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The Messenger

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Volume 59, No. 5 IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT THE MESSENGER For cost and environmental reasons, we are only mailing future hard copies of The Messenger to households that sign up to receive a hard copy. Everyone else will receive an electronic copy. Please contact Lucy at if you are not receiving the weekly eNews—this means we need your email address so that you will continue to receive The Messenger by email. Please sign up for a hard copy by calling Lucy at 272-7425 OR simply pick up a hard copy at the Information Center in the hallway across from Lucy’s office, where copies will be available each month.

Festival Preview Concert Thursday, May 10, 7:30 PM Beethoven Club ~ 263 S. McLean Free admission ~ Reception to follow

Belvedere Chamber Music Festival June 20-23 ~ Grace-St. Luke’s

Inside This Issue

20-30@GSL...........................................2 39’ers.....................................................2 Altar Flowers.........................................3 Athletics.................................................5 Baptism Dates.......................................7 Bygone Days.........................................7 Christian Education...............................4 EYC News.............................................5 From the Rector....................................8 Lay Schedule.........................................7 Member News.......................................7 Memorials/Honoraria.............................4 Men’s Conference.................................3 Outreach Ministries...............................6 Parents’ Day Out News.........................6 Pastoral Care Corner............................6 Pentecost Reception.............................2 School News.........................................5 Staff Member of the Month....................3 Third Thursday......................................2 Download the May Calendar at

May 2012

Education for Ministry The Education for Ministry seminar at Grace-St. Luke’s is proud to congratulate this year’s graduates from the four year program of theological education—Marjorie Robinson and Jane Williams. On May 20th they will receive a graduation certificate from the School of Theology of the University of the South recognizing this important accomplishment. Marjorie has been a member of Grace St. Luke’s since 1989, is a teacher of German, Economics, and Humanities in the Memphis City School system since 1986, and is married to Hoke Robinson, a professor of Philosophy at University of Memphis. Jane is a lifelong Episcopalian and married to Bruce Williams. Jane teaches fourth grade at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School, is a member of the Altar Guild, is involved in Pastoral Care, attends the 3rd Thursday group, and is a past member of the Choir. For Marjorie and Jane, the detailed review of the Bible with “fresh eyes,” along with the opportunity to listen to others reflect on the readings, provided the background to delve deeply into church history and theology. This knowledge, within the context of a loving and caring group, generated amazing conversations and reflections on real world experiences. They think of their experience in EfM as one of the most intense intellectual and spiritual times of their lives. Not to mention “the snacks were great.” On a different note, Julie Denman, the wonderful mentor and faithful leader of the EfM seminar at Grace-St. Luke’s since 1988, is retiring this month. Julie, who has also selflessly served in numerous capacities at GSL and the Diocese of West Tennessee, has mentored and guided dozens of students through the EfM program. We have all benefited from her dedication, wisdom, generosity of time and experience, and marvelous sense of humor as she shepherded us on the path to greater knowledge. All who have been mentored by her are eternally grateful. Thank you, Julie. Every baptized person is called to ministry and the Education for Ministry (EfM) program ( provides the education to carry out that ministry. EfM is four year program of theological education-at-a-distance offered by the School of Theology of the University of the South. EfM builds the foundation of theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology and provides a theological framework to connect faith with life experiences. The EfM seminar group at Grace-St. Luke’s meets weekly during a nine month academic year beginning each fall and is open to new members. If you are interested in learning more please contact Michael Rowland at or via the church office. Julie Denman and Michael Rowland, Education for Ministry mentors

Jane Williams and Margorie Robinson, 2012 Education for Ministry graduates

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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.

Office Hours

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 Ann Burruss, Youth Ministries Director 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

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May 2012

Connecting for Food · Fun · Fellowship FOR FREE!

