The Messenger Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Volume 60, No. 12
What’s Inside? First Friday Fellowship From the Rector • Youth Activities Belvedere Festival • Pastoral Care GSL Night @ the Levitt Shell Outreach and More!
Sunday Service Times
8 am Holy Eucharist 8:45 am Breakfast 9:30 am Christian Education (Sept.–May) 10:30 am Holy Eucharist 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist Nursery available for all services except the 5:30 pm 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 Brown, Sexton Beth Claybrook, Financial Assistant Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Sharon Campbell, Children's Education Director Connie Johns, Membership & Newcomers Eva Loftin, Assistant Nursery Director Chapman Morrow, Parish Development Officer Lucy Owens, Communications Director Harriet Roberts, Adult Education Director Debbie Smith, Music Associate Linda Stine, Finance & Administration Mary Margaret Winn, Youth Minister
Grant Adams, Antoinette Cheney, Juan Fuentes, Edith Heller, Sidney Hickey, Allison King, Hal Medling, Donna Sanders, Cynthia Saatkamp, King Self, Josh Shipley, Bruce Williams, Betsy Wilson, Ken Woodmansee and Hal Wright.
Vestry and Executive Committee
The vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month in Trezevant Hall. The Executive Committee meets the Friday before vestry at 7:45 am in the Peete Conference Room. 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, email@example.com. Vestry email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for the June issue of The Messenger is 9 am, May 15! Contact Lucy at 272-7425 or email@example.com with any questions.
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Inside This Issue 39ers............................................................. 4 Altar Flowers................................................ 11 Athletics......................................................... 6 Bygone Days.................................................. 6 Calendar Highlights........................................ 12 Directory and Committee Guide......................... 4 Drivers Education.......................................... 10 EYC News....................................................... 6 Feast of St. Columba........................................ 4 First Friday Fellowship...................................... 4 Food Pantry Sunday......................................... 9 From the Rector.............................................. 3 GSL Night at the Levitt Shell............................. 4 Looking Towards Sunday................................ 11 Lay Schedule................................................ 11 Laymen's Conference....................................... 4 Member News............................................... 11 Memorials and Honoraria................................ 11 Music News/Belvedere Festival.......................... 5 Outreach Ministries....................................... 8-9 Pastoral Care Corner........................................ 8 Pentecost Reception......................................... 4 School News................................................... 7 On the cover: GSL's 2014 EfM graduates. Front row-Drew Chamness, Janie Morris, Sherry Crone, Debbie McCanless, Brenda Medling; back row-Lucy Owens, Dennis Hawkins and Debbie Herr. The graduates are holding gifts from mentors Lee Nix and Michael Rowland.
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Support Groups at GSL Meeting from 12:20–12:40 AA meetings: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm Narcotics Anonymous: Sundays, 8 pm Al Anon: Thursdays, 10:30 am Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: Mondays & Thursdays, 8 pm
From the Rector: The Plan! I am delighted to announce that I have called Sharon Campbell to be GSL’s director of Children’s Education (a full-time position) and Harriet Roberts to be our director of Adult Education (a part-time position). In a nutshell, Sharon and Harriet are switching places. Harriet has served full-time for three years. As so many parishioners know, Harriet’s vision and organizational genius has transformed our Sunday experience. As director of Adult Ed., Harriet will focus on all of our adult programming, from the Rector’s Forum to our thriving small groups (including EfM). In the past year alone, all of our small groups were full, and we doubled EfM participation from one group to two. Both EfM groups are full for the fall with a waiting list. These small groups are a wonderful way to complement the big group experience of Rector’s Forum and the parish Eucharist.
