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Pastor’s Pen - November 2019

This Sunday, November 3, we will observe All Saints’ Day and remember the saints of our church, as well as other friends and loved ones from our lives who have passed away in the last year.

There have been many deaths that have affected members of our faith community in the last year. We have lost mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, life-long friends and well known members of the Memphis community. Some of the deaths were expected, the unavoidable end following years of sickness. The death of others were very unexpected, adding a sense of shock and disbelief to the accompanying grief.

We will all carry the names of those saints that personally touched our lives - those who named God within us, evoked God from us, and who gave God to us. Of all the grief and sadness that death has brought our congregation in the last year, it has been the death of Avalon Robinson that has touched the life of our faith community as a whole.

From The Companion to the Book of Common Worship:

    “All Saint’s Day is a time to rejoice in all who through the ages have faithfully served the Lord. The day reminds us that we are part of one continuing, living communion of saints. It is a time to claim our kinship with the “glorious company of apostles, prophets, and martyrs.” It is a time to express our gratitude for all who in ages of darkness kept the faith, for those who have taken the gospel to the ends of the earth, for prophetic voices who have called the church to be faithful in life and service, for all who have witnessed to God’s justice and peace in every nation. Reminded that God was with the faithful of the past, we are reassured that God is with us today, moving us and all creation towards God’s end in time.”

Avalon is indeed a saint of our community of faith. She taught each of us with her words and actions. She lived out her faith in service and exemplified the love of Christ for us. Her absence remains to be felt in our church and in our hearts.

We give thanks for Avalon and for all the saints we continue to name in our hearts, this day and always.


Rev. Will

Race for Grace 5K and One Mile Fun Walk
Don't forget to join us tomorrow morning for the annual race.  It looks like the weather will be perfect and we will have face painting, an inflatable, lots of snacks, and of course, lots of fun!  All proceeds benefit Shady Grove Elementary School.

Don't Forget to Set Your Clocks Back
DST ends on Sunday, November 3, at 2:00 A.M

2020 Commitments
What’s your vision for Shady Grove 2020? Its that time of year, as we prepare for a new year and new decade, to think and pray about how we are going to commit ourselves, our time, and our financial resources to promote the mission and ministry of our faith community. Letters and commitment cards have gone out, and all are asked to mark Sunday, November 17 as our Commitment Sunday where we celebrate Shady Grove 2020.

Sunday School
Adult Sunday school meets at 9:30am in Room 13.
The book study class on Being Mortal meets at 9:30am in the Red Boot room.
Children's and Youth's Sunday school meets every Sunday during worship.

Join a Team
Team meetings are this Sunday, November 3rd after church.  Please consider getting involved!

PW Day & Night Circles
The Day Circle will meet Tuesday, November 5, at 10am, in the library.  Will is leading the
discussion on Chapter 3.  The Night Circle will meet at 7pm, at the home of Nancy Walker located at 294 Richbriar St, 38120.

Let's Get Spiritual
On Thursday November 7, Theology Thursday will meet at Pyros restaurant in the Park Place Center on the corner of Park and Ridgeway. The final gathering on November 14 will be once again at Sarah and Tim's house located at 50 Sevier Street in the High Point Terrace neighborhood.

Sausage Biscuits
The Formation Team will offer sausage biscuits for sale to raise funds for the annual St. Luke's Christmas Dinner.  They will be offered Sunday, November 10th and will cost $3.00.  Your support greatly appreciated!

Session Meeting
Will meet Sunday, November 10, after worship.

The November meeting will be held Tuesday, November 12, 7-8:30pm, at Temple Israel located at 1376 E Massey Rd.

Birthday Luncheon
The birthday lunch will be at Ciao Bella, noon, November 13th.  Honorees are Annette Bickers and Glenna Rohrbacher.

Wednesday Night Dinners
Please join us for dinner at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall on November 13th.  Please sign the pew pad during Sunday worship to RSVP.

Book and Movie Group
The book group will meet on the 14th at 7pm in room 13.  We will discuss Soft in the Head.  Maxine Patterson will lead the discussion.

Calling All Writers!
Believe it or not, there are fewer than 4 weeks left until Advent, and we need you to share your thoughts and skills as wordsmiths in putting together this year’s devotional.  If you would like to contribute, please let me know in an email (, text, or phone call (901-299-3279). You can also leave a message with Angie in the church office. This year Advent begins on Sunday, December 1, and so we will need all of the devotional entries to be
completed by November 15.

Saturday Supper
On Saturday, November 16th, 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 meet Sunday, November 17, from 2:00 to 3:30 at the church.

Blessed!  A Feast to Give Thanks
Please join us Tuesday, November 26, at 6:00pm for the annual feast.  It will be potluck.  More details to follow.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Will be held Saturday, November 30, from 1-6pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Handmade items from local artisans.  Refreshments will be served.

