St. Paul's Announcements for November 26, 2017

Christian Education. No Adult, children or youth Christian Education today due to the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Angel Tree. Angel Tree are due NOW! If you have not yet returned your wrapped gifts, please bring them to the Angel Tree on Sunday. Thank you for making Christmas brighter for 76 local children! Thank you!

Greens for Advent and Wreath and Poinsettia Dedication Envelopes. The greening of the church will take place on Saturday December 2. We need donations of evergreens anytime after Thanksgiving. See the Flower Guild bulletin board in the Narthex for more details. Wreath dedications received by November 28 will be published in the Advent 1 bulletin. Poinsettia dedications must be received by December 17 to be included in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Envelopes for both are on the Flower Guild bulletin board in the Narthex.

Advent Wreath Party . Please join us for our annual Advent Wreath making party!!  Details:  December 3rd, 5-7 pm, $10 per wreath, dinner $6 a person (13 and older), $4 a person (4-12 years old), $20 family maximum (plus $10 for the wreath). Please bring evergreens to the party if you can!  Look for email to sign up or contact Cindy Guevart at

Coldest Nights  -  Please Help Build Our Inventory.  We need to restock for our now active season for our homeless women’s shelter. Will you kindly help us? Choose from a selection of items on our wish list board located in the Parish Hall (PH).  Return your chosen items to the PH and place in our storage chest marked “Coldest Nights”.  This storage chest will stay out in the PH throughout the cold season. So if you find yourself in the store anytime during the winter and grab an item for us, you may drop it in our chest through April 2018. Every donation helps and will be used. Our numbers of homeless have increased and we had a full shelter (14 women) on our first night we were open on Nov.10! New items we are asking for this year include new or gently used blankets, microwave ready Ramen cups, microwave ready mac & cheese cups and to-go applesauce cups.  View our complete list of requests in the PH. Inquiries, contact Amy Burns.

Senior Birthday Lucheon. Senior parishioners (age 70+), please mark your calendars for our next Senior Birthday Luncheon, to be held in the Parish Hall on Thursday December 7 at 11:30 am. Invitations containing detailed information have been mailed. If you are eligible and haven’t yet received your invitation, please contact Laney Golden. RSVP deadline is Sunday, December 3.

Craft and Bake Sale - December 3 and Work Day. We moved the date for our Annual Craft and Bake Sale to December 3 after both services in the Parish Hall. Second Project Work Day, Sunday, November 26, 1:30-4:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Bring your own project or come work on ones we need help with. We still need more cardboard tubes, dryer lint, and small metal tins, like from Altoids mints. There is a collection bin in the Parish Hall.  Thank you for your assistance!! All funds raised will go to Fr. Colin's Discretionary Fund.

Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army!!!  St. Paul's signed up for three dates/locations -- two yet to come. If you're interested, please contact Mary Probert. 

  •  Friday, December 1 on the Square for the Lighting of the Tree, 4 pm - 8 pm. 
  •  Friday, December 22 at the Hobby Lobby, 10 am - 8 pm.  

Episcopal Church Women (“ECW”) - Save the Date. December 2, 5-7 pm. Our annual Christmas gathering will be a catered dinner with the theme “All That Glitters: You don’t have to be fancy, just fun and sparkly.”  Childcare provided if you RSVP by 11/27/17 (TOMORROW). Email if interested in being a table captain. To register please please sign up through the  weekly email.

Celebrate Christmas Downtown. Friday, December 1, 6 pm. Lighting of the official Rutherford County Christmas tree, arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Clause, and other entertainment. Be sure to join us!

Club 3-4-5. Please join us for a night of fun and fellowship at Newk's and The Pottery Place on Memorial. December 8, 6-8 pm, $15. Look for email to sign up or contact Cindy Guevart at

Annual Christmas Pageant Joy to the World; Jesus is born!! The annual Christmas pageant will be on December 17 at the 8:30 am service. All interested actors and actresses ages 3 years old - 5th grade need to sign up by following the link below. Practices will be December 2 from 9-11 am,  December 10 from 12:30 - 2 pm, and there is a MANDATORY dress rehearsal on December 16 from 9-noon. Contact DeeDee Tidwell or Cindy Guevart ( with any questions.

Important! New Parking Restrictions. Beginning next Sunday, November 26, the parking lot on the corner of E. Main and N. Academy St., beside the Sun Trust Bank building, will be restricted to building tenants only 24/7, including Sundays and Evenings, all unauthorized vehicles will be towed at the owners expense.  The parking lot on the corner of N. Academy and College St. (directly across from the Wall Building) will be available for church parking on Sunday and after 5 pm on week days only.  Unauthorized vehicles parked there during the day, except on Sunday, will be towed at the owners expense.  Please abide by these restrictions.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Beer and Carols to Benefit Lutheran Services of Tennessee. Beer and Carols to benefit Lutheran Services in Tennessee. Come out to Mayday Brewery on Sunday, December 3 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be all kinds of music and fun, including a silent auction. $10 donation goes to Lutheran Services in Tennessee that coordinates and funds Healthy Gardens program. Beer and food will be available for purchase. Celebrate the holiday season!

Christmas Card Project. Help Needed – Project began in 2015 with 250 cards, 100 of which were mailed. Last year over 600 cards were given away with 250 of those mailed out. We have expanded the project to include Greenhouse Ministries, Stepping Stones, and Journey Home. Drop off unused Christmas cards and postage donations at the church office. If you are interested in picking up the addressed cards to mail and restocking from one of these organizations, please let me know?  Liz Huber

Second Sunday Meal Program. For more information about St. Paul’s Second Sunday Meal Ministry or to get your group involved with this important ministry contact Melissa Warren.

Choir Crosses. St. Paul’s choir has grown and needs additional crosses to wear with vestments. Crosses similar to the no-longer-available ones we wear now have been designed by the same Tennessee jeweler who makes our Cursillo crosses. You can help defray the cost by donating old silver pieces to be melted down and cast (this needs to be sterling, not plate). A check to St. Paul’s for “choir crosses” would also help. For more information, please contact Carol or Richard Detmer.