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Our Mission The mission of St. Davidâ€™s Episcopal Church is to embrace and affirm a community of faith that seeks to keep all hearts and minds open to the spirit of Christ through worship, learning, family, fellowship, and service.
A Hidden Gem
St. Davidâ€™s Episcopal Church is a hidden gem up in the green hills of West Nashville. We are a vibrant community striving to share, learn, and grow together through Christ. While our rolling eight acres can be challenging to find, once people get here they discover a unique parish full of genuine warmth, caring, and love. We are a parish where children and youth are as important as adults. Those who are ill, shut-in, or otherwise slowed down in their lives are every bit as vital to the community as those who have time and energy to spare. St. Davidâ€™s is a group of people that have a vision of what it means to live as Christians and how to work in community to make that happen.
St. David’s was established as a parochial mission of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville. Members of St. George’s generously donated eight acres in West Meade, and a capital campaign yielded money to begin construction of the church building in the fall of 1962. The Rev. Rue I. Moore Jr. became the vicar in January 1963 and set up offices in a trailer on the property at Pennywell and Currywood. A gift of a twenty-pound stone from the St. David’s Cathedral in Wales was placed in the wall beside the front doors during construction, and the first service was held on Easter Day in 1963 for eighty-five communicants. After getting the mission off to a good start, Father Moore accepted a call to Albany, New York, in May 1965. A call was extended to the Rev. Daniel Paul Matthews, and his first service was September 20, 1965. The mission grew rapidly and achieved parish status at the diocesan convention in January 1966. In 1968, the parish made three additions to the original building: three bays in the nave, an enlarged narthex, and nine Sunday school rooms. In September 1971, the Rev. Frank W. Robert joined the staff as a part-time assistant to the rector. A year later, Father Matthews accepted a call to St. John’s Church in Knoxville and Father Robert served as interim.
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In June 1973, the Rev. Sam Byron Hulsey accepted the vestry’s call. The first year of Father Hulsey’s ministry brought a great increase in the frequency of worship services and the expansion of adult Christian education. Lay groups and committees were also expanded and strengthened. The vestry made a three-way commitment to worship, learning, and service in the parish life. Father Hulsey’s ministry emphasized lay participation. He was active in diocesan affairs and served on the Standing Committee and on the Bishop and Council of the Diocese of Tennessee. In February 1978, Father Hulsey accepted a call as rector of Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland, Texas. The Rev. John Fay Rice Jr. was called by the vestry from the Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis. He held his first service on August 20, 1978. A change in tradition took effect at the time of Father Rice’s call. The rectory was sold, and the rector purchased his own home. The quickly growing parish had an exciting year in 1979. A Christian Education director was hired, and she launched an excellent adult education program and conducted a very successful Every Member Canvass. In late 1979, the diocese began a capital campaign called Venture in Mission. The vestry of St. David’s also decided the time had come to undertake a major expansion of the facilities and improve upon the existing structure.
The fall of 1996 brought the beginning of Sunday morning parish breakfasts and a revival of foyer groups. In 1997, St. David’s began its first Education for Ministry (EFM) class with Father Rick as the mentor. The St. David’s website made its debut, and we entered the age of cyberspace and e-mail communication.
Our budget exceeded $100,000 for the first time in 1980. The successful capital campaign, named Venture in Vision, was completed with pledges totaling $320,000. The money was designated for a contribution to the diocesan Venture in Mission campaign; refinishing of the church pews; repaving and additions to the driveway and parking lots; completion of the nave, with relocation of the choir to a new choir loft over the narthex, and the construction of a new parish hall. In 1982, the newly completed parish hall was named in honor of Bishop William Sanders. Abintra Montessori School became our tenant and used part of the building and Sanders Hall until 1988. St. David’s also celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary.
In 1987, Father Rice received a call from Holy Trinity Church in Huntington, West Virginia. In the spring of 1988, St. David’s called the Rev. Eric S. Greenwood Jr. Father Rick grew up in Memphis, where his father was rector of the Church of the Holy Communion. To aid in the work of our active parish, the Rev. Sherrill Lee Page became assistant to the rector in 1991. St. David’s celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 1993 with a parish-wide dinner celebration. Marjorie Proctor resigned as organist and choirmaster the following year, and Donald Cornelius replaced her in early 1995. Linden Corner (now Waldorf) School was a tenant from 1995 until 2002.
