite guests to attend with you.
Pansy Sale
Now Through March 10
The Women's Ministries are holding their annual Pansy Sale. Order pansies by the flat or in 14-inch pre-planted bowls. Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase plants for the containers at the entrances to the church and other seasonal floral offerings.
Orders must be placed and paid for by March 10 by cash or check. Orders must be picked up on Saturday, March 16 (one day only), between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Color, choice of flat or bowl, and pricing can be found on the order form. Download the pansy order form or place your order after one of the services on Sundays.
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center – Spring Break Snack Packs
Now through March 17

We need your help to provide food assistance to the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC). There are 60 children involved in the “After School Program” who will not have the school breakfast and lunch program available to them during spring break. You can provide non-perishable food items for their meals during this time.

Please take one of the spring break bags from the Narthex on March 3. Fill it with food items that require little to no preparation time. You will find a list of suggested items in each bag. Bags of fresh apples, tangerines or clementines will be appreciated too. Please return filled bags to church by Sunday, March 17. On behalf of the children who will receive these snack bags, thank you for your loving and generous help.
Observing a Holy Lent

The Book of Common Prayer invites us every year to observe a holy Lent “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. As part of your Lenten discipline, in addition to the regularly scheduled Sunday and Wednesday services, join us on Thursday evenings for worship, a light supper, fellowship, and Bible study.

For the Thursdays in Lent, from March 14 until April 11, we will follow the schedule below:

  • 5:30 pm - A simple Celtic Eucharist with short homily (Chapel)
  • 6:00 pm - Light supper of soup, salad, bread and conversation (Parish Hall)
  • 7:00 pm - Bible study, “Journey through Lent” with teaching and group discussion of the lectionary readings for the Sundays in Lent (Location TBA)
  • 8:15 pm - Compline, a brief service that comes from the night prayers of monastic communities adapted for everyone’s use before bedtime (Nave)

Come for any or all of the above on Thursday evenings. invite your friends and relatives to join us!

If you can bring soup, salad, or bread for one or more of the suppers, please signup at the link below.
Highlighting Pastoral Care
One of Our Seven Ministries

This is the first in a series of articles highlighting our Seven Ministries. The goal for these articles is to help all of us understand how the ministries are organized and make it possible to identify opportunities where we might enjoy sharing our gifts and talents.

This week we feature the Ministry of Pastoral Care, whose purpose is caring. This ministry of caring is at the heart of the church's life. It may include hospital or home visitation, and ministries of shared presence, listening, and support. It also includes taking communion to those who cannot attend services (Eucharistic visitors), updating the parish prayer list, and providing Sunday prayer partners.

Future Plans include:
  • Expanding Sunday prayer partners to the 7:45 am service 
  • Creating a transportation network that will provide rides to church on Sundays and on special occasions and holidays. 
  • Arranging a game night at Wellbrooke of Carmel during Lent and providing rides to the activity

How you can help: We need referrals! We want to know about those who might need a home, hospital, or skilled nursing home visit from a member of our team. Many of the individuals who might benefit from a visit do not know about our ministry or how to reach us. If you have such a referral, please contact any member of the Pastoral Care Ministry team by phone or email. (Hint: You can look us up through Realm.)

The Team: Sue Blase and Eden Bruce (both Lay Eucharistic Visitors) are liaisons for this Ministry. Other members of the team are Jane Dunnivant (member of the vestry); Dick Frey and Beth DeBard (Sunday prayer partners}; Mike Goupil (Lay Eucharistic Visitor); Laurie Paisley; Alex Esche, and Tricia Seitz.

Learn more about the Pastoral Care Ministry
UTO
United Thank Offering (UTO)

United Thank Offering blue boxes will be available beginning Sunday, March 3. UTO is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. UTO distributes 100% of what is collected to support innovative missions and ministries throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Through this offering, we are invited to commit to a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. Notice the good things that happen each day. Then give thanks for these blessing by adding coins to the UTO Blue Box during Lent. Return your UTO boxes by Easter and place them in the wooden cross in the Narthex. Our hope is to fill our wooden cross with blue boxes. Let’s show how truly grateful we are for everything we have. 
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. 

March 6, 6:30 am, 10:00 am, 7:00 pm | Ash Wednesday Services
March 10, 4:00 pm | Indianapolis Brass Choir Concert
March 10, 5:00 - 7:00 pm | Youth Group at DEFY ( more information)
March 24 | Butter Braids tasting at Coffee Hour, sale begins
March 24, 6:30 pm | Youth Group Study Night at Starbucks (adjacent to the church)
March 27, 11:30 am | Young at Heart Luncheon


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