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Recent deaths in the church family

The Reverend Dr. Denton McLellan Jr., 83, died Monday, December 10, 2018. Services will be Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Germantown Presbyterian Church. Denton served as Idlewild’s Associate Pastor from 1969 to 1973, when he became pastor of Germantown Presbyterian. In 2005, he returned to Idlewild as Parish Associate. We are ever grateful for his dedication to the work of God.Denton is survived by his wife, Mary Allie Baldwin McLellan, and many more family and friends. Please remember his loved ones in prayer.

 

Marjorie Reynolds is our Interim Children's Ministry Coordinator

We welcome Marjorie Reynolds to our staff in mid-November. Marjorie is serving as Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She will be part-time beginning next week and continuing through Caitlin’s return from maternity leave in mid-February. Marjorie is an elder at Germantown Presbyterian, where she has been involved in children’s and youth ministry for a decade. She has a background in sales and operations and extensive experience in professional and volunteer project management. She and her husband, Chance, have three children, Kate and Rees are in middle school and Chancellor is in high school. We are happy to have her at Idlewild!

 

A Pastoral Letter from Steve following Pittsburgh

Pastor Steve sent a letter to the congregation addressing the recent hate crimes and how we as Christians can respond. Click here to read the letter (10/31/18).

 

Introducing Realm Connect

A new web-based ministry program is coming! Realm Connect is a ministry platform—a browser-based application for the whole church. That means it isn’t just a database. It in an interactive tool made to integrate members, ministries, groups, contributions, and more! 

Sign up at church Sundays, October 21 to November 4! On November 5, all church members will receive an email with an invitation link to the program. Please us that link to create an account! 

Read more about Realm Connect!

 

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry (part time)

A search committee has been formed to look for a part-time Assistant Director of Youth Ministry to nurture and sustain our 6th–8th graders in faith formation, spiritual growth, and active participation in congregational life. Candidates must demonstrate a strong personal faith in Christ and passion for helping youth grow. Requires approximately 18 hours per week, including Sundays. Job Description and Requirements

Email resumés to either Frank Kelly, Director of Youth Ministry, or Jason Hood, search committee chair. Search committee members: Jason Hood (Chair), Mary Tayloe (Youth Ministry Committee), Jessica Joshi (Youth/High School, Youth Ministry Committee), Reid Chauhan (Youth/8th Grader), and Steele Ford (Personnel Committee).

 

New Officers Elected

New officers were elected at the congregational meeting on September 30, 2018. Officers on the Session and Board of Deacons will serve a three year period (youth serve one year) beginning in January. We pray that God will grant them the wisdom, energy, vision, humility, and confidence they need for their new roles.

Deacons (Class of 2021): Sam Buckner, Lauren Cannon, Ben Clark, Charlotte Gillespie, Helen Gillespie (youth), Debi Havner, John Jones, Jeff Myers, William Myers, Ellen Rolfes, Tracey Sanders, Melanie Stewart, and Amy Taylor.

Elders (Class of 2021): Abigail Apple (youth), Chad Braddock, Katie Cole, Megan Ford, Bill Gibbons, Molly Glover, Jonathan Jones, David Rhodes, Mary Tayloe, and Scott Thomas.

Trustee: Katie Cole.

 

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.

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 (jcmmings1@gmail.com) | Albert Johnson (albert@vuconllc.com)  | Julie Markham (julie.a.markham@gmail.com)  | Cindy Moore (cmoore@mifa.org) | Mitchell Redd (mitchellredd@yahoo.com) | Betty Louis Sheppard, chair (ESSheppard@gmail.com)  | Jeremy Sykes (jssykes@gmail.com) | Jeff Thompson (jthompson@martintate.com)

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.

 


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:

 


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).”

HOME HEALTHCARE EQUIPMENT 

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.   

SUNDAY DRIVERS

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.

PRAYER SHAWLS

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, jsbaker320@att.net or 901-347-0539.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE MEALS 

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.

FLOWER MINISTRY

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 mfsharp@comcast.net.

OTHER HELP & HELPERS NEEDED

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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