If you are in your 20’s to 30’s and looking for food, fun and fellowship please join 20-30@GSL on Sunday, May 20, for our own Memphis in May celebration. Immediately after the 10:30 service take a short walk across the street to the lawn in front of the Anchor Center for a Crawfish & Shrimp Boil. Food and drinks are provided, just bring your appetite and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. If you haven’t joined us yet and would like to be included on the Evite list for 20-30@GSL, please email to be added. Hope to see you there!

May 11: Fellowship and Lunch with the GSL 39’ers We will gather for our regular meeting on Friday, May 11, followed by our program. Enjoy wine & cheese at 11:30 am with some great conversation. Lunch begins at noon for only $6. Reservations to Lucy by noon on Wednesday, May 9, or 272-7425. Come for the fun and invite a friend. See you there! Mary Virginia Rogers

2012 Vestry

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, Vestry email:

Messenger Deadline/Online

The deadline for the June issue of The Messenger is 9 am, May 15! Contact Lucy at 272-7425 or with any questions. If you would like to go green and receive your copy of The Messenger online, contact Lucy.

Dr. Cynthia Pitcock to Speak to the May 17th Third Thursday Dinner Group Dr. Cynthia Pitcock, associate professor in the Division of Medical Humanities at the University of Arkansas Medical School, will speak to the Third Thursday Dinner group on May 17. With a Master’s from Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis, she has wide ranging interests covering a broad area of topics. People who have heard her speak rave about the experience. We are most grateful to Janie Morris for arranging this program for us after enjoying Dr. Pitcock’s talks at Holy Communion. Third Thursday Dinners are a gathering time for the empty nesters at GSL. We encourage empty nesters and those of this age group to join us to enjoy both old and new friends and a fun time together. Our evenings always follow the same format: drinks, nibbles and conversation beginning at 6:30 pm in Trezevant Hall, dinner promptly at 7:00, and a speaker to follow. You’ll be home by 8:30 having had a wonderful time for a most reasonable fee. We always are casual, so do join in. We have to let our hosts know how many people to prepare for, so do make reservations by calling Lucy at 272-7425 or emailing her at lucy@ by Tuesday, May 15. Our seating is limited, so don’t wait! In keeping with church policy, your reservation is your agreement to pay.


Thoughts on Giving “I believe it is every man’s religious duty to get all he can honestly and to give all he can.” John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

Pentecost Day Celebration

The Fellowship Committee invites you to join us in front of church (weather permitting) on May 27 to committee celebrate Pentecost Sunday. There will be sweet treats and lemonade for everyone.

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Attention Men: DuBose Round-Up and Laymen’s Conference ROUND-UP The Round-Up for the Conference is Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 pm, at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown. Come join in the pre-conference fellowship and enjoy refreshments and a BBQ dinner. 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 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 20 men from GSL attend. To date, we have 6 men committed. Registration is available online 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 901/355-4904. -Jim Beaty

Save the Date for the 2012 Grace-St. Luke’s Weekend Exodus Spring is here and summer is coming but fall is not far behind. And even though it isn’t right around the corner, you can never be too early in making plans to attend the 3rd annual Grace-St. Luke’s parish retreat. Mark your calendar for September 21-23 and come spend a weekend of fun and fellowship with your GSL family. The retreat will once again be held at the Duncan M. Gray Episcopal Camp & Conference Center, aka Camp Bratton Green, near Canton, Mississippi. Be on the look out in the upcoming summer months for more details about the Weekend Exodus. If you have any questions, need more information, or interested in helping with the retreat, please email the co-chairs: Antoinette Cheney at or Nicki Soule at (Please note the date change from what was originally published at the 2011 Weekend Exodus). Check out some of the fun pictures from previous Exodus weekends: gracestlukes/collections/72157629831137653/ or scan this QR code on your smartphone.

