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Just Around the Corner - May

With the end of the school year, this month marks some major changes in the lives of many of our young people. Significant life events - baptisms, weddings, funerals, ordinations - are surrounded by ritual within the church, and for good cause. Ritual as a daily practice offers our lives a sense of order and balance. Ritual as a spiritual practice reminds us, as we read this past Sunday, that it is God in whom “we live and move and have our being.” Ritual as a communal, religious practice grounds us in our faith community and illustrates for us the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ that surrounds us, goes before us, and continually lifts us up in love.

On Sunday, May 13, we will offer blessings through ritual to our young people who will be marking significant milestones on their life’s journey. Particularly, we are focusing on the young people who will be transitioning from one school to another, those completing their high school education and those who have completed graduate school.

Our young people being recognized include:

Aubrey Kearney - Graduating from Indiana University Bloomington -
Master's in Public Affairs with a concentration on Policy Analysis and Public Finance Administration
Bri Wagner - Graduating from University of Memphis  - Master's in Public Health
Ethan King - Tennessee Air National Guard; University of Memphis beginning fall of 2019.
Colin King - Begins 9th grade at White Station High School
Joseph Baker - Begins 9th grade (inaugural class) at Crosstown High School
Reghan Kearney - Begins 9th grade at White Station High School
Anna Rose Baker - Begins 6th grade at White Station Middle School
Owen Kearney - Begins 6th grade at White Station Middle School
Tiyana Warren - Begins 6th grade at White Station Middle School
Colin Kallaher - Begins 6th grade at White Station Middle School
Finn Murphy - Begins 6th grade at Lausanne Collegiate School

If there are any others with a close connection to Shady Grove that will be making an educational transition, we will be sure to include them in our blessings and celebrations! Please just let me know!

Let us keep these, and all of our, wonderful youth in prayer, thanking God for their presence in our faith community and for the touch of their lives upon ours.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing,

Rev. Will

PW Day/Night Circles
Will be held tonight, May 1, at 6:30 pm at the home of Kitty Cannon located at 160 Azalea Garden Way.  Please bring a covered dish and carpooling is encouraged.

Presbyterian Women
The annual birthday offering will be collected on Sunday, May 6.  This year's offering will benefit Cottage Village (Oregon), Village of Grace (Honduras) and The Dwelling Place (Minnesota).

Join a team.
Team meetings are Sunday, May 6th after church. Come prepared to stay.

Choir!  Rehearsal is at 7:30 pm each Wednesday in the Sanctuary.

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, May 6th and will cost $3.00.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

MICAH’s May Meeting
Will be on Tuesday, May 8, 7:00p, at Freedom's Chapel Christian Church. At this meeting, new officers and committee chairs will be voted on and they will also vote on a proposal to add two new standing teams to those originally listed in the bylaws.

Women's Birthday Lunch
Will be at Libro, noon, May 9.  Honoree is Nancy Howell.

Wednesday Night Dinner
Join us for our next dinner, May 9, at 6:00pm, for an interfaith discussion focusing on immigration.  We will be joined by our friends from Masjid Al-Salam.  Please sign up in the narthex or click here if you plan to attend.

Book & Movie Club
Will meet May 10, at 6:00 pm to watch The Dressmaker.  Nancy Howell will lead the discussion.

3rd Annual Ghost River Trip
Amanda Noe will lead the Ghost River Canoe/Kayak trip on Saturday, May 12.  More details to follow.  There is a sign up sheet in the narthex or click here to email Amanda.

Saturday Supper
On Saturday, May 19th, 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.

Pentecost Celebration
The Mid-South Presbytery's 2018 Pentecost Event:  Peace Like a River will be held Sunday, May 20, at Rhodes College.  Kimberly Bracken Long will lead the service.

Knitting Group
Will meet Sunday, May 20, at 2pm here at the church.

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
The store will be open Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays in April.  Store hours are 11:30 until 1:30.   If you would like to volunteer to work in the store, please see Bonnie Dodson to sign up.

Food Pantry
At this time, main dish with meat (not tuna), canned beans (kidney, black, pork & beans) and boxes of cereal are needed.
Session Notes
The session was pleased to formally accept Troy Gottier and Meegan Canny-Gottier into the membership of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church.  The family has been attending for several years and many of you have gotten to know Troy, Meegan, and their children.  Troy and Meegan will be introduced to the congregation on April 22, 2018.  Another blessed event on that date will be the baptism of their daughter, Kayleigh.
The session also approved the request of Steve Holdsworth to be baptized on April 22nd.  This will probably be Steve’s last opportunity to worship with Shady Grove as he will be moving to Seattle, Washington.  Please make a point of wishing him well.

Rev. Christians and the Worship Committee are considering incorporating a passing of a Welcome Pad into the worship service.  This would serve at least two purposes, it would make it easier for us to get to know the people seated next to us in worship and welcome any who might be visiting with us.  It would also allow us to sign up for special events like the Wednesday Night Suppers while the thought is fresh on our minds.

Rev. Will is on vacation May 21-28;  Rev. Dr. Courtney Pace will preach on Sunday, May 27.  He will also be away the following Sunday, June 3, for his grandfather's funeral.  Rev. Ruth Lovell-Bradham will preach that Sunday.
Please remember Shady Grove in your will.


Avalon and Sonny Robinson
McFadden-Holdsworth Family
Mary Moore
Steve Alsobrook
George and Darlene Gray (Nancy Gray)
All affected by gun violence
Janet Baldwin (Susan Baldwin)
Meredith Walsh
Coleen Whirley
Sandy Smith (Ned & Sandra Smith)
Chuck Campbell (Sonny & Avalon Robinson)
Agnes Sanders (Avalon Robinson)
Family of Bob Farmer (Sarah Strong)
Jane Sohm (Sarah Strong)
Polly Heimberg
Adam Cruthirds (Connie Cruthirds)
Mary Julia Garcia-Brake (Mary Alice Brake)
Ruth Ingram
Okan Demirmen (Elizabeth McFadden)
Lynn Douglas (Shelley Gray)
Frierson Graves
Garland Smith
Helen Wofford & Family (Kay Ericksen)
Ned and Sandra Smith
DeAnn Pace (Ann Miller)
Rosaline Walker (Ann Miller)


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