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

August 22, 2017
Dr. Craig Goff
From the Pastor

People from all over the world traveled to the United States to witness a rare and spectacular astronomical event.  A total eclipse passed across the entire length of the United States Monday August 21st.  Some referred to it as "The Great American Eclipse."
We held a brief service in the chapel of St. Mark's at 11:30  just before the eclipse began.   We read Psalm 8 and prayed

Yes!  Thirteen of our SAGES had a glorious experience at Lake Junaluska last week as we enjoyed the Festival of Wisdom and Grace. We had great speakers and workshops.  One afternoon we took an excursion to Waynesville, N.C., which was enjoyed by all...

Youth News 
Thanks to all the parents who attended our parents meeting!  Most of the information we discussed has been posted on the FusionYouth website. If you have updated contact information please let me know so I can include you in updates.
We are now accepting registrations for Hands & Feet on September 16. We will travel to Cedar Crest for a day of service. The cost is $40.00. If this is your first youth event please complete the St. Mark's youth health form.
FusionYouth will not meet on September 3 due to the Labor Day weekend.
Starting September 6th we have an addition to our regular schedule- youth handbells!  We will meet each Wednesday at 4:30 in the handbell room. 

Wednesday Night Together Opening Celebration

Wednesday, August 30th
5:15 p.m. Free Church Family Meal, 
Reservations Required by Monday. August 28
6:15 p.m. Experience M'Boro District/St. Mark's
Red Bird Modular Home Building Project
through Fun and Hands-On Stations for All Ages!

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
CLICK HERE to see the full brochure of opportunities!
Coming Soon!

During the month of October, the youth will sponsor a pumpkin patch here at the church. This will be our major fund raiser for the fall and we hope everyone will consider helping by working a shift in the patch.
We haven't given up on the auction though!  We will have a silent auction beginning on September 24 and ending on September 27.
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! 

Beginning September 17th, children in Grades 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 will begin a new adventure called "Holy Moly!"   Holy Moly is a fun, playful and interactive approach to studying the Bible which follows the path of the biblical narrative, taking kids on a journey through the Old Testament in the Fall, Advent/Christmas/Epiphany stories in the Winter, and New Testament stories in the Spring, including Holy Week and Easter accounts.  READ MORE HERE
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 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.
We Need Your Help!

Please help us make sure doors are not blocked open and are locked after church services and activities.

We want to keep our facility safe for our staff and the children who attend our child care program and other events.   If you find an unlocked door and don't have a key please contact any staff member.  Think of the church as you would your home.  Thank you so much for making St. Mark's a great place to worship and serve God.
St. Mark's Staff
In Other News...

Our Friday Morning Bible Discussion Group will resume meeting on Friday September 8th. The study book we will be using is John: The Gospel Of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton. The books are $10.00. We also see videos each week designed to enhance our understanding of the Gospel. The class meets from 10:30-11:45 in Room 506 in the Community Wing. We meet every Friday and all are invited. The teacher is Claudia Hunter. Please come out and join for a morning of study, fellowship and fun.

The Sunday Night Discipleship Class will resume on Sunday night, September 10. The class meets in Room 1203 from 5-7 P.M. The study book for this session is Moses: In The Footsteps if the Reluctant Prophet. The books are $10.00. There is room for you. So please come and enjoy this class with us. Dr. Jim Clardy is the leader. Videos by Adam Hamilton introduce each session.

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.

Ring, Ring!Are you passionate about worshipping through music? We need you and your gifts! Consider sharing your musical talents with the Chancel Ringers handbell choir. Open to adults and older youth; basic music reading ability necessary, bell-ringing experience helpful but not required. We are particularly in need of folks for the "sub list" who can fill in when a ringer is unavailable. Chancel Ringers rehearse Sundays from 4:45-6:00 p.m. and play in worship every 4-6 weeks. Contact Rev. Mary Dicken for more information on how you can get involved! 

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!

Stones River Battlefield Cleanup  Join friends and members of St Mark's and other community churches for cleanup day at the Stones River Battleground on August 26 from 8:30 to 11:30.  Gloves, tools, water, and snacks will be provided.  Families with children are encouraged to participate.  See Dale Slagle or a member of the mission committee for more information.

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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