Upcoming Events and General Announcements

 
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Aid for the Peoples of Haiti and Afghanistan: In addition to offering prayers for the people of earthquake-stricken Haiti and war-torn Afghanistan, there are opportunities to provide additional support. Donate to Episcopal Relief and Development’s Haiti Fund to help the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti and other partners respond to the August 14th earthquake. Episcopal Migration Ministries and Indianapolis-based Exodus Refugee Immigration are both using donations and volunteer support to help re-settle refugees from Afghanistan.
 
Township Food Pantry: The food pantry has asked for the following items: sugar, oil, flour, juice, peanut butter/jelly, spaghetti sauce, rice, dried beans, canned fruit, crackers, oatmeal, cereal, household cleaners, laundry detergent, bleach, personal hygiene items. This list includes suggestions, but any canned or nonperishable item is gratefully received.
 
Men’s Ministry Gathering: The next meeting of Holy Family’s Men’s Ministry will feature a new discussion series, “Acts to Action,” based on Chapter 8 of the Acts of the Apostles, as well as an update on jail/prison ministries. All men of the parish are invited to the gathering on Wednesday, September 15th at 7 PM. The meeting will take place in the outdoor picnic pavilion or in the parish hall, weather dependent. After the meeting, the group will move over to Pure Eatery for continued fellowship. If you’re not quite ready to join in person, you can connect via the Zoom link. Contact  Father Bruce for more information. bgray@hfec.org.
 
Help Wanted: Holy Family will be installing a new playground structure on Saturday, September 25th beginning at 8 AM. Six volunteers are needed to help assemble portions of the playground while the major pieces are installed by a contractor. Please contact the church office or speak to Senior Warden Marcus Dial if you are able to help. admin@hfec.org
 
Pet Blessing: On Sunday, October 3rd, the 10 AM service will take place at the Outdoor Chapel adjacent to the parking lot. The first part of the service will include a blessing of any pets in attendance, and the second part will be a simplified Holy Eucharist. This service will be very informal and is a great opportunity to invite new people to try Holy Family. All properly-restrained pets are welcome to be blessed in the chapel, and the clergy will be happy to bless them in their cars or trailers instead if that is preferred by their human. In the event of rain, the pet blessing and service will be held in the sanctuary. Holy Family welcomes all creatures great and small!
 
Reading the World: The Zoom discussion will be Tuesday, October 12th at 2 PM discussing “Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay” by Elena Ferrante.  New participants are always welcome to the book group. Contact the Rev. Cathy Gray for more information. bgray@hfec.org
 
Trunk or Treat: Holy Family will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event for children on Friday, October 29th from 6-8 PM. Kids (and grownups!) may dress up and walk safely around the Holy Family parking lot and grounds to visit themed displays (created by parish members and youth group students) while collecting candy and other treats. If you would like to host a themed display, please click HERE. For more ways that you can support this event, please contact Jolene Johnston jjohnston@hfec.org or Ruth Everett youthministry@hfec.org.
 
Fall Bazaar: Registration is open for interested vendors at this year’s Fall Bazaar sales event on November 20th from 10 AM – 3 PM. Please register as a vendor HERE. Please contact the coordinators for more information. fallbazaar@hfec.org