Education Sunday 2018

 
Holy family kicked off the Christian Formation year with a multi-generational formation festival.  Participants from all levels of Sunday school, youth group, and adult formation engaged in interactive team building activities centered around a farm theme.  Participants spent ten minutes learning about each other by separating into groups such as “sweet” or “salty” and “hand-held Bible” or “electronic app” before breaking into smaller groups for continued work together.  Participants were required to utilize effective coordination, communication, and trust to achieve a common goal.  Finally, the larger group was broken into their appropriate formation age groups to discuss upcoming curriculum in their classes.  For more information about Christian formation at Holy Family, please contact the following leaders:
 
Children’s Ministry: Jolene Johnston jjohnston@hfec.org
Youth Ministry: Marty Blake mblake@hfec.org
Adult Formation: The Reverend Bruce W. Gray bgray@hfec.org
 

For more photos from Education Sunday at Holy Family, please click HERE.



Community Solidarity Gathering

 
The Reverend Bruce W. Gray spoke at tonight’s Community Solidarity Gathering at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla in Carmel after recent vandalization. The following is the text of Father Bruce’s presentation.
 

I greet you tonight on behalf of Episcopalians throughout the Indianapolis region and beyond.

One of the privileges and opportunities human beings receive when each of us is created is to participate in the divine task of growing day by day in our awareness of how interconnected we all are. We all, every one of us, are created in the divine image, and given the holy task of loving each other, both people seemingly different from ourselves and those apparently more similar.

Yet too often people resist this awareness through various means, such as labeling and persecution. In those moments human desires for superiority over others try to overwhelm the divine truth of the wholeness of creation and the oneness of all people. These types of behaviors seek to divide us, to deny the holy bonds that exist among us all. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to especially respond to attitudes, actions, and words of Anti Semitism, since too often Christian texts and institutions have been used to justify the creation and propagation of Anti-Semitism. Millions have died as a result, and so I must explicitly say, and pray for “no more.”

No more hatred. No more destruction. No more violence.

But to simply say and pray it is not enough.

So

I offer to you all the promise that I, and so many others, will hold and uphold the divine truth that we all, all people, are one, equally loved and cared for by God. And we all stand in solidarity tonight, and will continue to do so, facing together the people in this world who desire our division from one another and want to hear fear in our voices. Instead, we vocalize holy solidarity, divine courage, and blessed joy.



Cookout, Campout, and Fireworks

On Saturday, June 30th, the Holy Family Brotherhood of St. Andrew chapter hosted its first cookout, campout, and fireworks viewing celebration. The event took advantage of Holy Family’s location in the Nickel Plate District with ample parking near the new Spark!Fishers Fourth of July celebration. The Brotherhood hosted a pitch-in picnic. Following dinner, many participants walked up Fishers Pointe Blvd. to watch the festival parade. The evening continued with a campfire on the church grounds, offered comfortable fireworks viewing, and provided camping amenities for those who wanted to stay overnight. On Sunday morning, coffee and donuts were available to early risers prior to the 8 AM worship service. For more information about Holy Family’s social gatherings, please contact the church office. admin@hfec.org 
 


Softball Season 2018

 
Holy Family’s softball team finished its first summer church-league season in second place. The team was filled with members of Holy Family’s congregation as well as friends and family members. The team shared fitness, faith, and fellowship with a variety of churches in the area. For more information about Holy Family’s softball team, please contact Father Bruce. bgray@hfec.org
 
Coach Stephen Canter


Confirmation Celebration 2018

 
On Sunday, July 1st, Holy Family recognized its 2018 Confirmands with a blessing during the 10 AM worship service. The blessing was given by Holy Family’s rector, the Reverend Bruce W. Gray. Additional information about the sacrament of Confirmation was presented by Holy Family’s Deacon, The Reverend Cathy Scott, and Confirmation teacher, Bob Murray (pictured above).
 
 
Following the service, a reception was held in their honor. Each Confirmand was presented with a certificate and Book of Common Prayer signed by The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. For more information about being Confirmed in, Received in, or Reaffirmed to the Episcopal Church, please contact Father Bruce. bgray@hfec.org
 
 
2018 Confirmands (from left to right)::
Sarah Cleaver, Shannon Luce,
Chris Brown, Eliza Wilson, and Thomas Canter


Patrick Burke Ordination

 
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Patrick Timothy Burke was ordained a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis by the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. The service was held at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, IN. The Rev. Suzanne Wille gave the homily. A reception was held in Patrick’s honor following the service.

Additional photos from the ordination can be seen by clicking HERE.

 
Photo credits: Jolene Johnston, Ruth Everett


Pride 2018

 
On Saturday, June 9th, clergy and members of Holy Family Episcopal Church participated in the Indy Pride Festival Parade and Festival. The Rev. Cathy Scott (Deacon) and The Rev. Bruce W. Gray (Rector) marched with others from the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis led by The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop. Over 150 participants from the Diocese gathered for a prayer service and blessing before the parade. Following the parade, members of several Episcopal churches manned a booth at the festival, sharing God’s love and information about the inclusiveness of the Episcopal Church. For more information about Holy Family in Fishers, please contact Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

More photos from the parade can be found by clicking HERE.



Celebration of New Ministry

 
On Thursday, May 26th, Holy Family held a Celebration of New Ministry to install The Reverend Bruce W. Gray as rector at Holy Family. Following the service, a reception was held in the parish hall. View more photos from the celebration by clicking HERE.


Pentecost Celebration 2018

 
On Sunday, May 20th, Holy Family celebrated the Feast of Pentecost at its 8 and 10 AM services. Many congregation members wore the color red which is the liturgical color for the day. During the 10 AM service, Father Bruce recognized and blessed Sunday school teachers as well as Confirmation and Adult Forum leaders. Finally, Father Bruce recognized graduating senior Ethan Everett. Jeff Waddell and Carly Roth, also graduating seniors, were not able to attend this blessing. Following the service, congregation members and guests enjoyed a pitch-in picnic with entrees grilled by the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. More photos from Holy Family’s Pentecost Celebration are available by clicking HERE.


Landscape Improvements

In fall of 2017, Holy Family suffered a lightning strike to both parking lot lights and one pine tree near the sanctuary. Over time, the church has been working to replace items both inside and outside the building that were damaged by the surge of power. On May 12th, volunteers from the church, led by Building and Grounds Coordinator Stephen Hendrickson, tackled the removal of the dead tree as well as other landscape improvements. Finally, volunteers also assembled a large storage box for preschool outdoor toys. Gratitude is extended to all who helped with this project.