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Vol. 6, No. 11 November/December 2012
Bishop’s Notebook… page 3 ● Feature Story… page 4 ● Diocesan News… page 6
From the Field… page 8 ● Around the Diocese… back cover
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enduring characteristics and the same
hope for the future.
We are staking our claim, making a
stand, reaching out and stretching our-
selves for the sake of the Gospel.
Open, Obedient, In the Diocese of Tennessee we are: Please join us in this work, not least of
all through the “Faithful & Focused”
Responsive, Committed ♦ Open to the power of God at
work in our lives. We are expect-
annual fund that helps to make it pos-
sible. These are good days for the dio-
During my visits with parishes, I ing God to show up and to act. cese of Tennessee, the time God has
often use these four We seek God’s grace for every given us to be open, obedient, respon-
words to think about part of our life together. sive, and committed. — Bishop John
our life together as ♦ Obedient to Jesus’ call to make
a diocese. Commu- disciples of all nations. Disciples
nities of faith have learn from the Master and pass
enduring character- on the teaching. We have new
istics; they also Resurrection life to share.
have a vision of
what their ministry is aiming at and ♦ Responsive to the needs of the
of how they undertake it. world that God has made and for
which Jesus gave his life. He has
In my time as bishop, I’ve learned a called us to service in his name.
lot about the Diocese of Tennessee, ♦ Committed to deepening our re-
and I’ve also seen how our life has lationship and connection to our
developed as we have responded to Lord Jesus Christ and to each
the new challenges that are before other as members of his Body, for
us. As I’ve gone about the work I’m the sake of the life of the world.
called to do here, these four words
have helped to focus me and to re- As I look out at God’s People assem-
call me to the work that is at hand. bled on Sunday mornings and at
other times as I make my way
through the diocese, I see the same
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE
Fifth Annual Clergy Silent Retreat
February 4 - 7, 2013
The Fifth Annual Clergy Silent Retreat will be at St.
Mary’s Sewanee, Monday, February 4 through Thursday,
February 7, 2013. The retreat will begin with Evening
Prayer at 5:30 PM on Monday, and end with the Eucharist
at 10:30 PM on Thursday.
The theme will be “The Veil Parted: In Search of God.”
The Rev. Dr. Peter Doll will be the retreat leader. A native
of Washington DC, he is a priest in the Church of Eng-
land. He has ministered as parish priest, university chap-
lain and is now Canon Librarian of Norwich Cathedral.
Educated at Yale and Oxford Universities, he is the author
of works on church history, ecumenism and liturgical Registration information for the retreat will be forthcom-
spirituality. Peter is married to Helen, a medical statisti- ing. Mark your calendars, and join Bishop Bauerschmidt
cian, and they have four children. and Canon Snare for a reflective and renewing time apart.
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So far this year, the church has pro-
vided Second Harvest Food Bank with
over 500 lbs. of food and the Campus
for Human Development is also a re-
cipient of St. Anselm’s generosity.
Year Three: Keeping was opened. The Rev. James E. Wil-
liams, vicar of Holy Trinity Church
On two Saturdays a month, the church
opens its doors to students of Head
The Faith Nashville, and Z. Alexander Looby, a
vestry member there, helped negotiate
Middle Magnet School for tutoring in
math, English, social studies and other
November 2012 marks the start of the the purchase of the property on Me-
subjects in which they need help.
third year of Faithful & Focused, the harry Boulevard where the church
diocesan Annual Fund to support the stands today.
Many of their outreach programs are
ongoing work of the Church in Middle
The chapel, dedicated on May 27, funded by their annual Fish Fry and
Tennessee and beyond. Although in
1960, was named for the first Black Bazaar. The building is in current need
general, the economy seems to have
Suffragan Bishop in the US, Edward of some upgrades, including a new
improved to a degree, many of the
Denby, but the name was later marquee for the front of the building.
parishes and entities of the Diocese of
Tennessee need ongoing financial and changed to St. Anselm’s Student Epis-
spiritual assistance. copal Chapel. In 1983, the chapel was Following the resignation of the Rev.
renamed St. Anselm’s Church. Angelo Wildgoose, the congregation
The people in the diocese have shown will work closely with Bishop Bauer-
their generous spirit in contributing to The congregation of today continues schmidt and Canon Snare as the
this fund. But the good work must to experience changes and challenges bishop names a new vicar to help
continue and with your help, and your but remains strong and faithful to their bring St. Anselm’s church into the
prayers, it will. history and heritage. Though tradi- future while honoring the past.
tionally St. Anselm’s has been consid-
There are many programs, missions ered a campus ministry, they have The Youth Program of the
and organizations which receive an- been restricted in the ways they are Diocese of Tennessee
nual support from the diocese. Among allowed to reach out to students. Still, There is so much activity for the
these are: every other Friday, there is a Bible youth throughout the diocese that an
study for students and young adult entire issue of Connections recently
St. Anselm’s Church Nashville members of the church. spotlighted them. Many of the par-
Rich in history, St. Anselm’s Church ishes have thriving youth ministries,
Many older members of the congrega- take trips and retreats, hold their own
Nashville began as a chapel in Hoff- tion started as students and have
man Hall, the only Episcopal semi- events such as lock-ins and game
stayed with St. Anselm’s as they, and nights and perform local outreach.
nary in the south to train African- the mission, changed.
