The Messenger Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Volume 61, No. 3
What’s inside? Lenten Opportunities • Shrove Tuesday Ash Wednesday Services • Waffle Shop Waitstaff Stations of the Cross • 5th Sunday 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 Boone, Sexton Beth Claybrook, Financial Assistant Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Sharon Campbell, Nursery Director Connie Johns, Membership & Newcomers Eva Loftin, Assistant Nursery Director Lucy Owens, Communications Director Harriet Roberts, Christian 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Vestry email: email@example.com
The deadline for the April issue of The Messenger is 9 am, March 15! Contact Lucy at 272-7425 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Inside This Issue 20-30@GSL.................................................... 4 39ers............................................................. 4 5th Sunday..................................................... 4 Altar Flowers................................................ 11 Athletics......................................................... 6 Bygone Days.................................................. 8 Calendar Highlights........................................ 12 Christian Education.......................................... 9 EYC News....................................................... 6 Food Pantry Sunday......................................... 7 From the Rector.............................................. 3 Lenten Opportunities........................................ 5 Looking Towards Sunday................................ 11 Member News............................................... 11 Memorials and Honoraria................................ 11 Needlework Guild............................................ 4 Outreach Ministries.......................................... 7 Pastoral Care Corner........................................ 7 Rector’s Forum................................................ 3 School News................................................. 10 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper........................ 4 Third Thursday................................................ 4 VBS Dates...................................................... 9 On the cover: Ted Turner, organ scholar, Wesley Emerson, organist choirmaster, and Debbie Smith, music associate. (article on p. 8)
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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: Chapman Morrow, Parish Development Officer There are several different ways of being an Episcopal community. For example, a great friend of our parish is the Reverend Katherine Bush, who serves as the chaplain at St. Mary’s School. Katherine would want us to know they are—as a school—as Episcopalian as we are as a parish. And she is correct! I think about the Reverend Chapman Morrow Deacon Brent Powell, who regularly attends GSL and is employed as a chaplain at St. Jude’s hospital. His work— in a remarkably diverse, non-churchy environment—is as Episcopalian as any Episcopal deacon’s or priest’s. Parishes and their clerics sometimes forget that we are but one form of Episcopal community. Nevertheless, parishes are the backbone of the Episcopal Church. Vital, creative parishes are what make vital, creative dioceses. Grace-St. Luke’s is a wonderfully vibrant parish with a bright future in Memphis. The Bishop and the Diocese of West Tennessee want and need for us to be healthy and wise. I love serving as a parish priest, but I really love serving as the rector of this particular parish. Grace-St. Luke’s is also a spiritual home for my own family. Katherine (my wife) and I can tell you countless stories—some achingly tender, some really funny—about how this particular parish has made an enormous difference in our spiritual lives as a family. More than any other institution or group in my life or Katherine’s life or in the life of our children, Grace-St. Luke’s Church is the community in which our family learns and remembers that God’s love in Christ is unconditional. And that our family cannot follow Christ in isolation. For this reason, it’s as a parish that we celebrate the Eucharist, “a foretaste of the heavenly banquet” (in the words of the postcommunion prayer at burials in the Prayer Book). As an individual or as an individual family, we are invited by Christ to the heavenly banquet as a community, as a parish. Therefore, parish development matters as much as anything we do. With this in mind, I am delighted to announce that
Chapman Morrow has accepted the position of development officer at GSL, and she will begin work on April 1. Chapman is a parishioner, married to Chip Morrow, and they have a daughter, Mary Chapman, who is a very active member of our EYC. Chapman is also a lawyer, who recently completed her term as the president of GSL’s school board. She is going to work part-time for us, focusing on two areas: 1) launching planned giving at GSL and 2) growing our base of annual pledges to the parish. A number of different individuals and committees have helped me to see the need for this position. For example, both the Endowment and the Stewardship committees are delighted with this hire, as one might imagine, because these committees work strategically to ensure that Grace-St. Luke’s will be a vital parish in the 21st century and beyond. In the coming months, the parish will hear more from Chapman and from me about this work of parish development. Financial giving to this parish—whether through annual pledges or planned giving through wills or other creative gifts—is one of the most important ways that we pass on the message of Christ’s love and the beauty of the Episcopal tradition to future generations.
