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"The Messenger"  Online Newsletter

September 5, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

If you have been around St. Mark's very long, you've probably noticed several white trucks and trailers parked around the building next to the soccer field.  You may have even seen them lined up in a row with tractors and other equipment on trailers.  As the signs on most of the vehicles indicate,  they are used for responding to flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters...
    
SAGES News

Nineteen SAGES saw "Sister Act" at Cumberland County Playhouse last Tuesday.  Lunch was at the Cumberland Mountain State Park.  It was a beautiful day.  Thanks to Rev. Martha Touchton for driving the bus.
 
Adventures in Learning begins next Monday, September 11, and will continue on through September 18 and  25 from 9:30-1:00 P.M. each day at First United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro. Two different sets of class are offered at two different hours...

Youth News 
We will leave on Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 for Hands and Feet, a mission day at Cedar Crest. If you would still like to go there might be a space available.  For more information contact Beth.

On September 23rd  we will have a "try it" day for our youth praise team. This is a great time for people who are interested in joining the team to come and learn and music. We will begin at 9:30 AM in the youth center.


September 14 is an early dismissal day and we will meet at the movies. We will meet at the Premier 6 theater at 1:45 for a 2 o'clock movie and we will decide what we want to see. The matinee price is $8.00. See you there!

W. N. T. Opening Celebration - A GREAT NIGHT!

Thanks to everyone who came out to lead and participate in 
fun and interactive experience booths and activities around the M'Boro District/St. Mark's Modular Home Building Project!

While the goal of this event was to deepen our church's spiritual and emotional connection to this ministry, we are also pleased to report that more than $1600 was raised for building homes! 

Thank you for leadership and generosity!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT TOGETHER IS BACK!
Family, Food, Fellowship, Faith, and Fun for the whole Family!
Wednesday Night Together is back with a full menu of delicious food, 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

Beginning Wednesday, September 6th
6:00 WEDNESDAY NIGHT PRAISE for Children
6:15 CLASSES AND GROUPS FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS
CLICK HERE to see the full brochure of opportunities!
Pumpkin Patch News !

The youth fundraiser for the fall will be a pumpkin patch which will be again on October 9. We are asking for your help! Beginning this Sunday, There will be an opportunity to sign up to a shift in the past. We will open each day at 10:00am and it will stay open until 7:30pm. We hope you will consider helping the youth in this way.
Wednesday Night Praise!

This fall at Wednesday Night Together (W.N.T.), children will participate in a rotation of creative activities we're calling W.N.P. - Wednesday Night Praise! Evenings will include singing, instruments, creative movement, Bible lessons, arts and crafts, and more... all designed to help our young people grow in their faith through creative expression. Children four years old through sixth grade will travel with their age group through a rotation of children's activities on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:15pm. Please note that the children's program begins fifteen minutes earlier than adult W.N.T. programs. Register your children today! 
Keep the Rewards Coming


Re-enroll for 2017-18

Each participant currently signed up to support St. Mark's through the Kroger Community Rewards program will need to re-enroll on his or her Kroger Plus card each year through the Kroger.com website.  Sign in to your Kroger account and enter St. Mark's code, 89464 to continue your support.If you have questions, call the church office.
In Other News...

VBS Supplies, Curriculum and Decorations Travel North and South! St. Mark's VBS resources may not have nine lives, but they will for sure have three!   Many of our resources initially travelled to Nashville to be use by Calvary UMC.   Now they have travelled south to be used by Decherd UMC in the summer of 2018.   What a blessing to be part of a generous, sharing church!

Glee Ministry In Need of Volunteers We have been blessed for the past few years to have a wonderful ministry for young special needs friends, 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 families, a few more willing servants are needed during Sunday school and/or 11:00 worship.  If you would be willing to consider serving in this ministry, please contact Rev. Touchton to talk further.

Fall Golf Tournament!St. Mark's will be sponsoring a fall golf tournament on September 16 at Old Fort Golf Course.  The cost to play is $55.00 with a 1:00 shot gun start.  Sign up in the narthex or on the bulletin board to play! Deadline to sign up is this Sunday.

Love Flowers? - We are looking for a person (or two) who would be interested in serving as a once-a-month flower arranger for worship. This service opportunity only involves your time (flower expenses reimbursed) and the monthly schedule can be adjusted to accommodate conflicts. We can even teach you what to do! Want to know more? Call Mary Leigh Beers at (615) 631-2589.

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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