News from the Pews
Reminders for Sunday, February 2:
  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
Fourth Annual Taster's Luncheon
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 12:30 pm in Otey Hall
Three Teams and Three Fabulous Menus competing for the coveted GOLDEN SPOON! Tickets: $20 per adult, $8.00 per children under 10. We need to know if you are coming, so please call or email Donna Stokes-Rogers at donnastokesrogers@gmail.com and we will reserve tickets for you.
You can pay at the luncheon. All proceeds benefit the Music Ministry at St. Paul’s.
The Feast of Absalom Jones
Sunday, February 16th at 6:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral
Join us for a service of Holy Eucharist in honor of The Rev. Absalom Jones, first African American priest in The Episcopal Church.
Preacher: The Rev. Colenzo Hubbard, Founder of Emmanuel Center in Memphis and Priest at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee
Musical Guests: St. Paul’s Consort of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin

A Partnership of Beloved Community Commission for Racial Reconciliation, and Christ Church Cathedral 
Theology on Thursdays
6:30 pm in Barnabas
Jan. 30 - Who was Barabbas? The unintended curse placed on “The Jews”
for 2000+ years. How Barabbas changed the Easter narrative.

Feb. 6 - March 19 - “The Shape of God, Deepening the Mystery of the Trinity"
(DVD) presented by Fr. Richard Rohr and The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault.
Until the 4th century, the Trinity wasn’t even a part of Christian dialogue.
Then scholars made an attempt to describe the Trinity but most just left
it as a mystery. These sessions will address the dualistic thinking of most
Christians about the Trinity and bring into focus how it is core to
being a Christian, our relationship to creation and oneness with God.
St. Paul's Children and Families Mardi Gras Party
Feb 22 at 5 PM
Godly Play Teachers Needed!
Some of our Godly Play regulars are taking some much-deserved vacation time over the next couple of months, and we need volunteers to fill in for them while they are away. Can't commit to a long period of time? No problem! If we can get a few people to volunteer once a month, we can get it covered! Please email libby@stpaulsfranklin.com if you are interested. I'll be happy to talk with you about it!
Homeless Ministry Opportunities CITY (Church In The Yard and Jefferson Street)
We continue to be blessed with the opportunity to serve our homeless brothers and sisters in Nashville.Three hundred to four hundred meals are served the fourth Sunday of each month at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (CITY-Church in The Yard) and under the Jefferson Street Bridge. This has been an active and successful Saint Paul’s ministry for the past 10 years.

If you would like to support this ministry in any ways, there are several areas that always need help and support. Please contact Gerald Hancock, Mike Gengler or Ellen Kirk for more information. Peace through Practice...

  1. Financial support is always needed – this ministry spends approximately $1000/meal or $12,000/year. The ministry is committed to providing healthy meals and feeding all that show up to eat on our assigned Sunday.
  2. Sandwich Bags – At each Sunday meal sandwich bags are assembled at Saint Paul’s and distributed to everyone coming through the line. Help is ALWAYS NEEDED after the 8:45 service to assemble bags in Barnabas.
  3. Assistance transporting food and supplies is always needed. We depart Barnabas at 12:00 to head to downtown Nashville.
  4. Plate/Serve – Help plate and serve food at CITY and/or Jefferson Street Bridge. There are always opportunities to interface with the homeless individuals at the meal.
Silent Auction for Pancake Supper
If you have any items you would be willing to donate to a silent auction for the Pancake Supper on Feb. 25, please contact AG! ( ag@stpaulsfranklin.com)
Bad Girls Book Club
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 25 , the same night as St. Paul's Annual Pancake Supper*. If you want pancakes, bacon, sausage, other delights, please head to Otey Hall early then come down the hall to Founder's for our monthly gathering. [*A festive & very fun evening for all, also a fund-raiser for our Youth Group; Silent Auction this year, too!] 

Our February book is  Folly Beach  by (the late) Dorothea Benton Frank - the plot interweaves the financial crisis of 2008 & 2009 & the backstory of the creation of Porgy & Bess.

March title -  The Yellow House  by Sarah Broom.

Please join us on February, Tuesday the 25th, 6:30 - 8:00 in Founder's Hall.

[Please note that Bad Girls Book Club meets the 4th Tuesday of every month and not the last Tuesday.]
Seekers Class 2020
Beginning Sunday, March 1 our annual “Seekers” Class will begin. This is traditionally a class given for those who wish to join the church through Confirmation or Reception. However, please know that all are welcome, especially current congregants of St. Paul’s who would like a refresher course. We will look at church subjects such as worship, church history, and Episcopal theology. The class will be held during our Christian Education hour at 10:00. We will meet in Otey Parish Hall. The course will last six weeks, ending before our annual visit from the diocesan bishop on April 26. If you have any questions please contact Rusty via email: rusty@stpaulsfranklin.com or by phone 615-790-0527.
Mountain T.O.P. Tool Drive
Click here to view our new Mountain T.O.P. wishlist. We are working towards having 5 complete tool kits this summer. There are big ticket items and items as low as $5. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated!
Annual Parish Meeting Report
Didn't make it to the annual parish meeting last Sunday? Check out the 2019 report here.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Feb. 2: Souper Bowl Sunday
  • Feb. 16: Taster's Luncheon
  • Feb. 16: Feast of Absalom Jones at Christ Church Cathedral
  • Feb. 25: Pancake Supper
  • Feb. 26: Ash Wednesday services at 7am, 12pm, and 6pm