St. Paul's Announcements for December 4, 2016

Welcome All Newcomers! Please join us for our Newcomers Gathering in the Chapel TODAY, at 9:45 am. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!

Christian Education Today. Holy Days, Calendars, and Astronomy taught by George Carlson Our class is designed to provide a better understanding of the underpinnings of our Christian Holy Days. From the beginning, human beings measured time based on observations relating the earth to the sun and the moon. Those astronomical events became the basis for calendars. In turn, religious observances got tied to calendar dates. But then why do Easter and dates dependent on it, move around so much? This class will provide the answers. And by the way, you will find out that Easter is based on a fixed date – just not in our Gregorian (Civil) calendar. Meets in the Adult Education room.

Youth. SNL- TONIGHT: We’ll meet at Newk’s Cafe at The Avenue at 5 pm for dinner. Then walk to The Potter Place to paint our ornaments. Fee: $20. Christmas Pageant Practice TODAY at 12:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Save the Date: Youth Christmas Party, December 11, 5-8 pm in the Upper Room.

Annual Parish Meeting. The Annual Parish meeting will be held on Sunday, December 11 during the service. (One service at 10 am.) The Vestry Nominees are Paul Adams, Mike Becker, Joe Cade, Rick Canada, Betty Davis, Alice Gibson, Jenny Fayter and Marta Van Hoose.

Men's and Ladies' Night Out..E Thursday, December 8. Robert McConnell will be cooking up a mess of jambalaya. Mark your calendar and bring a friend. Fellowship at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm. A sign up sheet is in the Parish hall. The ladies will meet at the home of Libby Willis at 6 pm. Bring a drink and snack to share. Call Libby with questions.

Congratulations to Ann and Ned Arbuckle, on their 53rd Anniversary, married on 12/07/1963 (Pearl Harbor Day) at Christ Episcopal Church, Tracy City, TN.

Healthy Gardens. December 4 Beer and Carols 4-6 pm. Benefitting Lutheran Services in Tennessee. A $10 donation is requested. Contact Liz Huber.

Nashville Chamber Singers. Angela Tipps, Musical Director. Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 pm here at St. Paul’s. Admission is FREE; Child care is provided.

Bell Ringers. Bell Ringers are needed to represent St. Paul's again this year!!! We will be doing Hobby Lobby Saturday, December 10; Kroger (Memorial) on the 12/17; and then Wednesday, December 21 at Hobby Lobby. Please contact Mary Probert if you should have any questions/to sign up!!

Directory Update - Last Sunday. We are in the process of updating our directory! Did you know that you can look up parishioner’s pictures online from our website by logging into our members-only portal? Right now we are short quite a few photographs so we decided it was time to fix that. For the next few Sundays we will have photographers taking your pictures after each service. While we are doing that, we will have people to help you update your information in our church database. We encourage everyone to update your data and get your pictures made if they are not current! Our database and directory are only as good as you help us make them, so please come one of the next few Sundays and update your information and photo. To login to our secure portal, go to Choose the “Login” tab on the right side of the top menu bar. That will take you to our portal. Enter your name and password and you will enter the secure portal. In the “Directories” tab scroll down to “Directories” and choose which photo directory you would like to look at. If you have not registered yet, you can register online if we have your name and email address in our database. If you are not in our database yet, we will get you in it.

ECW Christmas Gathering. December 17 at 1 pm in the Parish Hall for all women of St. Paul’s over 18 years old. Free event, donations welcome! Join in the fun with food, wine, and prizes! Childcare is provided. Please RSVP no later than December 11 to Kiffin McCoy or sign up through the link on signup genius.

Coldest Nights. Volunteers are needed to sign up for 2 1/2 hour shifts from 6:30-9 pm when temps fall to 30 degrees or lower. There are several volunteer duties so please contact Amy Burns, Coordinator for Coldest Nights, for an assignment or more information.

Military Addresses. The Daughters of the King are seeking overseas addresses for military personnel who might appreciate receiving care packages. The packages will go out in January. Please send any addresses you might have to Marta Van Hoose.

Christmas Card Project. The cards will be distributed to the various non-profit agencies the week after Thanksgiving. Needed: one or two people interested in picking up addressed cards and restocking every couple of days until the week of December 19. Please contact Liz Huber if you are interested in helping.

Thank You to everyone who contributed items, purchased and/or donated funds to our Annual Craft & Bake Sale. Together we raised $1,967.50 for our priests' discretionary funds.

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.