MSSA: Two weeks of family fun ahead!

The Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle continues its 142nd consecutive summer season of enrichment with an interdenominational worship service at 11 a.m. in the Assembly’s Warren Chapel. The eight-week season will continue through Sunday, Aug. 4, featuring numerous visiting lecturers who will present morning and evening programs that are open free of charge to the public; unless otherwise noted, morning lectures begin at 10:45 a.m. and evening lectures at 7:45 p.m. Anyone interested in a full schedule of the Monteagle Assembly’s 2024 program is welcome to pick one up at the Assembly Office (tel. (931) 924-2286), or to peruse the schedule on the Assembly’s website at <>.

One of the most beloved times at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly is this week as the Assembly celebrates the July 4th holiday. This year will keep beloved traditions alive, including a Patriotic Brass Prelude by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces and the annual Candlelight Service on the Mall to honor those who were born, married, or died in the last year. Fireworks end the day at the North Gate Field.

Friday, July 5, will see MSSA Trails committee chair David Peacock lecturing on the status of the trails and the fundraiser to maintain and expand these trails. Peacock will lecture at 10:45 a.m. in Warren Chapel and then lead a trail walk that departs from the Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. that day. A fundraiser Saturday evening at the Gymnasium will include a dance and auction.

The following week (July 7-13), the Assembly welcomes Katherine Walters, who will offer two programs of particular interest to parents. Her Tuesday morning lecture, “Simple Strategies for Raising Kids in a Digital World,” is sure to appeal to parents who struggle to know what kinds of boundaries and permissions are appropriate for their kids. Later that day, Walters will offer a workshop, “Raising Kids in a Digital World: Learn life hacks and simple strategies” from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Pulliam Center. (Advance registration required, as there is limited space. Inquire at the MSSA Office.) Walters is a licensed professional school counselor and educator who has worked in school systems in Virginia and Ohio.

Beloved southern cake expert Anne Byrn will lecture Wednesday morning on “Baking in the American South,” with a cake tasting and book signing to follow. Byrn is a New York Times-bestselling food writer and author based in Nashville. She writes the weekly newsletter, “Between the Layers,” on Substack. She is perhaps best known for her bestselling book, Cake Mix Doctor, and its sequels.

Additional events in the coming two weeks include the following:

Monday, July 1, 2:30 p.m., meet at Auditorium — All-Assembly Outreach Project with Housing Sewanee. Volunteers are welcome (ages 5-99) to help create homes for those in need of affordable housing. More information at <>.

Tuesday, July 2, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel — ”Hear Them Now: Lost Voices of the Assembly” lecture and presentation with Richard Boeth and the MSSA Archives Committee.

Tuesday, July 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Shady Dell — Workshop: Flower Arranging with Judy Walling, instructor. Advance registration required; $40 materials fee; limited space.

Wednesday, July 3, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel — Dr. Leif Torkelsen lectures on “Empires on Credit: Warfare and the Emergence of Capital Markets in Europe” (1400-1800).

Friday, July 5, 2:30 p.m., Writers’ Grove (rain location: Warren Chapel) — Susan Binkley reads from her book, “From My Front Row Seat,” with a signing to follow.

Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2:30-5 p.m., Art Pavilion — Oil Painting Workshop with Kim Barrick. Advance registration required; limited space.

Tuesday, July 9, 7:45 p.m., Auditorium — Sewanee Summer Music Festival Performance.

Wednesday, July 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Pulliam Center — Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop on where to find records with Merryanne Pierson. Advance registration required; space limited.

Thursday, July 11, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel — Anne Monfore lectures on “Majorie Merriweather Post: The American Empress.”

Thursday, July 11, 7:45 p.m., Auditorium — Rabbi Bruce Aft lectures on “The Healing Power of Forgiveness.”

Friday, July 12, 10:45 a.m., Warren Chapel — Sewanee Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Pearigen lectures on “The Ever-Changing Trends of Getting into College and How Sewanee Has Adapted.”

Friday, July 12, 2:30 p.m., Writers’ Grove (rain location: Warren Chapel) — Rabbi Bruce Alt reads from Dr. Marc Grobin’s book, “Healing the Heart of Conflict.”

Saturday, July 13, 5:30-8:15 p.m., The Mall — Jazz Picnic with Art Four Sale Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

The Mission of the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly is to be a welcoming community of Christian faith where people gather to engage in spiritual growth and renewal, lifelong inquiry and learning, recreational, and cultural enrichment, while being good stewards of our natural resources and our Assembly heritage.

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