Trunk or Treat 2021

Photos credit: Ruth Everett
 
On Friday, October 29th, Holy Family hosted its second annual Trunk or Treat. This year’s event was held in the parish hall due to rainy weather. Eleven Holy Family households hosted decorated booths for children to trick or treat safely indoors. Great fun was had by all. For more information about Holy Family’s events for children, please contact Children’s Ministry Director Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org.
 

View more Trunk or Treat photos HERE.



Holy Family Book Nook

 
Holy Family is now part of the Free Little Library network. This beautiful library (complete with a steeple!) is located on the west side of the building. This beautiful piece was built by Mark McDaniel and paid for by an anonymous parishioner donation. Marcus Dial, Holy Family’s Senior Warden, coordinated the project and assisted with installation. Feel free to drop off books for all ages. While you’re there, take a look and enjoy a book!
 


Mission Trip Presentation 2019

 
On Sunday, November 3rd, members of this year’s Mission: Immersion crew shared stories and experiences from their mission work in Elwood, Fishers, and Indianapolis. Marty Blake, Youth Director during the trip, led the presentation. To view slides and photos from the presentation, please click HERE. For more information about mission work at Holy Family, please contact Youth Group Director Ben Paden. youthministry@hfec.org
 


Halloween Blood Drive 2019

 
On Sunday, October 27th. Holy Family hosted a Halloween weekend blood drive that would make any vampire happy. Parish members and those in the community were invited to donate blood from 9 AM – 2 PM. More photos from the blood drive can be seen HERE. For more information about outreach projects at Holy Family, please contact Deacon Cathy Scott. cscott@hfec.org


Elwood Community Garden Update

In the summer of 2018, Holy Family’s youth group and friends from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnson City, TN started a paved path for the community garden in Elwood, IN. The work crew was presented with the beginnings of a path and pallets of restored brick from the streets of downtown Elwood.
 
 
 
 
 
Following one day of hard work, the path had a decent start. One year later, the path is fully complete, and the garden boxes are full! Thanks are extended to all who worked on the Serving in the Circle City mission trip crew of 2018 and all those who support their work. More information about Holy Family’s youth outreach work is available by email.
 
 


Pride 2019

 
On a glorious morning filled with sunshine, Holy Family joined with over 200 members of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana to walk in the 2019 Pride parade. The morning began with a prayer service held in English and Spanish. Walkers carried Episcopal flags and handed out fans, stickers, and stress balls emblazoned with messages of God’s love for all. For more information about Holy Family’s “Believe Out Loud” welcoming mission, please contact The Reverend Bruce W. Gray bgray@hfec.org (rector) or The Reverend Cathy Scott cscott@hfec.org (deacon). 
 
More photos from the Pride parade can be seen HERE.
 


Hosting HSEqual Organizational Meeting

 
On Saturday, April 27th, Holy Family hosted the newly-formed community group HSEqual. This group, made up of primarily Hamilton Southeastern School District residents, is in support of the school district adopting a non-discrimination policy that is fully inclusive of and protective of all students, including but not limited to race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Several women from the HFEC Daughters of the King chapter, including Deacon Cathy Scott, provided a welcoming environment and beverage hospitality for HSEqual’s first meeting that had over 70 attendees. To view Holy Family’s welcoming statement, click HERE. For more information about HSEqual, click HERE to view their Facebook page.


Lenten Youth Group Outreach

 
Six youth from HFEC and four adults gathered on Friday evening, March 22nd, for time focused on the importance of effective communication and how it impacts our daily lives. The group participated in a nonverbal game of “telephone,” to understand the importance of detail in all forms of communication.  As always, the end result is far away from the original piece of information!  After our Compline worship service, the group delivered a prepared meal for the Hamilton County Emergency Communications dispatch center located at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office/Jail Complex in Noblesville.  After setting up the meal in the break room, the group was given a tour of the 911 dispatch center controlling the police, fire, and other emergency response operations in the county.  The group was able to hear one-sided live 911 calls and see the required calm and effective action to perform this important job 24 hours a day!  The group was also allowed to see the Emergency Operations Center which is activated during major events such as flooding, potential earthquakes, or other major disasters.  Many of our youth and adults asked excellent questions and were able to learn about this potential career path is this important part of our lives. For more information about Holy Family’s Youth Group, please contact director Marty Blake. mblake@hfec.org

More photos from this event can be viewed HERE.



Jr. DOK Gathering

 
In preparation for Lent, the Mary & Martha Chapter of the Junior Daughters of the King shared in an Agape Meal on Saturday, February 23rd. This is a meal of Christian fellowship that mirrors the meals Jesus shared with his disciples and others throughout His ministry. Fellowship and community are celebrated around the theme of a meal that can include items such as bread, cheese, olives, grapes, and juice with scripture and music intertwined. Following the meal, the girls prepared and packaged homemade granola as an outreach for Miracle Place in Indianapolis. The afternoon concluded with the girls reviewing the JOY (Jesus, Others, You) and the Five Finger Prayer formats and creating a Lenten Prayer Chain with 40 days of prayer topics. For questions regarding the Jr. Daughters of the King (for girls in 3rd grade through age 18), please contact co-directresses, Ruth Everett or Kristine Canter at mmjrdok@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
 


Blood Drive 2019

 
On Sunday, February 10th. Holy Family hosted a community blood drive in the parish hall. Congregation members and volunteers from the community participated. As a fun twist, Father Bruce and Ben Paden recorded the podcast for the following Sunday during the event. For more information about the blood drive, please contact Jolene Johnston. jjohnston@hfec.org
 

For more photos from the blood drive, please click HERE.