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

November 14, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

One of the best known stories in the bible is the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  It is a parable Jesus told in response to a teacher of the law who asked him, "Who is my neighbor?"  Interestingly, Jesus doesn't answer the question directly and doesn't define who a neighbor is.  What he does do is tell a story that illustrates how to be a neighbor.  Being a neighbor involves caring for and having mercy on others (Luke 10:37)...

Come and join our  SAGES (Older Adults 55+) for our Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, December 9 at 11:00 am. We will meet in the Sanctuary at 11:00 am for a very special time of worship, Christmas carols and communion, then it's on to the Banquet Room for our luncheon. We will be honoring those on our Caring List at this very special Christmas Luncheon. Make your reservation now. Look for the book in the church office. Remember to bring food items for the Food Pantry at MTSU!!!!!! This meal is catered and the cost is $12.00 . ..

Youth News 
Youth had a wonderful time on their fall retreat this past weekend. We went to new frontiers camp where we zip lined, played archery tag, worshiped, became superheroes and had a great time together. The weather was beautiful. Thanks to Carrie Henderson, Michelle McDaniel, John McDaniel, Tyler Neale and Caroline VanPatten for going as chaperones. Check out some PICTURES HERE.

This Sunday, November 19, we will meet at 2 PM for our annual scavenger hunt for food. We should return to the church by 4:00 and SONLight choir will follow. We could still use a driver or two.  If any parents are interested please let Beth know.
Fusion youth will meet on November 26 and have a YouTube video night. You may enter your favorite YouTube videos in different categories: humorous, inspirational, and more.Check the bulletin board and website for the complete category listing.  
Commitment Sunday is November 19!

Have you prayerfully considered how God is calling you to BUILD UP through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness? Bring your commitment cards with you this Sunday to offer to God as a tangible sign of your commitment to build up God's kingdom! (Are you missing the Build Up packet, or do you need some more commitment cards? We've got extras at the church!)
Adult Advent Study

Christmas Gifts That Won't Break

Come reflect on the unbreakable gifts God has given us,  and remember the greatest gift of all .
Mondays, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m., 
November 20, 27, December 4 & 11
Led by Dr. Jim Clardy 

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!


Wednesday, November 15- BUILD UP!
6:15 - 7:15 p.m. Butler Touchton  and Pastor Craig Goff will facilitate a discussion  based on the Build Up devotional guide.  

Join us in the Narthex for discussion of what it means to worship and serve God with a grateful heart!

Thanksgiving Dinner (5:15 p.m.) 
and Worship (6:15 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 21
Join us for a traditional turkey dinner followed by worship for the whole family.  Reservations required, please reserve your meals by Sunday, November 19th.  
Wednesday, November 29th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Unique Christmas Gifts from New and Returning Vendors
All Sales Benefit Local Missions And Non-Profits!
Bring A Friend! 
Let's Give A  Hill of Beans  About Hunger!

St. Mark's Pinto Bean Drive for Red Bird Mission
November 5 - 19

We have been asked to donate dried pinto beans For Red Bird Mission for distribution by the mission during the winter months.  More Information HERE
5th/6th Grade

Wednesday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
St. Mark's Banquet Hall
St. Mark's
Adult Christian Education Classes

During this season when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ, many of our adult classes are beginning new studies, providing a wonderful opportunity for newcomers to join in the fellowship! 
St. Mark's adult classes are hubs of biblical learning and Christian fellowship as well as centers of mission and ministry, where members reach to out to one another and to the community in a variety of ways.  Being a part of such a group provides an opportunity for adults to build new and deeper friendships with others who hold similar spiritual thoughts, values and practices.   
In the coming weeks, several classes will be studying the book, "Sent," which will correspond to the worship focus during Advent and Christmas.  Other classes will also be examining the scriptures that provide the foundation for our understanding of what it means for Christ to come in the past, present and future.    You are invited to be part of the journey!
For more information about St. Mark's adult Christian education classes, please contact. Rev. Martha Touchton, Minister of Education, or Adult Ministries Coordinator Brian Seadorf.
In Other News...

Fall Festival - Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making last week's Mustang Mash Fall Festival such a grand success!  Together, we provided 25 games and activities (including an awesome Haunted Hallway!), lots of trick-or-treats, four inflatables, a delicious meal, popcorn, Funky Monkey slushies, and a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship for about 500 people! Read about it HERE. 

DISCIPLE I: BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY - The #1 Choice for In-Depth Bible Study.  Coming to St. Mark's in 2018.  See flyer  HERE.

Child Care Worker Needed Sundays, 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. SEE FLYER HERE

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