The Messenger Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church Volume 63, No. 12
Christmas Service Times Christmas Eve 4:45 pm Christmas Music 5:00 pm Festive Choral Eucharist 8:45 pm Christmas Music 9:00 pm Festive Choral Eucharist Christmas Day 10:30 am Eucharist with Christmas Hymns
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Sunday Service Times
8 am Holy Eucharist 8:45 am Breakfast 9:30 am Christian Education (Sept.â€“May) 10:30 am Holy Eucharist 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist Nursery available for all services except the 5:30 pm service.
8 am to 4 pm Mondayâ€“Friday.
The Rev. Richard Lawson, Rector The Rev. Broderick Greer, Curate The Rev. Amy George, Curate Christi Authement, Athletics & Fellowship Dir. Beulah Brown, Sexton Beth Claybrook, Financial Assistant Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Sharon Campbell, Children's Education Director Connie Johns, Membership & Newcomers Eva Loftin, Assistant Nursery Director Amanda McGriff, Director of Pastoral Care Chapman Morrow, Parish Development Officer Lucy Owens, Communications Director Debbie Smith, Music Associate Linda Stine, Finance & Administration Mary Margaret Winn, Youth Minister
Larry Busby, Juan Fuentes, Mitch Graves, Ed Hord, Steven King, Holley McGehee, Jim Mercer, Jane Morse, Rob Norcross, Virginia Rowland, Cynthia Saatkamp, Donnie Sappington, Josh Shipley, Betsy Wilson, and Ken Woodmansee.
The deadline for the January issue of The Messenger is 9 am, December 10! Contact Lucy at 272-7425 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Inside This Issue 20-30@GSL................................................................. 4 39ers.......................................................................... 4 Altar Flowers............................................................. 11 Angel Tree................................................................... 5 Athletics...................................................................... 8 Baptism Information................................................... 11 Calendar Highlights..................................................... 12 Christian Education....................................................... 7 Christmas Flowers........................................................ 4 EYC News.................................................................... 8 First Friday Fellowship................................................... 4 Food Pantry Sunday.................................................... 10 From the Rector........................................................... 3 Grand Old Bazaar Photos............................................... 6 GSL Book Group........................................................... 4 La Posada.................................................................... 5 Lay Schedule............................................................. 11 Luna Nova Concert..................................................... 12 Looking Towards Sunday............................................. 11 Ordination of Amy, Noah, and Lisa.................................. 3 Outreach Ministries..................................................... 10 Pastoral Care Corner..................................................... 7 Rector's Forum............................................................. 3 School News................................................................ 9 Scout Lodge................................................................ 9 Third Thursday............................................................. 4 On the cover: One of GSL's windows above the altar, St. John the Evangelist. He is author of our traditional Christmas Day gospel.
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From the Rector: Advent at Grace-St. Luke’s
The beauty of Advent is unlike the beauty of any other season on the church's calendar. For example, this season strikes a lovely balance between affirmation and restraint. Yes, we believe Christ loves the cosmos, but we do not yet understand why life includes suffering. Yes, we believe that Christ will come again, but there are multiple ways of interpreting this mystery. Yes, Christ is the son of Mary, but Christ can be born in us, too. This balance of affirmation and restraint is very Anglican or Episcopalian. This balance of affirmation and restraint is very Anglican or Episcopalian. For the Rector’s Forum during Advent, we will consider these themes. On December 4, the Reverend Katherine Bush (chaplain at St. Mary’s Episcopal School) will talk about “judgment” or truth, which is a prominent theme from the readings of Advent. On December 11, the Reverend Sam Portaro (author of Brightest and Best, among other books) will talk about “hell,” noting that he does not believe in it for many reasons, including theological reasons that are orthodox and traditional. On December 18, the Reverend Broderick Greer will talk about “heaven,” which is an image that shows up again and again in Advent and in other seasons, of course. On December 18, the 10:30 am liturgy will be Lessons & Carols, which is a moving service
of biblical readings, hymns and carols, and anthems from the choir. May God the Holy Trinity bless you during this season of Advent, and—as always—I encourage you to invite a friend or family member to join us at GSL.
