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This week

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
A Word at Midweek
I hope all of you are having a good week. Some of you are enjoying vacation and down-time, some are busy with activities, spending time with family and friends, and others are keeping up with their jobs and careers. Whatever ways you are spending this week, know that God is with you in everything you do!
This past week, our Gospel from Luke told us the story of Jesus' visit with the two sisters, Mary and Martha. Many of us are like Martha when we are focused on details and duties and responsibilities - in a word, the "doing" of life. And, while this can be necessary and important and holy "doing," we can also lose site of the forest from the trees. Jesus reminds us through the character of Mary, that we also need to cultivate what is at the core or center of our lives - that one necessary thing - which is to seek out and find Christ in the midst of our doing, in the midst of our lives. When we quiet down from all the demands of the day and spend time in a focused way with our relationship with God, we are nourished and can go back into our busy, hectic lives with a greater sense of groundedness, confident that Jesus loves us because of who we are and not because of what we do or how much we accomplish. Please see my sermon below.
Many have commented on the Eucharistic Prayer that was used last Sunday. It is from the Book of Common Prayer in the Church of England. You may not realize that the Church of England has not revised their BCP since 1662!!!! But, they have published several supplements which are bound in a book they call, Common Worship. I am using Eucharistic Prayer G which lifts up the nurturing aspects of God's love through feminine imagery - "As a mother tenderly gathers her children, you embraced a people as your own." 
One of the things I love about Anglicanism is its depth and breadth of liturgical expression - everything from low church to high church, from atonement imagery to imagery of God as mother and everything in between! This depth and breadth enables us to worship and express our belief and understanding of God and one another in a multitude of ways which point to God's creative diversity. Our language, though limited, is nonetheless important. And, the Church gives us a great span of imagines to help our imaginations capture the greatness and grandness of who God is and who God created us to be!
The Vestry met last evening and I am so proud of the work that is happening. Greg Staab is doing an excellent job of facilitating discussions helping us to re-envision why St. Matthew's is a necessary fixture in our Diocese. We are formulating a new vision statement:
As disciples of Jesus, we aspire to open our hearts to the community. With love for God and neighbor, we offer restoring, caring hands to send forth the Good News to all with passion and determination.
I will ask Greg to share more fully how this re-envisioning process is developing, but the hard work of crafting a new vision statement is essentially the work of laying a foundation that will help guide and support the ministry which flows from St. Matthew's. The Vestry and I are committed to having a vision that helps activate and animate our efforts and not merely be fancy words written on a card. This is a great team of leaders who show deep commitment to the life and ministry of St. Matthew's at this juncture in our history.
God's love to you all,  Fr. Frank

   Frank's Sermon
Wednesday, July 20
Holy Eucharist @ 10:00am Revd Steve Giovangelo
BSA Troop 161 @ 7:00pm 
BSA Adult Training @ 7:00pm
Templo Gracia @ 7:30pm  
Friday, July 22
       Templo Gracia @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 23
Mitch Kozenski- Eagle Scout Celebration @ 1:00pm
Triangle AA @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 24: 
 10 Pentecost
Holy Eucharist @ 9:30am
Templo Gracia @ 3:00pm
St. Simon AA @ 8:00pm  
Wednesday, July 27
Holy Eucharist 10:00am Revd Steve Giovangelo
Pitch-in Lunch @ 11:15pm
BSA Troop 161 @ 7:00pm 
Templo Gracia @ 7:30pm
Please contact  
Father Frank 
with pastoral 

concerns, upcoming surgeries, hospitalizations, illness, etc.


We ask that you continue to hold all those persons listed on our prayer list in your hearts and prayers. 


Church Happenings
Bishop Cate's last annual visitation 
to St. Matthew's is 
Sunday, July 31