the much loved children's activity table during coffee hour. Sharon's undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of Illinois, she is credentialed by the American Montessori Society as an early childhood teacher, and she is a trained Level I catechist. Sharon and Harriet share my goal to sustain the quality of nursery and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children while improving the welcome that new families and children receive the moment they walk through our doors the first time. There is room for each child that Jesus draws to this community, and we want everyone to feel Jesus’s welcome through our hospitality. Finally, I give genuine thanks to God that I get to work alongside such gifted people, including countless volunteers whose vision, work, and humor make this church a real community in Christ. I am profoundly aware that when I do well as rector, it is more often than not because of the team around me, especially our parish staff. The Reverend Richard Lawson
Harriet’s and my goal is to take small groups to a new level. For example, we plan on one of the three small groups per fall and spring being taught by a local professor or expert in the field, in addition to our local clergy or parishioners. Sharon will move to full-time, overseeing the nursery through fifth grade, including lots of children’s events (everything from the Easter egg hunt to VBS). We originally hired Sharon to head up our Parents' Day Out in 2012 and direct the Nursery and she did a fabulous job for us. When Parents' Day Out closed, we were thrilled to be able to keep her on staff part time. In the last year, in addition to being the director of the Nursery, Sharon has been Harriet's assistant and in that capacity she has helped out more and more with all of our children's activities. On Sunday she taught with Amanda Robbins in our Level I atrium and staffed
Sharon and Harriet on Easter Day, rabbit ears, butterfly wings, and all! The Messenger | June 2014 | 3
New Committee Guide and Directory Updated Membership Info Needed
We want your information to be listed correctly in our 2014-2015 Committee Guide and Directory.
This guide book and directory is being provided: • At NO COST to the church or its members, including the mailing to each family. • It will be subsidized by local businesses that advertise in it. • If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our book, please contact Lucy Owens for more information. Lucy Owens: 272-7425; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1720 Peabody Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
• Have you moved? • Changed your phone number? • Stopped using your landline number? • Changed emails? • Have your grown children moved and now have their own addresses? Please contact Lucy Owens with your correct info!
Grace-St. Luke’s Committee Guide and Parish Directory 2014-2015
First Friday Fellowship at the Levitt Shell June 6
Pentecost Celebration: June 8 Make plans to join us after the 10:30 service on June 8 and enjoy our traditional Pentecost reception. It’s a favorite event for the Fellowship Committee to plan because we try to come up with as many RED foods as possible. Some of this year’s yummies include Cold Curry Tomato Soup, Chipotle Shrimp Skewers and, of course, Red Velvet!
Don’t forget to wear red!
On June 6 FFF will enjoy a night at the Levitt Shell AND support the GSL youth on their summer Mission Trip. The entertainment will be the Kopecky Family Band. We will gather near the red and white balloons! The concert begins at 7:30. Children will enjoy a night at the Church: games, activities, snacks, & FUN! Childcare is open from 6:30–9:30 pm and will be supervised by nursery staff & youth trip participants. Children ages birth–11 y.o. are welcome. First child: $25; Each addt’l in same family: $10. Pay at the door. RSVP for the event and get all the details on the FFF Facebook page at facebook.com/GSLFirstFridayFellowship. You can also email Kim Norris (email@example.com) for more information. FFF is a place where parishioners and friends can connect for fun and fellowship, mix and mingle, and enjoy lively conversation and we hope you will join us!
GSL Night at the Levitt Shell
The 39ers will not meet June, July and August. We expect a great 2014-2015 year starting on September 12 continuing with the second Friday of every month through May 2015. I am working on programs for the coming year and actively seeking your input on programs that you are interested in. I need at least six more. Just let me know at 682-5509 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 272-7425. Have a great summer! Mary Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re mixing things up for June’s 5th Sunday! It’s at the Levitt Shell on June 29. The featured performers are from the Stax Music Academy. Come and enjoy their Summer Grand Finale Concert, FREE. The concert starts at 7:30, and Grace-St. Luke’s is the sponsor. Delicious BBQ will be available for FREE in the hospitality tent beginning at 6:30. The more the merrier!
Feast of St. Columba
Episcopal Laymen's Conference
The third annual Feast of St. Columba, St. Columba Episcopal Conference & Retreat Center’s popular fundraising dinner, will be celebrated at 6 pm on Saturday, June 7. Guest contributions cover an elegant small-plate community dinner featuring local Memphis foods, drinks and a beautiful outdoor evening worth remembering. All proceeds go towards the mission of camp & hospitality at St. Columba. For more info, visit www.saintcolumbamemphis.org/. 4 | www.gracestlukes.org
The Episcopal Laymen's Conference at DuBose will be held Aug. 15-17. Speakers will be Justin Crisp, a PhD student in Theology from Yale and a Research Assistant at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, the Rev. Dan Matthews, Jr., Rector of St. Luke’s Atlanta, and the Rev. Bob Leopold, founder of Southside Abbey, a new model of worshipping community in one of Chattanooga’s oldest neighborhoods. For more info, visit www.episcopalchurchmen.net/.
