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Good Word 6/4/21

Sunday’s Sermon Preview: Not Just for the Favorites

As we reflect on our faith, we realize how much the temperament and the trajectory of each person’s life circumstances shape the way we as human beings believe. Each believer has to make his or her own journey. However, many people think that God favors certain types of believers, with God’s particular “chosen ones.” What do we do with the idea of a God who plays favorites? Join us for worship on Sunday, and let’s find some answers together.
—The Rev. Canon Hipolito Fernandez Reina




This Sunday:
“In Their Shoes” for Gun Violence Awareness


This Sunday, June 6, our church lawn will look a little different. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be our guests in offering a memorial to Indianapolis’s victims of gun violence. The memorial, titled “In Their Shoes,” will consist of a pair of shoes lined up heel-to-toe to symbolize each of the 70+ lives lost so far this year. The homicide rate in Indianapolis is roughly 30% higher than it was a year ago.  We invite you to wear orange in remembrance of all those who have died from gun violence and to visit with the team from Moms Demand Action to learn more.

Friday, June 4, is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, commemorating Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from Chicago who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade before being shot and killed on a playground a week later.

Raise awareness of gun violence #WearOrange



We Want to Hear From You:
Discernment Listening Sessions


You are invited to join CCC leaders in exploring the next chapter in our Cathedral’s ministry together. Throughout the summer and early fall of 2021, the Vestry and Dean Lesesne are inviting everyone to participate in a series of conversations called Remember, Renew, and Rise. Led by a fantastic team of lay leaders, these conversations are focused on three key questions:

– What is important to us from our Cathedral’s past that we want to carry forward?
– What ministries are we currently doing that we want to either keep or repurpose?
– How is God inviting us to take what is important from our past and our present so that we can rise into a new, vibrant chapter of ministry together?

Join us on Sunday, June 13 to discuss our outreach, missions, and grants. We’ll meet in the Parish Hall immediately following each service. If you can’t join us on Sunday, join us online on Monday, June 14 at 7 pm on Zoom for a bilingual conversation opportunity. (Advanced registration is required for our Zoom sessions by Saturday, June 12 so that we can have bilingual interpretation available and so that we can send you conversation material via email.)




No Reservations Required: See You Soon!

On May 25, CCC’s Vestry approved an updated regathering plan that does not require reservations to attend Sunday morning worship services. In addition, the Bishop’s relaxed guidelines will allow vaccinated choir members to sing! We hope to see you soon at 8 am, 10 am, or 1 pm.

CCC continues to require masks and social distancing for everyone in the congregation, regardless of vaccination status.



Members Supporting Mission


In the first five months of 2021, CCC members have contributed more than $45,000 to our Covenant Grant partners. The most recent recipient is Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (MHC) in Bloomington. MHC was founded by two young mothers in 1998 to provide healthy food for anyone who needed it, and 20+ years later it has grown to encompass a food pantry, community gardens, nutrition education, a tool sharing program, and advocacy.

CCC fulfills covenant grants on a rolling basis throughout the year, funded by pledges from members and friends. With your continued generosity, CCC hopes to distribute grant funds totalling $60,511 to six more nonprofit organizations this year for a grand total of $106,931 in 2021.




Save the Date: Bake Week Is Coming!

Sunday-Thursday, July 25-29

Things may look different this year, but Cathedral Women still needs your help! In preparation for the Strawberry Festival on Sept. 2, you are invited to help bake A LOT of shortcakes. We’ll use the Cathedral kitchen and be sure to abide by the Cathedral’s COVID-19 guidelines. More information coming soon.



Summer Fun for All Ages

As the number of Covid infections falls and the number of vaccinations rises, we are pleased to plan some fun, outdoor fellowship activities for families of all ages.

  • July 17: Visit St. Peter’s Apiary to learn about their honeybees.
  • Aug. 14: Help us staff Pet Food Pantry and walk the Labyrinth at Church of the Nativity.
  • Sept. 11: Join us for apple picking at Anderson Orchard.

Be sure to register in advance! Masks and social distancing are required for all Cathedral activities, and parents should plan to supervise their children during all activities.



Work at CCC!
Now Hiring Community Relations Specialist

CCC is seeking a Director of Community Relations (known inside the congregation as the Canon for the Circle) to empower, equip, and enable the people of Christ Church Cathedral to live into our mission of widening the Circle of God’s embrace with heart and voice. The Director/Canon will have one foot inside the church, engaging with us in our life of prayer and worship and formation, and another foot outside the church, helping us to make meaningful connections with the people who are our neighbors on Monument Circle and to collaborate with secular groups and organizations who are already doing work of justice, peace, and reconciliation that aligns with our missional values and priorities. The Director/Canon’s primary areas of focus will be hospitality, connection, support, advocacy and collaboration.




CCC Concerts: Dark Matter


Pianist Joshua Thompson’s program is inspired by the poem of the same title by Manon Voice, a poet, spoken-word artist, and Indianapolis lifelong resident. Joshua’s program utilizes masterworks from composers of African descent to tell the story of creation, joy, trial and triumph.


CCC 101: Getting to Know Us


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!




Cathedral Women Summer Picnic


The Cathedral Women invite you to their annual summer meeting outdoors at Garfield Park, on Indy’s near southside. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with one another, as well as discuss the upcoming Strawberry Festival and hold Board elections. Dinner will be provided, but attendees should bring their own portable chairs or picnic blankets.

Let Sarah McFetridge know by June 16 if you’d like to attend. All are welcome!



Prayer Leaders Needed

Every week, the Cathedral offers Morning and Evening Prayers through Facebook Live. It is an opportunity to reach the homes of many people and pray together. We need volunteers to continue with this ministry that is so important to the spiritual life of our community. Would you like to participate? We can train you if you don’t know how to do it!  Please contact Father Poli for more information.



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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