Category Archives: Enews – April 2017

Pathways to Vitality: June and July Blog Posts

pathways to vitality

New blog posts have been published.

June 2017: What every pastor ought to know about money

July 2017: A Message from Rev. Erin Hougland

 

 

 

 


Past Posts

Webcast

Watch our webcasts live and archived on www.indydio.org

  • Bishop Waynick’s celebration Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. from St. Christopher’s, Carmel
  • Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows’ consecration Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. from Clowes Hall, Butler University

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Easter 2017

[Episcopal News Service] “Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 message. “Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.”

The Festive day of Easter is Sunday, April 16.

[Video Link]


Easter 2017 Message

It’s taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn’t on vacation. He wasn’t just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people’s hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.

Jesus arranged his entrance into Jerusalem to send a message. He entered the city, having come in on one side of the city, the scholars tell us, at just about the same time that Pontius Pilate made his entrance on the exact opposite side of the city. Pilate, coming forth on a warhorse. Pilate, with soldiers around him. Pilate, with the insignias of Rome’s Empire. Pilate, representing the Caesars who claimed to be son of god. Pilate, who had conquered through Rome the people of Jerusalem. Pilate, representing the Empire that had taken away their freedom. Pilate, who represented the Empire that would maintain the colonial status of the Jewish people by brute force and violence.

 Jesus entered the city on the other side, not on a warhorse, but on a donkey, recalling the words of Zechariah:

Behold your King comes to you
Triumphant and victorious is He
Humble and riding on a donkey

Jesus entered the city at the same time as Pilate to show them, and to show us, that God has another way. That violence is not the way. That hatred is not the way. That brute force and brutality are not the way.

Jesus came to show us there is another way. The way of unselfish, sacrificial love. That’s why he entered Jerusalem. That’s why he went to the cross. It was the power of that love poured out from the throne of God, that even after the horror of the crucifixion would raise him from death to life.

 God came among us in the person of Jesus to start a movement. A movement to change the face of the earth. A movement to change us who dwell upon the earth. A movement to change the creation from the nightmare that is often made of it into the dream that God intends for it.

He didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday. He went to Jerusalem for a reason. To send a message. That not even the titanic powers of death can stop the love of God.  On that Easter morning, he rose from the dead, and proclaimed love wins.

 So you have a blessed Easter. Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.

Have a blessed Easter.  And bless the world.  Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Become a Part of the 2017-2018 Youth Steering Committee (YSC)

Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) in the 2017-2018 school year. The YSC is comprised of youth and adults from across the Diocese of Indianapolis. We meet 10-12 times per year at various churches around the diocese to plan (and we also lead) the Youth Fall Conference and Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross. We also participate in other diocesan events (like Diocesan Convention), plan and participate in outreach and service projects, and engage in other formation and leadership development opportunities.

Youth must be in the second semester of the 8th grade in spring 2017 to be eligible to apply. Adults must be age 21 or older and have current Safeguarding God’s Children training. All YSC members must attend at least 50% of the meetings and at least one diocesan youth event.

Applications must be returned to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, by  May 31, 2017. Applications can be emailed to  victoria@waycrosscenter.org or mailed to Victoria Hoppes, 7363 Bear Creek Road, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Download the Application

THE CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION

Friday, April 28

  • Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting and Luncheon, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Richard’s School. All priests and deacons are invited. Please RSVP here.
  • Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Richard’s School and Trinity Outreach Center
  • Rehearsal, 4 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Consecration Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m at Clowes
  • Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5 – 7 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral (CCC)
  • Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at CCC
  • Bishop’s Dinner (Bishops and spouses only), 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Columbia Club

Saturday, April 29

  • Bishop’s Breakfast, (Bishops only), 8 a.m. at Clowes
  • Consecration Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. at Clowes
  • Ordination and Consecration. Prelude 10:30 a.m., Liturgy 11 a.m., at Clowes

Sunday, April 30

  • Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, 10:30 a.m., at St. David’s, Bean Blossom
    (Coming from the north, SR 135 is closed just before St. David’s. Stay on 135 and take Railroad Rd. to SR 45 and turn left to St. David’s. Here is a map. ) Please carpool to St. David’s…parking is very limited!
  • Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., at Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED AT THE APRIL 29 ORDINATION

Are you willing and able to help out in any of the areas outlined below? Contact Peggy Allen at pegall@iquest.net or 812-239-6826. All volunteers need to report to Clowes Hall by 8:30 a.m. on April 29.