American people for the ministry. As-
sociated with Fisk University, Hoff- But there is something else to look at:
The outreach programs of St. a diocesan coordinated youth effort -
man Hall opened in 1890; the chapel, Anselm’s are varied and serve the
then called Hannington Chapel, one which brings the youth of the Dio-
community that needs them the most. cese of Tennessee together under one
served Hoffman Hall, Fisk University Once each month, the vicar and mem-
and Meharry Medical College. banner but also supports the youth
bers of the congregation visit the ministers and leaders in their work.
Knowles Assisted Living Center for a
After the closing of Hoffman Hall in morning service and an evening game
1900, there was no Episcopal presence The Rev. Dixon Kinser of St. Bar-
night. The residents enjoy the com- tholomew’s Church Nashville is the
on campus for the students until 1956, pany and the church members are re-
when an Episcopal Student Center diocesan coordinator and reports an-
warded as well. nually to convention. He often talks
about trends and new ways of looking
at youth ministry. However, as a re-
cent diocesan youth gather showed,
it’s still all about the fellowship. Put
150 youth from across the diocese in
one place - this time it was Christ
Church Cathedral Nashville - and
watch the magic happen.
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St. James’ Church Dickson found in McMinnville and was pur-
chased for just $900.
Imagine a church family moving from
location to location, seeking a perma-
nent home. Imagine that congregation’s
members drifting away. Imagine a dis-
appointed leadership and you will have
a clear picture of the people of St.
James’ Church Dickson - a year ago.
Now imagine a happy congregation in
a fresh, clean space… in a church that
looks and feels and sounds like a
church. Imagine their pride of place
With more than 15 youth ministries St. James’ has a very strong chapter
and their joy at the return of members
present from all over middle Tennes- of the Daughters of the King which
who had left. That’s the body of St.
see there was much diversity of min- provides emergency food boxes to
James’s Church today, led by the
istry style, culture and even lan- those in need and baby caps to the
vicar, the Rev. David Yancey.
guage. However, this was by design. local hospital and to Vanderbilt for
With each section of the liturgy led premature infants. But Fr. David says
by a different youth ministry, gather- their most important service is their
ing around the Lord’s Table became prayer ministry. “I’m so grateful for
a beautiful patchwork quilt of offer- their prayers, especially in support of
ings with differences being received me. I need all the prayers I can get.”
not as distinction, but as gift. Bishop
Bauerschmidt joined the youth for The weekly Wednesday Lunch Pro-
the liturgy as well as the fabulous gram serves those supported by De-
meal that followed. velopmental Services and their aides,
Senior Citizens and others who need
Moreover, the Youth Steering Com- a hot lunch. It used to be paid for by
Since spring, they have been wor-
mittee (who planned and executed those preparing the meals but is now
shipping in a new location, right off
the event) sees the success of this maintained by donations.
the main highway, on Church Street
simple youth Eucharist as evidence to be exact, surrounded by the activ-
of what God is doing in the diocese. Bishop Bauerschmidt recently went
ity of businesses and traffic flow.
Fr. Dixon says, “We have some of to Dickson for his annual visitation
They have heard people say they
the most talented youth workers I and to consecrate the church’s altar
were previously unaware there was
have ever served with and they all and baptismal font (which was im-
an Episcopal church in Dickson.
echo a common yearning for commu- mediately put to use) Four people
nity, connection and discipleship for were confirmed as well.
A congregation which boasts con-
our youth. tractors, architectural engineers and
construction workers as well as fur-
“However,” he continues, “there is niture makers and others with differ-
also this growing sense of fellow- ent talents, the members took it upon
ship and friendship among the youth themselves to locate a building (at
workers as well and I can really one time a home, then later, a Laun-
only attribute it to the work of God. dromat) and begin extensive renova-
These two areas are where we plan tions. They hired workers who were
put our energy and resources for the doing community service, giving
future because if God seems to be them a second chance to be produc-
for it, we should be as well. Look tive citizens. Some of those workers
for a more full report on all this have attended services at St. James’.
from me in January. Until then, At some point, they hope to add a
thank you to all our churches and steeple and there are surrounding
Many items were donated or pur-
youth workers who brought students buildings which one day may be used
chased at Habitat for Humanity
to the Eucharist and made it what it for offices and Sunday School
shops (architectural remnants such as
was. It would not have been the rooms. But now, Fr. David says he
windows, doors, fixtures and more)
same with out you!” sees a new sense of excitement in the
or Hope Centers (which support nar-
people of St. James’ and says of the
cotics recovery). The organ was
new location, “This is good.”
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Clergy News - In early November The Rev.s Randy Hoover-Dempsey
and Bob Abstein will participate in the Porter Cup golf
Having resigned, The Rev. Angelo Wildgoose’s last Sun- event which is open to all Episcopal clergy. Bishop Bauer-
day at St. Anselm’s Church Nashville is November 25. schmidt recently attended the CREDO conference.
Parish News - available. Kick off the new year right with St. Michael’s
Church Cookeville and their 1st Annual Walk/Run 5K
Recent confirmations: Erin Orr, Connor ClenDening, St. event on January 1, 12:00 Noon. To sign up, call the
Marks’s Church Antioch; Lynn Williams, Trinity church at 931-526-4654. Members of St. Paul’s Church
Church Winchester; Dalton Brewer, St. Agnes’ Church Frankin are re-launching their Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Cowan; Robert Peery, MaryBeth Yancey; Raven Schu- Shawls are distributed to those undergoing medical pro-
mann, Coleman Parker, St. James’ Church Dickson. cedures, experiencing bereavement, having a baby, get-
ting married, etc. If you would like to participate, contact
Recent receptions: Danny Abbott, St. Mark’s Church Laurie Gearhart at 615-614-2120. On December 15, St.
