Evergreen Visits Montgomery's newest Museum and Memorial

On Monday, October 15, 2018, a small group of Evergreen members traveled to Montgomery, AL to tour the newly opened Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Those who traveled included Pastor Lucy Waechter Webb, Elder Jeff Blankenship, Elder Lee Kezar, Mitchel Griffin (Mission Developer), and Aylen Mercado.

The Legacy Museum “explores the history of racial inequality and its relationship to a range of contemporary issues from mass incarceration to police violence.” The Museum is located just blocks from one of the most active slave auction sites in America.

Pastor Lucy Waechter Webb said, “The narrative of the museum was powerful for me, and the physical experience of walking in the present with comrades today through the pillars of the history of lynching at the memorial was impactful.”

The group spent their morning at The Legacy Museum learning about America’s domestic slave trade. That afternoon they walked just a few blocks to The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. “The Memorial brings to light that the practice of lynching and violence against African American people happened in every community in the South. It was a powerfully sobering memorial,” said Mitchel Griffin.

The Equal Justice Initiative has documented 4400 lynchings of African Americans in the United States between 1877 and 1950. As EJI explains, “lynchings in the American South were not isolated hate crimes committed by rogue vigilantes. Lynching was targeted racial violence at the core of a systematic campaign of terror perpetuated in furtherance of an unjust social order.” Lee Kezar said, “[The] experiences are not only information-giving, but also emotion-giving and perspective-giving as they transform the tragedies we hear on the news to something tangible yet complex and ever more painful. I left the experience feeling more connected to and disturbed than ever...”

Learn more about the Equal Justice Initiative or The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice by visiting their website, at https://museumandmemorial.eji.org. To learn more about the Lynching Sites Project Memphis visit https://lynchingsitesmem.org/.

 Left to Right: Lee Kezar, Mitchel Griffin, Aylen Mercado, Lucy Waechter Webb, and Jeff Blankenship.

Left to Right: Lee Kezar, Mitchel Griffin, Aylen Mercado, Lucy Waechter Webb, and Jeff Blankenship.

 Inside The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL.

Inside The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL.

 Aylen Mercado reading the names of lynching victims from Shelby County, TN.

Aylen Mercado reading the names of lynching victims from Shelby County, TN.

Update: Evergreen's Renovations

Big changes are happening here at Evergreen! Our new awnings were installed last week and the copper fixture above the front entrance is coming next! Secession recently approved the bid to begin the interior work this fall. Evergreen will soon be transformed both inside and out. We are excited by this time of transformation. We will be updating you about any changes in our programming due to interior renovations. Follow along on this journey by getting the latest news here on our website or subscribe to our E-newsletter with the link below. Be sure to follow and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/evergreenmemphis.

 Evergreen’s new awning installation.

Evergreen’s new awning installation.

Beer & Hymns: Levitt Shell Edition

On Friday, October 5th, we gathered for Beer & Hymns: Levitt Shell Edition. Evergreen’s family and friends gathered on the back deck at the Levitt Shell to share in beer, song, food, and joy. We were excited to be hosted at a different venue for our October gathering. We would like to thank the Levitt Shell for hosting us, the families that donated food, and all our guest for joining us in this musical circle of practice. You can always join us for Beer & Hymns the first Friday of each month. Our next Beer & Hymns will be November 2, 2018 at Midtown Crossing Bar and Grill. Check back with us for more details. Be sure to follow our Beer & Hymns Facebook page at www.facebook.com/beerandhymns901 and Evergreen’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/evergreenmemphis for more photos and details.

 Jim Cornfoot, Music Director for Evergreen Presbyterian Church, and Beer & Hymns band leading hymns.

Jim Cornfoot, Music Director for Evergreen Presbyterian Church, and Beer & Hymns band leading hymns.

Join Us and MICAH for Public Action!