Banners…

Parish banners will be processing. Each parish needs

  • a banner bearer,
  • a banner
  • a banner stand

Please send Peggy the name and email address of your banner bearer.

Processional…

We need crucifers and torch bearer teams. If you perform any of these tasks in your own parish, you are qualified! Each team will need to bring their “tools” for the task—a processional cross and torch… AND A STAND for each item. You will also need to bring your own vestments.

Ushers…

URGENT NEED…for ushers to make sure everyone gets seated in a timely manner. We also need the ushers to assist at Communion.

Sacristans…

URGENT NEED…for Sacristans on Friday (time is yet to be determined) to assist in getting the stage turned into a sacred space. Sacristans are also needed on Saturday to set up for Eucharist and for take down and clean up afterward.

Clergy & Lay Eucharistic Ministers…

Communion stations will be located throughout Clowes Hall. We need assistance from all of you!

PLEASE TELL US IF YOU WILL BE PRESENT

If you haven’t yet told us you will be coming to Bishop Cate’s celebration and Bishop-elect Jennifer’s ordination and consecration, it is important that you take a moment and go to www.indydio.org or www.hoosierbishopXI.org and let your Transition Committee know as soon as possible. You can also reply for Bishop Cate’s celebration at 317-640-5870 and the consecration at 317-937-4286.

ENews – April 2017

Webcast

Watch our webcasts live and archived on www.indydio.org

  • Bishop Waynick’s celebration Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. from St. Christopher’s, Carmel
  • Bishop-Elect Baskerville-Burrows’ consecration Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. from Clowes Hall, Butler University

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Easter 2017

[Episcopal News Service] “Go forth to be people of the Resurrection,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry said in his Easter 2017 message. “Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.”

The Festive day of Easter is Sunday, April 16.

[Video Link]


Easter 2017 Message

It’s taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn’t on vacation. He wasn’t just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people’s hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.

Jesus arranged his entrance into Jerusalem to send a message. He entered the city, having come in on one side of the city, the scholars tell us, at just about the same time that Pontius Pilate made his entrance on the exact opposite side of the city. Pilate, coming forth on a warhorse. Pilate, with soldiers around him. Pilate, with the insignias of Rome’s Empire. Pilate, representing the Caesars who claimed to be son of god. Pilate, who had conquered through Rome the people of Jerusalem. Pilate, representing the Empire that had taken away their freedom. Pilate, who represented the Empire that would maintain the colonial status of the Jewish people by brute force and violence.

 Jesus entered the city on the other side, not on a warhorse, but on a donkey, recalling the words of Zechariah:

Behold your King comes to you
Triumphant and victorious is He
Humble and riding on a donkey

Jesus entered the city at the same time as Pilate to show them, and to show us, that God has another way. That violence is not the way. That hatred is not the way. That brute force and brutality are not the way.

Jesus came to show us there is another way. The way of unselfish, sacrificial love. That’s why he entered Jerusalem. That’s why he went to the cross. It was the power of that love poured out from the throne of God, that even after the horror of the crucifixion would raise him from death to life.

 God came among us in the person of Jesus to start a movement. A movement to change the face of the earth. A movement to change us who dwell upon the earth. A movement to change the creation from the nightmare that is often made of it into the dream that God intends for it.

He didn’t just happen to be in Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday. He went to Jerusalem for a reason. To send a message. That not even the titanic powers of death can stop the love of God.  On that Easter morning, he rose from the dead, and proclaimed love wins.

 So you have a blessed Easter. Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don’t be ashamed to love. Don’t be ashamed to follow Jesus.

Have a blessed Easter.  And bless the world.  Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Become a Part of the 2017-2018 Youth Steering Committee (YSC)

Applications are now being accepted to join the Youth Steering Committee (YSC) in the 2017-2018 school year. The YSC is comprised of youth and adults from across the Diocese of Indianapolis. We meet 10-12 times per year at various churches around the diocese to plan (and we also lead) the Youth Fall Conference and Youth Spring Retreat at Waycross. We also participate in other diocesan events (like Diocesan Convention), plan and participate in outreach and service projects, and engage in other formation and leadership development opportunities.

