St. Paul's Announcements for August 30, 2015

All Christian Formation Begins Today, 9:45-10:45 am

  • Adult Christian Education. Biblical Archaeology and the Old Testament-- Led by Dr. Ron Messier. Recommended reading BEFORE first class: Genesis 16,17,18; Exodus 13:17-14:31; Psalm 104. Will meet in classroom 1:1.
  • Parents Christian Education Family Faith--Led by Fr. Colin. Will meet in classroom 2:3.

Youth Ministry -- Parents and Youth Dinner. Sunday, August 30 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Youth (grades 6-12) and their parents are invited to join us for dinner on Sunday, August 30. Over a shared meal we will be talking about the new youth program and meeting the Journey to Adulthood leaders. In addition, we will be welcoming our new 6th graders. You will be receiving an email invitation next week allowing you to RSVP. If you do not receive the email, please contact

Pilgrimage Sponsors. Our next session of Pilgrimage will begin on September 21, and run for nine consecutive Monday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. If you have been a sponsor in the past and want to continue, or if you have been through Pilgrimage and would now like to be a sponsor, please contact Joyce Adkins. We anticipate a large number of participants this Fall and need the help and support of many sponsors. Please pray for Pilgrimage and your role in it.

Choir Information. September 2 begins a new choir year at St. Paul's. Our junior choristers (grades 2-5) will rehearse in the choir room from 5:00 until 5:45 with Rachel Anderson directing. Our newly-formed senior choristers (grades 6-8) will meet from time to time around the Sunday youth programming; more information once that schedule is in place. And the St. Paul's choir (grades 9 and up) will rehearse from 7:15 to 8:30 in the choir room. Sign up for any of these choirs on the website: (click on "Church Communities," then "Music.") Contact Organist and Director of Music Angela Tipps with any questions:

Senior Birthday Luncheon. Senior parishioners (ages 70+), please mark your calendars for our next Senior Birthday Luncheon, to be held Thursday, September 17, at 11:30 am. Written invitations will be mailed next week to parishioners who have identified themselves as 70+ eligible! We’re pleased to be back on campus in our new parish hall, for this and all future Senior Luncheons.

Computer Classes in September - Note Date Change. Watch for more information about free computer classes beginning on Saturday, September 12, from 9:00 to 11:00 am, in the adult Christian Education room. The first session is titled “Getting the most from your mobile devices.” Greg Adkins will lead these sessions, and will customize the subject matter to help the most people. Plan to attend, and bring your cell phone, tablet, iPad, or laptop. Call the church office, 615-893-3780, or Greg with questions.

St. Paul’s Annual Golf Tournament. Golfers of all shapes, sizes, gender, and handicaps are invited to join your friends at Champions Run Golf Club, Rockvale, Saturday September 12 for fellowship and fun! Registration at noon with a Shotgun Start at 1:30 pm. Cost is $60 per player and includes appetizers and prizes after the outing. Sign up sheet in the Nursery Hall beginning August 16. Contact Mike Becker for details.

Ultreya. Ultreya! Save the date, Sunday, September 13 after the 11:00 service.  You are invited to a Cursillo Ultreya in the parish hall. This event includes music, a speaker, and a potluck dinner.  The October weekend will be here soon.  Let's gather to gear up in support of this year's leader, Richard Detmer, and head cha, Kent Sterling - and in support of each other!  Joyce Adkins will lead a music team, Janet Arning will offer a witness talk, and all will bring fine food. If you are a Cursillista, your presence is needed.  If you are wondering about Cursillo, come and get a taste! Any questions can be directed to Patricia Petty.

Amazing Grazing Dinner Clubs. Eat, connect and rejuvenate with church members by signing up for a dinner club. This group is for everyone: singles, couples and families. It's an intimate gathering with 8-11 friends organized in different groups each time. We will have 4 dinners throughout the months of October & November 2015, and February & March 2016. We have a Home Dinner Club & a Restaurant Dinner Club. You may sign up for one or both. You may host a dinner or simply attend. NEW: childcare is provided at church, if needed. Sign up is on the bulletin board in the nursery hallway. Deadline for sign up is September 13. Contact Amy Burns for details

Prison Ministry. Visitation On Death Row (VODR) is a group dedicated to ministering to people on death row. The program matches people with an inmate at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution who has indicated that he would like to have a visitor. Participants are simply asked to become a friend with an individual pursuant to Matthew 25:34-46. You are invited to attend an orientation meeting about the program on Saturday, September 26. The session is from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at Riverbend Maximum Security Institute. Attending the orientation session does not obligate you to participate in the program. This program is open to both men and women. There are currently ten members of St. Paul’s participating in this program. The deadline for registering for the orientation is September 20. For more information contact Ronny Clemmons.

Benefit Bike Rode for MS. Jason Baird is again participating in the 150 mile bicycle ride this October to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you are interested in supporting Jason for his efforts of this benefit please contact Jason for instructions on donating.

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.