The newsletter for St. Mark's UMC in Murfreesboro, TN
"The Messenger"  Online Newsletter

January 24, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

Volunteers who work with the children of Reeves Rogers and Project Transformation and similar ministries often say you get more out of volunteering than you put into it.  In my own experience, it would be difficult for me to even try to describe what a blessing it has been to meet with the third grader I mentor at Reeves Rogers...


Mary Leigh Beers, Diane Bennett, Laura and Noel Hinote, and Barbara New represented the Sages at the annual Church Council Retreat on Saturday, January 21.  This was a time to be trained in church leadership principles, visioning, and committee work.  Thanks to all of you for participating...

Wednesday Night Together

Wednesday Night Together continues this week. Dinner cost is $6.00/adult, $2.00/children 10 and under and MTSU students, $20.00/families (up to 6 people).   CLICK HERE to see our weekly menus.  Be sure to make your meal reservation by noon on Monday.

NEW STUDIES/ONGOING CLASSES meet Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.   CLICK HERE for the current list of Groups and Classes.
Youth News

We are excited to be participating in Warmth in Winter, an annual conference event, this weekend. Several of our youth have leadership positions on the design team. Packing information can be found on the youth website. We will be at the Opryland Hotel all weekend, so SONlight choir and FusionYouth will not meet on Sunday night. 

Sunday, Feb. 5th, FusionYouth will meet at 12:00, immediately following the 11:00 service. SONlight will meet at 2:00pm.

February 5th is also the deadline for our annual Ski Trip. This year we will be going to Beech Mountain Resort in North Carolina on Feb. 24-25. Registration info can be found HERE. 

is our new small group ministry and our first group "Real Men Cook" met Sunday.  Be sure you sign up now for groups that will run throughout the spring.  Those coming up soon are:  Knitting, John Wesley Accountability, Real Men Cook, Skill Builders, 10 Brave Christians, Exercise, Gifted, #adulting, Help! I need a job and hiking.

 "two or more: life in community"
St. Mark's Women's Retreat 2017 

Friendship and laughter, the beauty of God's creation, and the warmth of the Holy Spirit all come together on the mountain at St. Mark's Women's Retreat!   Please mark your calendar for Friday/Saturday, March 3-4, 2017!

This year, St. Mark's Women's Retreat will be joining with the Tennessee Conference Women's Retreat, led by Rachel Armstrong 

Read More About the Retreat and download a registration form HERE.
In Other News...

"All Things New" by Kelly Minter New Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study.  CLICK HERE for details.

Beginning at 6:30 on February 11th, we will dance our way through the decades - from the 50's to the present!

Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the door. Popcorn will be provided and other homemade goodies will be available for purchase. We will be in the St. Mark's recreation center. You are encouraged to wear clothing from your favorite decade, and enter "decades trivia" to win prizes. The dance will end at 10:00pm. All ages are invited to attend - bring your valentine or enjoy a great family evening!  Proceeds from the dance will help underwrite the senior high mission trip. 

Spring Break at Redbird St. Mark's will be taking a group of adults and youth to Red Bird during the week of Spring Break to work on the modular house #2.  If all goes as planned, we will be working on sealing and painting the exterior of the home.  We leave on Monday, March 27th  and will return on Friday, March 31st.  The cost is only $80.  You can get more information HERE.  Contact Beth for more details or with questions.  

St. Mark's FUN and CAMP NIGHT!  
For Grades 2 - 6 Featuring Games, Snacks, Devotions  and More Games!   Friday, February 10th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Mark's UMC Gymnasium. 

Upcoming UMW Meetings  - The Lois Shipp Circle will me Friday, February 10th at noon at Through the Grapevine.  The Mary Martha Circle will meet Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 a.m. in RM 501.

SAVE THE DATE for VBS - Sunday through Thursday, June 25 - 29, 2017. MORE .

View Our Current    Prayer List

Our Disaster Team receives many thank you notes throughout the year.  Read a recent example   HERE

Adam Morton -  A letter for the congregation at St. Mark's has been received from Adam Morton, and is available to read in the church office.  If you would like to write Adam a letter of encouragement, his mailing address is as follows:
DOC# 261482, Housing Unit G1-223
New Castle Correctional Facility
New Castle, IN 47362.

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