The Gifts of Imperfection: Three-Week Book Study Begins

Starting next week, we'll be hosting a three-week book study on Wednesday evenings, centering on Brene Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection . The series is hosted by the Addiction and Recovery Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee . Contact information and times are below! Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 0 comments
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A Gift of Books

At the end of the school year, Father Sandy Webb, the Reverend Hester Mathes and Minister of Communication Cara Modisett visited Shady Grove Elementary School to give books to rising fourth- and fifth-graders, a gift from both Holy Communion and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke, Va. , where Cara served as director of music before coming to Memphis. The fourth graders received Madeleine L’Engle ’s A Wrinkle in Time and the fifth graders, ... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Monday, June 27, 2016 | 0 comments
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Have Courage, Be Kind

This past spring, small groups read two books: Radical Sending: Go to Love and Serve by Demi Prentiss and J. Fletcher Lowe, and Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development by Wayne Gordon and John M. Perkins. Aaron Smith reflects on his group's reading, Making Neighborhoods Whole . If I had to explain the heart of Christian community development to someone who hadn’t read Making Neighborhoods Whole , I would say this. The idea of courage... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 0 comments
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Walter Brueggemann: A Conversation

Thursday evening, March 3, at 7 p.m., Old Testament theologian the Reverend Dr. Walter Brueggemann will speak and sign books at Holy Communion. Our small groups have read two of Dr. Brueggemann's books over the past year: Sabbath as Resistance and Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks . Minister of Communication Cara Ellen Modisett talked with him by phone in January. CM: What were the most important lessons your father [a German evangelical pastor] taught... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Sunday, February 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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The Reading Life: Books for Spring 2016

The Reading Life book group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. until noon. The following are the group's book choices for the spring semester: February 2: The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman    March 1: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks    April 5: The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan and/or  My Promised Land by Ari Shavit    May 3: Queen Of the Air by Dean Jensen For more information, contact Janie... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Thursday, January 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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Reading the Bible: Jump Right In!

This is the first in a series of three pieces by the Reverend Randy McCloy, offering some approaches to reading the Bible. Many of us have had honorable intentions of reading the Bible regularly, starting with Genesis and plowing right on through Revelation. Along about Genesis 10, we tend to get bogged down in the genealogy, and our good intentions wane. I suggest starting with a short, but very meaningful Old Testament book such as Ruth. Located between Judges and 1 Samuel, it is... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Book It 5K 2015 in in the Planning: Get Involved!

Help with Planning! The 2015 Book It 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19! Once again, our race will benefit the Emmanuel Center and Shelby County Books from Birth. If you would like to part of the 2015 Race Committee, please contact Julie Fike at 767-6987 ext. 22. Be a sponsor! Our previous four Book It 5K races would not have been so successful without the generous support of so many sponsors. If you or your company would like to consider being a sponsor for... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Team Read: Making a Difference in the Lives of Memphis Students

There is magic in this work, says Christy Yarbro, “head coach,” as she terms it, of the Team Read tutoring program at Shady Grove Elementary School, spearheaded by Church of the Holy Communion. For the past several months, she has volunteered her time recruiting, training and coordinating 50 coaches at Shady Grove, “and I need 20 more. I didn’t know there would be so many kids who need help.” The kids are second-graders at a school in the heart of East Memphis, students who are... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Monday, April 20, 2015
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St. Mary's Gobbler 5K is Coming Up February 28

St. Mary’s Episcopal School, partners and neighbors with us in Memphis, hosts its own 5K race, also with a focus on learning. This year’s Gobbler 5K will take place on February 28, and is open to the community - sign up to run, enjoy music, food and children’s activities. The run raises money for the school’s scholarship fund. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHFALJpByNc] From the 5K website : Join us for the 5th Annual St. Mary’s School Gobbler 5k to benefit the Nanette... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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Small Groups are Launching!

This spring, we are launching a new component in adult formation and ministry - small book groups, led by parishioners. Each group will, over the course of eight weeks (February 15-March 29), discuss one of three books chosen by clergy, meeting weekly at times and locations chosen by each group. Those interested can sign up in the parish hall during Church Family Together on Wednesday evening, or by calling the church. In April, our clergy will lead conversations on the three study group... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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Mike Mulligan, and the Difference Between Running and Racing

by Jennifer Vasil My favorite book when I was a child was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel . Ostensibly, it’s a story about lasting worth in an age of increasing technology and planned obsolescence, and that idea had a considerable impact on my value system. But perhaps more than that, I identified with the protagonists’ work ethic. Whenever people were watching them, Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne, his trusty workhorse, would dig a little faster and a little better. The more... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Seven Stories Worth a Look

by Robert Propst I love to hear people’s stories. Everyone has one and, to me, they’re all interesting. Plus, until I know your story, I can’t really know you. I guess that’s why I enjoy well-done memoirs so much. Memoirs are people telling me their stories, the good, bad, and often the very ugly, and through those stories, I understand my own better. One of my favorite types of memoirs is the spiritual autobiography. They let me know that traveling along the sometimes... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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The Lindberghs: A Historical Marriage

The Reading Life Book Group gathered this month to discuss The Aviator’s Wife   by Melanie Benjamin. This work of historical fiction examines the life of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh from their early courtship through their long marriage, and Anne’s emergence as her own person following Charles’ death. Because both Lindberghs were prolific writers and were hounded by the press for virtually all of their married life, a good deal of the information in this novel is based... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Surviving the Holocaust: Leah Kaufman at Holy Communion, November 12

Just announced - we will be welcoming Leah Kaufman, who survived the Jewish Holocaust at the age of nine, to Church Family Together on November 12. Ms. Kaufman, an educator, has told her story in "Live! Remember! Tell the World!" with writer Sheina Medwed. You can learn more about her story at these links: Live! Remember! Tell the World! Digital Journal Legacy Live documentary series United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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What We're Reading: Jennifer Egan's "Look at Me"

Jennifer Vasil, who teaches upper school English at St. George’s Independent School in Memphis, shares her thoughts on the novel Look at Me: Jennifer Egan is my favorite fiction writer working today, as she’s one of the few who is able to capture the zeitgeist of our digital age without turning a blind eye to its complications, or being so hypercritical as to ignore its benefits. While most know Egan from her most recent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad... Read More
Posted by Cara Modisett at Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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