The Diocese of Tennessee became a companion of the Diocese of Litoral in Ecuador in 1998. Parishioner Judy Grace used her knowledge of Spanish to begin what would become a major thrust of ministry for St. David’s. She also served the diocese as interpreter and led numerous mission trips to both Ecuador and Honduras. Judy furthered our ministry by reaching out to the growing Hispanic population in Nashville. The Rev. Ann Boult Walling joined the staff in 2000. Ann was ordained to the priesthood at St. David’s in October of that year, becoming assistant to the rector. Ann’s many gifts and talents to our parish included directing Christian Formation and mentoring Education for Ministry classes. St. David’s undertook a capital fund drive called “Securing our Future” in 2001. Plans included updating the physical
plant to meet current codes; improving the Christian Education classrooms, nursery, and worship area; modernizing bathrooms; and adding an elevator. A plan for a longdesired columbarium was also considered. Ultimately, our architects cleverly found a way to include the columbarium by adding it to the exterior of the tower encasing the new elevator. In the fall of 2003, all the work was completed. We celebrated the completion of this project, St. David’s fortieth anniversary and the thirtieth anniversary of Father Rick Greenwood’s ordination. The Rev. Ann Walling retired in 2008 from active ministry but went forward to lead St. David’s into a relationship with Mekong Blue, a Cambodian venture that assisted women in redirecting their lives with job training in the production and sale of silk products. St. David’s served as a fulfillment center through January 2009. The Rev. Molly Dale Smith joined the staff in 2009 as priest associate. In addition to preaching, teaching adult classes, and giving pastoral care, she led the Monday morning Bible study. St. David’s had its largest budget ever in 2010 and was able to tackle some repair and
renovation projects, including new insulation over the nave; redecoration of the Henderson Room off the narthex; refinishing several doors and other areas; a new door and awning at the office entrance; playground renewal; and resurfacing the driveway and parking areas. In 2011 St. David’s launched a campaign to raise funds for extensive repairs and upgrades to the organ. Those improvements were completed in 2012. A New Leaf preschool became our third outside school tenant and continues its program today. St. David’s celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2013. As part of the celebration, new carpet was installed and a ramp was built to allow access for all to the altar. In the fall of 2014 the Rev. Eric S. Greenwood Jr. announced his retirement after more than twenty-six years at St. David’s. In 2015 the parish began an exciting journey to search for a new rector. St. David’s is a welcoming, inclusive, vital parish with an exciting future. Within our walls, we have created a place for all to worship, learn, and prepare to go out into the world to love and serve our Lord. St. David’s has sent many of its own into the ordained ministry.
Over the years a wonderfully diverse group of men and women have been a part of this parish, and regardless of how long they were here, all played a part in making us who we are today. We have been blessed with excellent leadership, devoted pastoral care, outstanding preaching, inspired teaching, and dedicated lay participation. With God’s continued help, the people of St. David’s are prepared to meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities the future will bring.
The Diocese of Tennessee, originally encompassing the entire state and now comprising the Middle Tennessee region, was organized and held its first Convention in Nashville in 1829. Its first bishop, James Hervey Otey, was consecrated in 1833. Early parishes were St. Paul’s, Franklin; Christ Church, Nashville; St. Peter’s, Columbia; and Trinity Church, Clarksville. The Diocese of West Tennessee, with its seat in Memphis, was created in 1982, and the Diocese of East Tennessee, with its seat in Knoxville, was created in 1985: part of a vision for the further development of the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church along the lines of the three “Grand Divisions” or regions of the state. Today the Diocese includes over 16,000 baptized members in 45 cathedral, parish, mission and chaplaincy churches, as well as two mission stations and other affiliated ministries. Christ Church, Nashville, was designated the cathedral of the Diocese in 1997. The Rt. Rev. John Crawford Bauerschmidt was consecrated the eleventh bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee on January 27th, 2007. The Diocese includes urban, suburban, and rural congregations. The University of the South, Sewanee, is located within the boundaries of the diocese. Admitted into union with the General Convention in 1829, the Diocese of Tennessee is part of the Episcopal Church, a member of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
About Nashville is a fast-growing, increasingly diverse city of more than 650,000 people. It’s the capital of Tennessee, country music, and the health care industry, and it’s the home of professional football and hockey teams, the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators. It’s a city of universities, including Vanderbilt, a world-class institution and medical center; Belmont; Lipscomb; Fisk; and Tennessee State. It’s a place that pulls in songwriters and other creative types, tourists, chefs, entrepreneurs, and immigrants, who now account for more than 12 percent of the population. The city has been on a roll in recent years, bouncing back from the recession that began in 2008 and a historic flood in 2010 to attract
