Weekly Bulletin Announcements

St. Paul's Announcements for August 12, 2018

Pastoral Care Sunday.
Today we celebrate and give thanks for St. Paul’s ministries of pastoral care. During the announcements we will invite all parishioners involved in the ministry of pastoral care to come forward to receive a special blessing. Thank you for all the love you share with our church family! We encourage you to read our Pastoral Care booklet to learn how to receive care or how to join one of our pastoral care ministries.

News from the Rector Search Committee. St. Paul’s has completed the Congregational Assessment Survey and while it is extremely useful, we would like to widen the opportunities for Parishioners to comment, discuss and listen to each other as we discern God’s plan for us in the calling of a new Rector. The Rector Search Committee invites you to participate in two Listening Sessions to be conducted during the Christian Education Hour (9:45-10:45) on Sunday August 26 and September 9. The purpose of the Listening sessions is to get additional “free- form” input from our Parishioners thru small table discussions revolving around three to four questions and then sharing them with the group assembled. The committee intends to pose the questions, encourage discussion at each table, and then LISTEN to the answers from each table for each question. These additional Listening Sessions will help the Search Committee greatly in its preparation of St. Paul’s 2018 Parish Profile.

Death Row Mural on Display - Next Sunday. Tennessee’s death row has received a great deal of attention in the past few weeks, with news about pending executions coming almost daily. Riverbend prison’s Unit 2, where all men awaiting execution are housed, is not a place where you would expect to find hope. Yet a recent religious project from a group of prisoners is a 24’ long painting of the Stations of the Cross dispels that idea. The painting is to serve as a bridge of faith between the inmates and the outside world. The painting also serves as a point of discussion about the death penalty as we reflect on Jesus as a victim of capital punishment. St. Paul’s Episcopal Peace Fellowship has made arrangements to have this mural on display at St. Paul’s Sunday August 19. It will be in the Parish Hall throughout the morning.

Acolyte Recognition - Next Sunday. Next Sunday, August 19, we will recognize and celebrate the ministry of acolyting. If you are a parent of an acolyte, and have not been contacted about the acolyte recognition, please contact our acolyte master, George Carlson.

Quarterly Food Drive Results. Together we donated 613 items to the food bank. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Craft and Bake Sale Date. Our Annual Craft and Bake Sale will take place on November 18 after all three services. We look forward to more of past items and to what new items will be donated this year. All monies raised go to our church benevolence fund. We are collecting dryer lint for a project. Please bring to the bin in the Parish Hall. If you have questions, contact Alice Gibson.

Diocese Pilgrimage to Montgomery. You are invited to join the Diocese of Tennessee pilgrimage to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice & The Legacy Museum on September 22. Cost of $55 includes transportation, two meals, and admission. Go to www.edtn.org for more information and to register.

Insight Counseling Center Annual Luncheon. Celebrating 25th Anniversary in Murfreesboro! - Thursday, August 30, First United Methodist Church. Blind Auction begins at 10:30 am, Lunch at 11:30 am followed by program and live auction. Come support the counseling center and learn more about its work. Tickets are $25/person or $200/table of 8. To make reservations email abbie@insightcenters.org or purchase at the door.  For more info contact Jennifer McGuire .

St. Paul's Announcements for August 5, 2018

Baptism at 8:30 AM Service.
Mary Edwards Elizabeth Hoover will be baptized at the 8:30 am service.

Today at Both Services  - Blessing of the Backpacks. Following the announcements, Fr. Colin will call the children forward to receive a special blessing and to bless their backpacks. It is good to begin the school year in prayer as a parish family, so that our children may experience a blessed and fruitful school year.

Today - Quarterly Food Drive. St. Paul's Quarterly Food Drive benefits the Rutherford County Food Bank.  Donations can be dropped curbside in front of the church office or delivered to the Narthex.    For more information about how you can participate in this ministry please contact David Owen/

Today Between Services - Advance Directives. The Senior Ministry is hosting an informal discussion of advance directives during the Christian Education hour today in the Catechesis III room on the second floor of the Parish Hall. This is open to all adults. Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and join in.

Today - Youth Group Swimming and Pizza. Join us for swimming and pizza. New members to the youth group (rising 6th graders) are welcome. We will connect, splash, and eat at the Halliburton home.

News from the Rector Search Committee. Last Stop!  Hear the Whistle Blowing? We are coming to the end of the first step in shaping our future together. On Monday, August 6, at noon, the window of opportunity to join us on this journey will close. You are probably one of many who have already shared their experiences and perspectives.  If you have not, this is your last chance. Although our response rate has been great, if we don’t have your input, we are still missing an important piece of the puzzle.  PLEASE – share your opinions with us using this highly confidential assessment instrument. You should have received an email reminder with the CAT link on Tuesday and Friday of this past week. If you need a paper copy, please stop by the narthex welcome table to pick one up. Please contact anyone on the committee if you have a question. The Rector Search Committee extends a very special thanks to everyone who has  participated in this process!

Forward Day By Day. New Forward Day by Day devotionals are available in the rack in the Narthex.

Cursillo – New Style Group Reunion!! Starting Wednesday, August 8 from 5-6 pm, Kent and Tami Sterling invite you to stop by Christian Ed room 1-1 as they lead a new weekly “open” Cursillo group reunion. Has life kept you from grouping, do you need a new group or are you curious about Cursillo? Whatever the reason, come see and hear firsthand how a life active in Cursillo can help to live out the mission of our church. For questions please call Kent or Tami.

Men’s Club - Thursday August 9. Men's Club: Mark your calendar, Thursday, August 9. St Paul's softball team will be serving this month. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship and good cooking; 6:00 pm fellowship, 6:30 dinner. Please sign up if you can make it. There's a signup sheet in the Parish Hall.

Annual End of the Summer Bash - Saturday, August 25. Everyone is invited to the Annual End of the Summer Bash on Saturday, August 25 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Games and fun for all ages! Antique cars and fire truck, Dunking Booth, Ice Cream Stand and MORE! Please bring a "Homemade" Side or Dessert. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Drinks provided.There is a sign up sheet in the parish hall or on the church website. Join us in celebrating the End of Summer and the beginning of Sunday School!

Today - Loose Offering Goes to CONNECT Ministry. Through the CONNECT Ministry, we have supported some Murfreesboro residents who had come close to exhausting their financial resources. Some of the clients were able to keep a roof over their heads, their water running and their electricity on. The CONNECT volunteers try to get to know the clients who come in for help in order to listen for other issues they may be having. This Ministry simply couldn't happen without our community's amazing support! Loose offering on the first Sunday of every month will go into the CONNECT Ministry fund to keep the ministry running. Donations for the program will be accepted all the time. For information contact Liz Huber at outreach@stpaulsmorob.org.