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"The Messenger"  Online Newsletter

November 28, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church have requested that each United Methodist congregation observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017.  This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent. Our communion rail offering that day will be received to support Migration Advance No. 3022144 as a response to their request ...
    
SAGES News

We lost another one of our beloved members from the Caring List this weekend.  Bernice Iles' service was at Woodlawn on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 11:00 A.M. Mrs. Iles is the mother of Bonnie Ward. Visitation was at Woodfin's on Tuesday from 3-7 PM. Several of us served her communion.  We celebrated her birthdays with the family.  And we visited her regularly at Community Care of Murfreesboro.  She will be missed. Thanks to everyone for your care of Bernice Iles . ..

Youth News 
The youth had fun with our annual scavenger hunt for food. We had fun and we also collected a ton of food! Thanks to all of our adults who helped: Ben Buchanan, Katie Henry, David Naylor, Kirsten Weaver, Tyler Neale, Natalie Beckman, Michelle McDaniel, John McDaniel, Jarred Ervin.

Every four years, youth from throughout the United Methodist Church gather for four days of discipleship, fun, and fellowship at the YOUTH event. The event is filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and fellowship time. We can expect inspiration, support, and challenges to authentically experience what it means to be United Methodist.
Youth 2019 is scheduled for July of 2019. St. Mark's participated in Youth 2015 so we may want to continue the tradition in 2019. This Sunday during youth, we will watch the video, check out the information and decide if we want to head to Kansas City in 2019!

We are currently taking registrations for 2 upcoming trips! Our ski trip is Jan. 4, 2018. This trip to Beech Mountain will be for youth and college students. We will be traveling on a charter bus, tubing and skiing and returning late on Jun 5th. Warmth in Winter is Feb. 9-11 in Nashville. The cost of this conference retreat will be $130.00  Registration information for both trips are available in the youth center and on the youth website.

December FusionYouth Schedule: We will go Christmas Caroling on Wednesday, Dec. 6th. Sign up on the board for transportation.  We will have our regular youth meetings on Dec. 3rd and 10th, then our Christmas party on Dec. 17th. We will not be meeting on Dec. 24th or 31st.
Poinsettia 
Orders - If you would like to purchase a
poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone special in
your life, please call (615-893-3455) the church office or email (mike@stmarkstn.org)  by Monday, December 18th. Poinsettias are $10.00 each.
Be sure to include the "given by" name, the name of the person, and "in honor" or "in memory."
St. Mark's Gift Bag Ministry 

Provides Christmas for  225 Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Graders  plus CDC (Special Needs) children  from Reeves Rogers Elementary School.  Choose a Gift Bag and  WRITE YOUR NAME next to that bag's #.  Follow the directions inside and f ill it with new, small, a ge-appropriate gift items.  Return your gift Bag to the table  by Sunday, December 17th 
 
NEED MORE INFORMATION?  Contact Rev. Martha Touchton (615) 893-3455
Sponsored by the Children's Ministries Team. 
Christmas Music at St. Mark's!

In the coming weeks, St. Mark's will be blessed by several visiting music ensembles. Mark your calendars so you can be sure to come out and enjoy the sounds of the season! All concerts are free and open to the public.

MTSU Flute Choir
Wednesday, December 6
6:15 p.m. in the Narthex
 
MTSU Clarinet Choir
Sunday, December 10
9:30 a.m. in the Narthex
 
Music City Bronze (Handbells)
Monday, December 11
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Adult Advent Study
Offered

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
5:15 p.m. WNT Meal
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. MERRY MISSION MARKETPLACE
Make Shopping Your Mission! Children's WNP will Meet!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:15 p.m. WNT Meal
6:15 p.m. THE MTSU FLUTE CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Children's WNP will Meet!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
(FINAL WNT for 2017)
5:15 p.m. WNT Meal
6:15 p.m. Children's WNP CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

And then in 2018...
January 10 - FREE WNT MEAL and
BRINGING OUR GIFTS TALENT SHOW
YOUTH CHOIR BENEFIT
THE SHOPPING EVENT OF THE SEASON!
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!
MAKE SHOPPING YOUR MISSION! BRING A FRIEND!
Over 25 vendors will be present offering high-quality gift items
for your Christmas gift-giving.
Each purchase is a "double" gift, benefitting a non-profit agency
as well as your gift recipient!
You Gave a  Hill of Beans  About Hunger!

Thank you for your contributions of almost 700 pounds of beans for Red Bird Mission and more than 600 food items for St. Marks' Food Pantry!
Advent Treasures: An Experience 
for Children and Their Families

Sunday, December 17th
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall
Featuring Advent Stories, Crafts,
Snacks, and More!
Reservations Requested!
Please reserve your place with
Eryn Wilson, eryn1117@gmail.com or
Rev. Martha Touchton, mtouchton@comcast.net
Come and Worship!

You are invited to experience the true joy of Christmas at these special worship services:

Thursday, December 21
6:15 p.m. Longest Night ("Blue Christmas") Service

Sunday, December 24
10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Celebration (one morning service only)
4:00 p.m. Children & Family Christmas Eve Worship
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

Come, discover the real gift of Christmas at St. Mark's this season.
" God's Promise Came True "

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Especially for Families
with Young Children

The Children's Ministries Team offers a 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve worship service especially for families with young children, which includes music, readings, drama and prayers led by our children and their families.  Children who are willing to share their talents through singing, playing an instrument, reading or leading a prayer are invited to volunteer to Rev. Touchton. 
 
The Christmas story will be portrayed through a spontaneous Christmas pageant with all the children participating as animals, angels, shepherds, kings, and stars.   The service will conclude with communion and candlelight singing (using glow sticks!), and each child will receive a beautiful Christmas ornament.  Child care for infants and toddlers is provided during the service. 
In Other News...

Save the Date!  Our Annual Chili Cook Off will be held on January 21st!   

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.

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