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Losses in the church family

Mary Jane Gentry, 77, died Thursday, November 16, 2017. Her memorial service will beSaturday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, with a reception to follow. Mary Jane has been a faithful member since 1964. She was active in Presbyterian Women, a longtime member of the Rebekah Circle,  and served on the Congregational Care Committee. She is survived by her two daughters, Janie Bates and Grace Harwood, five grandchildren, and many more loved ones. Please remember her family in prayer.

The Reverend Dr. Milton Perry Brown, 89, died Friday, November 10, 2017. A memorial service will held Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Idlewild, with a reception to follow. Milton and his wife, Anne, came to Idlewild after his retirement as a minister, and we have been blessed to have him teach several classes over the years, including the Greek class. Please remember Anne in prayer, as well as his son, George Brown, daughter, Marie Brown English., and all his loved ones.  

John Kimbrough Johnson Jr., 75, died November 7, 2017. Kim was a dedicated member of our faith community. Among his many gifts, he was a church trustee, ordained elder and clerk of session, and served with many committee and volunteer projects. His service to God and the church touched many lives. Kim's father was Idlewild's assistant minister from 1955 to 1966. Kim is survived by  his wife, Judy; son Thomas and his wife, Gina, and their son, Nathan; son Albert and his wife, Trinh, and and their children, Levi and Beklin, and daughter, Maria Bui. Plese remember all his loved ones in prayer. Read the obituary.

St. Jude Marathon Team & Cheering

Join Idlewild in cheering, running, or walking during the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Saturday, Dec. 2. The cheering team will begin gathering at 8:00 a.m. at 521 Stonewall. Contact Shari Gross at for more details. We also have a running team! You can still register for the 5K and join the Idlewild team on the St. Jude website. If you are already registered for any distance, you can contact Alicia Powers at to join the Idlewild team.



New Officers for the Class of 2020

At the congregational meeting Sunday, October 8, the following persons were elected to serve on the Session and Board of Deacons, Class of 2020:

Elders: Mike Bruno, Sonny Charbonnet (youth), Stan Covington, Kevin Getman, Gentry Harwood (youth), Betsy Hood, Josh Lawhead, Jenny Robertson, Amy Sharp, Kyle Veazey, and Leigh Taylor White.

Deacons: David Bell, Sarah Brandon, Ted Cashion, Dare Estok, Claire Kvande (youth), Gabby Nelson, Betsy Gross, Scott Moore, Emily Mulqueen, A.J. Northrop, Amanda Ray, Linda Scholl, Susan Taylor, and Grant Young (youth).

We are ever grateful for the dedicated men and women who serve God through serving the church!


The Sandwich Generation: Small group meets Wednesdays in November

Wednesdays in November (11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29)
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Pyro's on Union (private room)
No registration needed. Come as you are able from week to week.


Are you in the Sandwich Generation? Come to this small group and be in community with others experiencing some of the joys, sorrows, challenges and opportunities that occur when taking care of aging parents and children/teenagers. The hope is to find a common chord by sharing meaningful, profound and holy moments experienced in the midst of mundane and difficult situations. The new Sandwich Generation group will meet each Wednesday in November, 6:30–8:00 p.m. at Pyro’s on Union. Please come early if you want to get dinner and drinks before the discussion. Group contacts: Betsy Hood, Ruth Young, Anne H.K. Apple.


Movie Night - Sunday, November 5

"Different Books, Common Word"
November 5, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Children's programming available
T.K. Young Room

The award-winning film “Different Books, Common Word” looks at what Christians and Muslims have in common, rather than what divides us. Both the Koran and the Bible teach believers to love our neighbors. The movie features five inspiring stories, including two from the Mid-South,  that demonstrate how some congregations and individuals are finding common ground and setting examples of interfaith harmony. Small-group discussion will follow the film, and children’s programming will be available.


A letter from Pastor Steve after the Las Vegas Massacre

Click here to read the CONGREGATIONAL LETTER from the Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Montgomery. 

Click here to read A PRAYER AFTER THE MASSACRE IN LAS VEGAS by the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, Director of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.


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.



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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