Music Ministry COME SING WITH US! Summer Choir is a great time to sing if you don’t have time during the year. We rehearse on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the choir room. We begin on June 1. If you’re interested, please contact Wesley at 272-7425, ext. 16, or after church on Sunday. We’d love to have you!
Festival Schedule Wed., June 18: 12:10-1 pm WKNO Live Lunch Broadcast Wed., June 18: 7:30 pm Opening concert, followed by reception in Trezevant Hall Thurs., June 19: Concert at 7:30
Fri., June 20: Concerts at 3:30
Sat., June 21: Concerts at 3:30
June 18-21: Eighth Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Luna Nova Music (www.lunanova.org) is producing the Eighth Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (www.belvederefestival.org) to be held at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (1720 Peabody) Wednesday, June 18, through Saturday, June 21. The festival features masterworks of the 20th century as well as exciting new works by emerging faculty and student composers from around the country. Some representative works on this years festival are: Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1, Shostakovich Trio in e minor, Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 6" Debussy Clarinet Rhapsody, Martinu Flute Sonata, and the Schulhoff Duo for Violin and Piano. All concerts are at Grace-St. Luke’s and are free and open to the public.
• John McMurtery, flute • Gregory Maytan, violin • Nobuko Igarashi, clarinet • Maeve Brophy, piano • Adam Bowles, piano • Craig Hultgren, cello • Robert Patterson, horn/composition • Mark Volker, guitar/composition • Perry Mears, piano • Paul Murray, baritone
For more information about the artists, visit www.gracestlukes.org/events/belvedere-chamber-music-festival/
Mark Volker and John McMurtery
Belvedere Chamber Music Festival 2014 Student Composition Contest In conjunction with the festival, The Beethoven Club of Memphis sponsors a student composition contest that is open to academic composers worldwide up to the age of 30. Winners receive a performance at the festival and a recording of the work made by members of the Luna Nova Ensemble.
Winners of the 2014 contest:
• 1st Place: Pierce Gradone (University of Chicago), Vamp (clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) • 2nd Place: Brandon Scott Rumsey (University of Texas at Austin), Limelight (flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano) • 3rd Place: Alexandre Jamar (Sciences Po, Collège Universitaire Campus de Nancy, France), Four Japanese Miniatures (clarinet, guitar, and cello) They will be attending the festival to hear the premiere of their works.
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EYC News and Events
Schoooool’s out for SUMMER! EYC will not meet on Sundays during the months of June, July, and August. There will be plenty of activities for young people though!
Thank You to Our T-Ball, Softball and Baseball Coaches!
June 1—Mission Trip registration deadline. June 6—Levitt Shell Night Child Care: To benefit the 2014 summer Mission Trip, the youth and nursery staff will be providing child care at the church for parents attending the Levitt Shell Concert. Youth volunteers, please sign up with Mary Margaret by Wednesday, June 4. June 8—EYC at the Redbirds! Please sign up with Mary Margaret by Friday, June 6, to receive a ticket and food voucher. June 15—Mission Trip payment deadline. June 20—Levitt Shell Night Child Care: Youth volunteers, please sign up by Wednesday, June 18. Friday, July 25–Sunday, July 27—DYC Rafting Trip! The Diocese will be renting cabins at High Country Adventure in Benton, TN. There are two options for rafting the Ocoee River, depending on your age and what you are looking for. Registration forms available at church and online http://www.episwtn.org/ministries--outreach/ youth-programs/. Mary Margaret will be attending, so it would be great to have a group from GSL. And don’t worry…this does not interfere with the mission trip! More Than A Meal and Jerry’s Sno Cones: On various Sundays during the summer, EYC will be volunteering at MTAM here at GSL. Following the meal and clean-up, we will carpool to Jerry’s Sno Cones for a delicious treat! Stay tuned for dates and more information. Also, coming soon are the July dates for EYC lunches at Stone Soup!
