The Messenger Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Volume 60, No. 2
OUTREACH IN ACTION Edith Heller sorting scarves lovingly knitted by the Bazaar Ladies for MTaM
Lane Driscoll with a generous donation for the Food Pantry from her FedEx office drive
Some GSL turkeys helping with the Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach Project
What’s Inside? • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper • Lent 2013 • Women’s Retreat
Sunday Service Times
8:00 am Holy Eucharist 8:45 am Breakfast 9:30 am Christian Education 10:30 am Holy Eucharist 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist Nursery available for all services except the 5:30 service.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday–Friday
The Rev. Richard Lawson, Rector The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector Fr. Joseph Wallace-Williams, Associate Rector Christi Authement, Activities & Athletics Dir. Beulah Boone, Sexton Beth Claybrook, Financial Assistant Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Sharon Campbell, Interim Nursery/PDO Dir. Connie Johns, Membership & Newcomers Eva Loftin, Assistant Director of Nursery Courtney Oliver, Youth Minister Lucy Owens, Communications Director Harriet Roberts, Christian Education Director Debbie Smith, Music Associate Linda Stine, Parish Administrator
Grant Adams, Antoinette Cheney, Ginger Collier, Edith Heller, Sidney Hickey, Allison King, Stinson Liles, Hal Medling, Catherine Morehead, Linda Niell, Donna Sanders, King Self, Pete Shearon, Doug Smith, Nicki Soulé, Bruce Williams, and Hal Wright.
Vestry and Executive Committee
The vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month in Trezevant Hall. The Executive Committee meets the Thursday before vestry at 5:30 pm in the old school science lab on the 3rd floor of the Evans Building. These meetings are open to the parish. Vestry members are also available to convey matters of importance from parishioners to the vestry. Watch your eNews and eMessenger for the links to the vestry minutes. To be added to the eNews/eMessenger distribution lists, contact Lucy Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vestry email: email@example.com
The deadline for the February issue of The Messenger is 9 am, Jan. 15! Contact Lucy at 2727425 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Inside This Issue 20-30@GSL.................................................... 5 39ers............................................................. 5 Altar Flowers................................................ 14 Athletics....................................................... 10 Bygone Days................................................ 15 Children’s Camps............................................. 7 Christian Education....................................... 8-9 Early 5th Sunday/Valentine’s Celebration............ 6 EYC News..................................................... 10 Feast of Absalom Jones.................................... 6 First Friday Fellowship...................................... 5 From the Rector.............................................. 3 Lay Schedule................................................ 15 Lent 2013....................................................... 4 LGBT Gathering............................................... 6 Looking Towards Sunday................................ 14 Member News............................................... 14 Memorials/Honorariums................................. 14 Music News.................................................... 7 Outreach Ministries........................................ 12 Pastoral Care Corner...................................... 11 School News................................................. 13 Scout News.................................................... 7 Thank you from the Bazaar Ladies................... 11 Thank you from the MPA.................................. 6 Third Thursday................................................ 5 Weekend Exodus............................................. 5 Women’s Retreat............................................. 6 To download the February calendar, go to: gracestlukes.org/uploads/files/calendar/february13.pdf
Support Groups at GSL Weight Watchers: Mondays, Weigh-in at noon, Meeting from 12:20–12:40 AA meetings: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm Narcotics Anonymous: Sundays, 8 pm Al Anon: Thursdays, 10:30 am Suicide Anonymous: Wednesdays, 7:30 pm Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: Mondays & Thursdays, 8 pm
From the Rector: An Intentional Parish In the late 1960s when the Reverend Brinkley Morton was rector of our parish, a video was played during the Annual Meeting that was entitled, “Grace-St. Luke’s: A Busy Parish.” There are many days and weeks when that remains an apt title for what life is like in our parish and school; however, and this is no criticism of that movie (which I have not seen) or that time at GSL, many of us sense that God is calling and nudging the Episcopal Church and GSL to a season of intentionality rather than busyness. What kind of parish do we, with God’s help and grace, intend to become? What is at the core of our identity at GSL? Questions such as these are vital and thrilling because they invite us to return again to what matters most in life. As Christians in the Anglican Tradition, what matters most is the presence and mystery of God the Holy Trinity in our daily life. We come to church and become the church in response to God’s presence in Christ by the power of the Spirit. And yet that is only one part of what it means to become the church—sometimes, what matters most is our affection and love for each other, not worship alone. The Christian life is about this curious balance—love God, love neighbor, as Jesus puts it in the Gospels.
activities and numbers and expending every ounce of energy we have. Instead, the call is more subtle and even more demanding—to prepare a place where God may be adored and God’s people may grow in love and friendship with each other. Lent is an intentional time in the life of GSL parish and in our individual lives, a time to focus on what matters most in life with God and others. On Ash Wednesday, February 13, we will have three services of Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes at the regular times (7:00 am; 12:15 pm; and 6:00 pm). The Sundays of Lent will be thoughtful and focused upon Christ’s own forty day journey into the wilderness in the Gospels. In order to follow him today, we must follow the path he has prepared through our own wilderness of the contemporary world and within the depths of our complex, beautiful lives. As always, the priests of the parish are ready if anyone needs to make a private confession, using the rite of reconciliation in the Prayer Book. May God’s Spirit give us—collectively and individually—the focus and wisdom that we need, as well as the company of friends and companions who remind us that we do not have to travel alone. The Reverend Richard Lawson
Rector’s Forum in February
With this in mind, I have often thought about the similarities between the Altar Guild and the Fellowship Committee, two groups that are often assumed to be different in terms of what they do and accomplish. The Altar Guild prepares the table for the breaking of bread and the lectern for the breaking open of God’s Word. The Fellowship Committee prepares other tables for different feasts, from 5th Sundays’ lunches to receptions. With imagination and faith, we see that it is the same Spirit that inspires both the Altar Guild and the Fellowship Committee: love God, love neighbor. Our worship would be impoverished without fellowship, and vice-versa.
