Due to a handful of our usual participants again being on vacation, Media Monday will be rescheduled for Monday, September 8, 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Conversation about the diocesan web site will continue on the Facebook meeting for Diocesan Communicators.
Does your parish have someone named to join in this new meeting? For either an invitation to join in Media Monday or join the Diocesan Communicators meeting, contact KathyCopas@aol.com
(502) 345-6406. Thanks!
By Kathy Copas, Diocesan Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism
So, a long-time Episcopal friend—who just returned home to Indiana after taking a job in another state for a couple of years—recently shared a four-alarm parish hospitality horror story. This person's family was actually looking forward to returning to their former home parish, where friends and great experiences still beckoned. But, even before their first visit, something went seriously awry with the welcome.
The family promptly got calls or messages from a handful of vestry friends and other church acquaintances, as well as the primary clergy. The theme was the same— "so glad you're back, we really need you to sign up to help with...." Not one invitation to coffee, lunch or dinner... not even one invitation to just come to church or join them for a summer church event... nothing but "oh, thank God!" impassioned requests for service with a task or committee. The last I heard, this family was off visiting another church. They told me they feel hurt. And, no one can blame them.
Folks, we all feel your pain. There is hardly a parish anywhere these days that doesn't have far too many tasks with far too few volunteers to do them. Yes, some of us may even claim feeling a little desperate about needing help! But, if this little story sounds like you or your parish, please just give this some prayerful thought. If you get a church guest who is an accountant and you try to draft them into chairing the finance committee on their second visit, this may be a problem. If you get a plumber to visit your church and ask them to take a look at the church toilet during their first coffee hour, this may be a problem.
If you have the blessing of having a former parishioner return to your church for any reason, please consider meeting them with love without conditions, listening with great intention, and gentleness without desperation. Meet them right where they are in their journey—realizing that they may be in a very different place in life than when you last met. And, only after they have experienced a time of reconnecting with the best of your no-strings-attached welcome, share with them opportunities to serve in your parish and community. That's the difference in a glorious (versus an inglorious) experience of welcome.
Sure hope some of these tips help! Need more? I would love to help—(502) 345-6406 or KathyCopas@aol.com
August 23, 2014
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
St. Paul's, Indianapolis
Growing the Church Training
August 23, 2014
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
St. Thomas, Franklin
Discovering Funding Sources
September 4, in Evansville
11 a.m.—1 p.m. (Central time)
September 5, in Seymour
11 a.m.—1 p.m. (Eastern time)
Fall Ember Day Gathering
September 8, 2014 (Date Change)
10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Krannert Hall, Interchurch Center
Deans meeting at 3 p.m.
FALL RETREAT: Episcopal Women's Ministy
September 26—28, 2014
Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for Greater Good
October 22, 2014
October 23—25, 2014
Grace Church, Muncie
November 1, 2014
10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Interchurch Center, Indianapolis
Diocesan Youth Fall Conference
Advent Ember Day Gathering
December 11, 2014
10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Krannert Hall, Interchurch Center
|Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good|
|Excerpted from The Episcopal Church Web Site|
Live webcast on October 22
The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs
On October 22, The Episcopal Church will host and produce a groundbreaking forum on an important topic in our society: Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good.
The 90-minute live webcast will originate from historic Christ Church, Philadelphia (Diocese of Pennsylvania), the birthplace of the Episcopal Church and the home of our country's beginnings. In partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Civil Discourse in America will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Central, noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. Alaska, 9 a.m. Hawaii).
"This nation's life is remarkably polarized in the current season," commented Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. "We have largely forgotten or ignored the need to value the well-being of others as a significant contributor to our nation's quality of life. We see the evidence in increasing economic inequality, the decreasing quality of public schools, continuing high levels of unemployment and underemployment, and rabid rhetoric that blames the suffering for their own plight. Some of the current polarization is certainly generated by fear – often stirred up for particular ends – fear of the other, whether of other faith traditions or none, immigrants both documented and not, or those who inhabit different social locations – economic, geographic, or cultural. We have forgotten what it is to know our neighbors as human beings with equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
The forum will be moderated by well-known journalist and commentator Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post. Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address. Two panel discussions will focus on main themes: Civil discourse and faith; and Civil discourse in politics and policy.
The forum is ideal for live group watching and discussion, or on-demand viewing later. It will be appropriate for Sunday School, discussion groups, and community gatherings.
The event supports Mark 4 of the Anglican Marks of Mission: To seek to transform unjust structures of society.
