Bishop's Visitations
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.

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.

Summary of Actions Now Available
The Summary of Actions detailing the resolutions, elections and other matters from the 77th General Convention held in July 2012 is now available from The Episcopal Church General Convention office. The document reports on the 411 resolutions considered by the 77th General Convention. Click here to download.

EEC Receives $10,000 Award
Emmanuel Episcopal Center received a $10,000 grant from University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban's Nick's Kids Fund. Click here to read the full Commercial Appeal article.

Saint John's Summer Concert Series
August 5 - 26, 10:30am
Saint John's Church

This summer, Saint John's will feature guest artists performing several pieces during the 10:30 am Sunday worship service. Please join us as we lift our praise to the Lord.
August 5
Mark Bradshaw, piano
August 12 
Katherine Barnwell, oboe
August 19
Caroline Murrah, soprano
August 26
Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin

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 for an average of 3-7 children. Please contact parish administrator Marilyn Riehl at or 388-9830 to apply.

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

Admissions Open Houses at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School
Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:30-10:00 am
Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:00-10:30 am

Anchor Center, 250 Lemaster
For families interested in a private, Episcopal school education! GSL serves 500+ students in PK-8th grade and is located in beautiful Central Gardens, the heart of Midtown Memphis. Come tour the school and learn more about our exceptional program and excellent outcomes.

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

Palmer Kellogg Bartlett
Grace-St. Luke's, Memphis

Margaret Frances Dorris Flory
St. Thomas the Apostle, Humboldt

Kathy S. Gunn
St. Thomas the Apostle, Humboldt

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

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The Diocesan Communicator e-newsletter is published every two weeks. Please submit information to Lauren Stone at The deadline for the next issue is Friday, August 24th.

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31st Annual Diocesan Convention
November 15-17
Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church
The 31st Annual Diocesan Convention will be held November 15-17 at Grace-St. Luke's Church in Midtown Memphis. Registration materials, nomination forms and resolution forms are posted online. Registration must be completed by October 1st. While each parish and mission sends a limited number of delegates to vote during business sessions of the convention, all members of the Diocese are invited and encouraged to attend all parts of the convention weekend.

Nominations Open for Church Restructuring Task Force
Episcopalians wishing to be considered to serve on a General Convention-mandated task force focusing on church restructure may access an online nomination form by clicking here. Nominations will be accepted until Thursday, August 23. Resolution C095 calls for development of a 24-member task force charged with presenting a plan to the next General Convention in 2015 “for reforming the Church’s structures, governance, and administration.” The task force members will be appointed by  September 30. Read the full text of Resolution C095 here.

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

"Run With Endurance the Race Set Before You” is the theme for the 66th Annual Layman's Conference at DuBose on August 17-19. The theme will explore persevering through adversity from a sports perspective. Conference speakers all have a sports background: keynote speaker Coach Philip Fulmer is former UT Vols coach; the Rev. Colenzo Hubbard was a member of the 1973 National Championship Crimson Tide football team under Coach Bear Bryant; and Rudy Kalis is sports director, reporter and anchor at WSMV-TV in Nashville. Register online for a weekend of fellowship with men from all over the Diocese!

Recovery Sunday
August 26
Grace-St. Luke's, 1720 Peabody Ave

Recovery Sunday is a celebration of the deliverance by God’s grace of persons who have been imprisoned by the punishing and bewildering illness of addiction. The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke will preach at 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. He will also lead a special Rector's Forum on the Spiritual Experience from 9:30 - 10:15 am in Trezevant Hall. Fr. Hoke recently retired as Staff Chaplain at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and Missioner to St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero and is an Adjunct Professor at General Seminary, where he has pioneered a course on the Church’s role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness.

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

The University of Tennessee at Martin in conjunction with Radian Partners is sponsoring a seminar about Social Security Benefits and changes to the Social Security system on September 6th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Avenue, 9th floor. 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.  Seating is limited.

Wayward Sisters, Music at St. Mary's
September 7, 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Cathedral

For St. Mary’s annual commemoration of the Martyrs of Memphis, the Cathedral will host Wayward Sisters, winner of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos recording competition. To remember the sacrifices made during Yellow Fever outbreaks in 1870’s Memphis, Wayward Sisters will perform a program titled "Ashes, Ashes: Music and Plague" exploring the intersections—some fateful, some incidental—between disease and the creative process.

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 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

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 now or get more information, by contacting Debbie Balling at or 901-335-4001.

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.


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