Farewell, Father Larry

A message from our Senior Warden, Ben Paden:
It is with mixed feelings that we part ways with The Reverend Larry Walters this week. Father Larry has served this congregation for the past five months during the tail-end of our search process for a new Rector. We have great joy and respect for having had the pleasure of serving with him for so long as he’s done a phenomenal job. We are also sad that our time has to come to an end. Mix in a large amount of excitement surrounding our new rector, and you get a complicated bundle of emotions.

The service of priests like Father Larry often goes under-appreciated as his time could be viewed as a stop gap, a lull, or a period we all just look beyond. However, I believe that his time with us was anything but that. I hope that during these past five months he has empowered you, shown you a different perspective and style, and prepared you for the next phase of our journey together. Father Larry did far more than fill in the gap. He shared with us deep and thoughtful sermons, he was provided the opportunity to really get to know us and serve with us personally, and he continued to challenge the way we had grown accustomed to. No, he wasn’t just a fill-in priest at all. He has become another part of our history which has made us who we are today and has helped prepare us for who we are to become.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, Father Larry and your wife, Teresa, for all you’ve shared with us. And with that, we will not say “Goodbye”, but instead “Until next time!”
Following our 10 AM service on March 18th, Holy Family hosted a farewell reception for Father Larry and Teresa. We also thanked the members of our rector search committee for their work during the past year. 

Lenten Lock-In 2018

On Saturday, March 10th, Holy Family Youth Group held its annual Lenten Lock-In. As an extra special wrinkle, the participants enjoyed (or didn’t!) losing an hour of sleep due to Daylight Savings Time.
The students began the evening with an Agape meal. An Agape Meal is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. At certain points in the Agape Meal, food was passed and shared with the group between readings and songs.
Following the Agape meal, youth participated in a spiritually-moving Stations of the Cross service featuring a social justice focus. The Reverend Cathy Scott, Holy Family’s Deacon, gave readings for each station that compared the original path of Jesus to the cross to modern-day examples of suffering in our local community and around the world.
The evening also included a teambuilding activity in the Narthex and some free time for games and fellowship.
As is tradition for the Lenten Lock-In, the youth prepared and delivered a meal to those who serve our community in the dark of night. This year they prepared a salad, lasagna, cake, and drinks for the officers working the night shift at the Fishers Police Department. The students and youth leaders toured the station and participated in a lively discussion with Officer Simmonds.
Back at church, everyone prepared for bed and finished the evening with Compline from the Book of Common Prayer.
Following breakfast in the parish hall, the lock-in participants attended the 8 AM service and shared Eucharist.  The event has become a very special part of our youth ministry. For more information on upcoming events, please contact Youth Director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org
For more Lenten Lock-In photos please CLICK HERE

Youth Retreat Spring 2018

Holy Family youth and adult leaders joined others from the Diocese of Indianapolis for a weekend retreat at the Waycross Camp and Conference Center in Brown County during the weekend of March 2-4, 2018. The weekend’s theme “Unity in Community” challenged participants to find ways to connect and communicate with others, finding common ground and ways to help others. As always, the students enjoyed time together in fellowship, games, music, and amazing Waycross food. The weekend ended with Eucharist, healing, and goodbyes until next time. For more information about Holy Family’s participation in Diocesan youth events, contact Holy Family Youth Director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org


Shrove Tuesday 2018

On Tuesday, February 13th, Holy Family celebrated Shrove Tuesday with a variety of activities. First, we enjoyed our final hurrah of sweets and treats with a pancake supper hosted by our Youth Group.
We burned the palms used on Palm Sunday last year in order to make the ashes for our Ash Wednesday services.
Finally, we gathered to have the children help Deacon Cathy “bury the Alleluia” until Easter Vigil. For more information about our Easter week services, please click HERE.

Coffeehouse Talent Show 2018

This year the Youth Group hosted its second annual Coffeehouse Talent Show fundraiser on February 10th. Youth Group students, parents, and adult leaders volunteered to share their talents with the community. This year we had acts that included singing, playing instruments, dancing, and comedy. Guests enjoyed coffee drinks and other beverages as well as desserts baked by congregation members. For more information about Youth Group activities, please contact Youth Director Marty Blake at mblake@hfec.org.





Flowers, Friends, and Fun

Members of Holy Family’s Mary & Martha Chapter of Junior Daughters of the King led a fellowship visit to Brookdale Senior Living Solutions in Castleton. The Junior Daughters were joined by siblings, parents, friends, and members of Holy Family’s Youth group. (To maintain the privacy of residents, only photos of youth are shown.) Holy Family members visited the rooms of residents as well as common areas and handed out flowers to all who wanted them. Special thanks are extended to Brookdale representative Destiny who guided the visitors through the facility. This is a continuing project of Holy Family’s youth that was inspired by an impromptu visit to an assisted living facility during the mission trip of 2017. For more information about Holy Family’s Junior Daughters of the King or Youth Group, please contact the church office. admin@hfec.org

2018 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Christmas 2017

Holy Family celebrated the birth of our Lord with friends and family.. Please CLICK HERE to view photos from our Christmas events and worship services.

Merry Christmas!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party 2017

On Saturday, December 2, 2017, Holy Family held its annual Christmas party. This year we celebrated in style with an ugly sweater theme. Guests enjoyed our photo booth with hats and accessories and shared food and fellowship throughout the evening. For more information about joining the fun at Holy Family, please contact our church office. admin@hfec.org.

Click HERE for more photos from this event.

Gospel at Hogwarts

The four Houses of Hogwarts, accompanied by their House Prefects and Professors, participated in a search for Gospel passages hidden within Hogwarts. Once the Gospel passages were discovered by each House, House members acted out the passage, in front of all the Houses, in the Great Hall and discussed how that passage was similar to a clip from a Harry Potter movie. House members learned about the compassion and generosity of Jesus and made connections to their own lives. All, from the youngest to the oldest, discovered their call to discipleship is both a covenant with God and an adventure that is never-ending. 
View photos from our special Children and Youth Ministry Gospel at Hogwarts by clicking HERE. Contact Children’s MInistry Director Jolene Johnston for more information. jjohnston@hfec.org