national acclaim and great interest from developers, whose cranes almost seem as numerous as the existing buildings. Nashville and Davidson County, which consolidated their governments more than fifty years ago to form Metro Government, are surrounded by suburban counties that are generally growing even more rapidly. The Nashville area expects to add about one million people over the next twentyfive years. The city itself includes urban, suburban, and rural settings across its more than five hundred square miles. Like any place, Nashville is far from perfect. With the city’s fast growth have come some growing pains,
including a steady increase in traffic and a deficit of affordable housing. More than one in six residents lives in poverty. While Nashville features a mix of traditional, magnet, and charter schools, the city struggles to ensure that every child in every neighborhood will get an education that prepares him or her for college and a career. Regarding traffic, the projected growth could make traffic even more of an issue. But Nashville also has a strong culture of volunteerism, nonprofit work, and philanthropy. This spirit helped the city recover more quickly than might have been expected from the 2010 flood, which killed eleven people and affected thousands of residents —
including some St. David’s parishioners — as it inflicted approximately $2 billion in property damage across the city. The unity that was on display after the disaster might be partly responsible for the success that followed. St. David’s is in West Meade, a neighborhood that sits about ten miles southwest of downtown Nashville off Charlotte Pike and Interstate 40. West Meade is a mostly residential area of single-family homes on large lots, but the sprawling Nashville West commercial development, a WalMart, a Lowe’s, and other businesses along Charlotte Pike ensure a steady stream of traffic. Highway 70 South, another thoroughfare, also runs alongside West Meade. The houses in the area are mostly a mix of ranch-style homes and larger residences. Nearby neighborhoods include Belle Meade, the city’s most affluent area, and Bellevue, where many young families and older couples live.
Christian At St. David’s, we all share in Jesus’ ministry of teaching. All of his work, healing, proclamation of the kingdom of God, deeds of power and storytelling are forms of teaching. We are the learners and tellers of the teachings of Jesus. We teach because Jesus came among us teaching. We teach by the way we live, by what we say, by our actions, and by careful attention to each other. We come together each Sunday morning to wrap the arms of our faith around our little ones, our youth, young adults, and middle and older adults. As we become learners, we become teachers. Adult Forum The Adult Forum meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15. Various clergy and lay speakers share topics and lead discussions to enhance our knowledge and insight around the Bible, hymnody, The Book of Common Prayer, liturgy, and current issues. We also offer an Inquirer’s Class once a year that teaches about the Episcopal faith and can lead to confirmation. Monday Morning Bible Study Monday morning Bible study is a clergy-led group open to all
who wish to explore the biblical text and its interpretation and importance for our lives. This group offers prayer for congregants during the year and provides a space to come grow in your Christian life in a small group of dedicated members. Children and Youth In the early 2000s, St. David’s realized that we were starting to see growth in the younger population of the church. A thoughtful commitment was made to establish a strong Sunday school program for our children, and Godly Play was adopted as the base curriculum for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. We have watched Godly Play participation grow stronger and stronger each and every year. In 2011, one of our youth members stood up at the parish’s annual meeting and asked that we consider strengthening the youth program for our teenagers. The vestry recognized the importance of a strong youth program and one year later discovered the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT). St. David’s partnered with CYMT beginning in the spring of 2013 and was lucky enough to be
matched with a wonderful youth minister. The youth program has flourished and is now a place for our children to continue growing and learning on Sunday mornings after completing Godly Play. Nursery The recent growth of young families involved in St. David’s Godly Play and youth programs has also led to the expansion of our nursery facilities. There are now two fully staffed nursery classrooms, one for infants and toddlers and one for preschoolers. Every Sunday the nursery, Godly Play, and youth program classrooms host a flurry of activity. The energy of our children and youth also extends well beyond their participation in these Sunday school programs and into services and other events. Our church continues to be a community where the children and youth recognize that St. David’s is just as much about their involvement as it is about the participation of their parents and fellow parishioners. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me,” and St. David’s embraces that fully.
