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CHC Music Program Celebrates, Announces Plans for New Organ Console; Friends of the Groom Save the Date; Holy Hospitality: Parish Hosts 41st Diocesan Convention; Let's Ham It Up; Have You Set up Your Profile on MyHolyC?; What's "Appening" at Holy Communion?; Ministry Focus: Why I Serve as An Usher; Upcomng Dates/Advent & Christmas; The Longest Nights
Waiting & Watching... Prepare for Christ's Coming: Advent Series Offers Art and Scripture; November | December Save the Dates; A Visit with Cara Modisett.
Let Us Welcome... Considering How We Invite, Welcome, and Connect; Our Last Best Act: How We Honor Death and Life; Gleaning Ministry Lunch; Have You Set up Your Profile on MyHolyC?; The Goal of One Hundred Percent Giving.
Connect With Us!: An overview of new technology tools; Meet The Reverend Mark Collins: Stewardship Consultant; FALL Faith Formation Learning Opportunities; The Reverend Miranda Cully: New Head Chaplain at St. Mary's Episcopal School; Pastoral and Eucharistic Visitors Needed!; Gleaning Lunch & Learn invitation; St. Michael and All Angels Choral Evensong .... and MORE!
Webster's Vision, Creativity Fuel Fall Programming - Check Out Our New Fall Lineup; Fall 2022 Program Activity Schedule; Gleaning Ministry: Dedicated Crew Transforms Scraps into Delicious, Nourishing Meals for Neighbors; Love Wins: CHC embraces the unknown to support refugee family; CHC Staff News; The Next Rector's Problem.
Vestry Delivers Strategic Plan, Empowers CHC - To Grow, To Reinvigorate, To Serve, To Provide; Faith Abounds: Holy Communion Prioritizes Mental Health in our City; Bank Debt Eliminated: CHC now perfectly poised to invest in parish; Newcomers Profile: Vann & Cheryl Moore; The Episcopal Church's Clergy Shortage; Staff Accolades; Youth Pilgrimage 2022: Italy - photo | St. Paul's Within the Walls.
Flinging the Doors Open with Technology | New Website Uses Video to Minister to Seekers, Members; Wherever Two or More are Gathered | Online worshippers celebrate their place in the fold; Eye for Meaning & Flow | From a closet, Kyle Taubken streams worship; Newcomer Profile: Marcia Wunderlich; Ask the Big Questions.
Hester Mathes "Serving the People with Love" | A New Path: Starting in South Memphis; Radical Welcome: Stranger at the gate has much to offer; The Ministry of Communication; church of the Holy Communion's Legacy Society; Newcomer Profile: Lisa Ramirez; Bishop Duncan Gray Returns to Holy Communion; 2022 Summer Camp; Technology Update: The Home Stretch for the Easter-to-Easter Challenge.
'This is My Place; I Know this Congregation' Harmony mark these 20 years; Brief History of Music at Church of the Holy Communion; Happening Joy Echoes Through CHC; Newcomer Profile: Becky Bunker; No I Did Not Get Ordained Online; Easter-to-Easter Challenge Update.
CHC Welcomes Good Neighbors | Good Neighbor Team Provides Kindness, Hope; COVID- Decision-making while balanciing desires with obligations; Sarah Cowan: A Reflection; Learning from Our Future; Newcomer Profile: Tim Tatum; 2022 Vestry Officers; Mitchell & Roberts Team Up; Blessing of the Chalices; Easter-to-Easter Challenge 2021-2022 Update.
Faith & Fellowship on the Field: A Conversation with Michael McGuire, Minister of Recreation & Wellness; In Bloom: Holy Communion's Memorial Garden Turns a New Leaf with Malmo Endowment; Generations of Givers: The Changing Face of Church Funding; Vestry Nominees 2022; Good Neighbor Team Update: Welcoming the Hawisha Family; Easter-to-Easter Challenge 2021-2022 Update.
Hicky Narthex Redecoration Nears: A Legacy of Warmth & Welcome; Hitting the Ground Running: New Turf Field and Track in the Works for Holy Communion and St. Mary's Episcopal School; Going the Distance: A Conversation with Julie Fike; The Right Mix: Balancing Power in Vibrant Congregations; A Note from the Outgoing Minister of Communication, Emily Austin; It's a Great Time to Log On to Holy Communion! and the Easter-to-Easter Challenge Update.
