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October 31, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

Today (October 29th 2017), marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther. Of the many theological contributions Luther made to the church, the concept of the priesthood of all believers is among the most important.  In his address to the Nobility of the German Nation (1520), Luther says:

 "For whoever comes out of the water of baptism can boast that he is already a consecrated priest, bishop and pope, although of course it is not seemly that just anybody shall exercise such office." ...

The SAGES' big excursion to Granville, Tennessee, for the Scarecrow Festival on Thursday, October 19, was a huge success. The food, sites, and fellowship were fantastic.  Thanks to Dale Slagle for diving the bus.
The SAGES next trip is to the Stillhouse Restaurant on Thursday, November 9.  The bus will leave from the church at 10:00 A.M. promptly.  Cost for the bus is $5.00.  Lunch at the Stillhouse is at 11:15 A.M. and is Dutch Treat. Please make your reservation in the church office
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Youth News 
Fall Retreat is right around the corner (Nov. 10 - 12).  If you are still interested in going, get with Beth ASAP and let her know!  The cost is $110.00. 

Fusion Youth will not meet this Sunday and we will hosting the haunted hallway at the Mustang Mash.  Want to help?  Meet at Reeves Rogers at 2:00 to help get everything set up.  We will also not be meeting on Nov. 12 following Fall Retreat.  But remember!  We will have an opportunity to hang out at the Bakers Farm that evening from 4:00 - 6:00. 
November 19th will be our annual Scavenger Hunt for Food.  We will meet at 2:00 that day with SONlight to follow. 
See you Wednesday beginning at 4:00!  We will be cleaning up the patch and using the pumpkin slingshot until 6:00!  
Sunday, November 5, 
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
at Reeves Rogers 
Elementary School

 - Help St. Mark's UMC become an active part of our neighborhood, not just a landmark!
- Foster community within your church family!
 - Offer hospitality to one another and to our friends and neighbors at Reeves Rogers!
 - Celebrate God's beautiful creation, including God's people!
- Enjoy fun, food and great fellowship!

More information available HERE!
New Advent Study

An Advent, 2017, study entitled Christmas Gifts That Won't Break will be held on the November 20 and November 27 and December 4 and December  11.  The class will meet from 10:00-11:15 A.M. in Room 506.
Discussions will utilize a book by the same title as the class authored by Dr. James Moore, best-selling author for Abingdon Press for many years many years. The publishers say this book will help us remember God's greatest gift, Jesus Christ, who comes to us a baby and leads us through all the days of our lives.
The Reverend Jacob Armstrong, founding pastor of Providence UMC in Mt. Juliet, is the co-author.  He shares devotions to help warm our hearts through the Advent season.
The class will be led by Dr. Jim Clardy.  These four sessions are designed to simply explore the spirit of Christmas as we reflect on the unbreakable gifts Christ has given us.
Books will be available in class for $10.00. Please contact Jim Clardy or call the church office (615-893-3455) to register for the class. See you then!!!

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!
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
Pumpkin Patch News !

Thank you to everyone who supported our youth ministry - either by buying pumpkins or working in the patch! 

I've had a lot of questions about the patch, so here are some FAQ's -

We did not have to buy the pumpkins.  We got them from Pumpkins USA, who get their pumpkins from a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico.  We will pay the company a percentage of the sales at the end of the month.  That
percentage is based on our overalls sales. 

It is our job to get rid of the remaining pumpkins so... On Nov. 1, we will have a "make me an offer" sale!  We have lots of beautiful gourds and smaller pumpkins that will make great Thanksgiving decorations, so come out to the patch, make a donation and take what you would like.  We will even let you have a pallet (get that paint ready!).  After that, a local farmer will take the remainder.

Did you carve your pumpkin from the patch?  Enter it in "The Great Carving Contest" sponsored by the Pumpkin Patch company, with a prize of $10,000!  All the instructions and needed stickers can be picked up at the pumpkin patch, or contact Beth for more information.  We will all vote for your pumpkin!

All St. Mark's families are invited to an afternoon of fall fun at the Baker Farm,  Sunday, November 12, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy Hayrides, Campfire, S'mores and Hot Chocolate! Everyone Welcome! Please bring your own picnic meal, blankets and/or chairs. FLYER HERE
In Other News...

Congregational  Security Workshop - Come learn what you can do to make St. Mark's a safer place.  Everyone is invited.  Presented by Church Mutual Insurance.  Two sessions - 11:00 a.m. and Noon on Sunday, November 12th.  Lite lunch provided - please RSVP to the church office by November 8th.

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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