Feb. 3: The Oxford Movement with the Rev. Dr. Rob MacSwain
This call to worship and love needs to be at the heart of all our activities as a parish. Our call, in my humble opinion, is not to get busy and work harder and harder, growing
Feb 24: An Anglican Approach to Interfaith Dialogue with the Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller
Sundays at 9:30
Feb 10: Bishop Quintard in Tennessee with the Rev. Richard Lawson Feb. 17: The Episcopal Church and Yellow Fever in Memphis with Molly Crosby
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Lent 2013 SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPER; February 12, 4:30-7 pm
In preparation for Lent, join us for bacon, sausage, toppings & all you can eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday! Cost: Only $5.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the night of the event. To purchase your tickets online or to make a donation, follow this link: www.gracestlukes.org/events/pancake-supper/.
Ash Wednesday Services: Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist
7:00 and 8:05 am; 12:15 and 6:00 pm The 8:05 service is the GSL School service and all are welcome, although there is no Eucharist at this service.
Sunday Morning Christian Education Classes, 9:30 am in Trezevant
Feb. 17: “The Episcopal Church and Yellow Fever in Memphis” with Molly Crosby, author of The American Plague Feb. 24: “An Anglican Approach to Interfaith Dialogue” with Dr. Christoph Keller March 3: “Islam’s Core Beliefs & Practices” with Dr. Bashar Shala & Sehrish Siddiqui March 17: “An Islamic View of Current Events” with Dr. Bashar Shala & Sehrish Siddiqui
Wednesday Evening Small Group Series 5:30 pm, beginning Ash Wednesday
A Little Peace & Quiet: Lenten Reflections; Examining our Lives: A Call to a Holy Lent; Psalms: Songs from the Soul and Ruth and Esther: Not Simply Surviving but Thriving Through the Grace of God
Stations of the Cross Fridays in Lent beginning Feb. 15, 5:30 pm; Followed by Fellowship and Conversation
Stations of the Cross (Way of the Cross) also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, (The Way) refers to a series of sculptural artistic representations depicting Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion in his final hours, and to devotions commemorating the Passion that use the series, moving physically to each of the 14 stations. At Grace St. Luke’s we observe the Stations each Friday during Lent at 5:30 pm. This brief service lasts approximately 30 minutes and everyone is invited to participate in this spiritual pilgrimage of prayer, through meditating upon the chief scenes of sufferings and death and insults that Jesus endured during His Passion.
Episcopal Relief & Development “ERD” Sunday, February 17
ERD is an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering on behalf of The Episcopal Church of the United States. Their work to heal a hurting world is guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity; they take their mandate from the words of Jesus, found in Matthew 25: 37-40, that call us to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger. What can you do? Pick up a 2013 ERD Lenten Reflection book located in the baskets in the narthex and west entranceway. You can also have the meditations emailed to you daily by following this link: www.er-d.org/Lent/. (The link to sign up for the meditations is on the right side of the page) Pick up a Hope Chest for your children to collect monies during Lent. These boxes, located with the reflection books and in your child’s Sunday school class, are to be brought to the Easter service for the Flowering of the Cross.
GSL Waits Tables At Calvary Waffle Shop On Mondays In Lent
The parishioners of Grace-St Luke’s Church have been asked again to provide waitstaff on Mondays, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Among the perks of this job are wearing lovely monogrammed Grace-St. Luke’s aprons, serving your friends a delicious meal, and eating a free lunch!! What could be better?! A clipboard with sign up sheets is located at the information center in the hallway under the flatscreen monitor. Calvary would like for us to have eight servers on Mondays, so we’ll have lots of opportunities for all to help. We would love to have men who have available time to help. Also, if you would like to work on another day, please be sure to indicate GSL when you sign in. Each organization is paid $7.00 per worker per day, so the more servers, the more money we earn for outreach. Remember that Calvary will have a shuttle bus running every 10 minutes from St. Mary’s Cathedral, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. For more info go to www.gracestlukes.org/events/gsl-at-calvary-waffle-shop/and look for the sign up sheet at the information center in the hallway.
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Connecting for Food, Fun and Fellowship
February 3, immediately following the 10:30 service, 20-30@GSL heads to Cortona in Cooper Young for brunch, courtesy of GSL. If you are in your 20-30s and looking for a little fellowship, whether you are new to GSL or a lifelong member, we hope you will join us. An Evite will also be sent out and if you like to have your email added, please contact Lucy Owens at email@example.com.
First Friday Fellowship The next First Friday Fellowship will meet Feb 1 at 6:30 pm at Alchemy, 940 S. Cooper. Please “like” our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GSLFirstFridayFellowship, where you can RSVP for the event, or email Kim Norris (kim.norris@ midtownmath.com) and/or Kim Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you are coming. First Friday Fellowship is a place where parishioners and friends can connect for fun and fellowship. We plan to mix and mingle for lively conversation, libations, and dinner.
