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Walk to Bethlehem begins Sept 8

Our Walk to Bethlehem begins today! We will begin our journey from Memphis to Bethlehem. As we travel the 6,600 miles together, we will track our miles and highlight interesting “stops” along the way.  Each week, there will also be thought-provoking questions to reflect on and discuss.

Every step counts! We will journey together and log our miles as we go. It’s not only walking/running—biking, swimming, yoga: one hour of physical activity counts as one mile. The gym will be open 9:00-12:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays at 10:00, Caroline Cox will be at the gym leading walkers as we make progress on our journey and reflect on the questions for the week. Check out the Idlewild Runners Group on Facebook. A link to log your miles online will be in This Week at Idlewild.

Track your steps. Fill out this simple form whenever you want to add your miles to our Walk to Bethlehem. 

Follow the weekly theme, scripture, and discussion questions. Use these with a friend or alone as you help us get to Bethlehem.

Week 1: We begin our journey right here in Memphis, of course, which is celebrating 200 years. Did you know: Idlewild Presbyterian Church has been a part of this community for 129 years. 

Stop by the table in the hallway Sunday morning to learn more and start your walk to Bethlehem.


Sept 15 - MICAH Public Meeting

MICAH’s second public meeting will be held this afternoon, from 4:30 to 6:00 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (620 Parkrose Rd. 38109). Our church has committed at least 40 people to attend, and our youth will join us. We’d love to see even more Idlewilders there! Carpool leaves from Idlewild at 3:30. Participants should pre-register at

Representatives of MATA, Memphis Housing Authority, First Tennessee Bank, Shelby County Office of Re-entry, the Memphis Police Department, as well as all of the candidates for the upcoming city council and mayoral elections have been invited to attend so they can hear about MICAH’s platform across the areas of education, economic equity, and immigration/intercultural equity. Progress over the last year will be shared, and an invitation to continue partnering with the coalition will be made.

A lot of Idlewilders have been involved in MICAH’s ongoing work and success over the past year—including Stephen McIntosh, Melissa and Michael Peeler, Mary Lou McCaa, Ben Clark, Bruce Webber, Carl and Pan Awsumb, and Ed Apple—and many more have wondered where they can plug into MICAH’s work. Showing up for the public meeting is an act of service we can all take, and it’s equally as important as the day-to-day, month-to-month work. To show up for the public meeting means helping our Memphis faith community speak with a unified, amplified voice to those with the most power to prioritize and effect change. Please join us!


Oct 9 - Book discussion -  a talk about Community-Wide Engagement with Homelessness

The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) will host author Kathy Izard on September 10-11. Izard’s book, The Hundred Story Home, chronicles her efforts to lead Charlotte, NC, in caring for the homeless. Idlewild is participating in MIFA’s initiative, trusting that it will be formative for the Memphis community and our own ministry. Please join us for the following events.

Sept. 10 - Forum: 6:00 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. FREE, but tickets are required (

Sept. 11 - Luncheon: Noon at Holiday Inn U of M. $50. To join Idlewild’s table, contact Rev. Sara Dorrien-Christians at

Oct. 9 - Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. at Idlewild. Read Kathy Izard’s book, The Hundred Story Home. Read, then come and join in the conversation.


Presbyterian Women's Fall Gathering - Sept 17

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Montgomery Hall

All women of the church are invited for fellowship and fun! The fall gathering of Presbyterian Women is Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6:00 p.m. in Montgomery Hall. The gathering will including meeting the new CAFE leadership and learning about their success this year. If you need childcare, please let us know by calling 726-4681 by Tuesday, Sept. 10.


Congregational Meeting - September 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.


Midtown Legal Clinic
Sat Oct 5, 2019

10:00 a.m. to Noon
Idlewild Presbyterian Church

Free & Open to the Public

In collaboration with Memphis Area Legal Services, Idlewild is hosting a neighborhood legal clinic Saturday, October 5. 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.

Attorneys and paralegals: If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

Lay volunteers are needed to be greeters, explain forms, help guests read/complete forms, etc. Please contact Minna Glenn at


 Tell your neighbors, coworkers and friends. You never know who might need legal counsel.










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