Earth Day 2018

 
On Earth Day, April 22nd, Holy Family celebrated Earth Day in a variety of ways. During 9 AM Adult Forum, The Reverend Cathy Gray offered reflections on the holiday with those in attendance. Following the 10 AM service, everyone walked outdoors with Father Bruce to bless the Holy Family Community Garden plots as well as seeds and plants brought by worshipers. Finally, adults and children scattered native Indiana wildflower seeds along the treeline to enhance the outdoor chapel. It will be interesting to watch and see what Mother Nature provides! For more information about special events or the Community Garden at Holy Family, please contact Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

CLICK HERE for more photos of Earth Day at Holy Family.



Easter Day 2018

 

Alleluia, the Lord risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 Al Holy Family we celebrated the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with the joyous ringing of bells, festive songs, and celebration.
 
 

We also welcomed Emerald Blair to our Holy Family through the sacrament of Baptism. View more photos from our Easter Day celebration by clicking HERE. For more information about Holy Family, please contact our church office. admin@hfec.org.



Easter Vigil 2018

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 O God, through your Son you have bestowed upon your people the brightness of your light: Sanctify this new fire, and grant that in this Paschal feast we may so burn with heavenly desires, that with pure minds we may attain to the festival of everlasting light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 


Good Friday 2018

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 We glory in your cross, O Lord,
and praise and glorify
your holy resurrection;
for by virtue of your cross
joy has come to the whole world.
 
 


Maundy Thursday 2018

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The Lord Jesus, after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, “Do you know what I,
your Lord and Master, have done to you? I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done.”
 
Following the Eucharist, the altar was stripped, washed, and reset on the side as the Altar of Repose. Our next Holy Week service is on Good Friday, March 30th, at 7 PM.
 


Palm Sunday 2018

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Holy Week 2018 at Holy Family began with one worship service at 9 AM with our new rector, The Reverend Bruce W. Gray. Congregation members gathered in the parish hall and processed to the sanctuary in traditional fashion to represent Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, Due to heavy snow the day before, we held the procession indoors. In place of the Gospel, The Passion was read aloud by members of the congregation. 
 
 
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Following the worship service, Holy Family congregation members hosted a welcome reception for Father Bruce and his wife, Cathy. We are excited to begin this new journey in ministry together. Special thanks are extended to all those who helped make our Palm Sunday worship service and welcome reception so lovely.

We invite you to join us for our worship services during Holy Week and Easter-
you may view the schedule by clicking HERE.

 
 
 
 


New Rector Welcome

The Reverend Bruce W. Gray

In February 2018 Holy Family’s rector search committee presented a recommendation to the vestry. Following prayerful discussion, the vestry voted to call the Reverend Bruce W. Gray as Holy Family’s next rector. It is with great joy that we announce that Father Bruce has accepted his call to new ministry. Father Bruce brings with him many years of experience as a parish priest as well as serving for nine years as Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Find out more about Father Bruce by clicking HERE

Holy Family 2018 Vestry
 
 Holy Family 2018 Staff
 
Father Bruce spent his first week at Holy Family meeting with the wardens, staff, and vestry. His first Sunday at Holy Family will be Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018.  We will have one worship service at 9 AM. Following the service, we will hold a special welcome reception in the parish hall for Father Bruce and his wife, Cathy. 
 

Cathy Gray

On Sundays April 8th and 15th, Father Bruce will be featured during our 9:00 AM Adult Forum sessions. You can ask him any questions you like, and he will be prepared to offer a brief autobiography as well. Father Bruce is also available for individual and family visits, in homes, Starbucks, the church, or wherever you would like to meet. He can be contacted at bgray@hfec.org

Please come worship with us,
join us for fellowship,
and get to know Father Bruce
as he becomes part of our #holyvillage.



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. 
 


Spruce Up For Spring!

 

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Members of Holy Family’s Youth Group gathered to spruce up the church grounds by trimming ornamental grasses, raking leaves, and pruning rose bushes in preparation for upcoming Holy Week services. The students and adult leaders finished their monthly gathering by sharing Compline together. For more information about Holy Family’s Youth Group, please contact Director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org


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