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"The Messenger"  Online Newsletter

July 25, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

During our recent worship and study series on the Book of Daniel, I wrote a song based on Daniel Chapter Three.

The chapter tells the story of how Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego learned that all people living in Babylon were being required to bow and worship a statue in the likeness of King Nebuchadnezzar.   They refused.
I tried to capture what the story might mean for us in my song "Up In Smoke:"...

    
SAGES News

Please remember the bus will leave at 7:30 A.M. on August 7 going to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, for the Festival of Wisdom and Grace. We will return as soon the conference is over.     At last count we had 13 attending.

We keep reminding ourselves of the Adventures in Learning Experience which will be coming up in September, 2017. This will take place the last three Mondays in September.. .

Youth News 
Summer may be winding down, but we will have Splash! on July 26th and August 2nd from 4 to 6.
 
On August 3 we will be cooking dinner for the ladies at Way of Hope. We need to be at the church about 3:30 to help cook and serve.
 
On August 6 is our annual End of Summer Schools a Bummer party. We will be at the MTSU Rec center from 4:30 to 7:30. This is the day we welcome our new seventh grader's as well as send off our graduating seniors. Friends are welcome and there is no charge! Click Here to see the full color are brochure.
Thank You St. Mark's!

This summer, St. Mark's has sent 19 children and youth to camp with a total of $2200 in scholarships! Thank you to all who have baked or purchased yummy goodies at bake sales or otherwise contributed to our camp scholarship fund. As a result, these campers have had the opportunity to experience a week of outdoor worship and recreation as well as a special community built around their Savior Jesus Christ and their United Methodist neighbors in Middle Tennessee.  Thanks be to God!
Children's Sunday School Restructured for 2017-2018

St. Mark's Children's Sunday school strives to help children experience God as they To better accommodate our children's growing and changing needs, the Children's Ministries Team is restructuring our Sunday school to offer the following classes and groups:
 
Preschool SPARK classes Age 2/3, Age 4/Pre-K and Kindergarten explore key stories of the Old and New Testaments from Genesis to Paul's letters in a two-year cycle, following the SPARK Bible.  
 
Elementary Grades 1 & 2 and Grades 3 & 4 will study the lectionary texts for the coming year, following the life of Jesus.
 
Grades 5 & 6 will do a complete walk through the Bible, Genesis - Revelation, in the coming year.
St. Mark's UMC
   Family Day at the Zoo!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH
Meet at St. Mark's at 8:30 a.m. or inside the zoo gate at 9:15 a.m.  We will enjoy the zoo and lunch! Pack and bring your own food  or purchase at the Zoo.
 
Drive yourself, carpool or ride the St. Mark's Van.  See Samantha Daniel or call the Church Office to sign up your family!  Brochure HERE.
Share the Spirit of 1776

More than 240 years ago our forefathers
invested in the future of our Nation.  The endowment team is asking YOU to invest in the future of St. Marks. To worship God and express our faith in peace and without duress is a freedom we enjoy. 

During July, consider a gift to our Endowment fund using the numbers 1776. (For example, $17.76 or 177.60.)  No gift is too small.  Any Sunday in July, you may place your gift in the collection plate or in the Endowment Team Basket located in the Narthex
Will you lead St. Mark's Children to know Jesus?

Teachers and Shepherds are always needed in our children's classrooms!   All volunteers serve on a rotating basis with others on a team.  While many parents teach their children, we also want young parents to have the opportunity to bond in their own Sunday morning classes.  Excellent curriculum and all supplies are provided.  To learn more about serving as a rotating teacher or shepherd, contact Children's Ministries Team Leader Samantha Daniel or Rev. Martha Touchton for more information.
Georgia Touchton Appointed To National Young People's Ministries Board

Bishop Bill McAlilly has recently appointed St. Mark's member Georgia Touchton to the National Young People's Ministries Board, a Division of Discipleship Ministries in Nashville.   The NYPM exists to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture faith development, and to equip young leaders.
 
Georgia will be a sophomore at Central Magnet School this fall.  She is active in St. Mark's FusionYouth and was recently elected Secretary of the Tennessee Conference Council on Youth Ministries.   As a member of NYPM, Georgia will travel to St. Simon's Island this summer for a meeting of the national board, and then to Johannesburg, South Africa next summer to participate in a gathering of the 2018 Global Young People's Convocation (GYPC), which brings together the voices and ideas of United Methodist young people from around the world every four years.
In Other News...

July Worship ScheduleOur Sunday morning Worship and Sunday School schedule will be different in the month of July. Every Sunday in July we will worship together as a whole congregation at one worship service, with Sunday School beforehand:
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship Celebration

Regular scheduling will return in August, with services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Stones River Battlefield Cleanup  Join friends and members of St Mark's and other community churches for cleanup day at the Stones River Battleground on August 26 from 830 to 1130.  Gloves, tools, water, and snacks will be provided.  Families with children are encouraged to participate.  See Dale Slagle or a member of the mission committee for more information.

Mentoring at Reeves Rogers - Anyone who is interested in becoming a Reeves Rogers mentor or would like more information about the program, please contact Mary Jane Henry (615-631-1902), Margie Jennings (615-890-2221), or Peggy Jackson (615-890-2221)

You Are Invited! - We have had two great youth mission trips this summer and we want to share them with you. You are invited to attend the stockholder dinner on August 9. We will share videos and testimonies of our trips. You do not need to be a stockholder to attend. The dinner will begin at 6 PM. Please make a reservation in the church office. 

St. Mark's Rocks!After a lesson on kindness, part of our youth painted kindness rocks. These rocks will be placed around the building to spread joy. We hope if you find one of the rocks you will remember to be kind to others. Leave the rock or move it to a new location for someone else to find. See photos HERE.

Furniture Ministry Needs Volunteers - Volunteers are needed to help pickup and deliver donated furniture to needy families on Saturday mornings.  For more information, contact Karen Alexander at 615-707-3166.

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