Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Volume 59, No. 7
MORE THAN A MEAL is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary! By Ruthie Lentz
Little did we know when Father Joe Porter started attending More Than a Meal at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in 2001, that we would be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our own neighborhood meal program over a decade later! What a difference this ministry has made in the lives of so many people—from those of us serving to those being served— and how much we have grown in the practice of our faith. This program has truly been a blessing in so many ways that we wanted to share with you our timely reflections. As MTaM turned 10 years old in April this year, we have welcomed folks for a meal, fellowship, and conversation more than 520 times. A lot of people, both guests and volunteers, have come through our doors during that time. If we average about 100 guests a week, that’s over 52,000 meals we have served. And if you add second helpings, that would be over 104,000 plates of food we have shared with our guests. God is indeed at work in this community!
Serving at More Than a Meal
Inside This Issue
Altar Flowers.........................................9 Athletics.................................................5 Bygone Days.......................................10 Christian Education............................6,7 EYC News.............................................7 Fr. Joseph Welcome..............................3 From the Rector..................................12 Holy Baptism.........................................2 Hospitality Policy...................................2 July Calendar......................................11 Lay Schedule.......................................10 Looking Towards Sunday....................10 Member News.......................................2 Memorials/Honoraria.............................9 Men’s Conference.................................3 Music News...........................................3 Outreach Ministries............................1,8 Pastoral Care Corner............................9 School News.........................................4 Vestry Minutes.......................................2 Weekend Exodus..................................3
Earle Donelson: One of the things that has always made MTaM a special part of my week is simply the people. Whether it’s saying hello to folks or their coming by the dish room window to visit or to say thanks, it’s a time of connection, fellowship, and sharing. And there are no more beautiful prayers anywhere than the ones we read aloud each week. Recently “Jane” came by the dish room to show me a photo from her graduation ceremony. It had taken four years for her to get her nursing degree. The smile on her face was absolutely as big and as moving as any smile I have ever seen. There was no question about where God was on that Sunday afternoon—or any other Sunday afternoon. This is not a soup kitchen. It’s not a homeless meal. It’s a remarkable place where we all come together to share a good meal, some lively conversation, connections, and fellowship. It’s a gift for all of us. As they say, “To the world, you might be one person, but to one person, you might just be the world.” Happy Jones: I remember the story of a firefighter who was stuck in Memphis because of his lack of funds. He had been at a Texas burn hospital due to injuries he suffered on 9/11. As a rule, we never give money to our guests, but this time the Spirit moved Edith and me to help this man return home. His story reminded us how near to the edge we all are. Serious injury or illness can turn our worlds upside down. Debbie Sweeney: MTaM is a chance for people to feel dignity and respect while feeding their souls and bodies. They get to fill up all their senses with flowers on the tables, good aromas and tastes from food on their placemats, music in the air, the warmth or coolness of our fellowship hall, the joy of occasional holiday and birthday remembrances, smiles and hugs from caring people, and often just a gentle touch. We give the best of what the human soul craves! Ruthie Lentz: The more we get to know the people we serve, the more we realize that fundamentally we are more alike than different from one another, in fact, we are exactly the same in God’s eyes. The time we spend “doing MTaM” is God’s time, and there is no more important work that we are called to do than this, at this time, and in this place. continued on page 8
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What is Holy Baptism?
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 pm service.
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday–Friday
The Rev. Richard Lawson, Rector The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector Christi Authement, Activities & Athletics Dir. Beulah Boone, Sexton Beth Claybrook, Financial Assistant Wesley Emerson, Organist/Choirmaster Holly Hawkins, Parents’ Day Out Director Connie Johns, Membership & Newcomers Eva Loftin, Nursery Coordinator Lucy Owens, Communications Director Patrick Payne, Maintenance Supervisor Harriet Roberts, Christian Education Director Linda Stine, Financial Officer
Sandy Baker, John Baur, Antoinette Cheney, Ginger Collier, Jim Greer, Sidney Hickey, Steven Hoover, Candy Jefcoat, Bheki Khumalo, Allison King, Stinson Liles, Lucius McGehee, Catherine Morehead, Linda Niell, Pete Shearon, Doug Smith, Nicki Soulé, Bruce Williams, and Hal Wright.
