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Read about church leadership, deacons and elders, requirements, training, and nominations. 

The church is seeking nominations for 9 elders and 12 deacons to begin serving a 3-year term beginning in January 2020. These officers, the Class of 2022, will be pivotal in leading the church through a particularly significant season of transition. With that in mind, the Nominations Committee is discerning officer candidates with the following characteristics:

  • A grounded faith in Jesus Christ.
  • A willing heart for commitment to leading congregants in ministry.
  • An understanding of the commitment necessary to serving the church through transition with a new head of staff.
  • Institutional knowledge/engagement in the life and ministry of Idlewild.

Nominations Committee: Mike Bruno, chair (, Megan Ford, chair-elect (, Ed Beasley (, Will Gibbons (, Emily Mulqueen (, Amy Poag (, Nancy Thompson (


Called Congregational Meeting - Sept 22

A congregational meeting has been called for Sunday, September 22 following the 11:00 service. The purpose is to change the terms of call for the Reverend Anne H.K. Apple.


Congregational Letter from the Transition Work Group

August 23, 2019

Dear Idlewild members,

Earlier this year, shortly after Reverend Montgomery’s retirement and two subsequent associate pastor resignations, the Session authorized an ad hoc committee to ensure proper staffing levels throughout the summer and, should it eventually prove necessary, identify potential interim pastor candidates. Referred to as the Transition Work Group, this committee was comprised of Mike Bruno (Nominations), Katie Cole (Vision Council), Todd Taylor (Personnel) and Drew Wilson (Budget & Finance), and its first primary order of business was to recommend Rev. Anne Apple to become Idlewild’s first-ever Transitional Head of Staff to oversee a realigned transitional clergy team.

During this period, the Transition Work Group was in regular communication with the Pastor Nominating Committee in relation to the timing of their search and the TWG’s discussions with potential interim pastors. Click this link to read a recent statement from the PNC.

At the Session meeting on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2019, the Transition Work Group recommended that the Session approve Reverend Anne Apple to become Idlewild’s Interim Pastor effective September 8, 2019, for a period of 12 months. A formal motion from the TWG was seconded, as required, and was carried unanimously after constructive discussion and reflection. The TWG also moved to call a congregational meeting for Sunday, September 22, 2019, to approve new terms of call for Rev. Apple commensurate with this position. This motion also carried. (It is important to note that this new call for Rev. Apple is contingent upon concurrence with the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, a matter to be discerned formally at the COM’s next meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019.)

The TWG did not make this recommendation lightly, but rather, confidently and in full agreement, and was pleased by the Session’s approval. After an exhaustive search during the summer, during which the TWG worked through a pool of potential interim candidates, and upon reflection of Rev. Apple’s job performance as Transitional Head of Staff, the Transition Work Group felt that it was the right time to “look closer to home” and bring forward the best choice for Interim Pastor. As we enter a critical and busy time of the church year, we, the members of the Transition Work Group, supported by the Session, are confident that Rev. Apple, as Interim Pastor, will prove to be the steady, experienced and stable leader we need during this particular period in the life of Idlewild.

Michael Bruno
Chair, Transition Work Group


Dear church members,

This week, I received a letter of resignation from Doris Hurdle, our Director of Operations. Doris will be moving to St. Paul, Minnesota, to live near her son, Shafiq, and grandchildren. In the short time that I have served as Transitional Head of Staff with Doris, I have been thankful for her willing spirit of collegiality and knowledge of the day to day operations here. Please join me in wishing her well and holding her in our prayers as she transitions from Tennessee to Minnesota. Her last day will be Friday, August 16.

In worship this Sunday, you will hear Rabbi Micah preach on Psalm 23 and Mark Jones, a member of the Building Committee, respond with a Minute for Mission about “God’s new thing” as our More Idlewild building project continues. Another staff transition seems to fall in line with God’s new thing at Idlewild.

In God’s peace, 
July 17, 2019


A letter from Margaret Burnett

Dear congregation,

It has taken me some weeks of moving and processing to get to a point of thanking each of you for your grace and gifts. I would love to thank each of you personally but it isn't possible, so I send this simple note. Margaret's note to the congregation. 

Blessings, Margarert 


Meet (or remeet!) Marjorie Reynolds

We are happy to announce that Marjorie King Reynolds will begin as Director of Children's Ministry on Sunday, June 9. We loved having Marjorie with us while Caitlin C. Bomar was on maternity leave with sweet Anna Charis and are delighted to have her join the staff permanently. Caitlin's last Sunday is June 2, when we will celebrate her after the 11:00 a.m. worship service and send her, Kyle, and Anna Charis on to Virginia with our gratitude and our prayers!

So much to be thankful for!


See Storyboard's article on Idlewild

Many thanks to the folks at Storyboard for this great article about Idlewild. Our history and traditions have led to a presence of service in our community.  



Welcome to Virginia Goss

We welcome Virginia Goss as our new Assistant Director of Youth Ministry. Virginia oversees the QUEST youth (6th-8th graders), as well as working with Frank and youth advisers. She  is passionate about youth ministry and the importance of uplifting the voices of youth in the life of the church. Click here to learn more about Virginia




Pastor Nominating Committee 

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is posting information for the congregation throughout the coming months. Visit the Pastor Nominating Committee page for more info and PNC blog updates.


At the called congregational meeting on May 20, the church acted on Steve Montgomery’s request to dissolve the pastoral relationship between Idlewild and Steve effective on or around May 31, 2019; heard a report from the nominations committee for the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC); and voted on members of the PNC. These are the requirements of the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery before they can begin to work with the PNC. Members of the PNC are Jeanne Marie Cummings, Albert Johnson, Julie Markham, Cindy Moore, Mitchell Redd, Betty Louis Sheppard (chair), Jeremy Sykes, and Jeff Thompson.

Do you have a suggestion? The Pastor Nominating Committee is developing a Mission Information Form (MIF), which is the first step in the search process. The MIF describes the mission and vision of Idlewild Church in data and narrative. It will be filed with the PC(USA) and candidates made aware of the position. In the meantime, if you know someone you think would be a good candidate, please contact one of these committee members, giving some background for your suggestion: 

Jeanne Marie Cummings ( | Albert Johnson (  | Julie Markham (  | Cindy Moore ( | Mitchell Redd ( | Betty Louis Sheppard, chair (  | Jeremy Sykes ( | Jeff Thompson (

SUNDAY, OCT 21 -- A congregational listening session will be held Sunday, October 21 in the chapel following the 11:00 worship service. All members are invited to attend, to inform the PNC about what you would like to see in our next pastor, and to share your vision of Idlewild’s future.



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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