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Charles Rowland: My Story

NEWS FOR OUR PARISH COMMUNITY

November 1, 2013

Inside this Issue 20-30@GSL, 39ers Meeting, Bazaar News, Bishop Johnson's Annual Visit, The Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Vestry & Rector's Decision, Children's Candy Tithe, Community and Diocesan Events, EYC News, First Friday Fellowship, Pastoral Notice, Rector's Forum, School Open House, and Scout Popcorn. Download a printable version of the eNews.

Charles Rowland: My Story Hi, everyone, my name is Charles Rowland and this is my story. When I first walked in I saw the words Episcopal Church and School because it's a school that's connected with a church. That's why I've liked Grace-St. Luke's ever since that time. My favorite memory of Exodus was the zipline. And I've been chosen to help my dad with the breakfasts. I'm going to have to wear whatever uniform he wears. Church has helped me in doing my duty to God. I give to Grace-St. Luke's because I want to tell everybody about Jesus; secondly, I want to help the poor; thirdly, because I'm a Wolf Scout; and fourthly, GSL's awesome!! I invite you to watch my video and visit gracestlukes.org/your-gifts/stewardship/.

Ida Lynn Means: Grant Your Servant Rest We pray for the repose of the soul of Ida Lynn Means, mother of Jane Morse, who died Wednesday, October 30. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on Tuesday, November 5, at 1 p.m. (obituary) O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Ida, and grant her an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Friday Fellowship: Greencork & Celtic Fest TODAY! First Friday Fellowship is a place where parishioners and friends can connect for fun and fellowship, mix and mingle, and enjoy lively conversation. On Nov. 1, (note change in location) we’ll meet at Greencork (2156 Young Ave.) for wine and tapas and then head over to Celtic Crossing for Celtic Fest 2013. You can RSVP for the event, and get all the details on the FFF Facebook page at facebook.com/GSLFirstFridayFellowship. You can also email Kim Norris (knorris@gslschool.org) for more information.

Rector's Forum: The Language of the Saints   Nov. 3- The Language of the Saints with the Reverend Sam Portaro,       author of Best & Brightest: A Companion to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts    Nov. 10- Stories about Prayer with the Right Reverend Don Johnson, West Tennessee    Nov. 17- Stories about Parish Life with the Right Reverend Henry Parsley, retired, Alabama    Nov. 24- Annual Parish Meeting at 9:15 a.m. For a complete fall schedule for the Rector's Forum, go to gracestlukes.org/sunday-classes/.


Ingathering of Pledge Cards and Children's Candy Tithe, Nov. 3 This Sunday after the peace, children are to bring their candy tithe to the narthex (entrance to the church) and meet Harriet and Mary Margaret. The children will join the ushers in procession to the altar and then return to the pews. We will package and ship the tithe to Florida to an organization called Operation Shoebox, which will repackage the candy and send it to our troops who are stationed overseas. Also, bring your pledge cards to church this Sunday and place them in the alms basin during the offering, or simply pledge online at gracestlukes.org/your-gifts/online-pledge-card/.

20-30@GSL goes to Slider Inn Immediately following the 10:30 service this Sunday, Nov. 3, we will meet down the street at Slider Inn and enjoy lunch together. Join us for this opportunity to connect with other young adults in the 20-30 age group. If you would like to be included on the Evite list, please email lucy@gracestlukes.org.

EYC News —Biscuits & Bible Study— 6th-8th grade Bible Study Wed. morning, 6:45-7:45 a.m., in the EYC space (an earlier pick-up time is available). —Tweeting, Twerking…and Me?— EYC on Nov. 3, Jr. EYC 5-6 p.m., EYC dinner 6-6:30 p.m., and Sr. EYC 6:30-7:30 p.m. EYC space downstairs. —EYC Parent Meeting— Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Nave for all parents of youth in grades 6-12. Refreshments provided. —Fall Lock-In— Friday, Nov. 8- Saturday, Nov. 9. We’ll begin with dinner at 6 p.m. and then enjoy a fun-filled evening. Registration forms (due Nov. 4) are available online and in the church office. —For more info— Contact Mary Margaret Winn, GSL Youth Minister, at marymargaret@gracestlukes.org and visit www.gracestlukes.org/youth-group.

