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The Messenger Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Volume 60, No. 5 What’s inside?

June 2013

Flamingo Flocking • John Burruss’ Ordination 5th Sunday • Belvedere Chamber Music Festival

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.


Office Hours

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, Nursery 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, Finance & Administration

2013 Vestry

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 Friday 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, Vestry email:

Messenger Deadline

The deadline for the July issue of The Messenger is 9 am, June 15! Contact Lucy at 272-7425 or lucy@ with any questions.

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Inside This Issue 5th Sunday..................................................... 4 Altar Flowers................................................ 11 Athletics......................................................... 7 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival..................... 5 Burruss Ordination........................................... 4 Bygone Days.................................................. 3 Christian Education.......................................... 8 DuBose Laymen’s Conference............................ 4 EYC News/Flamingo Flocking............................. 6 First Friday Fellowship...................................... 4 From the Rector.............................................. 3 Looking Towards Sunday................................ 11 Member News............................................... 11 Memorials/Honoraria...................................... 11 Music News.................................................... 5 Needlework Guild............................................ 4 Outreach Ministries.......................................... 7 Pastoral Care Corner........................................ 9 School News................................................. 10 Yard Sale...................................................... 12 About the cover: Jimpsie Ayres with the new painting (hanging in the west vestibule) commissioned by the Renovation Committee. To read more, please visit

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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:

Mutual Ministry Review of Rector & Vestry Last month, the vestry and I completed our annual review of our work together. I always look forward to this review and learn a lot from our conversation. We ask very specific questions about my work as rector and their work as the vestry. For example, we spend a fair amount of time on questions about how Sundays are going (everything from sermons to Sunday school), my role as the leader of a parish staff, and the relationship between the church and the school. The process of the review is formal, but the conversation at vestry regarding the content of this review is very reflective. It feels like a kind of spring cleaning for my soul and mind, that is, a time to get rid of stuff that is not that useful any more, to give thanks for what works, and to set new priorities for the coming year. Each year, one of the best questions the vestry and I answer is this, “Looking ahead, what is our greatest need in the parish?” There were many different answers to this question, as one might imagine. Underlying all of the different answers was a genuine hopefulness about the future of this parish as a parish where, with God’s help, people fall in love with God the Holy Trinity and learn to love and serve their neighbors. The funniest one word answer to this question was the following: “storage.” We concluded that we need more love and we need more storage! As rector, I have a unique view of the parish. My view can be somewhat limited, which is why I always need to listen and be attune to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, even when that guidance is subtle and gentle. From where I stand, the greatest need we have is to sustain the spiritual health and relationships of this parish. There are always large and small decisions to be made, but I believe that— more often than we are willing to admit—the actual decision we make matters far less that the process and the people we put in place to get us to that point of deciding. The spiritual health of this parish is found in the many rich relationships and in our trust that Christ loves each of us. Humility and humor help tremendously—each of us is in part a saint, in part a sinner. I know that humor is a fruit of the spirit. I believe that Paul should have included that on his official list in his letter to the Galatians.

The spiritual life and relationships grow because of love. My hero, Terry Holmes (former Dean at Sewanee’s seminary), wrote that when we are at our best, our parish and relationships create “a world of wonder in which it is easy to fall in love with God.” More than anything else, I want each person in our parish – young or old—to fall in love with God the Holy Trinity and to fall in love with God’s people. I am so aware that this work of love and relationship is something that I do alongside of you, not for you. In other words, I cannot fall in love with God for you, only with you. That is both an encouragement and a warning for me and for each of us to stay focused and put as much creativity as we can muster into our relationships and daily prayer life with God. I find that when that happens, the details—while never perfect—come together gracefully. Dreams and long-range plans for this parish are exciting and holy—may the Spirit bless and bring to fulfillment all of them. Yes, even to our storage predicament! But, clearly, the foundation of all planning for a parish needs to be love. Together let us share the wonder and mystery of God’s infinite love, and let us be sure to share it particularly with those who are hurting or who are in need. The Reverend Richard Lawson