Worship at Worship at St. David’s seeks to glorify God in ways that move the heart and mind with variety, color, and reverence. Worship is the key element that brings us together. We have three regular services. Both Sunday morning services are Rite II Eucharist. The 10:30 service, with full choir, is our most attended. The 8 a.m. service is a quiet, reflective time for a smaller group of congregants. Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. we offer a Eucharist and Healing Service. This is a smaller service held in the chapel. We value the strength of the liturgy in all its forms and appreciate the enrichment of services with inspiring music. Creative additions to the liturgy that honor members of the congregation or thank those who have gone above and beyond add a special touch that creates an even stronger feeling of family and community. Lay participation in the worship services offers the opportunity for adults and young people to learn more about the various liturgies, to live into Christ’s call to servant ministry, and to grow spiritually. Congregants from both services gather together for breakfast after the 8 a.m. service on Sundays, followed by Sunday school. Our acolyte program is strong, with many youth and young adults serving as crucifers or torch bearers. We have Eucharistic Ministers scheduled on a rotating basis to serve in leading prayers and to administer the chalice. We have recently begun a Eucharistic
St. David’s Visitor program to meet the needs of parishioners unable to attend services. Our lay readers also assist with reading the Scripture lessons of the day. Our sanctuary and altar are cared for and made ready for each service by our Altar Guild and Flower Guild, both of which take great pride in their work. They set the tone of the service through their beautiful flower arrangements and meticulous care for detail. Our flower guild also delivers flowers weekly to members of the church. Our ushers greet newcomers and members, count attendees and serve in other capacities to help the service run smoothly. Our adult choir sings at the 10:30 service. With twenty members, this group rehearses on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. They provide leadership on hymns and a beautiful anthem and psalm each week. Donald Cornelius, the organist/ choirmaster, has been at the church for twenty-one years and has a master of Church Music degree in Organ and Conducting. There are two children’s choirs that each sing once a month: the St. Francis choir for children in kindergarten through second grade and the St. Nicolas/St. Cecelia choir for grades three through six. They practice Sunday afternoons, followed by dinner. All choirs take a break in the summer. The organ is a Moller donated to St. David’s by St. George’s church in 1986. The organ just received major renovations in 2012.
St. David’s has a strong parish life that helps cultivate fellowship in Christ outside of our regular worship services. Sunday Supper Club, Monday morning Bible study, a strong Daughters of the King group, foyer groups, the Bloomin’ Onions (for young adults in the parish), a Newcomers Committee, and Agape are a few of the smaller groups that people can join to connect with others. The Nursery Committee and Youth Committee offer opportunities to support our young people. We also have a history of special events that a Special Events Committee is in charge of, including, but not limited to our Holiday Bazaar, Souper Sunday, Lenten Soup Luncheon, Sunday lemonade and cookies, and the Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday. There are many opportunities to connect with other members in a meaningful way. Currently and in the past, our parish has also been very involved at the Diocesan level with members on:
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Chancellor of the Diocese Bishop and Council Standing Committee Dandridge Trust Constitution & Canons General Resolutions Committee Bishop Search Committee Disciplinary Board St. Luke’s Community House Dubose Conference Center St. Mary’s Sewanee Christ Church Cathedral Chapter Church Pension Fund Daughters of the King Evangelism Episcopal Relief and Development Lay and Clergy Deputies to General Convention
In 2014, St. Davidâ€™s had 426 members, with 377 of those active from 177 households. As you can see from the graphs below, our members come mainly from two ZIP codes, but we have members from all over Nashville and the surrounding areas. Our pledge income has stayed fairly consistent over the years, and we are able to fund larger projects when needed. We have an endowment fund of around $43,000, part of which is earmarked as a music scholarship for our college-age students. Our Securing Our Future loan is around $144,860.94, and we want our new rector to be aware of this and help us work together to retire this debt.