The Reverend Richard Lawson
Sundays at 9:30
“Home” with the Reverend Katherine Bush. Katherine Bush is the chaplain at St. Mary’s School in Memphis. She is also published in the critically acclaimed commentary Feasting on the Word. “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje, Mar, 16, 23 and 30. 3/9 No Class today. 3/16, 23 and 30 “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje. Dr. Gathje is the Associate Dean at Memphis Theological Seminary. A recurring theme in the Bible is the call to “Be holy as God is holy.” What does this mean? How do we become holy in a way that is welcoming and hospitable rather than self-righteous and hostile? Each Sunday we will explore a different dimension of holiness.
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A Lenten Repast March 30th
You’re Invited to the... Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper March 4, 4:30–7:00 pm Tickets only $6 Purchase tickets the night of the event OR online at gracestlukes.org/events/pancake-supper/. You’ll enjoy all the pancakes you can eat, with toppings, one serving of sausage or bacon, and a beverage of your choice. Sponsored by the Crossmen with assistance from EYC. Proceeds to benefit GSL Youth Programs.
If you are unable to attend, donations welcomed and appreciated!
Third Thursday Welcomes Kacky Walton of WKNO Third Thursday is excited to welcome Kacky Walton on Mar. 20. Kacky is WKNO’s classical music radio host extraordinaire… the smart, cheerful voice you hear every afternoon introducing the latest recording from The London Symphony or the New York Philharmonic. She’s also one of the Checking on the Arts hosts who interviews local musicians, artists and theater folks about upcoming events. Kacky will share with us some good stories about her life, her 20 year career at WKNO, and some of her experiences on stage and the silver screen. Should be a fun night! Third Thursday dinners are designed to include empty nesters and anyone else who wants to spend a fun evening with others. Come socialize over drinks and appetizers beginning at 6:30 pm in Trezevant Hall. Dinner is at 7:00, and the program follows. You’ll be home by 8:30 having had a wonderful time for a most reasonable fee. Made your dinner reservations no later than Tuesday, Mar. 18, by calling Lucy Owens at the church office (272-7425) or by email at email@example.com. In keeping with church policy, your reservation is your agreement to pay. You can pay in advance online at www.gracestlukes.org/events/third-thursday/. 4 | www.gracestlukes.org
We hope you will join us for the first 5th Sunday of the year on March 30. A Lenten repast will be served in Trezevant Hall following the 10:30 service. Make plans to share a warm bowl of soup and friendly conversation with your Grace-St. Luke’s friends—both old and new.
Connecting for Fellowship, Food, Fun, and God!
Sunday, Mar. 2, immediately following the 10:30 service, 20-30@GSL will head downtown for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Brass Door (157 Madison Ave.) courtesy of GSL. If you are in your 20-30s and looking for a little fellowship, whether you are new to GSL or already members, we invite you to join us for lunch. An evite was sent out and if you would like to have your email added, please contact Lucy Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us for 20-30@GSL Bible Study at Otherlands Coffee Bar, 641 S. Cooper—Mar 4, 18, & 25. “this round’s on Me” will meet Mar. 11, at Alchemy, 940 S. Cooper, from 6:30-7:30 pm. The guest speaker is Fr. John Leach, and his topic will be “Shopping for God.” Contact Fr. Joseph, email@example.com, for more info. The 39ers will meet as usual the second Friday on Mar. 14 at 11:30 am for social time with wine and cheese and great conversation. A light lunch will be served at noon for only $6. The program following lunch is TBA. Come and join us. You will not be disappointed. Reservations to Lucy by noon on Mar. 12, lucy@gracestlukes. org or 272-7425. Looking forward to seeing you there. Hoping to see you there. Everyone is welcomed to join us. Mary Virgina Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grab your sewing things, or pick out a project and make plans to join other ladies on Saturday, Mar. 22, from 4–8 pm. For more info, contact Harriet Roberts, email@example.com, or Kim White, firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginners are welcome!
