A security guard in Jackson, Tenn., accused of defacing a Memphis Jewish school’s Torah scroll, was indicted Wednesday on a charge of violating the civil rights of students and faculty.
A federal grand jury in Memphis returned a one-count indictment against Justin Shawn Baker, 25. The indictment alleges that Baker defaced a Torah and religious prayer books, which the students and faculty of Memphis’ Margolin Hebrew Academy were using for a worship service at a hotel during a field trip.
“Freedom to practice one’s religion without prejudice is one of the bedrock principles upon which our nation was founded,” U.S. Atty. Edward L. Stanton III said in a statement issued Wednesday.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENTS IN SHELBY COUNTY
NDP Memphis at Tiger Lane, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and Fairgrounds.
· There will be a Prayer Station on May 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You are invited to participate by coming to pray for one hour with Christians from around the Memphis Metro area.
· There will be a Community Prayer Rally at 5:45 with Mayor Luttrell, Steve Gaines, Ralph White and other area pastors and leaders, with a time of worship and praise.
· For more information contact Carol Leake at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-337-6194
Tiger Lane is at the fairgrounds, in front of the Liberty Bowl. Enter on East Parkway at Nelson. Take 240 to Airways, (which turns into East Parkway) go north to Nelson, turn right into fairgrounds complex.
National Day of Prayer Germantown Town Hall
May 2 at 12:00 noon at the flagpole, 1930 S. Germantown Rd., Germantown TN 38138. For more information, contact Gail Duron at 901-277-8520 or email@example.com
Members of Sycamore View Church won’t be in church this Sunday. Instead, they will be church to various parts of the community.
The congregation will gather briefly at the church Sunday morning before dispersing to serve organizations such as Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis Union Mission, and the Mid-South Food Bank.
Members also will provide on-site auto services, neighborhood cleanup, and volunteer opportunities through local faith-based organizations such as Agape and HopeWorks.
“Our desire is to create a culture where service becomes a lifestyle. My hope is that we will use this opportunity to encourage our faith community to serve daily as the people of God,” said executive minister Eric Wilson.
For more information visit sycamoreview.org or call 901-372-1874.
Dr. Ernest H. Mellor Jr., who devoted his life to Christian ministry as a Presbyterian pastor, foreign missionary, family counselor and TV talk-show host, died Monday at his home in Germantown. He was 83.
In the years between, Mellor became more well-known locally as a marriage and family counselor as well as a TV personality. In 1973, he founded the Memphis Institute for Group and Family Therapy, working with his wife, Lalla Mellor.
“They were true partners,” said Rev. Anne Mellor Emery, Mellor’s daughter and now a Presbyterian pastor of Pennsylvania. “Mom was our rock and dad was our inspiration.”
In 1977, Mellor and Dr. Brooks Ramsey, former pastor of Second Baptist Church, co-founded the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Center. In 1979, the two began hosting “Family Focus,” a weekly show that ran for six seasons on WKNO-TV.
“Ernest was the first one to do pastoral counseling in Memphis,” said Ramsey, who at Mellor’s request preached his retirement sermon in 2005. “He was wise, he was compassionate, and he was completely loyal to the people he was trying to help. He had a fierce loyalty and commitment to the ministry of counseling, but he always had a pastor’s heart.”
Rabbi Micah Greenstein will be named a “Spiritual Treasure” by Baptist Memorial Health Care in a ceremony from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the Dr. H. Edward Garrett Auditorium, 6027 Walnut Grove.
Greenstein, senior rabbi of Temple Israel, is being honored by his work in visiting patients and their family members. Previous honorees were Dr. Michael Spradlin, president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary; and Rev. Michael Ellis of Impact Baptist Church.
Reserve a free ticket by calling 901-227-7123 by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Free lunch included.
From Dr. Bashar Shala, Memphis Islamic Center chairman:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 15, 2013
MEMPHIS, TN –
On behalf of the Memphis Islamic Center, and its leadership, we express our deepest sympathy to the victims of the tragic explosions in Boston. We condemn in the strongest terms any acts of violence and our heartfelt prayers and support go to the injured and their families.
As we stand firm in opposition to all acts of violence and terrorism on American soil and all over the world, we call on our fellow citizens to stand with us in support of the victims and continue working together to promote peace and harmony in our country and around the globe.
Bashar A. Shala, Chairman
On behalf of Memphis Islamic Center
Three days before Easter, about three dozen ministers from across the community gathered inside a Memphis police station for an especially solemn Holy Thursday.
They sat in silence and sadness as Lt. Anthony Mullins and Lt. Caroline Mason, former homicide investigators, showed photographs to illustrate a litany of murder and madness they encountered on the job.
The body of a man set afire and burned beyond recognition for refusing to give up a credit card PIN.
The body of a woman beaten to death because she didn’t want to have sex.
The body of a woman who had been dragged 800 feet by a man who thought, erroneously, that she had given him AIDS.
“I have two daughters, and I try to keep this stuff from them, but I can’t keep it from myself,” Mullins said as he and Mason took turns describing their daily frames of reference. “This job destroyed my sleep patterns. I don’t sleep.”
A photo of police dragging a muddy pond in search of the body of a woman strangled and then dismembered with an electric circular saw.
A photo of police searching a house on Lester Street where a man killed six people, including two children, the city’s worst mass murder. Three other children were attacked but survived.
Photos of police searching for life in a never-ending current of violence and death.
McLean Baptist Church, with its stunning slender white steeple that towers over the Vollintine Evergreen neighborhood, is under new management.
Members of the Southern Baptist congregation, which has anchored the southwest corner of McLean and Jackson since 1926, transferred ownership of the property this week to a suburban, nondenominational “missional” church called Living Hope.
New management, same ownership.
“Over these past few years, we’ve seen Living Hope’s heart for the neighborhood,” said McLean Baptist Pastor Glenn Hales Jr. “They serve here, they’ve moved in here, and they are committed to Jesus and to the community. We’re grateful that this building will continue to be a place where God’s love is shared and shown.”
McLean’s membership voted April 24 to give the building and its contents to Living Hope Vollintine Evergreen, one of a number of “missional communities” in Midtown — small groups of relatively young, predominantly white suburban, evangelical Christians who are moving into urban areas to be good neighbors, not do-gooders.
“We believe that we are both responsible for and called to the transformation and well-being of Memphis as well as the proclamation of the Gospel to the ends of the Earth,” proclaims Living Hope, begun about seven years ago by a few former members of Germantown Baptist Church. “Therefore, Living Hope focuses on particular areas of our city and world to engage in meaningful service and Gospel proclamation.”
About three years ago, a handful of Living Hope members decided to reach out to Vollintine Evergreen, one of the city’s most racially and economically diverse neighborhoods, walking distance from Overton Park and the Memphis Zoo. About 60 percent of its 12,000 or so residents are African-American; 56 percent are homeowners.