The Altar Gifts in May are offered in Loving Memory of

Staff Member of the Month

May 6 William Augustus Jones, Sr., William E. Wallace, Robert Ernest White, Jr., Robert Ernest White, Sr., Nell White Dillard, Martha McKean Allen, Mather Trudeau Richards, and Louise Watkins Richards May 13 Jim Evans, Elizabeth Oakley Greenhaw, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, Agnes Inderbitzen, Elizabeth Taylor Inderbitzen, Muriel Oakes Prien, Sophia Taylor, and Evelyn Mitchell Webb May 20 Addie Faye Edwards, Morrow Chamberlain, May Douglas Chamberlain, Chester Orlando Cairnes, Mary Ellis Reed Cairnes, Douglas Chamberlain, Mary Ellis Cairnes Chamberlain, Blanchard Selden Tual, Mabel West Tual, Robert Henry Griffith, Louise Chamberlain Griffith, Douglas Chamberlain Griffith, Charles Christian Tuller, Kathryn Alley Conaway, Frank Elmer Conaway, Edgar Garrison Ballenger, and Elizabeth Mahan Ballenger May 27 Olga Bates Talley and Bill Pittman

Membership and Newcomers

Memorials and Honoraria Given in Thanksgiving for Sidney Hickey from The Rev. & Mrs. Ollie V. Rencher Grace-St. Luke’s in appreciation for all the kindness and attention during her recent illness from Carolyn Gardiner Given in Memory of William O. Plyler from Memphis Dermatology Clinic, Johnnie & Rex Amonette, and Kelly & Jim Burrow Martha Haynes from Eunice Tenent

Connie Johns

This is my second time working at Grace-St. Luke’s Church. I first worked here from 1998–2003 as the Assistant to the Rector. I returned last summer to help Father Richard part-time with records and archives. However, even before I started working here I was a part of the GSL community. I grew up on Barksdale and my best friend and I went to EYC here together. I even played on a Grace-St. Luke’s softball team. In the early 1960s, I remember going to the annual parish picnics held on J. B. Cook’s property way out on Raines Road and I even remember when the parsonage was still in the circle drive. Beve and I have one daughter, Lee, who graduated from GraceSt. Luke’s School in 2003. So, as you can see Grace-St. Luke’s has been a big part of my life. My responsibilites include gathering information from visitors and making sure that we reach out to them and get them connected with our programs and offerings. I also schedule baptisms and weddings. I know everybody says this, but the very best part of my job is working with the fun staff here at Grace-St. Luke’s. I also enjoy the many varied conversations I have with so many nice people. For example, the other day a member needed a copy of her confirmation information. I was able to locate it in our archives and get it to her. It was a bit like being a detective and it was fun to find what she needed. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and pet-sitting. Connie Johns ~ 272-7425, ext. 15 ~

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From the Dir. of Christian Education Harriet Roberts

Gender Matters

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by Harriet Roberts

I was going to write something this month about what it was like to wear white, fuzzy rabbit ears—the kind with the pink satin lining—during the two weeks prior to Easter. But then I had a great, very intense and really wonderful conversation with my friend Kim White during the last Needlework Guild meeting. We talked for quite some time about adolescents. Specifically, we speculated about what were the most pressing problems facing adolescent boys and girls today. Who knows if we got it right, or if we even came close. But, the conversation was excellent. During our conversation, we talked about an amazing book: Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD. I had read it about four years ago and loved it so much that I read much of it out loud to my mother. She loved it too! We marveled not only at what Dr. Sax said, but how he said it: He writes very well. Continued at

Sunday Morning Classes 9:30-10:15 am

May 13: last class ‘til September CHILDREN & YOUTH Nursery: Birth–24 months (Church Nursery) Little Lambs: 24 months–young three’s (Church Nursery) Atrium I: Pre–K, JK and SK (Atrium IA) Atrium II: 1st and 2nd Grade (Atrium II) All Things New: Grades 3–5 (McClure Hall) Rite 13: Grades 6–8 (Room 212) Journey to Adulthood (J2A): Grades 9–12 (The Lounge) ADULTS Rector’s Forum: (Trezevant Hall)

