Special Events

March 31 - Service Festival and Carillon Concert
March 31 - Ordination of Elizabeth H. Doolin

April 6 - Midtown Legal Clinic 
April 9 - Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering

May 28 - EEC Summer Camp 
May 5 - Steve's Retirement Celebration


Pastor Steve's Retirement 

Pastor Steve Montgomery is retiring at the beginning of May 2019. (Read Steve's retirement letter.) Leading up to then, several special events and projects are in the works. What to get involved? See the Retirement Committee's letter below to see how. And please check back for updates.

Sun March 31 - 1:00 p.m.
Carillon Concert for Steve 

Enjoy a special carillon concert filled with Steve's favorite tunes (from Beatles to Bach). Our 48 bell carillon is played by David Caudill and Peggy McClure. Listen outside in the garth, or come inside and watch a live feed from the belltower. 

Sun May 5 - Retirement Celebration
       10:30 a.m. Worship Service
       12:00 p.m. Potluck Lunch

Pastor Steve's last Sunday is May 5, 2019. That morning, we will have ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30. After worship, there will be a big potluck lunch and celebration. Everyone is invited! 

A Letter from the Retirement Committee

Dear friends,

As many of you know by now, our beloved pastor, Steve Montgomery, will be retiring on May 5, 2019 after nearly 19 years of serving Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Steve was ordained by Transylvania Presbytery, September 28, 1980, and has served 39 years in ministry. We are planning a number of ways to express our appreciation for all that he has done for our church, our city, and our many ministries.

During Steve’s time at Idlewild, we have seen the More Than A Meal program come to life and blossom. We have been led to a more inclusive and diverse ministry. We have been blessed by Steve’s gift for preaching and many of us have been touched by the way he has thoughtfully helped celebrate the life of members who have gone before us. And, of course, Steve has led us to the expansion and improvement of our Jones Building as we look to the future for new ways to minister within our congregation and community.

A special worship service is being planned for Sunday, May 5, at which Steve will preach his final service as our pastor and serve the Lord’s Supper. That morning we will have one worship service from 10:30 to 12:00 in the sanctuary.

After the service, we will gather for a potluck lunch. We have invited the Mayor of Memphis and the Shelby County Mayor to the luncheon. We are inviting family, long-time friends, and former colleagues to attend the luncheon or send a message to Steve to be shared at the lunch. In addition, the Session  has approved naming the new fellowship hall in the Jones Building as Montgomery Hall. The unveiling of the nameplate will occur that day.

There are several ways that you can help us celebrate Steve’s ministry:

  • LOVE OFFERING* - At the lunch, we will present Steve and Patti with a love offering (not tax deductible) to enjoy in their retirement. You may send a check to Idlewild Presbyterian Church with the designation “Steve Love Gift” in the memo, or you may give in the Realm app or online.  PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
  • SHARE PHOTOS - At the lunch, there will be a video which will include photos you share of Steve in his years of ministry. We need as many photos as possible. You can email those photos to  revsteve.retire@gmail.com.
  • SHARE STORIES - We also would like you to share special stories. Your e-mails or handwritten notes will be added to a collection of memories that is being organized. You can e-mail stories to  revsteve.retire@gmail.com or mail them to Peggy McClure, 387 Roseland Place, Memphis, TN 38111.
  • Meghan Clark will also be contacting parents of young children and young adults for additional ways to participate in celebrating Steve’s ministry.
  • Abigail Apple and Jessica Joshi are heading up a project for youth (both from years past and current youth), so watch for more information from them.

Steve is retiring not only from Idlewild, but from the ministry as a whole. After serving as pastor at Buckhorn Lake Area Presbyterian Church in Buckhorn, Kentucky, Church of the New Covenant in Doraville, Georgia, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Tucker, GA, and Idlewild Presbyterian in Memphis, Steve and Patti will be starting a new chapter.

We invite you to participate in this celebration by giving a monetary gift and/or by sharing your memories in grateful thanksgiving for all that Steve has done for our congregation, our community and for the work of God’s Kingdom.

With grateful hearts,
Larry Bryan & Elizabeth Simpson Alrutz
Co-Chairs, Steve Montgomery Retirement Celebration





Midtown Civil Legal Clinic - Saturday, April 6

Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Free & Open to the Public

In collaboration with Memphis Area Legal Services, Idlewild is hosting a neighborhood legal clinic on April 6. Volunteer attorneys and paralegals will offer advice and council to members of our community who need assistance with civil (not criminal) legal problems. THIS IS NOT AN EVANGELICAL EVENT. PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS ARE WELCOME.

This clinic is for individuals with civil (not criminal) legal problems. Common areas for legal advice include housing issues, veteran’s issues, child support, child custody, driver’s license revocations, expungements, debt collection issues, wills, powers of attorney, debt collection judgments, bankruptcy, and consumer issues such as title/payday loans.

Individuals will sign a citizenship form and a form that authorizes an attorney to provide them legal advice. (Volunteers will be available to help.) Each person who completes a form will provide a brief statement of their legal issue. Attorneys will meet with each client to discuss his/her problem and receive advice as to whether or how to proceed. There is no obligation on the part of the attorney to take the case beyond the initial meeting; however, it is not at all uncommon for an attorney to offer to provide extended legal services to a client. In addition, if the volunteer attorney determines that the individual has a case that can be resolved legally, he/she can direct the client to contact Memphis Area Legal Services or another appropriate entity for help.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your neighbors, coworkers and friends. You never know who might need legal counsel.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/midtownlegalclinic | Twitter: @midtownlegal | Email:midtownlegalclinic@gmail.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Attorneys and Paralegals are especially needed. Others help as greeters, directing people, helping guests read or fill out forms, and helping with food. Contact Minna Glenn,minnat@comcast.net. If you have other questions, contact Bruce Webber at brucewebber@earthlink.net or 412-8476.


May 28–August 2 - Summer Camp 
Make A Difference in Memphis!

MAD Summer Camp, a program of the Early Enrichment Center (EEC) at Idlewild, is set for May 28–August 2 from 8:00 to 4:00. This is weekday summer camp for rising K-5th graders, with extended care and limited drop-in care available.

In keeping with Idlewild’s longtime focus on outreach, children will Make A Difference (MAD) in Memphis with animals, hunger, clean water, and more. Daily activities include yoga, outdoor play, music, crafts, reading, and water play.

Register and learn more at earlyenrichment.org, or call EEC at 725-7941 (not the church office). And pass on the word to anyone with children entering K-5th next fall.




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