Vestry and Executive Committee
The vestry meets the third Tuesday of each month in Trezevant Hall. The Executive Committee meets the Thursday before vestry at 5:30 pm in the old school science lab on the 3rd floor of the Evans Building. These meetings are open to the parish. Vestry members are also available to convey matters of importance from parishioners to the vestry. Watch your eNews and eMessenger for the links to the vestry minutes. To be added to the eNews/eMessenger distribution lists, contact Lucy Owens, email@example.com. Vestry email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for the August issue of The Messenger is 9 am, JULY 15! Contact Lucy at 272-7425 or email@example.com with any questions.
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. Book of Common Prayer, page 858 Baptism is the entry point to 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: August 12 & November 4 (All Saints’). For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 15, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Your Vestry
The May minutes of the Vestry are now online and can be downloaded by following this link: www.gracestlukes.org/uploads/files/vestry/VestryMinutes2012May.pdf.
The clergy want parishioners to be aware of Grace-St. Luke’s hospitality policy regarding Sunday morning requests by individuals for breakfast and/or monetary assistance. First, all are welcome to breakfast at Grace-St. Luke’s, regardless of ability to pay. The clergy give a portion of their discretionary funds each month to the Crossmen, who offer breakfast without charge to anyone who cannot pay. Second, individuals requesting monetary assistance on Sundays should be encouraged to return to the church office during weekday work hours for screening for assistance.
Ready to Make Grace-St. Luke’s Your Church Home?
We invite you to become a part of this church community. Any person who has been baptized can be registered as a baptized member of Grace-St. Luke’s. Please contact Connie Johns, email@example.com or 272-7425, to provide her with the date and place of your baptism. It’s as simple as that! If you are already an Episcopalian, Connie can request a letter of transfer from your former church.
Marriage Jessica Margaret Denby and Christopher Lee Wilson on June 9, 2012 Transfer Out Elizabeth Davis McCuddy to Second Presbyterian Church Transfers In Margaret Graber Davis and David Michael Graber from Church of the Holy Communion Phillip Orval Hamilton from Calvary Episcopal Church Dennis Neal Dominioni from Calvary Episcopal Church Newly Baptized on Sunday, May 27, 2012 Katelyn Olivia Adams Phoebe Ash Holliday
Thoughts on Giving If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.” — Robert South
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;
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Welcome Reception for The Reverend Joseph Wallace-Williams There will be a welcome reception hosted by the Fellowship Committee for the Reverend Joseph Wallace-Williams on Sunday, July 8, following the 10:30 am service in Trezevant Hall to celebrate his first Sunday and arrival at Grace-St. Luke’s. Please come and meet our new associate rector!
Save the Date for the 2012 Grace-St. Luke’s Weekend Exodus Summer is here but it is not too early to start making plans to attend the 3rd annual Grace-St. Luke’s Parish Retreat on September 21–September 23. Come spend a weekend of fun and fellowship with your GSL family. The retreat will be held at the Duncan M. Gray Episcopal Camp & Conference Center, aka Camp Bratton Green, near Canton, Mississippi. Be on the look out this month for information about registration and early bird specials. You will receive notification by the GSL Church weekly eNews when registration opens. If you have any questions, need more information, or are interested in helping with the retreat, please email the co-chairs Antoinette Cheney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicki Soule at email@example.com.
Sign up Now for the Laymen’s Conference “Run With Endurance the Race Set Before You” is the theme for this years Layman’s Conference at DuBose on August 17-19. The speakers are: Coach Philip Fulmer, UT VOLS 1998 National Champion (and two SEC Championships) Head Coach; Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, Player on the 1973 National Championship (and three SEC Championship) Alabama Crimson Tide teams under legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant; and Rudy Kalis, Sports Director at WSMV-TV in Nashville and has been a sports reporter and anchor at WSMV since August 1974. This year’s conference is sure to be well attended and I am committed to having at least 20 men from GSL attend. Registration is available online (episcopalchurchmen.net/), and I urge you to register soon and avoid a haranguing phone call from me.The conference is always fun and the fellowship is exceptional. Golf, tennis, hiking, fishing and white water activities are just a few of the events for Saturday afternoon. Please do not hesitate to call me with questions at 355-4904. -Jim Beaty
Music Ministry News by Wesley Emerson, Director of Music
Peace and blessings on your journey, Maggie. Maggie Gill, our gifted soprano soloist and Canterbury Choir director, will be saying farewell to GSL on July 29. It’s hard to believe that she has been with us for seven years! Maggie is continuing her education at the Master’s level at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, this fall. She will, however, be back to visit—she has promised us that. She will be singing several lovely tunes for us on her last Sunday. Please join the choir in wishing her God’s blessings on her journey.