May 6: Episcopal Relief & Development’s Nets for Life with the Reverend Gayle McCarty and Betty Johnson May 13: Monks and Mission, a conversation with Brother Timothy OHC* *Brother Timothy OHC grew up in Memphis and became Episcopalian at St. John’s (Memphis), and he is currently living in South Africa at an Episcopal monastery. Schedule of class topics for children, youth and adults: May2012_CE_Calendar.pdf

Julian of Norwich: A Moveable Feast Tuesday, May 8; 6:00–6:30 pm; In the Chancel

Please join us on Tuesday, May 8, from 6–6:30 pm to learn something about an amazing woman who lived a long, long time ago. Though many of the details of Julian of Norwich’s life are sketchy, it is known that she was born in the early 1340s. At a time when plague epidemics were rampant, Julian became very ill and experienced and wrote about her ‘intense visions of Christ.’ Her book, Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love, is thought to be the first book written by a woman, and her book is still available almost seven centuries later! Julian withdrew from society, becoming something called an anchoress, to pursue her writing and her theology. It is fascinating that during such a dark time, she wrote about God’s love in terms of compassion and joy, not in terms of law and duty. Julian even suggested that there is a motherly and fatherly quality of Christ and this idea greatly influenced feminist theology.

Needlework Guild

Do you enjoy needlework or would you like to learn? Is your passion knitting, cross-stitch, embroidery, crewel embroidery, needlpoint, 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, May 12, 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, harriet@, or Kim White, Beginners are welcome!

We Are God’s People: June 4–8; Sign Up Now for Vacation Bible School! Make plans to join us from Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8,, from 8:30–11:30 School (VBS) at Grace-St. Luke’s.


for Vacation Bible

There will be a Traditional VBS Program for rising JK–rising 4th graders ($20.00), an Outreach Program for rising 5th–rising 8th graders ($20.00), and a Student Volunteer Program for rising 9th–rising 12th graders (No Charge). Come on and bring a friend! There will be lots of time for learning, singing, crafting, snacking, and playing. Sign up available online at If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Harriet Roberts, director of Christian Education (, 272-7425).

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G S L Church Athletics

News From GSL School

by Christi Authement, Director

by Thor Kvande

It’s time to register for FALL SPORTS. You can register online during the month of May at youthsoccerandfootball/. Mandatory Fall Soccer Evaluation at the GSL Field, July 28 Rising 3rd & 4th Boys- 9-10 am Rising 3rd & 4th Girls- 10:15-11:15 am Rising 1st & 2nd Boys- 11:30-12:30 pm Rising 1st & 2nd Girls- 12:45-1:45 pm Go to to download the flyer. To sign up, contact Christi at 825-7353,

EYC News & Events for May

It seems almost impossible to believe that we are about to close out the 2011-12 school year at GSL! This month, our students enjoy a variety of signature GSL experiences, such as the muchanticipated class trips for 4th through 8th grades, the annual 7th & 8th Grade Athletic Banquet, and the fun-filled field days for Preschool, Lower School, and Middle School. Of course we are also looking forward to celebrating our students’ accomplishments in two capstone, year-end events: Honors Chapel on Friday, May 18, and Graduation on Wednesday, May 23. You are more than welcome to join us for either or both of these special occasions, which truly bring together the entire GSL community. In the meantime, we continue to work on admissions for the 201213 school year, and we still have spaces available in our Preschool and in certain other grade levels, so please help us in spreading the word about our great program here at GSL. Your positive word-ofmouth recommendation for our school is invaluable! Encourage your friends, neighbors, and family to call us today (278-0200) or visit our website ( for admissions information. Finally, I invite you to enroll your children in GSL’s SummerFest 2012, which runs June 4–29 and July 9–Aug. 3. 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 ( Campers have the choice of sports, arts, dance, theatre, sewing, cooking, reading, games, LEGOs, Hogwarts, and much more; there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Come join us!

by Ann Burruss, Director Wow! This year sure has flown by fast. Thank you to all who have helped support our EYC programming! We have a few more fun events before summer is here! •

May 6: Come to the Doan House and make a gift for your mom! We will give them to our mothers on Mother’s Day right after the Youth Sunday service! Jr. High from 5-6:30 pm, Sr. High from 6-7:30 pm.

