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Weekly eNews

Inside this Issue (Download pdf here) This Sunday

Upcoming Events

La Posada

Sacred Conversations

Music & Instruments from Near & Far with Wesley & Friends

GSL Angel Tree

Winter Concert

Christmas Flower Deadline

Daytime Book Group

Women's Retreat

December Messenger

Vestry Minutes for October

Children & Youth


Children's Choirs

Take Note

Updated Contact Info Needed

Giving: A Spiritual Practice

Volunteer for Coffee Hour

Lost and Found

Outreach Ministry

Compassionate Christmas

Spare Cookies?

Clothes Closet

Upcoming Events

La Posada: Fun for the Whole Family (Dec. 12)

Join us for our take on the traditional Hispanic celebration of La Posada, Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem. Service and music begin in the Nave at 5:45 p.m. The Nativity procession concludes in Trezevant Hall, and is followed by a Mexican feast at 6:30. Crafts and pinatas for children follow the meal. Every child is encouraged to dress as his or her favorite Nativity character. This event is a family favorite, so please mark your calendars for this enchanting night of food and fun! The cost for dinner is $10 per adult and $5 per child. For more information and to make reservations online (ASAP please), visit You may also call or email Lucy: (901-252-6333 or

Sacred Conversations: Reflecting on Race Matters and Opportunities for Reconciliation (Dec. 9) Join us for Sacred Conversations: Reflecting on Race Matters and Opportunities for Reconciliation, on Sunday, December 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m. In response to the widespread reality that matters of race and racial equity often distress and divide the human family, the parish clergy and several lay ministers will gather for sacred conversations to consider opportunities for reconciliation. The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. GSL parishioners and friends are invited to explore the dream of God in which we celebrate and understand our differences, while respecting the dignity of every human being. Our baptisms and faith call us to support one another on the journey to wholeness. Spread the word about this prayer-centered offering that might lead to ongoing formation and engagement programs of GSL.

Music & Instruments from Near & Far with Wesley Emerson and Friends (Dec. 9)

December 9, 3:00 p.m. Glenn P. Schoettle Arts Education Center 301 S. Rhodes, West Memphis A kaleidoscoope of Christmas tunes and sounds featuring many holiday favorites! Bring the whole family to enjoy the show and refreshments. Pictured: Georg Hranov, Wesley Emerson, Dan Swanson, Megan Carnevale, and Andrew Carroll

Angels Among Us ~ GSL Angel Tree (Dec. 9) Thanks you to those who chose an angel last Sunday for this year’s Angel Tree. Adoption Day is this Sunday. Bring new, wrapped toys and books to the Lounge. Volunteers will be there after the 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. service to collect items. For more information, please contact Addison Combs at 678-988-5198 or or follow this link:

Luna Nova Annual Winter Concert (Dec. 10)

The Luna Nova Ensemble will present its 11th Annual Winter Concert at Grace-St. Luke’s on Monday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Patricia Gray: 901-493-0958 or

Christmas Altar Flowers 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 December 15, these names will be listed in the Christmas leaflets. December 15 is also the deadline for any memorials and honorariums that you would like acknowledged before Christmas.

2019 Women's Retreat (February 22-24)

Daytime Book Group (Dec. 13) Our next discussion of the fall is December 13 with Bead by Bead by Suzanne Henley. This is an open group‌no invitation or requirements other than a love of reading. We meet in the Red Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00. In December, instead of our usual sack lunch, all are invited to bring finger foods to share. Suzanne Henley, author of Bead by Bead, will be our special guest. She will not have books available for sale, but if you bring prepurchased books, she's happy to sign them! The group is facilitated by Janie Morris ( and Carol Ann Mallory ( A list of books for upcoming months may be found at

Take Note Help us print an up-to-date directory! The new GSL Directory will be printed soon! It will be full of pictures AND contact information of parish members. Please help us clean up our records by sending us any changes you might have since our last printing. Do you still use a landline? Has it changed? Do we have your cell phone numbers? Email addresses? Have you moved? Information that will be printed in the directory: Adults' names, email addresses, and cell numbers; Childrens' names; Home address (street, city, zip); Main household phone number (landline or other). Contact Lucy, (901-252-6333 or, or better yet, visit to update your information.

Giving: A Spiritual Practice—Support Life at Grace-St. Luke’s As follow up to the 2019 Pledge Commitment Sunday on November 4, the Stewardship Team is seeking commitments of time, treasure, and talent in support of the mission and ministries of Grace-St. Luke’s. Your pledge to GSL (simply a considered estimate of what you plan to give for 2019) helps the parish plan the ministries and budget for expenses—from salaries to maintenance to our wonderful programs and essential ministries. For those who have pledged already, thank you. If you have not already done so, please fill out a pledge form located in the narthex and hallway. You may hand-deliver your pledge form to the church office, pledge online at or mail the form to the church office. Thank you for joining us in Giving: A Spiritual Practice.

Volunteers Needed for Coffee Hour! Coffee Hour Teams are a great way to show GSL's wonderful hospitality and get to know your fellow parishioners! All parish members are encouraged to participate. Members may sign up with friends or by him/herself to work with up to three others for any given Sunday. You can get all the details and sign up by following this link: For more information, please contact Kim Motschman Cribb at

Lost and Found Dear friends of lost items: Take a look in the credenza in the entry way (outside Lucy's office). Found items are located in the top left drawar and bottom cabinets. If it is a smaller item, like a piece of jewelry, contact Lucy (901-252-6333 or

Vestry Minutes The Vestry Minutes are now available for download for the October meeting.

