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A death in our church family 

Dana Davis Burkett, 47, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Dana and her husband, Adam, joined our church family in 2013. During her seven year illness, they attended worship with their children, Ellen (9) and Hayes (8), as often as possible. A fond memory is their family picture taken in the Idlewild garth each Easter. Dana was last able to attend worship Christmas Eve at the Children's Service. We are thankful that Adam, Ellen and Hayes are surrounded by caring family and friends. Please remember them all in prayer at this difficult time. Blessed are those who die in the Lord.


Pentecost Gathering - Sunday, June 4

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

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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 with Jenni Brooks ( or 901-726-4681). 

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 Now. We 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.


Jones Scholarship Applications due Monday, May 1

Funded by a generous gift from our former senior minister and his wife, the Paul T. and Anna H. Jones Scholarship is awarded annually according to the following guidelines: first priority is given to members of Idlewild Church who are going to Rhodes College or Louisville Seminary; second priority is given to members of Idlewild going to any other higher education institution; third priority is given to non-members of Idlewild going to Rhodes College or Louisville Seminary.

To apply, write a letter describing your accomplishments/honors during your high school or college career, your involvement at church, and plans for the 2016-17 school year. Mail or bring the letter to the church office by Monday, May 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified as soon as possible as to whether or not they will receive a scholarship. Direct your letter to this address:

Doris Hurdle, Director of Operations
Idlewild Presbyterian Church
1750 Union Ave
Memphis TN 38104

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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