NEWS OF BYGONE DAYS 50 years ago (1963): Devotional Corner “O Lord, supporrt us, all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy great mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen.” 25 years ago (1988): Next Saturday, the 18th of June, will be an important occasion in the life of our parish. The Bishop of West Tennessee will ordain Carolyn Ann Howard and Whitney Alford Jones to be Deacons in Christ’s Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. On that same day, I shall be attending my 35th High School Reunion in Danville, Virginia, so I shall not be present for the ordination. Our Senior Warden, Dr. Van Fossen, will represent me at the reception in Trezevant Hall which will follow the service. The Rev. Dr. Charles Riddle

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5th Sunday in June – BLTs are Back BLT’s are making their annual appearance on the 5th Sunday in June. Join the Fellowship Committee for lunch on June 30 immediately following the 10:30 am service in Trezevant Hall. The main ingredient on the menu is the delicious BLT’s featuring homegrown tomatoes, lettuce, savory bacon, and of course Summer Hours: Beginning in June, the church office will close at noon on Fridays and will return to the regular schedule beginning August 16. A Little Peace & Quiet: Ladies are invited to join this small group meeting for reflection and quiet the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of June, July, and August, 5:30-6:45, in the Lounge.

God Willing and with the consent of the people The Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson Bishop of West Tennessee will ordain John Bailey Burruss as a Deacon in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on Saturday, the eighth day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen at ten o’clock in the morning St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral 700 Poplar Avenue Memphis, Tennessee Your prayers and presence are requested. Reception following

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Clergy: Cassock, Surplice, and Red Stole

homemade mayonnaise. It will be a complete summertime meal with fresh corn salad, watermelon slices and more. For the children there will Aerial 4 Square and an activity table in the gym supervised by Harriet Roberts, our director of Christian education and staff. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children for lunch. Needlework Guild: Grab your sewing things and make plans to join other ladies (and ladies in training) on Sat., June 1, from 4–8 pm. Please bring a sack supper. You need to be 10 or older and want to spend some time visiting and stitching. We will share skills and enjoy being together in Trezevant Hall. For more information, please contact Harriet Roberts, harriet@, or Kim White, Beginners are welcome! First Friday Fellowship is a place where parishioners and friends can connect for fun and fellowship, mix and mingle, and enjoy lively conversation, libations, and dinner. The next First Friday Fellowship will gather June 7 at the Levitt Shell. Please “like” our Facebook page at, where you can RSVP for the event, and get all the details, or email Kim Norris ( and/or Kim Weiss ( for more information. The 67th Conference of the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee will be held Aug. 16-18. The theme is “Suffering. Endurance. Character. HOPE.” Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that suffering leads to endurance, and endurance leads to character, and character leads to hope, and HOPE does not disappoint. Join Episcopal men from all across Tennessee. Speakers for the 67th Conference will be: Papa Joe Bradford, who overcame personal hardships and as founder of Elijah’s Hope is helping bring hope to the inner city; David Ring, an evangelist who brings his powerful message of “I have Cerebral Palsy—what’s your excuse?” and Brian Sellers-Petersen, Senior Advisor to the President, Episcopal Relief & Development, bringing hope and alleviating suffering throughout the world. For current information and registration, please visit the Laymen’s website: GSL Parish Keyman: Jim Beaty 355-4909,

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 2. 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 19: 12:10-1 pm WKNO Live Lunch Broadcast Wed., June 19: 7:30 pm Opening concert, followed by reception in Trezevant Hall Thurs., June 20: Concert at 7:30


Fri., June 21: Concerts at 3:30


& 7:30


Sat., June 22: Concerts at 3:30


& 7:30


June 19-22: Sixth Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Luna Nova Music ( is producing the Seventh Annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival (www.belvederefestival. org) to be held at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (1720 Peabody) Wednesday, June 19 through Saturday, June 22. 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: Debussy Violin Sonata; Barber, Knoxville 1915; Gorecki, Lerchenmusik; Piazzolla Histoire du Tango; Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5; Robert Patterson, WKNO Considered. All concerts are at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 1720 Peabody and are free and open to the public.