May 13: Youth Sunday Service This service will be a time to celebrate YOU! The prayers are written by us and the sermon given by one of us also! We’ll meet in the chancel at 9:30 am to rehearse for this wonderful celebration. This service will take the place of EYC so you can be at home to celebrate your moms on Sunday evening!

May 20: End of Year Party The Huber’s are graciously opening up there home to us once again this year. Bring your bathing suits and your own towel. We will all meet from 5-7 pm for dinner and fun by the pool!

For more information, please contact me at

GSL’s Honor Society recently inducted new 7th and 8th grade members at a special Friday chapel ceremony. (Front row) Marilyn, Francie, Hilary, Ruthie, Ella, and Meredith; (middle): Danny and Eli; (back) Caroline, Wesley, Margo, Matt, Riggs, and Austin.

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Outreach Update The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector

Pastoral Care Corner The Rev. Gayle McCarty, Associate Rector

Every 45 seconds a child dies of malaria

Learn how you can make a difference and save lives! Please join us at the Rector’s Forum on May 6 to hear about this diocesan-wide drive to help combat malaria in Africa. The Outreach Committee invites the entire parish to attend this important presentation!

Parents’ Day Out News Holly Hawkins, Director As this session comes to a close, we’ll be celebrating friendships and remembering fun memories together as we prepare to say goodbye to our 3 and 4 year olds who will be moving up to preschool soon! This month, we will have a special Mother’s Day Tea, observe real caterpillars turning into butterflies and let them go on our playground, as well as celebrate with an end of the year music program guaranteed to bring a smile. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful program for our little ones to grow and play together in an atmosphere of warmth and love at GSL PDO! We have had a great first year back in our renovated space, and want to thank everyone involved in the improvements to our PDO. What a great year it has been! We are almost full with wonderful PDO families, and are looking ahead to an exciting summer and new school year. Our last day of this session is May 24, and our 2012 Summer Session runs from June 5 to August 3. Spots are filling up fast, so register early! Our unique Summer Session allows you to choose the entire 8 week session or to register for specific weeks. Our Fall-Spring Session follows the school year from August to May. We provide a safe and nurturing environment that fosters social, cognitive, and physical development through play. We welcome children ages 3 months to 3 years for a 1-day or 2-day weekly program. For more registration information, visit www. or contact Holly at 278-2244 to schedule a tour today. We play with a purpose at PDO (you’re never too young!)

Betsy Black, Hugh Webb and Betty Calandruccio at the Trezevant Tea

Spring Tea at Trezevant Manor by Hallie Peyton

On March 20, members of the GSL Pastoral Care Ministry hosted a Tea to honor all GSL residents of Trezevant Manor. How lucky we are to have such a place in Memphis that is so closely connected to The Episcopal Church and has become home to many of our parishioners. The constant care and attention, given to all the residents of Trezevant, from those such as John Webb, Obi Sue Thomas, the Reverend Robin Hatzenbuehler, Nora Conaway, and Rinnie Wood make this a very inviting community. As the other members of the Pastoral Care Team, Richard, Gayle, and I enjoyed the afternoon, we felt honored to be in the company of several of Grace St. Luke’s treasures – Betty Calandruccio, Katherine Smythe, Dot Halliday, Corinne Wilson, and Hugh Webb. Just like many at GSL today, these individuals raised their children at GSL, they were active members of the Vestry, made Christmas ornaments for the Bazaar, waited tables at the pancake supper, and have fantastic stories to share that make up so much of the fabric of our church, a very colorful fabric, I might add. Perhaps next time, we will ask each of them to share a memory they have of GSL so that we never forget and always appreciate the wisdom of those who worked tirelessly so that we can enjoy the GSL we know and love today. From the Book of Common Prayer Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Membership News

