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Reminders for Sunday, October 13:
  1. Holy Eucharist at 7:30 AM, 8:45 AM, 11:00 AM, and 6:00 PM
  2. Christian formation for all ages at 10:00 AM
  3. EYG from 5-7 PM in Barnabas
Halloween is right around the corner which means it is almost time for our Trunk-or-Treat and Chili Cook-off! This Gathering for Good event will take place on Wednesday, October 30 from 6-7:30 pm in the parking lot behind Barnabas. Sign up here to host a trunk or bring chili! Costumes are highly encouraged. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins of all ages are welcome.
October Newsletter
Click here to view the October newsletter. The Epistle is published monthly. To submit events, articles, or pictures from St. Paul's events, please send to: The deadline for the November newsletter is Oct. 28, 2019.
Chapters in a Family: Issues from Birth to Death
Depression impacts people of all ages yet is an often-used term that is applied to several feelings. This class will help differentiate common human experiences from those that are more problematic. We will talk about different types of depression, treatment options, and how some of the things people say to be encouraging to those with depression actually have the opposite effect. 
Join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM as Rev. Chris O’Rear, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist and Director of the Counseling Center at Belle Meade United Methodist Church, leads an important and timely discussion. 
October 13: Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts, Rev. Chris O’Rear
English Tea Tickets
Get ready for Franklin's most scrumptious Christmas tradition! Ticket sales opened to the public today, October 9th at 9am. Contact Shannon in the church office to reserve your table! Seatings are available at 1 o'clock and 4 o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, December 14th. 
Unite Williamson Prayer Breakfast
Unite Williamson is excited to host its 2nd annual prayer breakfast on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park in Franklin, TN. The theme of this year's event is "Rooted In Love". Franklin Mayor, Dr. Ken Moore, founded the organization- not in his official capacity as mayor, but as a resident of the Williamson County community- after witnessing the response of a diverse faith-based community following the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. Unite Williamson is honored to have Reverend Eric Sheldon Charles Manning, Senior Pastor of the Emanuel AME Church, as the keynote speaker at this year's breakfast. “In the wake of that horrific event, people of all faiths came to the support of the church and the surrounding community,” recalled Moore. “Through Unite Williamson, we hope to strengthen our community by creating a formal connection through prayer and commitment to bring hope and unity in a time of great need, should it arise. I believe that across all faiths there is a shared compassion that calls us to give of ourselves for the good of others,” offered Moore. “Our hope is that those who attend this event will take the hope, excitement and commitment to serve our county back to their places of worship and surrounding communities.” Unite Williamson organizers invite all citizens from across the county to participate in this year's event. The organization asks those not able to attend in-person to join the group in praying for Williamson County.
Theology on Thursday
6:30 pm in Barnabas
A book discussion of “Jesus and the Disinherited”, by Howard Thurman. Published in 1949, (70 years later) a look at God’s work in our lives as we struggle with today's issues and spiritual disengagement. Robert Collins and Gerald Hancock invite you to read this book and join in the discussion.

Oct. 10 - Session 1 - Jesus - An Interpretation
Oct. 17 - Book Discussion Session 2 - Fear
Oct. 24 - Book Discussion Session 3 - Deception
Oct. 31 - Book Discussion Session 4 - Hate
Nov. 7 - Book Discussion Session 5 - Love
Social Graces - Save these Dates!
Thursday October 17 * Pizza, BINGO, and Classic TV Commercials
Come join us in Otey Hall
11:30 am – Catered Lunch
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm BINGO – with Prizes!
Followed by Classic TV Commercials
RSVP by Monday Oct 14th and please note any dietary restrictions
$10 for lunch payable at the door

Sunday November 10, 2019 * “A Movie and a Meal”
(Movie at The Franklin Theatre followed by dinner in Otey)
The Battle of Franklin
4:15pm Theatre Doors Open, 5:00pm Movie, 7:00pm Catered Meal in Otey Hall following Movie
These events are open to anyone! You can even opt to go to movie only or join us for dinner only. The Franklin Theatre will present a rare large-screen viewing of Robert Lee Hodge’s Emmy-award winning documentary The Battle of Franklin to benefit the Franklin Battlefield preservation efforts. Shown on PBS, The Battle of Franklin film has gotten many accolades from the history experts.
The cost is $30 per person for the evening. Options – Movie only cost is $20 per person, or Dinner only cost is $10 per person. To secure your spot, write a check to St. Paul’s (social graces in the memo). RSVP for event by Nov 6th to or 790-0527

