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.
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
Bishop Catherine Waynick and Canon to the Ordinary, Bruce Gray, recently announced the appointment of Good Samaritan (Brownsburg), St. Alban’s (Indianapolis), St. John’s (Speedway) and Trinity (Lawrenceburg) as the Pathways to Vitality Pilot Parishes.
The goal of the Pathways’ Pilot Parish initiative is to assist these congregations in achieving enhanced sustainability by identifying their unique ministries, building vital congregational teams and developing practical financial and administrative skills.
Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., representatives from the Pilot Parishes will have an immersive learning experience consisting of an opening retreat, a series of workshops and small group meetings over the course of 18 months starting this summer.
“This peer-learning model is based upon action and reflection providing participants with the opportunity to intentionally integrate lessons into their congregational lives,” according to Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak, Pathways Curricula Consultant.
The central-Indiana Pilot Parishes also will host a curate residency program for Diocesan postulant, Erin Hougland, according to Canon Gray. “This residency program will provide Erin with priestly formation and leadership opportunities giving her the confidence and skills necessary for future parish ministry.”
According to Pathways Program Director, Melissa Hickman, the lessons learned from the work of the Pilot Parishes may be adapted and enhanced for other congregations in the future. “We believe the experiences of these parishes will help the Diocese create more transformative programming that supports sustainability, vitality, and innovation in our congregations and in our diocese.”
St. Alban’s, Indianapolis along with Grace and Mercy Assembly, will be hosting a Community Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 8, from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. We invite you and all of our other friends, neighbors, ministry partners and community leaders to St. Alban’s for a 3 p.m. pet blessing and an afternoon of fun, food, an evening movie, live praise music, and games. We will be celebrating our very successful first year of full harvest from the Peace Garden!
Have you driven past St. Alban’s at Emerson and 46th Avenue North in Indianapolis and wondered, “What’s growing there?”
Our Peace Garden is growing here!
Through an UTO grant, lots of volunteers, other financial donations, good rain & sunny days, and with the help of our gardener, Tate, the Peace Garden is growing fast and the harvest is abundant.
So far this growing season, St. Alban’s and the Peace Garden have donated over 1000 pounds of produce to area food banks. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the number of white crosses also planted in the garden, representing homicides in Indy, is also growing. The garden is an Easter symbol, where people can see that there is life after death, that there is hope in the world, even in the midst of violence and death.
Volunteers are always welcome to help weed, plant, harvest and deliver on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Here is a list of places where our fresh produce is being received:
Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, 4900 E. 38th St.
The Cupboard of Lawrence Township, 7101 Pendleton Pike
Marion County Public Library, 5420 E. 38th St.
Fervent Prayer Church, 10512 E. 38th St.
The Sharing Place, 6501 Sunnyside Drive
The week of July 4, 400 pounds of produce were donated; including our first tomatoes, beets, onions, 100 pounds of green cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and of course, lots of lettuce! As of July 7, we have donated 890 pounds of produce (11,344 servings) through the efforts of 36 different helpers working 279 volunteer hours.