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2018

November

The team that cooks up shrimp for annual Shrimp Dinner goes way back and shares a camaraderie all its own; Research shows church camp may be one of the biggest factors in keeping young people connected to the faith, even years later; The work we do connecting newcomers pays dividends; there's more to do.

October

Long-range planning process starts with strategic questions; Family Promise brings mission field to the East Memphis; Bishop nominees will visit Memphis on October 25; Jerusalem Greer found space for peace by simplifying life; the Reverend Jonathan Chesney happy to be in community of life; Claire Cepeda happy to be new Daughter of the King; and Prime Timers plan stroll in historic Rossvile (by Carol Paterson).

September

Stewardship season takes best of several models this year; CHC ingenuity produces sole-ful windfall;  Nick Goetze reflection on stewardship; Q & A with Sandy on construction; Teen's spirit glows in Pooch Olympics; Reflection from Sandra Ferrell; Changes to the 5:30 p.m. contemplative worship service.

August

Margie Baker preaches last sermon, heads back to seminary; Sandy reflects on General Convention; Jack Straton training for treasurer's job; our Sunday evening service loved for its contemplative air and Prime Timers roll out schedule.

July

Carter Webster accepts offer to be new youth leader; the Reverend Dr. Randy McCloy chosen to give homily at memorial service for the Reverend Don Mowery; Dr. Jane Gamble is spending July in London, performing organ concerts in several venues; goods church donated during move find grateful homes. 

June

Jonathan Chesney accepts call to be associate rector; Vestry advances plan for Nave; We leave indelible memories in Blaisdell, Greenwood; Matthew Arehart leaves us with warm hearts;  Seminary intern Margie Baker here through end of July; Yoga teacher built core of strength, love; Team Read celebrates busy year. 

May

Sarah Cowan and her family moving to Alexandria, Virginia, while she studies to be a priest at Virginia Theological Seminary; Farewell to our gym, which nurtured our bodies, will to triumph;  gym's legacy lives on in Zumba class; Book It 5K take year off this year; two profiles on choir members and the expression they find in music; while church is under construction, weddings will also be booked at St. Mary's Cathedral as backup plan.

April

Work will begin in May on slightly altered renovation plans; Ministry leaders set up roundtable to share ideas, plans; Members carry library home in their hearts; Former Vestry members talk about what service meant to them; Marshall McGahey's column on Holy Week.

March

The Reverend Hester Mathes promoted to senior associate rector; CHC Choristers attend Chorister Festival at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville; Brotherhood of St. Andrew testament to commitment;  Father Gregory Boyle interview; MLK50 series in Rector's Forum helps parish learn, reflect; tribute to Jackson Roberts. 

February

College student volunteers 10 hours a week with chuch's youth and college program as way to give back to a denomination that offered him help; Vestry officers elected, ready to lead; 1968 sanitation workers give moving program on their experience;  transitional plans in place during search for associate rector.   

January

Work continues to align renovation plans to budget; Vestry balances budget against rising costs; bio sketches from all five Vestry nominees; Father Benjamin's story; Christmas baskets hold more than our good wishes; O Antiphons a story of history and spirituality

2017

December

Sandy's reflection on community; Sondra Tucker dedicates handbell composition that will be played Christmas Eve; Longest Night service designed to honor empty places; Cooperation with ELCA on Reformation anniversary is a starting point for collaboration.

November

Construction calendar includes timeline for moving staff to temporary office space, demolition inside Greenwood, Blaisdell; Rector's reflection on time at New Memphis Institute Development Intensive; Sunday school teachers talk about what they love in classroom; teens from congregation reflect on fall break trip to Episcopal mission in Port-au-Prince. 

October

Early results from congregational survey in; the Reverend Rick Greenwood reflects on his growing up at Holy Communion in advance of his guest appearance in pulpit on October 22; Knitting Ministry produces 1,000th prayer shawl; ELCA Lutherans and Holy Communion combining forces to  commemorate 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation on October 29; lawyer and Trinity Church Wall Street deacon will lead Rector's Forum on November 5; and Book It 5K team thanks army of supporters.   

