St. Paul's Announcements for August 13, 2017

Picnic Party and Sunday School Kick-Off Saturday August 26 -- All Ages
. Join us from 5-7 pm as we reconnect after a busy summer. We'll have hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks, plus lots of games and fun! Plase bring a side or dessert to share.

St. Paul’s Ministry Outreach and Activity Fair. Sunday, August 27, 2017; between services and after the 11:00 am service. The Parish Hall will be overflowing with representatives of more than 40 different ministries active in our church community. Come celebrate the many ways in which St. Paul’s volunteers and programs enrich our lives and the lives of those around us. While some programs will be actively recruiting volunteers and new members, the main purpose of the fair is to inform the congregation of the breadth of our engagement in many different types of ministries and activities. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions and/or would like to volunteer to help with the fair, please contact Bill Collins and Elvira Casal.

Congratulations. To the proud grandparents Debby and Jeff James upon the birth of a grandson, Matthew Fisher Underhill, born August 10  He is the son of Regan and Matt Underhill.

 ECW Thanks You. A big shout out of thanks for all who donated or purchased items in the auctions at last Saturdays fundraiser dinner! Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped in any way prior, during, or after our event! All of your efforts contributed to us reaching our goal of raising $3,000 to go towards programming and ministry grant requests. We, the women of St. Paul’s, are blessed by the support of family, friends, and fellow parishioners.

Last Summer Sunday Breakfast of 2017. Breakfast is served at 9:45 am. Volunteers to help with clean up will be welcome!

Please Do Not Water Plants. The plants around the inside of the church are on a watering schedule. Most of them have been given to the church in memory of loved ones whose funerals were held here, so we are trying to keep them alive and in good health out of respect to the families. They have been getting watered outside of their regular schedule. Please refrain from watering them. Thank you.

Youth and Parents -- Save the Dates

  • 8/27/17 Catechesis and Youth Christian Education begin 9:45 am
  • 8/27/17 SNL begins, 5-7 pm
  • 9/17/17 Parent and Youth Meeting and Dinner, 5-7 pm
  • 11/10-12/17 Fall Youth Retreat

Insight Counseling Centers 2017 Luncheon and Auction. The annual Luncheon, Live Auction and "Happiness Wall" will be Tuesday, August 22. Doors open at 10:30 with luncheon beginning at 11:30 at the First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 265 West Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro. Our "Happiness Wall" of gift cards continues with the theme of our spring educational campaign with the Mood Wall. The Insight Counseling Centers provides counseling services for individuals, couples and families. Proceeds of the luncheon, live auction and "happiness wall" will help provide financial assistance to those seeking counseling services who are otherwise unable to afford quality care. Tickets for lunch are $20 per person or a table for 8 may be purchased for $160. For additional information contact: Jennifer McGuire, advisory council chair.

Older Adult Living Assistance Ministry. The St. Paul's Older Adult Ministry team has been meeting for some time to discuss the special needs of our older adult (age 65+) members and how St. Paul's can better minister to those needs. We are excited to announce the roll-out of the first program by the team - the Living Assistance ministry. The purpose of this ministry is to provide St. Paul's volunteers to assist older members in tasks around the home that the older member is no longer able to perform safely due to mobility or other issues. Such tasks could include: changing out of reach light bulbs; moving light furniture; removing and returning items from attics; and light to moderate lawn care. If you are a St. Paul's member age 65 or older and need assistance in these or similar areas, please contact the church office. Many thanks to Nick Clark, Bill Emory, Stan Golden, Jeff James, Sue Koechlein, Newton Molloy, Steve Sachs, Tim Seneker, Jeff Slaney, and Dick Tallent for volunteering their time and talents to support this ministry. The Older Adult Ministry team is working on other ministry ideas as well. To learn more about the team and its work, please visit our table at the upcoming Ministry Fair.

Pilgrimage - Starts September 18 at 6:30 PM. Have you ever wondered what the Episcopal Church believes and why? Want to start your spiritual journey or grow in your faith? Our Pilgrimage Course will help you take the next step in your spiritual journey. Meets for nine Monday nights in the fall, starting September 18. Contact Joyce Adkins for more information.

The Blessing of Liturgical Ministries -- August 26 at 9:00 AM. Join other members of the Diocese of Tennessee at Christ Church Cathedral as we celebrate and learn more about liturgical ministries. This includes choir members, lay Eucharistic ministers, acolytes, torch bearers, altar guild members, flower guild members, lectors and more! Visit the diocesan website for more information and to register (

Parish Nursing -- Ministry Opportunity. St. Paul’s Nursing Ministry provides advocacy and health education for members of the St. Paul’s family. Seeking to provide emotional and spiritual support for the sick and their families, this ministry is open to all registered nurses with at least 2-5 years experience. In September St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital is providing a special training for this ministry. This is a four-day commitment (September 8, 9, 22, 23). The training provides 32 hours of continuing nursing education. Please contact Jennifer McGuire if you are interested in serving in this ministry.

Save the Date --  Craft and Bake Sale. Our Annual Craft and Bake Sale will take place on Sunday, November 19 after all three services. All proceeds from this event go to our priests’ discretionary funds. If you have any questions, contact Alice Gibson.

Newcomers. If you are a newcomer and desire to become a member of St. Paul's please call the church office to schedule an appointment with Fr. Polk or Fr. Colin.

Sermons. To receive a written copy of Fr. Polk’s or Fr. Colin’s sermons, please contact the parish office, 893-3780.