God Willing and with the consent of the people The Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson Bishop of West Tennessee will ordain Amy George, Noah Campbell, & Lisa McIndoo as Priests in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on Sunday, the eleventh day ofDecember in the year of our Lord two thousand and sixteen at three o’clock in the afternoon St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral 700 Poplar Avenue Memphis, Tennessee Your prayers and presence are requested. Reception following
Clergy: Cassock, Surplice, and Red Stole
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Christmas Altar Flowers—Honoraria & Memorials
If you would like to make a donation in honor of or in memory of a loved one for Christmas flowers, you may send a check to the church office (1720 Peabody Ave., 38104, ATTN: Lucy Owens) listing the names of those you would like remembered. You can also give us your name(s) and donate online at www.gracestlukes.org/ onlinegiving. Follow the “make a donation for altar flowers link.” If received by Dec. 15, these names will be listed in the Christmas leaflets. Dec. 15 is also the deadline for any memorials and honorariums that you would like acknowledged before Christmas.
First Friday Fellowship December 2
Interested in connecting with others at GSL in an informal setting? Please join us! We had so much fun last December, we're going to do it again! December's First Friday event will be hosted by Natalie and Mike Davis in their home in Cooper-Young. Come join us and help make non-perishable meals for the More than a Meal. The Davises will provide Central BBQ for all guests and food/supplies for packing lunches—all you need to worry about is bringing a beverage of your choice to enjoy!. To RSVP for the event and get all the details, check the First Friday Fellowship Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GSLFirstFridayFellowship). You can also email Natalie Davis (email@example.com) for more info. Childcare: The church nursery will be available from 6-10 pm for infants to age 9 at the price of $15 total for one child, $17 for two, or $20 for three or more (per family). If you think you will be out past 10 pm, please make arrangements for alternate childcare.
20-30@GSL is a group especially for those in their 20s and 30s to engage with other members of the church and Memphis community. There are two monthly opportunities for fellowship. One Sunday a month we meet for lunch at a local hotspot following the 10:30 am service. We also meet one evening during the month and enjoy a special guest speaker. If you would like to have your email added to the evite list, please contact Lucy Owens at lucy@gracestlukes. org. All are welcome!! Contact: the Rev. Broderick Greer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lunch: Sunday, Dec. 4—Immediately following the 10:30 service, we’ll head over to The Beauty Shop at 966 S Cooper St, courtesy of GSL. If you are in your 20s-30s and looking for a little fellowship, whether you are new to GSL or already members, we invite you to join us for lunch. Please RSVP early because seating is limited. Theology Live: Wednesday, Dec. 14—Join us for the final Theology Live gathering of 2016, as Dr. Emily Holmes discusses how the doctrine of the Incarnation informed and empowered various Medieval Christian women. This month we are meeting at Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S Cooper St. Free, safe childcare will be available at GSL from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
GSL Daytime Book Group December 8 Our next discussion is on Dec. 8 with "Homer & Langley" by E. L. Doctorow. This is an open group…no invitation or requirements other than a love of reading. We meet on the 2nd Thursdays of the month downstairs in the Red Room from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Bring a sack lunch. Visit www.gracestlukes.org/events/daytime-book-group for more information and a list of upcoming books. The group is facilitated by Janie Morris (email@example.com) and Carol Ann Mallory (firstname.lastname@example.org).