Festival Artists

• John McMurtery, flute • Gregory Maytan, violin • Nobuko Igarashi, clarinet • Adam Bowles, piano • Craig Hultgren, cello • Robert Patterson, horn/composition • Mark Volker, guitar/composition • Andrew Drannon, piano • Esther Gray Lemus, soprano • Maeve Brophy, piano • Daniel Gilbert, violin • Jonathan Kirkscey, cello For more information about the artists, visit

Andrew Drannon, Daniel Gilbert, Robert Patterson Esther Gray Lemus, Nobuko Igarashi

Belvedere Chamber Music Festival 2013 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 2013 contest:

• 1st Place: Sean William Calhoun (Vanderbilt University), Core for Violin, Cello, and Piano • 2nd Place: Fabian Beltran (University of Texas, San Antonio), The Cycles, Preludes No. 1 for piano They will be attending the festival to hear the premiere of their works.

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EYC News and Events It may be summer, but EYC doesn’t quit! Come hang out with all of your friends and get to know your new full-time Youth Minister, Mary Margaret Winn with weekly EYC lunches. Lunches are for youth in rising 7th–12th grades and begin July 9 and continue every Tuesday through August 6 (July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 6) • Meet at 11:30 at Stone Soup (993 South Cooper). • Bring $5 and we will cover the rest.  For more information about summer lunches please contact Courtney Oliver at

Food Pantry Collection The Youth of GSL sponsor a Food Basket to collect items for the GSL Food Pantry. The next collection will take place on Sunday, June 30, 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.

EYC Flamingo Flocking As a fundraiser for the upcoming EYC Summer Mission Trip, the youth of will be “Flocking the Yards” of GSL church members, clergy, and staff. You can expect to see hoards of tacky, pink plastic flamingos adorning lawns throughout Memphis. Avoid this feathery plague and purchase GSL Flamingo Insurance TODAY! Follow this link ( to: • Buy Flamingo Protection Insurance • Hit someone with a Flock of Flamingos • Pay to have Flamingos removed (To pay by check, download the Flamingo flyer, fill it out and turn it into the church office with a check.) Flocking Fees: $25 for Insurance $20 for “Flocking” Removal $50 for “Flocking” Hits (flock a fellow parishioner on the sly) Flockings will be performed June 9-30. Payments for insurance and “hits” will be taken thru June 25.

“It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:16

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About the Artist: The Youth Sunday 2013 design was created by Senior Phoebe Norcross. She has been highly involved in the visual arts at Hutchison and has tackled a variety of creative projects throughout her years at the school. After graduation, Phoebe will be following in her father’s footsteps as an honors architecture major in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Church Athletics

Outreach Ministry

Thank You to our Coaches

OUTREACH GROWS AND GROWS by the Rev. Gayle McCarty

A HUGE thanks to the Baseball, Softball, and T-Ball Coaches: Les Jones, Chris Spencer, Dave Erickson, John Houseal, Micah Rapoport, Doug Duncan, John Sharp, Rich Kelly, Britton Hare, Rick Wackerfuss, Brian Schaffler, Patrick Hough, Jeff White, Andy Nix, Geoff Kannady, Todd Brown, Jeff Sullivan, Terry Kerr, Mark Renken, Darrin Davidson, Kim Appling, and Joe Carney!