Photos of Maggie during VBS 2012
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News From GSL School
GSL bids farewell to 43 eighth graders at Graduation in May.
by Thor Kvande
I want to begin by thanking Father Richard, the Reverend Gayle, Wesley Emerson, and the staff of GSL church for the invaluable support we received throughout the school year, and especially for the extra work that everyone put into our year-end Honors Chapel and Graduation services. We always love the chance to bring guests into this beautiful church, and I think these special events really show our school community at its finest. We were pleased to make many special awards at these services, including the Headmaster’s Awards to Jack Apperson in Lower School and Aynsley Hartney in Middle School. The Headmaster’s Awards are given to those students who best exemplify the philosophy of Grace-St. Luke’s with their Christian attitude, responsible conduct, high academic standards and sense of achievement.
Katie Fisher McHugh was t h i s y e a r ’s Middle School Bishop’s Award recipient.
We also presented our Bishop’s Awards. These were given to J.D. Huber in Lower School and to Katie Fisher McHugh in Middle School, in recognition of their service to others and their understanding of the call to love one’s neighbor as one’s self and to respect the dignity of every human being. We are proud of all of our award recipients and our 8th grade graduates! I am also happy to announce four new faculty and staff appointments for the coming school year. We welcome Katie Longoria as a new JK assistant in the Playful Pups room, succeeding long-time GSL employee Myrna Whitt who has retired. We welcome Christi Andre as a new SK assistant in the Marvelous Meerkats room, replacing Ann Burruss who accepted a lead teaching position at the Bodine School. We also welcome our new Director of Enrollment, Shelly McGuire, a former Memphian who comes to us from Central Park Montessori School in New York. Finally, we are adding a School Counselor position to GSL for the first time in many years, which will be filled by GSL parent and church parishioner Courtney Ciaramitaro. I know you will join me in welcoming these individuals to our community.
Aynsley Hartney was t h i s y e a r ’s Middle School Headmaster ’s Award recipient.
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G S L Church Athletics by Christi Authement, Director
THANK YOU! A big THANK YOU goes out to all of the 2012 GSL baseball, softball and t-ball coaches: John Ward, Chris Spencer, Doug Duncan, John Houseal, Gus Phillips, Joe Carney, Tom Chipley, Rich Kelly, Rick Wackerfuss, Jeff Sullivan, Terry Kerr, Geoff Kannady, Brian Schaffler, John Huber, Patrick Hough, Ken Woodmansee, Dave Erickson, Andy Nix, and Kim Appling.
Congratulations GIRLS! The Soccer Ole' / GSL U14 Girls (photo below) went undefeated and unscored upon in their spring season. The team is comprised of coach Jock Wright (left), Rachel Morris, Madison Walk, Carter Stovall, Meredith Hood, Marilyn Jenkins, Anna Wright, Wesley Richards, Katie Fisher McHugh, coach Dave Atherton, Ainsley Hartney, Caroline Jones and Audrey Garrett.
Mandatory Fall Soccer Evaluation at the GSL Field, July 28 To ensure our younger teams are well balanced, each player in the rising 1st through rising 4th grade will need to attend a skills assessment. Players MUST be assessed prior to being assigned to a team. Rising 1st & 2nd Boys- 9-10 am Rising 1st & 2nd Girls- 10:15-11:15 am Rising 3rd & 4th Boys- 11:30 am-12:30 pm Rising 3rd & 4th Girls- 12:45-1:45 pm Players should come dressed, ready to play, and arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to get signed in and warmed up. Players will be assessed on dribbling, passing and finishing. Players should wear their shin guards and cleats because each session will end with a scrimmage. Questions? Contact Christi Authement, GSL Church athletic director (272-7425, firstname.lastname@example.org), or a committee member: Todd Brown, Kellie Lacy, Jon Lakey, James Overstreet, Paula Sappington, Bruce Williams, and Katherine Lawson.