THANKS to all the INCREDIBLE T-Ball, Softball, and Baseball coaches. It has been another outstanding season due to all of your hard work and dedication. I would like to say thanks to coaches: Drew Fontenot, Ben Ward, Chris Spencer, Doug Duncan, John Sharp, John Houseal, Ben Ladd, Micah Rappoport, Bubba Halliday, David Deason, Dave Erickson, Michael Gerstner, Kevin Thompson, Mike Dyer, Jeff Sullivan, Darrin Davidson, Terry Kerr, Joe Carney, and Patrick Hough.
NEWS OF BYGONE DAYS 50 years ago (1964): On Tuesday, June 30, Gerard S. Moser will be ordained Deacon in St. John's Church, Knoxville. Mr. Moser will join our clergy staff within a few days of his ordination to spend a year with us as Deacon in training. 25 years ago (1989): Congratulations to Pam Davis, Betty Ann Roberts, Mary Virginia Rogers and Helen Van Fossen, this year's graduates of the four-year Education for Ministry program. Their diploma from the Universy of the South's School of Theology signifies 4 years' study of the faith of God's people from Old Testament times to the present. In many ways it is relaly a course in "applied" theology because the group also looks at incidents from real life to see how they are shaped by what we believe.
GSL Brownies The GSL Brownies recently visited Central Animal Hospital. GSL alum Dr. Jennifer Karnes and her husband Steve own the veterinary clinic. They talked with the girls about various careers and gave them a behind the scenes tour of their newlyopened hospital! For more information about the GSL Brownie Troop, contact Sara Burnett, email@example.com. 6 | www.gracestlukes.org
School News By Thor Kvande
Many, many thanks to Father Richard, Father Joseph, Wesley Emerson, and all of the staff and clergy at GSL Church for the invaluable help and support during our special year-end Honors Chapel and Graduation ceremonies. The services were beautiful as always! I am pleased to share news from the Board of Trustees this month. At our closing meeting in May we welcomed parishioner and school parent Doug Duncan and GSL parent Melanie Schrank to our Board. We also bid farewell to retiring Board members and parishioners Michael Rowland and Jim Mercer. We are so grateful to both of these individuals for their years of service and tireless work on behalf of our school. Next month, I will be able to share new staff appointments and other information about the coming school year. For now, please remember that there are still spaces available in selected grade levels for the 201415 school year. We always appreciate your help in spreading the word about the great program here at GSL. You may know of families who are relocating to Memphis this summer; we’d love to show them the school! Please tell any interested prospective parents to email today (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website (www.gslschool.org) for more information. You can also still enroll your children and grandchildren in camp here at GSL! SummerFest 2014 runs June 2–Aug. 1. Our weekly day camps are open to all children ages 4-13, regardless of school affiliation, and there’s a link to our summer camp booklet and online registration on our home page (www.gslschool.org). We have sports of all sorts, Minecraft, art, dance, Chinese immersion, theater, sewing, cooking, reading, games, LEGOs, Hogwarts, and much more; there is truly something for everyone to enjoy!
Father Joseph helped us celebrate our fourth graders' completion of Lower School studies at GSL's annual Honors Chapel service.
The Class of 2014 will be attending eight different local high schools (and one school in Nashville) this coming school year. We are so proud of all of our 8th grade students; we are really going to miss them!
