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September 18, 2015

NEWS FOR OUR PARISH COMMUNITY

From the Rector

Inquirers' Classes - A Way to Join the Church: Inquirers' Classes are offered every fall in anticipation of the bishop's visit. They are a great way to learn about the theology and history of the Episcopal Church and life at GSL. Confirmation, in a nutshell, is an adult affirmation of the Christian faith and also a wonderful way to join the church. Class dates/times: Wednesdays, Oct. 14 & Nov. 4: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Sundays, Oct. 18, 25 & Nov. 8: 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. (Rector's Forum)

If you have any questions, please email me (richard@gracestlukes.org).

One does not have to sign up in advance.

Rector's Forum: (www.gracestlukes.org/sunday-classes)

Sept. 20-White Privilege with Dr. Luther Ivory and Dr. Stephen Haynes Dr. Stephen R. Haynes has taught in the religion department at Rhodes since 1989. He is the author of many books, including Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians and The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation. Luther Ivory teaches in the religion department at Rhodes. He is the author of Toward a Theology of Radical Involvement: The Theological Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Rhythm of Discipleship. Prof. Ivory is also pastor at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church USA in Memphis. Children's Christian Education: (www.gracestlukes.org/children-and-youth/sunday-school)

Registration forms available online. Save time Sunday and print and fill one out ahead of time! Youth Christian Education: (www.gracestlukes.org/children-and-youth/sunday-school)

Registration forms available online. Save time Sunday and print and fill one out ahead of time! Inside this Issue: 20-30@GSL, Acolyte Training, Diocesan & Community News, Exodus, EYC, Food Pantry Sunday, From the Rector, Diocesan & Community News, MAKE-UP PICTURE DATE, Pet Blessing, Third Thursday, and Wednesday Evening Classes. Download a pdf of the eNews here.

Want To Acolyte? Training & Refresher, Sept. 20

A training session for new acolytes will be held Sunday, Sept. 20, following the 10:30 service. The acolyte ministry is open to students in 4th grade and above. At the training, you will receive a manual as well as instruction about how to serve. All new acolytes are expected to attend and current acolytes who seek a refresher training are welcome, too.

Acolyting is a great way to learn about the church, to serve at God's altar, and is an interesting way to learn more about what happens in the Eucharist. Our session should last about thirty minutes. For more information, please contact Grant Adams, acolyte warden, at 527-0083 or grant_tcb_adams@hotmail.com, or Fr. Richard at richard@gracestlukes.org or 272-7425, ext. 18.


Weekend Exodus - Last Chance to Sign Up!

Don't miss your chance to register for Exodus 2015, Sept. 25-27. All are invited to our annual parish retreat for 40 hours of wonder at Camp Bratton Green near Canton, Miss. Connect with other parishioners in a beautiful lakeside setting. Enjoy kayaking, ziplining, football, arts & crafts, yoga, bible study by the lake, swimming, fishing, or even just relaxing with music by the bonfire. All meals and activities are included in one price.

If you have any questions or are interested in helping with the retreat, please email co-chairs Cynthia Saatkamp at cynthia@hemlinetheory.com or Maura Sullivan at Maura.Sullivan@memphistn.gov. Read more and easily register online at www.gracestlukes.org/events/parish-weekend.

20-30@GSL Theology Live

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 Tuesday evening and enjoy a special guest speaker at Alchemy in Cooper-Young. If you would like to have your email added to the evite list, please contact Lucy Owens at lucy@gracestlukes.org. For more info, contact the Rev. Broderick Greer.

Tuesday, Sept. 22: Our first "Theology Live" of the year! Join 20-30@GSL for food, drink, and conversation at Alchemy, 940 S. Cooper, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Pastor Jonathan McIntosh and his topic is "Eschatology: From a Garden to a City." Child care will be provided at the church free of charge.

EYC Sept. 20—Meet the Priest: We are so excited to be joined by our newest clergy member, Broderick Greer! He will join us for activities, games, and dinner, all geared at getting to know each other.

Time and Place: 5:30 p.m. Jr, 6:30 dinner, 8 p.m. Sr., Red Door Youth Space.

Biscuits and Bible for 6th-8th graders: We meet Wednesday mornings from 6:45-7:45 a.m. to explore the Gospel for the week and its relevance to our lives. Chick-fil-a provided! 9th-12th graders: Don't miss an opportunity to be confirmed this fall. Classes are on Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:15, in the Red Door Youth Space. For more info, contact Mary Margaret.

