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Just Around the Corner - November 2017

Pastor’s Pen

On November 5, we will celebrate All Saints Sunday, and remember those friends and loved ones of the church that have passed away in the last couple of years.

In the early Christian tradition, saints’ days began as a way to mark the anniversary of a martyr’s death – his or her “birthday” as a saint. By the middle of the church’s first millennium, there were so many martyrs that it was hard to give them all their due. All Saint’s Day was established as an opportunity to honor all the saints, known and unknown.

In the Reformed tradition and Presbyterian denomination, while we give thanks for the lives of particular luminaries of ages past, the emphasis is on the ongoing sanctification of the whole people of God. Rather than putting saints on pedestals as holy people set apart in glory, we give glory to God for the ordinary, holy lives of the believers in this and every age. We give thanks for members of the community of faith who have died in the past year and all who have left their mark on our faith. We also prepare for the day when we all may be counted among the company of the faithful in the church triumphant.

This All Saints Sunday, we will rejoice and give thanks to God for the saints throughout the ages and the saints from our community who have joined the ‘great cloud of witnesses’. We will remember the pain that we all endured at their loss and the grief that death brings upon us all. We will also remember, and here particularly rejoice, in the full life that those who have died now live with God.  

These are the members and family of Shady Grove that we have lost in the past year.

Dorothy Archer - -  11/14/16    

Elizabeth Ann Chancellor - - 11/18/16

Lea Queener - - 12/11/16        

Roy Ingram - - 04/24/17

Ed Johnson - - 05/19/17

Charles Gray - - 05/21/17    

Cynthia Haynes Parker - - 07/30/17

Ann Odom - - 08/10/17

Bill Roberds - - 09/10/17

Martha Jones - - 10/12/17

Carolyn Bryan - - 10/15/17

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Rev. Will

Parish Nurse Notes
Here are a few hints to lower the costs of prescription medications: 1. Enter the name of the drug on the website and click on "find the lowest price" and it will list all local pharmacies and the price of the medication in order of the least to the most expensive. 2. Ask how much it will cost if you pay cash instead of using your insurance where you make the co-pay. There are middle-men who negotiate the prices of medications with drug companies and this sometimes makes our co-pay, even with your insurance, higher than if we just paid cash. Pharmacists cannot volunteer this information to us (current law) but they can tell us if we ask them!
submitted by Janet Bartosch, Parish Nurse.

Parent's Night Out
Join us Friday, November 3, at Malco Ridgeway Cinema for Thor: Ragnarok.  We will meet at the theater and pick up will be at Genghis Grill.  Times TBA

A Call to All Singers
Advent is approaching quickly and the choir is preparing a special array of music to celebrate this special season! To make the season all the more joyful, they need more voices! So, if you enjoy singing and would like to add your voice to our small and dedicated choir, please consider joining, if only for the short season. Choir practice is on Wednesdays at 7:30p.

Don't Forget to Set Your Clocks Back
DST ends on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 A.M.  

Join a Team
Team meetings are Sunday, November 5,  after church.

PW Day and Night Circles
The Day Circle will meet here at the church on November 7, at 10 am.  We will discuss Lesson 3.  The night circle will meet at Nancy Walker's home at 294 Richbriar St. at 7pm.

Women's Birthday Luncheon
The birthday lunch will be at The Second Line, November 8, at noon.  Honorees are Annette Bickers, Mary Lou Stanton and Glenna Rohrbacher.

Wednesday Night Dinners
The next dinner is November 8, at 6pm, in the Fellowship Hall.  Our guest speaker will be from Refugee Empowerment Program.  REP serves between 200-400 refugees each year. Their three main programs are the after school program for PK to 12th grade youth, the adult ESL program, and a Summer Enrichment Program for 3rd grade to 12th grade students.

Saturday Supper
On Saturday, November 11th, 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.

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 on November 12th and will cost $3.00.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Interested in Joining the Church?
Talk to a session member about attending the next meeting, Monday, November 13, at 5:30pm in room 13.

Youth Group Volunteer Opportunity
Join us Thursday, November 16, from 5pm-7pm at Idlewild Presbyterian Church:  More Than a Meal.

Book Club
We will meet on the 16th, at 7pm,  to discuss Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.  Nancy Howell will lead the discussion.

Knitting Prayer Shawls
Our knitting group will meet Sunday, November 19, from 2:00 till 3:30pm.  Please note the date change due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Blessed!  A Feast to Give Thanks
Please join us Tuesday, November 21, at 6:30pm for the annual feast.  Plans are in the works for Beulah Baptist Church and Masid As-Salam to join us!

Youth Group Meet Up
Join us Sunday, November 26, to go to the Rec Room.  We will meet here at the church at 1:00pm.  Pick up will be at 3:00pm at the Rec Room located at 3000 Broad Avenue.

2017 Pledge Progress
As of October 30, Shady Grove is at 91% of reaching our goal of $305,000!

Mustard Seed
Help is greatly needed!  If you would like to volunteer to work in the store, please see Bonnie Dodson or sign up in the narthex. Come check out the new products from Thistle and Bee!

Food Pantry
Most needed items are cans of main dishes with meat (not tuna), soup and cans of green

Rev. Will is out of the office from November 6 - November 13. He will be attending a week long community organizing training through the Gamaliel Foundation in Illinois. Rev. Sara Dorrien-Christians will be preaching on Sunday, November 12.

Want to share?
If you would like to contribute to the monthly newsletter, please submit the details to Angie by the 20th of each month. Weekly email and bulletin information by Thursday at 12 pm.  Please include this information: date, time, location, and the who, what, and why for the occasion. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please remember Shady Grove in your will
Race for Grace is just around the corner!  We would like to
encourage everyone to support shady grove's values of fitness, community and charity by either volunteering or running in the race.  Also, please encourage your friends, neighbors and
co-workers to participate in this fun, family friendly event.  

Adult non-runners can walk the course and children 12 and under can either run the
5k or the 1 mile fun run.  

The race benefits Shady Grove Elementary School.

To register, go to:

A popular Couch to 5K Training Plan is:


Jim Bledsoe and Family (Henry Bartosch)
Don and Charlotte Haynes and Family
Bill Tracer
Mary Kirkland
Courtney Cook (Rev. Will)
Sharon Harrison
Thord Nyberg (Carina & Lecolion Washington)
Mary Fischer (Henry & Janet Bartosch)
Sandy Smith (Ned & Sandra Smith)
Sherry Morrison (Pam Hinds)
Agnes Sanders (Avalon Robinson)
Bob and Kathy Farmer (Sarah Strong)
Polly Heimberg
Mike Hastings (Jeanine Akers)
Adam Cruthirds (Connie Cruthirds)
Kevin McDevitt (Meghan McDevitt-Murphy)
Maria Julia Garcia-Brake (Mary Alice Brake)
Ruth Ingram and Family
Okan Demirmen (Elizabeth McFadden)
Oliver Pace (Ann Miller)
Connor Boyd (Elizabeth Boyd)
Juliana Judge (Carolyn King)
Patrick Herrington and family (Kay & Anna Ericksen)
Lynn Douglas (Shelley Gray)
The Family of Jere Morris (Bob Isgren)
Avalon and Sonny Robinson
Frierson Graves
Garland Smith
Helen Wofford & Family (Kay Ericksen)
Ned and Sandra Smith
Marie Johnson and Family
Rosaline Walker (Ann Miller)

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