Outreach at GSL continues to grow and thrive in many ways! More and more hands-on ministry opportunities have been provided for the entire parish. Outreach activities and ministries are consistently highlighted in the Messenger, GSL Enews and website via engaging and informative articles and photos. Individuals involved in Outreach readily accept invitations to share their ministry experiences and have given powerful and inspiring testimonies of faith and service. Last, but not least - we celebrate the growth of our committee! In May, we added four new members: Ed Hord, Hal Medling, Katie Savage and Erin Shoughrue. This is in addition to the four new members added near the end of last year: Betsy Black, Jim Drummond, Rivers Powers and Rinnie Wood. Existing committee members welcoming our new additions are Karen Harper, Edith Heller, Happy Jones, Ruthie Lentz, Murray McKay and chair, Debbie McCanless.

Pictured above are both GSL Church 3rd/4th Boys Extended Basketball Season teams in the Championship game of the Mike Fletcher Youth Classic Tournament. Coaches pictured are: Bruce Williams and Daniel Williams.

Photo: CC by The National Guard

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On May 16, an EF-4 tornado hit the town of Granbury, Texas, killing six people and destroying 97 of the town’s 110 homes. Other tornadoes touched down in Cleburn and Millsap, south and west of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., Provisional Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, posted a message on the diocesan website asking for prayers and noting that the diocese will work with the local Episcopal congregation in Granbury to determine how best to use collected funds. As inclement weather continues battering the country, please pray for people at risk, those who have lost loved ones and homes, and responders working to save lives and address needs. To support these efforts, please fill out the coupon below and mail it with your check or credit card information. You can also contribute online at, or scan the QR code below to donate with your smartphone. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your help, we are healing a hurting world.

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OUTREACH CALENDAR JUNE 6 at 7:30 pm HOPE HOUSE presents THEATRE FOR HOPE. Includes a wine tasting, silent auction & a musical performance of Singing in the Rain at Theatre Memphis. For more info call 272-2702 Ext. 216. Link to purchase tickets is JUNE 28 at 8:00 pm THE CHURCH HEALTH CENTER’S second-annual night of theater at Playhouse on the Square with a performance of The Color Purple. To purchase tickets, contact Jennie Dickerson at 701-2097 or OCTOBER 19 at 9:00 am THE CHURCH HEALTH CENTER’S ANNUAL 5K/10K. Contact GSL Outreach liaison, Rivers Powers, at

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Christian Education Sit-Still-a-Thon by Harriet Roberts There are some email exchanges I save but never look at again. And, some, I re-read every year. At this time of pomp and circumstance, there is a particular one I would like to share. I am sure that most mothers of boys can relate to my particular struggle with a jiggler. In fact, if Pew Jiggling were a varsity sport, my boy Skippy— when he was 11—would have been on the traveling team. And, he would have started. And, he would have played the whole game. And, his coach would have thought he (or she) had died and gone to Heaven to have—in this lifetime—landed such an awesomely talented jiggler as his (or her) own. Round about graduation, I was at a loss to understand the significance of all of the dress up events. So, I emailed Terry Howie, one of Skippy’s 5th grade teachers. She shifted my thinking. Beautifully. Tactfully. Kindly. I am still so grateful. Clearly, I was focused on the wrong thing but she didn’t hold that against me! What follows is my email to her. And—after mine—is her lovely response.

OK—I am befuddled. Usually we play hookie the last day of school (and you have to admit that is kind of a cool tradition!). I see absolutely no point in dressing up Mr. Jiggle to subject him (and you) to graduation ceremony. Plus, by the time I get home, I will have to turn around and come back again. He H-A-T-E-D honors day! And, it is still fresh in his memory! How many sit-still-a-thons must there be at the end of the year?! Skippy totally doesn’t want to go to graduation. I don’t blame him. And, I think it is stupid for him (jiggly as he will be to take up some sweet little Granny’s seat.) So—I was going to bring him for the breakfast and then extract him. Will we be put on double-secret probation if we do that?! 8 |

If there is a point to having all the kids at graduation, I don’t get it. But (because of my high regard for you and my undying love for all things GSL), if you can tell me the point I will throw my weight behind having him there so that you can spend the entire ceremony telling him to sit still, to stop fidgeting, and to be quiet! Otherwise, I will take him home after the breakfast so he can—say—READ!  h