Lent 2014 Ash Wednesday Services: Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist 7:00 am; 12:15 pm and 6:00 pm (Nursery available for 6:00 service) School Imposition of Ashes at 8:05 am (a thirty minute liturgy without communion).
Sunday Morning Christian Education Classes, 9:30 am in Trezevant Mar. 2: “Home” with the Rev. Katherine Bush Mar. 16, 23 and 30: “Holiness: A Way of Hospitality not Hostility” with Dr. Peter Gathje
Wednesday Evening Small Group Series 5:30 pm, beginning Ash Wednesday (All classes are full.) Resurrecting Our True Self; The Poetry of Mary Oliver; No Easy Answers: A Look at the Theology of the Book of Job and C. S. Lewis
Stations of the Cross
Fridays in Lent beginning Mar. 7, 5:00 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 5:00 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.
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-atcalvary-waffle-shop/.
A Lenten Repast on March 30
We hope you will join us for the first 5th Sunday of the year on March 30. A Lenten repast will be served in Trezevant Hall following the 10:30 service. Make plans to share a warm bowl of soup and friendly conversation with your Grace-St. Luke’s friends—both old and new.
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EYC News and Events
A BIG thank-you to all of the basketball coaches: Doug Duncan, John Sharp, Alex Dunlap, Paul Henley, Bubba Halliday, Michael Axt, Kurt Patton, John Houseal, Paul Hagerman, Bruce Williams, Lee Scifres, Brian Schaffler, Donnie Sappington, Julie Richardson, Spencer Hare, Ariel Laws, Rachel Haskins, Patrick Hough, Joe Carney, Jamie Linkous, Charlie Ciaramitaro, Rich Kelly, Rick Wackerfuss, Mike Boyer, and Drew Mascolino.
March brings many opportunities for youth to become involved in the life of the parish! If you or your child would like more information about the many things that our young people are doing, please contact Mary Margaret. We love meeting new people and sharing our joy for GSL!
Let’s Play Ball! 2014 GSL Church Baseball & Softball Skill Assessments It’s baseball time and to get the season started we are having our annual Skill Assessments which is part of the baseball and softball registration process. This is not a tryout, but simply a way to more evenly divide the teams. The Skill Assessments are for 1st- 4th graders who are registered to play baseball and softball. There are NO Skill Assessments for t-ball players. Who: All 1st - 4th graders registered for GSL baseball/softball. This is a required part of the registration process; all players need to attend. When: Mar. 22 3rd and 4th Grade Girls, 1:30 pm–2:45 pm 3rd and 4th Grade Boys, 3 pm–5 pm Mar. 23 1st and 2nd Grade Boys, 1:30 pm–3 pm (we will need 2 hrs if there are 25-35 participants). 1st and 2nd Grade Girls, 3:30 pm–4:30 pm Rain Date: TBA *Dates and times are subject to change depending on registration numbers. For example, one team in any division would NOT warrant evaluations.
March 2–What is Lent all about? It’s more than just giving up sweets…come to EYC to prepare for the season with a discussion, activities, and dinner. March 4–Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: Youth have the opportunity to participate with the GSL Crossmen in the annual Pancake Supper. Stay tuned for more info! March 9–Spring Break. No EYC March 16–More Than a Meal: Come participate in one of GSL’s great ministries by volunteering at More Than a Meal. Open to the first 15 middle school volunteers who sign up with Mary Margaret. We will meet in the church kitchen at 3 pm to help set-up, then serve our guests at 4, and clean up by 5. Advice Column: After MTAM, we will have a special EYC where each grade will get to give advice to the grade below. 5th graders are invited to get a sneak peek of what to expect next year! So come share your wisdom, play games, and enjoy time with friends. March 23–Mystery Night: Got questions? So do we. Check out EYC at our regular times to see what all the mystery is about! March 30–#Blessed: Count your blessings at EYC… you won’t believe how much you have to be thankful for! You are not going to want to miss this event. It is also the last Sunday of the month, so don’t forget to bring a friend and a can! The dates for our summer mission trip will be announced in March, so keep an eye out for this exciting news!
