St. Paul's Announcements for January 14, 2018

Adult Christian Education Today.
Last week we explored how to grow into holiness. Today, the theme is “When I don’t feel like being good.”  We will reflect on 1 Peter 1:17-25.  Just who was the man who was so passionate about his Lord and Savior that he walked on water to meet Him, leapt into swordplay to defend Him, and yet anxiously denied knowing Him at the most crucial point of Christ’s ministry? Late in his life Peter penned two letters to the Church. In these letters he shares his wisdom gained from being a close friend and witness of the Son of God. He also addresses some big picture issues for the early church, describes believers’ true identity in Christ, and ultimately helps readers discover what it means to experience the living hope they have in Christ. Adults will meet in the Christian Education rooms. Parents Group will meet in the Wise Room.

Father Abstein - Book Signing. Father Abstain brought copies of his book, Standing in the Breach: A Priest’s reflections on Faith, today. He will sell and sign copies after the services. It is a book of poems and meditations on faith and the struggles of having faith in difficult times. It is $10 and ten percent of sales is returned to St. Paul’s for Christian Education.

Mat Makers. January 16, 10-10:30 am. Mat Makers will meet in the Parish Hall.  Please bring scissors to be able to cut, and make yarn.  If you would like to learn how to crochet a mat please bring a crochet hook size P to get started. For questions, contact Caren Umans.

Diocesan Convention. St. Paul’s will be hosting the 186th Annual Diocesan Convention this Friday and Saturday (January 19 and 20). If you are willing to volunteer for this event, please email Joyce Adkins or Kathleen Herzog. Thank you!

Values in Action Conference-Saturday, February 3. We all want to create a better world-and that requires action and connection. Discerning shared values is crucial to forming powerful partnerships and moving forward with courageous intention. Explore how you and the community can set a collaborative course at Values in Action, a Trinity Institute  conference designed to help you get grounded and connected so you can get going. This annual conference  takes place in New York City and at partner sites around the country via live stream, including St. Paul’s. More information about the event and how to register will be available soon. Email Libby Willis with questions.

Second Sunday Meal  - Homeless Ministry. The 2nd Sunday of every month the Out Reach Ministry serves dinner at Journey Home on Castle Street. We invite you and at least 5 of your friends to join us on one of those Sunday evenings (5:00-6:30pm). A member of the Outreach Committee will be there to assist and provide guidance. A signup sheet is posted in the Parrish Hall or contact Melissa Warren for addional information.

Coldest Nights News - Frigid Temperatures. God is doing great things with our drop-in emergency shelter for homeless women. We have been OVER capacity with 21 ladies seeking refuge from the frigid temperatures. And we have been further challenged with a broken toilet, so instead of 2 bathrooms we are down to 1 for 21 gals. Thanks to your loving donations, we have been better prepared for this uncomfortable freeze. This is the longest stretch of freezing days our shelter has seen in our 3 years of being open, and with no end in sight. There is no doubt we are a safe and restful home from the exhausting life of living on the frigid streets. Our immediate needs are more blankets (new or used) and individual packets of hot chocolate or apple cider. We always welcome new volunteers throughout the season to help with shelter shifts. Come join our ragged love army where kindness is contagious! Contact Amy Burns, CN Coordinator.

Bambini Village Montessori. January 30, 5:30–7:30 pm. Join us for open house at 1140 Cason Lane, Murfreesboro. or 615-405-4778.

Women’s Retreat. Women of St. Paul's! Please save the date for our annual Women's Retreat - Friday, April 6 at 6 pm to Sunday, April 8 at Noon - at  St. Mary's on Monteagle Mountain. Details to follow soon!