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Two losses in the church family

William Dodds Roberds, 91, died Sunday, September 10, 2017. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the church parlor, with the memorial service to follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Trippeer Chapel. Bill is survived by his wife, Sally Roberds, two daughters, Sissy Carpenter (Doug) and Ellen Roberds (Jared Bingham), one son, Bill Roberds, Jr., five grandchildren, and many more loved ones. Please remember his family in prayer.

Fred H. Terry, 77, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Idlewild. A reception will follow. Fred came to Idlewild in 2006, and was a faithful presence in the 8:30 Sunday service. He was especially involved in the More Than A Meal ministry. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy "Happy" Jones, a son, Michael Terry, a daughter, Laura Ann Terry, and many more friends and family. Please remember them in prayer at this time.  Blessed are those who die in the Lord.


Presbyterian Disaster Relief

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) works with churches and communities in the midst of disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires. Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida are currently being assessed and relief efforts are underway.

Give. Act. Pray.

There are many ways you can help, of course. One way is to donate to the PDA's emergency response and long-term recovery work in specific areas. Visit the PDA website today. And if you aren't comfortable making donations online, you can mail a check to the organization.


God, our Shelter, 
Be a strong presence in the lives of neighbors who, having survived the winds and rains of Harvey, now face grief, uncertainty and weary days. May our generosity in prayer and in tangible signs of support overflow more than floodwaters, to sustain your work of healing and rebuilding and to bring comfort and strength to those who suffer. Amen.


Where is my Sunday school class meeting? 

During the building project, most classes are meeting in the sanctuary building, but a few are at the CAFE house (behind the church on Evergreen) or Samaritan Counseling Center (2nd house behind the church on Auburndale). 

See where all adult, youth & children's classes meet.


Please welcome Sara Dorrien-Christians 

The Reverend Sara Dorrien-Christians has come on board as our new Outreach Coordinator. Sara will be working with many programs, including More Than A Meal, McMerton Gardens, and Adopt-A-School.

Please introduce yourself when you get a chance!



More Idlewild - Jones Building Renovations

Some significant changes have been made to the building plans, especially regarding the entrances on the west side. Meetings for the congregation are being held September 10 at 12:15 p.m. and September 13 at 6:00 p.m., so everyone can see a presentation about the plans. A meeting for the neighbors around the church is being held September 18 at 5:30 p.m. 

The asbestos abatement takes a few months. Once that is completed and the new plans are finalized, construction will begin inside the buiding.

Many thanks to all the members and staff who have worked tirelessly to clean out, sell, donate and dispose of all items in the whole building. 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).”


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.   


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.


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, or 901-347-0539.


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.


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


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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