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Just Around the Corner - August

Pastor’s Pen

Growing up at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, we would hold a bi-annual church work day, dubbed ‘SOS Day’. The moniker always felt like a misnomer to me, because the church was never in distress, unless you count the need to pressure wash the sidewalk as emergency disrepair. ‘SOS’ always pops into my mind anytime planning starts for Shady Grove’s own church work days, but I’ve never felt the need to push the name.

‘SOS’ popped back in my mind this past week, but for a completely different reason. Between August and September, there will be a number of opportunities for our congregation to ‘support our students’; our own ‘SOS’.

Sunday, August 5 (this Sunday!) will be a youth led service at Shady Grove! The youth group, led by Chris Williams, has been hard at work planning worship and reflections that will give the congregation a taste of the Montreat Youth Conference experience. We will also have the ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’ for all students as the new school year begins, so parents please bring along your child’s pack!

On Monday, August 6 - the first day of school for SCS - everyone is invited to come to Shady Grove Elementary School at 7:30a to give the students a warm and exciting welcome. This kind of gathering occurred last year at multiple schools in the district as a community response to a significant decline in the Hispanic student registration, which was attributed to a contagious fear in the wake of numerous ICE raids within Memphis. I’m not sure of the registration numbers this year, but since the atmosphere remains tense, this is a needed moment of welcome and warmth. We will make signs to greet the students in the Fellowship Hall after church this Sunday.

Finally, it appears we have found a wonderful project for the upcoming MIFA 50th Anniversary Community Days! In partnership with Masjid Al-Salam and MIFA, we are working on a service day at Shady Grove Elementary. After some other initial thoughts fell through, I reached out to Principal Kiersten Schnacke at the elementary school to see if we could be of service there. It shouldn’t have surprised me that the answer was a resounding ‘Yes!’ Principal Schnacke will arrange for a number of projects, both indoor and outdoor, that will help improve the lives of the teachers and the learning environment for the students.

I hope you are excited and will join me over the coming days and weeks to SOS - ‘Support our Students!’

Rev. Will

Join a Team
Team meetings are this Sunday, August 5th after church.

MICAH’s August Meetings
If you have an interest and a passion for being a part of the MICAH Task Forces, please join them at one of their next meetings!

Task Force Training
Shady Grove Presbyterian - August 5 - 3p-5p

Task Force Meetings
Economic Equity - Monday, August 6, 6:30p at Evergreen Presbyterian Church (1567 Overton Park Ave)

Education Reform - Tuesday, August 7, 7:00p at Stand for Children, (Crosstown Concourse, Suite 434)

Immigration & Intercultural Equity - Wednesday, August 8 at Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church (961 Getwell Road)

The monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, August 14, 7:00p, at St. James AME Church - 600 N 4th St, Memphis, TN 38107.

Tai Chi for Health
Mondays, at 6pm, in the fellowship hall. Free, open to the community.  Suitable for all levels and can be done seated. Call Cynthia Mealer for further details or questions at 833-1746.

Presbytery Meeting    
Will be held here at Shady Grove on Saturday, August 11.  Volunteers are needed for refreshments, registration, name tags and lunch ticket sales.  There is a sign up sheet in the narthex or feel free to email the office.

Sausage Biscuits
The Formation Team will be offering sausage biscuits (and plain biscuits) for sale to raise funds for the annual St. Luke's Christmas Dinner.  They will be offered Sunday, August 12th and will cost $3.00.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Saturday Supper
On Saturday, August 18th, come serve at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Highland @ Mynders. Plan to stay from about 3:00 pm to about 5:30 pm. Call Susan Baldwin with questions 605-7704.

Knitting Group
Will resume meeting in September.

Kids and Worship
Want to be an acolyte or psalmist in worship? Sign up on or call or email the office.

SuperLo & Kroger Cards
Please see Shelley Gray after worship each Sunday to sign up for the Rewards programs.

Mustard Seed
Come check out our new shipments!  Lots of new merchandise just arrived.  If you would like to volunteer to work in the store, please see Bonnie Dodson to sign up.

Food Pantry
At this time, jars of peanut butter and boxes of cereal are needed.

Fall Work Day
Save the date for October 20!  Please contact Cynthia Mealer with potential projects.

Please remember Shady Grove in you will.



Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
RH Rastall
Ruth Ingram
Avalon and Sonny Robinson
Steve Alsobrook
Janet Baldwin (Susan Baldwin’s mother)
Chuck Cambell (Friend of Sonny and Avalon)
Anges Sanders (Avalon’s sister)
Jane Sohm (Sarah Strong’s mother)
George and Darlene Gray (Nancy Gray)
Sandy Smith (Ned and Sandra Smith)
Polly Heimburg
Lynn Douglas (Shelley Gray)
DeAnn Pace (Ann Miller)
Rosalind Walker (Ann Miller)
Amy Waddell (Ann Miller)
Marie Johnson
Tim Russell (Angie Wagner’s father)
Sharon Harrison
Bill Christians (Rev. Will's father)

Prayers for the grieving
Annette Bickers and Family

Prayers for Peace and Comfort
McFadden-Holdsworth Family
Meredith Walsh and Kyle Tingley
Bill Tracer
Ethan King

Prayers for the Human Condition
All affected by gun violence
Immigrant communities and families seeking asylum

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