SPECIAL ISSUE One for the Books: 11th Annual Book It 5K Raises Funds, Spirits; Stewardship 2021: Continuing the Good Work of Holy Communion; Give and Take: Redefining the Transaction Between the Church and its People; HALL of FAITH: Senior Parishioner Interview Project.
Praying for Collierville: a Letter from Fr. Sandy; Interview: Bishop Mark Edington; Stewardship 2021: What a Difference a Year Can Make; Ringing in the Fall with the Holy Communion Ringers Handbell Choir; Staff Transitions: Julie Fike and Emily Austin; Watching the Weather: Preparing Vibrant Congragations to Thrive in a Secular Future; Inspiration Begets Beauty!; Easter-to-Easter Challenge Update.
Church of the Holy Communion Hits the Airwaves via Faithfully Memphis; Post-Sabbatical Letter from Fr. Sandy; Lace Up Your Sneakers! September 18 is the Book-It 5K!; Sermon: It's All About the Sheep; Parish Choir is Back!; Rally Day Snapshots
Three Cheers for Rally Day! Quick Guide to Plugging in at Holy Communion; 20 Religious Groups Work Together to Help Families in Crisis; Snapshots of Summer at Holy Communion; Book It 5K Beneficiaries: Emmanuel Center and Porter-Leath's Books from Birth; We Are Grateful: Easter-to-Easter Challenge Update.
Getting to Know Drew Massengale, Minister to Children; Education for Ministry (EfM) Offers Small, Safe Space to Discuss Big Questions; Easter-to-Easter Challenges Update.
Faith, Friendship and Flexibility: Holy Communion Seniors Share Their Lessons from 2021; Children's Chapel Videos Spark Joy, Collaboration During Pandemic; Congratulations, Sarah Cowan! Easter-to-Easter Challenge update.
The Story of The Cross: Mel Ahlborn delves into the symbolism of the new dossal centerpiece; A Letter from Sandy; New Resurrection Hymn Commissioned for Post-COVID; The Dossal Curtain Through the Years; Holy Communion Now Offers Personal Training; The Bright Light at the End of the Tunnel; Easter-to-Easter Challenge update.
Easter 2021 at Holy Communion; The Easter-to-Easter Challenge: Close the Gap in Just One Year; Moving in Faith: Holy Communion Wellness Ministry Keeps Running throughout Pandemic; Reel Theology Explores Movies as Modern-Day Parables; Thank You from The Reverend Colenzo Hubbard; Staying the Course: A Conversation with Re-Entry Task Force Chair Bill Falvey, M.D.
An Angel in a White Coat: Holy Communion parishioner Jane Tyson reflects on a year of COVID care; Reflections on the Resurrection during this Long Season of Lent; Food for the Soul: Holy Communion food ministries mark one year of COVID operations by Barb Boucher and Sherry Murphy; Dossal Curtain Update;
Old Friends, New Lessons: Katherine Bush, Eyleen Farmer, and Sarah Cowan offer formation, pastoral support; Closing Out the Campaign by the Reverend Sandy Webb; Adult Formation – February-April; Get to Know the 2021 Vestry Officers
Getting Connected: Holy Communion to embark on systems "reboot" in 2021; Timeless Significance: New dossal design steeped in symbolism and reverence; Vestry Nominees 2021; A Weary World Rejoices with Singing! A Chrismas Like No Other; The Ten Talents Project: Holy Communion finds imaginative ways to bring God's economy and our economy into a beautiful dance
Advent 2020 at Holy Communion: A Weary World; Diocesan Convention Recap; Investing in our Clergy and our Future: A Message from the Executive Committee of the Vestry; We Will, With God's Help: Holy Communion safely resumes baptisms during summer and fall 2020.
Growing Glory: Holy Communion couple celebrates their faith through horticulture; Nominations are Now Being Accepted for Church of the Holy Communion's Vestry; Holy Communion Gathers for Bring-Your-Own-Everything Picnic; An Extraordinary Race for an Unparalleled Year: Annual Book It Race raises $31,715 for literacy in the Mid-South.
Food & Funds Drive Provides 30,000+ Meals to Hungry Neighbors: CHC partners with neighboring churches in support o Mid-South Food Bank; A Thank You Note to Holy Communion, by Anna Rojas; Moving Into a New Season of Pastoral Care, by the Reverend Jonathan Chesney.