May 2012

Lay Service Schedule for May

Received from the Catholic Church Andrew “Andy” Hunter and Jana Davis Lamanna Holy Baptism on April 7, 2012 William Maxwell “Max” Grove, son of Dara Madeline Newberry and William Christopher Grove Tehani Sky “Tehani” Kuo, daughter of Angelina Bianca and Bryan Raimana Kuo “John Corbett” Lamanna, son of Jana Davis and Andrew Hunter Lamanna Graham Scott “Graham” Mitchell, son of Elizabeth Graham and Charles Scott Mitchell V Anneliese Grace “Annabelle” Watts and Elizabeth Tyler “Liza” Watts, daughters of Anneliese Tyler and William “Will” Alexander Watts Transfers Out Allyson and Erich James, Jr. to St. Martin’s Episcopal, Houston, TX

Looking Towards Sunday

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. preparing-for-sunday/

Holy Baptism Scheduled

The next dates for baptism will be: • May 27 (Pentecost) • August 12 • November 4 (All Saints’) For more information and to schedule a baptism, contact Connie Johns, 272-7425, ext. 15, or

News of Bygone Days 50 years ago (1962): These are busy days at the rectory with painters and paper hangers going about their work of redecorating and making everything ready for the arrival of our new Rector, the Rev. C. Brinkley Morton and his family, Tuesday, May 29th. Their arrival is eagerly anticipated by all of us. 25 years ago (1987): Several of our parishioners were honored last week. Janet Tate had named for her an annual mental health award in recognition for the many hours of service she has given across the years for better mental health in the city of Memphis. It is most appropriate that the first award went to her fellow worker and friend, Bebe Shearon. I am also pleased to share with you the news that Billy Thomas Reed has been recognized by the city of Memphis for his work as a Caregiver.

May 6 Altar Guild: M V Rogers, S Barnett, L Deeley, J Fuentes, D McCanless, M Sullivan, L Trotter Breakfast Cooks: D Conaway, S Liles, M Rowland, J Fields, B Bland, D Sappington, J Sullivan 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: Edwards, Busby, Busby, Morse 10:30 Acolytes: E Shearon, S Crow, C Epperson, S McGehee, A Hartney 10:30 Ushers: M Tate, K Ayres, S Clark, R Clark 10:30 Lectors: S Baur, S Ireland, C Pazar, J Wyatt 10:30 EMs: C Nave, C Mullis, J Jennings, H Jones, D Conaway 10:30 Verger: S Hickey 5:30: B Black, Wills May 13 Altar Guild: L Tual, C Jefcoat, L McLemore, J Morse, L Niell, S Prewitt, V Rowland Breakfast Cooks: P Wilson, C Kerwin, J Moore, B Foster, L Strickland, C Pazar, S King 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: McGehee, Adams, Whitlock, Whitlock 10:30 Acolytes: K Ayres, A Lawson, J McCall, C Stoval, C Rhea 10:30 Ushers: A Robbins, M Graves, B Tual, L Wardlaw 10:30 Lectors: R Clark, S Prewitt, M Pleasants, J Vergos 10:30 EMs: E Hendry, N & D Conaway, N Schwartz, T Wyatt 10:30 Verger: S Ireland 5:30: C Jefcoat, E Wills May 20 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, N Edwards, MG Brewer, Brewer 10:30 Acolytes: V Strother, R Liles, E Sappington, R Barnes 10:30 Ushers: T Claybrook, J Dillard, J Clay, W Ayres 10:30 Lectors: S Clark, A Barton, N Conaway, J Wyatt 10:30 EMs: B Bruce, M Robinson, T Wyatt, C Mullis, E Hendry 10:30 Verger: H Rittenberry 5:30: D McCanless, E Wills May 27 Altar Guild: A Crow, A Cheney, N Golden, S Hickey, C Morehead, B Peyton, E Smith, J Williams Breakfast Cooks: H Morse, T Claybrook, J Mercer, W Ayres, B Morse, I Hendry, D Douglass 8:00 Acolyte, Reader, Chalice: McGehee, Adams, Morse 10:30 Acolytes: L Robbins, C & E Heiter, A Garrett, K Rasberry 10:30 Ushers: M Tyler, J Fuentes, P Wilson, M Mitchell 10:30 Lectors: J Williamson J Greer, S Baur, J Vergos, 10:30 EMs: P Barnes, H Jones, N Schwartz, J Jennings 10:30 Verger: G Adams 5:30: B Black, E Wills

