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Saying goodbye to Dara

We are sad to say goodbye to Dara Bigger, who has served as Assistant Director of Youth Ministry since 2011. We are ever grateful for her ministry and the wonderful way she has helped shape the faith lives of our youth. Fortunately, she and her husband, David, will continue to be active members.


Congregational meeting - Sept 30

A congregational meeting has been called for Sunday, September 30, 2018 following the 11:00 service. The Nominations Committee will present the names for election to the Session and Diaconate, Class of 2021.

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.


Welcome Elizabeth Doolin as our new
Director of Young Adult Ministry

We are happy to welcome Elizabeth H. Doolin as Director of Young Adult Ministry. Elizabeth began June 19, 2008. Please introduce yourself Sunday morning! If you need to contact her, the email is

See Elizabeth's profile.


The 223nd General Assembly - June 16-23

The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) meets biennially in even numbered years. It consists of commissioners elected by each of its presbyteries. The assembly acts on hundreds of items of business, which it receives through the reports and recommendations of various assembly entities, and through overtures from synods and presbyteries. The 223rd General Assembly meets June 16-23 in St. Louis. 

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Anne is on Sabbatical

The Rev. Anne H.K. Apple, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Evangelism, is on sabbatical for the summer (May-September). For a pastor, a sabbatical is a time of renewal, learning, and opportunities for growth in their faith and creativity. Read about Anne's sabbatical and see her blog, Limits of Longing


Pastor Nominating Committee  


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 (


The 223rd General Assembly - June 16-23, 2018

The 223nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be held June 16-23, 2018, in St. Louis. For GA information and updates visit


Pastor Steve announces his retirement in April 2019

On March 22, 2018, Pastor Steve Montgomery announced that he will be retiring in April 2019. Click here to read his letter.


Idlewild becomes a Founding Member of MICAH

Visit our MICAH page for more info and events. 

At the January meeting, the Session unanimously approved that Idlewild Presbyterian Church become a founding member of the Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH).

MICAH is a regional faith-and-value-based coalition working for social justice in the Memphis region. It is an “organization of organizations” that seeks to identify areas of social concern, find consensus regarding the way forward, and work with community leaders for lasting change. Their motto, taken from the prophet Micah, is to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).

MICAH is an affiliate of the Gamaliel Foundation, which has empowered faith-based communities to work for the common good since 1986. Other Gamaliel affiliates, including the  Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) have worked on issues ranging from affordable housing to transportation equity to youth violence prevention to anti-racism training. MICAH will choose its own issues following a democratic discernment process this spring, and Idlewild’s MICAH core group will keep the congregation informed and involved as that process unfolds.

In the meantime, please be in touch with Sara Dorrien-Christians, our Outreach Coordinator, if you are interested in learning more about MICAH and/or being part of the core group that will guide Idlewild’s participation in the organization, and please join MICAH for these upcoming events:



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.



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.


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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