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Associate Organist-Choirmaster John Palmer Retires

John Palmer is stepping down into full retirement from his position as associate organist/choirmaster at Calvary. He first served in this capacity from 1989-1994 and returned in 2014 upon his retirement from FedEx.

We are grateful for John’s musical talent, irrepressible good cheer, regular insistence that none of us has quit being

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

In 2020, Robyn Banks, Leslie Atwood-Smith, and Christine Todd completed four years

Newcomers Class

Starting in August, the Rev. Amber Carswell will hold a 4-week class for any and all, with two options for attendance: a Zoom class held entirely online or a small in-person gathering held outdoors at a safe distance. Email acarswell@calvarymemphis.org for more information about either option.

Diocesan Knitting Project

Hi Fellow Knitters! You may have seen the Ministry Opportunity in The Diocesan Communicator about a project for one of Calvary’s Outreach ministries. This project is knitting neckwarmers for our homeless neighbors and is a great way to use up that stash of bulky yarn while helping others. Here are the details:

A Chorister’s Prayer

This piece is one that the Boys and Girls Choir worked on earlier this year before the pandemic, “A Chorister’s Prayer” by Bruce Neswick, the cathedral organist in Portland, OR. The text is written by Sir Sydney Nicholson, the founder of the Royal School of Church Music. It is the prayer with which we close every rehearsal, on Wednesday

Scott Walters

Apparent Vandalism to Forrest Slave Market Marker at Calvary Church

As some of you heard during our live-streamed worship service Sunday morning, when Ardelle, Kate, and I were leaving Calvary Saturday night, we discovered that the historical marker Calvary dedicated on April 4, 2018, had been vandalized.

The marker was the result of research by Timothy Huebner’s students at Rhodes College, with support from the National Parks Service. It tells

New Podcast Episode: A Conversation with Dr. Scott Morris

This conversation between the Rev. Scott Walters and Dr. Scott Morris is the latest in our podcast series with Lenten Preaching Series speakers and other faith leaders, authors, and creative thinkers around the world. Dr. Scott Morris describes himself as “a one-note guy” who focuses on the link between faith and health. He believes that to follow Jesus, Christians

Grief Support Group

The Grief Support Group offers healing and hope after the death of a loved one or another form of loss. This is done through mutual sharing in a small group setting. The group meets every other Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over Zoom. The next meetings are July 16 and 30. The group is facilitated by the Rev.

New Podcast Episode with the Rev. Fletcher Harper

Looking for ways to create positive change in the world even during a pandemic? Look no further than this interview between Heidi Rupke and the Rev. Fletcher Harper, the latest in our series of Lenten Preaching Series podcasts highlighting the work of faith leaders, authors, and creative thinkers. The Rev. Fletcher Harper is an Episcopal priest and the executive