Can you believe the schools are already back in session, soccer practice is in full swing and the leaves are beginning to turn shades of yellow and orange? Where did the summer go? With the arrival of autumn, great things are happening at Indian Hill Church.

A young parishioner enjoys Sundaes for Service at Indian Hill Church

On August 20, we had “Sundaes for Service,” where congregation members gathered over a Graeter’s sundae bar to indulge and to rejoice in the accomplishments of our 2016-2017 year of service here at Indian Hill Church (IHC). IHC supported many local and national entities this last year, including, but not limited to: Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC), Interparish Ministries (IPM), Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), Matthew 25 Ministries, Mountain TOP (Tennessee Outreach Project), Souper Bowl of Caring, Youth 2020 Outreach, and C4K (Cleats for Kids). Members were able to sign up to participate in our upcoming year of service, including our congregation-wide event, Day of Service, which is happening November 11.

On August 27 our big kick-off event, Rally Day, was the most successful to-date! With so many kids and adults, the front lawn was filled with energy. As members exited the church after service, their ears were greeted by the tunes of FrenchAxe, a local jazz band headed by Sylvain Acher of the French Rendez-Vous (Madison Road). We had a full buffet with a large BBQ station serving burgers, hotdogs, and all the accompaniments. People of all generations were able to mix and mingle and catch up on life as well as make new friendships for the future. While this was happening, retired Madeira & Indian Hill firefighter/photojournalist/licensed FAA drone pilot Tim Bayer flew his drone nearby (but not over people) to capture the day’s events (check our website for the YouTube video of his work – it was so cool!) As the kids climbed through the gigantic blow-up obstacle course time and time again, their parents, grandparents and friends were able to look on with contentment and enjoy the perfect weather, food and melodies.

Coming up on Saturday, November 18, the Rev. George Sherrill will be installed by Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal as our Episcopal Rector. This special celebration will be held in our Sanctuary at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon in the Guild Hall, hosted by the church.

Other big news at Indian Hill Church is that Philip D. Clary has joined our program team as our new Music Director. Phil, as he is affectionately called, comes to IHC with experience serving in several denominations, with the last 18 years spent at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Anderson Township. He is energized by the unique challenges of a dual denomination congregation, and is looking forward to getting better connected with the Presbyterian tradition. Phil is also a member of Indian Hill High School’s music department, where he will continue to teach and inspire the teen singers and musicians of many congregation families. Phil is also visible in the community as a singer in the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble and as the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Choral Society (CCS). Another exciting aspect of Phil’s employment at IHC is that he will make Indian Hill Church CCS’s new home.

Nikki Daley serves as communications director at Indian Hill Church. You can contact her at ndaley@indianhillchurch.org.

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