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

February 7, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury has said, "Christianity in Britain is one generation from extinction."  He pointed out that many churches in England have no ministry to young people and that means they have no interest in the future.  I recently met with our confirmation class and their parents and am grateful for those who recognize the importance of investing in the spiritual development of our young people...


The SAGES will leave the church at 9:00 a.m. on February 10 going to the Frist Center in Nashville. Unfortunately, we will not have a docent that day. We should arrive for the tour at 10:15 am.  Of special interest is the "Secrets of Buddhist Art" exhibition. That will take until about 11:00.  Then we will be on our way to the CafĂ©.  ...

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. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.
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 new W.N.T. brochure.

COMING SOON!  THE ICING ON THE CAKE Led by Lucy Cochran, Room 503/505.   Feb 15 - Birthday Cake Bonanza!   Feb 22 - Spring Has Sprung!
A Resolution for 2017

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

At St. Mark's, we believe we are a church that works to "Build you up, and not tear you down"...

CLICK HERE to read more.
Youth News
Our youth recently attended Warmth in Winter at its new location at Opryland hotel.  As always we had a great time worshiping and singing together, learning and spending time with our Murfreesboro district and Tennessee Conference friends. We learned how God continues to Pursue us. We were very proud as our praise team participated in the battle of the bands. Amelia Clark, Beth Shirley, James Touchton, Georgia Touchton and Helen Grace Daniel all served on the design team for the event. Madison Beckman served this year and will continue in her co-chair role next year.   See some pictures of the EVENT HERE

Our SMALL groups are continuing. Real men cook meets this Sunday at 2:30. Our next groups to start will be Exercise and we will be looking at spiritual disciplines during Lent.
On February 19th we will have a "bring a friend" night to Fusionyouth. Our friends from Trinity will be joining us as well. Of course there will be prizes! We will also be staying late that night for a foursquare tournament. Pick up will be at 8 PM
The winners of our Super Bowl challenge were Macey Howell, Kyle Kigar, Andrew Shirley and Madison Beckman. Congratulations!
The deadline for our ski trip was Sunday but if you are interested in going contact Beth to see if space is available.  Registration info can be found HERE.  
In Other News...

St. Mark's Women's Retreat 2017Please 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.

"Created by God" -  St. Mark's UMC is offering the outstanding Bible-based sexuality education seminar, "Created by God," for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls and their parents. Read about it HERE.

St. Mark's Children invited to BE - Belong, Believe, Become! All St. Mark's 3rd - 6th graders are invited to join with others from across Middle Tennessee for a special retreat led by the high school and middle school youth. Read More HERE.

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. 

The Next Step Class Begins February 19 - The class will meet in the Banquet Room at 9:45 a.m. Sunday mornings.  If you are new to the church, or would simply like to know more about St. Mark's and the United Methodist Church, you are invited.

Stewardship Report - CLICK HERE for current financial information.

Mark Your Calendar and save the date! Annual Chili Cook Off will be on March 5th. Get your recipes and crockpots ready!

"All Things New" by Kelly Minter New Thursday morning women's Bible study. MORE INFO

Renegade Gospel Study Books Available For Purchase   -  During the Lenten season, March 5 - Easter Sunday, April 16, Sunday school classes will be participating in the church wide study, Renegade Gospel: The Rebel Jesus by Mike Slaughter.    Books are available for purchase for $5 through Adult Sunday school classes.  If you would like to purchase a book but are not a part of a Sunday school class, please turn in your order and payment to Charlene Parkinson or Martha Touchton by 2/19/17. 

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

Softball Signups - Sign up now for ladies' and men's softball.  See the bulletin board outside the Banquet Room.

Children's Coin Offering,  Sunday, February 12 - f or local children who are victims of domestic violence.

View Our Current    Prayer List

Mission Team Report - Providing assistance in Murfreesboro and throughout the Southeast.  See the report   HERE

See Our Full 

Missed a Sermon?  Click HERE to go to our sermons media page.
St. Mark's UMC | (615) 893-3455 |