Youth must be in the second semester of the 8th grade in spring 2017 to be eligible to apply. Adults must be age 21 or older and have current Safeguarding God’s Children training. All YSC members must attend at least 50% of the meetings and at least one diocesan youth event.

Applications must be returned to Victoria Hoppes, Diocesan Coordinator of Ministries With and For Youth, by  May 31, 2017. Applications can be emailed to  victoria@waycrosscenter.org or mailed to Victoria Hoppes, 7363 Bear Creek Road, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Download the Application

THE CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION

Friday, April 28

  • Presiding Bishop Clergy Meeting and Luncheon, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Richard’s School. All priests and deacons are invited. Please RSVP here.
  • Media Event for PB and Bishop Elect 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Richard’s School and Trinity Outreach Center
  • Rehearsal, 4 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Consecration Choir Rehearsal, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m at Clowes
  • Women of Color Clergy Reception, 5 – 7 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral (CCC)
  • Reception hosted by the Union of Black Episcopalians, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at CCC
  • Bishop’s Dinner (Bishops and spouses only), 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Columbia Club

Saturday, April 29

  • Bishop’s Breakfast, (Bishops only), 8 a.m. at Clowes
  • Consecration Choir Rehearsal, 8:30 a.m. -10:15 a.m. at Clowes
  • Ordination and Consecration. Prelude 10:30 a.m., Liturgy 11 a.m., at Clowes

Sunday, April 30

  • Presiding Bishop Sunday Visitation, 10:30 a.m., at St. David’s, Bean Blossom
    (Coming from the north, SR 135 is closed just before St. David’s. Stay on 135 and take Railroad Rd. to SR 45 and turn left to St. David’s. Here is a map. ) Please carpool to St. David’s…parking is very limited!
  • Bishop’s Seating, 11 a.m., at Christ Church Cathedral, party to follow.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED AT THE APRIL 29 ORDINATION

Are you willing and able to help out in any of the areas outlined below? Contact Peggy Allen at pegall@iquest.net or 812-239-6826. All volunteers need to report to Clowes Hall by 8:30 a.m. on April 29.

Banners…

Parish banners will be processing. Each parish needs

  • a banner bearer,
  • a banner
  • a banner stand

Please send Peggy the name and email address of your banner bearer.

Processional…

We need crucifers and torch bearer teams. If you perform any of these tasks in your own parish, you are qualified! Each team will need to bring their “tools” for the task—a processional cross and torch… AND A STAND for each item. You will also need to bring your own vestments.

Ushers…

URGENT NEED…for ushers to make sure everyone gets seated in a timely manner. We also need the ushers to assist at Communion.

Sacristans…

URGENT NEED…for Sacristans on Friday (time is yet to be determined) to assist in getting the stage turned into a sacred space. Sacristans are also needed on Saturday to set up for Eucharist and for take down and clean up afterward.

Clergy & Lay Eucharistic Ministers…

Communion stations will be located throughout Clowes Hall. We need assistance from all of you!

WAYNICK CENTER FOR YOUTH FORMATION AND CAMPING

At the request of Bishop Cate, in honor of her twenty years of service to the diocese, gifts are being collected for a Waycross project in support of youth ministry.

Please click these two links to see the details for the Waynick Center for Youth Formation and Camping: One and Two.

To contribute, you can use the Make a Gift page of the diocesan website.

PLEASE TELL US IF YOU WILL BE PRESENT

If you haven’t yet told us you will be coming to Bishop Cate’s celebration and Bishop-elect Jennifer’s ordination and consecration, it is important that you take a moment and go to www.indydio.org or www.hoosierbishopXI.org and let your Transition Committee know as soon as possible. You can also reply for Bishop Cate’s celebration at 317-640-5870 and the consecration at 317-937-4286.

Mother’s Day Lunch at Waycross

Mother’s Day lunch is a long-standing Waycross tradition. For years, we have invited families to come together and enjoy a wonderful meal and the peaceful outdoors. This year, our Mother’s Day lunch is a part of our special 60th anniversary celebration. Join us at 1:30 pm! Travel back home with new memories and a full stomach. The menu will include oven fried chicken, baked chicken, sliced baked ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, and the “Good Cake.” Salads, a variety of breads, and other desserts are offered and are chef’s choice.