AGE DISTRIBUTION AS OF 11-9-2015
FINANCIAL OVERVIEW 2014 Budget Numbers Pledging Households Pledged Income Total budgeted Income Budgeted expenses
118 $299,333.00 $357,573.00 $357,573.00
2015 budgeted Pledging households: 118 Pledged income: $ 285,189.00 Total budgeted income: $ 322,482.00 Budgeted expenses: $ 332,112.00
HOUSEHOLD ZIP CODES AVERAGE SUNDAY ATTENDANCE
PLEDGED INCOME IN THE PAST
Over the years the community of St. David’s has been involved in outreach in Nashville and throughout the world. St. Luke’s Community Center, which is located in West Nashville, about ten minutes from St. David’s, is the anchor for the community called The Nations. Located near the penitentiary, St. Luke’s was principally a support agency for families who moved to Nashville to be near an incarcerated relative. Now people in this area come from many countries, and the needs are great. Among the areas of outreach at St. Luke’s are Meals on Wheels, This ’n’ That Thrift Store, the food pantry, day care, tutoring students of all ages, help for seniors, and programs to adopt families and contribute toys at Christmastime. St. David’s folks can be found volunteering in all of these activities. Other local outreach programs include Room in the Inn, which provides housing for Nashville’s homeless population during the winter. For several years, St. David’s provided the only program for the homeless Hispanic population by providing a weekly lunch, movie, and programs at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Other local outreach programs have included a prayer shawl ministry, Rooftop Ministries, and Tying Nashville Together. Groups have also traveled to a Lakota Indian reservation.
Members of St. David’s were involved with our companion diocese of Litoral, Ecuador, for ten years. The work included directing medical/dental missions and providing translators and workers each year. St. David’s initiated the companion parish relationship by having a direct relationship with La Gracia de Dios, a church in the outskirts of Guayaquil. Members helped with supporting the day care center and improving the church facilities. St. David’s members have also traveled to Honduras on many occasions to work in the churches and help with the education of the youth. In 1998, when Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras, St. David’s collected $20,000 of the $70,000 raised by the entire diocese of Tennessee. The scholarship program begun by St. David’s is still reaping benefits, as many children have gone on to receive degrees beyond high school. For many families, the cycle of poverty has been broken.
Kiva.org, a micro-lending organization, has been an ongoing outreach ministry for seven years. St. David’s has invested in almost three hundred loans in eighty-two countries. We are able to follow the progress of those in whom we invest. More than 99 percent of our loans have been repaid, and the money is used to invest in even more enterprises. A newer ministry with with Made in the Streets which is dedicated to the process of rescuing young adolescents off the streets of Nairobi, Kenya for 20 years and providing them with a home, education, and a Christian lifestyle. St. David’s is also a community that considers outreach to each other within the parish extremely important. Members support each other during times of illness, joy, and sadness. This internal outreach is what enables us to serve others.
After having one rector for twenty-six years, St. David’s has enjoyed a time of change and practicing flexibility. The interim period has provided us with chances to see how capable our lay leadership is and to see that we can create and embrace change. Through our parish survey, we confirmed some things we knew and gained some valuable insight into who we are as a parish. Not a surprise to any of us was that we are a high-energy congregation with high satisfaction among our congregants. We are a theologically progressive church, but we pride ourselves on being welcoming and inclusive of all thoughts and opinions. We desire to reach new people, including families with children and youth, and incorporate them into the life of our church. We seek to continue to develop the spiritual generosity that’s necessary to financially support the ministry of the church. We also hope to expand our outreach ministries and work toward healing those broken by life circumstances.
In our next rector we desire the following: • a strong preacher who can relate scripture to our everyday lives • a leader, both spiritually and strategically • someone who acknowledges the needs of both the youngest and eldest members • someone to comfort and counsel parishioners in times of joy and sadness • someone who can minister to people of divergent philosophies and values • someone who will challenge us to discover and use our gifts and talents to strengthen our church and its ministry to others • someone who will embrace and welcome the diversity of Nashville into the sanctuary of St. David’s • someone who has a sense of humor and treats the youth like family, a direct request of the youth of our church
The Rev. Sheila Fellhauer, Interim Priest
Daryl Wilkinson, Senior Warden
Susan Huggins, Chair
Cal Fox, Junior Warden
Sarah Riebau, Clerk
Carol Hornberger, Recording Clerk
Scott Rayhab, Treasurer
The Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith, Priest Associate Donald E. Cornelius, Organist and Choirmaster
Carol Hornberger, Parish Administrator
Connor McCracken, Youth Minister
Mary Jo Murphy
Jennifer Sanders, Godly Play & Children’s Ministries
Selmon Whitaker, Sexton
Eric and Sean Whitaker, Assistant Sextons
Mary Jo Murphy
John Kitch Marc Pearson * Term ends January 2016
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