Bishop's Visitations
July 2-14 - 77th General Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 22 - St. Philip, Memphis
July 23 - Aug 16 - Bishop's Vacation
Aug 17-19 Laymen's Conference

Click here to download Bishop Johnson's full 2012-2013 Visitation Schedule.

Clergy Changes
The Rev. J. Michael Ehmer called to be Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Northwest Texas as of July 1
The Rev. Joseph Wallace-Williams called to be Associate Rector at Grace-St. Luke's, Memphis as of July 2

Parishioners of St. James, Union City, welcomed the Rev. Deacon Chuck McMillen as their new Bishop's Vicar with a Celebration of New Ministry on June 24th.

Takeisha Washington from the Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York visited Emanuel Episcopal Center's Camp H.O.P.E. in June. Washington took lessons as a child at Dancers Inc. in Memphis, which gives 5 dance scholarships to EEC participants each summer. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal)

Happening #52
Happening #52 will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church August 31- September 2. Visit the youth page of the diocesan website to download an application, due August 8.

White Water Rafting Trip
Join youth from all over the Diocese for this opportunity to fellowship, play and pray in the mountains August 1st–3rd. All youth in rising 7-12 grade, college freshman and adult leaders are invited to go. Cost is $175, and the deadline to register is July 8th. Click here for a registration form.

Laymen's Conference
August 17-19
Dubose Conference Center, Monteagle

"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, the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, and Rudy Kalis. Register online for a weekend of fellowship with men from all over the Diocese.

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

Sandy Tummins
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Memphis

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

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Looking back, I see a way forward
June 30, 2001, I was ordained as the third Bishop of West Tennessee. Now that I am beginning my twelfth year with you, it seemed important this morning to take time to reflect on the vows and promises I made on the day of my ordination and consecration. Click here to read Bishop Johnson's full reflection.

General Convention this week
The 77th General Convention of The Episcopal Church begins this Thursday,  July 5 and runs through next Thursday, July 12 in Indianapolis, Indiana. To keep up with the daily happenings, visit the General Convention resource page on the diocesan  website, The Episcopal Church Office of Communication's Media Hub, and the West Tennessee deputation's daily blog. Then, join Bishop Johnson and the West Tennessee deputation for an overview of issues discerned at  General Convention on Thursday, July 19th from 6:30– 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Holy Communion,  4645 Walnut Grove Road, in the Parish Hall.

General Convention in Context
July 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Communion

Join Bishop Johnson and the west Tennessee deputation for an overview of issues discerned at the General Convention of The Episcopal Church on Thursday, July 19th from 6:30– 8:30 p.m. at Church of the Holy Communion,  4645 Walnut Grove Road, in the Parish Hall.

Farewell, Sue-Ann!
As you see in the Clergy Changes column, the Rev. Mike Ehmer accepted the call to be Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Northwest Texas. Last week, he moved to Lubbock, Texas, with his lovely wife, Sue-Ann, who served this past year as Receptionist and Office Assistant for the Diocesan Office and St. Mary's Cathedral. We are sad to see the Ehmers go, but we wish them well in their new home!

Five Marks of Mission
The Five Marks of Mission were developed by the Anglican Consultative Council and adopted by the General Convention in 2009. The Episcopal Church Office of Communication is asking you to share videos of local ministry and work in action. The winner of the online popular vote will be featured at General Convention 2012! Take the "what's your mark" quiz, upload a video of local ministry in the Making Your Mark video contest, and vote for your favorite video by July 5th.

Choir of Trinity College Cambridge
July 6,  7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

Recently voted the fifth best choir in the world, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge (UK) comprises around thirty Choral Scholars under Director of Music, Stephen Layton.  The College’s long and distinguished choral tradition dates back to the fourteenth century. An ambitious tour schedule has taken the Choir to five continents and they regularly perform to sold-out halls. This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest choirs in one of Memphis’ most sacred spaces!

Manual of Business Methods
The Episcopal Church Finance Office has updated major sections and chapters of the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs, available for download at no charge here. "The Manual of Business Methods is an important tool for efficient congregational financial management and oversight,” explained N. Kurt Barnes, Episcopal Church Treasurer and CFO. “The recent updates, which are indicated by dates at the end of each chapter, include new areas important for congregational operations.” Section topics include Financial Management, Internal Controls, Taxes and The Episcopal Church, Bookkeeping, Clergy Discretionary Funds, Audit Guidelines for Congregations, Risk Management and Insurance, Parochial Reports, and Records Management. Additional chapters and appendices will be updated during the course of 2012.

Book It 5k
September 29, 9:00 a.m.
Church of the Holy Communion

Church of the Holy Communion is excited to announce its second annual “Book It 5K.” The 3.1 mile run/walk will start and finish at Holy Communion, and a 400-meter dash for children 10 and under will be held on the church/school track. Proceeds will benefit Shelby County Books from Birth and Emmanuel Episcopal Center.  Sign up to run or walk the race, volunteer, or sponsor an Emmanuel Center youth to participate in the race! To register for the race, go to

St. Clare Silent Retreat
October 19-21
St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center

St. Clare Silent Retreats for Women is pleased to announce that Sybil MacBeth will lead the weekend retreat October 19-21 at St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center. Sybil will offer her unique gifts of prayer, theology and creativity for what promises to be an invaluable weekend. Learn more about Sybil at her website St. Clare Retreats are open to all women. Sign up now or get more information, by contacting Debbie Balling at or 901-335-4001.


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