On Sunday, October 21 at 4:30 pm at Mason Temple join in MICAH’s public meeting with elected officials and 2000 Memphians to take political action on MICAH’s issues of Economic, Education, and Immigration & Intercultural Equity. If you haven’t been to a MICAH event yet, this is the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet. Evergreen has committed to bringing 50 people with us to demonstrate our commitment to these issues in our community. Sign up to be a delegate today!

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Evergreen's 2018 Fall Calendar!

September

7....... Beer & Hymns: at the Levitt Shell, 5:30 - 6:30, stay for concert at 7pm

11...... MICAH: monthly meeting at Neshoba Unitarian, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

26...... Movie Screening: Albatross at EPC, 6:30pm - 8:30 pm 

29...... Evergreen at Mid-South Pride, Robert Church Park

30.......Pet Blessing in Williamson Park, 11:00am

October

5........Beer & Hymns: at Midtown Crossing Bar and Grill, 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

9....... MICAH: monthly meeting location TBD, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

14-15.... Trip to National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, AL

21...... MICAH Public Meeting with Elected Officials at Mason Temple, 4:30 pm

November

2......Beer & Hymns: at Midtown Crossing Bar and Grill, 5:30 - 7:00 pm 

13.....MICAH: monthly meeting location TBD, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

14.....Movie Screening: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Join Evergreen Presbyterian for a special Alumni Homecoming on Sunday, August 19th!

  Alumni Homecoming    Join your Evergreen family to celebrate the renewal and re-birth of this community at our Alumni Homecoming on Sunday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. We’ll be culminating our capital campaign to restore and renovate our historic storefront building.   About the design:   We’ll be revealing some amazing things about our plans for 1567 Overton Park Ave. The bell from our former church home will be hung from the edifice of our new home and we hope to ring it for the first time at our Homecoming. Iconic Memphis artist, Yvonne Bobo, will be designing an incredible sculpture to adorn our ceiling. We’ll also be sharing our interior renderings for the first time and have lots of exciting details about furniture, fixtures, and lighting to share.   Sunday’s festivities:    We’ll worship at 11:00 a.m. with music from the Side Street Steppers, handbells, and an alumni choir. Contact us at jim@evergreenmemphis.org if you’d like to sing or play. There will be lots of time for swapping stories and catching up with your Evergreen family at a catered lunch to follow. RSVP by email at homecoming@evergreenmemphis.org.   Support the campaign:   Even if you can’t join us for our Homecoming celebration please consider giving generously to our capital campaign. Your donation will ensure the flourishing of our community for generations to come.  You can give online at: evergreenmemphis.org/capital-campaign.  If you are interested in a naming opportunity, please contact the chair of our capital campaign, Kelsey Hamilton at kelsey.m.hamilton@gmail.com.

Alumni Homecoming

Join your Evergreen family to celebrate the renewal and re-birth of this community at our Alumni Homecoming on Sunday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. We’ll be culminating our capital campaign to restore and renovate our historic storefront building.

About the design:

We’ll be revealing some amazing things about our plans for 1567 Overton Park Ave. The bell from our former church home will be hung from the edifice of our new home and we hope to ring it for the first time at our Homecoming. Iconic Memphis artist, Yvonne Bobo, will be designing an incredible sculpture to adorn our ceiling. We’ll also be sharing our interior renderings for the first time and have lots of exciting details about furniture, fixtures, and lighting to share.

Sunday’s festivities:

We’ll worship at 11:00 a.m. with music from the Side Street Steppers, handbells, and an alumni choir. Contact us at jim@evergreenmemphis.org if you’d like to sing or play. There will be lots of time for swapping stories and catching up with your Evergreen family at a catered lunch to follow. RSVP by email at homecoming@evergreenmemphis.org.

Support the campaign:

Even if you can’t join us for our Homecoming celebration please consider giving generously to our capital campaign. Your donation will ensure the flourishing of our community for generations to come.

You can give online at: evergreenmemphis.org/capital-campaign.

If you are interested in a naming opportunity, please contact the chair of our capital campaign, Kelsey Hamilton at kelsey.m.hamilton@gmail.com.