Antioch; Kathaleen Westlund, Calvary Church Cumber- Mark’s Church Antioch will hold their Carols and Cas-
land Furnace. seroles event in Reynolds Hall. To join them, call the
church at 615-361-4100 for all the details. Church of the
Recent baptisms: Thomas Bagsby, Hunter Lundgren, St. Epiphany Sherwood held their annual parish meeting at
Barnabas’ Church Tullahoma; Julie Simpson, Christina the end of October along with a covered dish lunch. They
Yi Xuan Tantaris, St. Mark’s Church Antioch; Maria planned for the upcoming year and elected members to
Salinas, St. James’ Church Dickson. the Mission Council. Trinity Church Winchester is
looking for one or more volunteers to help develop a new
Christ Church Cathedral Nashville is offering the op- church website. If you are interested, please email Alexis
portunity to take a pilgrimage to Turkey. Led by the Rev. at firstname.lastname@example.org. On November 18 at 3:00 PM,
Joshua Caler and Dr. Daniel Shafer of Belmont Univer- Church of the Holy Trinity Nashville will welcome
sity, travelers will visit many of the first Christian com- Music City Baroque under the direction of Karen Clarke,
munities. For more information, contact jca- for a program of music for the holidays with an aria from
email@example.com. The Boulevard Bolt is a Thanks- Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and the Noels by Delalande
giving Day tradition on Belle Meade Boulevard as run- and Charpentier. Please consider bringing a donation of
ners, many in costumes, take to the street for a 5-mile non-perishable food to support Second Harvest of Middle
run/walk. For registration details, contact Dru Anderson Tennessee. Betty Carpenter of Otey Memorial Parish
at firstname.lastname@example.org. St. David’s Church Nash- Sewanee has been appointed Interim Director for the
ville invites everyone to their annual Best Ever Holiday Community Action Committee. This outreach serves
Bazaar to be held at the church on November 17. Food young families, disabled elderly people, those struggling
and crafts perfect for your holiday shopping will be with addiction and others in need.
Youth Groups Join Together ness to be available to receive the presence of God, his love
for us, and his calling for our lives. I loved getting to share
For Fall Retreat that with the youth of our diocese.”
Jill Altom, Youth Minister at Church of the Resurrection
Franklin, reports that a group went on a Fall Retreat on
October 12-14. The youth (pictured here) from Church of
the Advent Nashville and Church of the Good Shepherd
Brentwood traveled to New Frontiers Camp in Dowelltown
TN. Jill says, “We discovered the adventures of caving,
soared on a high ropes course and discovered more about the
Holy Spirit. It was really great for us to get this opportunity to
retreat from it all and be together. For me, retreats with my
church were some of the most powerful experiences I have
had in my faith journey because they gave me the time and
space to really discover God and what I thought about having
a relationship with Him. I only had a few opportunities during
my youth to go on retreat but they were by far the most
memorable and impactful experiences of that time in my life.
It often takes an experience where we get away from the busy-
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Annual Convention fulfilled the mandate asked of him by
the Standing Committee of Diocese
Speaker Announced of Seychelles.
The Rt. Rev. Santosh K. Marray, as- In his pastoral ministry, he has served
sistant bishop in the Diocese of Ala- in several parochial settings which
bama, has accepted an invitation includes experience in small and ru-
from Bishop Bauerschmidt to be ral multi-station parishes, urban, in-
guest speaker at the Annual Conven- ner city and suburban congregations.
tion in January 2013 at Christ He has witnessed the revival and
Church Cathedral Nashville. growth of many struggling congrega-
tions, restored and/or built several
Before recently accepting the call to parish facilities, achieved through
Alabama, Bishop Marray was bishop successful capital campaigns. In his
assisting in the Episcopal Diocese of communion-wide ministry, he has
East Carolina. In his current position, ministered, nurtured, inspired and
he supports the Rt. Rev. Kee Sloan, counseled numerous people including
Alabama’s diocesan bishop, by shar- many non- Christians.
ing the annual parish visitation
schedule, and is responsible for the diocesan family, he witnessed a major Marray served as a member of the
Department of Mission and Congre- diocesan revival in all areas of dioce- Anglican Covenant Design Group
gational Development, especially in san life. This included the ordination which drafted the Anglican Commun-
small congregations. of the first women priest in the dio- ion Covenant, and is currently a
cese and province which he regards as member of the Archbishop of Canter-
During more than 30 years of or- one of the highlights of his ministry bury, the Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Wil-
dained ministry, he has served the there. With the diocese in a much liams’ Pastoral Visitors’ Team. The
people of six dioceses (Guyana, Ba- healthier state, he invited the diocese team consists of lay people, clergy
hamas, Florida, Seychelles and East to elect a local bishop. At the end of and bishops of the communion in-
Carolina) spanning three provinces of 2008, he returned home to his family vited by the archbishop to serve as his
the Anglican Communion (West In- and the Diocese of Florida, having emissary in conflict situations.
dies, The Episcopal Church and In-
He was ordained deacon at St.
George’s Cathedral in Georgetown,
Guyana, January 1981 and priest in
November of that year. He served in
various ministries in Guyana until
1989 when he was called to ministry
in the Diocese of the Bahamas where
he served until 2003. He was then
called as rector of St. Philip’s Episco-
pal Church, Jacksonville FL, until
2005 when he was elected bishop di-
ocesan of the Diocese of Seychelles,
Province of the Indian Ocean.
Bishop Marray interprets his call to
the Seychelles in terms of a miracle.
God was calling him to a very critical
mission which he couldn’t decline.