Cost is $18 per person. Children under 13 are $9 each. Children under 3 eat free!

Register by  May 6, 2017, at  waycrosscenter.campbrainregistration.com/.

We hope that you will join us!

Episcopal Women Honored at Luncheon

April 8th at St. Paul’s, Columbus, 25 women were honored for their support of their parish and community at a Luncheon sponsored by the Diocesan Episcopal Women’s Ministries Council. Bishop-Elect Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows presented their certificates.

Honored Women

  • Carol Baum – Good Samaritan Brownsburg
  • Mary Boggs – St. Alban’s, Indianapolis
  • Pat Carter – St. James’, New Castle
  • Dr. Carolyn Cooper – Chapel of the Good Shepherd, West Lafayette
  • Karen Dickie – Christ Church Church, Madison
  • Carla Ewing – St. Paul’s, Evansville
  • Judith Gillespie – St. Paul’s, Columbus
  • Jane Herr – St. David’s, Bean Blossom
  • Rhoda Keough – St. Phillip’s, Indianapolis
  • Dr. Maggie McClure – St. John’s, Lafayette
  • Marie Krebs O’Neil – St. Paul’s New Albany
  • Kaye Palmer – St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis
  • Irene Ray – St. James’, Vincennes
  • Nancy Rayfield –  Trinity, Bloomington
  • Dr. Jane Root – Trinity, Indianapolis
  • Helen Rudesill – St. Paul’s, Indianapolis
  • Susan Steigerwald –Trinity, Lawrenceburg
  • Betty Whaley –  Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
  • Carolyn Williams –  St. Timothy’s, Indianapolis

Special recognition

  • Esther Weaver for her support
  • Sally Cassidy for her support

Those not able to attend:

  • Suse Blasé – St. Christopher’s Church, Carmel
  • Ruthie Fassnacht – St. Mark’s, Plainfield
  • Carol Hubbard – St. Augustine, Danville
  • Florence Caylor – Trinity, Anderson

More Pictures from the Event

Holy Week

Emigration & Sancturary

JOINING THE SANCTUARY AND SOLIDARITY NETWORK

Interested in joining an interfaith Sanctuary and Solidarity Network? One of the key ways to be involved is being trained as a Rapid Responder. Rapid Responders are peaceful witnesses at critical events, such as a raid by ICE agents, a hate crime, or an illegal “stop and frisk” by the police. If you are interested in learning more about joining a Rapid Response Team, come to one of these Tuesday training sessions.

  • April 18: The Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
  • April 25: The Episcopal Church of All Saints, 1559 Central Ave., Indianapolis (If you plan to attend the training at All Saints, please RSVP to Mother Suzanne Wille (rector@allsaintsindy.org) so that we have a sense of numbers.)

All training begins at 7 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Contact The Rev. Suzanne Wille for more information.

Stand to Support Refugees: An Invitation to Support Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement agency of the Episcopal Church, invites participation in supporting its life-saving work through Stand To Support Refugees, a fundraising campaign to maintain a strong, viable ministry network to welcome those fleeing war, violence and persecution. Donations to Stand to Support Refugees will help strengthen important ministry to some of the most vulnerable throughout the world.
 
On Monday, March 6, President Donald Trump signed a revised Executive Order with elements that include: suspending refugee resettlement for 120 days; cutting the previously determined number of refugees to be resettled in the United States for the current year from 110,000 to 50,000; and prohibiting entry for most nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days.
 
“The Executive Order will disrupt the promise of hope and safety for the most vulnerable children, women, and men,” noted the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries. “Episcopal Migration Ministries is committed to embracing the command of Jesus, and his definition of neighbor. We recognize that there is little to fear from those who have themselves fled violence for fear of their lives. We respect and value the dignity of every human being. Our interest is only in being ‘neighbor’ to those who need to know peace and comfort.”
 
Like other agencies that resettle refugees and assist them with housing, job training, and other services, Episcopal Migration Ministries receives the bulk of its funding from federal grants. Stevenson explained, as a result of the Executive Order, funding is being dramatically reduced for the remainder of 2017, potentially resulting in a significant negative impact to core ministries offered by Episcopal Migration Ministries.
 