OK—I totally get the jiggly and dressing up part when you could be playing hookie. I would be telling less than the truth if I said that EVERYONE attends graduation or wants to do so. That is entirely your choice as a family, and if you choose to start your summer tomorrow, as many families will do, I want to say how much I have absolutely loved getting to know Skippy and Stephen and you this year. Now let me get on my soapbox. Over the years, the end of the year wrap-up has been observed in a number of ways. Talk about sit-still-a-thon: Imagine the times when we had honors and graduation together! In the years when graduation was an evening affair or an afternoon exercise, it was fancier and very special, but it was so separate that most families did not feel connected to the sequence that would eventually bring them to that place. By having two major events, each is more focused and neither is unbearably long, but there is enough time to be respectful of the years of effort by parents, teachers, and students in order to graduate from GSL and to say fond and often tearful goodbyes. Many of our students have been here since Parents’ Day Out as infants, and I can assure you that I still think of each one of the graduates as “my” students because I’ve coached or taught every one of them in summer programs, at Miss Lee’s, in Lower School, and in Middle School; I know the other teachers feel the same. So, the point of having students be part of graduation is so that the GSL community is together to witness the accomplishments of our students, with particular attention to the 4th and 8th grades. For fifth graders, this is a look at where they have been and where they will be. We want them to know about the opportunities and to applaud the achievements of the 8th graders, to see the respect they are given for their effort and performance, and to want to look forward to that special day in their future when people honor them in the same way. The 5th grade breakfast is the last goodbye and is a special treat that Ms. Humphries and I provide for those students who attend graduation. Sorry about the epistle—after you digest it, know that we will respect and be happy with your decision either way. Fondly, Ms. Terry Howie, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School continued on page 9

Pastoral Care Corner Theology of a Covered Dish by Paula Barnes Although he is a confirmed Episcopalian, my husband Cliff is a self-professed “Backwoods Methodist” who follows what he calls the theology of the covered dish. He grew up in a very small town in Arkansas where everyone knew one another and took care of each other, and the outward manifestation of this communal relationship was the church potluck supper. It was the in-gathering of folks who shared the joys and sorrows of the community; where they set the table to share a meal. No complications, merely a simple caring community… Today we are overscheduled, way too plugged in to smart phones, laptops and tablets, and oh so busy. This reality has, in many ways, eroded our sense of community and how we care for one another. Yet, despite the many ways we can “share” on the internet, we all still need and want real live community, and the time to care for one another. A parish as large as Grace St. Luke’s offers many opportunities for each of us to enjoy that sense of community, to share our gifts, our stories, our good times and sad times with one another. Yet, the sheer size of a large parish can make it difficult to make and maintain our connections with one another. The Pastoral Care Committee was originally created to help keep us connected, especially to those who cannot be present with us. Pastoral Care is an amazing group of people who share their time by caring for those in times of great joy such as the welcoming of a child into a family, or in times of great sorrow at the end of a loved one’s life. They listen, send notes and cards, take the altar

gifts of communion and flowers to our parishioners who cannot be with us on Sunday, and frequently share the comfort of a good meal. I am continually in awe of how this quiet loving network keeps us linked to one another, with God’s immense grace. I am ever grateful for the strength they display in helping those who are in nursing homes, in the hospital, or by holding a hand and listening to one who needs to share a problem. They send out happiness and hope, and steadfastly do the good works that we have been given to do—the living theology of the covered dish through Christ our Lord. In honor of Gayle+ and everyone who serves Pastoral Care as clergy and laity I offer this thanksgiving:

