Special Events 


2018-19 Music Events 


Fall Gathering - Tuesday, Sept 18

Fall Gathering and Luncheon
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
11:00 a.m.
T.K. Young Room
Speaker: Ms. Carol Coletta

Everyone--men and women--are invited to the fall PW Gathering and Luncheon. The presentation will be followed by lunch. Please RSVP for lunch by calling the church, 901-726-4681.

Ms. Carol Coletta is president and CEO of the nonprofit Memphis River Parks Partnership. She will present the concept that will develop, manage, and program six miles of riverfront and five park districts along the Mississippi River. Ms. Coletta, on loan from The Kresge Foundation where she is a senior fellow in the foundation’s American Cities Practice, in April 2018 became the president and CEO of the nonprofit Memphis River Parks Partnership.


Fall Potluck Lunch - Sunday, Sept 23


Glorious Gourd ArtShow - Sunday, Sept 23

Colorful decorated gourds created by teens who work in our McMerton Gardens will be featured in a “Glorious Gourds ArtShow” at Memphis Botanic Garden on Sunday, September 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The young gardeners will be on hand to demonstrate their techniques and discuss their gardening experiences. The show is free.

There will be a silent auction during our reception from 2-4 this Sunday afternoon with all of the proceeds being shared equally among the children. So bring cash and bid often! And meet our creative children!

McMerton Gardens in the Binghamton neighborhood was begun in 2006 by a group of Idlewild members and Binghamton residents. It seeks to build a stronger community by bringing adults and children together to grow healthy food and develop life skills. 


Sat Sept 29 - Mid-South Pride Fest 

Idlewild's Gay-Straight Fellowship will have a tent at the Mid-South Pride Fest and Parade Saturday, September 29 at Tom Lee Park. The festival is 10:00-5:00, with the parade at 1:00. Everyone is invited! 

Stop by the tent. Offer hugs from moms, dads, allies and supporters (inspired by the Free Mom Hugs campaign). Make signs and posters. at 1:00, come and march in the parade with the Presbytery-wide group. Contact Chad Braddock at chadbraddock@gmail.com or 901-907-9757 with any questions. Don’t forget to wear your Idlewild T-shirts!


Blood Drive - Sunday, Sept 30

Lifeblood’s blood mobile will be in the parking lot Sunday, September 30, from 8:00 to 11:00. You are encouraged to “give back” to our community in this most vital way. Please add your name to the signup sheet in the hallway today or email Julie Markham at Julie.A.Markham@gmail.com for an appointment. “Now you are the body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12:27).



Midtown Civil Legal Clinic - Saturday, October 20

Saturday,October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Free & Open to the Public

In collaboration with Memphis Area Legal Services, Idlewild is hosting a neighborhood legal clinic on April t. Volunteer attorneys and paralegals will offer advice and council to members of our community who need assistance with civil (not criminal) legal problems. THIS IS NOT AN EVANGELICAL EVENT. PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS ARE WELCOME.

This clinic is for individuals with CIVIL, but not criminal, legal problems will come in to Idlewild to meet with attorneys and paralegals for help. Common areas for legal advice include housing issues, veteran’s issues, child support, child custody, driver’s license revocations, expungements, debt collection issues, wills, powers of attorney, debt collection judgments, bankruptcy, and consumer issues such as title/payday loans.

Individuals will sign a citizenship form and a form that authorizes an attorney to provide them legal advice. Each person who completes a font will provide a brief statement of their legal issue. (If need be, volunteers may help with that). Volunteer attorneys will meet with each client to discuss his/her problem and receive advice as to whether or how to proceed. There is no obligation the part of the volunteer to take the case beyond the initial meeting; however, it is not at all uncommon for an attorney to offer to provide extended legal services to a client.In addition, if the volunteer determines that the individual has a case that can be resolved legally, the volunteer can direct the client to contact Memphis Area Legal Services or another appropriate entity for help.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your neighbors, coworkers and friends. You never know who might need legal counsel.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/midtownlegalclinic | Twitter: @midtownlegal | Email:midtownlegalclinic@gmail.com


Attorneys and Paralegals are especially needed. Please contact David Bell, midtownlegalclinic@gmail.com
Other volunteers serve as greeters, help direct people, explain forms, help guests read or fill out forms, and help with food. Contact Minna Glenn,minnat@comcast.net. For other questions, contact Bruce Webber at brucewebber@earthlink.net or 412-8476.


November 3-4 - Pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice

A Common Table Pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama is being planned for November 3–4 to visit the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (museumandmemorial.eji.org). This series is offered to provide opportunity for thoughtful discussion about this painful history in an effort to discern faithful steps forward to truth, shared healing, and growing equality in our communities today. Watch for details about cost, travel arrangements, and accommodations.

Pre-trip meeting Sunday, October 28 and follow up meeting Sunday, November 11. These will be important times of group preparation, discussion, and prayerful reflection.

To sign up, contact Brenda Harris (bharris@idlewildchurch.org). If you have questions, contact Rebekah Abel Lamar (rlamar@idlewildchurch.org) or Mary McIntosh (mcomcintosh@gmail.com). Sponsored by the Adult Ministry Committee.


St. Jude Memphis Marathon Team - December 1, 2018

St. Jude Marathon Team
December 1, 2018

Soar, run, or walk with Idlewild and other area churches during the 2018 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend on December 1, 2018. This year’s team is called Soar-Run-Walk-Hope based on Isaiah 40:31. “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  

Whether you plan to walk the 5k or soar through the marathon, join with others who hope in the Lord to bring hope to St. Jude families. Registration for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon opens June 4 on the St. Jude website and some distances fill quickly. Contact Alicia Powers at adpowers@uwalumni.com with any questions.


Vespers - Sunday, Oct 28

5:00 p.m., Sanctuary 

A Vesper service is an evening service containing scripture, prayer and music. Special musical features of the service include biblical canticles, hymns and Psalms sung by choir and congregation. During this service, Benjamin Britten’s 17-minute cantata, “Rejoice in the Lamb,” will be presented by Idlewild Choir and soloists. This festival cantata, composed in 1943, is based on a section of a poem by the 18th century poet Christopher Smart.


Advent Worship Music - Sunday, Dec 9

11:00 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary

The Collegium Musicum from the University of Memphis will join the Idlewild Choir in presenting special music for Advent. The Collegium is composed of students playing a variety of musical instruments from earlier periods of European music.

Lessons and Carols - Christmas Eve

5:00 p.m., Sanctuary

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Nine short scriptural readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels are interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral music. The service is preceded at 4:45 by a prelude of music played by stringed instruments.

Vespers - Sunday, Feb 10

5:00 p.m., Sanctuary

This vesper service will feature the Idlewild organ played by Barry Oliver, Director of Music Ministry. Various organ pieces will be played as commentary throughout the service. In addition, the Idlewild Choir will sing appointed biblical canticles and Psalms and the congregation will participate in the singing of hymns.

Easter Sunday - April 21

8:30 & 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary

Easter Day is celebrated with joyful choral music, hymns, and service music enhanced by an instrumental ensemble of brass and percussion. Please join us as we celebrate the Risen Lord.



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