Keith Wood Speaker for the February 8 39ers Meeting The 39ers will welcome our own Keith Wood as guest speaker on Feb. 8. His topic will be Aaron Burr—lawyer, statesman, and vice president under Thomas Jefferson from 1801 to 1805. We will meet at 11:30 am for wine and cheese, with a light lunch at noon for $6.00, followed by the program. Reservations to Lucy by noon Feb. 6 at email@example.com or 272-7425. Everyone is invited!
Esther Gray Lemus Sings Love Songs at February 21st Third Thursday Dinner Esther Gray Lemus (niece of Patricia Gray), accompanied by Wesley Emerson, promises to delight us with a love tour through Broadway at the Feb. 21 Third Thursday dinner. A frequent guest singer at GSL, Esther has had wide experience in musical theater and opera and has sung with music groups across the country. We recently had the opportunity to hear her lovely voice at the December Luna Nova Winter Concert here at GSL. Third Thursday dinners are designed to include empty nesters who enjoy the opportunity to have a fun evening with others. If you haven’t been to a Third Thursday event before, now is a good time to join us and to expand your GSL friendships. We need to know each other in order to fully care for each other. Dinner together is a great way to have a good meal, a good time and good fellowship. Our evenings always follow the same format: drinks, nibbles and conversation beginning at 6:30 pm in Trezevant Hall, dinner promptly at 7:00, and a speaker to follow. You’ll be home by 8:30 having had a wonderful time for a most reasonable fee. We always are casual, so do join in. We have to let our hosts know how many people to prepare for, so do make reservations by calling Lucy at 272-7425 or emailing her at lucy@gracestlukes. org by Tuesday, Feb. 19. Our seating is limited, so don’t wait! In keeping with church policy, your reservation is your agreement to pay. You may pay in advance online at www.gracestlukes.org/ events/third-thursday
Mark your calendar and save these dates–September 27, 28, and 29–for the 4th annual Grace-St. Luke’s Weekend Exodus. Come spend a weekend of fun and fellowship with your GSL family at the Duncan M. Gray Episcopal Camp & Conference Center aka Camp Bratton Green near Canton, Mississippi. If you have any questions, need more information or are interested in helping with the retreat, please email the chair Virginia Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org. So, get out your pen and save the date on your calendar because you don’t want to miss it.
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Early 5th Sunday Celebration! Please join the Fellowship Committee for an early 5th Sunday and Valentine’s Day Celebration on Sunday, February 10, immediately following the 10:30 am service in Trezevant Hall. The menu will have lots of yummy things to eat for adults and children. There will be Aerial 4 Square and an activity table in the gym for the children supervised by Harriet Roberts, director of Christian education, and staff. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children for lunch.
Grace-St. Luke’s Women’s Retreat March 1 - 3, 2013 St. Columba Retreat Center Sacred Space in a Fast Forward World Ellen Gabardi of Madison, MS will facilitate our finding Sacred Space in a Fast Forward World. Ellen has trained in spiritual direction with the Center for Ministry at Millsaps College and in leading groups and retreats at Shalem, a contemplative institute in Washington, DC. As wife and mother of two college-aged sons, she enjoys leading small-group, contemplative offerings, especially for women. Ellen, a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS, enjoys creating experiences which invite others to a deeper attention and deeper intention in their everyday lives, revealing that all is holy. You can expect a relaxed, spacious time with old and new soul friends. Give yourself a treat and mark your calendars today! Register online at gracestlukes.org/events/womens-retreat/. If you have questions you may contact Judy Beaird at 726-1903 or email@example.com.
LGBT Interfaith Gathering Saturday, Feb. 23, 3-6 pm The Catholic Ministry with Lesbian & Gay Persons of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church invite you to join us for an afternoon of camaraderie and friendship at Grace-St. Luke’s Church, Trezevant Hall. Bring your favorite potluck dish. Beverages will be provided. 6 | www.gracestlukes.org
The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee Celebrates The Feast Day of Absalom Jones, 1st African-American Priest of The Episcopal Church Thursday, February 21, at 6:30
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral 692 Poplar Avenue The Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, Preacher Fr. Joseph Wallace-Williams, Celebrant
Thank you from the Memphis Police Association On behalf of the Memphis Police Association we would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Martoiya Lang Memorial Fund. The funds collected will go into a trust account for the daughters of Officer Lang at Regions Bank. Thank you for taking time to think of this family and their future is brighter because of thoughtful contributions from organizations like yours. Sincerely, Michael Williams, President, MPA
Music Ministry News
Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Debbie Smith, Music Associate Meet the “Sopranos”
Back: Jean Fourmy, Becky Trimble, Debbie Smith (soprano & music associate) Middle: Lane Driscoll, Esther Gray (guest soprano), Genia Vookles (not pictured) Front: Brenda Maguire, Janette McCall, Laura McLain, Alex Stoecklein, Jeannine Edwards
Two Summer Camps your kids will LOVE
Scout Sunday 2013 and Girl Scout Cookies!
Episcopal Day Camp @ St. Columba www.saintcolumbamemphis.org/camp
RISING 1st-6th graders;
Sunday, Feb. 3, Grace-St. Luke’s, along with churches worldwide, will be recognizing Scouts during their church services. Please join us at our 10:30 service as we give thanks for the Scouts of GSL (past and present) and their leaders. Girl Scout Cookies The GSL Girl Scouts and Brownies will be available for preorders on Sunday, Feb. 3, between the 8 and 10:30 am services. Then, on Feb. 24, they will be back all morning, before and after both services with COOKIES for purchase for only $3.50 a box! You can still help the Girl Scouts if you gave up sweets for Lent—donate! You can purchase Troop to Troop cookies (delivered to US armed services) and never have to touch a crumb or you can purchase and we will donate the cookies locally to More Than a Meal or MIFA.
