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Good Word 8/6/2021

AUGUST 6, 2021

Who wants to live forever?

Who wants to live a better and longer life? It is a rhetorical question whose answer is taken for granted: “all.”

Deep in our hearts, it is difficult to reconcile the idea that our life in this world is temporary. That’s why we try so hard to have a good quality of life, for as long as possible, but … Is there any way to achieve it? Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

What sense do these words have for us? This Sunday, we invite you to discover how God challenges us not only to experience a fuller life, but to give life to the world.

– The Rev. Canon Hipolito Fernandez Reina

Remember, Renew, Rise: CCC’s Music Ministry


This Sunday and Monday we will wrap up our discernment conversation series with a discussion about the Cathedral’s music ministry. Join us in-person after each service on Sunday or via Zoom on Monday at 7 pm. Register for the Zoom session by Saturday, August 7.

The Cathedral’s music ministry is a  long and wondrous tradition. It has been at the heart of our community almost as much as worship has. In many ways, our worship and music are so enmeshed it’s impossible to separate them. We hope that nonmembers who regularly attend concerts in our space feel the love and peace of God just as much as our members do during our Sunday services.

Many youth who have grown up in CCC’s choir programs cite it as one of the most formational activities of their lives, and we believe that the diversity highlighted in the 2021-22 concert series expands on our mission of Widening the Circle of God’s Embrace with Heart and Voice.

What do you most value about our music ministry? What do you hope we’ll do differently in the future?


Thank You From Cathedral Women

The Cathedral Women wish to thank all who volunteered for a Bake Week 2021 shift!  We had a very successful week, reaching our goal of 15,000 (actual count: 15,050) in record time!  Thanks to everyone who measured, mixed, rolled, baked, cleaned, cooled and packed!  Thanks to shift leaders Shannon Joyce, Jennifer Manterfield, Tim Culbertson, Donna Wanstrath, Emily Shrock and Laurel Cornell. Thank you to the Bartlett family for transporting our shortcakes safely to the freezer facility. Thanks to our facilities staff for giving us total support: Floyd Acoff, Fred Andrews, and Anthony Cox. And finally, thank you to those who donated snacks and drinks for our volunteers. The extra snacks were included in our Downtown Community Breakfast bags on Sunday.

Strawberry Festival Volunteers Needed

The 55th Annual Strawberry Festival returns on September 2 and we need your help! Minimum shift times are 3 hours and those who serve 5 hours or more will receive a sack lunch. A variety of jobs are available during the day and you will receive a message one week prior to the festival that contains details regarding check-in, parking, and more. Please consider offering your time and talent to this beloved community event!


Blessing of the Backpacks


We wish all of our students a happy and healthy start to the school year and will offer a backpack blessing during our 10 am and 1 pm. services. We invite students of all ages to bring their backpacks to church next Sunday so that we may joyfully send you off into the new school year!

CCC Seeking Canon for Spiritual Formation

Do you have a passion for spiritual formation? We’re looking for you!  The Canon for Spiritual Formation will work to renew and revitalize all aspects of the Cathedral’s formation and educational ministries, including our offerings for children, youth, and adults. In a post-COVID world, our new Canon is in a unique position to help us entirely reimagine formation in ways that are intergenerational, intercultural, bilingual, dynamic, experiential, and not necessarily experienced in a traditional classroom setting. This is a non-ordained position.


Bi-Monthly Blood Drive at CCC


Christ Church Cathedral has partnered with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to offer a blood drive every other month on the second Tuesday of the month in the Parish Hall.

The first of these bi-monthly blood drives will be Tuesday, August 10, and we invite all of our neighbors in the area to take advantage of this opportunity to make a profound difference in a person’s life.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A photo ID and proof of birth date are required for Versiti’s records.



Family Fun: Pet Food Pantry and Ice Cream Party


Join us in volunteering at the Pet Food Pantry at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fishers. This unique establishment provides necessary supplies to anyone struggling to provide for their family pets. Our crew will volunteer to staff the Stable Pet Food Pantry before we pray the labyrinth and enjoy the beautiful gardens and playground. We’ll also enjoy an ice cream party to celebrate the start of school!

All ages are welcome! Parents should plan to supervise their children during the event. Masks and social distancing are required regardless of vaccination status.


CCC Concerts | Music in Bloom: Forward


The bloom is on! Come and experience a world of music born right here in Indiana and the Midwest. Whether you’re a classical music buff or new to musical performance, the innovative and engaging concert experiences of Music in Bloom, a 4-day music festival, deliver interactive opportunities for all ages.

Music in Bloom 2021 welcomes vocalist Amy Petrongelli, saxophonist Nick Zoulek, cellist Horacio Contreras, pianist Clare Longendyke, and percussionist Matthew Coley in performances that celebrate the diversity of people, cultures, and musical aesthetics within the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and the entire Midwest Region.

All are welcome to this FREE concert!


Save the Date: Apple Picking at Anderson Orchard


The tradition returns! We’ll meet at the playground at Anderson Orchard in Mooresville and make our way back to the lake for a picnic. Pick a bag of apples for your family and/or to benefit CCC’s Sunday morning breakfast ministry for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and hunger. Get directions to Anderson Orchard.


How Are You Called to Ministry?

At CCC we heartily believe that everyone is called to ministry in some way, whether your ministry includes preaching and celebrating the eucharist for hundreds of people, caregiving for an individual, or even just lending a sympathetic ear to a friend.

If you enjoy careful consideration of scriptures and other theological writings, Education for Ministry (EfM) may be your next step in your ministry journey. Developed and overseen by The School of Theology–University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, EfM is an in-depth study of scripture, church history, selected readings and shared theological reflection within a small community of people seeking to deepen their prayer lives and an awareness of God in their ordinary daily lives.

The CCC EfM group meets weekly September through May. EfM is a four-year certificate program, but because we know life sometimes interrupts our best plans, participants are asked to reaffirm their commitment each summer. Visit the EfM webpage to learn more or email Jude Magers or Theresa Stinson:


Connecting at CCC

We are excited to introduce “Realm Connect,” a new online tool that will help Cathedral members connect more deeply in ministry and fellowship. All CCC members will receive an email invitation to set up an online profile if you haven’t already done so. (If you previously created a profile in AccessACS, your profile has been migrated, but you will need to sign in to activate it.)

Realm Connect will make it easier than ever to update your own contact information and immediately connect with other parishioners via direct messages. In time, users also will be able to join groups or sign up to serve using Realm Connect. Users determine how their contact information is shared, so log in and set up your profile today! (Contact information is never visible to anyone outside Christ Church Cathedral, nor is your information visible to search engines.)

Online contributions began processing through Realm Connect this past week, so your email receipts will look a little different. If you set up a recurring contribution, we strongly encourage you to log in to your new account at your earliest opportunity to ensure you can make changes.

Need help? Contact CCC Executive Coordinator Lauren Good.


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