Communicator May 31,2017

The Diocese Goes to the Ballpark TONIGHT!
Bishop Johnson invites all to join other parishes from the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee for a diocesan-wide night at the Memphis Redbirds game on Friday, June 2. Tickets are $16 and include admission, a hot dog, soda, and a Redbirds baseball cap with their new logo. Visit the Memphis Redbirds tickets website, click on Group Outings, then Group Portal, and look for June 2 to purchase tickets at our group rate. Lots of special festivities are planned to give the evening some Episcopal touches! Contact Nina Grice for more details.Feast of
St. Columba

Saturday, June 3 at 6 p.m., St. Columba Conference and Retreat Center will host  the sixth annual Feast of St. Columba, the delectable community gala that supports the ministries of St. Columba. For tickets, click here.

St. Anne’s Launches
Laundry Love

On May 23rd, eleven members of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church filled Spin City Laundromat in Millington to launch the Diocese of West Tennessee’s first Laundry Love.  Laundry Love is a movement of people around the country gathering to provide economic relief for people in need and build relationships with the larger community.  For many, laundry love helps people in need redirect funds towards food, medical, or transportation costs.  St. Anne’s will be running their program every other week for the larger community.
Out of the Holy Currencies Incubation, members of St. Anne’s created a strategy for working with the Millington Crisis Center and the leadership of E.A. Harrold Elementary School to identify families and individuals in need that were then directed to St. Anne’s for assistance.  Over four workshops, they developed a plan, cultivated relationships, nurtured skills and gifts, and figured out an approach to ministry in Millington.  For their first event, four referred families attended and were treated with hospitality as food and snacks were provided for the event. One of the families who attended, one father had previously sent his children to Mudcamp at St. Columba.
St. Anne’s anticipates the event continuing to grow and learning how to use Laundry Love to respond to the larger concerns they have identified around housing and healthcare.  The group even envisions a youth program with reading and coloring programs for the kids in attendance.  To learn more about the Holy Currencies incubation or inquire about starting a Laundry Love in your community, contact Canon Burruss at jburruss@episwtn.org.

Saints Departed
Robert McGowan, Jr., St. Elisabeth’s
Ann Welch, All Saints
Sharon Kay Chesher, St. Andrew’s
Joseph O’Brien, St. John’s
June Wilcox, St. John’s
Mrs. Grayson Dyer Steele Smith, St. John’s
Carolyn J. Horton, St. George’s

Celebrating the Life of Tim Bolding
St. Columba Board member and Grace-St. Luke’s parishioner Tim Bolding passed away from illness Tuesday, May 23 surrounded by his loving wife and daughter.  Longtime leader at United Housing, Tim devoted his life to his family and community.
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.


Bishop Johnson supports Presiding Bishop’s Stance on Paris Climate Accord
Yesterday, Presiding Bishop Curry sent out a response to President Donald Trump’s action on the Paris Climate Accord.  I stand firmly with Bishop Curry’s statement and urge you to read his letter and lend your support to partner with the human family to ensure our planet is a place in which all may thrive. –Bishop Johnson
Click Here to Read Presiding Bishop Curry’s Letter.

Dr. Pui Honored by The University of the South

Dr. Ching-Hon Pui, Chair of the Department of Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and longtime supporter of  the Memphis Boychoir, Girlchoir, and Chamber Choir, was recently honored for his achievements in medicine by the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  Dr. Pui received an honorary degree and was tapped to deliver the Baccalaureate address at the ceremony on May 13, 2017. He has served on the board of directors for the choirs housed at St. John’s in Memphis for over 25 years. Pui has helped shape the direction for the choirs and and provided opportunities for its members.  He has formed bonds with countless choir families over the years encouraging a life-long love and commitment to music.

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

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.

RETIRED CLERGY GROUP OFFERED: if you are retired Clergy and you’d be interested in meeting periodically, please let me know that at williamkolb461@yahoo.com or text/call me at 901-438-0751. –Bill Kolb, Diocesan Chaplain for Retired Clergy

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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