Grand Old Bazaar, Saturday Nov. 16 Join us for the Grand Old Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Trezevant Hall and get a head start on your holiday shopping! A delicious lunch will also be served for $7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On sale will be elegant handmade items for all ages, books, baked and canned goods, artwork, handmade & costume jewelry, and treasures galore! Support the ministry of the Ladies of the Bazaar House and help raise funds for charitable organizations. (Download flyer and read a short history of the Bazaar) Please remember to make extra when putting up relish, canned goods, jams, cakes and marinade. We want Katherine's Kitchen to be full of home-made love. Clean out your old jewelry box and drop off at Lucy's office. Bazaar would like jewelry, fine linens, porcelains and silver for Antiques Booth. For questions and to volunteer to help the day of the Bazaar, contact Janet Wyatt at 276-5662 or tomtwo2@bellsouth.net.

A Tasty Way to Support Our Scouts It’s the time of year everyone looks forward to. That’s right - Cub Scout popcorn! This is the last Sunday our church's Cub Scout pack will be taking orders for your favorite popcorn. Not only is it super good and teaches the scouts personal responsibility, the proceeds helps the scouts fund their activities for the entire year. In fact, thanks to the yearly popcorn fundraiser, scouting in the Grace-St. Luke's church cub scout pack is dues-free for any child who wants to participate. Look for the scouts in Trezevant Hall on Sunday. Thanks for your support!

39ers, Nov. 8 Join the 39ers on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. for social time and conversation. A light lunch will be served at noon for only $6. Our program is “Show and Tell” of memorable events in your life-your wedding day, a grandchild’s christening, a great book you read that made an impression; the subject matter your choice. Rerservations to Lucy by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at lucy@gracestlukes.org or 272-7425.

Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School Open Houses All-School (Little Lukers - 8th Grade): Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 8:30 a.m., Anchor Center Preschool Only (Little Lukers - Junior Kindergarten): Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., Miss Lee's Please join us to tour the school and learn more about our exceptional program and all that we have to offer your family! RSVP: enroll@gslschool.org


Help Us Welcome Bishop Johnson for his Annual Visit to GSL, Nov. 10 On Nov. 10, the Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson will be the celebrant and preacher at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Eucharists and the special guest in the Rector’s Forum at 9:30 a.m. in Trezevant Hall. His topic will be “Stories about Prayer.” Bishop Johnson will also confirm our newest members at the 10:30 service. There will be a Reception hosted by the Fellowship Committee for Bishop Johnson and the confirmation classes following the 10:30 service in Trezevant Hall. Come and visit with the Bishop and congratulate the newly Confirmed.

The Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant: Vestry & Rector's Decision The Episcopal Church in 2012 approved a "Blessing of a Lifelong Covenant" for same-sex couples. Bishop Johnson has authorized the use of this blessing in our parishes that desire it. After prayer and reflection, both the Vestry and I have determined that this blessing may be used at Grace-St. Luke's according to our Bishop's guidelines. Please note that this blessing is not a civil marriage, but it is a prayerful way for the community of GSL to offer prayer and support for same-sex couples whose relationship is lifelong, monogamous, and virtuous. Counseling with a priest is required before a blessing is offered. For more information about the requirements and the meaning of the liturgy, click here (www.gracestlukes.org/uploads/files/vestry/Blessing-Rector'sSummaryforVestry.pdf) or contact one of our priests. The Reverend Richard Lawson, Rector

Community & Diocesan Events Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America On Friday, Nov. 15, The Episcopal Church will host and produce a 90-minute live forum at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS, beginning at 1 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal School and Church of the Holy Communion will co-host a local viewing of this forum in Buckman Theater, at the corner of Walnut Grove and Perkins Extended, with a discussion following, so that our diocese may come together and be in dialog. The forum will be moderated by well-known journalist and PBS commentator Ray Suarez. Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address. Joining us to help facilitate our local post-forum discussion will be Dr. Stephen Haynes, Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College and author of The Last Segregated Hour, and Dr. Andre Johnson, the Dr. James L. Netters Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Religion and African American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary. This is an event that you won’t want to miss!!

St. George's Annual Arts & Antiques Arcade Preview Party & Silent Auction: Thursday, Nov. 7 Show & Sale: Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8 & 9, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Show & Sale: Sunday, Nov. 10, noon-5 p.m. For more information: www.stgchurch.org or call 754-7282

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