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Pastoral Care Corner Greetings Grace St. Luke’s,
I have been privileged to be an integral part of Grace-St. Luke’s for some time now. From participating in small group sessions, to being a 5:30 lector, a member of the altar guild, a student of EfM (and a repeat of year 4 of EfM!), the chair of Outreach for two years and now as co-coordinator of Pastoral Care. Having said all that—Pastoral Care is my true passion. This is a ministry that has tugged and pulled at my heart and soul for quite a while. I responded to this call as a member of one of the Pastoral Care teams for several years but discernment of God’s call has now led me to a greater leadership role in this vital ministry. I look forward to bringing the love, light and care of Jesus Christ to you and your loved ones. Working alongside Amanda McGriff with her gifts of administration and pastoral words and ways, I bring the gifts of presence and love and empowerment of people. Together, we offer you our gifts as we all care for one another in Christ’s name. -Debbie McCanless
Outreach Ministry Thank You Grace-St. Luke’s Angels! By Rivers Powers and Holley McGehee
The Church Health Center’s (CHC) Walking as One event was hugely successful and we are grateful to the 116 parishioners who registered, walked or made a donation. Special thanks go to those anonymous parishioners who stepped forward to pledge money for each participant and our donor who matched individual contributions. Our involvement resulted in donations of $10,200, which includes the $20 match from Church Health Center donors. This outstanding parish contribution will help CHC continue their health care ministry for the working poor. It was a beautiful day, a wonderful cause, and we thank you all! (More pictures available online at www.flickr.com/photos/gracestlukes/sets/72157644592856004/)
The light of Christ at GSL By Juan Fuentes
Easter Sunday was my first time helping with More Than A Meal. It was an experience not expected because of the hundred or so people we served. I was taken by their gratitude, love, and good manners. I suspect many of us have had experiences of helping others that were very challenging or demanding whether because of time pressures, number of people, or any other reason that we might associate with serving others. That Sunday, though, it was a pleasure to be there and to serve all those who came through "Many thanks to Brownie Troop 10283 for the doors at Trezevant Hall. Children, young, middle aged, and seniors were our guests and their smiling the Welcome banner, Easter cards and Easter faces showed they were grateful to have a place to be together, to offer a prayer of thanks, and also to candy goodie bags for all of our guests!" ask for a prayer for the sick, the departed, and others-- then share a meal together with laughter, good conversation, and just plain fellowship. I met volunteers who helped with serving, preparing the meal, setting the tables, and making sure that all the guests have food, second servings, water, tea or coffee. These volunteers are people of all denominations, ages and backgrounds, who came to GSL to serve others. I have to mention James, a high school student, who offered to play the piano when I asked if anyone could play. Although he said he didn't play very well and he didn't have any music--somehow music sheets were found and he delighted guests and volunteers alike, throughout the whole meal. I was happy to see and to experience all this, and grateful for the light of Christ.
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Outreach Housing & Community Making a Difference in our Community By Karen Harper, GSL Outreach Committee Liaison
Food Pantry Facts by Juan Fuentes April was a busy month! We spent 22 hours in Food Bank pick-ups, shelving the food, and distributing food to those screened by MIFA and sent to our doors. This does not include the hours spent by our volunteer packers getting the sacks of groceries ready for distribution. We served 80 households, which included 105 adults, 101 children, and 18 seniors. All who serve in the GSL Food Pantry live out the African proverb, “Many hands make light work.” More help is always welcomed! To volunteer, call Happy Jones at 276-2136 or email her at email@example.com.
On Wednesday, April 23, ten members of the GSL Outreach Committee made an early-morning site visit to parishioner June Averyt’s agency, Outreach Housing & Community (OHC). We were invited to join the staff and clients for breakfast at “The Gathering Place” at 135 N. Cleveland which houses the offices and support center for OHC. We were greeted by June and by Kimberley and Marthenia who are clients and volunteers at OHC. June gave us a brief overview of the agency’s mission and the services they provide and a short tour of the building. She told us that they provide guidance and support for individuals with disabilities seeking to transition from homelessness into a healthy community setting. At “The Gathering Place” they can find assistance for housing and social services. OHC also provides assistance in making medical, mental health or substance abuse treatment appointments; transportation to those appointments; and acquires furniture and household items needed when individuals are newly housed. OHC also hosts a men’s group, classes in such things as arts and crafts and budgeting, and coordinates a walking group that meets on Wednesday mornings to walk for an hour at the Church Health Center’s Hope and Healing Center. Then the members of the committee split into different groups so we could sit and join some of the clients for breakfast. My group was seated at a big table with three clients—Shirley, George and Marthenia—who each shared their stories of how OHC has had a positive impact on their lives. Shirley told me she became homeless when the elderly woman she lived with and cared for died. She is now housed and is working toward her dream to go to nursing school to become a nurse. Marthenia was once a client and is now a volunteer and George was looking forward to a job interview that day. “The Gathering Place” is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Staff and volunteers are available to assist clients in obtaining needed services such as identification, food stamps, and applying for SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery). SOAR is a national project designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and
"If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." --Philippians 2:1-4 ************************************** The last Sunday of the month (June 29) is Food Pantry Sunday! The youth of GSL sponsor a food basket to collect items for the GSL Food Pantry. Donation baskets will be available at the rear entrance of the church and east vestibule entrance by the sacristy. Please give generously!