Counselor in Training for 7th and 8th graders SESSION I July 1–July 5 SESSION II July 8–July 12 SESSION III July 15–July 19 SESSION VI July 22–July 26
Camp Gailor Maxon
www.duboseconf.org/campgailormaxon Pre-Camp: June 6–June 9 Rising 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders with a parent Camp 1: June 9–June 15 Rising 10th, 11th, 12th & college freshmen GAP Year program: June 9–June 15 High School Class of 2013 Camp II: June 16–June 22 Rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders Camp III: June 23–June 29 Rising 4th, 5th and 6th graders
GSL VBS June 3-7
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Harriet Roberts, Director of Christian Education Sabbath Rest by Harriet Roberts “I believe the Lord is trying to speak to us all the time and we are too busy to hear and to think about it.” - Matthew Sleeth, M.D. When I was a little girl living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, there were Blue Laws which prevented stores—except grocery and drug stores—from being open on Sunday. That reality infuriated me. Newly independent, and with my cool purple bike and my $1.00 weekly allowance, I wanted to buy ‘stuff ’ at Woolworth’s or at Erwin’s Economy Five & Dime on Sunday. It made no sense to me why stores had to be shut. I was forced then to spend time differently: There were walks along the banks of the Charles River; there were dinners to cook with my mother; there was time to play with my neighborhood friends; there was homework to do; there were naps to take; and, there was Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Sunday’s were pretty tame and restful, really. Technologically speaking, things were pretty primitive: The telephone was stuck on the wall in the kitchen. It was red and had a rotary dial. My own state-of-the-art TV was an 8 inch cube which got 5 channels, had rabbit ear antennas, and was essentially useless without a TV Guide (which we purchased monthly at the Stop & Shop). There were no computers in my house but I did have a Smith-Corona typewriter. In seventh grade I heard that Steven Patalano’s dad – who was an ophthalmic surgeon – had a phone in his car. One of my friends tried to tell me about the odd device in Dr. Patalano’s car and I said “I don’t believe you! That isn’t possible!” That was the 1970’s: Cute, right?! Time commitments and technology are very different now. Blue Laws have long since been abolished, and we have all been swept away by a technology avalanche and by the ability to get anything any time. Instant is what we have come to expect. Then, there is my phone. If I am honest, I feel completely naked and off center without my phone. I am sure I use it more than Dick Tracy ever even thought of using his watch phone. Mine pings and vibrates all day long and—because I do my best to be a responsible person—I try to respond quickly to my messages. I use my computer at home and at work to communicate, to write, to research, to shop, to seek, to find, to watch, to play, and to learn. When our power goes out, and I cannot access my computer, it takes me a moment to remember that I actually can cook—pretty well, in fact—without a recipe. My schedule is just as busy as most people; that is to say I am going non-stop. I have a job, I have a family, I have a church, I have friends, I have pets, and I have hobbies. 8 | www.gracestlukes.org
But, I have been reading lately about Sabbath. I live in East Memphis quite near the Orthodox Synagogue. On Saturdays—when I am out bombing around hither and yon running errands—I see families ambling home from services mostly along Yates. They are walking because that is part of their observance of their Sabbath day. I have never—not one single time—seen any of them walking quickly. They are never in a hurry and they are always talking to each other. It is a lovely sight. I marvel at how peaceful they are as I zoom by in hot pursuit of this or that. I recently read an interview Peter Smith did with a Kentucky physician, Remembering the Sabbath, Says Kentucky Doctor-Author Matthew Sleeth. In this interview, Dr. Sleeth talks about the health benefits of observing a Sabbath. The article was compelling and it was touting his book, 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life . I ordered it—with my computer—of course. (I also ordered the book his wife, Nancy Sleeth, wrote: Almost Amish: One Woman’s Quest for a Slower, Simpler, more Sustainable Life.) Dr. Sleeth said in his interview that “. . . the most important thing is not which day is the Sabbath but to have one, period.” The propaganda for his book on Amazon states that “just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to technology. Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control, and subtlety enslave us to busyness itself. Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God.” ‘Enslaved to busyness itself ’ Interesting. And, in my case, accurate. I find now that I wish that those ‘Blue Laws’ still existed. But, perhaps I need to enact my own version of ‘Blue Laws’ and create a Sabbath of my own for my family and me. I remember several years ago reading Lauren Winner’s book, Mudhouse Sabbath. I loved it. I took away a bright, clever, optimistic message about the importance of becoming more purposeful and ritualistic about personal theology and traditions. I am going to read Dr. Sleeth’s book. I am going to read Mrs. Sleeth’s book. I am going to re-read Mudhouse Sabbath. I will have plenty of time to read these books because I am making Monday into my Sabbath day. What do you think about remembering a Sabbath day of rest? What images does that conjure up? What electronic devices would you have the hardest time turning off ? What might you be quietly doing (or not doing) when God speaks to you?
