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Robin and Gavin Wigginson: Our Story


November 8, 2013

Inside this Issue Annual Parish Meeting, Bazaar News, Bishop Johnson's Annual Visit, Community and Diocesan Events, EYC News, Our Story, Parishioners in the News, Rector's Forum, Thanksgiving Eucharist, Third Thursday, and This rounds' on Me. Download a printable version of the eNews.

Robin and Gavin Wigginson: Our Story We are Gavin and Robin Wigginson. We moved back to Memphis last year in July from Kentucky and we began looking for a church home right away and after just a few short weeks we decided to make Grace-St. Luke's our home. What we fell in love with the most was the family atmosphere. We choose to pledge in order for the church to be able to go out into the community and to give some stability to the church. GSL is about being yourself without restrictions and doing good in the community. We invite you to watch our video and visit

Help Us Welcome Bishop Johnson for his Annual Visit to GSL, Nov. 10 This Sunday, 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 "Q&A with Bishop Johnson." 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.

"This round's on Me," Nov. 12 Join 20-30@GSL this Tuesday, Nov. 12, for "This round's on Me" at Alchemy! Rabbi Micah Greenstein, is our guest speaker. His topic will be "The Bible's First Dreamer: It's Not Who You Think." Contact Fr. Joseph Wallace-Williams,, for more info. (

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. (More info: For questions and to volunteer to help the day of the Bazaar, contact Janet Wyatt at 276-5662 or

Thanksgiving Eucharist, Nov. 28 Join us Thanksgiving morning as we worship together and give thanks for all of our many blessings. Thanksgiving Day also marks our "birthday" at GSL. Grace and St. Luke's churches joined for their first combined service on Thanksgiving Day, 1940. Let's celebrate!!

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). —No EYC on Nov. 10. —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 funfilled 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 and visit

Third Thursday, Nov. 21 "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" Come to the Nov. 21 gathering of the Third Thursday "empty nester" group to hear Keith Wood (a talented orator) share intriguing facts and stories about the man behind these words, Patrick Henry, a most interesting Founding Father. Drinks, nibbles and conversation begin at 6:30 p.m. in Trezevant, dinner at 7, followed by the program. Please make reservations with Lucy by Tuesday, Nov. 19. To read more and pay in advance online follow this

Annual Parish Meeting and Vestry Elections, Nov. 24 Please attend the annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 24! In accordance with parish by-laws, your Vestry Nominating Committee is composed of members who will rotate off the vestry in December. Members include: Ginger Collier, Stinson Liles, Catherine Morehead, Linda Niell, Pete Shearon, Doug Smith, and Nicki Soulé. The nominees for the vestry are Lane Driscoll, Amy Dudek, Juan Fuentes, Cynthia Saatkamp, Josh Shipley, Howard Stovall, Betsy Wilson, and Ken Woodmansee. Bios of nominees are in the Nov. Messenger. (

Parishioners In the News Debbie Sweeney, D. N. Sc., associate professor of nursing, is the recipient of the 2013 John W. Runyan Community Nursing Award. The award is named in honor of Dr. John W. Runyan, Jr., distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's Department of Preventive Medicine. This award recognizes a currently practicing nurse who has made significant contributions to the development and promotion of community health nursing. The award was presented to Debbie during the Tennessee Nurses Association Convention Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 18, at the Embassy Suites SE-Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tenn. This is a well-deserved award that recognizes Debbie for all of the community work that she has been involved in over the years.

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!!

Trinity Methodist Church: Alternative Market Friday, Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (On Friday, first Choice Shopping with a $5 donation to Trinity Outreach Ministries) Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, noon - 5 p.m.

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