He was elected at a time when the
diocese was significantly undergoing
major challenges across the spectrum
of diocesan life. He was given a man-
date by the diocese that included pio-
neering the renewal and revitalization
of the diocese. In a spirit of collabo-
rative and collegial ministry with the
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“Before the call to
I served as an
attorney for 20
years. During this
Messiah Pulaski To Install Fresh Start 4 Overnight time I was a law
The Rev. Carolyn Keck Nine clergy joined Bishop law attorney,
On Wednesday, Bauerschmidt for a Fresh Start mediator, and I
November 7 at Overnight at St. Mary’s Sewanee, worked with families and parishes in
6:30 PM, the Rev. October 16-17, 2012. Participants severe conflict. It was through the
Carolyn Keck included Tracy Wells Miller (Priest work of family and parish
will be instituted Associate, St. Paul’s Church reconciliation that I sensed this call to
as Rector of Franklin), Mary Hassell (Priest-in- the priesthood.
Church of the Charge, St. Bede’s Church
Messiah Pulaski. Manchester), Jacoba Hurst (Vicar, St. “I have a Master of Divinity from
The life and Luke’s Church Springfield), Kira Fuller Seminary in Seattle, and a
ministry of the church will be Schlesinger (Priest-in Charge, Church Diploma in Anglican Studies from
celebrated as well. of the Epiphany Lebanon), Lissa Trinity Episcopal School for
Smith (Assisting Priest, St. Ministry. I was ordained to both the
The prayers and presence of the clergy Augustine’s Chapel Nashville), diaconate and priesthood in the year
and laity in the Diocese of Tennessee Carolyn Keck (Rector, Church of the 2000. After serving in two parishes -
are requested. The clergy are invited to Messiah Pulaski), Monica Carlson as curate and then rector - near
vest (color: red) and process. (Transitional Deacon, Community of Albany, New York, I spent a
St. Mary Sewanee), Molly Dale Smith wonderful year as interim priest in the
A reception in the Parish House will (Fresh Start facilitator) and Canon Seattle area. And my most recent
follow the installation. Church of the Pamela Snare (Fresh Start facilitator). parish is here in Frankfurt, Germany,
Messiah is located at 114 North Third in the Convocation of Episcopal
Street, Pulaski. To rsvp by phone, call Fresh Start is a program designed for Churches in Europe. My German
the church at 931-363-1454 or email clergy in new cures, and the newly language and bi-cultural heritage
email@example.com ordained. Its purpose is to build have served me well at Christ the
relationships of mutual trust among King, maybe the most diverse church
clergy, to share experiences and in the Episcopal Church.
wisdom in ministry, and to provide
Three Deacons To Be continuing education. Clergy meet “I am blessed with two beautiful and
Ordained To Priesthood once a month for nine months, and brilliant children. Kyle, 35, lives in
During the month of December, three each meeting includes worship, Seattle and is an artist making fused
deacons will be ordained by Bishop community building, critical glass jewelry. I will proudly show
Bauerschmidt to priesthood in the incidents, and facilitation of materials off his artwork. Cara, 32, is a young
Diocese of Tennessee. helpful to clergy in transition. This is adult librarian at an international
the fourth Fresh Start in the Diocese school in Brazilia, Brazil and leads
The Rev. Suzanne Cate will be of Tennessee. the Sunday School at her church. I
ordained at St. James’ Church in love music, theater, reading, travel,
Ormand Beach FL on December 12; and being with people. I am also a
the Rev. Monica Carlson will be Church Of The Advent long distance walker. Kyle and I
ordained at Community of St. Mary Welcomes Interim recently completed a half marathon
Sewanee on December 18; the Rev. in Seattle.
Stanford Adams will be ordained at On November 11, the Rev. Carola von
All Saints’ Church in Tupelo MS on Wrangel will start her interim service “In parish ministry I am passionate
December 19. at Church of the Advent Nashville. By about walking with people in their
way of introduction, she writes, “I was growth in faith and service. My
Invitations will go out to family, born in Feldkirch, Austria, where my primary ministry gifts include
friends and the clergy of the Diocese family were refugees from Estonia. teaching, pastoral care, preaching and
of Tennessee. Please remember these We immigrated to the US, specifically working with youth and children. In
three in your prayers. to Seattle, Washington when I was all of this, being part of God’s work
almost four years old. That is where I of healing and reconciliation is a
went to school, University, law school great joy.”
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Thistle Farms Fundraiser Inspires Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene
and Thistle Farms addressed the audi-
On Thursday, October 4, more than 850 people gathered ence saying, “ There is nothing sweeter
in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center to celebrate 15 than seeing a dream come alive before
years of Magdalene and Thistle Farms helping women in your waking eyes. Nothing revives
recovery from addiction and lives on the street. your spirit like the promise of a com-
munity gathered in a spirit of love.”
Magdalene, a two-year residential program, houses 30 She continued, “We have never been
women at a time in six homes throughout Nashville. They just residential communities or a social
are given support and tools to begin their recovery and enterprise, but a movement that calls us to go to troubled
after a few months, they find work, start school or learn to fields to use our God-given gifts to reap a harvest that can
make the products of Thistle Farms. feed us all. This gathering holds the hope for all who want
to believe LOVE HEALS.”
Thistle Farms is a social enterprise, making, marketing
and distributing natural bath and body products. Purchase After all the pledges and gifts were counted, the organiza-
of the products go to support the women by whom they tion came within $10,000 of their $300,000 goal to support
were made. Thistle Farm products are now sold in over the program for the next three years. If you would like to
200 stores in Tennessee and across the country and can be contribute to their goal, please visit www.thistlefarms.org/.
bought online at http://store.thistlefarms.org/.