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Outreach Ministry Spare Cookies? A Step Ahead Foundation, a GSL Outreach Grantee, offers free long acting reversible contraceptives to women in order to help them plan when to have a family, so they can achieve their full potential— educationally, economically, and in their family lives. For more, see A Step Ahead Foundation. During the Holidays ASAF provides its medical clinic partners with goody baskets to thank them for their support. ASAF is accepting donations of cookies to fill these baskets on December 6 and December 7 between 10:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the ASAF offices in Crosstown Concourse. GSL parishioners can either deliver the cookies to ASAF’s offices in Suite 451 or arrange for curbside pick-up by a staff member. For additional information contact Amy Mulroy at or call 901-729-7044.

Calvary’s Room in the Inn Clothes Closet Calvary Episcopal Church hosts A Room in the Inn every Saturday night and they serve over 200 breakfasts to homeless people in the downtown area every Sunday morning. These community programs at Calvary are in need of our donations. They are in need of Men’s & Women’s Clothing: Old jeans, socks (even single socks), underwear, shoes or sneakers (size 9 or larger for men), sweaters, T-shirts, coats, slacks, warm jackets, rain gear, warm hats and gloves, blankets, sleeping bags, and toiletries. A box is located at the GSL LeMaster entrance. Please place your donations in it to be taken to Calvary! Thank you!

Families Helping Families (Dec. 6) Gather the family and join the Neighborhood Christian Center this holiday season for a fun and meaningful family volunteer experience this evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at 3128 Norbrook Dr., 38116. Each Christmas, the Neighborhood Christian Center provides 10,000 Christmas Baskets to families in need and each basket includes enough food to feed a family of 4 for 4 days. Compassionate Kids: Family Evening of Service offers a unique opportunity for children and parents to volunteer together. This event will assemble the first 1,500 Christmas Food Baskets. A minimum donation of $25 is requested to participate. Your donation goes directly to aid in all of our Compassionate Christmas efforts. To sign up, please visit or for more information, contact Pamela Cox at 901881-6013 or

Children & Youth Episcopal Youth Community December 9: Peter Pan (Middle/High School, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square) Biscuits and Bible: This Wednesday morning Bible study is a favorite for our Middle School students. We meet from 6:45-7:45 a.m. to explore the Gospel for the week and its relevance to our lives. Breakfast is provided, and all are welcome, regardless of church or school attendance (early pick-up is available for non-GSL students). We have some exciting sign-up only events for Middle and High School students: Peter Pan, Grizzlies Game, and the Ski Trip! The sign-up links can be found at Email Addison Combs ( for more information.

Children's Choirs GSL’s two youth choirs, St. Cecilia Choir and Canterbury Choir, rehearse on Wednesdays. Rehearsal times are 4:30–5 p.m. for St. Cecilia Choir (for boys and girls in SK–2nd grade) and 5–6 p.m. for Canterbury Choir (for boys and girls in grades 3–6). Both choirs meet in the choir room at GSL and are under the direction of Music Associate Debbie Smith. For more information or to register your child, contact Debbie at 901-299-9313 or email her at

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The December Messenger

Follow this link to the December 2018 issue of the Messenger. Issuu version ~ Full-size PDF ~ Small-size PDF Inside this issue: 39ers, Advent Lessons & Carols, Advent Party, Altar Gifts, Athletics, Bishop's Visitation Photos, Calendar Highlights, Christian Formation, Christmas Card Offering, Christmas Flowers, Christmas Services, Coffee Hour Volunteers, Daytime Book Group, Directory Update, EYC, Food Pantry Facts, Holy Baptism, La Posada, Lay Ministers Schedule, Looking Towards Sunday, Membership Updates, Memorials/Honoraria, Message from the Rector, Outreach Ministry, Race Matters, School News, Vestry Election Results, Winter Concert, Women's Retreat. 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.

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This Sunday at GSL Join us for worship, formation, and fellowship. GSL Angel Tree Collection Day (details above). 8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist 8:45 a.m. – Delicious home-cooked breakfast. 9:30 a.m. – Christian Formation classes for adults Parish Hall Forum: Prayerful Anticipation Small Group Bible Study: The Gospel of Luke (Each week during Advent, we will look at the lectionary text from Luke in greater depth.) 9:30 a.m. – Christian Formation classes for children Nursery Infant Room (Newborn–Walking) Toddler Room (Walking–Potty Training) Little Lambs Room (Potty Training–Atrium Ready) Location: Church Nursery with the Nursery Staff Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Atrium I 3–6 year olds: Pre–K, JK and SK Location: Atrium I (Green Room) Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Atrium II 6–9 year olds: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Location: Atrium II (Purple Room) Project Purpose 4th–5th Grade Location: Yellow Room 9:30 a.m. – Christian Formation classes for youth Rite 13 6th–8th Grade Location: Red Room J2A 9th–12th Grade Location: Room 212 10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Following the 10:30 service – Coffee Hour in Trezevant Hall Nursery – The nursery is available from 7:30 a.m. through the end of the 10:30 service Sacred Conversations: Reflecting on Race Matters and Opportunities for Reconciliation (details above). Episcopal Youth Community (details above). 5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist More about Christian Formation at GSL




eNews for December 6, 2018  

Inside this issue: La Posada, Sacred Conversations, Music & Instruments from Near & Far with Wesley & Friends, GSL Angel Tree, Winter Concer...

eNews for December 6, 2018  

Inside this issue: La Posada, Sacred Conversations, Music & Instruments from Near & Far with Wesley & Friends, GSL Angel Tree, Winter Concer...