St. Paul's Announcements for February 7, 2016

Baptismal Candidate for Today.
Kindrick Grace Hopkins will be baptized at the 8:30 am service.

Condolences.Our prayers and sympathy to Melinda Haines and family upon the death of Hank Haines this past week.

Adult Christian Education Today

  •  “Let there be Light” … on Genesis. Join us for another study today. Led by Dr. David Rowe. Meets in the CE 1-3 rooms.
  • Parent's Group Christian Education. Join us for another study today. Led by Fr. Colin. Meets upstairs in the Wise Room.

Ladies Night Out. Thursday, February 11, stop by anytime between 6-9 pm for a very casual evening of fellowship at 730 E. Burton Street behind Central Magnet School, between the old hospital property and MTSU/Campus School. Libby Willis.

Men's Club. February 11 at 6:00 pm. Join the men in the Parish Hall for a quail and wild turkey dinner. Our chef will be Robert McConnell. Sign up on the web page or email

Men's Retreat. February 19-20 at St. Mary’s Retreat Center in Sewanee. Ends Saturday at 4:00 pm. Our movie will be Saint Ralph. Cost $99 ($129 for a single room). Includes lodging and 3 meals. Sign up online ( or call Don Clayton.

Episcopal Campus Ministry Fellowship Dinner. Our faculty advisor Kris McCusker will be hosting a fellowship dinner at her home in Murfreesboro on Sunday, February 21. We will gather at 5:00 pm and start dinner at 5:30 pm. All Episcopal college students in Rutherford County are welcome. Please RSVP to Tanya Garrett. We are also seeking volunteers to make food. If interested, please contact Kris McCusker.

Open House for Prospective Families. February 11, 6-7:30 pm, Bambini Village Montessori, 1140 Cason Lane. For more information contact Susan Gaither.

Journey Home Dinners. St Paul's will be feeding the homeless at Journey Homes on the 2nd Sunday of each month, beginning in March. A total of 10 volunteers will be needed each month. The committee encourages the different organizations (Parent's group, Scouts, Men's club etc.) as well as individuals within St Paul's to become a part of this very important and needed ministry. Please contact Melissa Warren for more information on how you or your organization can get involved.

Pilgrimage 2016 and Sponsors. Our faith exploration program for adults, called Pilgrimage, began Monday evening, January 25, 2016. It will continue for a total of nine consecutive Monday evenings. Sessions will be held in the Christian Education room off the Parish Hall, beginning at 6:30 and ending at 8:00 pm. Child care is provided, as needed. 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. Our Bishop will lead one of the sessions. Registration forms are available online, or at the Welcome Table in the Narthex. Please contact Joyce Adkins. For those who have attended Pilgrimage in the past or who have been sponsors, please prayerfully consider being a sponsor in the session to begin later this month. Please fill out the form online or pick up a form (green paper) at the Welcome Table.

SNL Youth Game Night. Sunday Night Live 5-7 pm. Will NOT meet tonight.

Youth Retreat -- Building Disciples. March 4 - 6. The youth of St. Paul’s will journey to The Mountain for a weekend escape that will allow us to focus our bodies, minds and souls on worship, study and reflection that will bring us to an understanding of how we can become the disciples we were called to be and grow the Kingdom. Along the way we’ll have some fun, relaxation and community-building as well. Please prayerfully consider having your child join us for the Spring Retreat. Contact Diane at for more information. The deadline is Monday, February 8.

Church Event -- MTSU Basketball. February 27 at 5:00 pm. Men’s basket ball game. MTSU vs. Marshall. Join us as we support the Blue Raiders as a church family! Ticket prices: $6 We will participate in the pre-game high-five tunnel to greet the players as they come onto the floor.

Lent. The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is a time of preparation as we remember our need for forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. Lasting 40 days, Lent reminds us of Noah’s waiting during 40 days of rain, Israel’s preparation during 40 years in the desert, and Jesus’ testing during 40 days in the wilderness. The color purple is used during Lent to represent penitence. The last week of Lent is Holy Week. During this week we reenact, relive, and participate in the passion of Jesus. The week begins on Palm Sunday and ends with the first alleluia of Easter on Easter morning.

Children's Mardi Gras Celebration. Saturday, February 6 (2 pm) One last time to celebrate before the season of Lent! Join us for dinner, crafts, fun and fellowship. Our big craft will be making Mardi Gras masks. We’ll use our masks for a church parade at the 8:30 am service the following morning.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Tuesday, February 9 (5-7 pm) Throughout the Christian world, Shrove Tuesday is a day of feasting in preparation for the 40 days of fasting in Lent. Please join us for a feast of pancakes and benefit our growing youth program. $6 - 13 and older, $4 - 4-12, FREE - 3 and under; $20 family maximum

Ash Wednesday Services. Wednesday, February 10 (7 am, noon, and 6 pm) Children's Ash Wednesday Service (5 pm) in the Chapel.

Lent Soup Suppers. I Have Heard the Cries of My People, Lent: the New Exodus. Wednesday Nights in Lent (5:30 - 7 pm). Starts Wednesday, February 17. Vernon Alexander will be returning to St. Paul’s to lead our Lenten study. Inviting us to walk through the pages of the Old Testament Book of Exodus, Vernon will help us see the parallels between the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and the journey of Christ to the cross for us.

Stations of the Cross. Beginning February 12. Every Friday during Lent at 6 pm in the Nave.

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.