The Search Committee for the Eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis is pleased to present slate of candidates for the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. 
Please click the above link to view profiles of our four candidates.
Walk-abouts will be held around the diocese, so that you might meet our  Bishop Candidates:
-October 14th, 6pm- Hosted by St. Christopher's, Carmel
-October 15th, 9am- Hosted by St. Andrew's, Greencastle
-October 15th, 3pm- Hosted by St. Paul's, Evansville
-October 16th, 2pm- Hosted by St. Paul's, Columbus
Eagle Scout Court of Honor: Mitch Kozenski
 Saturday, July 23 
 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join Mitch Kozenski and Family for his Eagle Court of Honor in the lower level of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Mitch and Troop 161 rebuilt the St. Matt's barn  in the summer of 2014. This Project would not have been successful without the support of the St. Matt's Parishioners, Don Runyon and the Vestry Committee, Linda Dernier, and Father Mark. An Eagle Court of Honor recognizes a Boy Scout's attainment of his Eagle Scout Rank. THANK YOU for the donations of time, talent, resource materials, and treasure!!!
Update Your Address and Receive your 
"Save the Date!":
 St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Centennial Celebration and Gala
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Are you new to the parish? Have you recently moved? Did you receive your "Save The Date" for the Centennial Gala? Please make sure we have your current address on file. We don't want anyone left out of the festivities
We will celebrate with Evensong beginning at 4:00PM followed by dinner, festivities, music, and more.
by phone at 317-898-7807 to update our directory if you have not received your "Save the Date".
Episcopal Women's Ministries Fall Retreat 2016: 
A Festival of Prayer Practices
September 30-October 2
Waycross Retreat and Conference Center
Join your sisters in faith at Waycross Retreat Center in beautiful Brown County, Indiana. Featured presenters are The Rev. Dr. Hillary Cooke of St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette, In. and The Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Buffalo, NY.

Early Bird Registration Deadline & Cost:  August 26th, $170
Registration Deadline & Cost:                September 14th, $210
  Commuter's Registration Daily Rate:              Early Bird- $50
                                                                           Registration- $60

Registration includes: Two night double occupancy lodging, meals, and programming
Register soon-- space is limited.

317-407-1955, for more information
Calling all painters!   

Saturday, August 13In preparation for the Centennial, we will be painting the hall nursery, the entry way, the stair way to the basement, and if we have enough help, the narthex. Plan to work from 9am to 3pm both days. Lunch will be served. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.  While all helpers are welcome, we really need those who are good at interior painting. If you can't make day, but want to help: we can use help prepping, including drywall seam and hole repair. If you would like to give a can of paint to the cause, please donate $40 to the Centennial Fund.  
Community Happenings
The COME Board's quarterly meeting will be held 
Thursday evening, July 21, 7 pm 
at First Baptist Church of Cumberland, 
116 S. Muessing St.
Indianapolis, IN 46229
 Please plan to join other interested persons as guidance is given to
this wonderful outreach ministry.
 Should you have questions or concerns, 
please contact Sharon Custer 
 at 317-730-5170. 
"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"
Celebrating 20 Years of EHM
September 15 - 16, 2016
Registration 8:00 am
Conference 9 am  - 5 pm 
The Jean Denton  Keynote Address
Rev. Melford E. (Bud) Holland Jr.
Thursday September 15, 2016
Banquet 6:00 pm 
Lecture 7-8:30 pm 
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
5:30 PM 
1402 West Main Street
Carmel, Indiana, 46032
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 
An Invitation to Education for Ministry (EfM)
 Independent thinkers wanted! Join the EfM journey where you are guaranteed not to step in dogma!  

EfM is a four year course offered by the University of the South at Sewanee. The "Eastside" group meets once a week for two hours of study and Theological Reflection. Take as many (or as few) course years as desired:
Year One- Old Testament Study 
Year Two- New Testament Study
Year Three- Church History
Year Four- Theology

Along with deepening faith, EfM builds community and bonds to last a life-time.  Scholarships to enroll are also available through the Diocese. 

For more information on enrollment, please contact either Jim Long This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Mariann Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
ICAN Summer Newsletter NOW AVAILABLE

The ICAN Assistance Center has released their Summer 2016 Newsletter. Please click the link below to review.

ICAN has two events coming up on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in preparation for the 2016-2017 school year:

4150 North Keystone Avenue 
Indianapolis, IN 46205
This one-day event providing backpacks and sack packs to children on a first-come, first-served basis; supplies are limited.
3838 North Rural Street- Hasbrook Building
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Administrative Office: (317) 221-2000

This annual event held in the Marion County Health Department's parking lot offers school supplies (child must be present); free immunizations, health screenings, including eye and dental; birth certificates; sports physicals; games; giveaways; entertainment; and on-site healthcare enrollment for Hoosier Healthwise Health Advantage, Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, and information on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Please see the above link for additional eligibility information and requirements.

Programs to serve breakfast and lunch during summer

Service Times

Sunday (One service):
     9:30 a.m.
     June 5 thru. Labor Day

Nursery Care is available

     10:00 a.m. (year around)

Christian Formation for ALL ages
    See calendar for dates

Parish Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday
     9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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The Mission of St. Matthew's is "to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ". We do this through worship of God, education of ourselves and our children, care for each other and outreach to others, sharing faith stories with others, and caring for all our resources (our time, treasure, and talents).