A Plan for the Fall, A Strategy for the Future; Digital Stewardship: Rethinking Giving in the Age of COVID; The Complexities of the Curtain; Going the Distance with the Book It Race; Get Active This Fall at Holy Communion; Hope in Our Community: Outreach to Memphis continues.
Letter from Senior Warden Marlene Shaw; Reverend Hester's Reflections to the Memphis Christian Pastors' Network; Mister Rogers Prompts Important Questions; From Home to Heart: Reflections by The Reverend Sandy Webb during the COVID-19 crisis; Stewardship Message from a Former Treasurer; Book It 5K/10K Goes Virtual!
Photo Essay: Nave Pilgrimages Offer Respite and Comfort During Pandemic; An Old Friend Shows Its Age; Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About the Altar Guild But Were Too Afraid to Ask; Lay-Lead Groups Going Strong Despite Social Distancing; Alice Hollis Car Parade!; From Home to Heart: June 2020 - Reflections by the Reverend Sandy Webb during the COVID-19 crisis: Distraction, Original Sin, Overton Park, Trees & Trauma; 2020 Virtual Book It 5K/10K; Congratulations, Teresa Boone!; Stewardship Update
A Time of Transition: FAQs on Nave Visitation, In-Person Worship & Keeping Our Community Safe and Healthy; Framing the Divine with Cindy McMillion; The Pivoting Postulant: Sarah Cowan prepares for a memorable pastoral internship at Church of the Holy Communion; Congratulations, Shea and Tennison! Couple weds in the Children's Chapel during first socially-distanced wedding at CHC; Join the Moving in Faith Challenge; CHC EYC Summer of GIFTS; From Home to Heart: May 2020 - Reflections by the Reverend Sandy Webb during the COVID-19 crisis: Dreams, Disruption, Neighborhood, Reformation.
Letter from Senior Warden, Marlene Shaw; Livestreaming in April 2020; Minister of Welcome Initiates Two New Stay-In-Touch Programs - Young Adults Zooms, "Praise Pals" Pen Pal Program; Partners in Worship and Community - COVID-19 partnership aligns Church of the Holy Communion, Immanuel Church in LaGange, and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Somerville; From Home to Heart: Reflections by the Reverend Sandy Webb - Presence, Worth, Windows, Sabbath; Busy and in Service - Holy Communion program leadership share their creative ways to serve, connect amidst social distancing; Acts in Easter: An Online Christian Formation Opportunity.
Social Distancing Does Not Mean Social Separarion: Holy Communion Reflects on Life and Faith Amidst COVID-19; From Home to Heart: Grief, Presence by the Reverend Sandy Webb; A Conversation with Alice Hollis; A Prayer in Time of Crisis by the Reverend Dr. Randy McCloy; Dear Stone by Joan Biddle
Our Liturgical Walk as Lenten Pilgrims by Dr. David Ouzts; Called to Serve: Daughters of the King at Holy Communion go where the need is; Walking a Path Paved in Gratitude: Cancer journey sparks relfection on Holy Communion's transformation by Connie Cruthirds; A Parishioner, a Staff Member, a Child of God: Emily Austin reflects on her transition to Holy Communion Staff; Kudos to Head Chorister Abby Bakelaar
The Glory in Practice: Unorthodox Lenten Practices Abound at Holy Communion; A Message from the Vestry; 11 Lenten Practices to Consider; Godparents Sunday Photo Highlights; Congratulations to the Rev. Margie Baker; Praying for Our City of Memphis by the Rev. Hester Mathes; The Bright Light at the End of the Tunnel by Nick Goetze; Plans Approved for Pastoral Coverage During the Rector's Summer Sabbatical.
Holy Communion in Pictures; Honoring Inheritance and Inspiring Hope: Convention 2019; 2020 Vestry Nominees; Nave Construction FAQs; Lay Pastoral Care at Holy Communion; CHC Book Club Forming; This month's contributing writer: Erin Do.
Making space for peace during December; Christmas as Holy Communion - what to expect; Welcome, Emily Austin, new Minister of Communication; Advent schedule; Chapel in the Woods; This month's contributing writer Joan Biddle.