Third Thursday goes to the Levitt Shell The Third Thursday group will not meet at church in September due to the renovations. So let's take this opportunity to do something different. Let's meet at the Levitt Shell on Saturday evening, Sept. 19, for the rescheduled Memphis Symphony Orchestra/New Ballet Ensemble production of Memphis Renaissance and Harlem. (Remember it was rained out last May?) The show begins at 7:30 p.m., but come early to find a seat with your Third Thursday friends. BYO lawn chairs, blankets, food, and beverages.

MAKE-UP PHOTO DATE SCHEDULED - October 6

To be included in the 75th Anniversary Pictorial Directory, sign up this Sunday at the table located in the back of Trezevant with Sandra Ireland (8/10:30) or Betsy Black (5:30), contact Lucy during the week at 272-7425 or lucy@gracestlukes.org, or sign up online at www.gracestlukes.org/news/pictorial-directory. Those who have their pictures made for the directory get a free 8x10 portrait and a free directory.

IMPORTANT- Addresses, phone numbers & email: So that the directory can be as up-todate as possible and include the correct info for you, Lucy needs to know if you have moved, have a new email address, or home/cell numbers.


Wednesday Evening Christian Education Offerings

The sign-up link and more information for all fall small group classes can be found at www.gracestlukes.org/spirituality-and-worship/wednesday-offerings. Sign up is required and each class, except the Inquirers' class, is limited to 12 participants. The nursery is available for all classes. Inquirer's Class Facilitator with Father Richard Lawson

Location-Trezevant Wed., Oct. 14 & Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sun., Oct. 18, 25, & Nov. 8. 9:30-10:15 a.m. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee with Ellen Hendry

Location-Yellow Room in the Youth Space Wed., Oct. 14, 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Poetry of Jane Kenyon with Katherine Bush

Location-Red Room in the Youth Space Wed., Oct. 14, 28, & Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mitten Strings for God with Sharon Campbell

Location-Red Room in the Youth Space Wed., Oct. 21; 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m.

We invite you to bring your dogs, cats, hamsters, lizards, fish, birds, snakes, and hedgehogs to GSL Church for the Blessing of the Animals in commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. We'll gather in Trezevant for a service which will celebrate our pets and our love for them. For everyone's comfort, we ask that all creatures be leashed, caged or otherwise contained.

Each animal will receive an individual blessing from the clergy and a certificate of that blessing. Following the service there will be a reception with refreshments for animals and their people.

Food Pantry Sunday is Sept. 27 While you're shopping, pick up some items for the GSL Food Pantry. We can use canned meats, tuna, and soup. Choose one or all of these items. Monetary donations are also welcome. You can bring your offering Sept. 27 and place it in the basket in Trezevant. Let's give generously and fill the basket next Sunday!

Diocesan & Community News

Integrity Worship, Meal & Fellowship, Sept. 22, St. Mary's Cathedral, 629 Poplar Ave, 38105

Reception at 6 p.m. in the Undercroft, followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. in Sisters Chapel.

Dinner at 7 p.m. in the Undercroft followed by the program at 7:45 p.m.

Program: An Evening at the Piano with John Holtzman. John will perform arrangements of classic hymns and Southern Gospel classics. John is the pianist/organist at Ellendale UMC and has been a church musician since age 12. He has written over 300 songs, 3 Christmas musicals and 2 Easter musicals. In addition to his musical skills he works as the Director of Finance & Development for Transformations Autism Treatment Center. John invites everyone to come and enjoy a great night of piano music. Free parking, enter parking on the west side of the cathedral, enter the cathedral from behind the Diocesan House. RSVP by following this link. INTEGRITY WOULD LIKE TO INVITE GSL TO PARTICIPATE WITH US IN MID-SOUTH PRIDE ON SEPTEMBER 26, SHARING THE WELCOME OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WITH THE LGBT COMMUNITY! Integrity is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians and our straight friends. We are the mission of the Episcopal Church to the LGBT community, and the means by which our community expresses its concerns within the Episcopal Church. People of all faith and ideological traditions are welcome at our meetings. Contact Bob_Horn@live.com for more information


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