39ers Luncheon December 28 The 39ers will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 11:30 am for appetizers and the best conversation around. A delicious southern lunch (fried chicken and more!) will be served at noon, prepared by our own Beulah, for only $6. Reservation to Lucy by noon on Monday, Dec. 26, at 272-7425 or email@example.com. Looking forward to sharing the Christmas season with you all. –Juan Fuentes
Third Thursday We are taking a break in December in order for all of us to enjoy time with friends and family. We will begin again in January with a presentation by our own Jimpsie Ayres. See you in January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 4 | www.gracestlukes.org
Angels Among Us GSL Angel Tree Dec. 4 & 11
EMMANUEL GOD WITH US The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Christmas Eve Early Service 4:45 pm Christmas Music * 5:00 pm Festive Choral Eucharist * Late Service 8:45 pm Christmas Music 9:00 pm Festive Choral Eucharist The Feast of the Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ Christmas Day 10:30 am Eucharist with Christmas Hymns * Nursery available
The Outreach Committee invites you to be a part of this year’s Angel Tree, benefiting the children of The Exchange Club Family Center. We are thrilled to be able to offer the children it serves new, wrapped toys and books from the GSL community. Adoption Day is Sunday, Dec. 4! Look for volunteers in Trezevant Hall after the 8:00 service and before and after the 10:30 service. Can’t make it to church those days? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up online. Please do not take an angel tag without having the adoption recorded by a volunteer; we do not want any lost angels. Collection Day is Sunday, Dec. 11. Bring new, wrapped toys and books to the Lounge. Volunteers will be there after the 8:00 service and before and after the 10:30 service. The mission of The Exchange Club Family Center is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing prevention, intervention, educational and support services to families in an effort to replace abusive and/or violent behavior with effective parenting skills. The Exchange Club is a Grace-St. Luke’s grantee. For more information please contact Julia McDonald at 326-6318 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, December 14 Mary & Joseph's lively search for lodging in Bethlehem takes center stage in this magical evening service with traditional Christmas hymns. The nativity procession is followed by a delicious Mexican feast, as well as pinatas and crafts for children, making this one of our favorite Grace-St. Luke's holiday traditions! All children are invited to dress as their favorite nativity character! • •
ADULT VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Helpers for set up and clean up, please contact Donna Sanders. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Helpers for children's activities, please contact Sharon Campbell. (email@example.com)
To make reservations for this festive holiday event, please call or email Lucy. (272-7425 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Sign up is also available online at gracestlukes.org/la-posada. The cost for dinner is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Music begins in the Nave at 5:45 pm Mexican feast begins in Trezevant Hall at 6:30 pm
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The 75th and final Bazaar was the grandest of them all. Look for a final report in your January Messenger. In the meantime, many thanks to all the volunteers, all the shoppers, and all who made the past 75 years of the Bazaar possible.
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In this season of preparation and waiting, let us look for the light that resides in each of us. Keep your eyes open this Advent… Haloes are everywhere.
For Children & Youth
The Rev. Amy George, Curate
Seeing Haloes ~ John Shea Even at Christmas, when haloes are pre-tested by focus groups for inclusion in mass market campaigns, they are hard to see. Annie Dillard was scrutinizing the forest floor of Pilgrim’s Creek when she looked up and saw a tree haloed in light. She had caught the tree at prayer, in a moment so receptive and full the boundaries of bark burst and its inner fire became available for awe.
9:30 until 10:15 am
Infant Room (Newborn to Walking) Toddler Room (Walking to Potty Training) Location: Downstairs; Nursery Staff
Little Lambs Pre-Atrium
Potty Training until Atrium-Ready Location: Church Nursery, Downstairs; Nursery Staff
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Level I 3-6 yrs. (Pre-K, JK and SK) Location: Atrium I (Green Room) Lead Catechist: Julie Horn; Assistant: Teresa Betts
But seeing haloes is more than a lucky sighting. It entails the advent skill of sustaining attention, the simple act, as Dillard found out, of looking up.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Level II
That is how haloes are seen, by looking up into largeness, by tucking smallness into the folds of infinity.
I do not know this by contemplating shimmering trees. Rather there was a woman, busy at Christmas table, and I looked up to catch a rim of radiance etching her face, to notice curves of light sliding along her shape. She out-glowed the candles. All the noise of the room left my ears and silence sharpened my sight. When this happens, I do not get overly excited. I merely allow love to be renewed, for that is the mission of haloes, the reason they are given to us.