September

Young adults looking at faith tradition in new light; CHC plans MLK50 series; New era of reformation as powerful as the last; Martha Farrimond celebrating 100 years; BRIDGES needs more white kids in program to bridge divide; Book It race; Steven Quach reflects on Memphis Immersion.

August

Vestry hires David Dando to represent its interests in $7 million construction project; nave design in the works; youth take week to look at city through Memphis Immersion; Zumbathon for Adam's Army benefits St. Jude; NBA player Tarik Black and Holy Communion collaborate; and life of longtime former rector, the Reverend Reynolds Cheney, celebrated in funeral service.  

July

We celebrate the connections made through Episcopal Service Corps and say farewell to our corps members who served this year;  Education for Ministry is the Episcopal solution to offering theological training to laypeople; Camp Able grows in our hearts and the Reverend Hester Mathes reflects on the nuances of identity for female priests.

June

The Vestry sets priorites for how time, resources spent; Ellen Koziel named to state music teachers' hall of fame; the organ is one of the much beloved fixtures at Church of the Holy Communion; and Buford Harbin hangs up security vest and keys after nearly two decades of keeping this corner safe. 

May

People give to the church in lots of ways, including two lawyers in our pews who have the diocese and parish for clients, a newcomer's reflection on Holy Week, how interactive Stations of the Cross made a difference and a profile on Milton Rogers and the work she does as wedding coordinator.

April

Bring It Food Hub is part of congregation's commitment to the earth, architect Fleming chosen for renovation, endowment adds cushion for ministry, White Station High choir sings here for Easter Vigil as a thank-you to the congregation. 

March

The changes Matthew Arehart has made to youth program bearing fruit, Speaker Series guest Omid Safi reflects on divine love, Anne-Morgan Morgan writes about being a new Vestry member and Vestry retreat gives leaders pause to reflect on priorities during the construction period and beyond.  

February 

Sandy updates congregation on capital campaign, announces $750,000 gift from family in the congregation for work on Nave, Feast of Lights includes nice showing from CHC, Marlayna Maynard reflects on her time at CHC, and Connie Cruthirds sums up power of first women's retreat in years.

January 

Investment in children's choirs paying off harmoniously, Vestry candidate bios and Don Savage, at 100, newest member of elite group in congregation. 

2016

December 2016

Issue is about our $7 million capital campaign to renovate ministry spaces and help St. Mary's build new gym and wellness center on campus. Includes story on Jerry Lee Lewis, who played at the first X  Club in the gym, and a look at the relationship between Father Sandy and Head of School Albert Throckmorton.

November 2016

Youth, young adults mobilize to repair home of L.F. Harbin, brother of long-loved security guard, Buford Harbin. Burch Baine is first youth appointed to Vestry, parish retreat jumps to life and pet blessing widens our reach at Shelby Farms.  

October 2016

The Reverend Peter Gray, a child of this congregation, will deliver sermon on Celebration Sunday; A look at the congregations's two centenarians, Eleanor Vaughan and Helen Carey. We also have a reflection from Jeffrey and Christina Block, stewardwhip co-chairs, and a farewell to the Gailor Guild.

September 2016

Interview with our three City of Soul: Episcopal Service Corps members;  a look at our member-organized Special Friends Fellowship; Q & A with Sara Hall, head of the church's Meals on Wheels volunteers.

August 2016
A reflection on recent Black Lives Matter protests from Father Ben Badgett; plus we announce our new minister of communication and include the third of four reflections from this year's City of Soul: Episcopal Service Corps members.

July 2016
Church of the Holy Communion plans for a capital campaign, a youth reflection from their pilgrimage to the United Kingdom, plus end-of-year reflections from our two City of Soul: Episcopal Service Corps members.

June 2016
The Holy Trinity and Holy Communion; parishioner Aaron Smith writes about small group readings in the spring; new books from Shady Grove Elementary.

May 2016
Reflections on three pilgrimages - the Holy Land, St. Louis/Ferguson and Emmanuel Center, Memphis, plus news on staff transitions.

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