Join us on Monday, December 24, 2018, at 5:30 pm for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The service will be filled with lessons and carols. All are welcome and come as you are!
On Sunday, December 16, 2018, the annual Impromptu Christmas Pageant was held during Sunday Worship Service. The room was filled with cheers as member, both younger and older, donned their pageant attire for an unrehearsed pageant. Older congregation members led the children through the nativity story, demonstrating the wonder and amazement of the nativity. The pageant was truly unique experience that captured the heart and spirit of the Advent season.
You can check out the video below to see some photos from the event. We would like to thank all our families and members who participated during the Impromptu pageant. We look forward to our Impromptu Christmas Pageant again next year.
On Friday, December 7, 2018, the annual Christmas Edition of Beer + Hymn’s A Very Merry Beer & Carols took place at Midtown Crossing Bar & Grill. The gathering was filled with lots of Christmas carols, laughter, and beer. During the program, Anne Greenly spoke about her love for Beer + Hymns stating, “My five year old and I love coming to Beer + Hymns.” She continued, “I love to sing, even though I’m not the best at it. Singing with a big crowd of people in a bar is perfect.” Pastor Lucy Waechter Webb spoke about the practice of Beer + Hymns. She shared that the practice of singing together is rare these days, but it the power to transform us.
Watch this short video to get a glimpse of A Very Merry Beer & Carols yourself.
Beer + Hymns is a part of a national movement to reclaim public spaces for public singing. The Memphis chapter is headed by Jim Cornfoot, Music Director for Evergreen Presbyterian Church. This practice gathers the first Friday of each month and is open to everyone, includes families and kids. You can follow Beer + Hymns Memphis on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beerandhymns901. You can sign up today for an email newsletter for Beer + Hymns by using the form below.
The next Beer + Hymns will be Friday, January 4, 2019, at Midtown Crossing Bar & Grill (394 N Watkins St) at 5:30 pm.
Sunday, December 2, Evergreen members gathered together for the annual Greens on the Go. Greens on the Go is an annual event when we bring Christmas cheer and wreaths to our members’ homes who are unable to regularly join us for service or who have experienced grief or loss this season. This years, with gathered 14 members, including three youngsters, to visit eight homes. During the visits, we spent time sharing stories and hanging wreaths. This year’s wreaths were purchased through Continental Floral Greens, who sell handmade, sustainably harvested wreaths from the Pacific Northwest. Click this link to learn more about Continental Floral Greens. After the visits, we gathered together for social fellowship at a local restaurant. We want to thank all the members who joined us this year for Greens on the Go and those who invited us into their homes.
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“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify God with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30
Evergreen has met our Capital Campaign goal. Pastor Rev. Lucy Waechter Webb has written an open letter to members and friends of Evergreen to express gratitude for all the generosity. We invite you to continue reading.
Dear Evergreen Members and Friends,
Thanks to all of you who have made a pledge and given to our capital campaign. After many anxious years of transition, we set a lofty goal to raise $200,000 for our building improvements, and in less than a year we reached our goal! We have had many from our current family and alumni give generously to this campaign, and we are excited to continue to birth the new Evergreen with you. It is a sure sign of vitality and health that we have been able to support so much of the renovation work with direct support from our church family and friends.
As you know, we have had construction underway on the exterior, and it is nearing completion. Expect to see our new doors and awning installed soon. New signage will soon follow!
We have approved the contract for the interior work and the city permit was approved, so we expect demolition will begin shortly. As we’ve indicated, it will get messy inside, but we hope to continue to stay and worship in our space while work is in progress.
Artist Yvonne Bobo has all of the materials ready to build the sculpture for the ceiling of our sanctuary and will begin fabrication in the next month or so.
As anticipated, the cost of our work will exceed the campaign goal, so a gift now will not go un-utilized! You can still make a pledge or give online here www.evergreenmemphis.org/capital-campaign/.
You can also still buy a t-shirt or a poster with Yvonne Bobo’s rendering of the sculpture. Email Mitchel (Mitchel@evergreenmemphis.org) to make a purchase.
Again, it is with gratitude and hope that we celebrate this success in our community!
On Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 4:30 p.m., Evergreen Presbyterian Church demonstrated our collective people power at MICAH’s Moving Memphis Forward Public Meeting at the historic Mason Temple. Those in attendance included MICAH’s 48 partner members, elected and public officials from the Shelby County Commission, the Shelby County Mayor’s Office, the Shelby County Sheriffs Office, the Shelby County School Board, a representative from the Memphis City Mayor’s Office, the Memphis City Council, the Memphis Police Department, a representative from the U.S. House of Representative Office of Steve Cohen, U.S Senate Candidate Phil Bredeson, and Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean.
Mason Temple quickly filled with Memphians from all over the city. MICAH began the public meeting by grounding the room in their mission: to give a more powerful voice to Memphians through collective organizing. After the ground rules for the event were established, leaders from each task force gave public testimony and named public policy recommendations. The room was compelled by the public testimony and in support of the recommendations.
Evergreen’s Rev. Lucy Waechter Webb asked community representatives, including the Shelby County Mayor’s Office of Lee Harris, a representative from the Memphis City Police Department, and the Memphis City Mayor’s Office, to publicly commit to working with MICAH’s Immigration and Intercultural Task Force on their platform. All three Offices agreed to meet with MICAH within the next 30 days to discuss strengthening the Citizen Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERD) and allowing MICAH to monitor local law enforcement trainings.
MICAH’s Economic Equity and Educational Equity Task Force received a public commitment from the Memphis Housing Authority and the Shelby County School Board, respectively, to work with the respective Task Forces to address their platforms.
It is never too late to become involved in MICAH’s organizing work. You can join any of the following meetings at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church:
MICAH’s Economic Equity Task Force, October 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
MICAH’s Immigration & Intercultural Task Force, October 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
MICAH’s Educational Equity Task Force, November 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Additionally, mark your calendar for MICAH’s Monthly Meeting on November 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at Blount Auditorium on Rhodes College campus.
MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope) is a forming coalition of faith-based and community organizations joining together to give a more powerful voice for issues of justice in our city. MICAH has three priority areas: Economic Equity, Educational Equity, and Immigration & Intercultural Equity. To learn more about MICAH, visit their website, at www.micahmemphis.org or like their Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/MICAH901.
Photos courtesy of Brandon Dill (c) 2018.
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/.
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.
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.