St. Paul's Announcements for January 18, 2015

Christian Education and Gifts and Talents Workshop
. Christian Ed has resumed and Gifts & Talents, a Workshop that is a seven-session program for adults designed to help name and claim the gifts God has given uniquely to us as individuals. This is a wonderful exercise to discover what others truly see in us, and then how those gifts and talents can best be offered back to God in ministry. We will meet during the Christian Education hour in the Chapel, beginning Sunday, January 11. With questions, please contact Joyce Adkins.

Pilgrimage 2015. Our faith exploration program for adults, called Pilgrimage, will begin Monday evening, January 26, 2015. It will continue for a total of nine consecutive Monday evenings. Each session will start at 6:30 and end at 8:00, and will be held at the Main Street Revitalization offices, 225 W. College Street; child care is provided, as needed, at the church nursery. Pilgrimage offers an environment of trust and shared ideas in small group settings. Among our topics this session: exploring ministries, Baptism and Confirmation, the work of the vestry, a history of St. Paul’s, and true belonging. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the nursery hallway and on the table in the Narthex. If interested, please fill one out and return it to the bulletin board, or you may give it to a Greeter at the Welcome Table. If you participated in the first session this past Fall, we encourage you to continue with this upcoming series, and to fill out a new form. If you did not attend the first session, it’s just fine to begin in January. The two sessions are independent of each other, and can be done in either order. With questions, please contact Joyce Adkins.

Pilgrimage Sponsors. For those who have attended Pilgrimage in the past and/or those who have been sponsors, please prayerfully consider being a sponsor in the session to begin in January. Sponsorship is a vital part of Pilgrimage. We have several new parishioners who are planning to attend and each will benefit from the participation of a sponsor committed to sharing their journey. Might that be you? Please fill out a form (green paper). Blessings await!

Building Committee Update. An Update from the Building Committee: Even though there have been some weather delays, work continues to progress on the new Parish Hall and the contractor is optimistic that they will finish by early spring. On a designated Sunday in early March parishioners will be able to walk through the building and really see how it is laid out. Continue to pray for the workers' safety and for good weather.

Doors of Hope - Flowers for a Cause. Join us Friday, January 30, 10:00-4:00 for “Berries and Blooms, Flowers for a cause” at the Doors of Hope, 428 E. Bell Street. Your purchase helps fulfill the promise of hope to others.

Youth Wednesdays. Wednesday Youth Community is back! 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in the youth room. Come by church after school for some fellowship, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Journey Group for 9th - 12th graders will be 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. 6th - 8th graders don't have to leave early because you will be meeting during this time, too.

Women’s Hiking Club. January 24 - Meet in parking lot near church at 8:30. Bring lunch and water. We will be hiking the 2 1/2 mile Harpeth Woods Trail at Edwin Warner Park. For more information contact Rachel Kirk or Liz Huber.

Opportunity to Serve. The Journey Home is a Christian Outreach Center for the homeless and at-risk individuals and families in Rutherford County. Journey Home is looking for a group of 6-8 people to serve lunch the 3rd Friday of every month. The volunteer time is approximately from 11 am to 1:30 pm. I am looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping me out with this ministry. If you can’t do every month that is fine. Please let me know if you think this would interest you and I can give you more details and set up a schedule. Liz Huber.

Spiritual Growth Workshop. A spiritual growth workshop entitled "Balancing your Martha and Mary" will be held in St. Andrews Chapel on Saturday, January 31 from 10 am-2 pm (includes lunch). Childcare will be provided. $15 donation encouraged, not required. The central message will be based on the relationship between Jesus and the sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. There are three narratives relating to this relationship in the gospels. They are explored in the book Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. Two other books used in developing this workshop are Breathe by Priscilla Shirer and The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. All three of these books have study guides being used to design our group table work. (Reading these books is not a requirement.) Registration is available on the St. Paul's website.

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.

Calendar for the Week

Sunday, January 18
7:15 am. Holy Eucharist
8:30 am. Holy Eucharist
8:30 am. Children's Church
9:45 am. Christian Education. & Catechesis
9:45 am. Gifts and Talents Workshop
11:00 am. Holy Eucharist

Monday, January 19
9:30 am. Archives
9:30 am. Alcohol/Drug
4:00 pm. Alcohol/Drug
6:00 pm. EFM

Tuesday, January 20
7:00 pm. Troop 1108/Kirkham

Wednesday, January 21
7:00 am. Holy Eucharist
9:00 am. Bible Study
10:30 am. Knitting Group
noon. Holy Eucharist
3:00 pm. Youth Wednesday
5:00 pm. Chorister Rehearsal
7:15 pm. Adult Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 22
5:30 pm. Cub Bears/Jones
7:00 pm. Cub Webelos II/Harper

Friday, January 23
3rd Yr. Cadettes/Matteson

Saturday, January 24
8:00 am. Flower Guild Set-up