Where: GSL Snowden Field (2233 Harbert Avenue) What: Players will rotate through several stations, to include: --Catching --Throwing --Fielding --Batting --Pitching (will be incorporated during the assessments) Players: Be on time so you can get signed in and warmed up. Come dressed and ready to play. Bring your glove (bat if you like) along with your enthusiasm, love of the game, and let’s have some fun! Questions: Contact Christi Authement, GSL Church Athletic Director, or Committee Member: Katherine Lawson, Allison Cates, Bruce Williams, Patrick Hough, Cynthia Saatkamp, JoAnn Jones, or Johnny Norris.
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ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS You could be eligible for one of two $1000 scholarships to use toward your college education. The ECW of West Tennessee encourage you to apply. Please request application materials from Mary Margaret Winn. Application deadline is May 1.
Pastoral Care Corner
Saturday - April 26, 2014 Church Health Center Wellness 1115 Union Avenue
The Lens of Lent: A New Way of Seeing the Other? by the Rev. Gayle McCarty In the Litany of Penitence on Ash Wednesday, we say these words, “For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, Accept our repentance, Lord.”
A 1.5 mile walk and interactive health fair, featuring live music and activities focused on the CHC’s for Healthy Living. Funds raised go toward the CHC’s Faith Community Nursing Ministry. Registration 12:30–1:45 pm Walk begins at 2:00 pm GSL contact is Rivers Powers at email@example.com Check out upcoming bulletins, the GSL eNews, website, FB & the info screens at church for more info!
Food Pantry Facts
The GSL Food Pantry was open 7 hours in January. 72 households were fed which included 94 children and 102 adults. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” –Hebrews 13:16
Are you grieving being at odds with another, be they a family member, co-worker or friend? One of the most common concerns shared with me is that of judgment – being judged and judging others. This behavior causes heartache and division. The resulting feeling of enmity sickens our souls and weakens the Body of Christ of which we are members. For those of us struggling with the sin of judgment, whether on the receiving end and/or giving end, let our Lenten focus be on the call to self-examination and repentance specifically regarding judgment. I offer this poem as words to companion us during our Lenten journey and as a new lens through which to see the one with whom we may be at odds. The author is Tukaram, saint and spiritual poet during the Bhakti movement in India. The poem is from the book, Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, by Daniel Ladinsky.
FIRST HE LOOKED CONFUSED I could not lie anymore so I started to call my dog “God”. First he looked
Food Pantry Collection The last Sunday of the month (Mar. 30) 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.
confused, then he started smiling, then he even danced. I kept at it: now he doesn’t even bite. I am wondering if this might work on people?
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Children Are Our Specialty! by Sharon Campbell, Director of Nursery
If you’ve looked up in the chancel lately and wondered who else was hanging around the organ bench, he is none other than Grace-St. Luke’s new organ scholar, Ted Turner! Ted is from Chicago and is a sophomore music major at Rhodes College. As part of his GSL internship, he will be shadowing staff musicians Wesley Emerson and Debbie Smith at services and choir rehearsals before helping out with organ duties during services. Be sure to introduce yourself and give Ted a warm GSL welcome!
When you encounter a smiling woman in a red apron here at GSL, you’ve not only found a nursery employee, but also a valuable resource for anyone whose life is blessed (read: turned upside down) by a young child! The Nursery at Grace-St. Luke’s is staffed by a wonderful group of professional, trained caregivers who truly do have the best interests of your child at heart each time we open our doors. Mothers, grandmothers, babysitters, catechists, and teachers (with years of experience and professional training) comprise our kind and capable team. We are here because we love children and we love watching all of our charges as they grow up! We are well aware that as parents you are faced with many tough decisions. There are new school and new home transitions, new siblings, separation difficulties, feeding and meal times, sleep routines, potty training, and single parenthood are just some of the challenges we’ve navigated in our own lives, or helped other parents do so in theirs. Perhaps you’re exploring childcare or school options, or wonder which parks and playgrounds are best outfitted for a little person your child’s age. Maybe you need know what questions to ask when looking for a new baby sitter. Whatever your challenge, we’re here to help you. And when you come and share your successes with us, we’ll have a ‘High-Five’ for you with your name on it!