Harriet Roberts, Director of Christian Education Sunday Mornings, 9:30-10:15 am Adults Rector’s Forum: “Interpreting the Gospel” (BCP 517)
Facilitator: The Reverend Richard Lawson Location: Trezevant The Church in History Feb. 3 “The Oxford Movement in the 19th Century” with the Rev. Dr. Rob MacSwain, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at Sewanee and author. (To read more about the Rev. Dr. MacSwain, go to www. theology.sewanee.edu/faculty/current/ macswain/.) Feb. 10 “Bishop Quintard in Tennessee” with Richard Lawson Feb. 17 “The Episcopal Church and Yellow Fever in Memphis” with Molly Crosby, best-selling author and journalist. Molly’s first book was The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History (To read more about Molly Crosby, go to http://www.mollycrosby.com/.) The Church in Dialogue Feb. 24 “An Anglican Approach to Interfaith Dialogue” with the Rev. Dr. Christoph Keller. The Rev. Dr. Keller, Episcopal priest and a theologian, is the director of the Institute for Theological Studies at St. Margaret’s in Little Rock. The Rev. Dr. Keller led a series of classes at GSL in 2011 and we are pleased to welcome him back.
Children and Youth Nursery: Birth–24 Months; Location: Church Nursery Little Lambs Pre-Atrium: 24 Months to Young Threes Location: Church Nursery
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–Atrium I Pre-K, JK and SK; Location: Atrium I (Nursery)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–Atrium II
First, Second, and Third Grade; Location: Atrium II (Nursery)
All Things New: Fourth and Fifth Grade Location: McClure Hall
Rite 13: 6th–8th Grade; Location: Room 212 J2A: 9th–12th Grade; Location: The Lounge Other Sunday Morning Offerings Children’s Activity Table (during adult coffee hour) Location: Room 212 or the Lobby of McClure Hall
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! VBS DATES JUNE 3-7 Lenten Small Group Series Grace-St. Luke’s Church will be offering four small group classes during Lent. To supplement your experience on Sunday, sign up for a class and go a bit deeper. Complete descriptions are available on the website. Nursery is available. Email Harriet Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up. Each class is limited to 12 participants. February 13: 5:30– 6 pm; Class Orientation (Dismiss early to attend Ash Wednesday service) February 20: 5:30– 6:30 pm February 27: 5:30– 6:30 pm March 6: 5:30– 6:30 pm March 13: 5:30– 6:30 pm; Spring Break (This class is optional at the discretion of the teacher) March 20: 5:30– 6:30 pm A Little Peace & Quiet: Lenten Reflections—Book: Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice by Renée Miller Facilitator: Judy Beaird Location: The Chapel Examining our Lives: A Call to a Holy Lent Facilitators: Father Joseph Wallace-Williams and Harriet Roberts Location: Trezevant Hall Psalms: Songs from the Soul Facilitator: The Reverend Gayle McCarty Location: Room 212 Ruth and Esther: Not Simply Surviving but Thriving Through the Grace of God Facilitator: Daniel Pigg Location: The Peete Room The Messenger | February 2013 | 9
EYC News and Events Courtney Oliver, Youth Minister In case you missed it in the eNews, the Youth of GSL are happy to announce that the last Sunday of each month, they will be sponsoring a Food Basket to collect items for the GSL Food Pantry. The next collection will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24, and donation baskets will be available at the rear entrance of the church and east vestibule entrance by the sacristy. The most needed items are usually dry milk, canned meats, nutritious cereals, paper products like toilet paper, and toiletries such as soap or toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Teen Breakfast at Grace-St. Luke’s Sunday, February 17 (8:45 – 9:30 am) All teenagers welcome! Join us for our monthly ‘Teen Time Breakfast.” Teens will gather and have breakfast with adults who have been involved in different ways at Grace-St. Luke’s. This informal breakfast meal is the perfect time to catch up, to have lively discussion, and to hear a little bit from involved, capable, fun-loving adults all while snarfing down some yummy bacon and eggs! Bring your appetite, your breakfast money (approximately $6.00), and be a part of the fun! It will be so worth rolling out of bed a little bit early!
Unless otherwise noted, Jr. High EYC will be from 5–6:30 pm and Sr. High from 6–7:30 pm all month long (dinner for both at 6 pm). Meet in room 212. Feb. 3 The Great Pancake Dinner. You guessed it; we’re making pancakes for dinner! To help build up our appetites we’ll start the night off with games. Feb. 17 EYC will mark the beginning of Lent with a Foot Washing service. Feb. 10 We’ll celebrate St. Valentine’s Day by giving back to the GSL community so bring your creativity ‘cause we’re making Valentine’s Day cards for the Pastoral Care team. Feb. 24 Lent is a time of reflection and this week we’ll take a look at what it means to be a Christian youth and the challenges we face. March 22-23 SAVE THE DATE for the EYC overnight at St. Columba. All 6th-12th graders are invited, whether you or not you attend EYC. Stay tuned for more details!
Parents: Please contact Courtney at courtney@ gracestlukes.org to sign up to provide a dinner for the youth and to receive weekly EYC updates. THANK YOU to all parents who provided dinners during the month of January!!
Church Athletics Christi Authment, Director 2013 Baseball, Softball & T-Ball Registration The month of February is the time to register for baseball, softball, and t-ball. Teams are available for JK thru 4th grade. The registration fee is $105. Registration is easy! Just go to http://www.gracestlukes.org/youth-sports/.
