Bishop's Visitations
Sept 2 - St. James', Bolivar
Sept 9 - Emmanuel & St. Joseph's, Memphis
Sept 16 - Church of the Annunciation, Cordova
Sept 23 - St. Thomas the Apostle, Humboldt
Click here to download Bishop Johnson's full 2012-2013 Visitation Schedule.

Safeguarding God's Children
September 11
Grace-St. Luke's Church

Registration is now available for the September 11 training at Grace-St. Luke's Church. The next training will take place December 4 at Grace-St. Luke's School.

Vergers' Conference
The 2012 Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church conference will be held October 11-14th at All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida. Click here for details and registration information.

Daughters of the King Diocesan Fall Assembly
October 27, 9:30 am
St. Mary's Cathedral

All Diocesan Daughters of the King and other interested ladies are invited. Reservations needed for lunch $20. Program to be announced.

Children at Immanuel, LaGrange present the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, their guest Celebrant this past Sunday, with scarves they knit during Sunday School class for the children of Emmanuel Episcopal Center.

Recovery Musical
September 7, 7:00 pm
Grace-St. Luke’s, McClure Hall

Join us for what has become an annual event for the West Tennessee Episcopal Addiction & Recovery Ministry, Grace-St. Luke’s Church, and Recovery Repertory Theater on Friday, Sept 7th, at 7:00 pm. This year’s show, “The Wide, Wide World of Recovery: Tales of Sobriety and the Agony of Defeat” is a reality show spoof and promises to be lots of fun!

Diocesan ECW Meeting
Saturday, November 3
Save the Date for the Diocesan ECW Annual Meeting! Details to be announced.

Mondays at Miss Lee’s
Mondays, 9:00-10:30 am
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School

Led by Head of Preschool, Jennifer Vest, this special program for young children and their parents will include guided play, music, art, storytelling and other activities specifically developed for children who turned 2 by June 1, 2012.  Choose from four different 3-week sessions, free of charge! Register on the GSL website at under Admissions.

Hiring: Nursery Worker
St. Philip Episcopal Church
, 9380 Davies Plantation Road, is seeking  a part time paid nursery worker. A nursery for babies and toddlers is provided from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon every Sunday. Please contact parish administrator Marilyn Riehl at or 388-9830 to apply.

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

Ruth West Farr
Grace-St. Luke's

Leon Griffin, Sr.
Emmanuel, Memphis

Virginia Hutchinson
St. Matthew’s Covington     

Mary Alice McCall  
St. Matthew’s Covington     

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 reviewed and 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, September 7th.

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


Small Change, Big Difference
I invite you to go to the Church Pension Group’s website and read their 100 Small Steps for a healthier lifestyle feature. The suggestions there include general recommendations, diet, exercise, emotional health, finances, intellectual pursuits, community involvement and spiritual components of healthy living. This is a gift you can give yourself, and it is not only good information for members of the clergy, but everyone. It moved me to take the next steps needed to accomplish a number of my personal healthy living goals. Give yourself this gift.

Are you willing to serve? Diocesan Convention nominations are open
November 15-17
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Diocesan Convention is coming in November, and it is time to consider the various opportunities for Diocesan ministry for which you would be willing to offer yourself. Visit the diocesan website for information about how to nominate yourself or a friend (with their permission first, please.) It is a great opportunity to meet and work with other Episcopalians from across the Diocese in helping us achieve our mission of being a diocese that invites all people, as God’s beloved, into communities of Christian faith, love and service. Registration materials for Diocesan Convention are posted online and must be completed by October 1st. Resolutions must be submitted to the Diocesan Office by September 17th.

Social Security Seminar
September 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave

This in-depth seminar will cover: what is full retirement age, learning about spousal benefits, when should you file your claim, what possible changes to social security will occur in the future, how does social security fit with your lifestyle income needs, and do your investments cover the gap for your total income needs. To register for this FREE seminar, call 202-3909. 

Martyrs of Memphis Weekend
September 7-9th
St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral will commemorate Constance and Her Companions: The Martyrs of Memphis with several events next weekend. On Friday, Sept 7th at 7:00 pm, the Wayward Sisters will perform “Ashes, Ashes: Music and Plague,” followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. On Saturday, Sept 8th at 5:00 pm, the Cathedral Chamber Choir and Organists will offer Evensong at All Saints’, 1508 S. White Station. On Sunday, Sept 9th, the Sisters of St. Mary will have breakfast after the 8:00 am Eucharist, followed by the 10:00 am Adult Formation Hour: Talking with the Dead-the Memphis Yellow Fever Experience. A Festival Eucharist at 11:00 am will be followed by a picnic at Elmwood Cemetery at 12:30 pm. Call the Cathedral office at 527-3361 for picnic tickets.

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

This 3.1 mile run/walk will start and finish at Church of the Holy Communion, and a 400-meter dash for children 10 and under will be held on the 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, go to

St. Philip Annual Shrimp Boil
Sept 29, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
9380 Davies Plantation Road

Back by popular demand! Tickets are $25/adult and $10/child under 12 before September 23rd. This year's event will take place under the stars with live music by Not Natchez from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Dine in or enjoy the convenience of the "to go" drive thru from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Click here for more information.

Blessing of the Animals
September 30, 4:00 pm
Immanuel, La Grange

Zuri, Immanuel's Parish Puppy, would like to invite you to Historic Immanuel Episcopal Church's Annual Blessing of the Animals with the Rev. Barney Gordon on Sunday, Sept 30 at 4:00 pm at the corner of Chestnut and 2nd Street, La Grange, Tennessee. Bring your canines, felines, horses, chickens, goats, goldfish, stuffed animals or any pets of your pleasure to be blessed on the lawn of Immanuel! Reception to follow.

Hiring: Executive Officer of General Convention
Applications are now being accepted for the position of Executive Officer of General Convention of The Episcopal Church. The position is open to an active Episcopalian, either clergy or lay, and calls for a thorough understanding of the polity of The Episcopal Church and a working knowledge of parliamentary procedures. Click here for detailed requirements and application. Deadline for applications is Friday, September 21.

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

Sybil MacBeth will lead the St. Clare silent 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 or get more information by contacting Debbie Balling at or 335-4001.


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