Ted, Wesley and Debbie at the organ console after the 10:30 service on Feb. 16.
NEWS OF BYGONE DAYS 50 years ago (1964): In the recent Episcopal Basketball tournament, two of our teams, the Peewees, coached by Larry Busby, and the Seniors, coached by Judge Morgan Fowler, won second place trophies. At the 9:15 family service on Palm Sunday, the Pee-wees and Seniors, and their coaches, will be recognized, and their trophies received and added to our ever-growing collection. The players and coaches from all or our teams will be honored by the Crossmen’s Club at its April meeting, when they will be dinner guests. The Crossmen’s Club sponsors our athletics program. 25 years ago (1989): 50-Year Anniversary Committee- Dr. Riddle indicated that Janet Tate has agreed to chair this committee. She is in the process of requesting members of the Parish to serve on the committee. The committee should be formng shortly to organize the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the joining of Grace Church and St. Luke’s Church.
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Sunday Mornings, 9:30–10:15 am NO CLASSES ON MARCH 9 Adults on Sunday Mornings Rector’s Forum (Schedule on p. 3)
Facilitator: The Reverend Richard Lawson Location: Trezevant; All ages are welcome to attend Throughout the year, we will have various guests who help us to think and experience what God’s voice sounds like. To make a long story short: God speaks in different kinds of language in the Bible—from questions to demands to stories. Additionally, we will consider ways that we hear God’s voice in more surprising places, such as literature, movies, and even ordinary conversations with friends and strangers. Class presenters listed at www.gracestlukes.org/sunday-classes/.
Children and Youth Nursery
Birth–18 Months; Location: Church Nursery; Children may be picked up in the Nursery prior to Communion, or at the conclusion of the service. If you have any questions about our Nursery, please feel free to contact Sharon Campbell, our director of Nursery (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Little Lambs Pre-Atrium
19 Months to Young Threes; Location: Church Nursery
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–Atrium I
by Harriet Roberts Four days before Christmas, Stephen, Matthew, and I drove to Fackler, Alabama to pick up a puppy. This was not uncharted territory for us, but Stephen and I had not had a puppy in a long time. In fact, the last puppy Stephen and I had had was our Labrador, Cocoa. We were newly married and I decided I ‘needed’ a puppy. So, we looked in the Clarion-Ledger want ads, found a litter of chocolate labs, and set off for Goodman, Mississippi to pick her up. Cocoa was a sweet dog, but God did not bestow her with the largest brain. She thought—as near as I could tell—about food and sleep and food. I remember once Stephen and I went to a movie. We left Cocoa in the kitchen and when we came back (two and a half hours later) Cocoa had found a tiny crack in the flooring in our kitchen, and she had eaten the entire kitchen floor. And, by that I mean only the subfloor was left where there had only hours before been pretty pink and white linoleum. We called the vet. Continued at www.gracestlukes.org/news/weepixiemcnumpty/
Pre-K, JK and SK; Location: Atrium I (green)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd–Atrium II
First, Second, and Third Grade; Location: Atrium II (purple) The children remain in their Atria and continue their work until being picked up by parents for Eucharist.
‘Holy Men, Holy Women’
Fourth and Fifth Grade; Location: Room 212 Children will join their parents in Trezevant Hall at the conclusion of the Sunday school hour.
