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

May 31, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

Bishop McAlilly's sermon during our upcoming annual conference will be presented via webcast at several churches throughout the conference.  All members of every United Methodist church are encouraged to attend one of the host churches to view the sermon and participate in facilitated conversation.  The nearest host church for the people of our area will be Fellowship United Methodist Church...

Fifteen of the SAGES had a great trip Tuesday to Fontanel.
All the seats are now taken on the bus for The Festival of Wisdom of Grace, Monday, August 7-Thursday, August 10 at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. The theme for the week is "Forgiveness-Living In Grace."...

It's a Sizzling Summer at St. Mark's for Children!

All St. Mark's children and their friends are invited to enjoy a wonderful summer of fun, faith and friend-filled activities, including Music and Drama Camp, Vacation Bible School, The Storytelling Tree, Art Camp, Cedar Crest Camp and more!   Details are available in the BROCHURE HERE

Fill Your Child's Summer With Fun, Faith and Friends!

Reception for  Rev. Dr. Lenoir Culbertson

Please join us in honoring the ministry of Rev. Dr. Lenoir Culbertson and her service to the Murfreesboro District, 
Sunday, June 4, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., St. Mark's UMC.  A Bible will be presented to Dr. Culbertson,  which will be available during the reception  for each attendee to highlight a favorite verse and write a note.  Monetary gifts for Rev. Culbertson may be remitted to
St. Mark's UMC or donated via
Church Picnic and Family Campout!

June 2nd
Everything begins at 5:00!  
Get Your Tickets Now for Fun, Food and Fellowship!

Get all the information and times HERE!
Bon Voyage, SONlight!

The SONlight Youth Choir hit the road on Sunday morning for their 2017 tour to Indianapolis and Chicago. They will spend the week singing and serving at venues ranging from churches and community centers to homeless shelters and public art spaces. Pray for these youth and the adults accompanying them, that they might experience God's grace during this trip and be a beacon of God's love in the cities they visit. They return this Friday, June 2, and you are invited to celebrate their return at a 7:00 p.m. Homecoming Concert in the Sanctuary.
Ordination of Rev. Mary Dicken

Our very own Rev. Mary Dicken will be ordained as clergy in full connection of the United Methodist Church and into the Order of Deacon on Saturday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. Eastern (9:30 a.m. Central) at the Indiana Conference UMC's Celebration of Ministry Service at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. This ordination comes after a multi-year process of discernment, education, theological and ministry examination, interviews with the Board of Ordained Ministry, and a three-year Residency in Ministry. The service is the final event of the 2017 Indiana Annual Conference and is open to the public. Those celebrating from a distance (i.e. Tennessee) are invited to join the service via livestream at:
Lights, Camera, Action!

It's hard to believe summer is almost here. We had a great year of children's music at St. Mark's and are looking forward to continuing the fun this summer at the 2017 Children's Music (& Drama) Camp - Monday, June 12 through Friday, June 16 (9am-2pm each day). What is Music Camp? The Children's Music Camp is a weeklong program filled with music (of course!), acting, instrument making (and playing!), movement, set and costume construction, and LOTS of fun! The week will culminate in a final performance of our music "JOSEPH: From the Pit to the Palace" for family and friends on Friday, June 16 at 7pm. Download the registration PACKET HERECamp fee is only $10 for the whole week. Registration deadline is Friday, June 2. We hope to see your child at camp!
Wednesday Night Together

Wednesday Night Together 
2017-2018 begins Wednesday, August 31st!!!
WNT 2017-2018 NEEDS YOU!

St. Mark's WNT Adult Ministries seeks to provide a comprehensive menu of adult options, including Bible study, personal discipleship, "make and take" arts and crafts, United Methodism, current issues, recreation, missions, parenting, community interest, life skills, travel and much more.

Willing volunteer leaders offer their gifts of time, abilities and expertise to provide a wonderful variety of meaningful, fun and challenging studies and experiences through which St. Mark's adults grow in their Christian faith and discipleship, personal skills, and fellowship with one another.

If you are interested in leading a class, group or series as part of our Wednesday Night Together Adult Ministries in 2017-2018, please complete a WNT Proposal form now AVAILABLE ONLINE and at the Welcome Desk.
Proposals must be submitted by Monday, June 4th.  For more information, see Rev. Touchton.
Youth News 
Summer is here!  We are heading into a full summer of activities so find your calendar in the mail and post it on your wall! 

June 4th will be our final Senior High Mission Trip meeting at 3:30, followed by our regular Fusionyouth meeting at 5:00. We will begin a series of mission evenings this summer so we hope to see you there!
Our first event will be June 7th - canoeing in the Duck River. The cost is $20 and you will need a sack lunch. Meet at 9:00am and we will return at 3:00. Sign the sheet in the youth center so we will know how many will be going.
If you are interested in helping with Vacation Bible school, the sign up sheet is on the bulletin board. Please let us know if you can help and what areas you might be interested in helping in.

St. Mark's Vacation Bible School for chil dren ages 4 - 6th grade. Sunday through Thursday, June 25 - 29,2017.  Sunday, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday-Thursda y, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    MORE INFO HERE.

How to Purchase HERO CENTRAL VBS T-ShirtAs you are registering for VBS at THE VBS REGISTRATION PAGE , mark the size T-Shirt you are purchasing.  After you have completed your VBS registration, return to THE ST. MARK'S ONLINE DONATION page  to pay for your t-shirt.  Please make a $5 donation for each T-Shirt ordered.

BE A PART OF ST. MARK'S VBS HALL OF HEROES!   Who Has Been a Hero to You?  Submit a photo of your personal hero along with one or two sentences about why this person is your hero to by Sunday, June 11th.  For more info, contact Kirsten Weaver.   CLICK HERE to learn more!

Congratulations to Alex Weaver for winning the Art Design Contest for our
Vacation Bible School T-Shirt!   Be sure to order your t-shirt as your register for Vacation Bible school!
Children's Ministry Team BAKE SALE!   SUNDAY, June 11th

St. Mark's Children's Ministry Team is sponsoring a bake sale in the Narthex to raise funds for St. Mark's children and youth attending Camp Cedar Crest!  
All proceeds help provide Camperships for St. Mark's children and youth attending Cedar Crest Camp this Summer!  Our goal is to raise at least $100 for each of our seventeen campers. DONATIONS WELCOME!  Bring your $$$ and your appetite!
In Other News...

Stewardship SummaryAs of May 28, we have received gifts of $494,202.00. Based on the past giving trends, our anticipated goal is to reach 46% of the annual operational need or $615,868 by the end of June. Thank you for supporting the ministries of St. Mark's!
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