"People of faith claim to know something about how to respect the dignity of people created in the image of God," the Presiding Bishop said. "Our own tradition teaches us to be "repairers of the breach, and restorers of cities fit to live in (Isaiah 58:12)." We will consider both how to learn that wisdom more deeply and how to share it in our communities."
Resources such as bibliography, on-demand video, materials for community and individual review, discussion questions, and lesson plans will be available.
For more information contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer,
177th Diocesan Convention
|October 23—25, 2014|
Horizon Convention Center, Muncie IN
Grace Church, Muncie Hosting
|The theme this year will be "Holy Currencies." Information for the convention is featured on the home page of IndyDio.org and is updated as details become established.|
The information below is from the Call to Convention. More information can be found through the Convention Links featured in the left hand column of this issue.
If you are a delegate and unable to attend convention, it is your responsibility to notify this office of the change.
At this time, two of the deanery meetings have been scheduled. When the others are, the information will be posted on the Indydio.org homepage, in the Wednesday Mailbag, and in The Gathered Community.
Convention dinner is scheduled for Friday evening (time TBA) at the Horizon Convention Center. Reservations are required and must be received no later than September 30th. Forms will be available on the website or you may call Kim Smith at (317) 926-5454 or (800) 669-5786.
Host Dinner at Grace Church
This special dinner will be before Evensong on Thursday October 23th. The menu is Salmon, Filet Mignon, or a Vegetarian entree. The cost is $10.00 per per person.
Go to the event page for the dinner on the diocesan web site for more information and a link to make your reservation online.
Hotels & Reservations
Rooms at the following hotels have been blocked for our Convention:
Reservations must be made with the hotel directly. Please tell the hotel you are making reservations in the room block for the Episcopal Diocese Convention and note that the last day to make hotel reservations is September 23, 2014. The negotiated cost per night does not include applicable taxes.
- Fairfield Inn $105/night (765) 282-6666
- Holiday Inn Express $104/night (765) 289-4678
- Hampton Inn $109/night (765) 288-8500
- Baymont Inn $69/night (765) 284-4200
A free shuttle service will be provided from the hotels to the Convention Center. The shuttle will run two times in the morning and evening. Details will come later.
Show Your Support — Order a T-Shirt
|T-Shirt Sales Benefit South Sudan|
|The Episcopal Church Welcomes ALL!|
[back] ...and all means ALL! Proudly Sharing God's Love. The Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis & The Episcopal Churches of Central and Southern Indiana
T-Shirt orders are being accepted now through August 15, 2014.
Cost is $15 per shirt. Shirts will be available for pick-up at your specified home parish beginning September 7. If you need a t-shirt order shipped elsewhere, an additional shipping charge of $4 per t-shirt will apply.
Proceeds from this sale benefit food, water, medicine and mosquito netting for the Diocese of Bor in South Sudan.
Click Here to Order A Shirt
Growing the Church Training with Canon Gray
|August 23 at St. Thomas, Franklin|
|On Saturday August 23, 10 a.m.—|
2 p.m., Canon Bruce Gray will offer a training day in Episcopal evangelism, using in part the approaches of the Pathways to Vitality program he developed for the diocese. The program will be at St. Thomas, Franklin and is open to everyone in the diocese.
He will be talking about the particular ways in which Episcopal churches grow in membership and how to apply those techniques to congregations both larger and smaller within our diocese.
Topics he will cover include
Lunch will cost $5 and will be paid for at St. Thomas, but reservations are requested and can be made through the event registration system. Contact Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org
- who is typically drawn to Episcopal churches
- how should we welcome first timers
- how do we incorporate new members, and
- how do we let go of old ways as part of welcoming new people.
Share the Love with South Sudan
|The Human Rights Watch Releases a Report Calling for UN Security Council Sanctions |
From the Human Rights Watch web site, August 8, 2014:
Both government and opposition forces and their allies committed extraordinary acts of cruelty that amount to war crimes in South Sudan
since fighting began there in December 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In some cases, the actions amounted to potential crimes against humanity.
The 92-page report, “South Sudan’s New War: Abuses by Government and Opposition Forces,”
documents how widespread killings of civilians, often based on their ethnicity, and mass destruction and looting of civilian property, have defined the conflict. Read More
. . .
Suffering in South Sudan continues–clean drinking water, food, and medical supplies are all needed. Donations can still be made through the Sharing the Love with South Sudan Web site, by buying pins or t-shirts, or by check to the diocesan office. See the Share the Love Web site for complete details and updates.