3rd/4th Girls Basketball Coaches Stephanie Anderson and Vernard Fisher getting the girls fired-up and ready for the next play. 10 | www.gracestlukes.org
JK and SK participants at play during the Saturday morning Harry Arnold Basketball League
Coach Bruce Williams and Todd Brown’s 3rd/4th Boys Basketball MAM Christmas Holiday Tournament Team
Pastoral Care Corner
The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector Why I Serve in Pastoral Care by Julia McDonald Pastoral Care brings to my mind the famous passage from Ecclesiastes that starts, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The especially vivid line, “a time to mourn and a time to dance” reminds me of the ever-changing condition of our lives—the good and the bad experiences that allow us to celebrate the great blessings God bestows and force us to lean on Him in times of pain and loss. “A time to be born and a time to die… a time to heal…a time to embrace” speak to the very real fluctuations in our lives—those tests, trials, and amazing triumphs that define each of us. At different times we turn to God to plead for help, to give thanks, and to express wonder at the world around us. I see Pastoral Care as an awesome opportunity to help God in His work of supporting the members of our Grace-St. Luke’s family through those highs and lows that affect us all. Pastoral Care is an amazing manifestation of Christ’s spirit, including the call to serve and the humility to be served. To everything there is a season, and it is gratifying to be a part of a support network that cheers with parishioners in times of celebration and stands with them in times of anguish. It is an honor in my times of good health to be able to help those who are sick, in my times of good fortune to be able to help those who suffer. This year, as my life went through its own phases, I had the opportunity to not only give but also receive Pastoral Care touches. The Rev. Gayle McCarty and Sandy Baker’s
visit, which included communion, prayers, and well wishes from Pastoral Care, was one of the highlights of my recovery after the birth of my daughter in the fall. Juli Hurdle got in touch, and Betsy Black called with a sweet message and delivered flowers. The love and goodwill these two members of Pastoral Care demonstrated in my time of need made me feel that much more a part of our church community. As I go out on Pastoral Care visits with meals, cards, and floral arrangements, I pray that I am able to impart that same, genuine sense of inclusion and thoughtfulness. We are part of a connected community, and Pastoral Care enables us as individuals to respond to each others’ needs in the varied seasons of our lives.
Julia and Doug McDonald with their daughter Janie at her baptism.
Thank you from the Grand Old Bazaar by Betty Underwood One again the successful Bazaar was due to all the volunteers from the church: the wonderful cooks, the food, the “moving” boy scouts from Troop 34, Charlotte Jones and her table decor, the Bazaar Ladies’ tireless work, donations of treasures, baked goods and condiments, flower arrangements, and Lillian Trotter and her wait staff. Thanks to the contributors of all the jewelry and glass items. We could not have done this without the assistance from Linda Stine, Lucy Owens, Betty Peyton for our new signs and boxing elves, and Beulah Brown. And thanks to all who attended. This year we were able to distribute our proceeds to: Boy Scout Troop 34, VA Voluntary Service, Jacob’s Ladder, Caritas Village Peacemakers, Douglas School girls, Birthright, MTaM, & Food Pantry.
The new leader for next year’s Bazaar will be Janet Wyatt. Thanks for everything Janet. Thanks to Edith Heller for helping to head up our move. Please come and join us in 2013 at our new location in the old Jackson Library. We meet each Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm. Please bring a lunch and drink and have fun. Anyone is welcome to visit and we need sewers, knitters, crafters, idea people, and workers. This is a good time for fellowship and using our time, talent, and treasures for the work of our church. See you all again next year on the second Thursday in November, 2013! The Messenger | February 2013 | 11
The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector Angel Tree Celebration
2012 Outreach Allocations
Once again, because of your love and generosity we had a very successful Angel Tree Party to benefit the Peacemaker’s Youth Ministry at Caritas Village! Thank you for the gifts, books, food, and especially your help before and during the party itself. Many people contributed to the success of the event from helping with the angel assignments, collections of presents and books, and helping at the party, not to mention picking out the perfect gift for their angel. The joy exhibited by the children, their siblings, and parents was wonderful to behold.
The mission of the Outreach Committee is to help develop, coordinate, and promote opportunities for Grace-St. Luke’s parishioners to continue the work of Christ through actively serving the world in God’s name. This means using every means available to help parishioners understand the Gospel imperative to feed the hungry, clothe and shelter the needy, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned, as well as the Christian call to be an instrument of healing in our broken world.
Blessings to you all, Sandra Ireland and Debbie McCanless PS: Please see Noel’s heartfelt note below and look for promotion of volunteer opportunities which we will share soon.
Angel Tree Party
Gratitude for the Angels Celebration and Their Future Needs Many thanks for the outpouring of love through gifts, books and food. It is so joyful to share our bounty with the Peacemakers at Caritas Village. My hope and prayer is that Grace-St. Luke’s will continue to be supportive throughout the years nurturing these children with nutritious snacks and your loving presence. Your life will be enriched by these lovable children and theirs by your presence. In this time where there is so much violence in the world, the children desperately need a safe and nurturing place where they can know God’s love through our care. Thank you for your support of this program. God’s blessings, Noel 12 | www.gracestlukes.org
Each fall, in keeping with the Outreach Mission, the Outreach Committee makes grants to local charitable and social justice groups. In 2012, Grace St. Luke’s made the following contributions: Clergy Discretionary Fund ................................................. $3600 Ministries to the local poor GSL More Than a Meal .................................................... $9500 GSL Guard for MTAM .................................................... $4290 GSL Food Pantry ............................................................... $2000 Church Health Center ....................................................... $3000 MIFA ................................................................................... $3000 Samaritan Counseling Center ........................................... $3200 United Housing .................................................................. $2000 Alzheimers Day Service .................................................... $1000 Outreach, Housing, and Community ............................. $2000 Friends for Life .................................................................. $1000 Ministries for child protection and development Hope House ..........................................................................$500 Girls Inc .............................................................................. $1000 Oasis Bike Shop ....................................................................$500 Emmanuel Episcopal Center ........................................... $1000 Jacob’s Ladder .................................................................... $3000 Exchange Club Family Center.......................................... $2500 Memphis Child Advocacy Center ................................... $2500 Peacemakers at Caritas Villiage ........................................ $1000 Porter-Leath ........................................................................ $1000 International Ministries West Tennessee Haiti Partnership ................................... $2000 If you have any questions or comments, or would like to get involved with any of Grace St. Luke’s Outreach activities, please contact Debbie McCanless, Outreach Chair.
