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 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 or purchase at the door.  For more info contact Jennifer McGuire .