Category Archives: Enews – July 2017


This past Monday, July 10, seven youth and three adults from our diocese went to E.Y.E. at the University of Central Oklahoma. They are participating in plenary sessions, workshops, day trips, and other activities centered around the theme “Path to Peace.” Please keep these young people and their chaperones in your prayers.

Follow their adventures on the diocesan youth ministry blog and our diocesan youth ministry Facebook page. You can also watch the livestream of the Eucharists and plenary sessio.






Around the Diocese – July 2017


St. Michael’s, Noblesville, is having a summer of remodeling.


Trinity, Bloomington, has been welcoming downtown passer-bys with beautiful gardens this summer.


St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, had a fantastic group of kids for their Vacation Bible School.


Good Samaritan, Brownsburg, collected and packaged hundreds of pencils for the Brownsburg Community Schools.

Good Shepherd, West Lafayette, youth had a summer bread baking session.











A fun time was had by all at the St. Stephen’s, Terre Haute church picnic.


Children at St. Christopher’s, Carmel, enjoyed coloring fish in tribute to 15 years of ministry by the Rev. Steve Fales upon his retirement.


Trinity, Indianapolis, just celebrated the one-year arrival anniversary of the Rev. Mother Julia Whitworth.


Christ Church, Madison, is making progress on brick and mortar repair work for their historic building.


St. Stephen’s, New Harmony, parishioner Wayne Hall created this great bike rack for congregants to use when cycling to church. That’s the Rev. Dr. Beth Macke admiring it!


St. John’s, Speedway, is getting ready for their annual church clean up and pizza luncheon day.


One of the stunning windows from beautiful St. John’s, Bedford.


St. John’s, Lafayette, recently got a drone-eyed view photo of their congregation.


The people at St. James, New Castle, were excited to have three Baptisms on Pentecost Sunday.


Hello from St. Stephen’s, Elwood, where they are small in number but mighty in spirit!


St. John’s, Crawfordsville, helped mobilize a major community food distribution last month.


St. Philip’s, Indianapolis, prepared its parking lot for Fourthfest, a great place for the public to view the downtown Indianapolis July 4 fireworks.


St. Alban’s, Indianapolis, was delighted to celebrate a Baptism on Pentecost Sunday.


Hello from Trinity, Lawrenceburg, where this week they welcomed back an old friend, Seth, and met his family.


St. John’s, Washington, was happy this week to install new window coverings for their basement/parish hall area.


All Saints, Indianapolis, is getting ready for its 11th Annual Big, Big Really Big Sidewalk Yard Sale on Saturday, July 15.


St. Paul’s, Columbus, gave their choir some major appreciation and a bit of summer time off. But, they’ll be back August 6 as the school and fall routine returns!


St. Paul’s, New Albany, has neighbors stopping by this summer to enjoy their Little Lending Library of books and sit on a park bench donated in memory of long-time parishioner Carolyn Pry by her family.


St. Paul’s, Indianapolis, had wonderful participation at Waycross Women’s Week—26 kids along with this happy group of St. Paul’s women.


St. Paul’s, Evansville, was excited to have a visit from Bishop Jennifer but sad to say farewell to the Ewing family as they headed to Virginia.


St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville, is studying the architecture of their historic building this month AND looking forward to having the diocesan household see it during the 180th Diocesan Convention in October.









The Congregational Resource Center (CRC) at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS):  Your Center for Ideas and Inspiration for Ministry

The end of the July 4th holiday has a way of reminding us that fall—and the fall and winter church program year—isn’t far behind.  What curriculum will you use for church school? What ill your weekday morning study or your men’s or women’s group explore?  What would be great for your youth to do?  And, what will you do for Advent and even Lent (earlier than usual in 2018, BTW!)

The Congregational Resource Center (CRC) at Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) is an ecumenical resource center supported by the Diocese of Indianapolis and serving both clergy and lay leaders.  The CRC is located on the lower level of the CTS Library in Indianapolis next door to the Interchurch Center and diocesan office.

The materials at the CRC are available to all of our congregations and individuals at no charge.  And, if you live outside of the Indianapolis area and a trip there isn’t convenient, you can contact them, explain what you are hoping to discover, and arrange to get assistance and materials sent directly to you at no cost.  A trip to the CRC is a great outing for your education committee or even your vestry.  You can look over a lot of options all in one place and receive help putting it all together and ordering in anything else you may want or need.

Any of our diocesan clergy or laity can get a CRC library card that allows them to check out materials.  You simply fill out an application form.  You can then check out up to 10 circulating items at a time for a period of three weeks (except for certain reserve materials).  CRC cards can be used for any circulating items in the Library, not just materials in the CRC.