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From the Dir. of Christian Education by Harriet Roberts
He’s got you and me baby, in his hands! Now that the year is over, I have a confession to make. I had absolutely no experience with, nor any prior knowledge of, Vacation Bible School. Never been; never sent my child; and, never even walked through a building when VBS was happening. When it came to VBS, I was clueless. I was a nube. I was in the dark. Well. VBS is awesome! This year, the theme of VBS was ‘We Are God’s People.’ The children looked at a number of interesting characters from the Bible and learned their stories. I suspect that for the children, some stories were exciting (David and Goliath), some were familiar (Adam and Eve), and some were unfamiliar (Esther). Let me tell you, even though it was crazy, I thought it was the very best week of the year! How fun was it to have close to 100 kiddie-winks singing, running, laughing, snacking, listening, skipping, and playing at Grace-St. Luke’s for an entire week? I loved it. What I saw from my post in Trezevant Hall was a real labor of love. Totally volunteer driven, I watched as forty adult and student volunteers came every day. Those volunteers were present and loving and happy. It was simply awesome. But, in amongst the hula hoops, the faux camp fire, the popcorn, the crayons, the paint brushes, and the water balloons was a lot of laughter and joy and learning. But, to be completely honest, I especially liked listening to Miss Maggie and Mr. Wesley and Father Richard rock the sanctuary. It is going to be a long time before I no longer hear the children and Father Richard (with his microphone-amplified baritone) singing ‘He’s got you and me BABY in his hands.’ It is a week I will never forget! Then, with hardly time to clean the popcorn maker, it was time to dispatch the youth mission trip.
A small but mighty crew headed down the Mississippi River with the inimitable John Ruskey, river guide extraordinaire. So, just like that, we went from focusing on God’s people to focusing on the enormity and splendor of God’s creation. The children and their chaperones left from the boat ramp at Meeman-Shelby State Forrest. They camped on sand bars and ultimately paddled down a 17 mile stretch of the mighty Mississippi River. That is right! THE BIG RIVER! They camped, they laughed, they loafed (a la Huckleberry Finn), they played frisbee, they learned about what it is like to play professional football (one of the guides played for the New York Giants), they did battle with a rope swing, and they ate like kings. Then after landing at Mud Island, they did a river clean-up. And, a stretch of river from Green Park in Harbor Town to the big boat ramp on Mud Island is all the better for it! As I stood on the bluffs (with my camera) anxiously waiting for them to come into view under the bridge, I was struck— as I suspect you will be too—by the scale of God’s universe. That HUGE river; that HUGE bridge; that HUGE barge; that HUGE tug boat; and that tiny canoe with those intrepid souls bent on making God’s creation a more beautiful place. Indeed, we are God’s people. And—thank goodness—he has you and me baby, in his hands!
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Needlework Guild Do you enjoy needlework or would you like to learn? Is your passion knitting, cross-stitch, embroidery, crewel embroidery, needlepoint, quilting, smocking or tatting? If it is, grab your sewing things, or pick out a project and make plans to join other ladies (and ladies in training) on Saturday, July 21, 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. There will be plenty of opportunity to share what you have made and admire what others have created. We will share skills and enjoy being together in Trezevant Hall. If you need help selecting a project, with knowing what to bring, or if you would like to reserve a table for your larger project, please contact Harriet Roberts, email@example.com, or Kim White, kwhite@ gslschool.org. Beginners are welcome!
E YC Summer Lunches • Come join Father Richard and all your EYC friends for a weekly lunch out. • Lunches are for youth in rising 6th–12th grades. Lunches will begin July 10 and continue every Tuesday through August 7. (7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7) • 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 Harriet Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 272-7425.