An audacious spirit of abundance; Evening service honors tradition, embraces new elements; Stewardship reflections; Parishioners save and Holy Communion gains; Parishioners have given significant musical gifts through the years; Parishioners build relationships as they serve others; Baking and community in Innisfree Village; The Parish Picnic 2019; This month's contributing writer: Lauren Hales; Book It 5K thank you.
Passion, priorities fuel annual stewardship giving; Feasting on adult Christian formation offerings; Lilly Russell reflects on World Relief; Past, future come together in re-dedication; This month's contributing writer, Sarah Cowan; Parish photographer Cindy McMillion's show announcement.
Growing up in the pews: Holy Communion parishioners reflect on the past and the future of the nave; In praise of ping-pong tables, sheet music, storage and sinks: Holy Communion's ministries settle into new purpose-built spaces; Retreating and regrouping: Sandy announces plan to go on sabatical in Summer 2020; Three years of correspondence and compassion: Jane Roberts; This month's contributing writer: Emily Austin; Where is God in all of this?; Are you ready to Book It?; Rally Day and Here@HolyC photos.
Church of the Holy Communion making big splash on Rally Day; Church's sunny weekday voice, Kenyetta Powell, leaves to start her own firm; the Reverend Hester Mathes reflects on pilgrimage to Ocean Springs, Miss. and the work of artist Walter Anderson; Book It 5K - Running with our faith; Youth space offers shelter in a storm.
The money has been raised and the Nave changes are underway to becoming a reality; Memories shared of first "Foldng Chair Sunday"; Summer pilgrimage to the land of artist Walter Anderson to be a visual feast; Young pilgrims' journals reveal the trip of a lifteime; The Reverend Dr. Randy McCloy reminds us to reflect upon the ways God enters our lives; Sandy invited to give four lectures aboard a river cruise ship from Paris to Normandy and back in October of 2020 and Holy Communion parishioner Sarah Cowan shares an insider's view of Virginia Theological Seminary.
Vestry running last mile of fund-raising campaign for improvements to Nave; Team Read graduation highlights need for more volunteers; Dr. Jane Gamble played key role in choir loft and Family Outing Day offered something for everyone.
When spring rains flooded the parish hall, parishioners grabbed wet-and-dry vacs and came running; Dr. Jane Gamble shares personal connection to the organ, still intact after devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris; Zach Sandberg reflects on the power of his baptism; Emily Austin and Bishop Don E. Johnson shared a soulful moment at her confirmation, the bishop's last; Carter Gammill is the Eagle Scout who knew he could.
Church helps stained-glass apprentice get start with a living wage stipend; parishioners' reflections add depth to Good Friday; CHC playing significant role in planning Bishop-elect consecration service; and Nick Goetze is the impresario behind Spring Outing Day.
Pilgrims grateful for power of community; architects making small tweaks to Nave design plan; EfM group and Sunday school children create cards for the church's Meals on Wheels recipients and nationally known composer dedicates aria to David Ouzts.
The church's plans for the nave have been a work in progress for three years. The current plan, presented at the annual Parish Meeting, generated $1.3 million in gifts in a short time this fall; The class of Vestry members that stepped off the board in Janaury has been part of our $8 million renovation since before the beginning; Our pilgrimage is 20 years old this year. In two decades, Holy Commuion has helped dozens of youth walk a journey of faith on distant soil.
Holy Communion's Giving Market and other giving brighten many holidays; We're setting aside a Sunday to honor godparents; Superintendent on church's $8 million construction job is a stalwart; Here's a look at who's running for Vestry; Sandy comments on the glow of singing in the choir; CHC reaches out to St. Elisabeth's.
Bishop-elect Phoebe Roaf's election ushers in sea of firsts; Church Home board gives CHC grants for two stained glass windows for the new Children's Chapel; We're giving ham for Christmas; People of all faiths give thanks together; Legacy Society donors; artists put glow on Sunday School lessons.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Investment in children's choirs paying off harmoniously, Vestry candidate bios and Don Savage, at 100, newest member of elite group in congregation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Holy Trinity and Holy Communion; parishioner Aaron Smith writes about small group readings in the spring; new books from Shady Grove Elementary.
Reflections on three pilgrimages - the Holy Land, St. Louis/Ferguson and Emmanuel Center, Memphis, plus news on staff transitions.