To contact the Congregational Resource Center at Christian Theological Seminary:

1000 W. 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

(downstairs in the library area)

Phone: 317-931-2360 E-mail:

CTS Library and CRC Hours

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Consulting available by phone or email.

Around the Fireplace July 2017 – Look Out—Here Comes Social Media Sunday!


Kathy Copas
Coordinator of Communication and Evangelism

Churchwide Social Media Sunday is a little more than two months away. Now is a great time to begin to do some creative thinking around how you and your parish can participate this year.  Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  1. Gather a couple of people from your parish and take a look at what, if anything, you did for Social Media Sunday last year.  Ask yourselves what went well, what didn’t go as well, and what you may like to try this year.
  2. Send a request to join the churchwide Facebook group Social Media Sunday 2017.  There, you’ll find help such as notices of upcoming web conferences and how-to ideas and successful strategies other parishes have tried.
  3. Consider approaching Social Media Sunday with a week prior and a week following plan to get the most out of your SMS efforts this year.  Some simple ideas:  Introduce the Sunday lectionary a few days in advance on your Facebook group site.  Pose questions and discuss it on your group site during that week.  Or, experiment with setting up a Facebook group site for your parish to hold an ongoing “come as you can” Bible study.  Evaluate it after a couple of weeks and determine if you wish to continue or retool it in some way.  Another possibility. Have your clergy do a Facebook live event to introduce the upcoming Social Media Sunday lectionary.  Then, after church, go live again with some of your parishioners unpacking what the readings meant to them.
  4. Set up a day-by-day social media plan tied to what you really want to accomplish.  HootSuite is a good, free tool that will allow someone in your parish to schedule social media posts at the days and times you prefer.  You can discover other such tools with a simple Google search.
  5. Some other simple things you can try over a simple week or two-week long time period around Social Media Sunday.  Every day on your Facebook page, or even your Twitter feed or Instagram account, introduce a different member of your parish with a photo or video sharing why your church is important to them.  Accompanying this with a coordinated plan for your parishioners to share these posts with their own friends list can really boost your exposure. You can also use a similar strategy to share a daily post about a different outreach ministry in your parish or different programs that you offer, from pub theology to Vacation Bible School.

More ideas to come. (Please share your ideas, too!) But, in the meantime, this is a great month to just start planning and building excitement in your parish.  Have fun with it and try something new.  If something isn’t working for your parish, you don’t have to do it forever.  (The world is full of abandoned Pinterest boards and Snapchat accounts!)  But who knows what you may try that will engage guests and help keep your regular parishioners better connected, too?!  Exciting possibilities await.



Plan Now to Come to the River!

You’re Joyfully Welcome to the 180th Diocesan Convention (and Family Reunion!)

October 26-28, Jeffersonville and New Albany

There’s a can’t-miss event October 26-28 you’ll want to get on your schedule.  Come to the River!, the 180th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, promises to add fun, action, learning, and discussion opportunities to the annual business of convention.

Think dance party.  Or, how about going on a real-life pastoral visit in the middle of the Ohio River?  Discovering a gazillion ideas to rev up your ministry… high-energy visioning about the future… or making a real impact around issues of homelessness, the Hoosier opioid crisis, and with pets of low-income families.  Learning about Indiana river history and the horseback journeys of Bishop Jackson Kemper as he settled Episcopal churches right here in Indiana and throughout the Midwest.  Whether you’re a delegate, alternate, parishioner, or family member—trust us.  This will be worth a trip.

Watch this space and for more details and event registration opportunities.  Register now to reserve your hotel accommodations (on the river, of course!).  

See Also

The Amazing Race at Waycross Camp

Waycross Camp is celebrating its 60th season this year, and our summer has started strong! Session 1 (June 20-24) included Women’s Week, day camp, and Ready, Set, Camp; Session 2 (June 25-July 1) was our first Adventure Camp session. This summer our theme is “The Amazing Race,” with a Christian formation focus on the journeys of Paul.
Here’s a sneak peek at our summer (so far) in photos:

If you can’t make it to camp this summer, that’s okay! You can also join us for Labor Day Family Camp, September 1-4. Registration is now open at

Summer Music Camp Offered at Cathedral 

Christ Church Cathedral will host a summer music-themed day camp called Joyful Noise: July 17-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with a musical performance on July 23, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. service. Ages 5-12. Cost is $80, with full and partial scholarships available.

The program aims to help campers discover, through music, our core values as a human community. Campers will make new friends in an inclusive, caring Christian community, develop new musical and artistic skills, take daily field trips, and perform at Christ Church Cathedral.

Complete the registration online.