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

May 2, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church has called a Special Session of the General Conference to be held February 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of the Special Session of the General Conference will be "limited to receiving and acting on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward." (Bishop Ough, Council of Bishops President)...

Our SAGES had a wonderful trip to the Rattle And Snap on Thursday, April 20, in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee. We had a wonderful tour and tour guide.  We learned a lot of the history of the place. Then we had lunch at Puckett's Grocery in Columbia. The weather was wonderful.. Thanks to Joe Green for driving, to Sue Jones for coordinating the trip, and to Barbara New for her fine leadership of Sages...

Welcome, Dr. Adam Clark!

We are thrilled to say "Hello, and Welcome!" to Dr. Adam Clark, our new pianist/organist at St. Mark's! In the days and weeks to come, be sure to introduce yourself to Adam and welcome him to this congregation. About Adam: Dr. Adam Clark serves as Associate Professor of Piano at MTSU's School of Music. He is a prize-winning pianist, regularly performing in solo recitals as well as chamber music and concerto performances. In addition to his university position, he currently serves as the President of the Middle Tennessee Music Teachers Association. Adam is a native of California and holds degrees from University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.), University of Texas, Austin (M.M.), and University of California, Santa Barbara (B.M.). Adam lives in Murfreesboro with his wife Dr. Eunbyol Ko and 14-month-old daughter Elli.
Wednesday Night Together

Wednesday, May 3rd is the Final WNT for 2016-2017. At  6:15 p.m. we will have the Children's Music Spectacular.
THANKS FOR A GREAT WNT SEASON .   CLICK HERE  to read more about it.

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

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.  
CLICK HERE for more information. .
Youth News
We do have two SMALL groups meeting this month.  "Help! I need a job" will meet on May 7th at 3:00.  Hiking will meet on Saturday, May 13th.  Place and time will be posted and announced (see Instagram, Twitter...)  
We will have our graduation recognition Sunday on May 14th with a special  assembly in the gym during Sunday School.  Come and celebrate this awesome class of graduates!  
Also on May 14 - Bring your Mother to Fusionyouth!     Yes, in honor of Mother's Day, we will bring our Mom's with us to FusionYouth!  We will have a great time playing "mom" games, singing and learning together! 
Mission Trip Meetings The Senior High team will meet on Saturday, May 20 at 9:00am-11:00am  and Sunday, June 4 at 3:30 (parents too!).  The Middle School team will meet on June 25 at 2:30 (parents will come at 4:00).  B alances for both trips are due at the time of the team meetings!  
Parents Night Out

Do you need a night out?  We can help with that!   The youth will be sponsoring Parents Night Out on  May 12th.  These are open to children Ages 3 months-6th grade and the time is 6:30-10:00pm 
Cost:  $20.00 for one child; $35.00 for two children, and $45.00 for three or more children.   The fees will be used to provide a snack and all supplies needed for the evening.  Proceeds will benefit the Youth Mission Trips.  
Reservations are required and can be made in the church office by May 10th.   Pick up and dismissal will be through the youth center. 
Parents Night Out will be staffed by youth and adults.  
Usher and Greeter Training and Safety Meeting

Tuesday, May 9th  at 6:30 p.m. all ushers and greeters at St. Mark's will meet with the Trustees committee and church staff  to address plans for responding to emergencies during all events held at the church.  We will also provide brief training for anyone interested in serving as ushers or greeters.  The safety training will be led by Trey Nunley.
Murfreesboro, Get Ready

Help Furnish the Project Transformation Interns' Residence 

In just four weeks 16 Project Transformation interns will arrive in Murfreesboro to serve Christ by encouraging 120 local children in summer day programs. We'll be serving too, but first we need to furnish the house where eight of the interns will live. Beds, dressers, nightstands, microwave and a few other basic furnishings are needed to prepare the residence for their arrival.
To help get ready you can make an offering at the communion rail this Sunday, May 6, which will go toward purchasing the needed items. And, if you have a dresser, nightstand, sofa or microwave, you may donate a piece of furniture by contacting coordinator Jennifer Hall at 615-477-2811 or by May 21.

All furnishings will be placed in the residence at 1603 Elrod St., near the MTSU Wesley Foundation, and used by the Project Transformation interns this summer and in the future. Once furnished, the residence will be less expensive than MTSU student housing, which has been the only option available until now. During the fall and spring semesters, the residence will house five students involved in the MTSU Wesley Foundation, so your donation has the added impact of supporting campus ministry. Come on, St. Mark's, help get ready for the Project Transformation interns coming to the Boro!
In Other News...

Mother's Day Photos - If you would like to have a photo of a "mom" included in our Mother's Day photomontage, please bring a photo or email your digital photo to by Tuesday, May 9th. Be sure to include the mom's name and her relationship to you.

SAVE THE DATE for VBS!  - 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 INF O HERE .

VBS Team Leader OrientationSunday, May 7th, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.  St. Mark's Banquet Room FREE LUNCH PROVIDED!  Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 5th GET MORE DETAILS HERE.

Children's Ministry Team  Bake Sale!- Sunday, May 7th 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
In the Narthex. All Proceeds provide  CampershipS$ for St. Mark's children and Youth  attending Cedar Crest Camp!  INDIVIDUAL OR CLASS DONATIONS WELCOME!  FLYER HERE

MOOD WALLS COMING TO ST. MARK'SInsight Counseling Center, which is supported by St. Mark's, invites you to open up about the common thread that ties us all together - feelings!  We're invited to visit the Insight interactive mood walls throughout a variety of locations in Rutherford County.  READ MORE HERE

Safe Sanctuary Training There will be a safe sanctuary training at 6:30 p.m.on May 15th. Everyone involved in Sunday school or vacation Bible school who has not participated in the training should attend that evening. Reservations for the class may be made by contacting Martha or Beth.

Do You Have a College Graduate? Please let the church office know the details so that we may recognize them.

Stewardship Summary As of April 23, we have received gifts of $402,456.00. Based on the past giving trends, our anticipated goal is to reach 30% of the annual operational need or $401,723 by the end of April.  Thank you for supporting the ministries of St. Mark's!

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