have a mental illness and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. “The Gathering Place” is a pleasant, light-filled building filled with hope. We all enjoyed our breakfast and expressed our thanks to June and her staff and clients for a very pleasant start to our day. Volunteer opportunities include: • Join the walking group on Wednesdays at 9:30. • Transport people to and from shopping (NOT shopping with them) • Accompany individuals to appointments and stay with them to talk with the doctor or attorney (training provided). • Assisting with Social Security Disability paperwork (training provided prior to volunteer’s first session). • Conduct a class or lead a 20 or 30 minute talk on topics of interest such as a recent trip or tips for living with diabetes. • OHC needs board members with training and/or experience dealing with people with mental illness. • For volunteers who are not comfortable working with clients, OHC also needs clerical office help. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Driver’s Education By Harriet Roberts
As one does, I kind of hoped that I could just keep my head down and avoid the whole mess. But, of course, I could not. ‘Mom, will you teach me how to drive your car?’ came his simple request. My car—you see—has a manual transmission and that (I promise you) is the only thing that it has in common with the car of my adolescence.
I love cars: That is no secret. But, for me, actually learning to drive them was a ridiculously long process—a process that was both disjointed and bizarre. When I turned 15, my mother tried to teach me. While home from boarding school for the weekend, we went—in our singularly unimpressive 1978 Chevy Chevette—to the parking lot by the Fresh Pond movie theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning. Mummy let me behind the wheel. Timidly I let out the clutch and I patched out across what felt like the entire length of the parking lot like a rocket. We lurched and screeched and when we finally came to a halt, Mummy and I were both laughing so hard there were tears streaming down all four of our cheeks. It was miraculous that I had managed to avoid all of the concrete reinforced light poles that stuck up at irregular intervals through the asphalt of the parking lot. There was no way I was going to try that madness again. Mummy was very relieved when she took back the wheel and drove us both home. My first and last lesson with Mummy had lasted all of 29 seconds. When I was a senior in high school, my boyfriend, Phil, also tried to teach me how to drive. Phil was a character. For example, he maintained—with such an air of authority that I actually believed him—that ‘STOP’ signs were optional after 7 pm. He was a very good driver and a very good teacher in spite of the fact that he delighted in spreading misinformation. My stepfather, Herb, tried too. Herb’s method was also not one I would recommend, but it turned out to be the most successful. When I was a sophomore in college, Herb drove me to a quiet, affluent neighborhood and he parallel parked our family’s now notorious (but still inconsequential) Chevy Chevette behind my aunt’s Mercedes and in front of my uncle’s Cadillac. He turned the car over to me. To keep himself busy while I drove, Herb had brought along some supplies: Herb had a copy of the Wall Street Journal, an aluminum tray of ice, a glass, and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. Two hours later the tray of ice was empty, the Wall Street Journal was read, the vodka was gone, and I could drive. Basically, Herb just let me practice and kept to himself. There is wisdom in his method, but not—perhaps—in his props. Those were the three role models I had had when my own carcrazy boy needed to be taught how to drive. To be honest, I was mortified. I was going to be a terrible teacher and—since we both love cars—I really didn’t want that to be the case.
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With that, I determined to try. We started out in a HUGE parking lot on a Saturday afternoon. He did really well. He listened to me. He was cautious. He did stall a few times, but really he caught on quickly. I held on to the strap above the passenger door, not out of fear. I held on to it mostly because I didn’t know what to do with my hands: I was used to holding the wheel after all. A few weeks later, we graduated to driving around a block in our neighborhood. It was our routine to make the block time and time again and—as before—Matthew did really well. I began to look forward to driving like this with him. As you so often have great conversations with children in the car, this was exactly what I was finding to be the case: Matthew and I would have these great meandering conversations. We talked about family, we talked about a time when I had lived in a tiny cottage just outside of London, we talked about pets his father and I had before he was born, we talked about college, we talked about how our family had come to meet and know the people who are important to us, we talked about ideas, we talked about dreams, we talked about everything, and we talked about nothing. Teaching Matthew to drive was turning out to be marvelous fun. I was loving it. To be fair, it wasn’t all fabulous: I recall three specific times when I shouted (OK - I screamed) because I feared that we were going die almost immediately. But, for the most part I would grip the strap above the window and have faith in Matthew and—except for those three specific and spine tingling moments—Matthew did the right thing at the right time. He needs experience, but I would say that someday Matthew is going to be a very good driver. If I had the opportunity to teach somebody else to drive, I would do it; I would do it in a heartbeat. What experiences have you dreaded and then—when you soldiered through them—found that they were actually pretty awesome? What things have you done that unexpectedly brought you closer to somebody you love? What odd questions have you asked only to find they yield a marvelous answer? Sometimes, especially when I am sitting behind the wheel, driving someplace, I wonder about these things.