Beatitudes for Caregivers Blessed are those who care and who are not afraid to show it— They will let people know they are loved. Blessed are those who are gentle and patient—they will help people to grow as the sun helps the buds to open and blossom. Blessed are those who have the ability to listen—they will lighten many a burden. Blessed are those who know how and when to let go— They will have the joy of seeing people find themselves. Blessed are those who, when nothing can be done or said, do not walk away, but remain to provide a comforting and supportive presence—they will help the sufferer to bear the unbearable. Blessed are those who recognize their own need to receive, and who receive with graciousness—they will be able to give all the better. Blessed are those who give without hope of return— they will give people an experience of God (author unknown)

continued from page 8 When I read her email, I realized all the reasons why Skippy needed to be there (jiggly or not). And, I didn’t just make Skippy go: I went too. The ceremony was beautiful and meaningful and moving. The eight graders—in their Sunday-go-to-meeting finest—were scrubbed and polished and smiling. The pews were full of friends, teachers, coaches, former teachers, and family. The teachers exuded pride. Some of them even choked up when they were describing a student award recipient who had touched a place in their heart. That ceremony, I realized, was a buffet of joy and hope and sentimentality and friendship and effort and love. It was about all the hard work that had been done, but it was also about all the hard work that was yet to come.

And, don’t get me started about the music: It was splendid. I so got the significance of going to graduation. I was practically beaten over the head with it. When I saw Ms. Howie after the ceremony I gave her a hug and I cried. I was grateful to have had such a thoughtful teacher who took the time to shift my thinking in such an important way. Now, three years later, it was my jiggler’s turn to graduate (except that he doesn’t jiggle anymore). During the ceremony, when I spotted a jiggler or two (or 12) in the audience, I knew—thanks to Ms. Howie—how important it was for all of us to be right there. The Messenger | June 2013 | 9

School News By Thor Kvande

Happy summer! We have wrapped up the school year at GSL and are busy getting ready for SAIS re-accreditation this fall, in addition to planning for the upcoming school year. Thank you to everyone who attended our year-end Honors Chapel and Graduation ceremonies; we hope to share some photos with you in next month’s Messenger. In the meantime, I am pleased to introduce the slate of new members who are joining the 2013-14 Board of Trustees. At our closing meeting in May we welcomed parishioner and school parent Amy Huber to our Board, along with GSL parents Hugh Fraser and Victoria Van Cleef and GSL grandparent John McQuiston. We bid farewell to retiring Board members Dickie Gauthreaux, Ray Pohlman, Kelly Truitt, and Ben Wheeler, and we sincerely thank them for their years of service and tireless work on behalf of our school.

Every spring, GSL’s fifth grade visits JA BizTown, a program that combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a fully interactive simulated town facility.

We have a whole slew of new faculty appointments to tell you about in next month’s issue, and we are excited about our new Little Lukers program opening in August. There are still spaces available in selected grade levels for the 2013-14 school year, so we appreciate your help in spreading the word about the great program here at GSL. You may even know of families who are relocating to Memphis this summer; we’d love to show them the school! Please tell your friends to email today ( or visit our website ( for admissions information. You can also still enroll your children and grandchildren in camp here at GSL! SummerFest 2013 runs June 3-Aug. 2 (closed the week of July 4). 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 ( 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!

Congratulations to the Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School 8th Grade Graduating Class

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Overnight class trips are an annual tradition for Grades 4-8 at GSL. Fourth graders always enjoy their trip to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Membership News Holy Baptism on the Day of Pentecost, May 19, 2013 Mays Kopert Meeks, daughter of Logan & Simone Meeks Elizabeth Rountree Robinson, daughter of Ward & Brittan Robinson Charles Barrett Willson, son of William & Caroline Willson Transfer In Gavin & Robin Wigginson, Dietrich (son) & Aubrey Ann-Denise (daughter) from Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Kentucky Sherry Lynn Crone, from All Saints’, Memphis Transfer Out Tyler Stephen Heard & Joy Heil Heard & their children: Cooper Graham, Griffin Howell, Preston Bailey & Jerrod Heil, to St. George’s, Germantown

Altar Gifts are offered in Memory and Honor of June 2 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 9 Elizabeth Kelly Jones and Virginia Watts Clarkson June 16 David Brents Talley, 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, Charles M. Ozier, Jr., John August Inderitzen, Sr., Lorenz Joseph Inderbitzen, James Austin Taylor, and James Oliver Taylor June 23 The Rev. John Patterson June 30 Open (If you would like to give flowers in honor or memory of a loved one on this day, contact Lucy in the church office.)

