Bishop's Visitations
Nov 25 - Church of the Good Shepherd, Memphis
Dec 2 - Grace, Paris
Dec 9 - Holy Trinity, Memphis
Dec 16 - St. Luke's, Jackson
Click here to download Bishop Johnson's full 2012-2013 Visitation Schedule.

Ordination to the Priesthood
December 8, 11:30 a.m.
St. James, 422 East Church St., Union City

God willing, the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson will ordain the Rev. Deacon William Charles McMillen II as a Priest on Saturday, December 8 at 11:30 a.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church, Union City. Your prayers and presence are requested. Clergy: cassock, surplice and red stole.

Ordination to the Priesthood
December 15, 10:30 a.m.
Holy Apostles, 1380 Wolf River Blvd, Collierville

God willing, the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson will ordain the Rev. Deacon Dorothy Sanders Wells as a Priest on Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Holy Apostles, Collierville. Your prayers and presence are requested. Prelude begins at 10:00 a.m. Clergy: cassock, surplice and red stole.

Safeguarding God's Children
December 4, 5:30 pm
Grace-St. Luke's, Trezevant Hall

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and training will begin promptly at 6:00. Those arriving after the first 10 minutes will not be admitted. Feel free to bring a sandwich and drink. Click here to register by noon on December 4th.

Bishop Johnson blessed the new Parish Hall at Immanuel, Ripley on October 28

Jeff Schober was honored at Diocesan Convention for his 25 years of service as Facilities & Grounds Director at St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center. The trail that circles the St. Columba property has been named the Schober Perimeter Trail in Jeff's honor. We thank you for your many years of dedicated service, Jeff!

Hurricane Relief Efforts
There are many ways to contribute to the relief efforts for our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Sandy. Donations are being accepted by
* Episcopal Relief & Development
* The American Red Cross
* Samaritan’s Purse

Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps
The Episcopal Church offers opportunities for young adults aged 21-30 to provide service worldwide through the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC). 2013-14 applications are now being accepted. More information and applications are available here.

Hiring: Youth Minister, Grace-St. Luke's, Memphis
Grace-St. Luke’s, Memphis, is searching for a full-time Director of Youth Ministry to coordinate and promote activities for the youth of Grace-St. Luke's in grades 6-12. Click here for the complete job description and contact Harriet Roberts for more information,

Hiring: Executive Director, Calvary Place
Calvary Place Child Care is seeking an Executive Director, responsible for the administration and daily coordination of a nationally accredited early childhood education program. Interested and qualified candidates please email your resume to this email.

Saints Departed

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

Harry Joslyn Burr II
Immanuel, LaGrange

Please notify Lauren Stone when there is a death in your parish family.

Click here to visit the calendar page of the diocesan website and click the "Add Your Event" button to submit your event. Please allow 24-48 hours for your event to be posted to the site. 

The Diocesan Communicator e-newsletter is published every two weeks. Submit information to Lauren Stone at The deadline for the next issue is Friday, November 30th.

Please encourage members of your parish/mission to stay in touch by signing up for this e-newsletter at


Click here for a more complete list of upcoming events around the Diocese. Submit your event too!

Diocesan Convention a success

The 31st Annual Convention of The Diocese of West Tennessee was held November 15-17, 2012 at Grace-St. Luke's, Memphis. Many thanks to all clergy, delegates, alternates and guests who attended, and special thanks to Grace-St. Luke's School, Mrs. Holley McGehee, the Rev. Richard Lawson, Mrs. Baylor Stovall, Ms. Linda Stine, and all the volunteers from Grace-St. Luke's who were wonderful hosts! The approved 2013 Budget, Elected & Appointed Officials, Resolutions and Reports can be downloaded from the diocesan website. Video of Bishop Johnson's Address and keynote speaker Bishop Kee Sloan's sermon will be posted soon, as will photos from the weekend.

Choirs gather for Diocesan Choral Festival
On Saturday, November 10, choirs from all corners of the Diocese gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first-ever Diocesan Choral Festival.  A total of 85 choristers participated in the day-long workshop led by Bruce Neswick, Associate Professor of Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, widely regarded as one of the greatest living practitioners of Anglican Church music. The afternoon culminated in a festive Evensong for the Feast of Bishop Leo the Great, with Bishop Johnson delivering a poignant homily and the Rev. Canon Laura Gettys serving as Officiant.  By all accounts, this liturgy featured THE largest choir ever amassed at St. Mary’s, and the singers truly “raised the roof” of their cathedral!