River Mission Trip
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gracestlukes/sets/72157630052728899/
VBS @ GSL & Caritas Village
More photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gracestlukes/sets/72157630049070592/
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Outreach News The Rev. Gayle McCarty and Outreach Committee
continued from page 1 Edith Heller: I was taught as a child to respect everyone, tempt no one, and always have extra food for guests at the table or back door. MTaM is a hospitality ministry at our GSL church home, serving grateful people across Midtown. I see Christ in their faces. Fear (mine and sometimes theirs) has been replaced with love and respect. Over the ten years, we have been gifted with Kevin’s art, Cynthia’s tithe, Lee’s songs, Doris’s Alleluia Amen, Sidney’s stuttering, learning stories, earning smiles, and hundreds of hugs and thank yous. I thank God and my church for the past ten years and look forward to the next ten years serving. Murray McKay: When I first started participating in More Than a Meal, I thought of the program as being a ministry for the homeless. In retrospect, this makes little sense: we should house the homeless and feed the hungry. Over the years, I have come to understand More Than a Meal as not really even being about feeding—its primary mission is one of hospitality. It says to the rejected of society that we welcome and value them. It is the feast talked about in Luke 14:13, welcoming all. Karen Harper: My first MTaM was April 21, 2002, and I was a little anxious wondering what kind of people I’d encounter. Volunteering at MTaM wasn’t my idea; I was only there to accompany my boyfriend’s daughter, who was 13 at the time. Well, we went again the next week, and the next, and now I’m amazed to think that I’ve been there most Sundays since and met so many wonderful people who have enriched my life immeasurably. Of course, no article recapping the ten years of MTaM at Grace-St. Luke’s, would be complete without recognizing Betty Peyton’s fidelity and dedicated service Sunday after Sunday after Sunday. We are all blessed to be a blessing to those we serve at More Than a Meal, for you also support us with your prayers and presence, and sometimes even your donations. If you’ve never experienced the joy of More Than a Meal or haven’t been there in a while, drop by any Sunday. No reservations required, and we’re always in need of new volunteers. Trust us, you’ll be glad you came!
WE WANT YOU...to come and join the Outreach Committee When: Thursday, July 12, in the Peete Room from 6-8 pm Contacts: Debbie McCanless, 725-6054, & the Rev. Gayle McCarty, 272-7425
Food Pantry Volunteers Needed How about giving us an hour of your time? The Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. It is open from 1-2 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you can help, please contact Happy Jones at 2762136 or email@example.com.
Crocs for St. Vincent’s School in Haiti
Crocs Collection & Celebration on July 29 Grace-St. Luke’s Church is collecting Crocs for the 250 girls & boys of St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The West Tennessee Haiti Partnership Medical Missioners will deliver the shoes when they travel to Haiti in November. For children ages 8-18 New Crocs only (they don’t have to be official “Crocs”) – all colors Sizes: One shoe size smaller than what a GSL youth would wear or larger than size 6. Questions?
Ruthie Lentz: firstname.lastname@example.org or The Rev. Gayle McCarty: at email@example.com
See you at the Fifth Sunday Celebration! Collection Box will be in Trezevant Hall for all services
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Pastoral Care Corner
tasks around the house or room that could be done. I listen very carefully for clues so that I can be more effective in my ministry to that individual.
Long before I became a eucharistic visitor on a pastoral care team at Grace-St. Luke’s, I had in my mind, if there should come a time when I could not make it to church for worship, that I would really want someone to bring the Eucharist to me. That led me to think that if I would really want that to happen, I should be willing to extend that same courtesy to others. Having visited several people at their homes, in assisted living spaces, and at hospitals has been a great blessing for me, and I believe it has been beneficial for them. Serving as a eucharistic visitor does not mean entering a space, setting up the space for a service, administering the bread and wine, and leaving immediately. In fact, if that were all that being a eucharistic visitor entailed, it would not be a true act of ministry. Sharing in a conversation that ranges from the ordinary things of life to questions about pain and suffering to events in the newspaper to a discussion of the person’s activities is equally important. It is actually what it means to “make Eucharist,” a feast of sharing that centers our lives around the Jesus who died and was raised to life. Some of those I have visited were eager to engage in the words of the service from the prayer book; others listened passively and attentively; others joined in saying portions they could remember. This sharing of time and the eucharistic meal helps to identify the needs that the particular individuals have. I have even completed a few small
Before I made my first visit as a eucharistic visitor, a friend said to me, “Dan, when you read the words of the service, you are not inviting God in; God is already there.” I have those words in my head each time I make a visit. That means the visit is not about me. The experience is about how the power of God through the sacrament continues to enrich our lives and those with whom we come in contact. I feel honored to represent Grace-St. Luke’s when I visit someone, because I am reminded when I leave the altar area that the prayers of all people present are with me as I go. Dan Pigg
Dan Pigg receives EV Communion kit from the Rev. Gayle McCarty.