6-9 yrs. (1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade) Location: Atrium II (Purple Room) Lead Catechist: Pete Shearon; Assistant: Eva Loftin
4th–8th Grade Location: Red Room in Youth Space Staff: Mary Margaret Winn, Julie O’Bryan, Zoe Jackson
9th–12th Grade Location: Yellow Room in Youth Space Time: 9:30–10:15 am; Leader: Rev. Broderick Greer Contact Sharon Campbell (email@example.com) for more information about children's Sunday school and Mary Margaret Winn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about youth Sunday school
Recurring Pledge Payments
Nor do I try to freeze the frame. Haloes suffer time, even as they show us what is beyond time. But when haloes fade, they do not abruptly vanish, abandoning us to the sorrow of lesser light. They recede, as Gabriel departed Mary, leaving us pregnant.
Did you know that once you make your 2017 pledge, you can set up recurring payments online? If you have questions or need assistance, contact Lucy Owens, 272-7425 or email@example.com. 1) Go to www.gracestlukes.org/pledge. 2) Fill out the online pledge form. 3) Set up your recurring payments.
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EYC News and Events Sunday EYC Gatherings Sunday, Dec. 4—All-EYC Caroling: We will join our friends from around the Diocese at Trezevant Manor for Christmas caroling, 3-5 pm. Everyone in grades 6-12 is invited, and Christmas attire is encouraged! Sunday, Dec. 11—Study Break: Need a break from exams, homework, projects, and studying? There will be a chance to run around, stretch, play games, or just relax with friends…everything you might need to refocus your mind for the week ahead! Sunday, Dec. 18–Monday, Dec. 19—Christmas Lock-In: Celebrate Christmas and the start of break with a night of festive fun! Everything will be Christmas-themed, from food to games to our gift-exchange. We will begin with dinner on Sunday night and end after breakfast on Monday morning. More information and permission forms available online.
Church Athletics GSL SOCCER Thanks to all the players, parents, and coaches for making it an AWESOME 2016 season! 2016 Fall Coaches include: Jason Callahan, Zach Moore, Phineas Bresee, John Weeden, Dewey Smith, Josh Shipley, Zach Pretzer, Chris Warner, Chris Spencer, Daniel Fundo, Michael Evers, Scott Woodmansee, Drew Mascolino, Jace Barger, Johnny Norris, Posey Cochrane, Alec Mclean, Robert Anderson, Joe Carney, Jonathan Jacobs, Ben Ward, and Gretta Hauberg, Coach Jason Callahan’s JK Soccer Team
Sunday, Dec. 25—No Sunday School or EYC due to Christmas break. Have a safe and wonderful time!
Registration for the 2017 Youth Ski Trip is now OPEN! All information and the link to register online can be found on the Youth page of the website under EYC and Diocesan Events. Dates: January 13-15, 2017 Location: Hidden Valley Ski and St. Martin’s Church in Wildwood, MO Cost: $250 if you sign up by Dec. 18 Open to all youth in grades 6-12
Wednesday Mornings Biscuits and Bible 6th–8th Grade Location: The Red Door, Red Room Time: 6:45–7:45 am Leaders: Mary Margaret Winn, Christi Authement Now in our 4th year, this Wednesday morning Bible study has quickly become a favorite for our Middle School students. We meet to explore the Gospel for the week and its relevance to our lives. Chick-fil-A breakfast is provided, and all are welcome, regardless of church or school attendance (early pick-up is available for nonGSL students).
