"Celebrating Our Life Together"
A message from Senior Warden Charlie Pazar
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Dear Fellow Parishioners: We have much to celebrate in our life together. Let me highlight three areas, with more to come.
A Fond Farewell to Linda Stine, and a Hearty Welcome to Keaton Morris. After 33 years of devoted service to our parish, Parish Administrator Linda Stine retired on June 29 and soon will be leaving Memphis for Austin, Texas, to be nearer to family. In many ways, Linda kept GSL running, and we will miss her formidable administrative skills and all-around good spirit. Please join me in thanking Linda for her years of service. And please welcome John “Keaton” Morris as our new Director of Operations and Finance. Keaton has a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, including serving as an accounting/finance contractor with West Tennessee Family Solutions and Athletic Director at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where he is a member. He is an alumnus of the University of Memphis, the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama, and spent third through seventh grade at GSL School. Feel free to contact Keaton at (901) 252-6324 or kmorris [at] gracestlukes [dot] org to talk about business or simply to welcome him.
Stewardship and Planned Giving. Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor, GSL has entered a one-year contract with Thompson & Associates (ceplan.org). The purpose of the contract is to allow Thompson & Associates to provide free estate planning consultations to GSL parishioners, including the area of planned giving. Thompson & Associates is headquartered in Nashville, and was “established in 1996 with a focus on providing values-based estate planning services to not-for-profit organizations.” Consultations with Thompson & Associates are confidential. The Thompson & Associates attorney representative to GSL is Jeremy Pharr, Esq., who will come to Memphis once a month to consult with GSL folks. In his career at Thompson, Jeremy has worked with many churches of various denominations, and recently with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. It is important to stress that Thompson “does not draft planning or legal documents, nor make any money by selling products” like life insurance policies or annuities. If you would like to consult with Jeremy, please contact Stewardship Associate Chapman Morrow at (901) 252-6328 or cmorrow [at] gracestlukes [dot] org.
June 30 COVID-19 and GSL Update from the Rector. On July 4, worshippers were able to gather in person according to the new protocols outlined in a message from Father Ollie Rencher. On Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., and 5 p.m., masks are optional at GSL for persons who have been fully vaccinated when indoors. For persons who have not been vaccinated, masks are required for adults and children ages 3 to 12 to protect themselves and others. Advanced sign-up for worship offerings will no longer be required. Follow this link for the full text of this COVID-19 update. This is huge step in our life together and day-by-day, we are living into new ways of being together both at GSL and in our respective lives. This change does not change our ongoing commitment to current and future virtual offerings for worship, formation, and fellowship. I hope you will participate in all ways possible to keep us strong as faith community.
Senior Warden, on behalf of the Vestry
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