The theme of the fundraiser chaired by Fiona Prine,
“Chestnut & Sage,” lent itself to reflections through es-
says and poems from the women of Magdalene on resil-
ience, healing and growth. Musical entertainment was
provided by Gretchen Peters and John Prine who per-
formed three of this most moving songs. The women of
Magdalene joined the singers for an version of Bob Dy-
lan’s “I Shall Be Released.”
God’s Green Earth… for the holidays
Stuff. Everyone’s got it. Everyone wants more. Or do they?
A new green idea making the rounds for the holidays is “no more stuff.” Does that mean to cancel Santa and
other gift giving? No way! Give the gift of experiences. Tickets to a sporting event or concert are a wonderful
way to tailor your gift giving. A travel experience can be fun for the entire family.
Other ideas include cooking or language classes, outdoor activities (hot air ballooning or horseback riding), an
afternoon visit to a winery or a short train trip. More practical gifts are grocery or gasoline gift cards, a certifi-
cate for a house cleaning service or an offer of babysitting time.
Some families may choose to forgo gift giving among themselves and opt to support a charity instead. Whether
through a monetary gift or the gift of volunteerism, the holidays are a time of great need and there are many
ways to contribute. See page 13 of this publication to volunteer through St. Luke’s Community House. Other
seasonal organizations are the Angel Tree project, Toys For Tots and Nashville’s Metro Police Christmas Bas-
ket Charity, which provides food and gifts to needy families. Christmas is also a good opportunity to give to
your church in honor of a family member or friend.
If you prefer to give of your time, the Nashville Rescue Mission and Vanderbilt’s Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club’s
Christmas Village would be happy to put you to work.
You won’t end up with more stuff, but the memories of time spent with family and friends - and even strangers
in need - will stay with you a lifetime.
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Children At Holy Cross
Each week we go with little heart
boxes that we covered with decora-
tions and collect money from the
people at church. We start at the
back of the church. Two kids hold
boxes, while two others hold the
wine and bread. Then we walk to the
front, bow to the table, and then
give the food to the people who are
holding the plates. The plates hold
dollar bills and checks. But our
boxes hold change. Two us of go to
each half of the church to collect
dimes, quarters, nickles and pennies.
We walk down the rows until we
end up in the back. choices to pick a group to give the only families who have kids with spe-
money to. This time we collected so cial needs.
We do this because we use the money much we gave to two organizations.
to donate to the people who need help The organizations we gave money to This offering is very fun to do be-
or money. We call this the Children’s are Special Kids and Rising Above cause you are contributing to the
Offering. We do it every week. It’s Ministries. Special Kids is a group church. (It also gives you a reason to
fun to do it! that helps kids gets get better with get out of your seat.) I hope you en-
their bodies because their bodies have joyed hearing about the offering. —
When we have collected a lot of special needs. Rising Above Minis- Ava Bandy, 4th Grader, Church of the
change, an adult gives us three or four tries is a monthly church service for Holy Cross Murfreesboro
Trinity Remembers On November 1, Trinity Church
hosted choirs from the First Presby- St. George’s Choirs
Lost Loved Ones terian Church, Madison Street Meth-
odist Church and the Austin Peay Celebrate In Song
During the last year, the congregation State University Adult Chorus in a On December 9, at 6:00 PM, the
at Trinity Church Clarksville has ex- concert of music composed by Paul choirs of St. George’s Church Nash-
perienced the loss of members and Byrom, Dr. Jeffrey Wood and Dr. ville will celebrate in scripture and
lives with grief and sadness as they George Mabry. song their annual Service of Nine
remember them. Lessons and Carols, one of the
The music was conducted by Lisa church’s most cherished traditions.
In a tribute to all those whom they Conklin-Bishop and accompanied by
love but no longer have with them, organ, strings and woodwinds. The
St. George’s Choir and the Choristers
the congregation planned an evening All Saints’ Concert was a memorable
of St. George’s, made up of youth in
of music especially designed for All tribute to those loved ones whom we
grades 3-12, will take the congrega-
Saints’ Day. no longer have with us who but live
tion on the journey from the Garden
in our hearts forever.
of Eden to the manger in Bethlehem,
Realizing the potential of involving
remembering the overwhelming love
several church choirs in a choral
of God made manifest through His
festival and knowing how blessed
great plan of salvation.
they are in Clarksville to have com-
posers in their midst, they planned
an evening of choral music to cele- The service is open to the public. For
brate those whom they have lost more information, contact the church
with music especially composed for office at 615-385-2150.
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Episcopal Franciscans process, which consists of a Postu-
lancy of at least six months and a No-
The symposium will examine the role
of the laity in our churches In the
In The Diocese of TN vitiate of at least two years. During
the formation process each person is
Catholic Church of the Victorian era,
one English Monsignor notoriously
We are men and women in the Epis- assigned a Formation Counselor. At stated their role was: “To hunt, to
copal Church who have chosen to the end of the Novitiate period Nov- shoot, to entertain. These matters they
follow Jesus in the way of St. Francis, ices may ask to be accepted to Life understand, but to meddle with eccle-
following the Rule and ideals that Profession. This involves taking a siastical matters they have no right at
guided Francis after his conversion as simple vow with life intent which is all.” In a study prepared for the recent
he set about following God’s plan for renewed annually. All Tertiaries are General Convention, a different an-
his life. Being Franciscan is not expected to have a Spiritual Director swer was given: The Episcopal
something we do, it is who we are. to be their guide, and they are re- Church has historically embraced and
We make life time vows to Third Or- quired to write a Rule of Life. legitimized laity, bishops and clergy
der Society of Saint Francis (TSSF). equally to take their place in the gov-
If you would like to know more about ernance of the church. Dr. King’s
Franciscans in our diocese contact lectures will examine the various
firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlie roles of the laity since New Testa-
Palmgren at charlepalm- ment times so that we might better
email@example.com – we would like to understand what the role of the laity
have members who belong to other could be today.
orders in our diocese work with our
TSSF fellowship members in 2013.
