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.

Palm Sunday 2018

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. 
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. 

Welcome, Reverend Tanya

As part of our rector search process, Holy Family welcomed the Reverend Tanya Vonnegut Beck today as our transitional rector. We are blessed to share in her forty years of pastoral care, preaching, and service to others.
Reverend Tanya also shared a special moment with some of the children at Holy Family. Following the combined worship service at 10 AM, our congregation members shared a pitch-in picnic in the parish hall. For more information about Holy Family’s search process can be found by clicking HERE. admin@hfec.org

Stewardship 2018: Ingathering Sunday

On Sunday, August 27th, our entire parish family gathered to worship and thank God for His many blessings. 
In response to God’s bountiful gifts, we offered our 2018 financial commitments to Holy Family and floated candles in the font to represent our journey together.
The commitment cards were blessed by the Reverend Bob Dekker who celebrated Eucharist with us that day.
Following the worship service, we gathered for food and fellowship in the parish hall. Holy Family’s rector search committee continues its work to discern the next steps in our transition. You may follow our rector search journey by clicking HERE or contacting the church office. admin@hfec.org