The Altar Gifts in July are offered in Loving Memory of July 1 E. Upton Bertaut, Betty Bertaut, Eugene Michel Holder, Jr., Richard Dudley Holder, Eugene Michel Holder, Elvin Jordan Holder, Laura Banks Jordan, Richard Dudley Jordan, Bettie Crawford Jordan, and Betty Brink Holder July 8 Sherri Sawyer, David Voss Johnson, Jr., Elaine Gregson Langford, Frank Mayne Langford, Sr., Camille Rhea Terrell, Mildred Gregson Rhea, Dorothy Walker Palmer, and Jackson Francis Palmer July 15 Evelyn Mitchell Webb, Tracy Plyler, Anne Ogden Plyler, Thomas Mathews Plyler, and William Ogden Plyler July 22 Bess Tarry, Alice Murnan, Blanche Murnan, Frank Bevens, Marion Y. McCormick, Garth Connally Jones, Wharton Stewart Jones, Sr., Florence Boyce Battle, and Walter Preston Battle July 29 Rocco Calandruccio
Memorials and Honoraria Given in Thanksgiving for Mike Jones from Betty Peyton, Ruth Lentz, Murray McKay & June Averyt, Edith Heller, and Deborah Lynn Sweeney Mike Jones & Keith Carpenter from Karen Harper Ann Burruss from Helen T. Watson Given in Memory of Sarah Dabney Jones from Betsy & Preston Wilson
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Looking Towards Sunday Revised Common Lectionary Track 2 Year B
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost July 1 Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24 • Psalm 30 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 • Mark 5:21-43 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 8 Ezekiel 2:1-5 • Psalm 123 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 • Mark 6:1-13 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 1 Amos 7:7-15 • Psalm 85:8-13 Ephesians 1:3-14 • Mark 6:14-29 The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost July 1 Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 • Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost July 1 2 Kings 4:42-44 • Psalm 145: 10-19 Ephesians 3:14-21 • John 6:1-21 Go to the link below 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. http://www.gracestlukes.org/spirituality-and-worship/ preparing-for-sunday/
News of Bygone Days 50 years ago (1962): Family Communion Service: In response to the many requests, Holy Communion will be celebrated once each month at the 9:15 A.M. Family Service. 25 years ago (1987): GSL “World Series” GSL Orange plays GSL White July 15th! GSL Orange team members are Buddy Adams, Tom Keltner, Barry Hillyer, Doug Douglass, John Fox, Robert Adrian, Tony Parker, Tommy Newton, Chris Perkins, John Carr, Dan Hatzenbuehler, Lafayette Mason, Bob King, Mat Parker, Dave Darnell, and Normal Blake. GSL White team members are Brent Cooke, Dan Eason, Robert Eskrigge, Jere Fones, William Fones, Al Hornsby, Bill Johnson, Bob Montgomery, Jim Pate, Jerry Sandusky, David Sledge, Harland Smith, Jeff Sullivan, Richard Sullivan, Preston Wilson, Billy Patterson, Walter Allen, and Allen Terebesy.