In the late 19th century, there was a
Please look for our January 2013 Di-
revival of interest in the Franciscan
ocesan exhibit at annual convention.
calling inspiring groups of men and
— Joyce Wilding, TSSF
women in several parts of the world
to join together to live as Franciscans
within the Episcopal Church. We
have brothers and sisters who choose
to dedicate themselves to a life lived
Rev. Dr. Benjamin King
in community in convents or friaries,
two in New York and four in Califor-
nia. These communities share lives of As part of Christ Church Cathedral Dr. King is Assistant Professor of
prayer and service. The Hours and Nashville’s Sacred Space For The Church History and Director of the
Eucharist, communal and personal City, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin King Advanced Degrees Program at The
prayer time are balanced with active will present the fall symposium on University of the South School of
service within the local neighborhood “The Role of the Laity From New Theology. He studied History and
and within the community house. Testament Times To The Episcopal Theology at Cambridge University,
Church Today.” received a Masters in Theology
from Harvard Divinity School, and a
Francis also formed a Third Order
Ph.D. in Theology from Durham
because he wanted to have an Order
University in the United Kingdom.
in which men and women, ordained
A winner of the 2011 John
or lay, married or celibate could all
Templeton Award for Theological
join in a deeper walk with Christ
Promise, Dr. King’s highly ac-
while remaining in the world. The
claimed book, Newman and the Al-
Third Order is divided into provinces
exandrian Fathers, examines the in-
and regions and into smaller fellow-
fluence of the earliest Christian
ship groups within those regions.
theologians on the most prominent
19th century Christian theologians.
There is one TSSF fellowship in our
diocese: Wind, Water, Fire & Earth. On Friday, November 16, there will
be a 5:30 PM reception and dinner, For ticket information to each event,
Meeting with one’s Fellowship is an
followed by a lecture at 7:00 PM. On visit www.christcathedral.org/
important source of mutual support in
Saturday, November 17, there will be EducationSymposia or call the church
living a Franciscan life. We meet for
a morning lecture, starting at 9:00 at 615-255-7729. Deadline for reser-
prayer, sharing our spiritual journeys,
AM. On Sunday, November 18, the vations is November 12. Childcare is
study and building community.
Rev. Dr. King will preach at the 7:00, available upon request.
Third Order Franciscans are called 8:30 and 11:00 AM services and will
Tertiaries, and we follow a formation teach at 9:45 AM.
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First Annual “Back To Church Sunday” The final reason for doing a Back to
Church Sunday is that it will assist
Set For January 20, 2013 us in increasing the size and poten-
tial of our congregations.
Taking the simplest and shortest step the United States. In 2011, 7600
in evangelism. churches participated and in 2012, One may also ask, “Why are we do-
over 13,000. Back to Church Sunday ing Back to Church Sunday on Janu-
On January 20, 2013 the Diocese of is a tried and true program. For more ary 20, 2013?” This date has at least
Tennessee will have its first annual information please see three benefits. It gives our diocese
Back to Church Sunday. This evan- www.backtochurch.co.uk and plenty of time to be informed about,
gelistic event will be an opportunity www.backtochurch.com. and prepare for, the event. The date
for members of congregations to in- is also right after the first of the
vite and bring a friend who is asking Another reason for doing a Back to year, a time when people seeking
spiritual questions or seeking a Church Sunday in the Diocese of changes in their lives try out church
church home. Tennessee is that it will help our attendance. Finally, with Diocesan
members take special notice of the un- Convention being at the Cathedral
One may ask, “Why is the Diocese of churched in their lives and train them on January 25-26 we can in part use
Tennessee doing a Back to Church how to comfortably make an invita- this time to debrief about Back to
Sunday?” Four answers come readily tion. Spiritual seekers are around us Church Sunday and celebrate its
to mind: all the time but perhaps go un-noticed initial accomplishments.
for a variety of reasons. This event
First, it has been successfully done in will provide an occasion for us to de- A website has been set up for the
numerous places by various denomi- velop “eyes to see” and “ears to hear” Diocese of Tennessee’s Back to
nations. The Church of England, for those around us who are looking for a Church Sunday: https://
example, began their Back to Church church home and invite them sites.google.co m/site/b2csunday/
Sunday in 2004. In 2011, 4200 par- There, you will find a complete in-
ishes took part in the event with an Thirdly, Back to Church Sunday formational booklet about the event;
average response of 20 invitees per will be an opportunity for newcom- logos; templates for posters and
congregation. To date, 230,000 per- ers to be introduced to the healing newspaper ads; sample articles and
sons have said yes to an invitation to gospel of Christ. Everyone has hurts announcements; as well as helpful
come to church. The C of E continues from their past and searching ques- web links. We urge each congrega-
to urge all its members to “take the tions in the present. Jesus, as the tion to carefully study this material
simplest and shortest step in evangel- Good Shepherd and Great Physician, and implement those parts which
ism; inviting someone we already ministers to all in the midst of his seem most helpful.
know to our church.” church. Inviting and bringing our
friends on January 20 can be a won- The diocesan Evangelism & Congre-
Three years ago a national Back to derful - and perhaps life-changing - gational Development Committee,
Church Sunday movement began in experience for them. which is sponsoring this event, would
like to receive
ASAP the con-
church’s Back to
leader. This can
be sent to the
Zalesak at rjzale-
For more infor-
mation, feel free
to contact him at
the same email
address or call
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St. Mary’s Sewanee Holiday Volunteers Music At St. Paul’s
Offers Free Activities Needed For St. Luke’s It would be fair to say that, with the
recent acquisition of a new organ, the
Each year at this time, St. Luke’s music program at St. Paul’s Church
Community House in Nashville Murfreesboro has been revitalized.
launches their holiday programs.
