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APRIL 9, 2021

A Simple Act of Testimony

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.”

—JOHN 20:18A

“I. Have. Seen. The. Lord. This short witness has made possible 2,000 years of Christian faith and life. Mary was the first witness, the one who told the apostles about the astounding news of Jesus’s resurrection. With good reason, Mary Magdalene is often called the apostle to the apostles,” writes The Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, in his 50 Days blog that celebrates the Easter season. Gunn encourages us to look for the places, people, and acts we’ve seen the hope-filled work of God in our own lives, and to think about how we can share those moments of Resurrection as simple testimonies with and for the world–not with the intension of converting anyone, but rather as a simple invitation. Where have you seen reconciliation and hope? Where have you seen brokenness made whole? Where have you seen extravagant love or a gift that offered transformation? With whom might you share this good news?

— The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D.Min.

Coming in May: In-Person Worship

CCC’s Vestry and staff have been hard at work developing a regathering plan that will allow people to return joyfully and safely to our church building as of May 2. Submitted to the Bishop’s office following the Vestry’s March meeting, the plan was approved this week.

Highlights include:

  • In-person Sunday worship at 25% capacity at 8 am, 10 am, and 1 pm. The 10 am and 1 pm services also will be streamed online.
  • For anyone not ready or able to gather indoors, we will offer a 4 pm bilingual service outdoors on Sundays.
  • Attendees must pre-register for each service. Registration allows us to contact attendees more directly in case plans change.
  • Masks, social distancing, and refraining from singing will be required at all times. The Peace will be exchanged symbolically.
  • The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated, in accordance with the Bishop’s directions and guidelines, with Communion of the people in bread only.
  • The Nursery, Children’s Areas, and Parish Hall will be closed, with the exception of a small changing area/children’s restroom.

This plan is contingent on a continued decline in COVID-19 cases and positivity rate in Marion County. Watch this space for more information!

Easter CoffeeTalk


We had such a great time in our Lenten CoffeeTalk, we’ve decided to continue it two Sundays into Easter. Just us for a brief conversation with the Sunday preacher and an encounter with the Holy Scripture. What did you hear in the Scriptures? What did the sermon say to you? Where is God calling you into action?

Spring Cleaning a 30-Year-Old Organ

By Christopher Caruso-Lynch

With lengthening days, and warmer temperatures, springtime has finally arrived. But that lingering afternoon light, which we so missed during the winter, has revealed the dust hiding in the corners. It’s spring cleaning time. Now imagine for a moment if you missed a year of spring cleaning, or two, or 30! For the Wolff organ at Christ Church Cathedral, which occupies the chancel at the front of the cathedral, it was time for a good dusting. But cleaning an organ thoroughly is a more involved project than your yearly spring clearing.

Vestry Check-In

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 11:30AM TO 12:30PM

As part of our leadership’s renewed commitment to transparency and collaboration, we invite you to join our Vestry for a quarterly bilingual update. We’ll share highlights of our work together over the past three months and make plenty of time for your questions, comments, and feedback.

Bread for the World: “Feeding Our Economy”


Presented by Bread for the World of Indiana, this free one-hour conversation will address how food insecurity affects our economy and how and why governments should invest in accessible, equitable and nutritious food systems. The panel will feature four speakers, including Sen. Mike Braun, who serves on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

If you cannot attend the event online, please consider participating in Bread for the World’s 2021 letter-writing campaign to encourage Congress to make the Child Tax Credit portion of the American Rescue Plan permanent. Templates are provided, or you can add your own words to create an email or letter to send to your representatives.

With Hearts and Hands:
Dementia Caregiver Conversations


More than 16 million Americans are caring for someone suffering from dementia. The experience can take a toll on caregivers, and those who support them, as they face the demands of helping their loved ones. Join The Rev. Jean Denton, retired priest from the Diocese of Indianapolis and healthcare administrator, as she leads a conversation focused on supporting dementia caregivers.

Easter Joy: Sweet Samples from the Arts


Easter’s good news that God’s love reigns over death’s powers has long inspired painters and sculptors, composers and virtuosi, poets and storytellers. This three-part offering explores selected works from the visual arts (April 28), music (May 5), and prose and poetry (May 12). Join the Rev. Tom Kryder-Reid on this fascinating exploration. Let Easter joy find you from the arts.

Image credit: LeCompte, Rowan and Irene LeCompte. Christ shows himself to Thomas, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer in Practice

Centering Prayer Group


Join us on Zoom for a time of Centering Prayer. We have a time of checking in, a spiritual reading, followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer. Centering Prayer is an opportunity to stop and listen, being still and resting in God’s ever-loving presence. Guidance is given for those new to Centering Prayer. All are welcome.

Intercessory Prayer:
Who We Are, What We Do


Christ Church Cathedral’s Intercessory Ministry consists of lay leaders who are committed to praying for the needs of others and their life situations. Prayer is our bridge, and we call on the presence of God to work through us as we respond to the needs of our community members. Since April of 2020, we have welcomed the opportunity to walk with others in their times of need, concerns, and celebrations. If you feel called, we invite you to join this ministry or send us your concerns and thanksgivings.

Send your prayer requests by email to Rev. Fatima, all information is held confidentially.

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