Memorials & Honoraria Given in Memory of Fred Acuff from Mr. & Mrs. William E. Loveless II Ann Glenn from D'Ann Glenn Given in Honor of The Rev. Gayle McCarty & Pastoral Care Committee from Kelly Jo &Mitch Graves Tiffany McElroy from Minich Li and Tony Chi Li Gayle Evans from John & Ann Dillard (for Pastoral Care fund) All Food Pantry Volunteers from Juan Fuentes
Altar Gifts are offered in Loving Memory of June 1 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 June 8 Elizabeth Kelly Jones and Virginia Watts Clarkson June 15 David Brents Talley, John August Inderitzen, Sr., Lorenz Joseph Inderbitzen, James Austin Taylor and James Oliver Taylor June 22 Delia Tate McSpadden, Gilbert R. McSpadden, Mary Nuckolls McSpadden, John Scott McSpadden, Joseph Clay Tate, Martha Hillsman Tate, Clay Tate Hust, Harry Hust, Jane Ridens McSpadden June 29 John Patterson
Holy Baptism Scheduled Baptism is the entry point for The Episcopal Church for adults, children and infants. If you have not been baptized or would like to schedule a baptism, we are happy to make arrangements for you. The next dates for baptism will be:
Membership News Baptized April 29, 2014 William Tyler Merrell, son of Emily & William Merrell
June Lay Schedule The lay schedule for June can be found online at www.gracestlukes.org/weeklyteams/.
Looking Towards Sunday ~ June Revised Common Lectionary Track 1 Year A Seventh Sunday of Easter: June 1 Acts 1:6-14 • Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 • John 17:1-11 Pentecost: June 8 Acts 2:1-21 • Psalm 104:25-35, 37 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 • John 20:19-23 First Sunday after Pentecost: June 15 Genesis 1:1-2:4a • Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 • Matthew 28:16-20 Second Sunday after Pentecost: June 22 Genesis 21:8-21 • Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 Romans 6:1b-11 • Matthew 10:24-39 Third Sunday after Pentecost: June 29 Genesis 22:1-14 • Psalm 13 Romans 6:12-23 • Matthew 10:40-42 gracestlukes.org/spirituality-and-worship/preparing-for-sunday/
• The Day of Pentecost, June 8, • August 17, and • All Saints’ Sunday, November 2. For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 22, or email@example.com.
Go to the link above to access Sunday lectionary readings online at your convenience, and then reflect and pray over them at any time. Also offered is an overview, scripture backgrounds, a reflection and prayer starter to enhance your worship experience. The Messenger | June 2014 | 11
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Calendar Highlights June 1 VBS Volunteer Meeting June 2-6 VBS June 4 Fellowship Meeting June 6 First Friday Fellowship Concert Care June 8, Pentecost Holy Baptism Reception after 10:30 Service June 10 Finance Meeting June 13 Executive Meeting June 17 Vestry June 18-21 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival June 20 Concert Care June 29 GSL Night at the Levitt Shell June Calendar: gracestlukes.org/uploads/files/june2014calendar.pdf Master Calendar: www.gracestlukes.org/events/. The Master Calendar icon is on the left.
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GSL Youth present Levitt Shell Night
Enjoy a night at the Levitt Shell AND support the GSL Youth on their summer Mission Trip while your children enjoy a night at the Church! Friday, June 6, 7:30 pm—Kopecky Family Band Friday, June 20, 7:30 pm—Playing for Change GSL Nursery and Youth Space Open 6:30–9:30 pm Supervised by: Nursery Staff & Youth trip participants For children from birth to 11 years old First child: $25 Each additional child in same family: $10 Pay at the door Games, activities, snacks, & FUN! To benefit the 2014 Summer Mission Trip Questions? Contact Mary Margaret Winn, Youth Minister 272-7425 ext 26, firstname.lastname@example.org