These programs are designed to help Angela Tipps, St. Paul’s Minister of
the people in the West Nashville area Music and organist, conducts the
have a worry-free Christmas. Gifts, adult choir and choristers. She also
food, love… all free. Here are the conducts the MTSU Women’s Cho-
programs and how you can help. rale and coordinates the music appre-
St. Mary’s Sewanee is celebrating its ciate courses at the MTSU School of
25th Anniversary with 25 gifts back Music. She is founding director of
to the community. You may be inter- the Murfreesboro Symphony Chorus
ested in one of two of their compli- and the Nashville Chamber Singers
mentary activities below. and is a member of the American
Guild of Organists. She has put to-
ADVENT QUIET DAY – December gether a program of music for Fall
can be an overwhelming time for Adopt-a-Family - families in need
and Spring. All are invited to attend.
clergy and parishioners. St. Mary’s are matched with donors who pro-
Sewanee is offering the opportunity vide gifts for the household. The
to step away from the hustle and bus- children often get clothes and toys
tle of December. St. Mary’s Sewanee while the parents typically receive
will hold an Advent Quiet Day on gift cards.
December 20 for the first 40 people
who register. The day will be led by Adopt-a-Senior - similar to the pro-
St. Mary’s Sewanee’s Executive Di- gram above, donors are matched with
rector, The Rev. Thomas Morris. It senior citizens who might otherwise
will include periods of reflection and be forgotten at Christmastime.
prayer and then times of silence. It
will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Gifts for these two events will be
The Advent Quiet Day is free of dropped off at St. Luke’s from De-
charge and will include a homemade cember 3 to December 12. Volunteers
lunch. To register, please contact Ra- are needed to accept gifts from do-
chel Dan Goldin at 931-598-5342. nors and to distribute them to recipi-
ents. Five volunteers are needed at all
COMPLIMENTARY NEW YEAR’S times, usually in two hour shifts.
RETREAT - For many years, St.
Mary’s Sewanee has hosted a New Toy Store - unwrapped gifts are do-
Year’s Mindfulness Retreat with the nated and, during an event on De-
Rev. Gordon Peerman and Kathy cember 18, parents are able to
Woods. If you are looking for a con- “shop” for toys for their children.
templative alternative to the usual Volunteers are needed to help sort Sunday, November 18, 4:00 PM
New Year’s Celebration, join in a and arrange the toys and to help the Dr. Robert Delchamp, Organist
community of like-minded people and shoppers fill their children’s wish University of the South, Sewanee
set an intention of loving kindness, lists. Five volunteers are needed at Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 PM
joy and compassion in 2012. Shared all times. Nashville Chamber Singers
silence and guided meditation, along Angela Tipps, Musical Director
with Buddhist and Christian teachings If you would like to participate in
Adopt-a-Family, Adopt-a-Senior or Sunday, December 23, 4:00 PM
on compassion, will help us discover
contribute to the toy store, or if you A Service of Lessons and Carols
that our deepest nature is wisdom and
kindness. St. Mary’s Sewanee is of- would like to volunteer your time to Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:00 PM
fering one scholarship (a $425 value) sort or help distribute the toys, please Handel’s Concerto in F Major
to any undergraduate or seminarian be in touch with St. Luke’s volunteer Haydn’s Little Organ Mass
currently enrolled at the University of coordinator, Christie Bearden by call- Premiere of a Concertato by Don Dicie
the South. Those interested should ing St. Luke’s at 615-324-8375 or at
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:00 PM
send an email to tho- christie.bearden@stlukescommunityh
Angela Tipps, Organist
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In For A Penny... your children as a family project that
opens the door to conversation about
No matter how you get involved,
every penny really does count. There
hunger and need in our community. are Penny Drive Cans at all Avenue
If you are looking for an easy way to Bank branches, at all branches of Wil-
make a big impact, The Tennessean’s Second Harvest serves 46 counties in son Bank & Trust and at Second Har-
Mary Hance invites all of you to join Middle Tennessee; 394,860 people in vest, so if you don’t want to make
her Ms. Cheap Penny Drive for Sec- those counties don’t know where their your own, you can pick them up there
ond Harvest, running November 1, next meal is coming from. Seventy- and simply return them to the banks
2012 though the end of January 2013. five percent of the people that Second when you are finished with the drive.
Harvest serves have incomes below
There are lots of ways to get involved: the poverty level. Thirty percent of the Ms. Cheap says, “I really hope lots of
Set up a change jar at your church clients that Second Harvest serves you will join in. It is an easy outreach
and invite people to fill it up through have to choose between food and pay- project and it can make such a differ-
the drive. ing for rent, utilities and medical bills. ence to those who give as well as
Make a penny drive can or jar to those who receive.”
have at home to put your change in Food prices are on the rise and re-
each night. quests for emergency food boxes are This is the fourth annual Ms.