Lay Service Schedule for July July 1 Altar Guild: M V Rogers, S Barnett, L Deeley, J Fuentes, D McCanless, M Sullivan, L Trotter Breakfast Cooks: P Wilson, C Kerwin, J Moore, B Foster, L Strickland, C Pazar, S King 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: McGehee, Busby, Busby, Morse 10:30 Acolytes: E Shearon, S Collier, K Kellett, M Cline, K Rasberry 10:30 Ushers: M Crow, B Adrian, H Medling, L Wardlaw 10:30 EMs: P Barnes, J Ayres, E Shearon, L Wardlaw, K Rasberry 10:30 Verger: S Ireland; 10:30 Lectors & 5:30 TBA July 8 Altar Guild: L Tual, C Jefcoat, L McLemore, J Morse, L Niell, S Prewitt, V Rowland Breakfast Cooks: M Herr, C Mercer, M Crow, D McLemore, B Williams, K Batton, T Brabyn 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Rolfes, Adams, Whitlock, Whitlock 10:30 Acolytes: R Gooch, C Epperson, K Rasberry, L Robbins, R Barnes 10:30 Ushers: T Claybrook, B King, H Morse, S/R Liles 10:30 EMs: N Schwartz, D Conaway, L Robbins, N Conaway 10:30 Verger: D Pigg; 10:30 Lectors & 5:30 TBA July 15 Altar Guild: L Tual, C Jefcoat, L McLemore, J Morse, L Niell, S Prewitt, V Rowland Breakfast Cooks: H Morse, T Claybrook, J Mercer, W Ayres, B Morse, I Hendry, D Douglass 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Edwards, Busby, Busby, N. Edwards 10:30 Acolytes: A Hartney, C Rhea, V Strother, D McClew 10:30 Ushers: D McLemore, B Terhune, J Hayes, M Gober 10:30 EMs: T Wyatt, C Nave, E Hendry, H Jones 10:30 Verger: H Rittenberry; 10:30 Lectors & 5:30 TBA July 22 Altar Guild: A Crow, A Cheney, N Golden, S Hickey, C Morehead, B Peyton, E Smith, J Williams Breakfast Cooks: T Bolding, J Rasberry, G Simonton, M Pleasants, M Tyler, J Woo 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: McGehee, Whitlock, Whitlock, MG Brewer 10:30 Acolytes: K Ayres, R Liles, C Martin, K Rasberry, E Shearon 10:30 Ushers: M Tyler, B Chiozza, J Fones, M Billions 10:30 EMs: H Jones, C Rhea, B Khumalo, L Wardlaw 10:30 Verger: S Hickey; 10:30 Lectors & 5:30 TBA July 29 Altar Guild: A Crow, A Cheney, N Golden, S Hickey, C Morehead, B Peyton, E Smith, J Williams Breakfast Cooks: J McCalla, L Allen, P Burnett, D Brown, A Nix, L Wardlaw, S Moore, J Hartney, C Lunsford, B Orpe 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Rolfes, Adams, Brewer, Morse 10:30 Acolytes: Z Vandeveer, S Crow, C Epperson, V Strother 10:30 Ushers: M Rowland, B Lee, J Beaty, T Mitchell 10:30 EMs: Z Vandeveer, J Jennings, N Conaway, C Wood 10:30 Verger: G Adams; 10:30 Lectors & 5:30 TBA
July 2012 For the most up-to-date GSL event info, go to gracestlukes.org/events
Jul 1 - 7
8:00am & 10:30am & 5:30 Eucharists 8:45am Breakfast 9:30am Summer Choir 11:45am Coffee Hour 4:00pm MTaM
Jul 8 - 14
8 Joseph's 1st Sunday 8:00am & 10:30am & 5:30 Eucharists 8:45am Breakfast 9:30am Summer Choir 11:30am Reception 4:00pm MTaM
Jul 15 - 21
MTaM 10 YR Anniversa 8:00am & 10:30am & 5:30 Eucharists 8:45am Breakfast 9:00am Messenger Deadline 9:30am Summer Choir 11:45am Coffee Hour 4:00pm MTaM
Jul 22 - 28
22 8:00am & 10:30am & 5:30 Eucharists 8:45am Breakfast 9:30am Summer Choir 11:45am Coffee Hour 4:00pm MTaM
29 Soccer Assessment 5th Sunday/Croc Sun. 8:00am & 10:30am & 5:30 Eucharists 8:45am Breakfast 9:30am Summer Choir 11:30am 5th Sunday BLTs 4:00pm MTaM
3 Joseph's 1st Day @GSL 12:00pm Weight Watchers 1:00pm Food Pantry
Jul 29 - Aug 4
12:00pm Weight Watchers 1:00pm Food Pantry
16 12:00pm Weight Watchers 1:00pm Food Pantry
23 12:00pm Weight Watchers 1:00pm Food Pantry
30 12:00pm Weight Watchers 1:00pm Food Pantry
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9:00am Bazaar House 1:00pm Food Pantry
31 9:00am Bazaar House 1:00pm Food Pantry 6:30pm MMC Auditions
8:00am Endowment 10:00am Fitness for Fun 7:45pm Executive
9:00am Bazaar House 9:00am Staff Meeting 1:00pm Food Pantry
7 10:00am Fitness for Fun
5:00pm PC Dinner & Evaluation 5:30pm PC Meeting
PDO Closed Church Office Closed
9:00am Bazaar House 9:00am Staff Meeting 1:00pm Food Pantry
9:00am Bazaar House 1:00pm Food Pantry