“The Stand To Support Refugees campaign will fund ministries and will lay the groundwork for a strong future,” Stevenson said.  “At a time when the world is facing the largest refugee crisis since World War II, the United States can and should welcome more refugees, not less. Stand with Episcopal Migration Ministries and support our work as we care for and welcome our newest neighbors and advocate for refugees at home and abroad.”

For more information and to make a donation visit here episcopalmigrationministries.org  or check here  bit.ly/EMMDonation

“By making a donation to Episcopal Migration Ministries, we can continue to care for and welcome our newest neighbors,” Stevenson said. “Reach out to refugee or immigrant groups in your community and tell them that you are happy that they are here, that you are available to help – or simply that you are willing to be a friend. Pray for the victims of fear, jealousy, and self-interest. And, pray for those who do this work.”
 
Episcopal Migration Ministries is a ministry of the Episcopal Church and is one of nine national agencies responsible for resettling refugees in the United States in partnership with the government. Episcopal Migration Ministries currently has 31 affiliate offices in 23 states.

Around the Fireplace

FILLING EASTER BASKETS

 

Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, partnered with some scouts in their community and filled 42 Easter baskets with supplies for Sheltering Wings, Family Promise, and the moms and babies of the Harris Academy nursery. 

 

GOOD SHEPHERD, WEST LAFAYETTE STAFFED PANTRY

Good Shepherd, West Lafayette, recently staffed a community mobile food pantry.

SOUP & BREAD BUFFET WITH A SILENT AUCTION

St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, recently held a soup and bread buffet and silent auction, with proceeds dedicated to sending children in their community to Waycross Camp.

A LENTEN SOUP SUPPER AND STUDY PROGRAM

The St. John’s, Crawfordsville, community shared in a Lenten Soup Supper and Study program.  Members of First Christian, Christ Lutheran, Wabash Avenue Presbyterian, and St. John’s enjoyed a wide variety of soups and conversation at their first gathering, discussing the Reformation.  

HOT SKATES ROLLER SKATING FUND-RAISER

St. John’s, Speedway, recently held a Hot Skates roller skating fund-raiser.  All admissions went to support St John’s.   

 

WHAT’S YOUR SIGN FOR EASTER?

What’s your sign for Easter?!  This is the one at St. John’s, Bedford.  (Remember—your parish is eligible for up to $250 per year to improve your church’s exterior signage.  Contact communication@indydio.org or KathyCopas@aol.com to learn more.)

CHILDREN’S UNDERWEAR COLLECTED FOR NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY SCHOOLS

St. Paul’s, New Albany, recently collected over 350 pairs of children’s underwear for the New Albany-Floyd County Schools.

BISHOP CATE AND BISHOP ELECT JENNIFER SHARED ASH WEDNESDAY

Bishop Cate and Bishop Elect Jennifer shared Ash Wednesday at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis.

Recognizing Privilege and Whiteness in the Episcopal Church

Trinity, Bloomington hosted our Bishop-elect for a dynamic conversation around recognizing privilege and whiteness in The Episcopal Church. 

 

“CLASSICS BY CANDLELIGHT” CONCERT

St. Paul’s, Evansville, teamed up with The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana to host the Forgotten Clefs in their “Classics by Candlelight” concert series. They shared favorites from the 14th through 16th centuries with some interesting music makers including recorders, shawms, dulcians, a sackbut, and bagpipes.  

Lent 2017 Study – REAL TALK: Community Conversations About Race

Trinity, Indianapolis hosted a popular Lenten conversation series called “REAL TALK: Community Conversations about Race.”

“ASHES TO GO”

St. David’s, Bean Blossom, was among many parishes hosting an “Ashes to Go” event for Ash Wednesday.

A FUN MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, recently shared a photo of their fun Mardi Gras celebration.

Bishop-elect Jennifer Visits

Bishop-elect Jennifer recently visited St. John’s, Washington and St. James, Vincennes

“CHANGE FOR CHANGE” FOR EFHN

St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, was one of the several parishes to do “Collect Change for Change” for the Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) on time change Sunday.

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT

St. Thomas, Franklin recently held a Parent’s Night Out, with the kids having some fun of their own at the church.