News From GSL School Thor Kvande, Head of School
I want to begin by saying thank you so much to everyone who attended the Lisa Lassandrello 5K race, or the Book Swap, or the 8th Grade Italian Dinner in January. We are always so grateful for your support of our school events! February is shaping up to be an equally busy month as we prepare to wrap up the second trimester and begin the final academic session for this school year. We begin the month with a school holiday on Friday, Feb. 1, so that we can hold parent-teacher conferences; we will also be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, for Presidents’ Day. We are looking forward to our annual all-school Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 8:00 am, and all parents and parishioners are welcome to join us. Mid-February is always a very exciting time for our eighth graders who will be enjoying one of the most important culminating experiences of their final year at GSL—the Eighth Grade Independent Internship Project. In this program, eighth graders go on real, three-day business internships they have secured, in lieu of exams, to learn more about different career paths and to put some of the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills they have learned at GSL to use in the workplace. This year, for the first time ever, we have three students doing internships WAY outside the city of Memphis: two in California and one on Wall Street in New York! We will share pictures from these and other local internships in an upcoming issue. We appreciate your prayers and good thoughts for our 8th graders and all of our students as they continue to work hard, grow, and learn every day here at GSL.
20-Year Recognition: At Homecoming, GSL recognized families whose children have been enrolled at GSL for a cumulative (not consecutive!) 20+ years— including the McGehee and Rasberry families.
The Middle School Speaker Series brought Taylor Berger, founder and owner of YoLo, to campus in January to speak to students about entrepreneurship.
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Membership News Birth, January 9, 2013 Hazel Lillian King, daughter Allison & Steven King Holy Baptism, January 13, 2013 Emily Elizabeth Savage, daughter of Ryan & Katie Savage Jane Douglas McDonald, daughter of Douglas & Julia McDonald Leo Patrick Campbell, son of Noah & Allyson Campbell Felix Alexander Campbell, son of Noah & Allyson Campbell Faithful Departed Matthew Robert “Bob” Moister, died January 21, 2013
Memorials & Honoraria Given in Honor of Betty Johnson from Jimpsie Ayres The Rev. and Mrs. Richard Lawson and family from George & Alice Burruss and Bob & Corinne Adrian Betsy and Preston Wilson from Bob & Corinne Adrian, George & Alice Burruss, and Merilyn Mangum George and Alice Burruss from Merilyn Mangum Tom and Beth Claybrook from Corinne & Bob Adrian Judy and Doug Douglass from Merilyn Mangum Lorraine and Parrish Taylor from Mackie & Jane Gober and Bob & Corinne Adrian Keith and Rinnie Wood from Merilyn Mangum Jane and Mackie Gober from Alice & George Burruss and Merilyn Mangum Bob & Corinne Adrian from George & Alice Burruss and Merilyn Mangum Sonny and Nancy Golden from George & Alice Burruss Barney Rolfes from Corinne & Bob Adrian Louise and Blanchard Tual from Merilyn Mangum Janet Tate, Carolyn Wills, Carolyn Gardiner, Sandra Ireland, Elizabeth Brewer and Mary Grace Brewer from Karen Harper Mr. and Mrs. John Fox from Corinne & Bob Adrian Cissy and Waldrup Brown from Merilyn Mangum Barbara and Bob King from Merilyn Mangum Elise Stratton from Merilyn Mangum Thad Cockrill from Betsy & Preston Wilson Wesley Emerson from Betsy & Preston Wilson Given in Memory of Millicent O. Peyton from Mr. & Mrs. Steve Valentine John Peyton from Mr. & Mrs. Steve Valentine Jean Tuttle from Dale Tuttle & family Dorothy Halliday from Bob & Babs Ducklo, David Stevens, Celia Ridley, Robert Vaughn, Pam Bell & Gary Vaughn, Mr. & Mrs. James R. Miller, Faith & Chris Whitman, Carolyn & Jim Boren, Mackie & Jane Gober, Stuart & Leslie Milsten Dorothy Whitlock from Mackie & Jane Gober Nan Lemons from Nancy Crawford and Mr. & Mrs. John Crawford Jay Thomas Turnipseed and Anne Mangum Smith from Merilyn Mangum 14 | www.gracestlukes.org
Altar Gifts are offered in Memory and Honor of February 3 Upton Bertaut, Nova Johnson, George D. Johnson, Betty Bertaut, James Garth Connally, and Nancy Knight Holmes February 10 Joseph J. Baker, Gertrude Laird Baker, John J. Baker III, and Kitty Bland February 17 Adrian DeNeal Sullivan, Guilford Allen Robinson, Jr., Elizabeth Marshall Wright Smith, Etta Webb Sullivan, Delbert P. Nave, James Robert Crumrine, Celia Jones Sparkman, Thelma Hamilton Nave, Edward R. (Ned) McCarthy, Elizabeth Marshall Wright, and Mary Adams Wright Robinson February 24 Heather Roffman, Rocco Calandruccio, and Dorothy P. Jackson We give thanks for the Lenten Office and Eucharistic candlesticks given to the glory of God and in honor of the Altar Guild, Clergy and Choir by Frank Langford.