UTO Grant Applications
United Thank Offering grant applications will be accepted online only from January 1 - February 28, 2013. United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally within Anglican provinces, dioceses, and companion dioceses. Click here for more information.

Jubilee Ministry Grants
Applications for $1,000 and $750 Jubilee Ministry grants are now being accepted in two categories: diocesan initiatives and health and nutrition. Jubilee Ministries are congregations or agencies with connections to The Episcopal Church whose mission work affects the lives of those in need, addressing basic human needs and justice issues. For guidelines and to apply, click here.

Room in the Inn
Room in the Inn-Memphis is an ecumenical ministry of Colonial Cumberland Presbyterian Church that provides dinner and breakfast, a shower and a warm bed for homeless guests one night a week during the coldest winter months (October 1 - March 31). In addition to donating resources, your congregation can help by providing a night of shelter in your church building or helping provide a shelter night at Colonial. Click here for more information.

Emmanuel Center Operation Joy
Give the gift of love and joy this Christmas by supporting Operation Joy at Emmanuel Episcopal Center. By providing gifts for a child or two, you will not only share toys and clothing; you will give the gift of true love, hope and caring. A Wish & Needs List has been prepared for more than 350 children in need. Please help us in our effort to make this Christmas a joyful one for those who are less fortunate! Call Caryn Hubbard for more information at 523-2617, Ext. 21

St. George's 5th Anniversary
November 30, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
December 2, 10:30 am
St. George's, 2425 S. Germantown Rd

St. George's Episcopal Church will celebrate its fifth anniversary in the new church building with a Dedicatory Organ Concert on Friday, November 30. A reception will follow. The celebration will continue on Sunday, December 2, as Bagpiper Rick Clausi leads the congregation into the 10:30 am Holy Eucharist, as was done at the Consecration service in 2007. 

Advent Evensong
December 1, 5:00 pm
St. Anne's, 4063 Sykes Road, Millington

The combined choirs of Ravenscroft Chapel and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will present Evensong for Advent 1 at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 4063 Sykes Road, Millington TN 38053.  A reception will follow.

Healing Service for the Memphis Community in honor of World AIDS Day
December 2, 6:00 pm
Calvary, 102 N. Second Street

Calvary will host its 24th ecumenical Healing Service for the Memphis Community on Sunday, December 2 at 6:00 pm.  The Reverends Ellen Roberds and Jared Bingham will speak on the theme of justice in relationships, and the Memphis Men's Chorale and harpist Barbara Christensen will provide music. An offering collected during the service will go to Hope House, a non-profit agency committed to family-centered, community-based, coordinated care for children who are infected or affected by HIV & AIDS.

Rhodes College Christmas Concert
December 2, 4:00 and 7:00 pm
St. Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave

The choirs of Rhodes College will return to St. Mary's Cathedral for their 26th annual Christmas at St. Mary's Concert with two identical 75-minute performances on Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Led by Dr. William Skoog, Mona Kreitner, and James Cornfoot, the Rhodes choral ensembles will perform music of the season by Arvo Pärt, Stephen Paulus, John Rutter, Alice Parker, and Robert Shaw. As always, these programs are free and open to the public and childcare will be available.

25th Annual Memphis Boychoir Lessons and Carols
December 16, 4:00 and 7:00 pm
Saint John's, 3245 Central Ave

The Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir will present a service of Lessons and Carols on December 16 at 4:00 and 7:00 pm. The choirs will perform a variety of choral compositions to celebrate the seasons of Advent and Christmas. There will be anthems and hymns accompanied by brass and tympani.

Emergence Christianity National Gathering
January 11-12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
St. Mary's Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave

At Emergence Christianity: A National Gathering, Phyllis Tickle will be exploring the ideas in her new book and engaging in conversation with some of the leading practitioners of emergence faith: Nadia Bolz-Weber, Peter Rollins, Doug Pagitt, and Diana Butler Bass, and more. Join us at St. Mary's Cathedral for two days of laughs, conversations, and blessings, as we chart a course for the future of Christianity.


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