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A death in the church family

Eugene C. Reynolds, 95, died Friday, May 26, 2017. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Gene was a Presbyterian elder and deacon, and a faithful member since 1956. He is survived by his wife, Jean, daughter, Nancy Thompson (Jeff), son, Bob Reynolds (Sharon), five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many more loved ones. Please remember them in your prayers.

Margaret "Peggy" Smith Latham, 82, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 26, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Peggy was a longtime Idlewild members. She is survived by her children and their families: Madeleine (John) Elmer and their children James (Sunny) and Charles; Peggy (Don) and children Kate (Jamie) Hershey and granddaughters Morgan and Ava, Donald (Michelle) and Stuart; Marion McDonald and her children David, Nathalie and Virginia; and Anne Martin and her children Swayne and Everett. Please remember these and all her loved ones in prayer. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.

 


Where will Sunday school classes meet this summer?

With construction in the Jones Building coming up, it's time to move classes to temporary locations. Here are classes for summer of 2017:

     •  Adult Summer Speaker Series    T.K. Young Room                   
     •  Adult 20/20 Class    Session Room
     •  Youth    Parlor
     •  Children (May 28 - June 18) - Jones Bldg
              Nursery    2nd Floor East 
              PK - 1st Grade    2nd Floor West
              2nd - 5th Grade    3rd floor East 
     •  Children (June 25 - Aug 13)  - Sanctuary Bldg       
              Nursery    Conference Room
              PK - 1st Grade    Library
              2nd - 5th Grade    Strock Room 

Efforts are underway to find nearby locations for basketball and pottery. As soon as information is available it will be posted.

 


Church Work Days - May 20 & June 11

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Sunday, June 11, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come and help prepare the Jones Building for the upcoming renovations. ALL AGES & ABILITIES NEEDED! We will be sorting, moving boxes to storage in the sanctuary building, installing shelving & other hardware, as well and general cleaning. Coffee and snacks provided. So put on your work gloves and join us as we begin this big renovation adventure!

 


Idlewild Team for St. Jude Marathon Weekend - Thursday, June 1

Join the Idlewild team in running or walking the 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon during the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend on December 2, 2017. Registration opens June 1. Visit the Get Involved page at www.stjude.org to register individually, and be sure to join a team and search for Idlewild Presbyterian Church. (If the Idlewild team is not yet available, you can register individually and join the Idlewild team later.) Some race distances fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged.  Contact Alicia Powers at adpowers@uwalumni.com with any questions.  Idlewild will also host a spirit station during the race, so be on the lookout for more information about that.

 


Pentecost Gathering - Sunday, June 4, 2017

Congregations of the Presbytery of the Mid-South
Sunday, June 4
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Bryan Family Life Center, Rhodes College 

All ages and stages will gather from from churches in our Presbytery to celebrate communion, pack meals for Stop Hunger Now, and share a meal. Child care for ages 3 and under. 

Make reservations by May 14! Register online, or contact Jenni Brooks (901-726-4681). 

SCHEDULE 
3:30 -- Check in

4:00 -- Worship. Dr. Todd B. Jones, pastor of FPC Nashville, will be preaching. Wear red for Pentecost! We will gather in one Spirit from the many congregations around the presbytery. Voices from all over will be incorporated into our liturgy and choir.

5:00 -- Stop Hunger NowWe will bag 10,000 nutritious meals for those in need. All ages are encouraged to participate and each church can support this ministry by donating $100 to the cause.

6:00 -- Dinner. The event will close as the church gathers to give thanks and break bread together in the Bryan Campus Life Center. Adults $10, children $6.

 


More Idlewild - Jones Building Renovations

We're getting close to the physical construction phase of the Jones Building renovations. Visit the More Idlewild page to read monthly updates from the Building Committee. (They are also published in the Chimes newsletters.)  

You can still pledge and donate! Pledges are still needed to ensure that all needed renovations can be done.. Pick up a form at the church and leave it in the office -- OR -- If you have questions contact Brigid Underwood (901-726-4681 ext. 32). 

 


Amendment to corporate charter approved

A called congregational meeting was held Sunday, October 23, to consider a proposed amendment to the church’s corporate charter. The congregation voted to accept the amendment. Below are the resolution and the updated charter.

Resolution passed (10/23/16)
Updated Charter (10/23/16) 


New Officers Elected for the class of 2019 

At the congregational meeting on September 25, 2016, officers of the class of 2019 for Session and Diaconate were elected. They begin serving in January 2017.