Journey to Adulthood Rite-13
6th–8th Grade; Location: Youth Space, Yellow Room
9th–12th Grade; Location: Youth Space, Red Room
Other Sunday Morning Offerings Children’s Activity Table (during adult coffee hour)
Location: Room 212 or the Lobby of McClure Hall During coffee hour following the 10:30 am service
Vacation Bible School Mark your Calendars! June 2–June 6 HOLY MEN/HOLY WOMEN Make plans to join us from Monday, June 2, through Friday June 6, from 8:30–11:30 am for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Grace-St. Luke’s. There will be a Traditional VBS Program for rising JK–rising 4th graders ($40); an Outreach Program for rising 5th–rising 8th graders ($40); and a Student Volunteer Program for rising 9th–rising 12th graders (no charge). Nursery will be available, free of charge, to the children of all volunteers and we will have a limited number of slots available for 2 and 3 year olds in our Nursery: That would make it Pre-VBS if you will! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Harriet Roberts, director of Christian education, email@example.com or 272-7425 x 15.
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School News By Thor Kvande
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Many thanks to everyone who came to GSL’s Annual Italian Dinner!
We are feeling very thankful for technology this spring, as we implemented an online re-enrollment system for the first time this year. You may know that every year, we send out re-enrollment contracts to current families in mid-January, followed by new enrollment contracts to accepted applicants in mid-February. In the past, getting these paper contracts turned in was a somewhat difficult and arduous task, but not anymore! Our rate of re-enrollment was fantastic, jumping from 67% as of January 31 last year to 84% by January 31 this year. We hope for the same good rate of return with new enrollment contracts, and we are delighted to be able to offer our 350+ families a more efficient method of handling this important paperwork. When technology works, it’s really, really good! On the more personal side of things, we are also grateful to you and to all of our GSL friends and family who continue to support or help promote this school within our community. Your positive word-ofmouth and testimonials are an invaluable help in encouraging new families to join our community. So you see, our growing enrollment is also due to the people who love us, and that is you! Thank you for your belief and faith in our school. Now, I’m sure it’s no surprise that as the weather warms up, spring fever gears up! Our eighth graders have completed their annual threeday internships and will present reports at their Internship Project Presentation Fair on Monday, Mar. 3, at 7:00 pm in the Anchor Center. This is open to the public, and you are welcome to stop by if you’d like to learn more about the great places our eighth graders interned, which included local organizations such as LeBonheur, Channel 3, Playhouse on the Square, and the Mayor’s office, as well as businesses out-of-state, including New York Fashion Week, FILA Sportswear, and HBO! At the end of the month, we host our annual 4th Grade Citizenship Breakfast on Mar. 26, at 8:00 am in Trezevant Hall. This is an important culminating experience for Lower School, much like the 8th grade internship project is for Middle School. In preparation for this event, fourth graders get the chance to use leadership, criticalthinking, and social skills to identify community leaders whom they consider good citizens; mail them invitation letters; and then greet them, serve them, and interact with them at a nice, sit-down breakfast at GSL. It’s always a lot of fun! In between these two capstone events, we will recognize the beginning of Lent with our special all-school Ash Wednesday service on Mar. 5 at 8:05 am in the church; please feel free to join us. We will be closed for Spring Break on Friday, Mar. 7, and Mar. 10-14. And finally, we will end the month with our annual spring Middle School production. This year we offer you Dear Edwina Jr., running Mar. 27-29, at 7:30 pm in McClure Hall. Tickets will be available through the school office. We hope to see you! Bottom left photo: On Valentine’s Day, fourth grade and first grade students partnered on a service project to create toiletry care packages for clients in need at Room in the Inn. GSL parent Katie Kitchin, Executive Director of the Community Alliance for the Homeless, spoke to the assembled students about poverty in Memphis and what they could do to help.