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GO SAINTS Thanks to all the coaches, parents, and players of the 3rd and 4th grade football team! Yall are AWESOME! Coaches Will Stratton, Joe Carney, Joseph Davis, Stephen Laws, Morgan Tate, John Houseal, Kevin Brewer, and Greg DeWitt
GSL School News We have to make room for the next century. Chartered in 1920, Troop 34 at Grace-St. Luke’s is the oldest continuously operating unit in the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Joined by a vibrant and growing Cub Scout program and more recently by Brownies and Girl Scouts, scouting at GSL has never been healthier, the promise made to the future never greater. To keep that promise, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and School have dedicated the house on Peabody next door to Miss Lee’s to scouting and committed considerable resources to its conversion and maintenance. Plans are drawn for soaring, light-filled space for young people and their imagination. Plenty of room to spread wings. A place for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. A place for Brownies and Girls Scouts. A place to discover, to learn, to grow. A place of our own. Scouting has committed to do its part—committed to pledge $50,000 by the end of 2016 as a part of a total commitment to raise $100,000 by 2020. Please do your part. Help us keep the promise in this place. YES, I'LL KEEP THE PROMISE. To donate online, follow this link: www.gracestlukes.org/scoutlodge.
Another Successful Grandparents’ Day: Thank you to the clergy and staff of GSL Church for their role in this year’s Grandparents’ Day Chapel service. This is a very special event for us, and we are always grateful for the opportunity to share the wonderful GSL Church with our grandparents, parents, students, and special friends. 2017-18 Enrollment: Last month we had a great turnout for the Preschool and Senior Kindergarten Open House events. We are always offering tours to interested families, and now is the time to tour GSL for the 2017-18 school year! If you know of anyone wanting to learn more about GSL, please have them contact Director of Enrollment Shelly McGuire at 273-1085. Toddler Event Series ~ for children ages 2-4 Please join us and help spread the word about these exciting, upcoming toddler events. Click here to RSVP! GSL Sew Me a Story! Children will listen to stories and create a sewing project led by Amie Plumley, GSL teacher and author of the book Sewing School. Saturday, Dec 10, 9-10 am and Saturday, Feb. 11, 9-10 am Anchor Center Library, 250 Lemaster Avenue 12th Annual Lisa 5K: Jan. 28, 2017 Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School will host the 12th Annual Lisa Lassandrello Remembrance 5K Race on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 9 a.m. This 5K Remembrance Race in memory of Lisa Lassandrello is sponsored by GSL and St. Agnes Academy with all proceeds going to GSL, St. Agnes-St. Dominic, and West Cancer Center. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, and/or participating in the run, please email Associate Director of Development Sherry Emerson or call her at 278-0200 today! Closed for Holidays Our last day of school (before Christmas break) is on Dec. 16. We will be closed from Dec. 19-Jan. 1. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 2.
Fun @ GSL!
Lower School: Third Grade students had fun swinging their partner 'round and 'round at Friday Celebration!
Preschool: JK student Jack focuses on his building skills!
Middle School: Sixth Grade students smile with pride during their Hoodie Party, a much-anticipated tradition for sixth graders at GSL!
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Outreach Ministry Church Health will serve more, serve better at Crosstown Concourse Faithful stewardship of Grace-St. Luke’s and others help grow to meet increasing need In 1986, Dr. Scott Morris came to Memphis with the idea of opening a medical clinic to care for the working poor. He knocked on the doors of different houses of worship with a simple call to conscience. “People of faith have a responsibility to care for the needs of the poor in our midst,” he said. “Will you join me?” One congregation that joined the cause early on was Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which made its first gift to Church Health in 1989, and continues to provide support through Outreach grants. And more than financial support, Grace-St. Luke’s has been a steadfast source of volunteers over the years. With your support, and with broad support from across the community, Dr. Morris and one nurse saw 12 patients on opening day, September 1, 1987. Then, as more people of faith made Church Health’s mission theirs, we grew to become one of the largest faith-based healthcare organizations in the United States providing quality, affordable healthcare to uninsured working people and their families. A vital part of Memphis' safety net, our clinic logged more than 49,000 patient visits last year. Recognizing that healthcare is more than just prescribing pills, our wellness programming has included everything from personalized exercise plans and cooking classes to group exercise classes and activities for children and teens. Church Health’s Model for Healthy Living framework recognizes that living a healthy life means more than just medical care, and that all areas of our health affect are interrelated with our overall health. With our move to Crosstown Concourse in early 2017, we will expand our services across all our service lines and grow our partnerships to serve more people and serve them better. None of our growth over the last 30 years, including our move to Crosstown, would have been possible without your support or the support of the Memphis community. Thank you!
