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

October 3, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

We are the church where "people are lifted up and not torn down!"

As we continue our generosity challenge this fall here at St. Mark's, I want to lift up one of the programs your generosity helps make possible.  Through your faithfulness in giving financially and serving as volunteers we have helped Project Transformation in Tennessee lift up churches, children, and college students in amazing ways over the past five years.  
40 Days of Generosity
Generosity Changes Lives!

In fact, it already has. God has been generous to you with the ultimate gift - love, mercy, forgiveness, and everlasting hope through Jesus Christ! You are invited to respond to this amazing generosity through a generosity challenge: 40 Days of Generosity. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Generosity Challenge! May your relationship with Christ be built up through this challenge to generosity.

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported The Older Adult Conference for the Tennessee Conference last week with Bishop Carder.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported this year's Adventures In Learning. ..

Hospitality Workshop

Please plan on attending St. Mark's Hospitality Workshop Sunday, October 15 at 9:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  The program will include fun skits performed by our members and youth.  Our Church Council president, Sean Gilliland, will share lots of great tips and tools for us to maximize our hospitality potential and show our guests how important they are to us!

We are quite sure you will find this year's workshop entertaining and helpful - St. Mark's Inviting Ministries Committee.
Youth News 
I think you have heard by now that this Sunday, October 8 is unloading day!  If you haven't signed up already, you can use THIS LINK to sign up to unload and also to sign up for shifts in the patch during the month.   

SONlight, remember you are singing at the 8:30 service, so we will change clothes and have lunch before we go to work. 
We will be heading to the Grove on October 15th along with our district friends.  We will meet at 3:00 and the cost is $10.00 which will cover the cost of dinner and a visit to the corn maze.  Please sign up on the bulletin board if you plan to attend.  

Congratulations to Susannah Blackwell who has advanced to the state High School Golf Tournament.  She is a freshman at Siegel High School.  Yay Susannah!  
Sunday, October 29, 
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at Reeves Rogers 
Elementary School

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Family, Food, Fellowship, Faith, and Fun for the whole Family!
Wednesday Night Together offers a full menu of delicious food, warm table fellowship, and wonderful classes and groups for all ages!
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Church Family Dinner
Reservations due by 12:00 p.m. Monday
$6.00/Adult, $2.00/Children and MTSU Students, $20.00/Family Max

6:00 - 7:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAISE for Children
CLICK HERE to see the full brochure of opportunities!
Pumpkin Patch News !

It's that time of year... time for football, bonfires, changing leaves... and pumpkins! 

You can now sign up for the Pumpkin Patch on-line.  CLICK HERE to find the perfect spot!  

Our batch of pumpkins will be arriving at St. Mark's on Sunday, Oct. 8th at 12:30.  We want to invite everyone to bring their work gloves, buckets, wheel barrows and muscles to help us unload what we hope will be a successful new venture for us.  We hope our pumpkin patch will welcome in the community - a sea of orange and a place for pictures and fun.  All proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will benefit the youth ministries.  
It's Coming


Reeves Rogers Elementary School is hosting a clothing give-away this Fall!   Please bring your gently used children's clothing (all sizes!) to St. Mark's October 8, 15 and 22 to donate to this ministry. 
Blessing of the Animals

You are invited - along with your furry, feathery, and scaly companions! - to the Blessing of the Animals on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Outdoor Chapel (across from the furniture building. Come out for a service of worship and blessing designed especially for our non-human companions. All sizes and types of animals welcome. If your animal doesn't travel well, you can still come and receive a blessing on their behalf (bring a photo of them with you!). And if you don't have an animal friend to bring to the service, you are still invited and encouraged to come worship our Creator and help us bless the animals.
In Other News...

Children's Coin Offering - Sunday, October 8th for One Goal Sports!

Child Care Worker NeededSundays, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 5:45 - 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Other hours may be available.  Must be over 18 years of age, have childcare experience, provide excellent references  and authorize a background check. Experience with children with special needs is preferred.  Excellent work environment! Starting salary $9.00/hour or higher, DOE.  Apply in person to Rev. Martha Touchton, Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Glee Ministry In Need of Volunteers We have been blessed for the past few years to have a wonderful ministry for children with special needs, the "GLEE" Room, which stands for God Loves Everyone Equally.  In order for our church to continue responding to this need and ministering to these precious families, a few more willing servants are needed during Sunday school and/or one worship service. If you would be willing to consider serving in this ministry, contact Rev. Touchton.

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