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Good Word 11/26/2021

NOVEMBER 26, 2021

See you tonight at Circle of Lights!

One of the clearest threads we’ve heard during our recent Season of Discernment is an encouragement from both our members and our neighbors for our Cathedral to be a more proactive convener, connector, and catalyst in, with, and for our Monument Circle neighborhood. I’m proud that one of our first initiatives in this direction is to be a title sponsor of tonight’s 59th Annual Circle of Lights festivities. Both our Cathedral Choir and Coro Latinoamericano will be featured as part of the celebration and Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and I will look forward to greeting the crowd on the main stage on your behalf. Our Youth Group is looking forward to giving away delicious Waycross cookies, hot cocoa, and glow sticks after the event. We hope you’ll join us in person or on WTHR at 7 p.m.

Our presence and sponsorship tonight is more than just a slick PR move; instead, being present with and for our neighborhood in these sorts of events is deeply spiritual and theological work. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:15-6) May we shine on this Circle a light of hope, peace, welcome, and joy tonight, and always.

—The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min., Dean and Rector

Adopt-A-Family’s New Partnership with Coburn Place Safe Haven

NOV. 19–DEC.12

This year, the Outreach Ministry Team is partnering with Coburn Place to support survivors of partner violence for Christmas. Coburn Place has been empowering survivors of interpersonal abuse – and their children – for 25 years. In lieu of the Adopt-a-Family process in years before, we’re adopting all Coburn Families! Contributions from CCC will be sent directly to Coburn Place. Take a look at their Amazon Wish List or simply contribute a gift card this year.


Examining the Psalms


Each Sunday we include a psalm in our lessons of the day, but the psalms deserve a closer look. As one of the longest books in the Bible (it definitely has the most chapters), the psalms show us every facet of prayer – from the highest glories to the darkest depths. This miniseries, examining the psalms from three different angles, is presented by long-time CCC member Paul Valliere. Paul is an emeritus professor of religion at Butler University. All are welcome to participate in this discussion of Judaism and Christianity’s oldest prayer book. Meet in the Parish Hall.

•    Nov. 14: The Book of Blues and Praises
•    Nov. 28: The Book of the King
•    Dec. 5: Songs of Repentance and Healing

Cathedral Women Festive Advent and Posadas Celebration and Meeting


CCC parishioner Margarita Olivares will teach us how to make tortillas in our Cathedral kitchen!  We will feast on homemade tortillas with fixings, participate in the tradition of Posadas, and learn about upcoming Cathedral Women service projects. Please bring a donation of hot chocolate packets, fruit roll-ups, or individual packets of Kleenex for our Advent stocking project. All are welcome! Childcare and interpretation provided.

RSVP to April Culbertson call or text 317-730-2642.

Stocking Elf Sign-up Begins

NOV. 28 – DEC. 24

Once again, Cathedral Women and the Outreach Ministry Team are jointly supporting the Cathedral’s efforts to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness during the season of Advent. Six filled Christmas stockings are hung daily outside the Cathedral on the black fencing above the basement entrance. Volunteers will be needed to help stuff and hang the stockings. Cathedral Women will have a list of supplies to bring to the Nov. 30 meeting. Help us share the joy of the Advent Season with some of our less fortunate neighbors.


SAVE THE DATE: Advent Lessons and Carols


On the Second Sunday in Advent we invite you to our festival of Advent Lessons and Carols. We look forward to being back in-person for this annual favorite. Lessons and Carols is a worship service of scripture readings or lessons from the Bible interspersed with the singing of Advent carols. Originally, carols were music written for a choir. Within the worship service, hymns are included to invite the congregation to participate in the service. This is a joyous and celebratory service that is fun for all ages!

Advent, a season of preparation, is a busy time at Christ Church Cathedral as we joyfully anticipate the celebration of Christmas and the coming of the Christ child. We know you’re busy preparing for Christmas too, and we hope you’ll make time to celebrate with us.


Las Posadas

DEC. 16-23 AT 6PM

Christ Church’s annual Posadas celebration will run nightly from Dec. 16 through Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. During the Posadas we re-enact Joseph and Mary’s journey seeking shelter for them and the New Born King. We will meet at different homes, where everybody is invited to join in. If you are interested in participating, please email Verónica Godinez, and she will email you the full Posadas schedule. ALL ARE WELCOME!


New Faces in the CCC Crèche

Each year in the season leading up to Christmas, we see scenes of the blessed Holy Family everywhere, even in our secular world. Usually the representations of the Madonna, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus that we see are of white Europeans. The crèche that Christ Church Cathedral places on our lawn has long depicted only one face of our beautifully diverse, multicultural congregation. But this year, our crèche will look a little different and we are adding more inclusive visions of the Holy Family to our crèche!


Find Peace in the Holidays


At this time of year, many of us find ourselves whirling nonstop as we prepare for the coming holidays. Centering Prayer offers a time to pause in the midst of all this busy-ness and rest in God’s presence. We gather each Monday at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom for a spiritual reading followed by 20 minutes of silent meditation and concluding with the Lord’s Prayer. There is also a time of sharing with one another how we are doing. Contact Michael Landon for more information and to be added to the email list. All are welcome!


CCC 101


Are you new (or new-ish) to Christ Church Cathedral? Welcome! CCC 101 is our on-ramp to learn more about us, plug in more deeply, and help you make connections. It is our basic “membership information class,” though there is no pressure to join anything. Instead, CCC 101 is a space for storytelling, pondering questions, trying on spiritual practices and learning about CCC, the Episcopal Church, and the Christian tradition in the context of community. Join us for lunch and thought-provoking discussions!

We will gather at the church before walking to Circle Tower on the east side of Monument Circle for our meeting. Lunch will be ordered in advance.


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