Communicator June 27, 2017

St. Columba Receives National Church Stewardship Grant

St. Columba was recently awarded $9,765.00 from the Episcopal Church’s National Advisory Council on Stewardship of Creation. The grant will support educational programs at the center, offer assistance for a paid Environmental Steward position, and expand the honeybee operation of Thistle & Bee. Thistle & Bee is an on-site partner of St. Columba using vacant land at St. Columba to grow flowers and cultivate all natural honey to fund survivorship and employment programs for survivors of human trafficking. The flower farm and apiaries serve as outdoor classroom space for St. Columba’s campers, and beautiful outdoor spaces for retreat guests to visit, learn, reflect and connect.

Other News from St. Columba

The Feast of St. Columba on June 3 raised nearly $35,000 to support the camps, retreats and more at St. Columba. Thanks to all who celebrated, volunteered, attended, bid and donated!

Mud Camp 2017 started on June 26. To date over 830 campers have signed up for mud, fun and friendship! This is Mud Camp’s biggest year yet. There is still space in sessions 2 and 5. Register at memphismudcamp.org.

Camp Able 2017 was bigger and better than ever and served campers with needs ranging from autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. For a third year, 28 diversely-abled campers had a week of affirmation and encouragement that they will never forget! You can check out some reactions and photos here. St. Columba had an amazing group of volunteers and campers and staff were treated to lunch by Holy Communion, St. Anne’s, St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s! Donations for Camp Able can be made here or you can help endow Camp Able through a legacy gift here.

“Laundry Love” Update
Please click here to read the success story of St. Anne’s “Laundry Love” program.

Saints Departed
David Nelson Estes, St. Luke’s
Lorne Allan Semrau, St. Luke’s
Dorothy Robinson Everett, St. John’s & St. Edward’s Chapel
Carolyn Nespoli, St. Andrew’s
Sister Margaret Cook, Community of St. Mary, Sewanee

May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.

Please notify Lisa McIndoo when there is a death in your parish family.


Sun, Fun and the Arts
at St. George’s Episcopal Church
July 2 – 30

The Artists Group of Memphis will display their artwork throughout the month of July in St. George’s Art Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Sun, Fun and the Arts” will hang from July 2 – 30. The Artists Group of Memphis is comprised of about 15 local artists that have fun showing their art together in the Memphis area. The exhibit is curated by Joy Phillips Routt and will feature art work in oils, acrylic, watercolor and photography by Judy Nocifora, Missy George, Wayne and Sherry Carpenter, Phyllis Boger, Lisa Balton, Charlene Graves, Cherie Robinson, Joy Phillips Routt, Caroline Brown, John and Judith Webb, Linda Lucchesi, Dina Phillips, Luke Bettendorf and Susie Richmond. Art Gallery hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday and 9 am to 12:30 pm on Sundays.The Addiction & Recovery Commission Summer Book Discussion

Come explore the cranky, beautiful faith expressed by Nadia Bolz-Weber in a study of her book, Pastrix.  As founding pastor of the House of All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, Colorado, she is in recovery and pastors to all, but especially to those who feel alienated from religion.  If you were fortunate enough to see her at the Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary Episcopal Church this year, you know that she’s honest, thought provoking, and committed to inclusiveness and social justice.
Whether you are already a fan or just curious, please join the discussion from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays, July 17, 24 and 31, at Church of the Holy Communion in the Carrick Room.  Books can be found at the local Episcopal Book Store (901-527-5684) or the big box store online (Amazon).
July 17, 24 & 31, 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: Church of the Holy Communion, Upstairs in the Carrick Room
4645 Walnut Grove Rd; Memphis, TN 38117

For more information, contact co-chairs Lucy Owens (901-272-7425, lucy@gracestlukes.org) or Shannon Tucker (901-281-0785, shannon.tucker@gmail.com).

Diocesan Office Summer Hours
The office of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee will close on Fridays at noon beginning June 2 and ending after the Labor Day weekend.  Call Canon Chip Davis @ 901-937-4782 in the case of an emergency.
The Diocesan office will be closed Monday July 3 and Tuesday July 4 for Independence Day.

To See a Full List of Diocesan Events:
please click here to visit the Calendar online.

2017 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Click here to download the 2016 Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

Bishop’s Visitations
Click here to download Bishop Johnson’s 2016/2017 Visitation Schedule.

Submit Content for The Diocesan Calendar
Click here to visit the calendar page of the diocesan website and click the “Add Event” button to submit your event (below the calendar). Please allow a few days for your event to be posted to the site. Not all content will be re-posted in The Diocesan Communicator.
The next publication will be published again at the end of June, 2017. Deadline for submission to the online calendar is June 16, 2017. To submit email:  lmcindoo@episwtn.org



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