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10:00am Fitness for Fun Elizabeth Cady Stanton
6:00pm PC Meeting
10:00am Fitness for Fun 7:45pm Endowment Mtg
4 12 STEP MEETINGS Al Anon: Thurs 10:30am Alcoholics Anonymous: Tues 6:30pm Narcotics Anonymous: Sun 8pm Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous: Mon & Thurs at 8pm Suicide Anonymous: Wed 7:30pm 6/25/2012 1:42 PM
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Volume 59, No. 7
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 GraceSt. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, (901) 272-7425, email email@example.com. Lucy Owens, Editor.
From the Rector: GSL’s DNA Each summer, the Vestry and I undertake a process of reflecting upon how we are doing. Called a Mutual Ministry Review of the Rector and Vestry, the process invites us to focus and become a little more self-aware than we normally are. Each Vestry member and I answer ten questions about our mutual work. One of the questions, for example, concerns what “unrealistic expectations for the Rector” that need to be let go. I love that question! I hope that all of us are able to let go of unrealistic expectations for ourselves or others so that we are better able to put our trust in God and God’s kingdom. I know that faith helps us to be a little more gentle with ourselves and one another. Once, when Jesus was addressed as “good teacher,” he responded pointedly, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone” (Mark 10:18). Jesus’ words remind me of a saying from our friends in AA: the goal is “progress, not perfection.”
The hardest question of the ten for me to answer was also my favorite question: What was the highlight of GSL’s mission this past year? This is a great question for the parish as a whole to ask. Formally, the Prayer Book states that the “mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other” (855). The highlight of this mission for me was and is the spirit of community and humor that pervades most events with GSL parishioners—from the Sunday Eucharist to our many informal social events like GSL night at the Levitt Shell. I had a priest friend in the diocese recently say to me, “Grace-St. Luke’s is about community.” Every parish church has something in its spiritual DNA that sets it apart. This spirit of community, humor, and thoughtfulness is in our DNA. I could tell so many stories about it.
After serving as Rector of our parish for two years, I do know that GSL has learned a few things from me. I thank each of you who have shared with me that my gifts have been well received. However, I am profoundly aware of how much I have learned from our parish. I have learned that love and laughter matter most. I have learned that a parish, especially GSL, is first and foremost a community. I have learned that long-range plans do not matter nearly as much as a daily life of prayer and presence in our beautiful parish. I have learned that GSL is a spiritual home for countless people: some of whom formally belong to the parish and some of whom do not. I have learned that good liturgy on Sunday leads to a good life on the weekdays. I am so grateful for what we have learned together, even as I am sure that the Holy Spirit will continue to surprise and enlighten us. The Reverend Richard Lawson
5th Sunday in July – BLTs are Back BLTs are back and just in time for the 5 th Sunday in July! Please join the Fellowship Committee for lunch on July 29 after the 10:30 am service. The main ingredient in the menu is delicious BLTs featuring homegrown tomatoes, lettuce, savory bacon, and the sandwiches wouldn’t be complete unless there was homemade mayonnaise.
There will be side dishes and desserts to round out the meal. For the children, besides peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, there will be fun on the menu with Aerial 4 Square and an activity table in the gym supervised by Harriet Roberts, our Director of Christian Education, and staff. All ages are welcome. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children for lunch.