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Volume 59, No. 5

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 Lucy Owens, Editor.

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From the Rector:

Thanks to our Waffle Shop Waitresses

The Mystery of Easter at Grace-St. Luke’s Easter at Grace-St. Luke’s was beautiful and moving. For the Easter Vigil, we had six baptisms. That night in particular was rich and moving. From the Boy Scouts’ lighting of the new fire to the cantor chanting the Exultet, we realize that Easter is an event that continues to bear fruit in life today. Easter morning was equally beautiful with two different liturgies. The 10:30 am was alive with people—parishioners, friends, visitors, children—who were with us to hear the Easter readings and Gospel and receive communion, which—on Easter— reminds us that communion is a feast set by the Risen Christ. In the words of one of our prayers at burials, holy communion is a “foretaste of the heavenly banquet.” On Easter this year, I had the sense that hundreds of little details added up to create something mysterious and full of life. There are so many people we can thank for Easter. Linda Niell and the Altar Guild were superb. Our altar guild knows what to do, and they do it with grace and joy. It is fun to be in our sacristy as a priest. Lynda Strickland and Erick New turned our flowers into works of art. Our five vergers worked gracefully and lovingly at every

service. I want to thank all of them: Sidney Hickey, Sandra Ireland, Hunter Rittenberry, Dan Pigg, and Grant Adams. The choir, of course, moved us with their skill and faith. Our organist Wesley Emerson’s selections and coordination of countless details (and guest musicians) made the liturgy orderly and focused upon the essentials of the Easter faith. The acolytes and EMs were perfect. The readers read God’s true and lively word with care and prayer, placing the emphases exactly where they needed to be placed. And the preachers preached! I enjoyed, along with everyone, listening to thoughtful sermons from Gayle McCarty and Katherine Bush. And thank God for Matt Crow and our ushers, especially with a church full of people. The ushers made it possible for hundreds to receive communion in an atmosphere of hospitality and order. The Welcoming Committee happily greeted everyone. Hundreds of details added up to something mysterious. Inspiring our energy and attention to detail was and is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose resurrection brings us to life, now and always.

The Reverend Richard Lawson

Thank you to the smiling, charming, helpful ladies who served lots of delicious meals to lots of hungry diners during the Calvary Waffle Shop this year: Corinne Adrian Jimpsie Ayres Laura Bolding Beth Claybrook Nora Conaway Gayle Evans Edith Heller

Sandra Ireland Jane Morse Anna Robbins Sandy Tate Ruthie Taylor Lillian Trotter Bettie Welsh.

They took time out of their busy lives to give gracious service to those who came to enjoy the delicious food provided by the Calvary cooks. It truly took a village! If you would like to join this joyous group next year, please mark your calendar now; Ash Wednesday is Feb. 13, 2013, and our customary serving days begin on Monday, Feb. 18!

Gratefully, Candy Jefcoat

The Messenger, May 2012  

May 2012 Messenger of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church

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