Memorials & Honoraria Given in Memory of Diane Ozier, from the Rev. & Mrs. Carleton S. Cunningham Jimmy Woo, from Grace-St. Luke’s Bazaar Ladies, Dan & Anne Eason, Mr. & Mrs. David S. Joe, Mr. & Mrs. Penn Q. Joe, M.D., John & Laura Dunavant, Lynn Larson & Red Geurts, James Holland, the Hartney Family, Sharon Taylor, and Jeannine Edwards Richard Thaddaeus Cockrill, Sr., from Sharon Taylor Mary Cummings, from Diane & Al Wood, Jr., Lex & Ruby Cain, Joyce Young, Liz, Pat, Dennis & Libby Collins, Becky Cox, John & Jennie Brooks, Brett & Lisa Chiles, John & Melanie Murphy, Swaffer Fleet Leasing, Inc., Ted & Bobbie Waxler, Madge R. Saba, Elinor F. Reed, Dr. Peg Hartig & daughters, Janice Lewis Gentry, Dr. E. Diane Greenhill, Carolyn Graff, Kevin & Cheri Conway, Jennifer Blassingame, Hughes, Gary Bratton & Greg O’Neal, Scott & Mary Anne Koeppel, Maurice & Mary Hill, and Frank & Jeanie Hollomon

The Lay schedule for June can be found online at

Looking Towards Sunday ~June Revised Common Lectionary Track 2  Year C 

The Second Sunday after Pentecost June 2 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43 • Psalm 96:1-9 Galatians 1:1-12 • Luke 7:1-10 

The Third Sunday after Pentecost June 9 1 Kings 17:17-24 • Psalm 30 Galatians 1:11-24 • Luke 7:11-17 

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 16 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15 • Psalm 32 Galatians 2:15-21 • Luke 7:36-8:3 

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost June 23 Isaiah 65:1-9 • Psalm 22:18-27 Galatians 3:23-29 • Luke 8:26-39 

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost June 30

1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 • Psalm 16 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 • Luke 9:51-62  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.

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 date for baptism will be: August 11. For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 15, or The Messenger | June 2013 | 11

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1720 Peabody Avenue Memphis, Tennessee 38104-6124 901-272-7425, 901-272-9833 (fax),

The Messenger of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (USPS 778-900)-published monthly by Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104. Periodicals postage paid at Memphis, TN. POSTMASTER: send address changes to Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, (901) 272-7425, email Lucy Owens, Editor.

Bazaar House Yard Sale

Yard Sale: June 8

Saturday, June 8, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 1768 Peabody (driveway of the Doan house next to Miss Lees) Tell your friends and neighbors! We will have some good items at great buys. Please come and support our mission of raising funds for distribution to various needy groups. The sale will not be held if it rains.

Donation Requests

We also need any items you think worthy of the upcoming yard sale and for the Bazaar in November. Please place any donations on the porch of the Doan House (1768 Peabody), either on Sunday or Tuesday mornings. Ideas include household items, toys, sewing supplies, games, Christmas decorations, other holiday decorations. Please, no plastics. Contacts: Betty Underwood (767-3785) and Janet Wyatt ( or 276-5662)

Calendar Highlights

June calendar:

Master Calendar: Go to and look for the Master Calendar icon on the left.

June 1 Needlework Guild June 3-7 Vacation Bible School June 7 First Friday Fellowship June 8 Bazaar Yard Sale Burruss Ordination

June 11 Finance Committee June 14 Executive Committee June 19-22 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival June 18 Vestry June 30 5th Sunday

The Messenger, June 2013  

The monthly newsletter of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church

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