Bishop's Visitations
Dec 9 - Holy Trinity, Memphis
Dec 16 - St. Luke's, Jackson
Dec 24-25 - Church of the Holy Communion
Click here to download Bishop Johnson's full 2012-2013 Visitation Schedule.

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

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to bring a sandwich and drink. Click here to register by noon on December 4th.

Ordinations to the Priesthood
God willing, the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson will ordain the Rev. Deacon William Charles McMillen II as a Priest on Saturday, December 8, 11:30 a.m. at St. James, 422 East Church St., Union City

God willing, the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson will ordain the Rev. Deacon Dorothy Sanders Wells as a Priest on Saturday, December 15, 10:30 a.m. at Church of the Holy Apostles, 1380 Wolf River Blvd, Collierville. Prelude at 10:00 a.m.

God willing, the Rt. Rev. Don Johnson will ordain the Rev. Deacon James Phelan Biedenharn III as a Priest on Saturday, January 12, 10:30 a.m. at Saint John's, 3245 Central Ave, Memphis.

Welcome Annemarie Catherine Girata!
Born November 26th to the Rev. Chris Girata, Rector of Calvary, and wife Nicole.

St. Elisabeth’s EYC is offering all kinds of goodies with the Episcopal shield! Tervis Tumblers, koozies and “And also with ya’ll” T-shirts in red and navy are available. All proceeds support St. Elisabeth’s EYC first ever Pilgrimage. To purchase, contact  Jennifer Smith, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at or 372-2753.

Episcopal Bookshop
The Episcopal Bookshop will be open extra hours on Sundays during the Advent season. Come by during our regular hours, Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm or on December 9, 16, and 23 from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm and Christmas Eve until from 9:00 am - noon to do your holiday shopping! Located across the parking lot from St. Mary’s Cathedral at 700 Poplar Avenue.

Mystery Book Club
First Wednesdays, Noon
Episcopal Bookshop, 700 Poplar Avenue

The Mystery Book Club meets at the Episcopal Bookshop on the first Wednesday of each month at noon. All are welcome. If you are a mystery fan who likes discussing a good "who done it?" please join us!

Saints Departed

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

Jason Crabb
St. Luke’s, Jackson

Barbara “Mickey” Glidewell
St. Elisabeth’s, Bartlett

Dorothy Allen Halliday
Grace-St. Luke’s, Memphis

Raybon Martin Hawkins, Sr.
St. George’s, Germantown

Thomas Broadstreet Isaac
Annunciation, Cordova

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, December 14th.

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


Advent and Christmas Services around the Diocese
Click here to see listings of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services around The Diocese of West Tennessee. Events are listed in chronological order, so scroll down to December 24th for Christmas services.

Online Advent Resources
• The Episcopal Church Facebook page  and Twitter feature special Advent and Christmas elements such as conversation-starting inquiries, a word of the day, and videos.
• The Office of Communication has partnered with the Brothers of the religious order The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) to create a Pinterest Advent Calendar.
• To engage children in a more active role during worship this Advent, The Episcopal Church is offering a four-week series of lectionary-based children's sermons at no fee, providing clergy and lay leaders with step- by-step instructions on how to help the children lead the adults in worship.
• Episcopal Church Young Adult Ministries is offering Advent Meditation Blogs here, here and here.
• The Youth Ministries Office is offering the d365 daily devotional for Advent through the Feast of the Epiphany in January.  Named “Following the Star”, the devotions are presented through an ecumenical partnership with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Presbyterian Church USA. 

Service of Healing & Blessing
December 9, 5:30-7:30 pm
St. George's, 2425 S. Germantown Rd

St. George’s, Germantown invites you to join us for a special service of healing and blessing, designed for those who have suffered loss during this past year and are in need of healing and those who wish to celebrate special events in their lives with a blessing. Prayers for healing, with laying on of hands, blessings and lighting of candles will be included in this special candlelit service. A dinner will follow in the Parish Hall hosted by the Daughters of the King.

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.

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

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.

Winterfest Youth Retreat
December 28 - January 1
DuBose Conference Center, Monteagle

By exploring God’s presence in our lives and our role in God’s community, Winterfest Episcopal Youth Retreat seeks to create a welcoming and safe space for high school students to grow in their relationship with God and Christ through creative worship, service, music, love, friendship and understanding in a fun and relaxed environment. Click here to register.

New Year's Eve  for Families
December 31, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
St. George's, 2425 S. Germantown Rd

St. George’s, Germantown is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party for Families on December 31st. Join us from 5:30 to 8:00 pm to bring in the New Year! There will be a full dinner featuring a child-friendly menu, dancing with Production Sound Company, face painting, crafts, and prayers for the New Year. Wear your party clothes and be home after the 8:00 pm countdown! The public is invited. Cost is $10 per person, children one year and under are free. Click here for tickets or call the church office at 901-754-7282.

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

REGISTRATION IS FULL for 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.

2013 Bishop's Bash
January 18-20, 2013
St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center

This year's Bishop's Bash theme is "Fruit of the Spirit," based on Galatians 5:22-23, and it will take place at St. Columba Conference Center over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend, January 18-20, 2013. The cost is $125/person, and the registration deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, January 7, 2013. Click here to download a registration packet for more details!

Enneagram Retreat
January 20-21, 2013
St. Columba Conference & Retreat Center

Using the Enneagram’s map of nine distinct personality types, Retreat Leader Sandra Smith will explore with participants how we become more available to ourselves, to others and the Divine. This retreat will weave poetry, silent reflection, and panel interviews of the nine types. Click here for more information.

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