What will Church Health at Crosstown look like?
At Crosstown Concourse, not only will we have more space, but we will also realize efficiencies that come having all of our services under one roof*. Our purpose-built space at Crosstown Concourse will enable us to provide higher quality, expanded, integrated care to individuals and families, expanded offerings in our teaching kitchen, and more training and programming for children and congregations. (* Perea Preschool, a ministry of Church Health, will remain at its current location in the Klondike neighborhood of N. Memphis.)
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Partnerships with our fellow tenants in Crosstown Concourse and with the surrounding neighborhoods will enhance the impact of our collective work. Our work in the nutrition field will expand to include a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen where we will host culinary medicine classes for medical students, licensed clinicians and the community as a whole. Projections indicate that by 2019, the number of our patient visits for medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy and nutrition services will increase by 170%. Indeed, the time for Church Health at Crosstown is now, and because of your support and the support of the Memphis faith community, it’s a move we were built to make! For more information about Church Health or ways to get involved, please contact Sharon Jones at 701-2027 or email@example.com.
Food Pantry Facts By Juan Fuentes
The GSL Food Pantry is grateful for the interest and participation of the Second Graders and the Fifth Graders of GSL School helping the Food Pantry. The Second Graders, with the guidance of Ms. Kathy Edmundson-Ferguson, Ms. Amie Plumley, Ms. Sara Ralston, and Ms. Traci Strickland, organized a Halloween Party to put together “bags of necessities for the clients of the Food Pantry” and both Second Grade classes did a tour of the Food Pantry. The students were very interested in—and had many questions on—what we do and how we operate. It was a great experience for all of us present. Also, Ms. Rebecca Gilbertson, Fifth Grade English teacher, is planning the Fifth Grade Food Pantry drive in November and she is planning other future activities with the Fifth Graders. The class will be offering handson help at the Food Pantry to get first-hand knowledge of how the food is distributed. Two students will help in the Pantry on each day of operation, Mondays and Tuesdays, until January 2017. As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” Our THANKS to the teachers, and students for their interest in helping those in need in our community. October 2016 Statistics: Number of Families served: 37 households, which included 46 adults, 51 children, and11 seniors. Volunteer hours: 18.5 hours, which included 9 hours distributing food, 3.5 Food Bank pick-up and shelving, 2.5 hours shopping and shelving, 3.5 hours cleaning and re-stocking (not including the hours spent by volunteer packers). Mark your calendar! Because the last Sunday of December is Christmas Day, FOOD PANTRY SUNDAY will be on Dec. 18 and the baskets will be in the Narthex! We are asking that you bring tuna, dried milk, tooth paste, tooth brushes, canned meats, and hygiene products. Volunteers are always needed! To volunteer, call Happy Jones at 901-276-2136 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. “Sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.” Mike McIntyre, The Kindness of Strangers
Looking Towards Sunday Revised Common Lectionary Track 2 Year A Second Sunday of Advent: December 4 Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Third Sunday of Advent: December 11 Isaiah 35:1-10 Canticle 15 James 5:7-10 3:6-13 Matthew 11:2-11 Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 18 TBA Christmas Eve Isaiah 9:2-7 • Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 • Luke 2:1-14 Christmas Day Isaiah 52:7-10 • Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4 • John 1:1-14
www.gracestlukes.org/spirituality-and-worship/ preparing-for-sunday The link above is access to Sunday lectionary readings online where you may reflect and pray over them at any time. Also offered are an overview, scripture backgrounds, a reflection, and prayer starter to enhance your worship experience.
Holy Baptism Scheduled Baptism is the entry point for The Episcopal Church for adults, children, and infants. If you have not been baptized or would like to schedule a baptism, we are happy to make arrangements for you. The next date for baptism is: January 8. For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 222, or email@example.com.