ELDERS: Ed Apple, Richard Baer, Barron Boyd, Mac Coffield, Lane Faughnan, Ellis Haddad, Nicole Joshi, Elizabeth Rouse, Nancy Thompson, and youth elders D.C. Cummings and Jenna Joshi.

DEACONS: Mills Barbee, Jeanne Marie Cummings, Sarah Haygood, Adam Henson, Catherine Higdon, Melissa Peeler, Alicia Powers, Jay Tayloe, Mike West, Mike Williams, Gib Wilson, and Anna Witte.


The 222nd General Assembly

The 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) was held June 18-25, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. Click here for information. 


Denominational Decision on Same Gender Marriage

At its stated meeting on Wednesday, August 19, the session voted unanimously to pass the following motion from the Worship and Music Committee:

We affirm that a marriage as defined in the PC(USA) Book of Order may take place in the sanctuary or chapel for members of Idlewild in accordance with the Idlewild Wedding Policies and Procedures.

You can read Pastor Steve Montgomery's sermon from January 25, 2015, entitled LOVE AND MARRIAGE, or click here to listen to the sermon. 


Congregational Care and Support

Please let the church office know if you or someone else in the church is having difficulty because of illness, loss of job, bereavement or immobility, please contact the church. There are volunteers ready to offer rides, meals and time. We are the Church Together, “...servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries (1 Cor. 4:1).”

HOME HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT 

Are you or a family member recuperating from injury or surgery or suffering from a debilitating medical condition? If so, Congregational Care can provide help. They maintain the home health equipment closet, which has wheelchairs, shower chairs, commode chairs, walkers, crutches and many other health-related devices. Call the church, 726-4681, or come by during the week and see if we have what you need. This free program, coordinated by Larry and Shari Tucker, has helped hundreds of members and friends for more than 20 years. The revolving inventory is made possible through donations of equipment no longer needed by others. 

Equipment needed: Gently used wheelchairs, shower chairs, commode chairs, walkers, crutches or other non-motorized devices are appreciated. (Gifts of non-motorized devices in good repair are gratefully accepted and stored until someone expresses a need.) Bring donations to the office. Items are stored until needed.   

SUNDAY DRIVERS

If you can't drive and need a ride to church, please call 726-4681.  Drivers are needed to bring members who can't drive to church each Sunday, and take them home after worship services. If you can help, contact Anne Apple.

PRAYER SHAWLS

The Prayer Shawl Ministry needs knitters and crocheters. Any level of ability is welcome! Whether you hand knit, use a knitting machine/loom, or crochet – all are appreciated. You can get patterns, work at home or join a knitting group. The time and prayers that go into the making of each shawl bring comfort beyond measure to each person that receives one. Especially needed: colors that might be more appropriate for a man. Please feel free to contact Jackie Baker, jsbaker320@att.net or 901-347-0539.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MEALS 

Prepare a meal or two of your favorite recipe for members of the congregation who are recovering from illness or who have experienced a death in their family. Bring prepared meals in disposable containers, with cooking instructions, to the church. Meals are frozen then delivered as needed. For information contact Anne Covington at 274-5864.

FLOWER MINISTRY

On Monday morning, the sanctuary flowers are reused to create bouquets for members who are sick or cannot come to service. Volunteers “do their magic” to transform the two big arrangements into several small baskets, then others deliver the flowers. (Our regular arrangers are Martha Garriott, Jane Roberts, Margaret Jones Gillespie, Betsy Gross and Mary Sharp, and delivery volunteers are Allen Cox and Catherine Berger. A big thank you to Sally Podesta, who recently retired from the flower ministry after many, many Mondays of service.)

We need a couple of people to serve as back-ups whenever one of the regular arrangers or drivers has a conflict. If you could be on call to either arrange flowers Monday morning OR deliver flowers later that day, please contact Mary Sharp at 683-6522 or mfsharp@comcast.net.

OTHER HELP & HELPERS NEEDED

Confidential prayer requests can be made by calling the prayer chain at 683-6578, or by filling out the cards in the pew racks or by filling out the cards in the pew racks on Sunday.

The flower ministry makes sure there are the beautiful flowers in the Sanctuary each Sunday. On Monday the large arrangements are made into small bouquets and delivered to hospital patients and shut-ins. If you would like to give flowers in memory or in honor of someone special, or simply donate to the flower fund, please call Buff Adams, 818-5567.

 


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