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Just Around the Corner - October

Pastor’s Pen

The question - ‘Where do we go from here?’ - has been dropped around Memphis perhaps hundreds of times over the course of the last year. It was the theme of the MLK50 remembrances, addressed at dozens of events at the National Civil Rights Museum, and highlighted at just about every occasion focusing on race, faith, and equality.

In the city where Dr. King died - ‘Where do we go from here’?
In the city that ranks 2nd nationally in overall poverty - ‘Where do we go from here?’
In a city that struggles with segregation in housing and schools - ‘Where do we go from here?’
In a city where immigrant communities live in fear - ‘Where do we go from here?’
In a state that sits near dead last in voter turnout - ‘Where do we go from here?’

As we continue to search for concrete answers and real pathways to change, MICAH will hold its first public meeting to show our dedication to Moving Memphis Forward. On Sunday, October 21, from 4:30p-6:00p, at the historic Mason Temple, we take another huge step towards greater justice and equity in our city.

At this event, we will present our platform and issues surrounding our three selected areas  (Economic Equity, Education Reform, and Immigration & Intercultural Equity) to the public officials, policy makers, and business leaders that are connected to our concerns. We will ask each of them to join us in our power movement, and we will pledge to keep them accountable in this struggle.  

At the last major milestone for MICAH - the Issues Convention - all in attendance had a specific role to play. We were all, or nearly all, delegates with a vote to cast in deciding MICAH’s direction for the foreseeable future. The public meeting is different; different in that there are no votes to cast or deliberations to be made. Each person’s role is to be a movement maker and a justice seeker.  

When leaders from Memphis - including Rep. Steve Cohen, Mayor Lee Harris, and Sheriff Floyd Bonner - look out into the vast sanctuary of Mason Temple, filled with passionate and energized citizens, a clear message will be sent. ‘We are organized and we are ready for greater economic equity, ready for all of our children to have equal access to quality education, ready to see all racial divides crumble, and ready to see justice lived out in our city.’

John Rutkauskas and I have made a big claim in the number of people from Shady Grove we believe can be at this meeting! We pledged that 50 of us - church members, friends, family, you name it - will be there! We need you to help fulfill this pledge. This is a chance to stand in the holy ground that is Mason Temple, and to let your presence be known in this new power movement! As the November elections approach, this is a chance to join with other justice-loving voters and, together, Move Memphis Forward.

I hope to see you there.

Rev. Will

Lawnchair Theater is Back!
Join us tonight, at 6:30pm for  a showing of Mr. Rodgers Won't You Be My Neighbor.  Please bring a picnic and blanket. 

Pride Festival
Join the Mid-South LGBTQ+ community tomorrow for the Mid-South Pride's 15th Annual Pride Fest, from 10am-5pm at Tom Lee Park.  Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, food, education, and celebration.  SGPC will have a booth this year. We hope to see you there!

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.

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

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.

Our Own Voice
Presenting Between Her and the Ground on October 5 & 6, at 8pm, at Theatre Works located at 2085 Monroe in Overton Square.

Join a Team
Team meetings are Sunday, October 7th after church.   Please consider getting involved with a team!

Blessing of the Animals
Join us Sunday, October 7th at 3pm at the church for a blessing of all of your special little creatures!

MICAH’s October Meetings
The monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, October 9, 7:00p at Clayborn Temple (294 Hernando St.)

Wednesday Night Dinners
Please join us for dinner at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall on October 10th and 24th.  There is a sign up sheet in the narthex or click here 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, October 14th and will cost $3.00.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Session Meeting
Will meet Sunday, October 14, after worship.

Midtown Legal Clinic
Free legal advice will be offered Saturday, October 20, from 10am til noon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church located at 1750 Union Ave.

Fall Work Day
Please join us Saturday, October 20, at 9am for an opportunity to help spruce up our campus.  Lunch will be provided.  There is a sign up sheet in the narthex or click here to email the office.

Saturday Supper
On Saturday, October 20th, 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. 28rd, at 2pm, here at the church.

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

Food Pantry
At this time, cans of main dish meals with meat (not tuna) are needed.

Blood Drive
Shady Grove is sponsoring a blood drive with Lifeblood, the Mid-South Regional Blood Center, recently renamed "Vitalant".  We are asking for volunteer donors for our contribution to the Memphis needed blood supply on Sunday, November, 11th. We need to have at least 25 people sign up to qualify for the mobile unit to come to our church. Donating blood is safe and easy. If you're in good health, are 16+ yrs old and weigh at least 110 lbs, you can be a donor. You will fill out a health form to confirm you are eligible with questions such as: recent travel, recent treatment for cancer or exposure to blood borne viruses, such as HIV or hepatitis. If you are unsure you are eligible due to a medical condition or medications please go ahead and sign up if you are a willing donor and a staff member from Life Blood will determine if you are deemed eligible.

There will be sign up sheets in the narthex this Sunday. If you are not at worship service but are willing to donate please email me at or if you have specific questions call me at 901-356-3407. Thank you. Janet Bartosch, Parish Nurse

Treasurer’s Notes:
The statements of giving through August 31, 2018 will soon be mailed. Please review the
information and contact Angie if you find any errors or have any questions.

The 2019 stewardship campaign will begin soon so we hope you will begin thinking about your
pledge for next year.

The Finance Team would like to thank you for your financial support during 2018. Your generosity has allowed Shady Grove’s ministry in our community to make a difference!
Peggy Wilson, Treasurer

2018 Pledge Revenue for Shady Grove:
$311,100 – Amount budgeted for year
$178,089 – Amount received through July 31st

2018 Expenses for Shady Grove:
$353,803 – Amount budgeted for year
$214,687 – Amount spent through July 31st
Please remember Shady Grove in you will.

Saturday, November 3
9:00 am
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:

“Please reach out to your worksite or any connections at local
businesses or community agencies and encourage them to consider sponsoring the 2018 Race for Grace (November 3). There are a variety of ways to sponsor the race, including providing volunteers, donating money, food, or advertising, or sponsoring race memberships for employees.  All sponsors will be recognized on our website and race shirts, and all proceeds go Shady Grove Elementary School.


Prayers for Healing and Wholeness
Sandra Smith
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)
Gaye Hazel (Angie Wagner's aunt)
Ned Smith
Shelley Gray
Louise Mildred Brown

Prayers for the grieving

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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