Social Graces is a ministry planned for people 55 years old and older, but anyone, any age is welcome to our programs and events. If you have any questions about Social Graces, please contact Monna Mayhall.
Women of St. Paul's
SAVE THE DATE! The next WSP Social will be on  Friday, October 18th from 5:30 - 8:00 in Otey Hall,  following a business meeting in the Library from 5:30 - 6:00.  ALL ARE WELCOME! Come as you are and bring an appetizer, beverage or both.   

For onsite childcare,   email by noon on Friday, October 11th.  Questions? Contact Julia High (615-714-1950) or Kathy Unlezelski (615-512-1592).
Cooking for One - Iron Clad Cooks
This group of widowed women gets together to cook and share a meal every other month. Under the guidance of Catherine Mayhew (chef extraordinaire), we share recipes and cooking tips, and fellowship. Our next gathering is on Sunday Oct. 20 at 12:30 pm at Kathy Ulezelski’s home (504 Adelyn Court N., Franklin). Whether a widow for many years or for a short time, you are welcome to come join us. To find out more or to RSVP, contact Monna Mayhall at or 615-790-0527.
Beloved Community - in this Parish, in this Diocese, in the Episcopal Church and beyond!
As a congregation of the Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s participates in the Beloved Community. An informal gathering of members interested in racial reconciliation, telling the fuller story, and social justice will meet on November 6th in Damascas at 5:30pm . There are many ways to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in nurturing the body of Christ within the diocese of Tennessee, and the cities of Franklin and Nashville. For more information contact Jean Larson ( or 847-987-6949)
Children's Communion Class
Children's Communion Class is being offered at 10 am on Sunday, November 10 and 17th . Children in Kindergarten and older are encouraged to come and learn about Holy Communion with Monna in the classroom across from Damascus. If you have a child who is interested, email to register. We will celebrate our children who take their first communion the following Sunday, November 24th. Make plans to stop by for some cake on your way to Christian Formation!
Volunteer Needed in the Church Office!
Do you have a few extra hours during the week to help with simple data entry for St. Paul’s? And/or, do you have Wednesday mornings available to answer phones from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm? If so, please let Shannon know in the church office. 


What is a dinner group?   Very simply, a dinner group is a way to meet and get to know people in our church family.

How are dinner groups formed and how do they function?
People who sign up are randomly assigned to a dinner group – typically of 8 to 10 people. One person or couple starts things off by hosting a dinner.  When the group gets together, it is decided who will host next and when it will meet. The hosts provide the main course and let the rest of the group know what to bring to round out the meal.  Sometimes it is, in fact, a dinner, but other times it might be lunch or even breakfast. A group may decide to meet for a full meal or for cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres.  The gatherings can take place in group members’ homes or at area restaurants. Ideally, groups meet once a month and group members take turns hosting the gathering.

In effort to meet the needs of our congregation, we have established several different types of groups:

-Traditional Dinner Groups – includes couples and single folks - usually meets in homes

-Women’s Restaurant Group – Women meet at 5:30 pm on the 3 rd Monday of each month in local restaurants. This is a loosely formed group. Come when you can. Sometimes there are 5 women and other times there are 20. No matter the number, we have fun!

If you need further information or want to sign up, contact Ellen Kirk at 615.545.8820 or at .

Give dinner groups a try. It can be great fun!
WSP heArt & Soul
The retreat committee has been hard at work pulling our wonderful heArt & Soul weekend together. If you are interested in helping in any way please let one of us know. Treasures for the goodie bags are being collected and if you would like to contribute to our bags either with an item or donation please let Katie, Kathy, Mindy, Vicki or Becky know. Our theme this year is, “This I Promise” and we will be using colors and rainbows. If you have joined us on the mountain in the past you know what an amazing and special weekend this is. If you have not joined us in the past, please consider coming to the heArt & Soul 2020 weekend ( February 7-9th). The registration form is available here.
Upcoming Dates:
  • October 30: Trunk or Treat
  • November 4: All Saints Concert at 4PM