Lay Schedule The December schedule may be found at: www.gracestlukes. org/weeklyteams. It includes acolytes, LEMs, lectors, vergers, bread bakers, altar guild, Crossmen breakfast cooks, and clergy for Sunday mornings and special services.
Altar Gifts Offered In Loving Memory of Dec. 4 Dec. 11
Margaret King Strickland and Charles C. King, Jr. William McNeill Ayres, Sr., Mildred Wilkerson Ayres, George Louis Seay, Sr., Charles M. Ozier, Jr., and Bob Rittenberry Dec. 18 Mary Wright Sullivan Robinson and William Wallace Roberts Dec. 25 Virginia Strother Hopkinson and Jeanne & Mitch Strother. Additional names will be listed in your Christmas leaflets
Membership News Transfers Out Faith & Jon VanDoren to Holy Communion, Memphis Whitney Morse to St. John’s Cathedral, Denver , Colorado Confirmed on November 6, 2016 Gabrielle Fitzgerald Arkle, Brian Keith Brown, Kimberly Motschman Cribb, Benjamin John Eovaldi, Kristen Anne Eovaldi, Alice Blanche Keelin, Ruth Ann Racely, Grace Wilson Uhlhorn, Patty Louise Wiley, Megan Jo Young Anna Margaret Burnett, Anna Elizabeth Deason, Kathryn Claire Epperson, Charles Anthony Heiter, Jacob Lee Horn, Owen Rutledge Howell, Kaitlin Elizabeth Khumalo, Richard Evans Lawson, Mary Chapman Morrow, Isabelle Vairin Sappington, and William Deshaies Woodmansee Reaffirmed on November 6, 2016 Jean Ann Cooper, Janet Elizabeth Cooper, Robert Steven Cooper, Ruth Ackerman Henderson, Douglas Beatty Ray, and Lewis Witten Sloan Holy Baptism on November 6, 2016 Grayson Tadeusz Czupryk, son of Josh & Bailey Czupryk Hartley White Ervin, daughter of Jim & De Ervin Hayden James Ervin, son of Jim & De Ervin Patrick Daugherty Jackson, son of Jeff Jackson & Ellen Daugherty Hanna James Knoll, daughter of Catherine & Ryan Knoll Henry Lee McElroy, son of Tiffany & Justin McElroy Sebastian James Thompson-Brown, son of Mark Thompson & Brian Brown
Margaret Jean Willson, daughter of William & Caroline Willson
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Please remember Grace-St. Luke's Church in your will.
POSTMASTER: Please do not hold. Dated Material. Music for Holy Reflection December 5
Luna Nova Music is presenting its annual Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 pm on the theme of Music for Holy Reflection. Much of the program is derived from the work of “holy minimalists” whose composition invoke calm and timelessness. This concert is part of a collaboration entitled Music and Spirituality Fractured in a Time of Upheaval. Participating organizations are the Memphis Theological Seminary, Opera Memphis, St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, the Rhodes College Mastersingers, and the Memphis Symphony. Representing GraceSt. Luke’s on this program will be the Chancel Choir, Wesley Emerson, and Paul Murray performing from the balcony with the new antiphonal organ. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Calendar Highlights Dec. 2: First Friday Fellowship Dec. 4: 20-30@GSL Lunch Dec. 8: Daytime Book Group Dec. 11: Amy, Noah & Lisa Ordinations Dec. 13: Finance Meeting Dec. 14: Theology Live Dec. 16: Executive Committee Mtg. Dec. 18: Advent Lessons & Carols Dec. 18: Food Pantry Sunday Dec. 18-19: EYC Lock-in Dec. 20: Vestry Dec. 21: Outreach Meeting Dec. 24: 4:45 pm Christmas Music 5 pm Holy Eucharist 8:45 pm Christmas Music 9 pm Holy Eucharist Dec. 25: 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Dec. 26-27: Church Office Closed Dec. 28: 39ers
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Inside this issue: 20-30@GSL, 39ers, Altar Flowers, Angel Tree, Athletics, Baptism Information, Calendar Highlights, Christian Education, Ch...