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November 30, 2016

The December Messenger is Available for Download

Inside this issue: 20-30@GSL, 39ers, Altar Flowers, Angel Tree, Athletics, Baptism Information, Calendar Highlights, Christian Education, Christmas Flowers, EYC News, First Friday Fellowship, Food Pantry Sunday, From the Rector, Grand Old Bazaar Photos, GSL Book Group, La Posada, Lay Schedule, Luna Nova Concert, Looking Towards Sunday, Ordination of Amy, Noah, and Lisa, Outreach Ministries, Pastoral Care Corner, School News, Scout Lodge, and Third Thursday. Please note: For those of you who also get the paper edition of the Messenger, it has been mailed. If you are NOT getting the paper copy and would like to have it mailed to you, please let Lucy know. If you are unable to open the pdf file, updating Adobe Reader will most likely fix the problem. Contact Lucy with any question.

Inside this Issue (Download pdf here)

20-30@GSL Lunch/Theology Live

December Messenger

Angels Among Us

Music for Holy Reflection

Christmas Flowers

Ordination of Amy, Noah & Lisa

Daytime Book Group

Pastoral Notice


Rector's Forum

First Friday Fellowship

Women's Retreat

La Posada Casting Call

Grant Your Servants Rest: Joan Smith Adrian, Shirley Sappington, & Winifred Landrum Bland We pray for the repose of the soul of Joan Smith Adrian (mother of Bob Adrian), Shirley Sappington (mother of Donnie Sappington), Winifred Landrum Bland (grandmother of Sara Burnett). May our love and prayers enfold their families during this time. O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servants, Joan, Shirley, and Winifred, and grant them 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.

"Judgment" with the Rev. Katherine Bush (Dec. 4) Advent is associated with the great themes of death, judgment, hell, and heaven. There are very Episcopal interpretations of these themes. Join us for a three-week series Dec. 4, 11 & 18. Please join us for this week's Rector's Forum with the Rev. Katherine Bush at 9:30 a.m. in Trezevant Hall. Katherine will take the first of these themes, Judgment, bringing her unique blend of poetry and pragmatism to a topic that is, of course, relevant to every human being. To view future class topics and speakers, visit Be sure to come early and join us for a delicious home-cooked breakfast by the GSL Crossmen.

Music for Holy Reflection (Dec. 5) Luna Nova Music is presenting its annual Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. 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 Grace-St. 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.

Episcopal Youth Community Dec. 4–All-EYC Caroling: We will join our friends from around the Diocese at Trezevant Manor (177 N. Highland) for Christmas caroling, 3:45-5:15 p.m. Everyone in grades 6-12 is invited, and Christmas attire is encouraged!

Biscuits & Bible Wednesday mornings in the Red Door youth space, red room, 6:45–7:45 a.m., for 6th–8th grade students. (When GSL School is in session) 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 non-GSL students). For more info about EYC: contact Mary Margaret Winn, 272-7425, ext. 226.

Call For La Posada Children’s Characters! If your child is interested in playing a Nativity character in the La Posada service on Dec. 14, please contact Sharon Campbell ( Costumes are provided (making your own is OK too). Names will be collected during the month of November. We’ll do a drawing for parts on Nov. 30 and scripts will be sent on Dec. 1. Sharon is available to answer any questions—just email, call, or catch her on a Sunday! La Posada cast of characters: Mary & Joseph, 3 Innkeepers, 3 Magi, 3 Shepherds, and a Star. Tickets available online at

Christmas Flower Deadline 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 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 (Dec. 2) Interested in connecting with others at GSL in an informal setting? Please join us! 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 ( You can also email Natalie Davis ( for more info. Childcare: The church nursery will be available from 6-10 p.m. 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.

Angels Among Us: GSL Angel Tree (Dec. 4 & 11) Share the joy of the holiday season through GSL’s annual Angel Tree, benefiting the children of The Exchange Club Family Center! 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 to sign up online. 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. For more information, please contact Julia McDonald at 326-6318 or

20-30@GSL Monthly Lunch and Theology Live (Dec.) 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. If you would like to have your email added to the evite list, please contact Lucy Owens at Sunday, Dec. 4–Immediately following the 10:30 service, 20-30@GSL will head over to The Beauty Shop (966 S Cooper St), courtesy of GSL, for our monthly lunch. Wednesday, Dec. 14–Join us for Theology Live as Dr. Emily Holmes discusses how the doctrine of the Incarnation informed and empowered various Medieval Christian women. We will meet at Jay Etkin Gallery, 942 S Cooper St. Childcare will be available at GSL from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Rev. Broderick Greer:

GSL Daytime Book Group (Dec. 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. Visit for more information and a list of upcoming books. The group is facilitated by Janie Morris ( and Carol Ann Mallory (

Ordinations of Amy, Noah, & Lisa (Dec. 11) 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 of December 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.

Women's Retreat (Feb. 24-26) Save the date of Feb. 24-26 for the Grace St.Luke’s Women’s Retreat. Our own fun and funny the Rev. Amy George will be our program leader. All women are encouraged to attend and invite other women to share this event at beautiful St. Columba. Watch for sign up details to come soon.

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Inside this issue: First Friday, 20-30s/Theology Live, Dec. Messenger, Pastoral Notices, Angel Tree, Daytime Book Group, La Posada, and Amy,...

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Inside this issue: First Friday, 20-30s/Theology Live, Dec. Messenger, Pastoral Notices, Angel Tree, Daytime Book Group, La Posada, and Amy,...