Have a holiday party with guests up eighteen percent over last year. Cheap Penny Drive. So far the drive
bringing money for the cause. has raised over $62,000 for Second
Put a can in your break room at One dollar provides four balanced Harvest. More details on the penny
work as an office outreach project. meals at Second Harvest. drive can be found at
Make it a teachable moment with www.secondharvestmidtn.org.
Annual Convention Reminder ocesan website at www.episcopaldiocese-tn.org. Click on
the RESOURCES tab, then go to Forms.
The Diocesan Annual Convention will be held at Christ
Church Cathedral Nashville on January 25-26, 2013. Though there is limited space for exhibitors, there are still
some tables available. If your constituency is interested in
The first mailing has gone out to churches with the form to exhibiting, please call the diocesan office at 615-251-3322.
register their delegates. Registration prior to January 7,
2013 is $30 per person; after that date, it is $40.The mail- Please see page 4 of this publication for your invitation to
ing also included a cover letter which spelled out other the Reception following the first day of Convention. You
deadlines such as those for submitting nominations for needn’t be a delegate or registered to attend the convention.
elections and resolutions. All this information is on the di- All are welcome but we do ask that you rsvp as directed on
the invitation if you plan to attend.
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Seamen’s Church •
their nativity collections with us for
the display. Any nativity is welcome
Christmas On The River • DVDs of recent, first-run movies
- from fine porcelain to paper dolls -
nothing is too grand or too humble.”
Last year, the
Seamen’s Church All items must be in new and un- There is no charge for this exhibit; it
Institute provided used condition and in their original is St. Peter’s gift to the community
holiday gifts to packaging. For more information and the surrounding area. The ex-
some 16,000 pro- about Christmas on the River or to hibit will run concurrently with Les-
fessional mariners arrange pick-up of collected items, sons & Carols, the Columbia Christ-
aboard more than please contact Fr. Kempton by mas Home Tour, Columbia Central
a thousand commercial towing ves- phone at 270-575-1005 or by mobile High School chorus, Nashville’s
sels up and down the river system at 270-210-5626. Sweet Adelines and other Columbia
through its storied Christmas on the holiday events that weekend.
River outreach. To see a short film about the Sea-
ma n ’ s C h u r c h I n s t i t u t e , v i s i t The schedule at St. Peter’s is:
All year long, around four thousand http://www.trinitywallstreet.o rg/
knitters across twelve time zones webcasts/videos/profiles/anglican- Friday, November 30
have been hard at work creating communion-stories/shipmates. Nativity Exhibit 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM;
beautiful hats and scarves to present Columbia Central High School Cho-
to mariners working at Christmas. rus 7:30 PM.
Each member of the crew receives a
hand knit gift, arriving in a cheerful
“O, Come Saturday, Dececember 1
package with handwritten cards, a
greeting from the chaplain and other
Let Us Adore Him” Nativity Exhibit 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM;
Nashville Sweet Adelines 2:00 PM;
small Christmas gifts. For those In celebration of the holiday season, Lessons & Carols 5:00 PM.
items accompanying the knitted St. Peter’s Church Columbia is host-
goods, SCI must rely on donations ing an exhibition of nativity scenes,
Sunday, December 2
from supportive churches, individu- angels and other works of art cele-
Nativity Exhibit 12:00 N - 5:00 PM.
als and/or businesses. brating the birth of Christ.
For more information on sharing your
The Rev. Kempton D. Baldridge, The exhibit will run from Friday, No-
nativity or attending the event, call
Chaplain for the Ohio River Region vember 30, through Sunday, Decem-
St. Peter’s office at 931-388-3331. St.
of the Seamen’s Church Institute ber 2, in the Parish Hall.
Peter’s Church is located at 311 W.
and Licensed to Officiate in the Dio- Seventh Street, Columbia.
cese of Tennessee, says some items Peggy Harmon, one of the organiz-
are still needed to round out the ers of the event, says, “We are invit-
mariners’ gift packages. ing members and friends to share
Most items are found at local super-
markets or pharmacies. While they
may seem small, such thoughtfully
selected gifts make a big difference in
the lives of those who receive them.
If your family, organization or com-
pany can help, please e-mail
• Handmade Christmas Cards
• Unscented, Colorless Lip Balm
• Unscented, Hypoallergenic Hand
Lotion (2-4oz bottles)
• Sealed Packages of Holiday
• Books or Activities like Sudoku,
word searches, or playing cards
• Facial Tissue (personal size)
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U.S. Postage Paid
50 Vantage Way, Suite 107 Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville Tennessee 37228 Permit No. 431
4 St. George’s Choir Evensong for All Saints, St. George’s Church Nashville
4 Bishop’s Visitation, All Saints’ Church Smryna
11 EYC Talent Show, St. Michael’s Church Cookeville
11 Bishop’s Visitation, St. Augustine’s Chapel Nashville
18 Pilgrim’s Report, St. Paul’s Church Franklin
15 Bishop’s Visitation, St. Andrew’s Church New Johnsonville
2 Annual Parish Meeting, St. Mark’s Church Antioch
9 Bishop’s Visitation, Christ Church Cathedral Nashville
11 Nashville Unlimited, Christ Church Cathedral Nashville
16 Bishop’s Visitation, St. David’s Church Nashville
28 Winterfest, DuBose Conference Center Monteagle
Italics denote Bishop Bauerschmidt’s visitations
This is a sampling of events in the Diocese of Tennessee.
For a complete listing of events throughout the diocese,
see the Calendar of Events at www.episcopaldiocese-tn.org
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