Rev. Debbie Dehler accepts a call in Kentucky
Rev. Debbie Dehler has been called to be the Rector at St. James Episcopal Church in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside of Louisville). Her last Sunday with St. Alban’s is January 29. She will begin her full time ministry there in late March.
A Celebration of Ministry will take place January 29 beginning at noon. The open house allows St. Alban’s parishioners to celebrate with the many people in the neighborhood who have meant so much to Rev. Debbie in her nearly 7 years of ministry at St. Alban’s.
St. Alban’s Vestry is working with the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis to discern next steps in calling new spiritual leadership.
Community Workplace Initiative
The Fall/Winter 2022/23 issue of Sacred Places magazine featured St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. A photo of the church interior and a short article appears on page 20. The article notes that “After a successful conversation with a range of commnity leaders from the mayor’s office to local nonprofit leaaders, the parish decided to tie together much of its ministry through a new community workplace initiative.” That initiative takes a step forward in January when high-speed internet and church-wide WiFi are installed.
St. Alban’s serves as hub for food distribution
More than 600 boxes containing free, non-perishable food staples were packed Saturday, Feb. 19 at Northwest Middle School at 5525 W. 34th St. and St. Alban’s Episcopal Church at 4601 Emerson Ave. in Indianapolis. Faith-based nonprofit Cru Greater Indianapolis Middle and High School Ministries led the effort.
St. Alban’s, Indianapolis Featured in Sacred Places Magazine
Sacred Places, the magazine of Partners for Sacred Places, features St. Alban’s, Indianapolis on the cover. The issue features news about the Indiana Landmarks program that has helped the St. Alban’s congregation use its community garden to strengthen community engagement and fundraising.
Coach ‘not about camping life’ roughs it to raise cash for youth baseball
He hopes his tent at the St Alban’s Episcopal Church at North Emerson Avenue and East 46th Street makes a lifetime of difference, perhaps even several lifetimes.
St. Alban’s Peace Garden wins 2019 River Friendly Farmer Award
The award was presented to St. Alban’s at the Indiana State Fair by the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) for conservation practices used in the church’s garden. According to IASWCD, “St. Alban’s Peace Garden is just that – a place of peace with a garden that produces Fruits and Vegetables that are donated to local food pantries. Conservation practices they utilize include: no-till, reduced-till, mulching with hay and straw, earthen raised beds for crop and water management, drip irrigation, minimal and strategic use of organic pesticide; and, native and targeted plantings for beneficial insects. They focus on protecting and improving soil structure with conservation practices so that water can infiltrate and be retained in the garden. Water that falls on the land is efficiently utilized to grow crops. They have a strong partnership with the Marion County SWCD through grant programs, participation in workshops, and providing feedback on conservation practices. They also partner with schools, individual volunteers, and a strong network of urban farmers to share information and experiences.”