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Altar Gifts are offered in Loving Memory of March 2 Andrew Alexander Mitchell March 9 Ernest Joseph Smythe, Marion Summers Smythe, Henrietta Clarke Smythe, William Hamilton Smythe, Margaret Dyck Thinnes, Katherine McAlpin Hinds, Stanley Robins Hinds, Mary Clay Tate Smythe, William Hamilton Smythe, Jr., Cary Adair Tate, Garth Connally Jones, and Wharton Stewart Jones March 16 Lacey Tucker Scott, Gwin Chalmers Scott, John Gwin Scott, John McArthur Skipper, Lois Hardage Skipper, Louisa Warfield Scott, Elenna Thisbe Scott, and Noah McArthur Scott March 23 Sallie Whitaker Denman, William Emmett Denman, Jr., Ethel Merrin Moss, and John Crutcher Moss March 30 open
Membership News New Members Jonathan & Faith Van Doren Timothy & Melissa Adams, and daughters Grace and Caroline Transfers Out Alex & Richard Stoecklein Robert, Paula & Sarah Courtney Aymett Deaths Dorothy Grannis died February 10, 2014, burial service February 17
Memorials & Honoraria Given in Memory of Fred Acuff from Joan & Jack Barton, Mrs. James Harwood III, Becky Boone, Julie & David Bagwell, Fred & Margaret Ridolphi, Robert & Anne Sayle, Rubin Piha, Kent & Susan Wunderlich, Debbie Smith & Steve Schadt, Lucius & Holly McGehee, Wesley Senior Ministries Foundation, Perry Magness, Mr. & Mrs. Barlow Mann, Anne & John Jones, and Virginia Yeatman John Peyton from Chalmers & Stephen Valentine Millicent Peyton from Chalmers & Stephan Valentine Chris Harrell from Anne White Dobbins & Eleanor and Carmine & Bill Vaughan Louise Bondurant Phillips from Margaret Newton Davis Joan Owen from Margaret Newton Davis John Baker from Patricia Baker Pat Reid from Leigh & Brackie Carter Given in Honor of Nancy & Rodgers Menzies from Wynn & Gwin Scott Mike & Natalie Davis from David & Lori Jones Bob & Corinne Adrian from Jim & Harriet Adrian Dr. Thomas Fortner from Daniel Reid Mary Ann Graham from Daniel Reid Joann Harper from Daniel Reid
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: • • •
Easter Eve, April 19, The Day of Pentecost, June 8, and All Saints’ Sunday, November 2.
For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking Towards Sunday ~ March Revised Common Lectionary Track 1 Year A Last Sunday after the Epiphany: March 2 Exodus 24:12-18 • Psalm 2 or 99 2 Peter 1:16-21 • Matthew 17:1-9 Ash Wednesday: March 5 Joel 2:1-2,12-17 • Psalm 103:8-14 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 • Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 First Sunday in Lent: March 9 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 • Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 • Matthew 4:1-11 Second Sunday in Lent: March 16 Genesis 12:1-4a • Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 • John 3:1-17 Third Sunday in Lent: March 23 Exodus 17:1-7 • Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 • John 4:5-42 Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 30 1 Samuel 16:1-13 • Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 • John 9:1-41 gracestlukes.org/spirituality-and-worship/preparing-for-sunday/
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Lucy Owens, Editor.
Calendar Highlights March calendar: www.gracestlukes.org/uploads/files/march2014calendar.pdf Yearly Calendar: Go to www.gracestlukes.org/events/ and look for the Master Calendar icon on the left.
March 2 Girl Scout Cookie Sales 20-30@GSL March 4 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper March 5 Lenten Small Groups begin & continue throughout Lent on Wednesdays Ash Wednesday Services March 7 Stations of the Cross begin & continue throughout Lent on Fridays March 9 No Christian Education Classes March 11 Finance Committee Meeting this round’s on Me March 14 39ers Executive Committee
March 18 Vestry March 20 Third Thursday March 22 Needlework Guild March 23 Cub Scout Pack Meeting March 30 Food Pantry Sunday 5th Sunday Easter Flower Deadline Get your Easter flower memorials and honorariums in early. The deadline isn’t until Monday, April 14, but don’t wait til the last minute! Mail your donation and list of names to the church office, 1720 Peabody Ave., 38104, attention Lucy. You may also contribute online at http://www.gracestlukes.org/onlinegiving/ and select “make a donation for altar flowers.”