Mothering Day 2017

Christ Church Cathedral commemorated Mothering Sunday, where the men do the cooking!  This undertaking involved 26 dozen eggs, 112 cheese blintzes, 33 pounds of asparagus, 300 link sausages and one gallon of hollandaise sauce.

 

 

Around the Fireplace – April 2017

Broadening Your Reach With News Media

Spring is a time when a lot of us host some fantastic parish events. From strawberry festivals to ice cream socials to parades, these events are a great way for us to get out there in our community, meet some new people, and help others discover the amazing love of God and our wonderful holy hospitality.

News media can play a big role in the success of parish events. In my home parish, St. Paul’s New Albany, we host an annual art fair that now attracts thousands each year. It is a unique and very high-quality event that has grown for a lot of reasons but the participation of news media has been an incredibly important part of that growth and development. Each year, we get tons of free media coverage, to the point that other festivals have asked us how we do it. Here are just a few things we do that may help you in thinking about your own parish event.

  1. Put somebody in charge of it who doesn’t already have a thousand other responsibilities for your event. It should be considered a major, time-consuming responsibility associated with your event. Let someone focus just on media. Don’t make it an afterthought for an already burdened person on your committee.
  2. Start early and have a plan. Our parish art fair is an annual event so we basically start on the following year as soon as the current year’s festival is done. Even months before our festival, we’re getting ourselves on digital media and local magazine calendars and mentioning it to producers of local TV talk and public affairs shows. We chart out a plan month by month and even week by week as the time draws closer.
  3. Spend a lot of time cultivating contacts. The diocesan communication office can help you get off the ground with this one. We maintain a very up-to-date database of media all over our diocese and beyond. For example, if you are having an event in Evansville, we can hook you up with Owensboro media right across the river. If you’re in Lawrenceburg, we maintain contacts for Cincinnati-area media, as well. A lot of this is about knowing who to write or call. Once you have a good list of names, you can also do some asking around in your congregation about who has media contacts in your community. You may be surprised who among you is related to (or friends with) a reporter, producer, or editor.
  4. Hone your message and figure out how you can make your event very visual. For our art fair, we pitch stories or live interview slots with our artists demonstrating how they are creating their art. We also pitch musical groups for tv slots, particularly early morning variety shows. We sometimes offer bits on children’s activities or the preparation of food that will be served at our event. If you aren’t sure what you could do that would be visually attractive to media, let our diocesan communication office brainstorm with you! It is all about being creative and sometimes putting a different but simple spin on things.
  5. Prepare a news release or media advisory. If you don’t feel comfortable writing one, the diocesan communication office can help. Send your release to multiple contacts at the media outlets in your community generally about a month prior to your event. (Don’t assume they will share among themselves!) Think about who among you would be effective and comfortable spokespersons for your event.
  6. Be sure to take special care with your Facebook page and/or website during this time. When media get a release from you one of the first things they will do is search out your digital presence and decide if they are interested from that.
  7. Do really good follow up. Make calls, be kind and helpful but not overbearing. Say you were calling to see if they had any questions or needed anything from you.
  8. Be reliable. They need to know you will do what you say you are going to do. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. And, always show up when and where you say you will be present. Always deliver what you promised. This will help your parish build a solid reputation that you are a source they can truly rely on.
  9. Always be accessible and ready to respond quickly and calmly to changes. Don’t freak out if they have to change dates or times for interviews or photo shoots. News happens. Plans change. Things move fast in the world of media. Be easy to work with and go with the flow.
  10. Thank them for their good coverage. Handwritten notes are best but emails will suffice. Again, it is all about building relationships. Another tip—compliment them for their other stories during the year that have nothing to do with your event. Remember—everyone likes to receive sincere affirmation for their work.

Strategic use of media can help your parish raise more friends and funds than you ever imagined possible, taking your events to the next level. Want some help or want to know more? Please get in touch!

Kathy Copas
Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
502-345-6406
KathyCopas@aol.com
Communication@indydio.org

This Month’s Good Idea…

A wonderful banner like this can be made for the exterior of your building for (depending on the banner size) about $80-$200. Parishes in this diocese are eligible to apply for a signage grant of up to $250 each year.

Think proclamation! What could your banner say to proclaim what your parish is all about? Need signage grant info or help producing a sign? KathyCopas@aol.com or communication@indydio.org.