Looking Towards Sunday ~ February Revised Common Lectionary Track 2 Year C
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany February 3 Jeremiah 1:4-10 • Psalm 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 • Luke 4:21-30
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany February 10 Exodus 34:29-35 • Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 • Luke 9:28-36
Ash Wednesday February 13
Joel 2:1-2,12-17 • Psalm 103:8-14 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 • Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
The First Sunday in Lent February 17
Deuteronomy 26:1-11 • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 • Luke 4:1-13
The Second Sunday in Lent February 24
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 • Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17-4:1 • Luke 13:31-35
NEWS OF BYGONE DAYS 50 years ago (1963): Sunday, February 10, is Boy Scout Sunday and at the 9:15 Family Service, five scouts will receive the coveted God and Country Award, one of the highest honors in all of Scouting. They are Cary Fowler, Jan Fulenwider, Jean Seale, Jr., Preston Wilson and Cary Work... Elder L. “Pete” Shearon, III, a student at Duke University, has completed the Lay Reader’s Training Course offered by the Episcopal Chaplain at Duke and has been recently licensed by Bishop Vander Horst as a Lay Reader. This is a very significant achievement and is viewed with much satisfaction and pride by the entire Parish. 25 years ago (1988): A major milestone was reached on February 1st when Barbara Crocker celebrated her 20th anniversary as a member of the staff of Grace-St. Luke’s Church. She was honored by a luncheon, a lovely pendant, and a framed resolution from the Vestry... Everyone was reminded of the famous Crossmen’s Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday.
Lay Service Schedule February 3 Altar Guild: J Fuentes, S Barnett, L Deeley, D McCanless, A Orpet, M Sullivan, L Trotter Breakfast Cooks: J McCalla, P Burnett, D Brown, A Nix, S Moore, J Hartney, B Orpet, J Huber, E Hord 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Rolfes, Busby, Busby 10:30 Acolytes: S McGehee, D Collier, S Collier, Z Vandeveer 10:30 Ushers: T Claybrook, H Wright, J Moore, R Gooch 10:30 Verger: D Pigg 10:30 Lector: C Pazaar, A Barton, S Baur, J Wyatt 10:30 LEM: D Conaway, E Hendry, Z Vandeveer, M Robinson 5:30: B Black, B Foster February 10 Altar Guild: J Fuentes, S Barnett, L Deeley, D McCanless, A Orpet, M Sullivan, L Trotter Breakfast Cooks: J Clay, A Nave, E Taylor, R Norcross, H Medling, K Self, R Clark 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Edwards, Whitlock, Whitlock 10:30 Acolytes: K Rasberry, MG Nix,
S Hannifin, K Ayres, C Rhea 10:30 Ushers: M Crow, B Tual, J Clay, R Church 10:30 Verger: S Hickey 10:30 Lector: S Clark, P Wilson, N Conaway, J Vergos 10:30 LEM: N Conaway, H Jones, C Rhea, T Wyatt 5:30: J Dowd, B Foster February 13: Ash Wednesday Altar Guild: J Fuentes, S Barnett, L Deeley, D McCanless, A Orpet, M Sullivan, L Trotter 7am Lector: J Greer 7am LEM: J Jennings 12:15pm LEM: P Barnes (Crucifer), H Jones 12:15pm Lector: S Ireland 6pm Lector: C Nave, D Pigg, D Smith 6pm LEM: D Conaway, N Conaway, C Nave 6pm Verger: G Adams February 17 Altar Guild: L Tual, C Jefcoat, L McLemore, J Morse, L Niell, S Prewitt, V Rowland Breakfast Cooks: D Conaway, S Liles, M Rowland, J Fields, B Bland, D Sappington, J Sullivan 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: McGehee,
Adams, Morse 10:30 Acolytes: M Cline, C Epperson, S Crow, D Graber, L Robbins 10:30 Ushers: J Shipley, B Cowan, J Baur, S Hoover 10:30 Verger: S Ireland 10:30 Lector: J Williamson, J Wyatt, J Vergos 10:30 LEM: J Ayres, L Robbins, T Wyatt, D Conaway 5:30: D McCanless, E Wills February 24 Altar Guild: L Tual, C Jefcoat, L McLemore, J Morse, L Niell, S Prewitt, V Rowland Breakfast Cooks: P Wilson, C Kerwin, J Moore, B Foster, L Strickland, C Pazar, S King 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Rolfes, Edwards, Brewer, Brewer 10:30 Acolytes: C Rhea, C Martin, J McCall, A Garrett, K Rasberry 10:30 Ushers: A Robbins, B Adrian, J Huber, J Sullivan 10:30 Verger: H Rittenberry 10:30 Lector: S Prewitt, M Woodmansee, H Stovall, J Wyatt 10:30 LEM: P Barnes, K Rasberry, M Robinson, E Hendry 5:30: C Jefcoat, E Wills
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February 1 First Friday Fellowship February 3 Scout Sunday 20-30@GSL February 8 39’ers Blue & Gold Banquet February 10 “5th Sunday” Celebration February 12 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Finance Committee February 13 Ash Wednesday Services Lenten Series Begins
February 15 Executive Committee Stations of the Cross Services Begin February 17 ERD Sunday, 1st Sunday in Lent February 18 Church Office Closed February 19 Vestry February 21 Third Thursday Feast of Absalom @ Cathedral February 23 LGBT Interfaith Gathering February 24 Bring Food for Food Pantry Basket