Tai Chi for Health
We're going to take a holiday break.  We won't meet from Nov. 11 thru the new year.  We'll resume on January 6.

Choir Practice
If you love to sing, please join the choir on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm in the sanctuary!

Food Pantry
Canned soup and cans of main dish items with meat are needed. Your donations make a huge difference!

Pastor's Note
Holy Trinity Community Church is looking for a temporary home, and they have found one at Shady Grove Presbyterian. HTCC recently sold their building on the corner of Highland and Spottswood, and approached Rev. Will about the possibility of their congregation “nesting” at our church while they determine their future building needs. HTCC will hold their worship services in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings from 9a-10a. You will probably notice more traffic in the parking lot as one church lets out while the other welcomes in. There will be opportunities throughout their time on our campus for the two congregations to worship together and have joint fellowship events. All details should be finalized in the next several weeks.

Please remember Shady Grove in your will.

Winter RITI 2019 Is Here!

November 5th & 20th
December 3rd & 18th
January 7th & 15th
February 4th & 19th
March 3rd & 18th
April 7th & 15th


Winter Room In The Inn (RITI) begins in just one week! Once again, we will be opening our doors for our neighbors experiencing homelessness in our city. This winter, we are hosting each 1st Tuesday & 3rd Wednesday from November through April. We will also open our doors in Emergency on nights where temperatures and host participation is low. We want to make sure that no one seeking shelter is turned away and left unsafe on Memphis's coldest nights. We need your help to keep these doors open. Bookmark and keep a close eye on our Sign-up Genius site to see how you can help. We have also created a new registration form to help us organize our volunteer base a bit better. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to submit your response to us as soon as possible. Please consider joining us so that we may keep our doors open to support this mission. We thank you for your continued support as we work to make sure our beloved guests are fed, showered, well-rested, and safe.

Our Sign-up Genius is up and ready for all of our upcoming dates. There are many opportunities to jump in so please take a look and see what spots are still open and what role best suits you. 

A few things to note:

  • Follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information. Also, on Facebook, we have a group for open discussion. We love hearing from you!
  • While we appreciate all donations, it is most helpful to check with our program coordinators to see what our current needs are. You can reach them at If you donate food to the RITI program, please be sure that the food is in date. We are not allowed to serve food that is beyond the recommended date of the manufacturer.
  • Drivers are not allowed to make any extra stops with guests in the car. Likewise, all guest must be returned to the Carpenter House ONLY. No other drop-off locations are permitted.
  • When picking up guests Downtown, please use the pick-up line in front of the doors. Do not leave your car unattended.
  • Due to the amount and duration of work, our Shower Supervisor position is a two-person job. We hope to fill both slots each time we host. 
  • We have enough beds to host 20 guests per night. When providing food, we aim to have enough to offer each guests seconds and to allow a few volunteers who spend the duration of the night (and do not get to leave for dinner) to have dinner with them for fellowship.


Love Is Our Doctrine, Service Is Our Prayer

Thank you again to each and every one of you who jump in to make this program successful time and time again. Most of our guests praise the work we do and tell us that Neshoba feels like home. I hope we continue to offer that feeling to each and every guest and volunteer who walks through our doors.

Keep an eye out for the many ways you can be a part of this wonderful program. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to follow us on Facebook and join our Facebook discussion group.

Our Sign-up Genius lists the many ways to volunteer your time. We also take monetary donations online and in person through our church for our program. Checks may be made payable to Neshoba Church with RITI (Room In The Inn) designated as the recipient in the "for" section. If you prefer to donate tangible items, please email to see what the current needs are for the program. These donations are used to provide needs that are directly for our guests of Room In The Inn and to keep this program running.

Prayer List

Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
Roy Shirkey
Anne Graves
Phil Smith
Regina Rastall
Colleen Whirley
Carol Bizot
Sandra and Ned Smith
Don and Laura Flippin
Teresa Robinson
Janet Baldwin
Susan Baldwin
Chuck Cambell (Friend of Sonny)
Anges Sanders (Avalon’s sister)
George and Darlene Gray (Nancy Gray)
Sandy Smith (Ned and Sandra)
Polly Heimburg
Lynn Douglas (Shelley Gray)
Marie Johnson - home recently damaged by the tornado on 10/21
Gaye Hazel (Angie Wagner’s aunt)
Darrell Willis (Carolyn King’s friend)
Davina Hawkins - receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic
Ann Miller
Ron & Cathy Lynn
Roscoe Robinson
Billy Prince

Prayers for Expecting Parents
Meredith Walsh and Kyle Tingley
Torie Eriksen and DeJuan Davis
Anna and Trey Harness

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

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