Around the Diocese

“ASHES TO GO”

St. David’s, Bean Blossom, was among many parishes hosting an “Ashes to Go” event for Ash Wednesday.

“CHANGE FOR CHANGE” FOR EFHN

St. Matthew’s, Indianapolis, was one of the several parishes to do “Collect Change for Change” for the Episcopal Fund for Human Need (EFHN) on time change Sunday.

“CLASSICS BY CANDLELIGHT” CONCERT

St. Paul’s, Evansville, teamed up with The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana to host the Forgotten Clefs in their “Classics by Candlelight” concert series. They shared favorites from the 14th through 16th centuries with some interesting music makers including recorders, shawms, dulcians, a sackbut, and bagpipes.  

A FUN MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute, recently shared a photo of their fun Mardi Gras celebration.

A LENTEN SOUP SUPPER AND STUDY PROGRAM

The St. John’s, Crawfordsville, community shared in a Lenten Soup Supper and Study program.  Members of First Christian, Christ Lutheran, Wabash Avenue Presbyterian, and St. John’s enjoyed a wide variety of soups and conversation at their first gathering, discussing the Reformation.  

BISHOP CATE AND BISHOP ELECT JENNIFER SHARED ASH WEDNESDAY

Bishop Cate and Bishop Elect Jennifer shared Ash Wednesday at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis.

Bishop-elect Jennifer Visits

Bishop-elect Jennifer recently visited St. John’s, Washington and St. James, Vincennes

CHILDREN’S UNDERWEAR COLLECTED FOR NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY SCHOOLS

St. Paul’s, New Albany, recently collected over 350 pairs of children’s underwear for the New Albany-Floyd County Schools.

FILLING EASTER BASKETS

 

Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, partnered with some scouts in their community and filled 42 Easter baskets with supplies for Sheltering Wings, Family Promise, and the moms and babies of the Harris Academy nursery. 

 

GOOD SHEPHERD, WEST LAFAYETTE STAFFED PANTRY

Good Shepherd, West Lafayette, recently staffed a community mobile food pantry.

HOT SKATES ROLLER SKATING FUND-RAISER

St. John’s, Speedway, recently held a Hot Skates roller skating fund-raiser.  All admissions went to support St John’s.   

 

Lent 2017 Study – REAL TALK: Community Conversations About Race

Trinity, Indianapolis hosted a popular Lenten conversation series called “REAL TALK: Community Conversations about Race.”

Mothering Day 2017

Christ Church Cathedral commemorated Mothering Sunday, where the men do the cooking!  This undertaking involved 26 dozen eggs, 112 cheese blintzes, 33 pounds of asparagus, 300 link sausages and one gallon of hollandaise sauce.

 

 

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT

St. Thomas, Franklin recently held a Parent’s Night Out, with the kids having some fun of their own at the church.

Recognizing Privilege and Whiteness in the Episcopal Church

Trinity, Bloomington hosted our Bishop-elect for a dynamic conversation around recognizing privilege and whiteness in The Episcopal Church. 

 

SOUP & BREAD BUFFET WITH A SILENT AUCTION

St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, recently held a soup and bread buffet and silent auction, with proceeds dedicated to sending children in their community to Waycross Camp.

WHAT’S YOUR SIGN FOR EASTER?

What’s your sign for Easter?!  This is the one at St. John’s, Bedford.  (Remember—your parish is eligible for up to $250 per year to improve your church’s exterior signage.  Contact communication@indydio.org or KathyCopas@aol.com to learn more.)

 

Mother’s Day Lunch at Waycross

Mother’s Day lunch is a long-standing Waycross tradition. For years, we have invited families to come together and enjoy a wonderful meal and the peaceful outdoors. This year, our Mother’s Day lunch is a part of our special 60th anniversary celebration. Join us at 1:30 pm! Travel back home with new memories and a full stomach. The menu will include oven fried chicken, baked chicken, sliced baked ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, and the “Good Cake.” Salads, a variety of breads, and other desserts are offered and are chef’s choice.

Cost is $18 per person. Children under 13 are $9 each. Children under 3 eat free!

Register by  May 6, 2017, at  waycrosscenter.campbrainregistration.com/.

We hope that you will join us!