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Calvary celebrates pipe organ's 80th year with organ recital by Kristin Lensch

by Kristin Lensch, Organist-Choirmaster In 1935, New York trained organist, Adolph Steuterman, reaching his sixteenth year as Organist-Choirmaster at Calvary, guided the church in their purchase of a new instrument for the nave. A violent storm had torn the roof over the organ chamber and damaged the previous instrument built by the Kimball Organ Company. Mr. Steuterman was aware of the organ builders of the time and selected the finest American builder, the Aeolian-Skinner company... Read More
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Spotlight on Community Breakfast

by Christine Todd With your help Calvary has served our poor and hungry community every Sunday morning for more than 20 years. When we first started serving breakfast at Calvary, we only served our parishioners. Then we would open the back door and hand out 10 or 12 leftover meals to homeless people standing in the alley. We often ran out of food before that second line was fed. Then, one snowy cold day, we brought our guests into our house—into God’s house. We have tried serving in the Tucker... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ringing the Christmas bells for the Salvation Army

by Jack Gibson Calvary Episcopal Church, together with hundreds of other churches and volunteer organizations, engages in a wonderful and rewarding ministry each Christmas season: Ringing the Bells for the Salvation Army. We have been doing this for six years, first “ringing” on the two Fridays closest to Christmas. This year we expanded out efforts to  “ring” every Friday between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.  Each Calvary volunteer rang for an hour and a half—some ring with... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Thursday, January 15, 2015

Giving Thanks

by Christopher D. Girata, Rector Days before Thanksgiving, Episcopalians from all over the state gathered at Calvary to celebrate the 33rd Annual Convention of the Diocese of West Tennessee. It was a wonderful party, a sacred gathering of mission-minded brothers and sisters. We heard from excellent speakers, shared in glorious worship, and renewed our gospel purpose in the world.   This event could not have happened without dozens and dozens of volunteers from... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Emmanuel Meal 2014

by Frances Cates The process that lead to the Emmanuel Meal was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It was full of laughs, a lot of love, and collaboration between many different people in the church.   As a sixth grader, I participate weekly in Sunday school with other students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. To contribute to the Emmanuel Meal, we completed a sit-up /push-up-a-thon in order to raise money for the presents that would be distributed at the Emmanuel Meal.... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Thursday, January 15, 2015

On the Road to Emmaus

The physical dimensions of Ruthie Davis’ universe are 8 ft. x 10 ft. She has no tv, no radio, no books. Facing a blank wall with one fluorescent light, she lies in her nursing home bed unable to move. Advanced-stage Parkinson’s claims her body. Her hands are locked, her eyesight is diminished, her reaction to necessary medication is severe, and her pain is often unaddressed. Without family and alone in the world for many years now, she looks forward to her occasional visitors: monthly... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Thursday, January 15, 2015

Focusing on changing our hearts

by Christopher D. Girata, Rector It’s a new year, and with a new year often comes the desire to live in new ways. We often call these desires resolutions. I’ve never been a fan of resolutions. I’m sure my lack of excitement about the idea of resolutions stems from the fact that I can never keep them even when I try. We certainly cannot deny that the idea of resolving to live differently has been all around us these past few weeks, but I bet that even now, resolutions that sounded so good a few... Read More
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Lenten Preaching: ‘Transformation for both the preacher and the congregation’

by Mimsy Deacon, Archdeacon “Watching a preacher climb into the pulpit is a lot like watching a tightrope walker climb onto the platform as the drum roll begins,” writes Barbara Brown Taylor. 1 If anyone knows how a preacher feels climbing into the pulpit, it’s Barbara Taylor, who many of us got to know when she regularly visited Memphis for the Lenten Preaching Series. We got to know her for two reasons: she came here often - perhaps ten years in a row - but also we got to know her because we... Read More
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