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Just Around the Corner - November

Pastor’s Letter

On November 4, we will observe All Saints Sunday and remember those friends and loved ones of the church that have passed away in the last year.

There have been a number of deaths that have affected members of our church 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 caused our congregation in the last year, it has been the death of William ‘Billy’ Bickers and Ruth Ingram that have touched our lives 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.”

Billy and Ruth are indeed saints of our community of faith. They have taught each of us with their words and their actions. They have lived their faith out in service, both internationally and here at home. They have exemplified the love of Christ for us, and their absence remains to be felt in our church and in our hearts.

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

Rev. Will

Children's Sunday School
Will continue to work on Advent/Christmas decorations along with their Godly Play lessons.  Also, we are in need of a large Nativity set (outdoor size) for the annual Christmas Pageant.  If you have one to loan or donate, please see Carolyn King.

Youth Group Activities
Family: Wednesday Night  Meal- TBA
Outing 2:  Nov. 04 at 1pm @ Memphis Grilled Cheese Fest 2018
Outing: Nov. 17th at 6:30 pm - Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald @ Paradiso
Volunteer: Nov. 27th - Saturday Supper @ St. Lukes 3:30pm

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.

Singers and choristers, now hear this!
Come and experience the hippest choir around, and hang with some excessively groovy people!!  Join us every Wednesday, at 7:30pm, in the sanctuary.

Don't Forget to Set Your Clocks Back
DST ends on Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 A.M

Stewardship Season is Upon Us!
The annual stewardship campaign officially kicks off Sunday, November 4.  Please look for your pledge cards in the mail or feel free to pick one up in the narthex.

Join a Team
Team meetings are Sunday, November 4th after church.   Please consider getting involved!

PW Day & Night Circles
The Day Circle will meet Tuesday, November 6, at 10am, in the library.  Rev. Will is leading the discussion on Chapter 3.  The Night Circle will meet at 7pm, at the home of Elaine Williams located at 1067 Welchire Place.  Lessons 2 & 3 will be discussed.  

Wednesday Night Dinner
Please join us for dinner at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall on November 7th.  Carolyn will have Christmas craft decorting stations for kids of all ages!   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, November 11th and will cost $3.00.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Session Meeting
Will meet Monday, November 12, at 6pm.
The session will receive new members after worship on Sunday, November 18.

Baddour Poinsettias
The Christmas season is approaching and the Baddour Poinsettias will soon be ready.  There are order forms available in the narthex and the deadline to order is November 13th.

Advent Devotional
The devotional book for Advent is currently in the works. If you have not yet been contacted but would like to write a short reflection and prayer please let me know. We would love to have your participation. This year’s theme is “Abide With Me” and the reflection and prayer would be due to me by November 13 th . Peggy Wilson 757-4479 (H), 351-5654 (C),

MICAH’s November Meeting
The monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, November 13, 7:00p in the Blount Auditorium at Rhodes College (2000 North Parkway).

Birthday Luncheon
The birthday lunch will be November 14th, noon, at Caritas Village, 2509 Harvard.  Honorees are Annette Bickers and Glenna Rohrbacher.

Saturday Supper
On Saturday, November 17th, 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 October. 18th, at 2pm, here at the church.

Blessed!  A Feast to Give Thanks
Please join us Tuesday, November 20, at 6:00pm for the annual feast.  It will be potluck.  More details to follow.

Pinecrest - Plenty in the Pines
Thanksgiving lunch, November 22 at Pinecrest.  Serving traditional Thanksgiving lunch with all the sides from 11:30-1:00pm  $22/adult, $15/child, 3 and under/free.
After lunch, enjoy bonfires, hayrides, and wandering under the changing leaves.  No cooking or cleaning...Just relaxing and being grateful.  A good day.

Book and Movie Group
We will meet November 29th, at 7pm, to discuss Never Stop Walking by Christina Rikardsson.

SuperLo & Kroger Cards
Please see Shelley Gray after worship each Sunday to sign up for the Rewards programs.  Our last quarter Kroger rewards totaled $296.74!  This is a $240.00 increase from the previous quarter!!!

Mustard Seed
We have new markdowns in the store and have new merchandise arriving this week. Advent calendars will be available for sale soon.
Food Pantry
At this time, boxes of macaroni & cheese are needed.

Baby Shower for Sara & Will
Please join us Sunday, December 9, after refreshments, in the Fellowship Hall to help celebrate the upcoming arrival of their new baby boy!   

                                        Please remember Shady Grove in your will.


Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
Sandra and Ned Smith
Avalon and Sonny Robinson
Laura Flippin
Teresa 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)
Gaye Hazel (Angie Wagner's aunt)
Shelley Gray
Louise Mildred Brown

Prayers for Peace and Comfort
Tree of Life Congregation
   and the wider Jewish community
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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