Mandated Anti-Racism Training Offered
|November 1 at the Interchurch Center, Indianapolis|
|ANTI-RACISM: FROM THEOLOGICAL ROOTS TOWARD AWARENESS & ACTION|
This workshop will afford all diocesan staff, clergy and elected or appointed lay leaders the opportunity to take substantive steps toward the fulfillment of our General Convention's requirement that they "...take anti-racism training and receive certification of such training...."
Leaders will explore anti-racism from a sound theological base, moving toward establishing common definitions and examining racism as well as its resistance in a number of historical and practical contexts.
Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m.—4 p.m., at the Interchurch Center, Indianapolis. Registration information will be provided when it is available.
|Annual Giving Plan Help Offered|
|Our diocese is a member of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). One benefit of membership is that all of our congregations have access to the 2014 Walking the Way Stewardship Narrative Series and Annual Giving Campaign.|
To access: www.tens.org then (lower case):
The series is designed to help your stewardship ministry team lead the congregation step-by-step through a six-week annual giving campaign. This year, eight contributing writers reflect on the Gospel lections, beginning Sunday, October 5, and continuing through Sunday, November 9, weaving in a stewardship principle or practice that invites the reader to reflect on their own journey of giving and their walk with Christ.
You will find two reflections for the Sunday celebrating All Saints Day, recognizing that some congregations use the All Saints Day readings and others use the designated RCL lections. In addition, you will find a reflection celebrating the Feast Day of St. Francis for Sunday, October 5. Questions? John Oaks
Center for Congregations Offers Workshop on Discovering Funding Sources
|September 4 in Evansville & September 5 in Evansville |
|Many congregational budgets rely heavily−if not exclusively−on contributions from their membership. This workshop introduces clergy and lay leaders to strategies to look "beyond the pews" and identify new sources of revenue and in-kind support.|
Partners for Sacred Places executive Gianfranco Grande introduces participants to ways of discovering funding resources outside the congregation.
11 a.m.—1 p.m. (Central time), Thursday, September 4, in Evansville
11 a.m.—1 p.m. (Eastern time), Friday, September 5, in Seymour
Click here for locations and to register.
St. Paul's, Indianapolis, Offers Habitat for Humanity Panel Build
Sign up for one or more shifts... there are 200+ volunteer spots to fill and jobs are both physical & non-physical.
Habitat set-up, build and tear down shifts are:
To sign up for one of these jobs, visit St Paul's Indyhabitat Volunteer Hub. Scroll down to the September 13 Panel Build and select one or more options. Youth ages 16+ are eligible to volunteer. Volunteers are also needed to work the sign-in and refreshment tables, and prepare/serve lunch after the build.
- 7 a.m.—7:30 a.m.
- 7:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
- 8:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
- 9:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
- 10:30 a.m.—12:00 noon
- 12:00—12:30 p.m.
If you can help in this way, have more general questions or are unable to sign up for the build online, please contact Frank Hartman, (317) 253-7053 or email@example.com.
St. Paul's will provide free nursery care & children's activities to run concurrent with the Panel Build. Please register your child(ren) in advance with Tana Hunnicutt, firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we may appropriately staff this offering.
Books & Towels = A New Ministry
|St. Paul's, Jeffersonville Partners with Haven House|
It took a Deacon in formation with a discerning eye and new contacts in the community to realize the potential for a new ministry the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church might be willing to undertake. Jim Stanton, who is doing a year’s internship at St. Paul’s as part of the formation as a Deacon toured Haven House and in conversation with the staff noted that there were no books and few reading materials available in the homeless shelter. Someone else mentioned that towels were needed.
Stanton took his idea to St Paul’s Co-Pastors and then to the governing board proposing the church partner with Haven House to provide them with a small library and to collect books and towels as an ongoing project. According to Stanton “Reading material may seem like a small ting but it is a way to keep those who are homeless from dis-connecting from society. And a clean towel allows them the dignity and comfort of cleanliness.”
The Books and Towels Team of St Paul’s was commissioned on Sunday August 3rd and the back of the church was filled with cartons of donated books and towels. Executive Director of Haven House Barbara Anderson was at St Paul’s to receive the donations and to offer her thanks for this new ministry.
Jim Stanton of St Paul’s Church, Jeffersonville and Barbara Anderson of
Haven House look over the cartons of books and piles of towels
donated for use at Haven House.
|Parish Happenings Posted on the Web . . .|
St. John's Lafayette Vacation Bible School
youth had a summer snowball fight
St. Mark's Plainfield took delivery of a freezer for its
Lion's Den pantry. The freezer was provided by a
donation from Meijer.
The Christ Church Cathedral Power of Song summer campers enjoyed song, fun and a number of
adventures around town.